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Cactus Club Cafe

1530 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J1K9
Tel: (604) 733-0434
Fax: (604) 730-0406
Neighbourhood: West Side

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Kinda Louzy
By eating good food of Vancouver (128 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 21, 2013 - 6:10pm [Dine in]

Came here yesterday about 15 of us. About half an hour after arriving the waitress took our DRINK orders. about an hour after that the waitress took our food order. I ordered for starters a ceasar salad and for dinner double cheeseburger and fries and a pepsi to drink (of course the rest of the crew ordered various dishes) took awhile to come (that was ok though) NOT once however did the waitress offer any re-fills at our table.

The food was average, unless they use fresh ingredients in the food, then the price was terrible. the service sucked, as mandatory tip was added to our bill, so that's probably why the waitress was a slacker.

Wasn't my idea to hold a party here (actually it was our friends birthday) I know I won't EVER have a party event here. Maybe service would be better if there were fewer of us and tip wasn't mandetory

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Living in up on Broadway
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 5:25am [Dine in]

With the abundance of Cactus Clubs around town there's always a couple of locations that are favourites. This one is one of them.

Food and drinks are about the same quality as the other locations. Predictably made, if not to the point of safe. I like to come here for drinks in the evening - it just feels right, what with the ambience and all. Martini's flow on those ocassions.

Service has regularly been one step better than the other locations. Good enough to notice. It certainly isn't over the top but in a day and age where chain restaurants have seemed to forego the notion of consistency it's nice to know I can come here expecting much of the same as the last visit. The servers I've had have always been professional and courteous and make quality check ups.

Yes to this locale.

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A good location.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 26, 2007 - 5:56pm [Dine in]

One of my current favourites for a consistently tasty slab of filet mignon or new york steak. The regular sirloin is not as good but that's not the fault of the cook(s). So far in the past couple of months, I've been back just under 10 times for a juicy flavourful piece of steak cooked perfectly to medium-rare. There were a couple of times they overcooked it, serving it at medium but were more than pleasant about rectifying that the one time we spoke up & even removing it from the bill & offering a salad or other such prefered side on the house while waiting for a properly made one. The server handled it so well that during another visit when it was a little too cooked again, we didn't bother to complain as we know they try. The NY's are packed with flavours while the filet mignon has a good smooth texture as the cuts should be. Certainly much better than the Keg... The mashed potatoes are tasty without being pasty for the most part. Preferable to Joey's mash as far as these chain restaurants go.

I've got to say that they have come a long way from what they used to serve. The food wasn't so impressive back then and this applied especially to their steaks. Of course, I didn't come JUST for the steaks. The bellini's are one of the best here. Isn't watered down at all & remains consistently fruity & slushy.

The yam fries makes for a good starter or snack. The salmon khalua (sp) salad is a good entree sized portion. No complaints there. Love their other salads as well. The burgers/sandwiches are alright except when I had a fairly cold one from their Coquitlam Schoolhouse location (will not return to that one).

All in all, I just find myself going back quite often now for their steaks while dropping by other steakhouses to compare. They are fairly consistent with the size & flavours. The service varies from okay/typical to exceptional depending on your luck. But overall, I prefer the service here over the other Broadway location at Ash.

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Way Better than the one on Ash
By smitm of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 7, 2015 - 1:28pm [Dine in]

I just prefer the vibe at this Cactus over the one on Ash. Maybe it's because I've been to the one on Ash so often over the past few years that I'm just so sick of the location now. I've never had a bad experience at the one on Ash, I just really like the vibe at this location. The interior is nice, not like the typical Cactus locations. The happy hour specials are such a good deal. Love love love the happy hour drink/food specials.

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Overpriced for Regular Food
By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, December 10, 2009 - 10:15am [Dine in]

I have not been to a Cactus Club in a while, simply I found that their food was never outstanding to me. Sure enough, it has not changed.

We started off with a calamari. I had chicken tenders and my friend had a sandwich with a dip of some sort. The calamari had jalapeno's and peppers in it. It came with two different dips. I was quite impressed with a little bit of a kick with the jalapenos.

