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Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant, Grill and Margarita Bar

Mexican Restaurant and Bar · Downtown Austin
606 Trinity St (at East 6th St), Austin, TX 78701, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–10:30 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–10:30 PM
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

Established in 1996 on historic Sixth Street the Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar has been serving contemporary Mexican cuisine for over 18 years. We draw our inspiration for our cuisine from various regions in Mexico. The Iron Cactus can be found in 5 locations across Texas...


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  • On Austin's Top Tex-Mex
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    Julie H.
    "Lobster tacos, Texas peach, table side guac"(12 Tips)
    Cheri 🍓 B.
    "The lobster taco appetizer is melt-in-your-mouth delicious."(21 Tips)
    "great discount if you work on 6th Street"(9 Tips)
    Laura Q.
    "Get the cactus juice!!"(7 Tips)
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  • Mexican food
  • margaritas
  • rooftop
  • 6th street
  • tequila
  • cocktails
  • happy hour
  • enchiladas
  • fajitas
  • Tex-Mex cuisine
  • good for groups
  • Mexican martinis
  • steak
  • balcony
  • gluten-free food
  • buffet
  • trendy
  • nachos
  • quesadillas
  • spicy food

    Iron Cactus in Austin, TX on the city’s famous Trinity Street is the perfect place to enjoy a pitcher on the rocks at happy hour (bonus: on Monday-Friday from 3 to 6pm, small margaritas are just $3). Read more · July 11, 2013
  • Sean R.

    Food was really good, HOWEVER, drinks were SUB STANDARD. Martinis were not filled to the rim like martinis are supposed to. My group ordered 4 chocolate martinis and the they had a shots worth of liqu

    Sean Rosario · January 13
  • Dallas Foodie (.

    Some of the best TexMex in Austin. Get a rooftop table at sunset and order Ahi Tuna Ceviche (comes with amazing chips), lobster tacos (full of lobster sweetness), and a 100% Agave Margarita (strong).

    Dallas Foodie (Danielle G.) · March 13, 2012

    Whitefish tacos are perfect for hot temps. thanks to a papaya salsa garnish. The restaurant’s chicken fried steak deserves a mention for its size & tasty salty batter. —WC · August 7, 2012
  • JugnooMe

    Grab an order of fish tacos and the tableside guacamole. The orange juice is key! We also really enjoyed a local speciality - the home-brewed elderflower liqueur. Enjoy it in the Elderflower Martini. Read more

    JugnooMe · March 12, 2012
  • Dylan & Mia

    Some very tasty food! We got the lobster tacos and pollo flameado. Both dishes came out perfect! Our waitress Audrey, was awesome! She made us feel welcomed, and had fast accurate service!

    Dylan & Mia · May 28, 2013
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  • David S.

    Stop in for lunch/dinner and some margs! House salsa is awesome! Get the queso to go with it! Chicken/Jalepeno poppers are a must! Wide tequilla selection and great menu options!

    David Sequeira · June 11, 2012
  • Do512

    May be a wait for dinner if you go on a weekend, but the amazing margaritas will make the wait feel a whole lot shorter :) Check out what's going on during SXSW here at

    Do512 · February 27, 2012
  • D I.

    For Sunday Brunch it's $15 the waitress lied to me & told me that the bottomless mimosa was included it's an additional $7 salty ass bacon too many other good restaurants in Austin to eat here again

    D I-heart · July 6, 2014
  • Nate W.

    Amazing delicious foods and drinks! Good size portions and must try the tournedos de tejas or the cornbread crusted pescado. That are by the best dishes that ive had in a while.

    Nate Williams · September 1, 2013
  • Germaine W.

    Table side guacamole is great. Cocktails are very tasty. Veggie fajitas with black beans and cilantro rice is a great vegan option. Other beans and rice are not vegetarian.

    Germaine Williams · November 15, 2015

    If you're into sipping tequila, this is a great place to go. We recommend trying a tequila flight, and if you're feeling adventurous, the pomegranate margarita is to die for. · August 1, 2011
  • Brooklyn United

    This Mexican restaurant has a great balcony upstairs, perfect for catching some sun while relaxing and watching 6th Street activity. Guacamole made table side, don't skip it!

    Brooklyn United · March 6, 2012
  • Brent G.

    Baja Fish Tacos were good, but the fish pieces were too big. Make them smaller and put in a couple. Not one big one. House Margarita was excellent. Good chips y salsa.

    Brent Gatewood · March 18, 2015
  • curt

    do not try to get seated with one missing from your party .. do not try to bring in water - they think it's vodka .. this is a business dyk .. good meatloaf good queso nice patio

    curt · March 19, 2014
  • Amanda W.

    A) put alcohol in your drinks, b) triple sec is not a valid margarita mixer, c) the cerviche is amazing, d) micheladas shouldn't have BBQ sauce in them, e) super sweet deck.

    Amanda Wick · March 21, 2011
  • Morris C.

    Very disappointed with this place. Managers treated us bad, food it's not even good as it used to be. But everything else was awful. Not coming back ever, and would not recommend this place at all.

    Morris Ceseña · February 2, 2014
  • Alex G.

    Bland, overpriced food, some of it was cold and other parts were rubbery and overcooked. The drinks promised to be strong, but did not deliver. Only real positive was the pleasant, attentive staff.

    Alex Glover · April 12, 2015
  • Monika M.

