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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
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  • The Most Interesting Man in the World
    I knew a wrestler by this same name. Sadly, when his special move, “Hug of a Thousand Needles,” proved a little too effective, he was forced to become the markedly less fearsome “Satin Willow.”
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • meniscuszine.com
    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 http://bit.ly/NlI3mX
  • 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.
  • 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 do512.com
  • Bruna C.
    Bruna CalheirosJanuary 2, 2015
    Get The Lobster Tacos. They are amazing! Also their sangria is pretty unique with a touch of cinnamon. ;)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • MetroSeeker.com
    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.
  • Jessica G.
    Jessica GoldenJuly 22, 2013
    Delicious salsa, amazing margaritas and the perfect rooftop deck for a night out in Austin.
  • Christa C.
    Christa CampbellJune 12, 2014
    This place is wonderful! Free chips and salsa. Have the salmon and fried avacado. Sit on the rooftop.
  • Mark B.
    Mark BSeptember 25, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MesserschmidtMarch 20, 2015
    Amazing Mexican food. You've got to try the fresh Guacamole! Liked the lobster tacos, too!
  • SK J.
    SK JDecember 12, 2015
    Can't go wrong with crab fritter nachos and shrimp enchiladas. Flan is awesome.
  • 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?
  • 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...
  • 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!
  • Julia M.
    Julia MontiMarch 11, 2016
    Delicious margs and tortilla soup. The salsa that comes with the table is spicy and delicious. Mix the queso and salsa.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Dylan & Mia
    Dylan & MiaMay 28, 2013
    Second tip: Sit by the window or upstairs looking over 6th! 6th street is so entertaining to watch!
  • 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
  • Laura D.
    Laura DickMarch 12, 2013
    Service is awesome even tho its busy! Margaritas are amazing and the food was fantastic!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BaltaMarch 10, 2013
    The freshly made guacamole and mojito with extra mint is a complete combination
  • Lucille F.
    Lucille FonnesbechMarch 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    great frozen marguritas and a fantastic guacamole - try it
  • America D.
    America DeApril 27, 2014
    The guacamole is to die for. You must try it! They make it right before your eyes!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenFebruary 20, 2013
    Both house-made salsas are fresh and delicious!
  • Ran "Yodo Aw-som" @.
    You have to try the spicy, cucumber margarita...it's crazy good. Yea sounds weird, but thank me later lol
  • 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 the tres leche cake for dessert- big enough to share. Also excellent hand smashed guacamole!
  • Jabril F.
    Jabril FarajMarch 19, 2012
    Table side guac is the bomb. Also had some extraordinary ceviche. If possible, sit on the balcony.
  • Alice H.
    Alice HuMarch 20, 2015
    Everything is good, but those nachos with steak... 😍
  • 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
  • Jenny Jem G.
    Jenny Jem GeorgeMarch 20, 2010
    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
  • ILiveInDallas.com
    ILiveInDallas.comMarch 23, 2012
    Try their brunch on Sundays. They have a good all-you-can-drink mimosa and Mexican buffet.
  • Ashlynn O.
    Ashlynn OwenFebruary 28, 2014
    Margaritas are not GREAT. But $3 at happy hour so go for it!
  • Ramzi A.
    Ramzi AbdochMarch 3, 2016
    Cheese enchiladas, pollo verde, and table side Guac. Get the guac
  • Alexa (@ladylexy) A.
    Try the Lobster Tacos - I think these are "lobster" tacos but still comfort food good.
  • Maddie
    MaddieAugust 12, 2015
    Great brunch deal but really slow service. Go for bottomless mimosas on Sunday (obviously).
  • Aksel Q.
    Tableside guac was yummy. The three chile pork was also delicious!
  • Willo O.
    Willo OBrienMarch 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Victor is the best!! Seriously amazing waiter & people person. I want to hire him. This kid will go far.
  • KMP Blog
    KMP BlogApril 1, 2011
    Their chicken quesadillas are pretty tasty. Also get a frozen margarita, they are well known for it. :)
  • Jessica W.
    Jessica WellsMarch 16, 2012
    Ask for Bernal's "Lights Out" if you like long islands & sweet. Tastes like a hard peach/lemonade drink w a serious punch!
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LatorreFebruary 29, 2012
    Lunching? Get the uniquely local chicken stuffed deep fried whole avocado, and a margarita.
  • CodeNameMax S.
    CodeNameMax ShelliMarch 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    It awesome you know it. Get the guacamole and the award winning margarita!!! Boomshakalaka
  • Oliver B.
    Central location on 6th St., nice outdoor seating in second floor
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenFebruary 20, 2013
    Table side guacamole FTW! And optional jalapeño!
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah BakerApril 12, 2011
    Ask your server if they'll add orange when they make your tableside guacamole - you won't be disappointed.
  • Brittany M.
    Brittany MondorAugust 5, 2013
    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!
  • Cheri 🍓 B.
    Cheri 🍓 BerryMarch 10, 2013
    The lobster taco appetizer is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
  • Jessica Lynn S.
