Cactus Pear Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 3215 Jefferson Avenue

    Cincinnati, OH 45220

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  • 513-961-7400

About Cactus Pear Restaurant

Hours
Mon. - Thu. 11am - 10pm;Fri. 11am - 11pm;Sat. 5pm - 11pm;Sun. 5pm - 10pm

Food

Food
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Honestly, this has got to be a prison cafeteria disguised as a Southwestern cuisine restaurant. At first, I thought the meal might be good in part to the roasted tomato salsa and the pleasing decor, but it went all downhill from there!

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★★★★★

Honestly, this has got to be a prison cafeteria disguised as a Southwestern cuisine restaurant. At first, I thought the meal might be good in part to the roasted tomato salsa and the pleasing decor, but it went all downhill from there!

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The salsa is better than any other Mexican restaurant anywhere. I've never ordered anything disappointing. The owner is very pleasant and remembers us. The food is always delicious and pretty. Service is great. It always seems very reasonably priced to me, but I'm not a student anymore. The restaurant is not brightly lit as it also has a bar. I personally really enjoy that for a relaxed meal.

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★★★★★

The salsa is better than any other Mexican restaurant anywhere. I've never ordered anything disappointing. The owner is very pleasant and remembers us. The food is always delicious and pretty. Service is great. It always seems very reasonably priced to me, but I'm not a student anymore. The restaurant is not brightly lit as it also has a bar. I personally really enjoy that for a relaxed meal.

Pros: Salsa, great food, service

Cons: None

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What a great place to visit. I went with a group of people and the waitress, although shorthanded, did great... I have to mention that they must have their Margaritas on a great work out plan because boy were they STRONG, if you order one keep it to a small cause they will knock your socks off!!!

2
★★★★☆

What a great place to visit. I went with a group of people and the waitress, although shorthanded, did great... I have to mention that they must have their Margaritas on a great work out plan because boy were they STRONG, if you order one keep it to a small cause they will knock your socks off!!!

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I took my gf here over the weekend and got a pitcher of frozen margaritas for the 2 of us. After 2, i could deff tell i was getting a buzz. Although you have to pay for your chips and salsa, the salsa is made fresh daily and is only 1.95. Not a bad price for an appitizer. I highly recommend the wraps. They are huge and a great price for as much as you get. Hope this helps. I have only eat at the clifton spot but have heard the other one is good as well.

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★★★★★

I took my gf here over the weekend and got a pitcher of frozen margaritas for the 2 of us. After 2, i could deff tell i was getting a buzz. Although you have to pay for your chips and salsa, the salsa is made fresh daily and is only 1.95. Not a bad price for an appitizer. I highly recommend the wraps. They are huge and a great price for as much as you get. Hope this helps. I have only eat at the clifton spot but have heard the other one is good as well.

Pros: Friendly staff, great wraps, and great drinks

Cons: Pricey

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I took my two adult children out for a nice meal. Can't believe that we had to pay for chips and salsa. Also, we had marquiritas and there was NO ALCOHOL in them; well, practically none. I could've had a glass of water and gotten more of a buzz. Six dollars for a drink that has no discernable alcohol in it is beyond ridiculous. My bill was $82 w/o the tip. Unbelievable. All we had were enchiladas. Nothing extraordinary although they were good. Definitely not an $82 meal. I may go back but I wouldn't order drinks and I'd have to think twice about paying that kind of money for enchiladas. The owners definitely should reevaluate where they cut costs and need to trim some off those prices.

1
★★★☆☆

I took my two adult children out for a nice meal. Can't believe that we had to pay for chips and salsa. Also, we had marquiritas and there was NO ALCOHOL in them; well, practically none. I could've had a glass of water and gotten more of a buzz. Six dollars for a drink that has no discernable alcohol in it is beyond ridiculous. My bill was $82 w/o the tip. Unbelievable. All we had were enchiladas. Nothing extraordinary although they were good. Definitely not an $82 meal. I may go back but I wouldn't order drinks and I'd have to think twice about paying that kind of money for enchiladas. The owners definitely should reevaluate where they cut costs and need to trim some off those prices.

Pros: We were seated right away on a Saturday night.

Cons: No discernable alcohol in the drinks. High prices.

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The food was good, though not spectacular. Most items were overpriced. The margaritas and black bean salsa were great, though.

1
★★★☆☆

The food was good, though not spectacular. Most items were overpriced. The margaritas and black bean salsa were great, though.

Pros: Quaint neighborhood

Cons: Too pricey

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The black bean salsa can't be beat. Great food -- everything I've tried was spectacular. My favorite is the chicken wrap.

1
★★★☆☆

The black bean salsa can't be beat. Great food -- everything I've tried was spectacular. My favorite is the chicken wrap.

