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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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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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  • 50
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 13
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  • 6
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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
Worth the drive from Scottsdale!

Cartwritght's in Cave Creek was part of Scottsdale Restaurant Week, 2015. The rib eye was cooked perfectly on a grill and I still dream about it! Steak was served with mashed potatoes and Southwest corn. Had crab cakes for appetizer and those, too were wonderful. Guess I should start at the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Jeanine D
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La Quinta, United States
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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La Quinta, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Cartwritght's in Cave Creek was part of Scottsdale Restaurant Week, 2015. The rib eye was cooked perfectly on a grill and I still dream about it! Steak was served with mashed potatoes and Southwest corn. Had crab cakes for appetizer and those, too were wonderful. Guess I should start at the beginning.........bread they served was great, but ask for olive... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

living in the area several years ago, we used to frequent cartwrights. returning recently, it is not what it used to be. gone are the grilled crab legs that were so delectable. while the menu is now extensive, what we had was not great. for beginnings, the squash soup was thin and tasteless. likewise, the beef stroganoff was mediocre with... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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60 reviews 60 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

Appearance & first impressions: Western style / laid back steak house feel established restaurant with ample parking. Efficient check in desk, bar running through part of the restaurant with plenty of seating for a more casual eating experience if preferred. We were seated in a small room at the back with no one else in there even though there were... More 

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Sun City West, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Excellent food, well presented and reasonably priced. Very comfortable atmosphere. A very enjoyable experience.

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Utica, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I took my friend out for her birthday. The service and food were excellent and we certainly enjoyed the atmosphere and food - trout for her and steak for me. We were treated with some delectable chocolates made on site for a birthday treat. The decor was very warm and cozy and the manager that night was very gracious and... More 

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Andover, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This was our second visit to Cartwright's - had a good experience on our trip last year, so we returned this spring. Nice atmosphere - authentic southwestern feel. They are know form their mesquite grill, so I had the bison steak special , which was well -prepared. My husband had the braised pork shoulder, which he loved. Our server, Mary... More 

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Phoenix, AZ
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46 reviews 46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We've heard rumors of 'new, better' things. Our last visit, years ago, brought a dated steakhouse experience... Good for an adequate steak - but nothing exceptional... and we aren't big 'red' meat eaters. So - we hoped for an improved experience - and heard they had oysters @ happy hour. OK!!! And... We found simply one of the worst happy... More 

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Cave Creek, Arizona
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Had not been to this restaurant and decided to go with my husband and son on Valentine's day. The pre-fixed menu was pretty good and the price was even better. Nice ambiance and very cozy. I would more than likely come back with friends.

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Jacksonville, FL.
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36 reviews 36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We ate here our last night in Cave Creek and it was very nice, but not my favorite in Cave Creek. I felt a bit let down as I had the mountain trout and it was just OK...not much taste frankly. The potatoes were luke- warm so the meal as a whole was not that great. It was quite busy... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

very pleasant dining experience.The service was excellent, the food was very good and enjoyed by everyone in or party. We were seated at a nice table,however we requested a change to sit near the fireplace and the staff obliged us without hesitation. We highly recommend this restaurant.

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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, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

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