Secondly, the chicken tenders were really good. I was asked if I wanted yam fries instead, I was never told that there was an extra charge to it. Everywhere else, they would tell me "with an extra $, you can substitute" I tried a little bit of the sandwich with a dip. It was very bland.

When I got the bill, I was a little surprised. A lunch for two with no drinks and just 1 appetizer, it was over $45. I think it was fairly overpriced.

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Great meeting place
By whataview of yaletown (66 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 13, 2006 - 9:52pm [Dine in]

This is a great place to meet for a drink and appies or a quick and reasonably-priced meal. It iscentrally located with a parking lot out back. The edamame, curly fries and all the salads are great. Surprisingly, they serve a high quality cup of tea here but my favourite is still the bellini.

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Frequent Visits
By Triedit of Metro Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:15am [Dine in]

The food is reliable which one expects with chain restaurants. The service has always been quite good at this location and I enjoy dropping in for lunch from time to time. I enjoy the dry ribs, short rib sandwich, burgers and salads. The Fawlty Tower martini is an occasional treat to enjoy.

I will suggest reviewing the bill carefully as I failed to do so last visit and ended paying what I believe was quite a bit more for what I had. I didn't really even look at it until the credit card bill arrived and wondered how The dry ribs appetizer ($10.75) with add on Caesar salad mini (not on menu but usually charged ($4.00) and one regular Fawlty Tower Martini ($9.00) plus tax and tip ended up being over $41.00. My best guess is I was charged for something I did not have or maybe charged for the full sized salad meal which I did not have. Altogether for an appetizer, mini appetizer salad and one martini that is expensive.

Overall though it is a decent place to eat, just double check your bill when it arrives. I usually do but was careless that day and paid for it.

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good food/convenient location
By discerning_palate of vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

We started with an order of yam fries as an appetizer. They are so yummy even plain as well as with the dip that comes with it, but they have to be hot. Then I moved onto the whiskey ribs and shared a Caesar salad on the side. So far this is my favorite place for Caesar salads. The server was considerate enough to split the salad into two plates without our request. It was all enjoyable and I pretty much finished my meal. I even ate all my veggies (asparagus). The only thing I would have changed was to order a substitute side over the mashed potatoes. The potatoes were much too heavy after eating the yam fries and salad. Besides, they tasted like Swanson TV dinner mashed potatoes….Now if they had been the Keg garlic mashed potatoes that might be different.

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Crowded but worth it.
By chris84bloom of Vancouver, BC (17 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 21, 2008 - 4:34am [Dine in]

Like many people who already left reviews, I must the location is really convenient. It's actually larger than it looks and even if it's a peak hour you're more likely not to wait that long. The waitresses so far have been quite friendly ones. I've tried chicken quesadilla and raincoast greens so far, with Hpnotiq breeze, which I adore always. Food is never disappointing and the dessert (chocolate lava cake, among others) is to die for. I always share one with friends and it's just enough to have a little bit of sweetness after satisfying meals. It's really a nice place to hang out with your friends just for a drink, too; their cocktails are awesome!

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Overpriced
By Tinnn of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 30, 2009 - 9:55am [Dine in]

I had a chicken burger for lunch with no entree and no drink. With taxes and tip it cost me close to $17 dollars. Had I ordered a drink and an entree, I'd pay over $25 for an average lunch! What a rip off. The food was good, but nothing exceptional. I think their prices are outrageous. I guess they have to pay for the cute waitresses.

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Treated well while dining alone
By dustin of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 5, 2006 - 5:26pm [Dine in]

I came in alone on a Friday evening, while it was somewhat busy. I was given a choice to sit in the lounge or the restaurant, and was then quickly seated at a booth that would have fit 4. I ordered a tuna steak with mango, avocado and corn salsa with a side on wonton chips (can't remember the exact menu name) - which was very very good. Along with my tasty rum and coke. Friendly service and good food, what more could you ask for.

