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The velvet Cactus

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern
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6300 Argonne Blvd, Harrison & Argonne Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124
+1 504-301-2083
16:30 - 21:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Tue 16:30 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 16:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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404 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

this lively open air restaurant serves good mexican fare with a slight local twist. crawfish tacos and shrimp and grits are novel for such cuisine. everything that our party of four enjoyed was served promptly by a friendly team working well together. pricing is fair. this is a very kid friendly place.

Thank worldexplorer53
Knoxville, Tennessee
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best Mexican restaurants I've ever experienced! The food was spectacular and the atmosphere is great! Indoors or out on the patio this place does not disappoint its customers. I hear Taco Tuesday is great as well. Affordable and delicious like no other Mexican of its kind.

Thank Kim B
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here to eat before heading to city park. The food was good. The food reminded me of the old Cocuo's restaurants. The margaritas were strong, but delicious! This place is very busy and crowded. I would eat here again.

Thank Brandy M
Pearsall, Texas
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61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place was WONDERFUL! We were told it would be a 45mins-1HR wait, but we were seated in about 20 minutes. The waiter was so nice and prompt. The food was O M G! It was delicious!! Husband had the mixed fajitas. I ordered the cheese enchiladas. To die for! Margaritas were good, too. The guacamole dip was perfect! Prices... More 

Thank ArkTraveler2728
Wilmette, Illinois
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68 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eclectic, authentic. This is a good as an American interpretation of a Mexican joint gets. Quality of food was excellent. Service was excellent, as well.

Thank Svensota
New Orleans, Louisiana
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Overall, the meal was satisfactory. Nothing great or exceptional. This was my third visit and I don't plan to go back. The sangria was boring with no citrus flavor so. The best thing on my plate was the grits. I think it was chorizo grits. That was tasty. The service was slow and there was not a line outside liketherehasbeen... More 

Thank Lagniappe-37
Louisiana, United States
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69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

I finally got to try this place on the way to a downtown concert, because my other choice in Lakeview was closed for remodeling. After arriving solo, I wisely asked to be seated in the patio. I was quickly placed at a table next to a wonderful gurgling fountain. The children just loved it too and only added to the... More 

Thank Paul B
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Today made the third visit to The Velvet Cactus. If we didn't like it, there wouldn't have been a second. We arrived right in the middle of a lunchtime crowd on a Saturday. The place was packed and we had to wait about 15-20 minutes for a table. We waited in the bar and the drink options seem to be... More 

Thank chrisnicholls68
Birmingham, Alabama
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is a great place for good food, drinks and atmosphere at very reasonable prices. I was introduced to it by a local a couple of years ago, and I stop in for one meal every time I visit New Orleans! If it's cool enough to enjoy the patio I recommend that.

Thank Derek M
New Orleans, Louisiana
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114 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

I am fortunate to have a very tight-knit neighborhood and this is our "go-to" restaurant to celebrate birthdays! We are all part of the rewards club and get a free dessert or margarita on our birthday and/or anniversary. They also have a great happy hour and drink specials! I've never had a bad meal here and am impressed with the... More 

Thank Julie L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 21:00
16:30 - 22:00
16:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6300 Argonne Blvd, Harrison & Argonne Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70124
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  New Orleans>  > Lakeview
  • Neighbourhood: Lakeview
  • Phone Number: +1 504-301-2083

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

Staying in Lakeview

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Lakeview extends inland from the shores of Lake Pontchartrain with much of the area reserved for family-friendly City Park. Home to the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and the city’s own lush Botanical Gardens, City Park is a New Orleans gem and the perfect spot for outdoor fun with as much of a mix of culture and/or amusement as you would like. Beyond City Park more great excuses to stay outside beckon, whether on land or by boat. Developed a good deal later than most other New Orleans neighborhoods, Lakeview has a distinctively different look and feel compared to other parts of the city. Fans of mid century modern design and contemporary architecture particularly enjoy leisurely drives around the residential streets of Lake Vista, Park Island and along Lakeshore Drive.
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