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Cactus Restaurant

€€ - €€€
Broadway / Capitol Hill
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
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4220 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112-3237
+1 206-324-4140
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Mon 11:30 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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72 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Would be better if the business accepted reservations, or else one has to check in and then wait for a table to open up (10 mins. and 30 mins. on the two occasions I've been here). All dishes that I've tried are good, but don't miss the flan!

Thank Anon00001
Seattle, Washington
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We visit the Madison St. Cactus restaurant regularly. We love the food, atmosphere and overall experience. I had the brisket tacos which are always delicious. The restaurant has a great selection of gluten free options as well.

Thank cbunio
Seattle, Washington
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71 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Extremely popular, no reservation policy. On a summer weekend, come early or be prepared to wait for twenty to thirty minutes. The wait is worth it.

Thank Madronaguy
San Diego, California
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31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Had lunch, sat in bar window, good service. Smoked chicken quesadilla was excellent. Because it was our first visit, they served us flan for dessert that was VERY good!

Thank LuvTOtravel06560
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I go for a getaway weekend in Seattle every fall. We found this place on a GF app and it was more then worth the visit. We were driving through on our way back from Bellingham and went more then out of our way to stop here for dinner. Once again it was incredible. It's a little... More 

Thank Tmelville33
Denver, Colorado
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

This is an excellent place to go for atmosphere and food. Our family ate there and had amazing dishes that were so unique too. I had butternut squash enchilada with carmelized onions and goat cheese with a lovely nonalcoholic drink. Something for everyone.

Thank Kyra S
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016 via mobile

Very tasty food. Very pleasant staff. Very good ambience. Very sweet soups (tortia soup and artichoke soup). Fairly priced

Thank Mohamed K
Richardson, Texas
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Street tacos: good and a generous portion Corn tortillas: average to good Black beans: don't waste your time or calories Rice: average Chips and Salsa: chips were fresh, but the salsa was way too chunky for my taste. Guacamole: flavorless except for the overdose of cilantro Staff: very friendly Price: too high for what you get, but there's not a... More 

Thank Bono_Wilben
Seattle, Washington
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

We visited Cactus on a Saturday right when they opened - 10:03 am. We sat in the bar and a big shout out to Dan. What a great server/bartender he is. He made the visit really fun. Cactus has opened several locations, but our opinion is that the original is still the best. We ordered tamales to share, and when... More 

Thank Larahalls
Lebanon, Oregon
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61 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Very popular, but a bit noisy during Happy Hour on a beautiful sunny day. The menu has lots of options, but the print is quite small. There were many interesting food combinations and certainly not your typical Tex-Mex fare. For this visit we chose chimichangas with brisket, a green enchilada, and a surprisingly delicious butternut squash enchilada. The salsa that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Mexican, Southwestern, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4220 E Madison St, Seattle, WA 98112-3237
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > Broadway / Capitol Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Broadway / Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 206-324-4140

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