Deliciously Mexican. Authentically Local.


Deliciously Mexican. Authentically Local.

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Iron Cactus - Mexican restaurants in san antonio TX & austin TX

Iron Cactus Mexican Grill and Margarita Bar is a premier local hot spot for Mexican food and tequila cocktails for visitors and locals in Austin and San Antonio, TX. Our Mexican restaurants serve some of the best contemporary Mexican cuisine menus you’ll ever savor as well as our famous table-side guacamole, fixed fresh to your taste right at your table.

Both Iron Cactus locations feature topflight bars. We’ve been rated as a Top 10 Tequila Bar in the country by USA Today. Enjoy captivating views and our extensive tequila cocktail menu on one of our famously popular patios in downtown Austin or San Antonio’s River Walk.

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Where dinner becomes a destination


Our flagship downtown Austin Mexican Restaurant is located at the corner of 6th Street and Trinity. Iron Cactus’s turn of the century building was remodeled to include our famous Rooftop Patio, offering a fantastic view of the Austin skyline. This 3-level restaurant and bar has become a beloved destination for locals, tourists, university students and business people alike. It’s the number one choice for incredible food, fresh-squeezed lime margaritas and an authentically local vibe on 6th Street.

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San Antonio

Our San Antonio Mexican restaurant is located in the middle of the San Antonio River Walk area, across from the rustic La Mansion Hotel and right next to the historic Aztec Theater. Watch the boats float by as you enjoy a Mexican dining experience you’ll never forget. We’ve been voted “Best of the River Walk” for 6 straight years, so if you’re looking for an authentic local restaurant to put on your list of San Antonio destinations, a visit to Iron Cactus is a must! And don’t forget the fresh-squeezed lime margaritas.


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Gary S.
Really, really good Mexican food! The chips & the salsas are outstanding, as were the chicken enchiladas. The salsa verde was so tasty I requested the server bring more. Fabulous! Everything was so enjoyable at Iron Cactus that in the 11 days of my stay in Austin, I ate there on 3 occasions.
02 November 2021
Sindy G.
Great appetizer menu & strong drinks! We stumbled upon this place & were pleasantly surprised! We ordered the Tableside Guacamole, Crab Stuffed Jalapeños, & the Smoked Chicken Quesadilla. The guac is literally made in front of you using fresh ingredients & tailored to your preference!
06 July 2021
Annue L.
Great place to people watch on 6th Street in Austin! We came here late at night to grab drinks and wound up on the outside terrace - highly recommend - overlooking 6th street. Great vantage point to people watch and the drinks were top notch and the food was great!
09 August 2021
Angela H.
We were served by Joe and he made our night! Not only did he give us the best margarita recommendations for our tastes, but he then made the BEST table side guacamole we’ve ever had. He made a show of it and the presentation was beautiful. Great meal, highly recommended!
23 September 2021

Where a Gathering Becomes a Party

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From a small gathering to an event for 500, we have the private party rooms for you at both of our restaurants.

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Throwing a party at your house or a corporate event at the office? Our fajita buffet or a specialty menu will make it easy and memorable.

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