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Cactus Cantina

Cactus Cantina

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Cathedral - Wesley Heights - McLean Gardens, Washington
  • Anton R.
    "Nachos platters and margaritas are always great."(27 Tips)
    "Combo platters and fajitas are huge and reasonably priced."(21 Tips)
    Christopher S.
    "It is delicious here!!! Love you Lorena!"(3 Tips)
    Joe G.
    "Sangritas if you're feeling feisty."(3 Tips)
110 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • fajitas
  • good for groups
  • family-friendly
  • lorena
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  • Rick R.
    Rick RoudebushSeptember 11
    Pork butt tacos 🌮
  • Anton R.
    Nachos platters and margaritas are always great. Tres Leches is supposed to look simple and taste yummy rather than here it looks fancy but taste doesn't worth to try...
  • Elvis M.
    Even though it shares owners with Lauriol Plaza, I love the taste of food and the speediness to get a table. I love their service
  • Mallie T.
    Mallie TApril 18
    Been here 10+ times
    Hold off on the chips and salsa and use those chips to sop up cheese chile rellenos instead!
  • David A.
    David AmbroseDecember 31, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Taco platter and homeade tortillas!
  • Lacey C.
    Lacey CappsSeptember 9, 2016
    Won't be back. Guapo's down the street is much better/cleaner. My guest & I ordered the same thing, they served as 1 dish, & then upcharged.
    Upvoted Oct 15
  • Fernando L.
    Fernando LAugust 12, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best tortilla chips (home made) and spicy tomato sauce in town, by far... and free!!!
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGJuly 4, 2016
    Solid margaritas; nice patio.
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraMay 31, 2016
    Lots of young professionals. Nice show. Good beer & good enough Mexican food.
  • sweetpearacer
    sweetpearacerMarch 22, 2016
    Combo platters and fajitas are huge and reasonably priced.
  • Rene M.
    Rene MarcosSeptember 12, 2015
    The service is very good but the food need more supervision
  • Jim L.
    Jim LindeAugust 1, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    They had salmon and crab enchiladas as a special, very good.
  • Andrea N.
    Andrea NewlandJuly 23, 2015
    Yuck! Too loud, full of screaming children and processed Tex Mex Food. Much better fare in other parts of DC. Pass.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenJuly 16, 2015
    Eat an enormous pepper…if you dare!
  • Brionne G.
    Brionne GriffinJuly 12, 2015
    Margarita shmargarita. The thing to get here is the "Sangrita" 👌🏼
  • Sandy C.
    Sandy CApril 15, 2015
    Veggie fajitas veggie fajitas veggie fajitas! My fave! You can ask for no oil if you're health conscious!
  • Андрей К.
    Chicken was dry, taco was drenched with grease. Nice sized portions, but the food tasted like it wasn't made from the soul. Not coming back here. Nice waitresses
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 4, 2015
    The fajitas are amazing. Great for kids because of the tortilla making machine and the yummy kids menu.
  • Jessica P.
    Jessica PlacenciaFebruary 10, 2015
    Great margaritas
  • Laurie H.
    Laurie HughesNovember 26, 2014
    It was amazing!!
  • Tyler H.
    Tyler HastingsNovember 21, 2014
    Standard Mexican fare. Free chips when you sit down.
  • Joseph P.
    Joseph PuenteSeptember 7, 2014
    As a fourth generation Texan, if you're expecting Tex-Mex I would suggest going somewhere else.
  • G C.
    G CJune 27, 2014
    Food came out fast, delicious. Waiter gave us extra chips and salsa. Plenty of seating. Perfect for large groups. Margaritas on point!
  • Cactus Cantina
    Cactus CantinaMay 1, 2014
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  • Cactus Cantina
    Cactus CantinaApril 22, 2014
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  • Ararara
    ArararaFebruary 23, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Has the best vegetable fajitas
  • John F.
    John FishlockJanuary 18, 2014
    Fantastic Salad!
  • Erick R.
    Erick ReyesJanuary 1, 2014
    Food was so good! Their was a little wait but it was worth it.
  • Ed K.
    Ed KurkowskiDecember 21, 2013
    Not a fan. Enchiladas were dry, meat was bland and unseasoned, guacamole was either store bought or not made very well.
  • Uber DC
    Uber DCOctober 15, 2013
    1 Free Margarita w/ entree (up to four for each rider in an uberX) with your uberX receipt from 10/16/13 - 10/18/13! #DCLOVESuberX
  • Jeannie W.
    Jeannie WSeptember 18, 2013
    The fajitas are drop-dead amazing!!
  • Karin M.
    Karin MillerSeptember 16, 2013
    Matt is an awesome server! Talk about helping a girl out - he found masking tape for my leftovers box so that it wouldn't leak on my bike ride home.
  • Team Faded I.
