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“A Potsdam Favorite!”

Cactus Grill & Cantina
Ranked #11 of 50 Restaurants in Potsdam
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

Some of my best college memories are enjoying a chicken quesadilla (with garlic added!) and a frozen margarita (you can get almost any flavor you can imagine!) here with friends. Every time I come back the service is always fast, and always friendly. I have to be careful not to spoil my meal eating too much of the flavorful, FRESHLY made salsa they bring out with homemade chips! The portion sizes are nice and large, promising equally delicious leftovers for later! A must visit for Mexican lovers!

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Thank Michelle W
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

This is our favourite stop for dinner when in Potsdam. After dropping out our son at Crane Youth Music Program at SUNY Potsdam we make it a point to eat at this cool restuarant. Outdoor patio is so enjoyable and serve great margheritas. Picking up my son soon and looking forward to have dinner again.

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Thank DiCecco8150
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

The Cactus can be a fun time, generally in a loud and raucous way. Usually the servers and staff are friendly (not always) and the drink selection is pretty good. There is a lot of space but the openness makes it very loud for conversation.

The food is nothing much to write home about - pretty standard Ameri-Mex with a few real standouts. The salsa is fresh and homemade and really worth trying - lots of cilantro (and available for takeout). The pork soup and the black bean soups are excellent as well. Otherwise, things are fairly mediocre... not necessarily bad, but very far from 'authentic'.

There is seating outside with a nice view of the water and the bar area itself is pleasant. During the school year, the place can be packed with college students and in the off season, it's pretty quiet. Ideally this can be a pretty good place to hang with some friends, eat some salsa, and drink some cold ones.

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Thank Thomas M
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

We went in and there was barely anybody there and they wanted to seat us at the bar area and we politely asked to be moved to the main dining area. So the waitress moved us after rolling her eyes to a table right next to the only people in there. Then we had to wait 10 minutes for a waiter to bring us our chips and salsa then we waited another 10 minutes to order our drinks and food. When our food came one of our meals was ice cold so we had to share food because our waiter was no where to be found. When the waiter finally came he told us that he would get the manager which he never did. But then we saw a waiter walking back and forth giving us death glares which was uncalled for. When we got the check the cold meal was taken off which was good.

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1  Thank Galdrich
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

Service is slow and can be rude. Food is mediocre Americanized Mexican food. Will not return, unfortunately there are no other sit down authentic Mexican eateries.

Thank 04Beau99
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