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.
Many reviews have been written about various Cactus Club Cafe restaurants, so I will not repeat what has been said. In terms of food quality, this one is very much on par with the rest, consistently maintaining the Feenie-specified standards. Service, too, is up there with the best of them. What makes this one different are two things: (1) the setting -- by the beach, facing the beautiful sunset over English Bay, and (2) the upstairs, at least, being smaller, more intimate, and surprisingly non-noisy, despite the many hard surfaces of the decor. I and my friend had a most pleasant dinner, enjoying the food, the view, and most of all, easy conversation because of the relatively subdued noise level. The downstairs is bigger and has a bar in it, so it may be a little noisier. After dinner, take a stroll on the beach. Very pleasant and enjoyable.
I like going to Cactus Club because of its modern environment. All staff are dressed very nicely and they offer excellent service. I also commend them for their comfortable seats and clean washrooms. It is the best place to catch up with friends. I usually order their burgers. It was huge, had really good meat, gluten free bun, and came with a side of yam fries. Delicious and very fulfilling! What makes my dining experience special is their spectacular view. I’m always blown away on how beautiful it is. Best time to view would be at sunset. Cactus club is definitely one of my favorite places to dine.
It was such a nice day today that a few girlfriends and I decided to try the Cactus Club right on English Bay.
We were told the wait for the patio would be 15-20 minutes, handed a buzzer,
and told to wait in the area. We waited 10 feet from where it was given to us for 30 minutes,
all the while the hostess kept glancing at us and away,
until she seated to 'walk in guys' who had not waited on the list.
I asked if they had a reservation, and she told me no, so I asked why we hadn't been buzzed yet.
She stuttered and said that she had been buzzing us for 5 straight minutes,
I told her it was in my hand the whole time and it hadn't buzzed,
yet she continued to argue and not accommodate us.
I even pointed to where we were sitting right next to her, and she did not acknowledge the fact.
Instead, said that we could wait for the next table,
and offered the idea that maybe our buzzer was broken.
(coincidently enough we heard her say 2 minutes earlier into her ear attachment that apparently they were 'down')
We shouldn't have, because when we did we were seated on the upper patio at a table that we had to
re-arrange ourselves to fit at. There was about 4 inches on one side to try and sit in, and on
the other side of the table the chairs couldn't even be pulled out. No help was offered from the hostess,
even when we asked what to do. Instead, the man at the table next to us had to interrupt his date and help move his table so we could move ours to sit down.
The ground was dirty, with receipts laying all under my feet.
For a nice restaurant, the first impression was terrible.
Our server was nice, however, and the food was good, along with a nice view.
I work in a nice restaurant too, I understand the service industry, and the image left for me from this location is not one I would recommend to friends.
Great location, nice view. 'Beachside' patio. New restaurant.
I live a block away and always thought how awesome this place will be once it opens and it gets sunny out.
I'm not the biggest Cactus fan, patios rock... not too huge on the overall phony vibe.
Went here a couple times and there were hour waits. Came back a few weeks later to check it out. It was a Monday lunch, patio was full so we sat upstairs. Nice view, pleasant server. Super cold cheap beers. Wasn't too hungry but ordered a shortrib sandwich. $17 or so... and was ultra boring. They made it sound good. Very disappointed in the food.
I think for Cactus the food was below average, a cool place to go if you want to have some drinks with a view or patio sessions.
Inside is pretty small, kinda strange. This location is over-hyped for sure. Definitely not worth the lineup or wait.
The place is elegant but not snob. They trade on internal and external views. The service is not only highly efficient but also personalized. They really make you feel comfortable. The food is excellent. Do not miss the Cesar salade. Their imported wine list is wide and very well selected. The place is worth each and every one of the many dollars.
As the location would tell you, it had excellent view of English Bay. It is definitely the spot for sunny days but that's not all. Food was pretty great - typical Cactus club cafe standard. We both enjoyed it as well as the view and the service from the ladies that sat us, brought the water and served us throughout. Love the rich dark furnituers.
This is by far one of my favourite restaurants. Beats even Moxies in my opinion.
I try to come here (to the chain) at least once a month. Service is always very good, servers are always nice, cute and slender. Never had a problem with anything, and if there was an issue with the food, our waitress was always happy to help out. The ladies here are phenomenal. The extrenal view is also phenomenal.
My friends/co-workers/business associates always share tales and drinks when we go out, and cactus Club is one of the few places that accommodate us with food, ambience and great drinks selection. Its little (big) touches like that which makes us want to come back.
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