    Team Faded IntoxicologistAugust 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit in Lorena section team faded approved
  • Paige P.
    Paige PlissnerAugust 20, 2013
    You can't sit with us.
  • Jason T.
    Jason ThompsonAugust 12, 2013
    Fish tacos were out of this world!! Toss in the margarita and pure bliss
  • Matt
    MattAugust 11, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the swirl margarita.
  • Justin B.
    Justin BJuly 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    It's just one of my all time favorites. The best frozen margaritas. Amazing.
  • Allys C.
    Allys CurrieJuly 14, 2013
    Enjoy every tasty minute while eating your fajita and drinking your margarita ;)
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew StaehleJuly 8, 2013
    The Cantina salad is excellent particularly if your want a good meal but not in/on a tortilla.
  • Nevenka
    NevenkaJune 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food. In-house made tortillas. Love the salsa/chips while waiting for the food.
  • Tammy G.
    Tammy GordonJune 9, 2013
    If you have a pup, get a table outside on the edge & they will bring them water.
  • Tim C.
    Tim ChampneyJune 1, 2013
    Ceviche is great.
  • Morgan F.
    Morgan FintonMay 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Tex-Mex in the city. Hands down.
  • Sheri M.
    Sheri MitchellMay 21, 2013
    The Margaritas are a must. The best I've ever had.
  • Serg S.
    Serg SoulMay 12, 2013
    Good stuff
  • Rob B.
    Rob BouknightApril 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Tex-Mex food and an ideal location for large parties. Fun, Lively themed ambience with excellent frozen margaritas, fajitas to die for, as well as a strong menu overall. Watch out for waits!
  • Kam D.
    Kam DesaiApril 3, 2013
    Pass on the cheese enchiladas.
  • Rob B.
    Rob BouknightMarch 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Perfect go to spot for a casual and quality tex-Mex meal or simply to grab a pitcher of frozen margaritas. Amazing fajitas, frozen margaritas, and you really can't go wrong with any menu item.
  • Stephen
    StephenMarch 9, 2013
    Excellente! Margaritas are on point!
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisFebruary 5, 2013
    stop by for the best fajitas in town and split amazing Fajitas al Carbon with Chicken and Beef (6/5 NOMs). You won't be disappointed. More tips & pics @
  • Chris
    ChrisFebruary 1, 2013
    Great good and even better margaritas, stay away from the tasteless enchiladas though.
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey AJanuary 25, 2013
    Get a small pitcher of sangria to start your night out right ;P
  • Carolina M.
    Carolina MoralesDecember 15, 2012
    Order a frozen margarita is the best ! Ah! And beef fajitas!
  • Tricia H.
    Tricia HaynesAugust 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't expect to come here without seeing a child take its first steps. Prior to 8pm the bar area is basically a daycare.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PriestAugust 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    It's ALL about the margaritas. And the Sante Fe platter (vegetarian or not, it's AWESOME).
  • Ogun H.
    Ogun HolderJuly 30, 2012
    Try the Paloma Platter - Scrumptious grilled quail with Mexican spices. #unique #tasty
  • Lauren
    LaurenJuly 5, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Margs at Guapos are better but the chips and food are the best I've found in NW
  • John
    JohnJune 27, 2012
    Delicious, fun Mexican restaurant and bar. The frozen margarita swirls are homo.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HarrisJune 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best salsa in DC!
  • Mikhail K.
    Mikhail KrutikovJune 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask for Con Queso...goes with the nachos just perfect!
  • Stephanie
    StephanieJune 22, 2012
    Here's a tip: leave! Food is horrid.
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher SacraJune 19, 2012
    Worth the wait. The fish tacos are to die for - and I've lived in San Diegi - where the best are.
  • Ellen B.
    Ellen BryanJune 4, 2012
    Get the Sangrita. Sangria + Margarita = Bliss.
  • Janelle S.
    Janelle SmithMay 26, 2012
    Not really busy, but over an hour and still no food? Wtf. I <3 my lang for telling them to forget it an we left. Nice server and hostess tho.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HerderApril 28, 2012
    Free chips and salsa at the bar.
  • Shannon P.
    Shannon PatrickMarch 18, 2012
    Kid friendly, great outdoor spot!
  • Holly
    HollyMarch 11, 2012
    Great food and even better service.
  • Tristan M.
    Tristan MageeJanuary 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Leave when they close!
  • Tristan M.
    Tristan MageeDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Flirt with Tristan for better service.
  • Neal
    NealDecember 18, 2011
    This place has terrible service.
  • Christian G.
    Christian GuevaraDecember 11, 2011
    Chips and dips are the best!
  • Darrin F.
    Darrin FriedmanNovember 14, 2011
    My favorite Tex-Mex place in DC. Bush senior used to go there all the time. When you order, make sure you ask to heat up the salsa like soup. It will make the meal.
