The Cactus Club has over 20 locations in BC and Alberta and features an eclectic menu selection that includes steaks, rice bowls, dinner sized salads and more.
A gang of us met for food at CC and we were hungry. After a brief wait at the frigid entrance, we were inside holding menus. The ambience was nice and the ‘Nucks game was on, so that much was good. The only problem was the blast of icy air every time someone came into the place. I also checked out the w/c and it was clean and kind of funky. The friendly server got our orders right and kept coming back to see how we were doing, so I would say service was good.
But hey, we came for the food. We started with cheese toast and potato skins as appetizers. Both were good, and the side sauces made a big difference. Then we moved on to the mains. I had a most excellent bacon cheeseburger with yam fries, and a pint of Canadian. Mrs. C had a steak with peppercorn sauce, and our friends had various steak and sides combinations while one contrarian in the group rejected beef and ordered a prawn linguine. All were reported to be very good, but it looked to me like the steaks were kind of small. In fact, most of the portions seemed puny, which cost a star on this review. I give high marks for the artful food presentation though.
We all left satisfied if slightly underfed, and will visit again once the warm weather returns. The patio should be open then, and the Bellinis will be flowing.
Recommended for lighter eaters who don’t mind a draft.
The chicken wings and calamari to start which were very good.
Tried the Bandara salad for the first time and thought the mixture of sweet and savoury was perfect. Service was fast and efficient and would recommend this salad to anyone.
It's been a few years since I've been to the Cactus Club here in North Van and I returned the other day after remembering how much I loved them (but always forgot them since they are hidden away).
The food was great as always, but I was hugely disappointed in the poor service that we had received. We came in, were seated, and watched and many other younger people came in to other tables and were served pronto but us being in our late 40's were lucky to be asked what we wanted for dinner. Great food but not worth the waiting and waiting and waiting (if you are over 20).
Cactus Club has the best combination of food and service in town... North Vancouver is pretty much on par...but the location also has a issue that takes away from the best relaxed atmosphere..kids running around and being noisy and wanting ketchup and and and. I mean why would I pay these prices and order drinks when they have these children running around like it's a pizza joint?
Their pastas are fantastic..all made in house which is key to quality assurance. The waitresses are beautiful and they are dressed attractively. It calls for a drink, but the kids?!?!
I wish they'd open a location up the street for adults!!!
Went there on a Saturday afternoon. The sun was out and the patio was open and packed (as usual)!! We ordered the new cheddar and spinach dip that has now replaced the crab and artichoke dip. All I can say is 'yuk'. It just tasted like a bowl of melted cheddar cheese. I have come to expect that Cactus Club's food would be of higher quality. Very disappointed. I did mention this disappointment to the manager and she took it off the bill. I got the impression that I wasn't the first to complain about it.
The service was not the usual promptness either. Our server didn't even ask how our meal was or come around afterwards to give us the bill. We also noticed the table beside ours was getting the same treatment. They must have been training servers or just having an 'off' day as this was not a common occurance on other visits.
We will be back as we still love the food. I just hope they will have heard enough feedback about the new dip and bring back the old one.
Went for lunch Saturday at the Cactus Club on Pemberton street in North Vancouver and the place was empty...it is usually never empty. The first thing we noticed on the menu was that Rob Feenie has inserted himself into the equation and is now some sort of partner in the chain.
The second thing we noticed is that the prices are now all about 30 percent higher than before. A small salad (rocket Salad) is fifteen dollars and at best tasted bland and mediocre.
The bread brought to the table was fancy looking but lacked taste and was dry. The chicken wings were ten dollars and they actually charged an additional 1.75 for blue cheeze dip.
All that Rob Feenie has done is to help the Cactus Club extract more money out of our pockets. We have lived on the North Shore for the past 15 years and the Cactus Club was always one of our favorites. Because of the price, the upselling, and the mediocre food we will think twice before ever going here again.
Been there a couple of times and always impressed. Food is always good and service is excellent. First time I had a cracked glass. I didn't even complain, but the ladies made a big deal out of it and even the manager came to apologize and offer my girl and me a comp round. The waitress speaking of which are gorgeous hotties. The short skirts and heels make me (and probably you) tip 20% easy. Steak is as good as Keg. Well done, a favourite in North Van and good for strategic meetings!
I will start with the food, I have never ordered anything from this Cactus that was cold or anything, the food is always great.
The service is always good, I think once they forgot about us when they put us on the other side and there was no server, but they came over right after they found out what happened. We also went here once when the power was out and they gave us free appetizer coupons to come back another time. The prices here are the same as the other Cactus' clubs, they have the daily specials etc. The ambiance is my favorite part, this is an older Cactus and the inside is pretty small but cozy, they also have a large patio area with a fireplace.
I'm a fan of the Cactus Club chain in general, and typically frequent their restaurants on Robson Street and West Broadway in Vancouver. My favorite Cactus Club location of them all, however, is in North Vancouver - tucked away on Pemberton Ave.
Why? While I love the food at all Cactus Clubs, I find this one to have the most character, and the least pretension. The wings, ribs and burgers here are to die for. The atmosphere is, shall we say, earthy and fun. Most importantly, this is the original!
Crazy ribs (they call Jack Daniels ribs), it's fantastic, tasty, delicious.... kalamari was good too....
first of all you have to try JD ribs.
Service was not very good but fast.
Parking lot plus...