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Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant and Margarita Bar

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(28 Reviews)

606 Trinity St, Austin, TX 78701

(512) 472-9240

Today: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar

General Info
Established in 1996 on historic Sixth Street the Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant, Grill and Margarita Bar has been serving contemporary Mexican food for over 20 years. We draw our inspiration for our cuisine from various regions in Mexico. The Iron Cactus can be found in 3 locations across Texas. Named one of the top 10 tequila bars in the country, we feature over 100 different types of tequila. With a deep passion for creating bold, unique and flavorful mexican dishes the Iron Cactus stands apart as a premier Mexican restaurant and drinking destination.
Regular Hours
Mon - Sat:
Payment method
mastercard, discover, amex, visa
Price Range
Downtown Austin
English, Spanish
Mexican Restaurants, American Restaurants, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Bar & Grills, Bars, Caterers, Latin American Restaurants, Meeting & Event Planning Services, Party & Event Planners, Restaurants, Taverns
Other Information

Parking: Self

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Mexican, Latin American

Alcohol: Beer, Yes, Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

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Provided by Citysearch - 
Execellent Lunch Spot!

Checked out the Iron Cactus this afternoon for lunch and I was really impressed. The restaurant was spotless and clean and our food and service was great! Being located in the heart of Downtown Austin, it's really difficult to park and walk right in, but if you work in the area, I would recommend the trek to IC. Oh, and the Baja Fish Tacos were excellent!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Stuffed. Avacado.

Get the stuffed avacado. Seriously, it's delish. I went for lunch with my coworkers and didnt talk the whole time because I was stuffing my face. :) Also, their brunch on Sunday is fabulous too!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Creepy Waiter

Have been here before and I really like it, which is why I thought it would be a great place to take a girl I had been on several dates with before going out. Our server,""Foster""(?) lingered around our table, even squatting down to make himself more comfortable. He addressed me as ""man,buddy,chief"" everything but sir. Not only this, he was covered in sweat and did not smell nice.We told him we were fine and hoped he would leave and let us enjoy our meal, but I don't think he got the hint. We asked to speak to a manager, but he told us ""he pretty much was a manager."" At this point we just had to laugh and walk away. We would go back, but would request to not be in this little creepy guys section.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Guacamole and Margaritas

If you are looking for a great tex-mex option in downtown, the Iron Cactus will not disappoint. The gaucamole is delicous and they have more brands of tequila than you can decipher.

The roof-top is a great place to hang-out and is really the best place to eat on east 6th street in my opinion.

Good selection of salads too!



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I love tequilla and read that the Iron Cactus has one of the largest tequilla selections. I think around 70 different kinds. While walking around 6th street we stopped in to try some. The bartender knew his tequillas and was able to point us in the right direction for one of the best margaritas I have had. We followed this by splitting a tequila flight. Good times.

Ryan Boile


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Karaoke Night!

We were seated right away last Wednesday for their new karaoke night. The service was great. They brought our margaritas and queso right away. The queso was really good. This place knows how to make a good margarita. The stage was never empty . I must say there was some pretty good talent for the most part. I even got up once to sing a song. My girlfriend and I had a great date night and we both recommend the Iron Cactus up North to friends.



Provided by Citysearch - 
mmm mmm good

My husband and I went to Iron Cactus and we recomend the place to everyone! I had the Cancun Fillet and he had Lobster Ravioli. The margeritas were soo good.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The Best Food!

Me and my boyfriend went here for dinner and absolutely loved the food! I had the Enchiladas with the Salsa Colorado and he had a Pork tenderloin dish...we both talked about how good that food was the rest of the trip! LOL...Service was great and since we were out-of-towners, they gave us great advice about what bars/clubs to go to on 6th Street. Next time we go back to Austin, we will definitely eat there again.



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New Years Eve

I left my car at home intentionally.

Iron Cactus advertised that they would be open ""well after midnight"" (or something like that). Suddenly they turned up the lights in preparation for a 02:00 close. I started calling Yellow Cab repeatedly, but couldn't get through. Despite having tipped them well, the Iron Cactus employees acted as if transportation was my problem. I told them I would stay inside the building (regardless of what they wanted) until my transportation was arranged or until the police showed up (having faith that the police would simply give me a ride home). My attitude was that Iron Cactus had some responsibility for my well-being. Finally, a busboy gave us a ride home. Next year, I will choose the venue.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Service, Great Food every time

I'm really puzzled about the negative stories I've seen. I've only visited the North Austin location, but have been there several times in the last few years and have always been very impressed with the quality and taste of the food and the attentive, timely but not pushy service. The atmosphere is upscale swank, the service staff is professional and the food is great. I especially recommend any menu item with the term 'glazed' or 'stuffed', and the sauted vegetables, the lime rice or the loaded potatoes are great sides.
I've been there with small groups and have had my last two medium sized(~15) group birthday dinners there and always had a great time. A good benefit of the North location is they accept dinner reservations whereas the other two Austin locations don't.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Crooks, Theives, Dishonest Staff

