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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

) #495 of 2,246 Restaurants in Ottawa €€ - €€€ , ,
2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada
+1 613-241-7061
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  • Excellent12%
  • Very good34%
  • Average26%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible12%
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Contemporary, Bar, Canadian, International, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great understanding off GF they couldn't do gf bread as it is frozen and it is warmed on the same grill as their normal grill so wouldn't have been suitable for a coeliac but the manager explained this showing a good knowledge of cross contamination...More

Thank needaholiday2016
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Have been to the restaurant many times before. Stopped in while visiting Ottawa for a few days. Three attempts to order a draft beer and three empty kegs. Evidently beer is delivered Wednesday. Opted for a bottle of beer. Asked if they had a cold...More

Thank Bracebridge2010
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Ottawa with family(with little kids!) and after many hours of walking around and needing food and rest....we popped into the Blue Cactus. It was fairly busy but they found us a great table for 8. Eric #16 was our server and not...More

Thank dennise
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife, son and I went for dinner -7:30 pm on a Sunday night (tonight). We were seated right away but then were left without service for quite a while. Eventually we ordered drinks and then waited a long time for those. Still longer to...More

Thank Jonathan M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We shared the charcuterie platter, needed a bit more bread with the meats and cheeses. They were excellent. I had the beet salad and my husband had the club, both excellent.

Thank BecsterA59
Reviewed 1 week ago

We just sat on the outside patio to cool off drinking beers. The patio section is nice. The inside area looks very nice too. It is a great place for people watching and feeling the vibe of the Market. I can not comment on the...More

Thank Felix106
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ended up downtown early and saw this restaurant open. In we went to this fabulous place. Clean, fresh, beautiful inside and cute patio. Food was amazing, service prompt and better yet, friendly! We tried to get back again but ran out of time. It's...More

Thank Sherri M
Reviewed 1 week ago

There was a time I think that the Blue Cactus had reasonable food. I'm not sure but I have a memory that this may have been the case. We had dinner last night at the Blue Cactus and to put it bluntly the food was...More

Thank Edmund S. O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A group of 8 of us dropped in and although they told us it would probably 1.5 hours, they managed to find room for us in a packed house on a Saturday night in very reasonable time. I was VERY happy with the service! Our...More

Thank Jessica L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A standard bar restaurant with a regular menu and fair pricing. We enjoyed sitting by the open sliding doors which allowed for a nice breeze and calming atmosphere. Downside, patron smoking outside resulted in smoke wafting in. I had the cactus pizza/caesar salad combo which...More

Thank Brian E
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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
Bar Scene, Groups, Child-friendly
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.
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