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Cactus Restaurant

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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When you visit Cactus Restaurants think of your time here as an impromptu vacation. A substantial part of our menu is devoted to antojitos, bocaditos or tapas—small plates perfect for sharing w/ friends. From there we hit on standards from the Southwest & Mexico: fajitas, tacos, enchiladas. Our featured menu is where we really shine, unique creations using fresh ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. Join us.
Crushed Hass avocados, cilantro, lime, onion & serrano chiles, w/ pico de gallo & warm chips & salsa.
Roasted Wild mushroom Quesadilla
Poblano rajas, caramelized onions, goat cheese, cascabel salsa, buttermilk crema, cilantro.
Grilled Jalapeños
Herbed‎ goat cheese, bacon, buttermilk crema.
Blue Corn Calamari
Crispy jalapeños, lime chimichurri & smoked Fresno aïoli.
Charred Asparagus
Finished w/ lime & smoked Fresno aïoli.
Ceviche Tostadas
Fresh lime–marinated wild magdalena bay scallops & pacific snapper w/ avocado tostadas pequeñas.
Camarones D’ El Diablo
Crispy white mexican prawns, spicy diablo sauce, coriander–pasilla verduras escabeche, mango–pineapple mojo.
Smoked Chicken Quesailla
Bacon, poblano chile rajas & buttermilk crema.
Tortilla Soup
Shredded chicken, ancho chiles & fire–roasted tomatoes topped w/ fresh avocado, chopped cilantro, blue corn tortilla strips.
Casa Salad
Mixed greens, verduras escabeche, roasted pumpkin seeds, coriander–pasilla vinaigrette.
Grilled chicken $+
Grilled prawn skewer $+
Spiced Caesar
Romaine hearts, spicy Cotija croutons, black beans, roasted corn, smoky caesar dressing.
Smoked Chicken Chop Chop
Romaine hearts, bacon, red pepper, radish, jalapeño chiles, olives, pico de gallo, pepitas, cotija cheese.
Grilled Skirt Steak
Grilled natural skirt steak, mixed greens, bacon, pico de gallo, red onion escabeche, avocado, point Reyes farmstead blue cheese, chipotle– balsamic vinaigrette.
Chile Relleno
Toasted quinoa, roasted wild mushrooms, poblano rajas, grilled red onion, laura chenel’s goat cheese, New mexico red chile sauce, mixed greens, lime vinaigrette, pepitas.
Sonoran Spa Chicken
Grilled natural chicken breast & portobellini mushroom, sautéed spinach, vegetable escabeche, Cotija cheese, pepitas, sunshine mojo & lime chimichurri.
Cactus Fajitas
Served in a sizzling skillet w/ spanish rice, cumin black beans & caramelized onions. guacamole, sour cream, jack cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo & warm flour tortillas on the side.
Grilled Portobello–Vegetable Escabeche
Grilled Natural Chicken Breast
Grilled Natural Skirt Steak
Grilled White Mexican Prawns
Navajo Torta
Indian‎ fry bread, annatto beans, jack cheese, shredded lettuce, guacamole, sour cream & pico de gallo. Add chicken, carnitas, braised brisket or house–made chorizo.
House Chimichchanga
Crisp flour tortilla, Jack cheese & green chile sauce w/ pico de gallo, guacamole & sour cream w/ Spanish rice & cumin black beans. Choice of natural chicken, house–made chorizo, seafood, carnitas, braised brisket or grilled portobello–vegetable escabeche.
Chicken Fried Chicken
Natural chicken breast, chorizo gravy, spicy baby red jacket potato mashers, pico de gallo.
Stacked Santa Fe style & served w/ Spanish rice & cumin black beans.
White Mexican prawns, wild magdalena bay scallops, pacific snapper, blue corn tortillas, Jack cheese, sherry–tomatillo cream sauce, blistered corn salsa, charred tomato salsa.
Butternut Squash
Crisp white corn tortillas w/ jack & goat cheeses, sautéed spinach, roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, mole rojo, guacamole.
Blue corn tortillas layered w/ natural local chicken, house–made chorizo & spicy green chile sauce.
Blue corn tortillas & shredded chicken w/ Jack cheese, garlicky tomatillo salsa & sour cream.
House–made white corn tortillas served w/ Spanish rice & cumin black beans.
Carnitas Yucatecas
Carlton farms natural achiote pork roasted in banana leaves served w/ caramelized pineapple, cotija cheese, red onion escabeche.
Natural chicken breast, lettuce, jack cheese, pico de gallo, guacamole & buttermilk crema.
Crispy market fresh fish, coriander–pasilla slaw, pico de gallo, buttermilk creme.
Crispy white mexican prawns, spicy diablo sauce, ginger & mango slaw.
Carne Asada
Griddled all natural skirt steak, Jack cheese, shredded lettuce, buttermilk crema, blistered corn salsa.
Braised Brisket
Chile braised, apple wood smoked all natural beef brisket, cascabel salsa, red onion escabeche, jack cheese.
Three Milk Cuban Flan
Cowgirl Browine
House–made Ibarra chocolate brownie, olympic mountain’s vanilla bean ice cream, peanut butter cajeta, chipotle brittle.
Capitan's Ice Cream Favorites
Choice‎ of toasted coconut, dulce de leche w/ salted caramel swir or mexican vanilla bean.
Bananas Dulce
Flash seared w/ brown sugar & myers’s dark rum w/ toasted coconut ice cream.
USD 21 - USD 30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Mexican, Latin, Bar, Southwestern
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 26 December 2018 via mobile