I went there for a party and somehow my credit card was charged an additional $50 for a tip on a $112 check--and that was after I tipped the bartender $20 in CASH! I have been speaking with Nathan about this ERROR-giving them the benefit of the doubt and hoping that they would refund my money. I mean a $72 tip on a $112 bill? and it was all DRINKS--no food... Anyway, I have called and called and basically been given the run around. I was initially told this was no problem and it was clearly a mistake and they would speak to the bartender and refund my money. I am now being passed on to Paris (the GM) who acted as if he had NO IDEA what I was referring to when I called. So tonight I called Nathan for an update and as basically told --I've passed the information on and that's all I can do at this point. I will dispute this charge with my credit card company for a refund but feel that they could have handled this situation ALOT better. I won't be going back there ever and wouldn't recommend anyone else either. PS I never rec'd my copy/lost the recpt-so I picked up a duplicate from Nathan earlier this week--I noticed the ""signed"" copy they have says ""Keep One Copy"" not MERCHANT COPY & Customer copy. I'm uncertian if someone took my original signed copy & added the tip to the 2nd copy or what BUT it is very possible.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food and drinks!

The food here is excellent. I recommend the fajitas, they are exceptional! I also recommend the Cactus Juice, a delicious drink with a hidden kick to it. The enchiladas and their sauces are also extremely good.



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Best Restaurant Experience I've Had Thus Far

I chose the Iron Cactus Downtown Austin location to take my date out for Valentine's Day dinner. I was a little concerned about not being able to be seated promptly since the restaurant does not take 'call-ahead'/reservations, but when I arrived I was absolutely thrilled.

The restaurant looked absolutely beautiful, and we were seated immediately upon arriving! I'm sure that with a special occasion day that's pretty tough to do, but I was glad that I made it in time to receive the greatest service ever.

Our host accommodated our wishes to sit near the front window of the restaurant which was very thoughtful. Our server Paul, was absolutely amazing. He provided quality service, was very respectful and timely, and definitely took care of us in every possible manner.

The menu had great variety, and when the food arrived we were absolutely thrilled. Great looking, quality food with perfect temperature, great spices and flavorings, and amazing taste. We were very much satisfied.

This is the third time I have visited the Iron Cactus Downtown Austin location. I have come here before when the restaurant is very busy with family, with a large group of friends, and also on a two-person dinner date. I have received good service every time, but today was superb! I will recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone, and I commend Paul, the hosts, and clearly the management and chefs for providing the best restaurant experience I've had thus far.

Definitely go and check this amazing restaurant out!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Terrible for Groups

Our group of 12 called in to make a reservation and was told that it wouldn't be a problem. But, they do not take reservations, as we found out when we arrived. But, we put down our name and asked how long the wait would be. We were told 30 minutes.
An hour and a half later, we were still not seated. 12 of us just stood around sipping our cocktails and waiting. At one point, there were three empty tables with 4 chairs empty at each. Do the math... 12 seats. Then, a party of 2 was sat at one of the tables for four. The other two tables were left empty. I heard the guy say, ""Wow, I can't believe we had to wait 1/2 an hour for a table!"". Our group continued to wait. I asked the hostess how much longer it would be. She said, ""Oh, I don' t know, about 30 mins?"" I responded, ""You said that an hour and a half ago!""
We argued with the manager and explained what happened. About 15 minutes later, we were finally seated.
Our service was terrible. No one had napkins or cutlery... or water. Several drinks were spilled before delivered. No one got the right drinks. After a few requests, we received napkins and utensils. But, I asked for water 4 times and finally gave up. My food was terrible and most people didn't eat what was on their plates... because it was either under or overcooked.
This place might be fine for parties of 2-4, but I wouldn't chance it with a bigger group.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Atmosphere, Great Food!

This place is located right in the middle of all the happenings, I enjoy the rooftop dining experience a lot as you can see what's going on on the busy 6th St and who's who in the restaurant itself. The food is great, with great variety to choose from in the menu. I ordered a redfish dish that wrapped with crab meat, it was fantastic!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Can't beat the atmosphere at this location, especially outside on the rooftop

Like the Oasis, you don't go to the Iron Cactus for the food. You definitely go there for the ambience though. You can hear live music playing from across the street at the blind pig, great breeze, great weather, just a perfect location. They won't seat you upstairs if you don't plan on ordering food, so we usually just do appetizers and drinks (but make like we're having dinner to the hostess, otherwise she may tell you to sit at the bar versus on the roof patio where the sights are). Really nothing I can recommend for food, but nothing terrible either. Nice place to bring all ages of out of town guests.



Provided by Citysearch - 
coconut margaritas

great for apps and drinks. the rest of the food is so-so but its a good spot to get in the pre-party meal. ambience is fantastic. plan on leslie flashing you through the glass walls that look out onto sixth.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Food and Superb Service

Drove in from out of town and found the Iron Cactus. It was a great treat for us. We were seated promply on the roof and the food was great. The service was wonderful our waitress was a young lady named Katie who made our visit delightful. We will recommend the Iron Cactus to everyone.



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Dependable Downtown Mexican

Always a favorite! Great place for happy hour, or to eat b4 going to the bars. Great for groups, lots of elbow room & the rooftop patio is great @ night! Food and drinks have always been good.



Provided by Citysearch - 
great food! great atmosphere!

The prices are a little steep! But the great food, friendly staff and huge food portions make up for it! Great Margaritas and couteous staff makes this a popular destination for both locals & tourists. Live music available on most weekdays. Very nice experience!