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Cactus Ya Ya

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
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15704 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98684-9601
+1 360-944-9292
12:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun 16:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri 11:00 - 12:00
Sat 12:00 - 00:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

On March 12th, I came in and sat at the bar for a quick drink and dinner with my boyfriend. Everything was going great until we saw how the cook was preparing and cooking the food. We ate almost all the food before we noticed and that sickened us for two days. He had regular street cloths on, old dirty... More 

Thank Rita J
Vancouver, Washington
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159 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I go here every single Friday for "Fish Taco Friday". This is a lunch special that is AMAZING - please try it with soft CORN tortillas for a more authentic baja-style flavor. The cilantro sauce that is served on top of the tacos is the best you will ever have. I'm not kidding!

Thank Family_Jules1969
Vancouver, Washington
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Halibut Fish Tacos on Crunchy Corn Shell are very Good. Order House Margarita or Beer with Chips and Dip.

Thank James C
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56 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Chips and salsa are great here, the drinks are solid and they have a nice, non-smoking outdoor patio. One of the few decent patios in east Vancouver. Food was just ok, but very worth a stop for appetizers and drinks.

Thank BriSanVan
Vancouver, Washington, United States
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Love this place! Great food, fun atmosphere, and good service. Must try this if you like Tex-Mex/SW cuisine, or seafood.

Thank Nrmortensen
Vancouver, Washington
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241 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

My wife ordered right and me not so much. As stated in another recent review I wouldn't recommend the Chili Rellenos that I had however the halibut fish tacos special my wife had which she requested grilled instead of fried was very good. We will definitely be going back to sample other items on the menu. The service was good... More 

Thank Frequent D
Portland, Oregon
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363 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

It was smothered in sauce - albeit that the sauce was good. But trying to find the chili took a bit of digging. Once I scooped the sauce away, it was okay. More chili less relleno please next time. My partner had a burrito & he was happy. Nice area to sit outside in on a sunny day.

Thank trawlerdoxie
Vancouver, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Went on a Thursday and it was pretty busy. Great atmosphere, waitress was making sure drinks were filled the whole time and was very pleasant, food was delicious, no complaints!

Thank CSouth33
portland, or
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Over the past few years, my husband and I have visited this restaurant a number of times. It has always been good and the service first-rate. On the menu there are a number of specialties such as YaYa rolls. These are different and tasty and make a nice plate to share as an appetizer. And there are plenty of other... More 

Thank juno8
Portland, Oregon
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219 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

We stopped in for happy hour and had a great time! Happy hour is only in the bar though. This was disappointing as we wanted to sit outside for happy hour but it was fine inside as well. It is the usual Mexican cuisine but the atmosphere is fun and you can have drinks instead of food if you like!

Thank teri1352

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15704 SE Mill Plain Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98684-9601
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Vancouver
  • Phone Number: +1 360-944-9292

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