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767 Kailua Rd Ste 106, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-2842 (Hamakua Drive)
+1 808-261-1000
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I have been coming to Oahu every year for a month, to visit family. We found Cactus several years ago and our revisited yesterday. Our meal did not disappoint. My husband said his fish tacos were maybe the best he's ever had. I had smoked mushroom tacos that were wonderful. We had excellent service. The menu has... More 

Thank WeezerVirginia
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dont sit outside near carpark. We were warned but forgot to ask for inside table when booking for group of eight. Rotton egg pong - like Rotorua! Still, service was great as was the food. And my classic marguretta was ascgood as it gets. Go there.

Thank waningmoon
South Haven, Michigan
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95 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wish we'd eaten here the first night of our vacation instead of the last as there were several menu items that we wanted to try. We made a reservation on Open Table but on a slow, Tuesday night, it wasn't necessary. We were greeted and seated promptly. The indoor seating is narrow; the open kitchen is near the small bar.... More 

Thank wynterwynd
Kailua, Hawaii
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I debated a while before posting this--Cactus is an untouristed uncrowded treasure. Can't understand why folks line up for blocks at other establishments. Maybe the food there is easier to pronounce. Strongly advise: do NOT sit outside, especially in the area near the parking lot. There is a powerful sewage odor; been there for months. They do drinks well--I love... More 

Thank Lilinoeofthekoolaus
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

It's rare to find a restaurant that really stands above the rest - Cactus does this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The Torrejas ("French Toast") is remarkable, the Torta Ahogada should be a favorite for almost anyone, and pretty much any dinner menu item will be a treat. The setting is handy, the decor pleasing, the service is great, and... More 

Thank Rich V
Portland, Oregon
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106 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped for happy hour and enjoyed margaritas and their home made sangria. Both drinks were good. While we sipped our drinks and noshed on some chips and guacamole we watched several dinners coming out of the kitchen. They seemed to be hefty portions with a pleasing presentation. In a community where Asian restaurants rule, Cactus stands out. Next time... More 

Thank ZenDark30
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116 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

I loved the frozen sangria. The food is all so fresh and well seasoned. I have not had a bad dish yet. This is by far one of the best restaurants in Kailua for foodies. Very different menu than the run of the mill steak and seafood places.

Thank GeoT
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

My husband and I, regularly go to Cactus, usually for Happy Hour, also for lunch and dinner. Our favorite item on the menu is the "Chilean Clam Bake" it is fantastic! And big enough to share! their empanadas are also great and anything we have ordered has been great! Fresh ingredients, a great chef and they greet you like family!... More 

Thank Patty D
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57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

This place look like it may have potential but I was a little disappointed. The service was good and the food was okay. I had a salad which was nothing special. Not many good restaurants in this town.

Thank 299michaele
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173 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I seldom review a restaurant a second time unless it has changed a lot. I visited - and loved - Cactus in 2015, so invited my hosts for lunch there on my most recent visit. It was helpful to me to explore elements of their menu I had not tried on my first visit and to assure myself that the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$25
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Chilean, South American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 15:30
17:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 767 Kailua Rd Ste 106, Kailua, Oahu, HI 96734-2842
    (Hamakua Drive)
  • Public Transportation: Bus 57
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Kailua
  • Phone Number: +1 808-261-1000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?