Kirkland >Food & Dining > Cactus
121 Park Ln, Kirkland, WA | Directions 9803347.676049 -122.206329
Neighborhoods: Moss Bay
one of my favorite restaurants. – Great drinks and innovative menu. it's been a favorite for years.
Quality has Taken a Vacation – 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.
Great spot for dinner and drinks – Loved the place! Great drinks, fast service, friendly fun atmosphere. You have to pay $3.00 to park after 5 pm.
Great place to DRINK!! – 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
Food has gotten really bad – 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.
I love this place – 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.
Over Rated and Unimpressive – 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.
Not a good experience – 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.
A fun place to go – 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.
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