Dining At The First Cactus Club Cafe

The Cactus Club Cafe at 1598 Pemberton Avenue in North Vancouver has the distinction of being the very first Cactus Club restaurant. Founded in 1987 by Richard and Scotty (Scotty has since left. Both used to work for Earls), Cactus Club Cafe has grown into one of the best casual restaurant chains in Canada. They follow the Fuller formula for restaurants success: great food with great service by great looking servers.

Being the first, the North Van Cactus Club is not as big as many of the current locations. It has its own unique look and feel and is the only place where you can still find classic Cactus menu favorites that can’t be found at any other locations.

The menu at Cactus Club is headed up by Chef Rob Feenie. Since joining Cactus Club, Chef Feenie has successfully launched the largest number of new menu items in the company’s 22 year history. His menu items are reminiscent of the fine dining fare from his Lumiere days, but are delivered at an affordable price.

Cactus Club Cafe remains my favorite casual dining restaurant in Vancouver and it’s largely due to the Feenie dishes. The butternut squash ravioli with sautéed jumbo prawns is the best ravioli you will ever taste. No other ravioli has ever come close to it. Other RF signature dishes include the prawn and scallop spaghettini, the seared saffron halibut and the chocolate peanut butter crunch bar, which as far as I’m concerned, should win dessert of the decade.

The core of both Chef Feenie and Cactus Club’s ultimate goal is to provide guests with a fine dining experience at a level of value that cannot be matched by any competition. They’ve hit the bull-eye on all points. If you were to serve these dishes to food critics and ask them how much they would pay, I guarantee their prices would be at least two to three times higher than what Cactus is charging. Cactus Club Cafe and Chef Rob Feenie is that good.

Cactus Club Cafe

Cactus Club Cafe

Cactus Club Cafe

Cactus Club Cafe

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26 thoughts on “Dining At The First Cactus Club Cafe”

  1. dg says:

    Cactus Club is good value for the price, but nothing close to the experience that Lumiere was. The decor, the food, and especially the service were outstanding. Everyone including the valet, hostess, waiter, and servers made sure your meal was great. It actually made $200/person seem reasonable. Oh well, at least there is still Vij’s and Japa Dog.

    1. John Chow says:

      In terms of value for the money, I would say nothing comes close to Cactus Club. But ya, the Lumiere was the ultimate for sure. It’s ashamed everything went down the way it did.

      1. So if you guys wants to see the John Chow photos at Lumiere than go to below link –


        1. Back in 2006, the heady days of another new dot com boom 🙂

          1. yes everything was rising for John at that moment hence John spend $1300+ on dinner ….

      2. Hey John,

        I used to go to Cactus Club a lot but haven’t been there for a while. I’m tempted to go now after reading this and you saying it’s still good.

        We frequented Richmond with friends. Never went to the one in North Vancouver.

  2. Michael Kwan says:

    The Cactus Club menu has certainly improved since the arrival of RF a few years back.

  3. fazal mayar says:

    thats fine dining as usual 😀

  4. Seems you had an great dinner John

  5. Nice dinner john its making me so hungry

  6. They are very much similar like you … you also want to provide best ideas and tricks to your visitors to make money and they also provide great food to their clients …

    Though your ideas are free of cost (directly and indirectly) and they charge affordable for the best food.

  7. Enrico says:

    great pics and vids


  8. Pictures not too good to look at when one is hungry 🙂

  9. fas says:

    John how come nowadays daily outside eating updates?

  10. Erwin Miradi says:

    I didn’t really finish reading it but the pictures got my attention. They look superbly delicious.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      It’s all about the pictures on these food posts! Always making me hungry.

  11. Amani says:

    Another great photos as usual.

  12. Lalit says:

    John, excellent photographs and really I am feeling hungry now. Best value for the money.

  13. Will Cactus Club provide any feature advantage?

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Can you please clarify? I don’t fully understand. The Cactus Club is a restaurant, not software.

  14. Mike says:


    Are you currently living in Vancouver, or just visiting it really often?. Just wondering because you have published some posts where you are located in a US city (near Canada)

    1. John Chow says:

      And next week, I’ll be publishing posts from New York City. One of the advantages of the Dot Com Lifestyle is I can live wherever I want. 🙂

  15. PPC Ian says:

    The food looks really good. I have never heard of the Cactus Club before. Looking forward to trying it out sometime. The dessert looks the best!

  16. wow, it looks so delicious.

  17. Dress Making says:

    Dish looks so yummy

  18. Gift Ideas says:

    There are really very yammy dishes, looks very fast food.

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