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Cactus Restaurant

#88 of 3,094 Restaurants in Seattle
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
West Seattle
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2820 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116-2788
+1 206-933-6000
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Seattle, Washington
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653 reviews
408 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Love the food, love the service. What more do you want? Oh, yeah, they are on the Beach. Nice! Come and enjoy a great place.

Thank ebcnaz
Seattle, Washington
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice view. Solid margaritas. Good wait staff. The food is somewhat unadventurous (pretty typical Mexican entrees) but well prepared and flavorful

Thank JenJenSeattle
Charlottesville, Virginia
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92 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped on a Saturday at 2 PM, and had our choice of brunch or lunch. The huevos rancheros were tempting, as was our neighboring table's Bloody Mary, but we opted for lunch. You know you are in the right place when the salsa is fresh and flavorful with the right amount of cilantro and spice, and the tortilla chips... More 

Thank Catc1966
Mount Vernon
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We try to pick a warm sunny day in late spring, summer and early fall to enjoy quality Mexican food at this spectacular location. This is part of a chain and we have eaten at all the locations. Alki is the best location on a warm sunny day. The food is very good at all locations, but this is about... More 

Thank John K
Everett, Washington
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418 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

I eat in Mexican restaurants all over the west and this one is special. Prawn tamales! Wow, where else can you find this? The flavors were out of this world from the salsa to the guacamole to the desert. Great location by the water with parking close by. The service was also as good as it gets. I have to... More 

Thank GenotheViking
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21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This is the best Mexican restaurant I have eaten at in Seattle. Great location and atmosphere. The food was delish. And the waiter was so much fun. I can't wait to go back. *****

Thank Chris W
Delft, The Netherlands
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134 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

This was our first time at the Alki Beach location, but overall service and food quality were similar to the SLU location. It was a busy day, but we snagged a seat at the bar. Our waiter was attentive, and our food came out in a reasonable amount of time. Cactus has a gluten-free menu with tons of options.

Thank kate554433
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

Meh. Not really New Mexican food. I would say it's inspired by New Mexico but far from the delicious flavor. Had a Navajo "torta" which is more like an Indian taco than a torta but not even as good. Not too much flavor and just a lot of bread which felt too dry. Didn't even get the option of red... More 

Thank mirabellaseattle
Olympia, Washington
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369 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

Had lunch here with wife and daughter. Fun time, with good staff. Great pace to the meal. We had some drinks (excellent) along with enchiladas. There were a few vegetarian options, too. Very tasty meal. This was our first lunch here, having done breakfast/brunches before. Lunch was just as good.

Thank Hal72
Seattle, Washington
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Great food, great atmosphere, great service! Mexican cuisine, which must be authentic. Considering the nice Hispanic family I sat by with their 4 kids, they loved their meal. Underground PARKING very important on busy Alki. A great place for a date and cocktail. Everyone I saw was laughing and having a good time, all ages

Thank Howieboy

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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$21 - US$30
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2820 Alki Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116-2788
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Seattle>  > West Seattle
  • Neighbourhood: West Seattle
  • Phone Number: +1 206-933-6000

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