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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, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Bar scene
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 113
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
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
Most recent review
You will not be disappointed

We made reservations (recommended during the busy season). Seated promptly and very friendly waitress was at the table within minutes. A broad menu with many selections and options including bison. The wine list is good and the evening special was great and economical The filets were done... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
Jack L
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Cave Creek, Arizona
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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193 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Cave Creek, Arizona
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We made reservations (recommended during the busy season). Seated promptly and very friendly waitress was at the table within minutes. A broad menu with many selections and options including bison. The wine list is good and the evening special was great and economical The filets were done perfectly, the supporting veggie, broccoli, was disappointing. Save room for dessert. I would... More 

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Visited Cartwrights with friends, my friends had a ribeye commented that it was great. I ordered the mahi tacos. They came to me cold and dry. The spice flavor was fabulous. Maybe I should have order the red meat on their menu.

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Denver, Colorado
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123 reviews 123 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Four adults went here for an upscale dinner of wine, appetizers and steak. The bill was over $100 per person for wine, appetizers and 4-steaks. The atmosphere and service is that of a "ranch house" with casual service (not upscale). I expect this in a small isolated town but not however with these price tags. The oysters were very good... More 

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Centre Hall, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I still can't believe we ate food this good outside of a major city. Cartwright's can compete with the best of NY, and certainly worth the drive out of Scottsdale if you're there!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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60 reviews 60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Excellent atmosphere, goodfood, my lamb was superior, a bit noisy but it is a fun atmosphere, and decor lends itself to more laid back than the food would suggest.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

A friend and I recently visited Cartwrghts on a Sunday evening. When we walked in we really liked the atmosphere. Very much something out of the Oldwest. We had a drink at the bar and the bartender was exceedingly pleasant. I had a Cosmo and I thought she made it perfectly. When we sat down for dinner we really like... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The title says it all. Lots of positive reviews, but this place was a disappointment. Food and service was just not special at all.

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Illinois City, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We had dinner here on Thanksgiving day. The service and food did not disappoint. The set menu had a good variety(fish, beef or traditional Thanksgiving day meal.) The food was excellent and no one could finish their dinner so lots of leftovers were taken home. We had a trio of appetizers as well as a trio of desserts not to... More 

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Minneapolis
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87 reviews 87 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Hoss was unavailable. So was the service. After reading the glowing reviews, we anticipated great food and service. Instead, we encountered poor service and an inordinate amount time of food delivery from the kitchen to the table. The server never visited the table for drink refills, liquor or soda. The tacos, filled with pork, were devoid of taste. The pork... More 

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Southern Illinois
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41 reviews 41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

Decided to stop for an early dinner. Lots of people at the bar but not too many diners. Menu was a little thin but the food we got was good. Atmosphere was western/ casual it the waiter was formal dressed as a cowboy. Not sure he fit the scheme. However, he did a good job and was very knowledgeable. This... More 

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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 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?