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Cactus Taqueria

Taco Place and Burrito Place$$$$
Rockridge, Oakland
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  • Serene Y.
    "The shrimp crispy tacos - so good, they're addictive!"(3 Tips)
    Aaron K.
    "Crispy shrimp tacos are unreal- perfect balance in every bite"(8 Tips)
    Tet S.
    "Their crispy shrimp tacos are awesome."(5 Tips)
    Colleen Rose
    "Salsa de Piña I'm addicted!!!! Best salsa I have ever had!!! :)"(2 Tips)
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  • Charlie R.
    Charlie RicheyNovember 16, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Surprised. This was pretty good, will add to the ol' list. Crispy sautéed shrimp tacos lived up to the other reviews, and the classic old cheese quesadilla gave me that greasy cheesy taste you want.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussDecember 22, 2014
    Very tasty California-style Mexican. Not as good as Tacubaya in the category, but solid all around. Not super authentic but unique. Crispy tacos, and burritos are standouts.
  • Russell L.
    Russell LJanuary 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Alfajores cookies are good! The crispy tacos are also good but have compensatory cheese. Try asking for avocado slices instead of guacamole if you don't like cilantro.
  • Mary O.
    Mary OrfaliJune 18, 2016
    Tonights special - chicken torta with chicken, cheese, avocado, pickled onions and jalapeños sounded good but they were out tonight. Will have to try next time they are on the menu.
  • Cassandra D.
    Cassandra DunnMarch 18, 2013
    Order by phone and take out. avoid the line. Crispy chicken tacos are great. As is the Chile Rellano. My guys love the empanadadillas.
  • G.R. M.
    G.R. MedinaMarch 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    This place is always infested with children. They run free without a leash and the parents let them like it's a McDonald's play area! Go after 7:45 for a more "kid free" experience.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BeersJuly 11, 2013
    Not authentic Mexican - it is really a Southwest style place, but the crispy tacos are the bomb. Great salsa bar too.
  • Courtney R.
    Courtney R.March 17, 2013
    Get the fish tacos- so fresh. The extra time it takes to make is worth the wait.
  • Tet S.
    Tet SFebruary 24, 2013
    Their crispy shrimp tacos are awesome. Goes well with a nice, cold Corona or a Negro Modelo.
  • Jennifer O.
    Jennifer OrmerodJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Crunchy Shrimp tacos, Salsa de Piña and Alfajores ( to go please!) are worth a trip from SF.
  • Lenny L.
    Lenny LesserApril 25, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Note that the veggie dishes take longer to make as they grill the veggies fresh.
  • Bhushan D.
    Bhushan DeoOctober 20, 2015
    Crispy tacos with grilled vegetables are really fresh and flavorful
  • Ajay W.
    Ajay WaghrayMarch 21, 2011
    Can't beat the giant burritos here, especially the mole rojo filling. Who knew getting fat could taste so good.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BarackmanJanuary 8, 2010
    There are inexplicably a ton of kids here around dinner time. Actually, come to think of it they do have a great children's menu, so come with the kids and grab some bocadillos.
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KwanMay 19, 2013
    Crispy shrimp tacos are unreal- perfect balance in every bite
  • Tim M.
    Tim MacalinoFebruary 14
    Try any of the crispy tacos!! Shrimp is my fav!!
  • Gnat B.
    Gnat BrainSeptember 21, 2014
    Black bean quesadilla and crispy tacos with cabbage salsa.
  • Ali L.
    Ali LazarusJune 20, 2010
    I love the black bean quesadillas with guacamole on the side. Tastes good, inexpensive, and filling.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KaneDecember 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    In December they offer tamale specials. Take advantage.
  • Rich Y.
    Rich YannaconeOctober 29, 2016
    I like it. Order it for delivery frequently
  • Marc F.
    Marc FloresFebruary 21, 2014
    60% of the patrons in here are screeching children. It is 6:03 p.m. as of this writing on a Thursday night.
  • Altaf K.
    Altaf KassamSeptember 28, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the cilantro rice in your burrito. Mmmm!
  • Noah H.
    Noah HayesNovember 4, 2015
    If you ever want to re-live the feeling of a elementary school cafeteria, this is your place.
  • Ozan U.
    Ozan Ulucan PhotographyFebruary 12, 2014
    I love this place :) so delicious and cheap nice :)
  • Suki v.
