Cactus Ya Ya

★★★★☆
  • 15704 SE Mill Plain Blvd

    Vancouver, WA 98684

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  • 360-944-9292

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Whenever it's a special occasion at work or lunchwith a client, this restaurant is my first choice. I have never had a bad meal there, although during the lunch hour the service can be a little slow, so leave yourself more than an hour if you can. The fish tacos and the baja rolls are my favorites, and I could probably live on the chips and salsa if I had to.

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★★★★☆

Whenever it's a special occasion at work or lunchwith a client, this restaurant is my first choice. I have never had a bad meal there, although during the lunch hour the service can be a little slow, so leave yourself more than an hour if you can. The fish tacos and the baja rolls are my favorites, and I could probably live on the chips and salsa if I had to.

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Tried this place several times, different times of the year. Not impressed. The menu is eclectic, but doesn't deliver. The spring rolls were soggy, the tortilla soup was bland - even added chicken in another visit. The main bartender (Sherry?) is awesome, the other bartender is definitely lacking personality. Nice decor, but can get really loud because it is rather small. They're not the only game in town.

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★☆☆☆☆

Tried this place several times, different times of the year. Not impressed. The menu is eclectic, but doesn't deliver. The spring rolls were soggy, the tortilla soup was bland - even added chicken in another visit. The main bartender (Sherry?) is awesome, the other bartender is definitely lacking personality. Nice decor, but can get really loud because it is rather small. They're not the only game in town.

Pros: outside seating

Cons: attitude

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We are from Texas visiting a friend in Washougal, WA. Both salsas were as good as the salsa we get here in Dallas at our favorite mexican restaurant. The fish tacos were excellent. Loved the cilantro sauce. Liked the tacos so much that we ate there again before we left WA.

Reasonably priced entrees. Definitely a repeater.

5
★★★★★

We are from Texas visiting a friend in Washougal, WA. Both salsas were as good as the salsa we get here in Dallas at our favorite mexican restaurant. The fish tacos were excellent. Loved the cilantro sauce. Liked the tacos so much that we ate there again before we left WA.

Reasonably priced entrees. Definitely a repeater.

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Pros: oysters and ya ya rolls are delicious.Very nice staff. Hardly any wait time on food.

Cons: Hard to find, hard to find parking, Happy hour only in bar

Overall, great experience.

4
★★★★☆

Pros: oysters and ya ya rolls are delicious.Very nice staff. Hardly any wait time on food.

Cons: Hard to find, hard to find parking, Happy hour only in bar

Overall, great experience.

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I guess after all the years it's been open, Ya Ya's is no longer a secret. You might drive by and never see it on Mill Plain with all the other chains that have opened up. You may even have driven by and wondered why all the cars are in that little parking lot.

The food here defies being categorized. It's not Mexican, but they have Mexican style food. It's not Thai, but they have killer chicken peanut rolls and skewers. It's not a burger place, but the half pounder on the menu will kick you butt if you add pepper jack cheese.

The best way to describe this place is great food, killer drinks and HOT wait staff. Could it be an accident that so many attractive blondes work there? It's like the owner planned it that way. Even the guys that work there make the girls swoon.

Get there from 4-6 and after 9 for the best happy hour food in the 'Couv. No drink deals during happy hour, but you don't get cheated on the free poured drinks, unless you tick off the bartender.

It definitely has a neighborhood feel, and sitting outside by the gas fireplace on a cool night is a rare treat. My recommendation on the happy hour menu - chicken or beef Ya Ya rolls or the fish taco.

Great place for a pre-function dinner or late snack, but not too late. They close at 11pm Sun-Thur and midnight on Fri-Sat.

2
★★★★★

I guess after all the years it's been open, Ya Ya's is no longer a secret. You might drive by and never see it on Mill Plain with all the other chains that have opened up. You may even have driven by and wondered why all the cars are in that little parking lot.

The food here defies being categorized. It's not Mexican, but they have Mexican style food. It's not Thai, but they have killer chicken peanut rolls and skewers. It's not a burger place, but the half pounder on the menu will kick you butt if you add pepper jack cheese.

The best way to describe this place is great food, killer drinks and HOT wait staff. Could it be an accident that so many attractive blondes work there? It's like the owner planned it that way. Even the guys that work there make the girls swoon.

Get there from 4-6 and after 9 for the best happy hour food in the 'Couv. No drink deals during happy hour, but you don't get cheated on the free poured drinks, unless you tick off the bartender.

It definitely has a neighborhood feel, and sitting outside by the gas fireplace on a cool night is a rare treat. My recommendation on the happy hour menu - chicken or beef Ya Ya rolls or the fish taco.

Great place for a pre-function dinner or late snack, but not too late. They close at 11pm Sun-Thur and midnight on Fri-Sat.