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A Surprise
By dinnerguests of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 19, 2006 - 8:44pm [Dine in]

We have not dined at a Cactus Club restaurant for at least 10 years. We chose to come here on the Friday night that the 13th book of Lemony Snicket came out at the Chapters bookstore, which is located nearby. We were surprised by the tasty food and attentive servers.
The only item we ordered that lacked luster was the calamari--the batter was soft and wilty with no flavour. This restaurant is definitely a noisy singles place, but our family was made to feel welcome. Because the restaurant is so busy after 7 pm, be prepared to wait in line--we were very lucky to be seated quickly.

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Reliable snack spot gets good marks for tasty food
By Scott Qwerty of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 9:28am [Dine in]

I was a customer at the first incarnation of the Cactus Club ever, the old Cafe Cucamonga on Broadway over 20 years ago, as well as the early versions of the currently named chain (remember the West 10th & Trimble location?). Still enjoying it decades later. Its lost that diner/cafe feel, but it still has tasty food with a lot of reliable favorites on the menu. I'm not sure what Rob Feenie's actual involvement with the chain is, but his input re his signature items certainly hasn't hurt.
My friends like this spot as a late-night dinner/snack choice, and also for lunch.
Some of our favorites include the rocket chicken salad, tuna tataki (good, but bring back the tuna tacos!), prawn & ravioli trio (w/white truffle butter sauce) and the very rich - but fun once in awhile - duck clubhouse.
Service is pretty good, and we've also had a lot of success calling ahead for takeout orders. They are usually pretty well organized, and it's nice to arrive home with fresh, warm food.
This review is for the Broadway/Granville location that I most frequent, but I've visited a few other locations in the past year and they seem to be doing a good job across the chain.

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Late Night Meal
By theseriousdiner of Langley (11 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 4, 2012 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

A few girlfriends and I shared a few appies and a couple drinks. I had their 'Longboard Lager,' which is one of the best beers I've had so far.

Their calamari was amazing, as it came with breaded jalapeños as well as squid!

It was near closing so we were a few of the only ladies in there, but it was nice to see our server pay attention
to us and not just stand around out of boredom.

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Vancouver nice spot
By banne.t of seattle (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 24, 2013 - 8:16am [Dine in]

came to Vancouver and was recommended this place. Good chain. Everything is high end and the food was custom made to order. The atmosphere is high end lounge with a bar and a little noisy. Prices are high but with this quality it was justified. The athletic women staffers there are fabullloous. Definitely makes it worth it no doubt everyone agrees. It was packed. You might want t try their steak. Add wine which D recommended and we sure went for it.

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Updated review
By BrianMan of Richmond, Canada (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 12, 2010 - 7:01am [Dine in]

The perfect little restaurant for everyday dining out or when visiting the city. Sexy, cheerful, with exceptionally quick service and a dash of urban sophistication. The food is not spectacular, but they accommodated all the changes we requested. Excellent service. And, don't tell my girlfriend, the waitresses were all hotties and confident in their bodies. How could I not come back? About $25-$30 per person which is getting expensive but they know they can draw people in because of the dresses.

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not as good as Burrard Street location
By jdvancouver of Dunbar, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 2, 2009 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

Although the food wasn't exactly terrific the first time I went to this location back in June, I thought I would try it again as it could have been an off night for the kitchen. The first time I went, the calamari was overcooked; however, my husband's pepper steak was perfect. Today, the short rib sandwich dip was overcooked. In fact, I got the impression that the bread was stale but they toasted it anyway so it had the texture and hardness of crostini rather than lightly toasted sour dough. What made it worse was that the short rib meat was also overcooked as it was tough and chewy and came with a skimpy topping of carmelized onions and cheese. Had I not had this dish twice at the Burrard Street location (sandwich was perfect both times: tender meat, lots of carmelized onions, oozing with cheese), I would never known what this sandwich was supposed to taste like! Same dish, same ingredients, but the difference between the two locations was like chalk and cheese!

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