Written by on September 4, 2016 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

( – Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle, Washington

Cactus Madison Park 2

How I heard of this place: Our friends first introduced us to Cactus at South Lake Union, as one of their favorite brunch places, and a great place for personal announcements (“We’re having a baby!” and “We’re getting married!” and this time, “We have new jobs!”) So, now, each time we dine with them at Cactus, we anticipate a new, glorious announcement.

Type of cuisine: Opened in 1990, the original Cactus Restaurant was humble and inspired. In those early days, we were cooking Spanish tapas on beer crates using camping equipment. Thankfully, we’ve evolved a bit since the early days, but we’re still inspired by where we came from. Come join us by the lake.

Since 1990 we have been offering Seattle innovative Southwestern, Mexican and Spanish cuisine from our humble Madison Park restaurant, Cactus. Home to Seattle’s first tapas bar, we continue to innovate with seasonal menus, nightly specials and fresh cocktails.

In early 2002 we ventured east and opened our second restaurant in downtown Kirkland to great success. Realizing that proximity to large bodies of water was surely a good thing, we founded our third location right off Alki Beach in West Seattle. We set our sights on downtown Seattle in 2011 and opened a fourth location during the fall in the up-and-coming South Lake Union neighborhood. Finally, in 2013, we ventured east again and opened our largest location at Bellevue Square.

Join us for hand-crafted cocktails, daily happy hour, and the always exciting cuisines of the American Southwest and Mexico.

Ambiance: Fun, vibrant and full of life,

Cactus Madison Park Dining Left

the colors indoors give one the impression that they, too, are dining in an exciting, abundant tropical space.

Cactus Madison Park Interior

Thoughtful, unique and creative decorations on the walls, including brightly colored children’s chairs with small, seated skeletons,

Cactus Madison Park Chair Decor

paper stars hanging from the ceiling,

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and red-tiled floors make for a true warm, family-friendly, welcoming space.

Cactus Madison Park Bar

Brilliant framed mirrors deck the walls and tasteful skulls provide an edge in the friendly, neighborhood eatery.

Cactus Madison Park Dining Room Mirror

A space truly family-friendly, vibrant, bright and inviting for all.

Cactus Madison Park Chair Decor & Light 2

What I ordered: Our party of five started with waters, coffee and a non-alcoholic cocktail, the Hibiscus Mango Sour ($4.50) which includes one free refill. One order of Chips with Salsa ($3) with warm, homemade corn chips and Cactus salsa casera and a side of Guacamole ($7): crushed haas avocados, cilantro, lime, onion and serrano chile, with pico de gallo, warm chips and salsa.

Cactus Madison Park Chips Salsa Guacamole

Our main entrées including two each of the Chorizo + Egg Skillet ($12 each): roasted brunch potatoes, three scrambled eggs, house-made chorizo, poblano chiles, white cheddar cheese, house salsa, avocado and flour tortillas, (one with a side of apple wood smoked bacon $4),

Cactus Madison Park Chorizo + Egg Skillet

and two Chipotle Salmon + Avocado Benedict (15) from the daily specials menu: wild Alaska salmon, green chile biscuit, chipotle hollandaise, green onions, and brunch potatoes.

Cactus Madison Park Salmon Benedict 3

What I loved: The Skillet. Though I wasn’t one of the two to order it, my one sample truly left an impression. The Benedict was fine, though the poached eggs were completely completely cooked through without a trace of runniness, and the seasoning adequate, but there is something about the menu items that stick around that make it worth sticking to.

Why I loved it: Friendly server, open space – perfect for the little ones – and enough on the menu to garner ever diner satisfied.

Cost: Average ($11 – $15 per brunch entrée)

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