DELICIOUS. I only had the flautas because the waitress suggested them during happy hour and I was not at all disappointed. In addition to decent prices we also sat by the water which completely enhanced the experience. Great view of Alki beach.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank tarynthetiger
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Had a lovely brunch here nice restaurant great service and views over Alki Beach highly recommended this restaurant chips and salsa pretty good too will def go back

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Jo H
Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

The salsa w the chips is great- semi chunky! The pollo relleno was amazing- w chicken, cheese, and the pepper surrounded by a great fried crust. Oaxaca margarita with mezcal was great! I'll go back!

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank hashtagcrinny
Reviewed 26 October 2018 via mobile

I was only in town one night and chose Cactus based on reviews. Our party of 5 was sat quickly in a large corner booth and thoroughly enjoyed every part of the meal. Service is outstanding. The flan is a must!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank TheWildestHeart
Reviewed 15 October 2018 via mobile

Good food, good drinks and good staff! That’s all you need. Margaritas are really good, tacos are awesome! Chips are always fresh, sauces are yummy.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Lschlauch
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

This place is the absolute best!!! My husband and I came here for the first time on our trip to Seattle, the food is amazing and fresh, and the staff is SO nice! As soon as you sit down you get warm chips and delicious...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Noa N
Reviewed 17 September 2018

First time in a true Mexican restaurant, and the food was delicious! Great location, great staff, and excellent ambience - highly recommend a visit!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Gavin B
Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

We loved the location of this restaurant! Beautiful views of the water and in a nice quaint area. Across the inlet of Seattle’s skyline. Sit on the patio if it’s open! I ordered the Corn & Shrimp Tamale Cakes and they were very tasty but...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank AngieIDAHO
Reviewed 3 September 2018

The other day my wife and I took a long walk along Alki and then went to Cactus for lunch. We have eaten there many times, and every visit reminds us how consistently wonderful it is. We both had the prawn and corn tamale on...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank arp206
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Wow, just Wow! Great menu but the flavorful food is what you will talk about. The beach area is nice to view from your table. The food is great! Really nice bar and plenty of specialty drinks. Did I mention about the flavorful food? Go...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank 99MikeM
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Parking can be a pain but you should get out under $20 a person!
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