Reserve Your Seats for the Fiesta River Parade

IC-75th Fiesta Parade-Best ViewIt’s time to reserve your Fiesta River Parade seats at Iron Cactus River Walk and enjoy a special Chef-inspired menu served buffet style and the best views of the 75th Fiesta River Parade.

Simply fill out the Credit Card Authorization Form below to guarantee your seats for a fun-filled night at the 75th Fiesta River Parade.

Completed forms can be emailed to David Martinez, Director of Events at Iron Cactus River Walk, faxed to (210) 224- 9238 or by calling the restaurant at (210) 224-9835.

Fiesta River Parade CC Authorization Form

IC-Fiesta River Parade-CC Auth Form



Why Iron Cactus Easter Sunday Brunch is Awesome!

Call and make your Easter Sunday Brunch reservations now before it’s too late! For reservations at Iron Cactus in Austin and Dallas, call:
Austin Downtown – (512) 472-9240
North Austin – (512) 794-8778
Hill Country Galleria(512) 263-7636
Dallas Downtown –  (214) 749-4766

For $22.99 (Adult), $18.99 (Seniors) and $14.99 (Children), you can enjoy all the deliciousness listed below and more.

That’s why Iron Cactus Easter Sunday Brunch is just plain AWESOME!

IC-Easter Sundy Brunch Buffet Menu


Tableside Guacamole on National Guacamole Day


One free tableside guacamole only per table and/or party. May not be exchanged for cash. Cannot be combined with any other offer or used multiple times. First come, first serve. No rain checks. Iron Cactus is not responsible if unable to serve due to ingredients running out before end of day. Servers not required or responsible for informing guests of promotion. Dine-in only. Valid only on September 16, 2015. Additional restrictions may apply.

Print or show this image to your Iron Cactus server on September 16th to get ONE FREE TABLESIDE GUACAMOLE!

Iron Cactus National Guacamole Day Promo


Gluten-Free Never Tasted So Good!

Gluten-free is not just a diet craze.

According to the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, about 1% of the U.S. population has celiac disease. For these individuals, staying gluten-free is a matter of life and death.

The rest of the population who are going on a gluten-free diet are doing so because they may be gluten sensitive or simply want to cut the amount of gluten foods they eat. Removing gluten from one’s diet may benefit some more than others.

In a recent article in by Dr. Arthur Agatson, author of The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution, he declares that “as a society, we are in a state of ‘gluten overload,’ and millions of people of all ages and all walks of life are suffering as a result of a condition that was recognized only a few years ago, called gluten sensitivity.” [To view the complete article, please click here.]

One common complaint by many who have decided to try being gluten-free is the lack of taste in gluten-free dishes. At Iron Cactus, its gluten-free menu includes dishes that even the non-gluten-free guest would find delicious.

“We want to ensure that our gluten-free guests are able to experience the same tasty dishes that we create for our non-gluten-free guests, “said Iron Cactus Executive Chef Jaime Chozet.  “Our gluten-free menu includes appetizers, entrées and desserts.”

The stacked pork enchiladas is one of the many gluten-free menu items at Iron Cactus.

Iron Cactus has been serving gluten-free dishes since 2008, years before other restaurants started to offer it.

So if you’re gluten-free, be sure to check out our gluten-free menu the next time you visit Iron Cactus.



Be A Star

Be a Star in the next Iron Cactus Commercial!!

Ever dreamed about being marginally famous? Now’s your chance! Iron Cactus is doing a commercial and we’re asking for your help. Yes, you, reading this blog. If you’re reading this post, you’re worthy of a starring role!

Just like our food, we’re trying something a little different. Iron Cactus is a unique dining experience that attracts unique people like yourself – people passionate about our food. That’s kind of our thing. Well…that, and tequila. Oh…and our happy hour…you get the point. So, we wondered, why not celebrate these unique people by putting them in our commercial?

