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Cactus Club Cafe

575 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z1E6
Tel: (604) 714-6000
Fax: (604) 730-0406
Neighbourhood: West Side

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Feenie's Signature Dishes
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 6, 2008 - 9:53am [Dine in]

I haven't been to a CC for a while but stopped by this location on a Friday. Nice to see that it had about a dozen Feenie signature dishes. All quite interesting and I tried the ravioli with sage and pine nuts. Very good combination and for the price, mid teens, quite reasonable. Server was very accomodating as there was a baby in the group. Would go again to try the other RF signature dishes.

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Good service with consistent but uninspring food
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 2, 2008 - 5:31am [Dine in]

I've come to this location regularly over the years and it remains to be one of the restaurants where the service is consistently good.

Now that Rob Feenie has joined the helm he has his own signature dishes in the menu, which I've taken the liberty to try since it's been introduced.

Their menu is fairly diverse in selection and since Feenie's inception it seems as if they're trying to cater to a more upscale casual diner.

Their sliders are a tasty appetizer item for those wanting to satisfy their burger cravings, whether you want to share them or not. Their Tuna Poke is a refreshing fusion of ahi tuna, shrimp, tropical fruit, nuts and creamy avocado. We then settle into the basics for a chain: pasta, steaks, chicken/ribs, a few fish dishes and a handful of tex-mex items.

I've had a few of the Feenie signatures including the Calamari Sandwich, Butternut Squash Ravioli, The "Burger", Spinach Salad and the BBQ Duck Club. None of the dishes stood out; typical dishes with unusual twists sums it up. The BBQ Duck Club jazzes up a classic with bbq duck and prosciutto nestled between 2 pieces of nut fruit bread. Sweet and savoury although not a particular favourite of mine. The "Burger" puts all your favourites into a bun: juicy beef patty, sauteed mushrooms, aged cheddar and cured bacon. I would've liked it if they used a nice sourdough instead of a hamburger bun for their Curry Calamari Sandwich and it was a bit heavy on the mayo.

Service is excellent the odd time but always consistently good and better. Servers are amicable and professional. Ambience and decor is casual and welcoming for a good time.

One of the better chains out there in terms of variety of menu choices and consistently good service and atmosphere. Always worth a visit here and there.

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views outweigh food
By itadakimasu of Vancouver (101 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 4, 2008 - 10:01am [Dine in]

This is the only "hip" restaurant in the neighborhood so I might go there to get a Yaletown feel. Unfortunately, the food sucks. My steak was tough and hard to swallow. The brown rice was a heavy clump on tasteless starch. On the positive side, the beer was cold and the waitress was friendly and easy on the eyes. Oh yeah, that table in the corner near the patio door is good size for ten-year olds, but I was practically spooning my dining partner....and he was across the table from me!! Forget Feenie; get some real cooks in here.

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Better than Earl's
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - 1:40pm [Dine in]

This is probably one of the best chains in Vancouver for this type of food. The restaurant is very cool looking, service is generally pretty good and the food is above par. Contrary to what other reviewers would suggest, this is not a 5 star restaurant. This is a fun place to go with friends and family, have a few drinks, eat some good food and look at the hot, and usually plastic staff.

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Best location! Beautiful restrooms!
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 3:53pm [Dine in]

I'm a sucker for clean, sanitary spacious bathrooms. Couch-and-all, though not necessary, is a nice addition. Toilet seat covering should be made mandatory everywhere else! The service is friendly. The food is always great. The drinks are always tasty. And they're often fairly busy. This is by far my most favourite Cactus location... it used to be the Broadway & Granville one. But that's a little more noisy and less cozy comfy in comparison.

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I like having a woman hold the door for me
By fella of Vancouver (72 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 4, 2005 - 11:45am [Dine in]

I had a great meal here last night. I would say they definitely have it together at Cactus Club, from first entrance, to the kind "thank you" when you leave. The food is always fresh, well prepared, and consistently tasty. The service is friendly, polite, and has good knowledge of menu items. The decor inside is stylish and clean and they may very well have the coolest bathrooms in all of Vancouver. The Cactus Club is great casual spot for lunch or dinner anytime.

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This place went downhill!
By JooJoo of East Vancouver (82 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 8, 2008 - 4:43pm [Dine in]

This cactus club used to be my favorite restaurant, the food was good, service was pleasant...not sure what happened. We were briefly greeted with an effortless hello when we arrived. Then the hostess went back to chatting with her colleagues. We had a party waiting for us so I called to find our friends. The minute we sat down the server asked if we were ready to order. I had just sat down and haven ‘t even picked up the menu yet! How the heck am I suppose to know what I want to order? We ordered a Caesar Salad, the dressing was bland and the salad was overall dry. Messing up on a caesar salad, I thought that was just impossible for Cactus Club, since its just romaine and dressing. The butternut squash raviolli was okay, nothing special. The yam fries were really greasy, seems like they haven ‘t changed the oil that they use for a long time! There was a dish missing, so we waited and asked the server when it was coming, she said it was coming in a rude manner and never came back to check up on us. By the time everyone had finished their appys, I decided it was time to ask again, she did not apologize and just said its coming again. She then brought out the chicken tenders for the person that was sitting there the whole evening, the chicken tenders were burnt and over cooked and dry. HORRIBLE!

