Prickly Pear Southwest Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 328 S Main St 1

    Ann Arbor, MI 48104

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  • 734-930-0047

About Prickly Pear Southwest Cafe

Hours
Sun 11:30am-8:30pm, Mon-Thu 11:30am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-10pm

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We just returned to Saginaw from having a wonderful meal at the Prickly Pear Cafe. We looked on the internet for a place to meet for dinner. Our daughter and son in law drove up, from their home in Ohio, to meet us for Father's Day. When we looked at the menu for Prickly Pear Cafe (on this website) we decided to try it. The menu is extensive. Once there we found convenient parking behind the cafe. The food was wonderful. The service was great. Although, the place is small, the atmosphere was unique. Don't let any negative reviews sway you. This place is worth a try. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

We just returned to Saginaw from having a wonderful meal at the Prickly Pear Cafe. We looked on the internet for a place to meet for dinner. Our daughter and son in law drove up, from their home in Ohio, to meet us for Father's Day. When we looked at the menu for Prickly Pear Cafe (on this website) we decided to try it. The menu is extensive. Once there we found convenient parking behind the cafe. The food was wonderful. The service was great. Although, the place is small, the atmosphere was unique. Don't let any negative reviews sway you. This place is worth a try. Highly recommended.

Pros: Extensive menu

Cons: Small

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We enjoy going here occasionally to enjoy the margaritas and a different twist on Mexican food. The food is good, but the restaurant is often very busy meaning long wait times and it can be difficult to hear the person across the table in order to carry on a conversation. We still eat here occasionally, but often feel that the wait and the noise aren't worth it.

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★★★★☆

We enjoy going here occasionally to enjoy the margaritas and a different twist on Mexican food. The food is good, but the restaurant is often very busy meaning long wait times and it can be difficult to hear the person across the table in order to carry on a conversation. We still eat here occasionally, but often feel that the wait and the noise aren't worth it.

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My family often goes here on special occasions. My brother and his wife love this place--he even proposed to her here.

It can be a little dark and crowded inside. It's often very busy so you may have to wait a while for service. But if you look you can see the waiters running around trying their hardest. And you can eat all the chips and fabulous salsa you want while you're waiting.

That said, food is excellent. I often have the sweet potato enchilada. Or I split a scallop quesadilla with my sister. Abalone mushroom or morel mushroom quesadillas are also good. Food is expensive, but I always have left-overs if I don't split the meal with someone (the staff never complains or charges extra when I do). The food is definitely worth the price.

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★★★★★

My family often goes here on special occasions. My brother and his wife love this place--he even proposed to her here.

It can be a little dark and crowded inside. It's often very busy so you may have to wait a while for service. But if you look you can see the waiters running around trying their hardest. And you can eat all the chips and fabulous salsa you want while you're waiting.

That said, food is excellent. I often have the sweet potato enchilada. Or I split a scallop quesadilla with my sister. Abalone mushroom or morel mushroom quesadillas are also good. Food is expensive, but I always have left-overs if I don't split the meal with someone (the staff never complains or charges extra when I do). The food is definitely worth the price.

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Prickly Pear has consistently good food - flavorful and fresh. The menu accommodates big and small appetites - just don't fill up on the fresh chips & salsa first :-)
During the summer, sitting outside is very nice and more than doubles seating capacity, which helps since they don't take reservations. In the winter - it's a warm & cozy restaurant - very pretty inside (the booth seating is great, the tables can be a little crowded).
The wait staff is full-service - clearly working hard, but also taking time to for friendly conversation or recommendations.

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★★★★★

Prickly Pear has consistently good food - flavorful and fresh. The menu accommodates big and small appetites - just don't fill up on the fresh chips & salsa first :-)
During the summer, sitting outside is very nice and more than doubles seating capacity, which helps since they don't take reservations. In the winter - it's a warm & cozy restaurant - very pretty inside (the booth seating is great, the tables can be a little crowded).
The wait staff is full-service - clearly working hard, but also taking time to for friendly conversation or recommendations.

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I was excited to try this restaurant as there hasn't been a good southwestern restaurant in the Detroit area since Brian Polcyn's Chimayo in Pontiac. Please remove the word "Southwest" from the name of this place. Anyone that has traveled in the southwest would agree this is not southwestern cuisine. They simply serve mediocre tex-mex food with maybe a lighter touch. Their down fall begins with the salsa - some flavorless chopped tomatoes and onion, dull. The sweet potato pancakes? Dull. They might as well give you a micro waved sweet potato. The jalape?o chicken wrap? Dull, no spice, no flavor and no jalape?os. So sad, and yet it can be so easy. Roasted green and red chilies are a mainstay in any southwestern food and would provide some life in their otherwise dull presentations.