This is where you, reader and presumed eater/drinker, come in. Come into any Iron Cactus with your friends and enjoy your favorite food and drinks, as per usual. This time, though, record it. Take pictures or get it on video, the weirder, happier and more delicious, the better. Go nuts, whatever you want. Then email us your collected works of art at

That’s it. Sit back and wait as the trappings of fame gradually overwhelm your life and your only solace is lobster tacos and happy hour margaritas, which isn’t really so bad, if you think about it.


Iron Cactus Plays Host to SXSW Celebrities, Attendees and Partygoers

Since opening in 1996, our Iron Cactus location on 6th St. has become one of the most popular destinations for SXSW celebrities, attendees and partygoers. The amount of traffic we get from out-of-towners have grown each year. This year has been no different and we love showcasing all our dishes to guests who have never had a chance to try real Tex-Mex cuisine. That’s why Iron Cactus on 6th St. has become the unofficial restaurant and margarita bar during SXSW.

Since SXSW officially kicked off last Friday, March 9th, we’ve already seen a tremendous amount of activity on our 6th St. location. We hosted the popular pair known in the film industry as Jay and Silent Bob i.e. award-winning filmmaker and actor Kevin Smith and his trusted sidekick, Jay Mewes. Both are from New Jersey where I was born so in a way I connect with them. With them was actor Matthew Lillard, who is known for his heart-wrenching performance in Scream as well as the lovable Shaggy in the Scooby-Doo movies.

With our growth as part of the historical 6th St. of downtown Austin, we want to say thanks to all of you come to visit us. We truly enjoy seeing everyone have a great time during SXSW and hearing feedback on your social networks about how you enjoyed your experience. So continue to check in on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Instagram and all the other social networking apps available today.

In the meantime, if you’re curious what the most popular SXSW dishes are throughout the years, here’s our very own Mark Nevarez, Director of Operations, and Executive Chef Adam Guerra on Good Day Austin. Trust me, you won’t want to miss this. They share the secret to making our famous table side guacamole. This way, when you crave for a little Iron Cactus when you get back home, you can try to make it yourself.

Recipe: Table Side Guacamole:


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A Special Guest for a Special Cause

This past week, we had a very special guest at the Iron Cactus on Sixth Street. Maddie joined us on Wednesday afternoon on our outdoor patio for a margarita and chips. While that doesn’t sound terribly unusual, Maddie is actually a Yellow Labrador, and she was there to help create a great new TV commercial for our friends at the Austin Animal Center.

Austin Animal Center is trying to impress upon people the importance of tagging and microchipping their pets, so if animals get lost, they can be returned to their owners. The idea of the TV spot was to feature Maddie whimsically enjoying popular, iconic Austin locations, and finally being returned to her owner, thanks to her microchipping and tags. So Maddie spent a day getting a trim at Birds Barbershop, catching a movie at the Alamo Drafthouse, paddle-boarding on Lady Bird Lake, listening to a lively street musician on South Congress, and enjoying chips and an afternoon drink from her “margarita bowl” with us at the Iron Cactus. (Animal activists relax; Maddie’s marg was actually just water; although, the ones enjoyed by the creative team from MOSAK Advertising & Insights were very much the real thing and very much enjoyed!)

Maddie joined us for a couple of hours upstairs on the rooftop patio being served by Danielle. Besides working at the Iron Cactus, Danielle is an actress, and she smoothly delivered her lines and margaritas with the friendly service upon which we pride ourselves. Everyone else, from bartenders to managers, also contributed. As animal lovers, we are always happy to help out for a good cause, and the Austin Animal Center is certainly making life better for these animals, their owners and our fellow Austinites. The spot should be running soon and will be posted at

Austin Animal Center recently opened their new location on the east side at 7201 Levander Loop, and you can have your pet tagged and microchipped there. It’s easy and painless. You’ll also be able to view the spot on the Austin Animal Center Facebook page, as well as our Facebook page. Look for the spot and we’ll look for you on our outdoor patio overlooking Sixth Street, at our North Austin location on Stonelake or at the Hill Country Galleria restaurant enjoying a tasty marg. As Maddie can attest, “it’s a great place to hang out.”