Pros: black bean salsa is great

Cons: limited parking and you have to pay $1 for chips/salsa

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The owner is a gentleman, the main bartender is a great guy and the waitstaff is extremely professional and competent. I suggest this establishment for everyone, even those who don't like Margaritas or Mexican quisine. Good selection of drinks, great food, just great all-round.

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★★★★★

The owner is a gentleman, the main bartender is a great guy and the waitstaff is extremely professional and competent. I suggest this establishment for everyone, even those who don't like Margaritas or Mexican quisine. Good selection of drinks, great food, just great all-round.

Pros: Family and Bar patrons easily share this restaurant

Cons: Some dishes may be pricy, for some.

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Cactus Pear is one of my favorite restaurants in Cincinnati, and probably my favorite in Clifton. I go once a week and ALWAYS get the chicken nacho salad ($8.95), which is the perfect mix of warm black beans, cool vegetables, melted cheese, and crunchy chips. I've had the cuban melt and arizone wrap sandwiches before, they were good, but the chicken nacho salad is awesome. A basket of chips and black bean salsa (highly recommended) are $1...they might not be on the menu, but you can ask for them. To top it off I always order one of thier perrrfect frozen margaritas (very strong, and also available in pitchers). No matter what time I go, I'm always seated promtly and the nacho salad is out within minutes! Servers are very pleasant. I never leave without a happy stomach and a smile on my face :)

2
★★★★☆

Cactus Pear is one of my favorite restaurants in Cincinnati, and probably my favorite in Clifton. I go once a week and ALWAYS get the chicken nacho salad ($8.95), which is the perfect mix of warm black beans, cool vegetables, melted cheese, and crunchy chips. I've had the cuban melt and arizone wrap sandwiches before, they were good, but the chicken nacho salad is awesome. A basket of chips and black bean salsa (highly recommended) are $1...they might not be on the menu, but you can ask for them. To top it off I always order one of thier perrrfect frozen margaritas (very strong, and also available in pitchers). No matter what time I go, I'm always seated promtly and the nacho salad is out within minutes! Servers are very pleasant. I never leave without a happy stomach and a smile on my face :)

Pros: margaritas, black bean salsa, fast service

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I had read good things of this restaurant, but upon finally eating there, I discovered expensive food that was far from worth the price paid. The atmosphere was nothing to boast about, and nothing myself or my date ate was even remotely appetizing.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had read good things of this restaurant, but upon finally eating there, I discovered expensive food that was far from worth the price paid. The atmosphere was nothing to boast about, and nothing myself or my date ate was even remotely appetizing.

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To charge for chips and salsa at a mexican restaurant is ridiculous - especially when they have never done that in the past, and decide to shortly after they also raised prices on every menu item by at least a couple of dollars. They apparently have no concern or regard for value, which is unfortunately for them of utmost concern to consumers. I have lived in the neighborhood many years and used to enjoy eating here regularly. As a consumer who likes to feel that my patronage is appreciated, I will not return.

0
★☆☆☆☆

To charge for chips and salsa at a mexican restaurant is ridiculous - especially when they have never done that in the past, and decide to shortly after they also raised prices on every menu item by at least a couple of dollars. They apparently have no concern or regard for value, which is unfortunately for them of utmost concern to consumers. I have lived in the neighborhood many years and used to enjoy eating here regularly. As a consumer who likes to feel that my patronage is appreciated, I will not return.

Cons: WAY OVERPRICED

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I stopped in for lunch at the location down by UC after seeing here that it was among the cities best mexican. No Way! everything on the menu was ridiculously overpriced, especially for lunch. They had a new york steak I beleive it was for like $22. This is in a place with vinyl covered tables - not a place that should be serving a $22 steak. Pastas were $14 & $15. I settled for the steak caesar sandwich with avacado, $7.95. the thing had plenty of steak and was tasty, but it barely even had a slice of avacado on it. we're talkin 3 tiny slivers. granted this is only 1 experience and I got a sandwich, but I really wasn't impressed.

1
★★★☆☆

I stopped in for lunch at the location down by UC after seeing here that it was among the cities best mexican. No Way! everything on the menu was ridiculously overpriced, especially for lunch. They had a new york steak I beleive it was for like $22. This is in a place with vinyl covered tables - not a place that should be serving a $22 steak. Pastas were $14 & $15. I settled for the steak caesar sandwich with avacado, $7.95. the thing had plenty of steak and was tasty, but it barely even had a slice of avacado on it. we're talkin 3 tiny slivers. granted this is only 1 experience and I got a sandwich, but I really wasn't impressed.

Cons: overpriced

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This Southwestern-tinged bistro near the University of Cincinnati campus draws a college crowd for its specialty margaritas and Dos Equis on tap as well as smoky, roasted tomato salsa. Everything about this place is eclectic---from the…

 

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