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Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar

Iron Cactus Mexican Restaurant, Grill and Margarita Bar

Mexican Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
280 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • margaritas
  • rooftop
  • 6th street
  • tequila
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    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
  • Dylan & Mia
    Dylan & MiaMay 28, 2013
    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!
  • 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).
  • Nate W.
    Nate WilliamsSeptember 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Germaine W.
    Germaine WilliamsNovember 15, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • David S.
    David SequeiraJune 11, 2012
    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!
  • Monika M.
    Monika McMahonMay 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
    meniscuszine.comAugust 7, 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
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  • Sean R.
    Sean RosarioJanuary 13
    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
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  • Do512
    Do512February 27, 2012
    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
  • Mark B.
    Mark BSeptember 25
    Decent Tex-Mex. Loved the fresh guacamole made table side and the margaritas are good. One of the fewer good sized restaurants on 6th and is a chain.
  • Brooklyn United
    Brooklyn UnitedMarch 6, 2012
    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!
  • Pedro C.
    Pedro Couto e SantosMarch 22, 2015
    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.
  • Christa C.
    Christa CampbellJune 12, 2014
    This place is wonderful! Free chips and salsa. Have the salmon and fried avacado. Sit on the rooftop.
    MetroSeeker.comAugust 1, 2011
    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.
  • SK J.
    SK JDecember 12, 2015
    Can't go wrong with crab fritter nachos and shrimp enchiladas. Flan is awesome.
  • Brent G.
    Brent GatewoodMarch 18, 2015
    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.
  • Julia M.
    Julia MontiMarch 11
    Delicious margs and tortilla soup. The salsa that comes with the table is spicy and delicious. Mix the queso and salsa.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MesserschmidtMarch 20, 2015
    Amazing Mexican food. You've got to try the fresh Guacamole! Liked the lobster tacos, too!
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  • cj r.
    cj rooneyMarch 11, 2014
    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.
  • Chelsea M.
    Chelsea MichaelSeptember 9, 2011
    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.
  • VA J.
    VA JonesJanuary 7, 2012
    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!
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BaranikMarch 12, 2013
    The lobster tacos have a great blend of flavors! Three of them come in the entree so between chips & this it's enough food!
  • Bruna C.
    Bruna CalheirosJanuary 2, 2015
    Get The Lobster Tacos. They are amazing! Also their sangria is pretty unique with a touch of cinnamon. ;)
  • Social News Network
    Social News NetworkSeptember 29, 2013
    With options like Lobster Tacos and Texas Peach Margaritas accompanied by a misted rooftop 6th Street view, what else do you need in life?
  • Dylan & Mia
    Dylan & MiaMay 28, 2013
    Second tip: Sit by the window or upstairs looking over 6th! 6th street is so entertaining to watch!
  • Heather B.
    Heather BarrJune 1, 2013
    The asparagus is delightful. Shrimp kabobs and ceviche are great too. Go with the sangria. Rooftop deck w/ Latin music
  • 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...
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BrileyNovember 19, 2014
    This is the only restaurant I've been to where the gluten free menu is already on the table when you sit down. Kudos!
  • Jasmine L.
    Jasmine LeitzelMarch 2, 2014
    Strawberry cactus margarita and ahi tuna ceviche. Amazing. Right in the middle of the busiest block on 6th street. This place kicks ass
  • Amanda W.
    Amanda WickMarch 21, 2011
    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.
  • curt
    curtMarch 19, 2014
    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
  • Kate
    KateApril 1, 2012
    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
  • Laura D.
    Laura DickMarch 12, 2013
    Service is awesome even tho its busy! Margaritas are amazing and the food was fantastic!
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BaltaMarch 10, 2013
    The freshly made guacamole and mojito with extra mint is a complete combination
  • Ray H.
    Ray HartjenSeptember 12, 2015
    Pricey, but probably worth it. Grilled fish tacos are good, but with fries? Tamale pops - yes!
  • Cathie R.
    Cathie RochauApril 3, 2012
    Must try tres leche cake for dessert- big enough to share! Ditto on the good hand smashed guacamole, a great start.
  • America D.
    America DeApril 27, 2014
    The guacamole is to die for. You must try it! They make it right before your eyes!
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GoldenJuly 22, 2013
    Delicious salsa, amazing margaritas and the perfect rooftop deck for a night out in Austin.
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FonnesbechMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    great frozen marguritas and a fantastic guacamole - try it
  • Alice H.
    Alice HuMarch 20, 2015
    Everything is good, but those nachos with steak... 😍
  • Shana G.
    Shana GohelDecember 30, 2012
    Try the Absolut Bellini Martini for a peachy twist on a martini or the El Pepino for a spicy kick.
  • D I.
    D I-heartJuly 6, 2014
    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
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenFebruary 20, 2013
    Both house-made salsas are fresh and delicious!
  • Rae G.
    Rae GrossMarch 16, 2012
    Get the table side gaucomole, it is truly the best when fresh. This place is an island of sanity at SXSW
  • Ramzi A.
    Cheese enchiladas, pollo verde, and table side Guac. Get the guac
  • Ran "Yodo Aw-som" @.
    You have to try the spicy, cucumber's crazy good. Yea sounds weird, but thank me later lol
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