    Suki van ArsdaleAugust 22, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice, sturdy changing table in their woman's bathroom
  • Serene Y.
    Serene YeeJuly 18, 2013
    The shrimp crispy tacos - so good, they're addictive!
  • Tessa C.
    Tessa CoxMay 24, 2012
    Didnt live up to the hype, the fish burrito wasn't very fresh tasting. Looks very popular, tho, so... Go for the "cred," but not the food.
  • Brett F.
    Brett FisherMay 27, 2014
    Really just mediocre and usually long waits and lots of kids. I wanted to like this place as it's in my hood but after many attempts just gave up.
  • Nicholas Y.
    Nicholas YoungJanuary 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're going at lunch or dinner time, call ahead and pick up to go.
  • Rich Y.
    Rich YannaconeFebruary 27
    Delicious! Love the flan
  • Altaf K.
    Altaf KassamOctober 25, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Eat your burrito with a fork and knife Constanza style!
  • Aleesahn
    AleesahnFebruary 25, 2010
    Their daily specials are always worth it. And you need to visit the fresh salsa bar for 6 flavor choices.
  • BuddhaBen R.
    BuddhaBen RudnickMarch 3, 2016
    Incredible crispy shrimp tacos!
  • Beth B.
    Beth BaranyApril 29, 2012
    Great shrimp! Not spicy! :)
  • Solveig P.
    Solveig PedersonAugust 25, 2009
    any of the camarones dishes (burrito, taco) plus the yummy pineapple salsa. doesn't feel odd to eat alone here.
  • Oscar C.
    Oscar CastroMarch 17, 2011
    Try the Alfajores Cookie... It's killer!!!!!
  • Cameron P.
    Cameron PlattMarch 10, 2010
    Crispy chicken tacos are a religious experience when paired with the pineapple salsa.
  • Colleen Rose
    Colleen RoseNovember 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Salsa de Piña I'm addicted!!!! Best salsa I have ever had!!! :)
  • Nnenniqua
    NnenniquaJuly 20, 2014
    Awesome shrimp burritos!
  • Chris G.
    Chris GoJune 3, 2016
    Crispy shrimp tacos!
  • Alex H.
    Alex HernandezJuly 9, 2013
    Get the crispy tacos. They rock
  • Gian P.
    Gian PepeOctober 16, 2011
    Fish Taco with "beer" salsa
  • Ryan L.
    Ryan LechaSeptember 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken and shrimp crispy Tacos!
  • Luca S.
    Luca SchweitzerJune 3, 2012
    Great food, but too many montclair wimps.
  • Richard C.
    Richard CatesFebruary 11, 2014
    They have.security at night
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah Sled LentJanuary 22, 2011
    The shrimp crispy tacos are the best ever!
  • Shane K.
    Shane KinderMay 3, 2014
    Awesome tacos up in Berkeley
  • kimberly a.
    kimberly aguileraJuly 3, 2013
    Delicious fish tacos!
  • Julia H.
    Julia HersheyJanuary 4, 2012
    Awesomee horchata =)
  • scott h.
    scott howardDecember 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The empanadas are mind blowing.
  • @CarlThaCoach
    @CarlThaCoachJuly 4, 2011
    Get this crispy steak tacos!
  • Carolyn F.
    Carolyn FMarch 9, 2016
    Fish burrito
  • Meg H.
    Meg HerbertMarch 6, 2014
    Unless you like soggy and meh, skip it. Or go in for a cold cheap beer?
  • Mike M.
    Mike MawhorterSeptember 28, 2011
    Crispy tacos! Bombbbbb!!!
  • Kalí L.
    Kalí Lowe-BrisbyFebruary 21, 2012
    Kids. EVERYWHERE.
  • Kalí L.
    Kalí Lowe-BrisbyFebruary 21, 2012
    Faux Mexican, Chipotle is better.
  • Chris G.
    Chris GoApril 20, 2010
    Crispy shrimp tacos! Mmmm...
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie StiavettiSeptember 23, 2009
    must try their enchiladas. so good.
  • Alex H.
    Alex HustleJuly 19, 2010
    Get their Chron Tacos.
  • Sheila S.
    Sheila SteinbergSeptember 12, 2010
    Best shrimp tacos!
  • Emily P.
    Emily ParkerSeptember 25, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    They have great crispy chicken tacos!
  • Brooks J.
    Brooks JordanFebruary 24, 2010
    Lots of rain-soaked patrons tonight.
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