    Perfect rooftop bar to people watch on 6th during SXSW. The queso is a great app to share and the margaritas will keep you cool on a hot day.

    Monika McMahon · May 17, 2015
  • Jenny Jem G.

    Cactus Juice's are the bomb. It's worth the extra 50 cents for the "straw"berry flavor, but any are great! Margaritas with Everclear! Who could ask for anything more. Read more

    Jenny Jem George · March 20, 2010
  • Chelsea M.

    Best damn taco salad I've ever had. And it's worth it to get the extra kick in your drink, go for the tequila floater. Your liver won't hate you too much.

    Chelsea Michael · September 9, 2011
  • VA J.

    Happy hour till 7pm includes 1/2 off apps & $3 drink specials (real margaritas w/agave, house cocktails, beers & wine!) John is a fantastic server!

    VA Jones · January 7, 2012
  • Brittany M.

    Bring your own to-go boxes. They charge a 7% rate for them. Not worth it. Also, they only give military discounts if you are in uniform. Sucky policies but great food!

    Brittany Mondor · August 5, 2013
  • Tegan James / M.

    Chicken stuffed Avacado for lunch is delicious and probably one of the best burritos I've had in a long time. Eat your Mexican delights on the roof...

    Tegan James / Mace Ballard · September 6, 2011
  • Pedro C.

    Very good margaritas, nice atmosphere despite the noise, but then again, I was there during SXSW, maybe it's quieter the rest of the year.

    Pedro Couto e Santos · March 22, 2015
  • cj r.

    Order the guacamole. A guy comes over with a variety of ingredients and makes the guacamole to your standards the entire time. Excellent and yummy.

    cj rooney · March 11, 2014
  • Kate

    Place has good food and a very central location, but with all the other authentic restaurants in Austin, I would consider other Mexican restaurants first

    Kate · April 1, 2012
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  • Christa C.

    This place is wonderful! Free chips and salsa. Have the salmon and fried avacado. Sit on the rooftop.

    Christa Campbell · June 12, 2014
  • Julia M.

    Delicious margs and tortilla soup. The salsa that comes with the table is spicy and delicious. Mix the queso and salsa.

    Julia Monti · March 11
  • Dylan & Mia

    Second tip: Sit by the window or upstairs looking over 6th! 6th street is so entertaining to watch!

    Dylan & Mia · May 28, 2013
  • Elizabeth B.

    The lobster tacos have a great blend of flavors! Three of them come in the entree so between chips & this it's enough food!

    Elizabeth Baranik · March 12, 2013
  • Tim M.

    Amazing Mexican food. You've got to try the fresh Guacamole! Liked the lobster tacos, too!

    Tim Messerschmidt · March 20, 2015
  • Heather B.

    The asparagus is delightful. Shrimp kabobs and ceviche are great too. Go with the sangria. Rooftop deck w/ Latin music

    Heather Barr · June 1, 2013
  • Matt T.

    Ask for Alex. She will help you out with whatever drink suits your occasion. If you're in college... A lights out & a Dos will do.

    Matt Tolley · January 30, 2010
  • Caroline M.

    For lunch, the buffet-style restaurant upstairs will get you food faster, but the restaurant-style downstairs is better. Try the fish tacos.

    Caroline McCarthy · March 17, 2009
  • Richard H.

    Sadly disappointed in the guac. Its not bad just not something to rage about IMO. Then again I'm from California and think InNOut Burger is overrated.

    Richard Harris · June 12, 2013
  • SK J.

    Can't go wrong with crab fritter nachos and shrimp enchiladas. Flan is awesome.

    SK J · December 12, 2015
  • Kelly B.

    This is the only restaurant I've been to where the gluten free menu is already on the table when you sit down. Kudos!

    Kelly Briley · November 19, 2014
  • Jennifer Y.

    Great service for such a large party, but disappointed with the chili con queso and yucatan fish tacos despite good reviews

    Jennifer Yu · July 8, 2010
  • Dave Y.

    If you're here for Mexican Martinis, save your money. They are not well balanced, too acidic. Try Trudy's, their original is far better.

    Dave Yeti · August 10, 2014
  • Social News Network

    With options like Lobster Tacos and Texas Peach Margaritas accompanied by a misted rooftop 6th Street view, what else do you need in life?

    Social News Network · September 29, 2013
  • Cathie R.

    Must try tres leche cake for dessert- big enough to share! Ditto on the good hand smashed guacamole, a great start.

    Cathie Rochau · April 3, 2012
  • Tyler H.

    Quesadilla is overcooked and underfilled. Their signature Palermo drink is at least decent, though a margharita might be a better bet.

    Tyler Hayes · March 11, 2010
  • Bruna C.

    Get The Lobster Tacos. They are amazing! Also their sangria is pretty unique with a touch of cinnamon. ;)

    Bruna Calheiros · January 2, 2015
  • Lisa H.

    Fantastic food and service. Try the fajitas. Next time going to try the lobster tacos. Cold salsa better than the warm.

    Lisa Hm · June 25, 2010
  • Sarah B.

    The freshly made guacamole and mojito with extra mint is a complete combination

    Sarah Balta · March 10, 2013
  • Adobe SXSW

    Stellar selection of over 80 Tequilas as well as an upstairs balcony to check out all of the 6th street shenanigans. Read more

    Adobe SXSW · March 8, 2010

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