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Solid
By morgan of Vancouver (49 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 9, 2005 - 3:46pm [Dine in]

I like the Cactus Club. I have never had a bad meal here. I went last night and had Edamame and a Bandera salad. The salad was really good with lots of feta, crispy noodles, dates and cranberries. This is a good restaurant for late night drinks and snacks, or when you can't think of anywhere more creative to go for dinner.

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Pretty Good
By discerning_palate of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 15, 2007 - 6:02pm [Dine in]

I had heard several decent to good things about this place so when we made arrangements to go I had to have all the recommended items, bellini, which I was told was better than Milestones, the wing special before 6:00 pm and the burgers. All were pretty good. I was expecting better and more wings, but they were not bad. Probably won’t order them again. The Bellini was a nice smooth consistency, not too granulated with a nice distinct peachy flavour. Better than Milestones? Probably. The side Caesar salad had just the right amount of dressing and freshly grated cheese for me. The burger was nicely done, juicy and substantial with the right amount of condiments. I’m not partial to veggies and pickles on my burger but I’ll eat them separate if they are really good but these ones were a bit substandard so I put them to the side. The flavour of the pickles were just vinegary not tasty and the tomatoes weren’t quite ripe so they were just watery. My friends had the cedar plank salmon and they were pleased with their choice. The waitress was nice enough to warn us the dessert platter was made up of very small samples but since we were stuffed we ordered that and shared. The chocolate lava cake had a nice slight crunchy texture on the outside and the inside was filled with warm fudgey goodness. I’ve had better cheesecake but that’s ok. The apple pie was good too. The ambiance was nice, not as loud as we had anticipated, and we were most surprised and impressed with how clean and nice the washrooms were.

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No we do not want coffee
By burvan of Burnaby (30 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 31, 2007 - 2:33pm [Dine in]

Last night we dropped into the Cactus club and despite parking problems in the area had another solid Cactus Club experience . The decor at this location is terrific and the food was very good although the soft fish taco's had maybe 3- 4 very small pieces of fish and really was just a lettuce and tomato taco in reality . The only strange part of the meal was the arrival of a waiter at our table with a cup of coffee and after telling him we did not want coffee he insisted the coffee was indeed for us and he was about to leave it until another waiter informed him he had the wrong table .Despite the confused Mr. coffee the staff is very friendly and we had a great evening .

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Fun Fun Fun!
By currant7 of Manila, Philippines (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

Love this place...food is always good and choice quality; service is always with a smile or great; ambiance is something I would like my house to have; great place to hang with friends and be loud! I love how comfortable we all are ... it's like our extended living room! Great great great!

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Solid meal
By aw81 of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 2, 2006 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

The bf and I were in the mood to taste-test, and were up for steak. He ordered the chargrilled steak rare; I got the pasta alfredo.

Service was attentive and with a smile. The Caesar salad has a wonderful garlic taste to it, but not overpowering.

The steak tasted like half its description; chargrilled. I felt like I had just licked the grill it cooked on without a hint of Montreal steak spice (the other half of the description). It was, however, cooked to the desired rare stage, very tender, and extremely juicy...probably its saving grace.

The pasta was overcooked; not al dente, just mushy. The mushrooms in the alfredo sauce added a nice texture to offset it, fortunately.

Would definitely go back for the key lime pie. I think it's new, since it was on an insert inside the menu. It's not that cheesecake kind, so you get a lot of fresh lime taste with fresh whipped cream on top, and a nice, sugary graham wafer crumb crust for crunch. Took that horrid burnt grill taste from the steak out of my mouth.

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The definition of perfect
By annakay of North Vancouver, B.C. (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 22, 2010 - 7:02pm [Dine in]

Yes, men like to eat here because they manage to find these sexy foxes to work at their restaurants (we ladies aren't blind you know) but the food is really good, they always say yes to whatever I demand and the place is spic and span and has a very cool vibe. What else do I want?
Well, frankly they could lower their prices a tad but the food is usually marvelous and the salads come in big portion and taste dandy. I am a fan. The chain is well kept, modern and the waitstaff, well, they can and they do flaunt it.

