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Blue Cactus Bar & Grill

#450 of 2,255 Restaurants in Ottawa}
££ - £££, ,
2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada
+1 613-241-7061
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Overview
  • Excellent12%
  • Very good34%
  • Average26%
  • Poor16%
  • Terrible12%
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All hours
CUISINES
Contemporary, Bar, Canadian, International, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
££ - £££
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Service
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LOCATION
2 By Ward Market Sq | Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 7A1, Canada
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

It's been several weeks since our visit, but I wanted to make sure to express my disappointment with this restaurant. We were looking for something with a vibe, and an open-ness to the street on a beautiful summer's eve. This place looks great. Regrettably, almost...More

1  Thank Brent C
Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2014

Dear Brent C, I apologize that your experience at Blue Cactus was not a perfect one. We strive for an level of excellence in food, service and atmosphere. It seems we did not reach our goal during your visit. Firstly, your server should have made...More

Reviewed 23 August 2014

I'ts been a while that we did'n go at Blue Cactus and unfortunately, we won't go back.... There Nacho was one of the best meal over there. DELUXE nacho...lol salsa, guacamole, cheese and jalapeno....for 14$ WHAT.... before they had chili, and all kind a vegetable...More

Thank Melanie L
Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2014

Dear Melanie L, We appreciate you choosing Blue Cactus to dine and for sharing your valuable comments on Trip Advisor. As we are famous for our nacho's I am sorry you did not find them satisfactory. If you have a few moments, please contact me...More

Reviewed 22 August 2014

Great Byward Market location with bar open to sidewalk. Went in to have a drink but enticed by the happy hour menu on the table-$8 nachos,wings,fajitas,etc and drink specials all day every day. Regular menu is quite extensive as is the drink list. We were...More

Thank Donna H
Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2014

Dear Donna H, Thank you very much for dropping into Blue Cactus during your stay in Ottawa. As well, we appreciate you taking the time to share your comments on Trip Advisor. It is always nice to hear that that we have done our job...More

Reviewed 21 August 2014

The food was good, the place is loud, and open to the street so a "homeless person" (who had nicer shoes on than me) kept asking us for money. The staff shooed him away but he kept returning. The staff were great, the atmosphere and...More

Thank Randy S
Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2014

Dear Randi S, Thank you very much coming to Blue Cactus before meeting with your friends and for sharing your remarks on Trip Advisor. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us. Unfortunately, at times we have problems with homeless people. Security...More

Reviewed 21 August 2014

We had a group of 12 people for dinner and none of us enjoyed it. The food was cold, not very tasty, and the service was slow for everything. There really is special about this place.More

Thank Juni L
Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2014

Dear Juni L, Thank you very much for choosing to dine at Blue Cactus with your group. I was very sorry to read about your experience. We strive to have an excellent level of food and service and I apologize for not reaching these goals....More

Reviewed 5 August 2014

Shared a ravioli and Blue Cactus pizza. We were trying to decide if the ravioli was overcooked or undercooked as the pasta was quite hard. Too bad because the filling and sauce was tasty but the actual ravioli was too chewy. Pizza toppings were good...More

Thank cowsonthefarm
Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2014

Dear Cowsonthefarm, We are pleased to have had you as our guests at Blue Cactus. Thank you for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor. We strive to have each of our meals served perfectly to be enjoyed by all our customers. I will certainly share...More

Reviewed 4 August 2014

We went here with our son after visiting Rideau Hall. The real drawing card was having a table near the open window on a beautiful afternoon. We found the service to be good and it was decent food for a bar. I would try something...More

Thank PaulTing
Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 6 August 2014

Dear PaulTing, Thank you for choosing to dine at Blue Cactus with your family and for sharing your comments on Trip Advisor. While I am very pleased that you enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant, I apologize if you found the food only "decent". We...More

Reviewed 24 July 2014

This restaurant is in the heart of the Byward Market. Given its great location, it has the potential to provide an excellent eating experience, but the food is just average and the service, while friendly, is slow. Appetizers come in at around $8 to $10...More

Thank BillaBongTraveller
Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2014

Dear BillaBong Traveller, I apologize that we did not reach the level of service we strive for. Food served should be extremely tasty and all service provided in a timely fashion. Thank you for choosing to dine with us at Blue Cactus and providing your...More

Reviewed 21 July 2014

Food was really fresh. Service was excellent. It is a bit noisy though. Located in the Byward market area. We were looking for something that wasn't too heavy and too expensive. This fit the bill perfectlyMore

Thank Shari R
Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 28 July 2014

Dear Shari R, Thank you very much for dining with us at Blue Cactus and sharing your remarks on Trip Advisor. We are so pleased that you were happy with your dinner experience. We hope you enjoyed your visit in Ottawa and hope to see...More

Reviewed 20 July 2014

Average restaurant. Wasn't particularity impressed with the friendliness of the staff or the food. Was nice to sit next to the open windows on a sunny Saturday afternoon but with the variety of restaurants in the market I would likely go elsewhere before going back.More

Thank Christopher K
Ida F, Owner at Blue Cactus Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 21 July 2014

Dear CanadianCK, Thank you for choosing Blue Cactus as your place to dine. We strive for a level of excellence in food quality and service and I apologize for not reaching our goal with you. If you have a moment, please email me directly at...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Cuisine
Contemporary, Bar, Canadian, International, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 00:00
Monday
11:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 00:00
Thursday
11:00 - 01:00
Friday
11:00 - 01:00
Saturday
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
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Description
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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