Since 1990, Cactus has been satisfying Seattle’s need for high-quality, innovative, Mexican, Southwestern, and Spanish cuisine from its home in Madison Park. In 2002, the award-winning restaurant started serving eastside customers at a premier location in downtown Kirkland. And since August 2006, locals and tourists have been enjoying the spectacular Puget Sound views from a new location on Alki beach in Seattle.
Located on the western shore of Lake Washington, Madison Park is one of Seattle’s most distinguished neighborhoods. Evocative of the family oriented neighborhoods from 1950′s television, Madison Park’s business district features more than 60 diverse neighborhood businesses located along its tree-lined streets. Business owners are likely to know their customers’ names as shoppers relax with a cup of cappuccino at tables set up along bustling sidewalks or browse in one of the neighborhood’s many independently owned shops.
Opened in 1990, the original Cactus was quite humble. In these early days, we were cooking Spanish “tapas” on beer crates using camping equipment. Thankfully, we’ve evolved a bit since then…
4220 East Madison
Seattle, WA 98112
Though it feels like a world away, downtown Kirkland is located just 10 miles east of Seattle. Kirkland is often described as the Eastside’s most romantic town, and its location on Lake Washington affords dramatic views of sunsets, the Seattle skyline and the Olympic Mountains. With a pedestrian friendly low–rise downtown, it is easy to stroll the streets and enjoy the abundant boutiques, galleries and public art installations.
Our Kirkland location opened in May of 2002. Situated in the heart of downtown Kirkland, Cactus is conveniently located on Park Lane – surrounded by art galleries, restaurants and upscale boutiques. A pleasant area for strolling, Cactus is moments away from Lake Washington and the best shopping and parks Kirkland has to offer.
121 Park Lane
Kirkland, WA 98033
As long time Seattle residents, we had grown accustomed to taking Alki Beach for granted. One day during construction of the restaurant, we had dinner at Duke’s on Alki. As we sat there, totally relaxed, looking out onto the Sound, we started laughing. The Beach is one of those rare, transformative locales (is this really Seattle?). If you are a local and haven’t been to the beach for a while, do yourself a favor and come rediscover what so many tourists learn each year — Alki Beach is one of the great treasures of Seattle.
Cactus on Alki is truly a special restaurant featuring large, roll-up garage doors and a wonderful patio to maximize the unparalleled views of the Olympic Mountains and astonishing sunsets over the Puget Sound. On colder days, the indoor fireplace and fun atmosphere prove to be the perfect compliment to your dinner or festive occasion.
2820 Alki Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98116