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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

#623 of 2,264 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 17 October 2017

I recently wen to Ottawa for business and our group of 10 ate at the Blue Cactus for dinner. The menu had something for everyone. I particularly enjoyed the Blue Cactus pizza - Tuesday special for $12. The service was great and the food was...More

Thank Margie S
Reviewed 17 October 2017

The atmosphere is okay - a sports bar feel. For $26 the rib dinner was well portioned and decent flavour, although the coleslaw served with was in a large thimble. Unfortunately they had no beer on tap other than pale ale, and not even anything...More

Thank gddown
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Went there for a group lunch. They always assign enough staff to look after large groups. The menu is varied enough and offers gluten free options, so everyone was pleased. I ordered the calamari with deep fried jalapeños. The calamari batter was nice and crisp,...More

Thank PDMM_Gourmands
Reviewed 26 September 2017

We were walking around the area and it was a very hot afternoon so decided to drop in for some lunch. Our server was great and very attentive and friendly. Beer was cold and we both had a salad each which were both very good....More

Thank T-Pev
Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

A friend and I were in Ottawa for the Army Run. We decided to explore the Byward Market area for dinner after our run. Blue Cactus' menu was great. Being gluten intolerant it had a ton of options for me and they also had substitutions...More

Thank Mokuska
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Sat on the patio on a nice evening, the patio is good for people watching. My partner got the shrimp tacos which we're lackluster at best and not overly satisfying. The gluten free options are limited (especially for vegetarian). I got the pizza, which I...More

Thank EverydayImTraveling
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Blue Cactus has been in the Market area for many years. Great location for tourists and locals alike for a drink and a bite to eat. It doesn't lack for customers, with its loud music and ambience, and large windows to observe the Market action....More

Thank doc2th
Reviewed 17 August 2017 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 15 August 2017 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

1  Thank Bracebridge2010
Reviewed 14 August 2017

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
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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, Accepts Credit Cards
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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