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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada
+1 613-241-7061
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  • Excellent12%
  • Very good31%
  • Average26%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible12%
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“quesadilla” (5 reviews)
“ravioli” (4 reviews)
“tex mex” (6 reviews)
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Contemporary, Bar, Canadian, International, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada
Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went with my family on May 20. Stood at the door for several minutes, until I went to ask a waitress if we could seat ourselves. She brought us to a table and 15 minutes later, we had yet to be served. We weren't offered...More

Thank Eric L
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is decent southwestern inspired food. Nothing special but you can get some decent food quickly. The staff was pleasant. I probably wouldn't return because there was nothing memorable about the place at all. Edible but forgettable.

Thank skybertha
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

1. After 30 mins we asked our waiter how much longer for our lunch. He said "it's coming up" and 5+ mins later it arrived 2. Service: had to ask after quite a while for more hot water for tea, no coffee refill offered, asked...More

Thank Igiveupjw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I ate here when I was in town for a conference. The margarita I had was excellent. The food was great. I had their burger with caesar salad, and it was excellent.

Thank Sassbrydon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We actually dropped in because we were we starving and didn't check the rating with TripAdvisor. Obviously others have had a poor experience and rated this place fairly low, but the service was quick, polite and the BBQ chicken and Beet salads were fantastic.

Thank subnivean
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely not one of the quieter stops in the Market, but the atmosphere is very nice and upbeat. The staff was very nice and the food was excellent. It was hard to hear the person speaking on the other side of the table sometimes. But...More

Thank EasyRider54
Reviewed 16 April 2017

calamari was greasy and covered in a tasteless sauce. lime tart had a burnt crust the filling was inedible. service was slow and unthoughtful and the place was empty. no wonder. on top of that it was expensive.

Thank heartgirl2017
Reviewed 14 April 2017

I have wandered by this many times and never stopped in. Not sure why. Last Saturday night we stopped in and I sampled their fish taco's. What a great meal. Kent tried the Fajita's and was not disappointed. Two very filling meals. WE had a...More

Thank cassidl
Reviewed 27 March 2017

Used to love the calamari here years ago so when my husband and I moved to Ottawa we were excited to revisit. Found it average... Our service was excellent but he didn't leave us his name - a nice gentleman with short black hair and...More

Thank Saema S
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Blue Cactus used to be one of my favorite restaurants, but I was extremely disappointed this evening. They had a DJ and the volume of the music was so excessive that I was screaming to my best friend to be able to speak to her...More

Thank varodrigue
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Contemporary, Bar, Canadian, International, Gluten Free Options
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada
    (Clarence Street)
  • Public Transportation: Transit stops in surrounding area.
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa>  > Byward Market Area
  • Neighbourhood: Byward Market Area
  • Phone Number: +1 613-241-7061
  • E-mail
In Ottawa's famous Byward Market, Blue Cactus Bar and Grill offers the right blend of a modern uptown atmosphere with contemporary cuisine. From starters to main dishes, Blue Cactus Bar and Grill prides itself with excellence in service, dining and atmosphere.