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Cactus Cafe

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26 Carlsbad Caverns Highway, Whites City, NM
+1 575-785-2291
07:00 - 20:00
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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71 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is basic Mexican fare - taco, burrito, etc., but it is at restaurant prices. Atmosphere is nice, and the staff is very friendly. Sunday's they have a buffet breakfast, but we were not there for that. I would eat there again, because the food is good.

Thank Mike L
Calgary, Canada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

we had enchiladas, very good , very filling ., they are only open certain hours but service was good and food plentiful.

Thank jag328
The Woodlands, Texas
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

You are better off eating at the cafe at Carlsbad caverns. As far as park cafeterias go, their selection isn't bad. The food at cactus cafe was seriously so bad. Even the grilled cheese sandwich was inedible because the bread was dry. My other kid didn't even want to eat the corn dog he ordered because the oil it was... More 

Thank empom58
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194 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

When you're the only restaurant near a hotel and an attraction like Carlsbad Caverns, you really don't have to make a huge effort to get customers in unless you have some local competition - and this place doesn't. I visited September and when I got to the front door after a day visiting the caverns at 7.15pm, I couldn't believe... More 

Thank Paul M
Dallas, Texas, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Horrible experience. Everything they have is frozen or from a can and heated. If you're staying at the Rodeway just buy the pizza they sell in the office.

1 Thank workinghippiemom
San Antonio, Texas
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

My grilled chicken was tough, the mashed potatoes and Spanish rice we flavorless, the green beans were obviously canned and the dinner rolls seemed a bit stale. The burger was frozen patties and the fries were a bit soggy. The highlight and saving grace was the seasoning and the sliced bell peppers on the grilled chicken.

1 Thank ewall19
Wilmington, Delaware
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106 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

The hostess/waitress in this little restaurant had to be one of the most hard working gals I had ever seen. There were 8 in our party and she handled us all very well...along with the other patrons! The portions were large and delicious. Absolutely no complaints!

Thank GerriS63_10
Dallas, Texas
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Have eaten here twice- only true restaurant in town. Hours are abit limited in this small town - want to say 7 a.m - 8 p.m. Mainly Tex- Mex, some New Mexican style entrees but hamburgers, chicken fried steak, bacon and eggs. etc. available. Pleasant wait staff. Above average food and above average service.

Thank bradr971
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016 via mobile

We had just arrived at the caverns and needed lunch. It was the only restaurant. Service was slow. Food not the greatest. Restaurant it self was warm. Seemed only thing cooling was ceiling fans. If going to caverns in in Carlsbad beforehand .

Thank MEwondergem
Dickinson, Texas
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped to eat lunch before we went to Carlsbad caverns, the food was delicious and very tasty... The staff was very friendly and service was very quick..

Thank cato1964

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 15
American, Mexican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Carlsbad Caverns Highway, Whites City, NM
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Whites City
  • Phone Number: +1 575-785-2291

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?