121 Park Ln, Kirkland, WA 98033
Phone: (425) 822-7629
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Caterers, Mexican, American, Latin American, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Yes, Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
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10/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have loved this restaurant since it opened a few years ago for the great atmosphere, friendly prompt service and its unique creative dishes. This week I was very disappointed in the carnitas which are actually pulled pork in a sweet barbeque sauce. It tasted terrible on the nachos and the tacos. It should not be called carnitas. Carnitas are succulent pieces or pork fried in lard and cut into small pieces with no sweet sauce. The salsa was boring as well. The new menu is not as exciting as the previous one. I like consistency in my eating establishments. Add some specials but leave the rest alone. Also they charge for chips and salsa which I find really pretentious. Seriously.
06/22/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Cactus is a great place for drinks, the food is ok, better for Happy hour. A good place to take a date, please leave the kids at home. The staff is fun, it's nice to see the same people there. They don't judge you if you drink too many margaritas, either. LOL
04/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
We used to really like this place but that was few years ago. Now the food is just plain bad:-( We went there recently - rice and beans are bland. Beans seem to be out of can. Enchilada was made with deep fried tortillas - really oily! And the fish tacos were nothing special. Mexican food can be very flavorful and tasty - food here is just badly made.
12/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
This place is pretty hip in Kirkland these days and is always crowded at happy hour, but it's always fun too. The outdoor seating isn't in the sun if that's what you're hoping for, but they have those big outdoor heaters that still make it a nice place to hang out. And the bar staff is very efficient.
06/29/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I am confused as to why people are willling to wait for a table to this restaurant. Admittedly, my sense of smell is probably more acute and efficient than most folks, but this restaurant was reeking of some type of stale urine when we visited it for lunch today. First of all, when we approached one of their workers (who was moving around their outside tables) at approximately 11:00 a.m. to ask what time this restaurant would open for lunch, he told us he wasn't sure. Okay! He obviously is clueless. We decided to wait for another half hour and lo and behold they were open! Good. So, we were excited to try this popular restaurant. As we entered the restaurant, the host was not friendly at all; he actually scowled at us as we came in. What's up with him? Then, after we were seated, we noticed the table was very sticky (in most places). Okay! So hygiene was not on the top of their list, along w/ the stale urine smell. I was very amazed that this place was considered ""one of the best for Mexican food"" in Kirkland. Not so in my opinion. The food was okay tasting, but not worth the uneasiness that I felt all during lunch. The smell, the unfriendly host, the cordial (but aloof) waiter, and the ill-trained bus boy were all bad advertisement for this restaurant.
05/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I heard from a few people that Cactus is amazing but my first experience was less than stellar. First of all, I might as well have been sharing a table with the people next to me because thats how close we were sitting. Secondly the service was slightly pushy and rushed. Third I had the Sonoran Spa Chicken ( I think thats what it is called) and I liked the combination of flavors until I bit into a burnt portion of the chicken. Yuck its hard to get that taste out of your mouth. Now I hate being a ""Debbie Downer"" but I didn't feel that the food or service was worth what I paid.
01/23/2008Provided by Citysearch -
As you will see from many of the reviews here, there real reason to go to this place is the drinks. The food is also good, though the place next door (Jalisco Mexican) actually has better food. None-the-less, the meals are clever and fun and the place has happy, fuzzy, warm vibe that has never disappointed my wife or me.
You can bring your kids here fairly easily, assuming you and they can handle the 30-45 minute wait for a table that is pretty standard for this place on weekends. Conversely, if you are a hipster looking to tear up the town, you don't need to worry that you are stumbling into the Mexican Chuckie-Cheese. The pleasant bar and the deep booths lets everyone do their thing in the same place without overly crossing paths.
11/30/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The only reason Cactus doesn't get five stars from me is the noise factor. I adore the food. I think it's creative and approachable...and I'd eat it once a week - except the restaurant is so darn noisy. They even have a great kids menu, which is a bonus to find in such a wonderful restaurant. I'll keep going back, but I'll probably stick to non-rush hours.
06/22/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The food here is fantastic and reasonably priced. The squash enchiladas with mole alone are worth the visit, and the $2 Navajo fry bread with honey dipping sauce is delicious. They now have a mojito menu and the prickly pear version is excellent. We always call ahead and put our names on the list - it really cuts down on the wait. As a bonus, there's free parking in the Kirkland library nearby and we've always been able to find a spot there, even Saturday nights.
02/28/2007Provided by Citysearch -
We particularly love the outdoor seating in the summer, but do occasionally eat in the bar during happy hour for cheap hors doeuvres. If you get the Ten Dollar Nachos during happy hour (they're not $10 during happy hour!), try the shredded beef on them for a couple dollars extra--it's well worth it--tastes like grandmas potroast! Makes a meal out of an appetizer. We also think it's the best salsa in the northwest--I could just drink it! I love the carne asada salad and carne asada tacos, but usually ask for the meat to be cooked to medium well--the default is more like rare to medium rare.
10/31/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Had lunch at the Kirkland Cactus today. The squash enchiladas were wonderful, but the fajitas were very average. The meat didn't seem to have been seasoned at all. Good chips, decent guacamole. Our service was very attentive, but overall I'd have to say that it was just an average experience, nothing special, nothing terrible. I've tried to get into the Madison Park version of this outfit and on multiple occasions the wait has just been too long.
07/13/2006Provided by Citysearch -
We LOVE this Cactus! We really enjoy going with another couple and ordering 4-5 appetizers. The nachos are outstanding, the mushroom quesadillas delicious, the coconut shrimp fantastic, etc. We have walked down to the restaurant at least a dozen times in the last year and have yet to be disappointed. You can call it Mexican or Tex-Mex or whatever, it is always GOOD!! Sure it gets noisy, but that's part of the ambiance. Inside or outside, it's always a fun place.
08/02/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Cactus is an overall good place. Note, it's not authentic Mexican food, nor does it try to be. It's more of a combo of Southwestern/Mexican/Latin with a twist. The food can be good to very good. Both the Chicken Fried Chicken and the Pollo Rellenos are my absolute favoriteswash it down with a Dos Equis draft. On Fri and Sat nights it can get pretty crowded so there can be a wait. They have a decent bar (Mexican beer on draft!) and they make good margaritas. It's a good spot for just drinks too. I like.
05/10/2005Provided by Citysearch -
We've been to this Cactus a few times now for dinner and found the food and service to be good to very good. Recently we stopped in just for desert and drinks and while the Bananas Dulce were great as usual we were a little floored by our drinks. $7.00 for a Gran d Marnier and $9.50 (!) for a sipping rum that I can't remember the name of. The prices themseslves were not particularly shocking, but neither of the pours would have filled a shot glass. We won't do that again.
04/23/2005Provided by Citysearch -
We have been to so many local Mexican restaurants around the Seattle area and have finally found a great one! The margaritas were awesome, the salsa was homemade and the rest of the food was sooo good. We waited about 25 minutes for a table, but enjoyed a beverage at the bar. When our table was ready the hostess let our bartender know that it was time to cash out...very nice. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
03/25/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Tried Cactus Wednesday night for dinner - there was a one hour wait. Forget it. Had lunch there the next day and still had a 15 minute wait. Wait staff is overworked. Took forever to get chips and salsa. The margarita's are pretty good - not watered down. The chimayo enchilada was just okay. Pumpkin seeds in the rice added a nice crunch. Waaay too many black beans were served alongside. This place is just okay.