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6710 E. Cave Creek rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331
480 488-8031
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4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House honors the spirit of Arizona’s ranching...
Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House honors the spirit of Arizona’s ranching days with rustic yet upscale dining. Located on Saguaro Hill and overlooking Black Mountain and the Sonoran desert foothills, the restaurant’s ambience inside is as captivating as the setting outside. At Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, a hacienda style dining room, enclosed patio and private wine room boast artistic touches such as straw-packed walls, sandstone and slate accents, woodwork from local mesquite, and a wood-burning fireplace in each room. The interior recalls the original ranch house built by Jackson (Manford) Cartwright in the early 1900s. His father, “Red” Cartwright, was a pioneering cattle rancher in Cave Creek in the late 1800s. The family ranch operated for three generations and more than a century, and is still in use today. Chefs continue this tradition with all-natural meats, including Arizona beef, Colorado range-fed lamb, and North American elk and buffalo slow-cooked over a crackling mesquite wood fire. Also enjoy fresh seafood, house-made bread and desserts, a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list and fine whiskies, bourbons and Scotches. Cartwright’s is available for private events and off-site catering. Reservations are recommended.
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  • 53
    Very good
  • 18
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  • 14
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Memorable New Year's Eve dinner

The price fix menu was excellent. Atmosphere could not have been better for this unusual snowy night in scottsdale. Roaring fireplace, authentic western art, massive wooden bar. Very reasonably priced.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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Portland, Maine, USA
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
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Portland, Maine, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The price fix menu was excellent. Atmosphere could not have been better for this unusual snowy night in scottsdale. Roaring fireplace, authentic western art, massive wooden bar. Very reasonably priced.

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My wife and I had dinner at Cartwright's on Saturday night, June 13. Being 'offseason' for tourist in the Phoenix/Cave Creek area the restaurant was not elbow to elbow but there was a good flow of some locals and tourist coming and going. Our server was very attentive to out needs and very helpful with all our questions about the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Cartwrights is a quieter scene from the rest of the strip. More classy dining. Beautiful atmosphere and friendly staff. I eat steak habitually and I must say, I think that was the best steak I've had. Will be back soon.

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Beaverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Two of us couples happened on this restaurant and were delighted that we had! The atmosphere is fun, the service was outstanding, the food was absolutely delicious and presentation was pleasing. I especially enjoyed the beef tenderloin stroganoff. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This is not the place if you are a vegetarian or a vegan. The vast majority of the menu is "meat & potatoes." The pork shoulder was very good, the slab of steak as well as the beef stroganoff. Atmosphere was very good, dark, clean with a very friendly staff. Has an "old west cowboy" theme to it. I found... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

This used to be my favorite dining spot, then the menu was changed and the decor. The restaurant is still decorated in western style and looks great and the food is still very good, I just prefer the former menu and therefore do not visit as often, it is a great spot to take out of town guest for a... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We have been dining here for ten years and about five reboots. Originally the allure was a varied eating ambiance and seafood menu. Yes, we actually offered the wide variety of meats to our guests and grazed through a fish menu that offered six fish done up any of six ways...making a wide selection. The first major change was enclosing... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Cave Creek looks like a touristy cowboy town but Cartwright's shows another side. The service is very professional (yet friendly), the menu is extensive and very creative and the prices are reasonable for the level of sophistication. Delicious choice of salads and meats (game available if you prefer...which they noted they butcher in-house) and lovely presentation. Recommend for a nice... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I've been here before and the food is always good. Went to the bar for happy hour and stayed for a wonderful dinner. Halibut special and my son-in law had the ribeye. We had them split the dish and the flavors of both were great. Salads are very fresh. Trio of beet and Ceaser . Warm and friendly staff and... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

We dine at this restaurant periodically. Never have been disappointed. Food is fresh and expertly prepared. Service is ver attentive. Portions large. Would recommend this restaurant over their sister restaurant Tonto Grill which is just down the road.

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Additional Information about Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House

Address: 6710 E. Cave Creek rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Phone Number: 480 488-8031
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Cave Creek
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD $15 to $40
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6710 E. Cave Creek rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Cave Creek
  • Phone Number: 480 488-8031

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $15 to $40
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Doing business, Large groups, Entertaining clients

Description

Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House honors the spirit of Arizona’s ranching days with rustic yet upscale dining. Located on Saguaro Hill and overlooking Black Mountain and the Sonoran desert foothills, the restaurant’s ambience inside is as captivating as the setting outside. At Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, a hacienda style dining room, enclosed patio and private wine room boast artistic touches such as straw-packed walls, sandstone and slate accents, woodwork from local mesquite, and a wood-burning fireplace in each room. The interior recalls the original ranch house built by Jackson (Manford) Cartwright in the early 1900s. His father, “Red” Cartwright, was a pioneering cattle rancher in Cave Creek in the late 1800s. The family ranch operated for three generations and more than a century, and is still in use today. Chefs continue this tradition with all-natural meats, including Arizona beef, Colorado range-fed lamb, and North American elk and buffalo slow-cooked over a crackling mesquite wood fire. Also enjoy fresh seafood, house-made bread and desserts, a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list and fine whiskies, bourbons and Scotches. Cartwright’s is available for private events and off-site catering. Reservations are recommended.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?