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Cactus Cafe

26 Carlsbad Caverns Highway, Whites City, NM
+1 575-785-2291
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  • Excellent10%
  • Very good14%
  • Average32%
  • Poor18%
  • Terrible26%
3 weeks ago
“Fast food like, plastic plates ”
11 Nov 2017
“Overpriced, but decent enough”
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Mexican, American
$$ - $$$
26 Carlsbad Caverns Highway, Whites City, NM
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Quick service, but served on plastic plates. Good choice of meals. Its the only place to eat on whites City, so no real choice besides driving to carlsbad.

Thank athoras
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Not bad, not great. The place was empty, but it was off season on a cloudy day. Food wasn't worth the price, but for it being the only place to eat in a one-horse town, it was fine.

Thank hiker85
Reviewed 22 October 2017

Food was ok, but not anything special, service was pretty good. Wish they were open later, we had to shorten our time at the caverns to make it before closing. Fried ice cream is not fried ice cream, it was served as just a sundae...More

Thank Peggy H
Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

We stopped in for breakfast.The waitress was still half asleep.! The eggs were ok.The hash browns were frozen patties. Are you kidding me.This place needs work too. Just like the rest of the place.

Thank ANNE R
Reviewed 6 September 2017

We went early afternoon around 2pm and both ordered the chicken fried steak meal. It came with mashed potatoes, green beans and rolls. It was delicious! I was worried after reading the reviews but the food and service were both great!

Thank arkiekat2017
Reviewed 20 August 2017

We had lunch at Carsbad Caverns Resturant. It was OK but a little pricy for the quality of the food. No other place to eat at the caverns so you could eat before you go or have a light meal at a lower price.

Thank James K
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Well on the good side, they really do seem to be trying their best, and the food is edible,err and that's it. So on the minus side, they are understaffed, when we showed up no tables were available, not that they were full but all...More

Thank Ashley R
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Restaurant empty. Horrible service. 15 minutes to get drinks. All food was frozen or from a box. Flautas were boxed taquitos. $50 for $5 worth of food. I've been in restaurant business for 18 years. This place all round deserves a -10. Restaurant empty for...More

Thank JillFranco
Reviewed 18 July 2017

The food was blah, the service wasn't any better and the prices were high. I guess you can survive like that when you are the only game in town. Not a lot of dining choices in the area. $17 for 12 chicken wings.

1  Thank Dan W
Reviewed 11 July 2017

The food was excellent and service was very good. Please be aware this restaurant is not open several days a week so call ahead because there is not anywhere else to eat in Whites City. The visitors center at Carlsbad Caverns does have a cafe...More

Thank Momokidsncats
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Mel C
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Response from Dasibeth | Reviewed this property |
Same as above. Eat anywhere else.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Carlsbad Caverns Highway, Whites City, NM
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Whites City
  • Phone Number: +1 575-785-2291
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