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenNovember 12, 2011
    Sangria for two? Get the half-pitcher, about 4 glasses worth
  • Joe G.
    Joe GizziOctober 9, 2011
    Nice alternative to Lauriol - seeing as they are exactly the same. Bistec cubano and plantains all the way! Sangritas if you're feeling feisty.
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher SotoOctober 8, 2011
    Love the pork meat... It is delicious here!!! Love you Lorena! You are the best!!! ;)
  • Renzo A.
    Renzo AlbertoOctober 8, 2011
    Ask for Lorena! She is the best! La mejor!!
  • Ron J.
    Ron JollySeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Food good 16 yr old hostess walking around host stand pulling shorts up like Erkel and bending over, NOT attractive!!!
  • Shannon H.
    Shannon HeathSeptember 27, 2011
    Good Food, Great Margaritas! And they make their own Tortillas in house! Yummy!
  • Katherine S.
    Katherine StevensSeptember 16, 2011
    Mediocre food and sat on the deck in February. Go somewhere else.
  • Team Faded I.
    Team Faded IntoxicologistSeptember 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the salmon with shrimp
  • Alex
    AlexAugust 18, 2011
    Find the president's chair!
  • alice r.
    alice richardsonJuly 30, 2011
    Babe's fav DC spot... Read more
  • Martin B.
    Martin BJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken nachos are good!
  • Ley M.
    Ley MendozaJuly 10, 2011
    Great food but the bathroom needs some work
  • Sam H.
    Sam HMay 22, 2011
    Don't diarrhea in the margarita machine they don't take kindly to that
  • Katelyn H.
    Katelyn HurleyMarch 20, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    If you're over 21, when you go here you HAVE to get a margarita. The best in DC. If you're under 21, don't even try to get in with a fake... They scan IDs sometimes, and ALWAYS check them.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PriestMarch 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If they ask if your entire party is here, lie if you have to. Otherwise the host will just be a jerk about it.
  • Kilian S.
    Kilian SullivanMarch 18, 2011
    Great outdoor people watching on Wisc. Ave.
  • Lindsey J.
    Lindsey JonesMarch 12, 2011
    Swirl baby!
  • Alan C.
    Alan CrouchJanuary 22, 2011
    Watch out for the bitchy hostess who won't een take your name unless your entire party is in front of her only to give you a buzzer to wait an undisclosed amount of time to be seated
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MichaelJanuary 3, 2011
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MichaelJanuary 3, 2011
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 28, 2010
    Try the Chicken & Steak Fajitas
  • Dan M.
    Dan MorrallDecember 27, 2010
    Mixed Fajitas... can't go wrong!
  • Wayne J.
    Wayne JohnsonDecember 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place and inexpensive. If you're parking in the lot, be mindful of the restricted areas.
  • kim r.
    kim rawlinsNovember 17, 2010
    fajitas, fajitas, fajitas!!!!
  • Eric R.
    Eric RussoOctober 15, 2010
    Never been to DC without stopping here. I consider myself a wing person and normally getting wings at a mexican restaurant is a no-no, but the texas wings here are an absolute must get.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BarberSeptember 13, 2010
    It's all about the Texas wings and steak fajitas. Hands down the best fajitas of my life.
  • Gretchen K.
    Gretchen KrimmelAugust 13, 2010
    Best margs in the city! Come early on Fridays and Saturdays if you want to do dinner though, it gets packed and they don't take reservations.
  • Dora
    DoraJuly 21, 2010
    Kids are treated to a special menu, drinks and coloring books.Powered by
  • Katie G.
    Katie GardnerJuly 7, 2010
    Great place to order margarita's and enjoy a great meal with friends. Plus they have great queso Read more
  • Jen B.
    Jen BurnettJune 23, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Fresh grilled tacos are never a bad choice. Good guacamole, 'ritas and salsa.
  • C.J. L.
    C.J. LiguoriMay 14, 2010
    All you need to know is that they have an oil on canvas painting of the Dos Equis man on the way to the men's room. Great food not over done. My wife and have been coming here for close to 20 years.
  • Todd D.
    Todd DanielsMay 8, 2010
    The steak in the fajitas is phenomenal!
  • Alex L.
    Alex LeeFebruary 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Mahi Mahi Tacos are the bomb. It's not on the menu, ask for the special's list.
  • Cory K.
    Cory KeyDecember 21, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    The queso is the best in DC
  • Tim M.
    Tim McClureDecember 21, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Badass margaritas
  • Vincent M.
    Vincent MacalusoOctober 7, 2009
    Spinach and artichoke quesasillas are muey tasty.
  • Scott T.
    Scott ThelenJuly 29, 2009
    great atmosphere! good Mexican food! busy though at night!
  • Ece A.
    Ece AydınNovember 20, 2015
    Çocuklarla rahat edilir
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