Cactus Pear

Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.


Cactus Pear

3215 Jefferson Ave. (W. Nixon St.) Send to Phone
513-961-7400
Signature salsa and an eclectic menu make this near-college bistro a hit.


Cuisine

Open
Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly
Features

* Click here for rating key




Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.


Cactus Pear Restaurant Review

: This Southwestern bistro near the University of Cincinnati campus draws a college crowd for its Margarita Mondays, Brewsday Tuesdays and its signature smoky roasted tomato salsa. Don't let the dark color of the salsa fool you --- it's that way on purpose. The roasted tomatoes are a little blackened, and the chips and salsa alone are reason enough to stop in. Cactus Pear also attracts a following of vegetarians with a menu that includes items like tofu, portobello or eggplant fajitas and kale chips as a side. Burgers and steaks are available, and Cactus Pear serves a surprising selection of Tex-Italian pastas; the house specialty is red pepper noodles. Of course, this casual hangout is a bit dark and dated, and it can be pricey for what it is: not exactly Mexican and not exactly authentic anything else. But you can't go wrong with a plate of fajitas, especially if you wash it all down with a margarita or two. And don't forget to try the guacamole. For dessert, there's white chocolate bread pudding or a fried ice cream sundae with caramel sauce and whipped cream.





Best Rosé Wines
BEST ROSÉ WINES | GAYOT.com

For refreshing wines perfect for a hot day, take a look at GAYOT's Best Rosé Wines. See the list.





WINE OF THE WEEK | GAYOT.com

GAYOT's Wine & Spirits Editor presents the
Wine of the Week, featuring tasting notes as well as history on the vineyards and winemaker.

DINING IN PROVENCE

The charm of Provence right on your table.

Read the article and see photos.

Whisky Fudge RecipeA Whisky Fudge Recipe for a (very) sweet moment and treat.

Get the recipe.