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★★★☆☆

I was excited to try this restaurant as there hasn't been a good southwestern restaurant in the Detroit area since Brian Polcyn's Chimayo in Pontiac. Please remove the word "Southwest" from the name of this place. Anyone that has traveled in the southwest would agree this is not southwestern cuisine. They simply serve mediocre tex-mex food with maybe a lighter touch. Their down fall begins with the salsa - some flavorless chopped tomatoes and onion, dull. The sweet potato pancakes? Dull. They might as well give you a micro waved sweet potato. The jalape?o chicken wrap? Dull, no spice, no flavor and no jalape?os. So sad, and yet it can be so easy. Roasted green and red chilies are a mainstay in any southwestern food and would provide some life in their otherwise dull presentations.

Pros: Fast service, Good Lemonade, Outdoor Seating, Lighter Tex-Mex Food

Cons: Pale Version of Southwestern Flavor

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Fabulous southwest menu in a quaint atmosphere right on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor. In the summer months you can dine al fresco both in front and back of the restarant. Worth the wait and a great place for salsa, chips and magaritas.

5
★★★★★

Fabulous southwest menu in a quaint atmosphere right on Main Street in downtown Ann Arbor. In the summer months you can dine al fresco both in front and back of the restarant. Worth the wait and a great place for salsa, chips and magaritas.

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There have good margaritas and variety of mexican food. It is not the typical dishes always offered, they there is some of that. A good variety where you can find something you like.

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★★★★☆

There have good margaritas and variety of mexican food. It is not the typical dishes always offered, they there is some of that. A good variety where you can find something you like.

Pros: Good food, ambiance and not too big.

Cons: Expensive for simple dishes

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The ambience at Prickly Pear is nice, and the staff is nice as well; there are also vegetarian options. However, the rice was bland, as was the salsa, and there were unlisted ingredients in my enchilada (fruit) that I didn't like. The food was also pretty cold by the time I got it. I think this place is overrated and the food is not good enough to justify the prices.

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★★☆☆☆

The ambience at Prickly Pear is nice, and the staff is nice as well; there are also vegetarian options. However, the rice was bland, as was the salsa, and there were unlisted ingredients in my enchilada (fruit) that I didn't like. The food was also pretty cold by the time I got it. I think this place is overrated and the food is not good enough to justify the prices.

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Very cozy restaurant. The best margarita for your money and the buffalo enchiladas are not to be outdone.

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★★★★★

Very cozy restaurant. The best margarita for your money and the buffalo enchiladas are not to be outdone.

Pros: Great Food, Great Margaritas, Romantic

Cons: , not enough seating, No reservations

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The food was top notch, the service was excellent and prompt, and the margaritas were delicious. The asterick is this - it is a long and narrow resturant that when full is incredibly noisy and incredibly cramped. The waiters have to run a guantlet and obstacle course just to take an order. Parking is a bit of a pain to since it is downtown. If you are there in nice weather take advantage of the outdoor seating, but get there very early or be prepared to wait - they don't take reservations! All that being said - the food is really worth a visit!

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★★★★☆

The food was top notch, the service was excellent and prompt, and the margaritas were delicious. The asterick is this - it is a long and narrow resturant that when full is incredibly noisy and incredibly cramped. The waiters have to run a guantlet and obstacle course just to take an order. Parking is a bit of a pain to since it is downtown. If you are there in nice weather take advantage of the outdoor seating, but get there very early or be prepared to wait - they don't take reservations! All that being said - the food is really worth a visit!

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Parking, Noise, Cramped

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The dining room is tiny, but the sidewalk tables out front are great for people-watching and the back patio is beautiful with lots of vines and shady trees strung with lights. The food is a somewhat gourmet take on southwestern fare and is delicious, as are the margaritas. I have tried most of the things on the menu and have liked all of them. If there's a long wait for a table, I recommend walking down the street and grabbing coffee or a drink at Cafe Felix.

2
★★★★★

The dining room is tiny, but the sidewalk tables out front are great for people-watching and the back patio is beautiful with lots of vines and shady trees strung with lights. The food is a somewhat gourmet take on southwestern fare and is delicious, as are the margaritas. I have tried most of the things on the menu and have liked all of them. If there's a long wait for a table, I recommend walking down the street and grabbing coffee or a drink at Cafe Felix.

Pros: great outdoor dining, good people-watching, beautiful patio

Cons: small dining room, not a lot of parking

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Practically rubbing elbows with the table next to you may not be your idea of dining well, but the occasional wait for what comes from chef Gary Pearce's kitchen is worth it. Seating doubles in warmer weather when the back courtyard and…

 

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