Portland >Food & Dining > Cactus Jacks's Tex-Mex Cafe
4342 SW Beaverton Hillsdale, Portland, OR | Directions 9722145.485622 -122.722060
Neighborhoods: Southwest Neighborhoods Incorporated, Hayhurst
great little hang out – wnt into Cactus Jacks a couple times with great experiance both times. Once met friends there for happy hour with great deals on fish tacos and saw poster for music. When I came back to check out the music saw a super good band "The Sandy Saunders Band" was great!!, Place seems to have a good "regular" crowd that enjoys the place and the bar tender, I think her name was Annette, she was very good.
Tolerable food and horrific service – My husband and I went there for a quick happy hour bite before heading off to a play. I understand that they were busy, but after our food arrived, no waittress ever came back to our table to check on us. We had to go up to the bar to ask for our check. This... in spite of the fact that she went to tables near us 4 and 5 times in that time period. Sure, we were in a back corner, but this was unacceptable. It's the first time I've ever not tipped someone in my life (we're usually 20% tippers).
On top of it, there were people smoking right outside the front door despite Oregon State Law requiring ten feet between the entrance and people smoking. You had to walk through a wall of smoke to get into a restaurant.
Best food in Portland! And they serve drinks! – I took my family here to celebrate my 50th birthday and I have to say I have found a diamond in the rough. Amazing service, wonderful food and delicious cocktails. The kids loved the tex-mex fusion menu and the cheeseburger was truly delightful. If you're just stopping by to watch the game or planning a family get-together, Cactus Jack's is truly the best choice. I had thought service with a smile was a thing of the past until I ate at this top-quality family-friendly establishment.
Good food, Great service – My husband and I have been going to cactus jacks for several years, originally giving it a try because it used to be in the Entertainment Book (it no longer is), and it was close to home. The food is good, not gourmet by any means, but a good spot to have an inexpensive meal and a couple of drinks with friends. The burritos are consistently good, and they have fantastic nachos. While we have had an occasional server that seemed less than attentive or enthusiastic (like at almost any restaurant), the long time wait staff (especially the wonderful Cindy!) are helpful, hard working, and entertaining. As an added bonus, they have already banned smoking inside the restaurant and bar. There is a group of regulars here for a good reason. Give this place, the burritos, and Cindy a try at least once.
We had a group event at Cactus Jacks and the manger was very friendly. The food isn't bad (not fancy but good), the restaurant is acceptable (also not fancy, but not dirty or dumpy), and the happy hour prices are GREAT.
At our event, our server Julie did a wonderful job. She kept names straight, she got orders correct, she always had a smile on her face, she got the bill's right (30 people - separate checks), and she made it so pleasant.
Great Tex Mex Food...Arguably the best this side of Riverwalk – Classic Tex Mex standards done well and portions are perfect. Furthermore prices are right and waitstaff is about as friendly as can be.
I've been there a few times, including on Sunday during football season. Probably not a better place to be to watch a game and get some great food around great people.
Save the best for last – When a restaurant recommends its worst item as it's best, you can only assume the management either doesn't care or has no clue. I am really ashamed to say this is one of the local restaurants we frequent.
The food is very inconsistent, with exception of the fries. The fries are listed as "handcut" and the restaurant favorite. We have gave them a shot on several occassions, only because they were included with the meals we ordered. The first bite is always the last. They seem overcooked and desperately soaked heavily in stale fry oil.
I would have to agree with the other reviewers that it is slightly shady to bring chips and salsa to the table without asking the diners if they would like to "order" them. If the waitress brings them to the table without request and without the customer's knowledge that they are bring charged (even if the charge is a meager $1), they should be complimentary.
The menu items that are truly tex-mex are your best bets, the other items that are on the menu are questionable, according to who is working and how hot the bar action is. You can visit for a bit of karaoke in their limited spaced bar, or get a couple of pitchers of brew, but once again if it is a busy night, you will likely be waiting for service. The service is actually the best thing Cactus Jack's has going for it: However, the waitresses, as nice as they are, can only handle so many tables at one time. This again is another proof of the lack of interest from the owners/ management.
great service, awesome for families! – Great service, awesome for families, fantastic happy hour and daily specials.
Definitely worth a visit!
so/so food, will never go agian – went in there again recently and had tortilla soup that was kind of weird, the broth tasted like watered down spaghetti sauce??? and there wasnt much chicken in the soup mostly tortilla. Also, we were brought chips and salsa and cheese without asking for it (assumed it was complimentary) then we were charged a dollar. So I don't get that. Also, we were brought a happy hour menu but none of the prices were a deal, whatever. I don't see what the point was of even having a happy hour menu if there is nothing special about it.
The bartender/server seemed nice.. she deserves a raise seemed like her boss didn't really appreciate her.
I'm done with cactus jacks.
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