    Jessica Lynn ShullMarch 12, 2012
    Tableside Guac is amazing! But the service blows. Get a beer and Guac and go :-)
  • Tracy
    TracyMarch 6, 2011
    Great Sunday brunch with bottomless mimosas. Gluten-free and vegetarian menus available too
  • Rebecca A.
    Rebecca ArnoldJune 4, 2012
    The lobster tacos is horrible!!! But mexican martinis and bloody Mary's are a must!!
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BurnettApril 19, 2013
    Guacamole salad is the best! I get it chunky with no jalapeños
  • Caffery P.
    Caffery PennJuly 16, 2015
    Solid tequila bar. They have a decent Sunday brunch for cheap too
  • Sahana U.
    Sahana UMay 26, 2013
    The vegetarian enchiladas are literally the best I've ever had.
  • Catherine M.
    Catherine MorrisMarch 15, 2012
    While you are here check out hubb.it to find out what other awesome food/drink spots there are nearby!
  • Heather R.
    Heather RobtoyFebruary 24, 2012
    Best steak enchiladas I've EVER had! Salsa is also very good!
  • Lisa H.
    Lisa HmJune 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic food and service. Try the fajitas. Next time going to try the lobster tacos. Cold salsa better than the warm.
  • Kel K.
    Kel KellyMay 12, 2011
    Try the Perfecto Margarita but tell them to add muddled mint. It will change your life.
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LocklinOctober 10, 2014
    Best margaritas in Austin. Great good and table side guacamole.
  • Erik S.
    Erik SmithDecember 5, 2013
    Don't leave there without trying the cucumber jalapeno margaritas.
  • Leah J.
    Leah JohnsonNovember 20, 2011
    Thursday night $2 lights out. Be friendly to sean the bouncer, he's just flat out awesome!
  • Chris J.
    Chris JNovember 25, 2014
    It's not too busy on weekdays. Good place to eat some chips and drink while passing the time.
  • Shawn C.
    Shawn ChengMarch 9, 2013
    Only get Albert as a waiter. He and his mustache are the bomb.
  • Trae F.
    Trae FFebruary 15, 2016
    Sit out on the upstairs patio and listen to the music from the place across the street
  • Joseph V.
    Joseph VasquezMay 28, 2012
    Try the Blood Orange Margarita - Avion Tequila with Cointreau and blood orange juice--Refreshing defined @iron_cactus!
  • Jennifer Y.
    Jennifer YuJuly 8, 2010
    Great service for such a large party, but disappointed with the chili con queso and yucatan fish tacos despite good reviews
  • KMP Blog
    KMP BlogMarch 12, 2011
    Their chicken quesadilla is pretty good. They are also famous for their frozen margaritas! Enjoy!
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CohenMarch 13, 2012
    Queso was awesome and the tacos were a lot bigger than I thought they would be.
  • Matt T.
    Matt TolleyJanuary 30, 2010
    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.
  • Mark T.
    Mark TewartFebruary 26, 2016
    Excellent food, nice patio. Love their salsa
  • Craig E.
    Craig ElimeliahAugust 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Favorite recovery spot in Austin
  • 高手놀리밑™
    高手놀리밑™March 11, 2013
    Non-US ppl: portion wise Appetizers are probably good enough if you aren't hungry
  • Jesse J.
    Jesse JamesMarch 29, 2012
    Try the lobster tacos, the portion aren't big but it tastes good
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HeringMarch 10, 2012
    Tequila on tap and all the texmex menu options a girl can dream of!
  • Justin P.
    Justin ParteeMarch 28, 2012
    Stuffed Avocado (lunch menu only) is AMAZING!!
  • Lovisa W.
    Lovisa WilliamsMarch 10, 2011
    Love the rooftop deck & of course the margaritas. Try the La Muerte
  • Roger W.
    Roger WillisNovember 21, 2014
    Awesome all you can eat brunch. Consider it a challenge.
  • Thomas E.
    Thomas EdwardsMarch 13, 2011
    A featured How About We date idea, although it can be a long wait, it's worth hanging out on the patio.
  • Clay D.
    Clay DealSeptember 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the table by the window for some of the best people watching in the city. Seriously.
  • April M.
    April MusgroveJuly 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    And the lobster tacos--by FAR the best dish on the menu! 1/2 price during happy hour!
  • MissADS1981 @.
    MissADS1981 @missads1981September 3, 2012
    Table guac is good. Margaritas were melted by time they got to the table. Small margaritas for the price though :/
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BarrezuetaMay 10, 2015
    Avoid the queso compuesto. It's literally melted velveeta cheese. Gave me a tummy ache all day!
  • BetterWorks @.
    BetterWorks @SXSWMarch 9, 2012
    Look for the @BetterWorks team here on friday between 10a and 4p and get yourself a #SXSW PerksPass!
  • Dianey S.
    Dianey SandovalMarch 2, 2015
    Great food! The carne guisada was great...
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