Pros: Great drinks, excellant food and a fun place to hang out

Cons: pretty noisy when it's busy

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Best Mexican food in this area, not the usual "american style boring mexican". The peanut ya ya rolls are awesome. Great value, great food. Decor and atmosphere is great. It can get a little too noisy when it is busy. Only negative, the margaritas are good, but too small!

2
★★★★★

Best Mexican food in this area, not the usual "american style boring mexican". The peanut ya ya rolls are awesome. Great value, great food. Decor and atmosphere is great. It can get a little too noisy when it is busy. Only negative, the margaritas are good, but too small!

Pros: food

Cons: noisy

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This a great place to go for Happy Hour. The drinks are great and the appetizers a great compliment to the drinks. You can also order many of their items a la carte which is nice when looking for a lighter meal. Looking for a late lunch/early dinner joint than this place is for you.

4
★★★★☆

This a great place to go for Happy Hour. The drinks are great and the appetizers a great compliment to the drinks. You can also order many of their items a la carte which is nice when looking for a lighter meal. Looking for a late lunch/early dinner joint than this place is for you.

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This place is outstanding. I haven't ever had a bad meal here ever! Happy hour is great - must try the peanut chicken ya ya rolls! And of course a Nuclear Margarita!

2
★★★★★

This place is outstanding. I haven't ever had a bad meal here ever! Happy hour is great - must try the peanut chicken ya ya rolls! And of course a Nuclear Margarita!

Pros: Food, Drinks, Non-smoking bar!

Cons: Noise Level

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I was not happy with anything here. The food was sub-par and tasted bland. It was also way overpriced. I felt sick the rest of the day and I will never go back. I do know a lot of people who like going here, maybe for drinks, but I had a terrible experience.

2
★★☆☆☆

I was not happy with anything here. The food was sub-par and tasted bland. It was also way overpriced. I felt sick the rest of the day and I will never go back. I do know a lot of people who like going here, maybe for drinks, but I had a terrible experience.

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My family enjoys eating here now and then and it is always good food, good value, and friendly service. In fact, my girlfriend and I came here once and hadn't returned for about a year and the waitress not only remembered us, but even what we ordered. And believe me, neither one of us is so attractive that the waitress remembered because she had fallen in love during our first visit. She was just that friendly.

2
★★★★☆

My family enjoys eating here now and then and it is always good food, good value, and friendly service. In fact, my girlfriend and I came here once and hadn't returned for about a year and the waitress not only remembered us, but even what we ordered. And believe me, neither one of us is so attractive that the waitress remembered because she had fallen in love during our first visit. She was just that friendly.

Pros: service, food, price

Cons: a bit small

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Cactus YaYa has a fabulous happy hour and exceptional margaritas. Their menu is pretty large and they provide free chips and salsa (some of the best). It gets crowded and the restaurant is small, so expect a wait on weekends. Waitstaff is great and the Salmon YaYa Rolls are an absolute must.

4
★★★★☆

Cactus YaYa has a fabulous happy hour and exceptional margaritas. Their menu is pretty large and they provide free chips and salsa (some of the best). It gets crowded and the restaurant is small, so expect a wait on weekends. Waitstaff is great and the Salmon YaYa Rolls are an absolute must.

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One of our favorite happy hour menus: Peanut or Steak Ya Ya rolls, nachos & margaritas. Other favorites include fish tacos, steak tacos and chimichangas.

PROS: Generous portions, patio seating
CONS: Happy hour menu in the bar only

5
★★★★★

One of our favorite happy hour menus: Peanut or Steak Ya Ya rolls, nachos & margaritas. Other favorites include fish tacos, steak tacos and chimichangas.

PROS: Generous portions, patio seating
CONS: Happy hour menu in the bar only

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Really good food! Awesome place. It can get a little crowded, but definently a hot spot. Speak loud, it is real noisy.

2
★★★★★

Really good food! Awesome place. It can get a little crowded, but definently a hot spot. Speak loud, it is real noisy.

Pros: Food, Inexpensive, Location

Cons: Crowded, Noisy, Parking

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The best Margarita in the 'Couv. Outstanding menus in both the bar and main dining area.

2
★★★★★

The best Margarita in the 'Couv. Outstanding menus in both the bar and main dining area.

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Went there early one Friday. Seating outside is worth the wait. Great Food. Cool Bar. A little too crowded. Glad we got there 7pm on a Friday, otherwise, no way. Kicks ass for Vanc... Getty up.

2
★★★★☆

Went there early one Friday. Seating outside is worth the wait. Great Food. Cool Bar. A little too crowded. Glad we got there 7pm on a Friday, otherwise, no way. Kicks ass for Vanc... Getty up.

Pros: vibe, ambience, drinks

Cons: location, parking, service

 

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