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Well, they might not be as good as they used to be anymore
By jose_darren of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, September 12, 2010 - 5:35pm [Dine in]

It's about time I write a review for Cactus Club cafe. All in all I have probably been to this and other locations 40 times in my life. In the meantime I think they have more restaurants than the description above says but I may be wrong. I have always loved Cactus for the same reason as many other friends, couples, Vancouverites. Good food, clean, modern, drinks menu and those sexy waitresses. Now I think most of those still exist and it might just be this location but the ladies were not what it used to be. It might be that they have let Earls and Browns (new chain in the same class) take over the attraction entertainment factor of it all but there seemed to be a little less attractiveness going on here. That's really too bad. It means cactus is not as a reliable bet as it sued to be for years. Anyway, the food is still good and they are really good at doing modifications for you. I would still eat here.

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We went over the long weekend
By jamila of North Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 7:40pm [Dine in]

There isn't a updated review so I thought I write about my dining on Saturday. Very good seafood and appetizers. Sophisticated ambiance. Appealing waitresses that the guys really liked. The atmosphere is very nice, and the service was excellent. It has delicious seafood, in decent portions, which is important. The price is pretty much what you can expect for the food from such an establishment. Wine list is pricy but some good choices.
Good desserts. Worth a visit--and revisit.

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Cactus Club Cafe
By kimbev629 of Vanocuver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 5, 2008 - 7:01pm [Dine in]

i went to this restaurant and I especially enjoyed the mini burgers and the artichoke quesidila was excellent also. The service was nice and the bathrooms are very clean and fancy. For dessert you have to try the key lime pie. When i go there i like to purchase a ton of appetizers or meals and share them with a large group of friends.

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I used to be a regular
By WillPost of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 8, 2008 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

Over the past 4 years I have eaten here many times and was always happy with the food and service. Ever since the new " food architect" took command things have changed. The food is not as good as it was, the portions are smaller, the prices have increased and service has declined. On my last visit ( and it will be my last ) the serivce was terrible, we waited 15 minutes to place our orders and finally the floor manager took our order after noticing we had been ignored by the wait staff. Our server then brought us some water delivered on a tray filled with dirty dishes and said nothing more to us. When lunch finally arrived it was a disappointment, the taste had changed for the worse and the portions had shrunk. The server continued to ignore until it was time to bring the bill. When a rstaurant like the Cactus Club charges an average of $15.00 + excluding drinks customers deserve better than this. I won't be returning anytime soon.

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Not relaxing or that great
By marinedr of city hall, vancouver (29 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 1, 2008 - 10:25am [Dine in]

Went for a late lunch on Saturday with a friend around 2 PM. The place wasn't busy but we had to wait in the lobby for almost 10 minutes so they could clean a table on the back patio. When we finally got seated the waitress was AWOL; we later learned someone had spilled a full drink on her. Anyways the host ended up taking our order but throughout the meal the service was scattered and it totally wasn't a relaxing lunch. My friend had to wait about 15 minutes for a coffee refill; apparently they were brewing a fresh pot. How could you run out of coffee in such a large restaurant. And then once the coffee finally came it was another long wait for more cream. I had a soggy Cajun burger and the waitress made no mention of an extra charge if you opted for a salad instead of fries. Anyways it was a bit of a fiasco; won't be rushing back anytime soon.

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menu change
By phantom_menace of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 11:55pm [Dine in]

Sometimes change is good...and sometimes it is not. Cactus Club recently disposed of the best thing on their menu which was the affordable 7 oz Blackened Creole steak. Best steak in the country. I was devastated. Good looking waitresses only go so far. Sure there is still the more expensive $20 something Blackened Creole steaks, but who can afford to buy them often? Lets hope they bring this legendary classic back.

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Has become an extension of our home.
By henryfaber of Cambie and Broadway, Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 1, 2005 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

Visited this location as after remodeling around 2000; it become a favorite. When I moved back into the neighborhood, it established itself as our neighborhood joint.
Great for cozy dinners or groups, the decor is low-key with whimsical touches. Palatial washrooms must be visited!
Exceptional serving staff, expertly trained and very friendly to regulars.
Cocktail list is extensive, portions generous. Daily drink specials are worth coming in for.
Consistent meals are the very definition of comfort food. Burgers are meaty and juicy. Meal-sized salads have exotic touches. Ribs are filling with great sides. Rare ahi tuna is superbly finished.
Different: Dim-sum sized spicy chicken. West Coast pockets of seasoned rice and smoked salmon. The jambalaya, taking exception to purists, is satisfying.
Tempting desserts: Individually baked apple and refreshing key-lime pies. Decadent chocolate mousse with passion fruit is a must try.
Good value. Prices are tweaked occasionally, which can drain your wallet unexpectedly, but always worth it.
A great place for some pampering, a great meal and to truly relax. http://www.flickr.com/photos/henryfaber/sets/865325/

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