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Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House

6710 E. Cave Creek rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331
480 488-8031
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Ranked #4 of 62 Restaurants in Cave Creek
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $15 - $40
Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We had a private dinner in the wine room at this restaurant. The food was top notch, and the service was outstanding!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

My ribeye was terrible. It was gray, not at all juicy, and not properly grilled. A steakhouse should never freeze their meat. Total disappointment. The "fresh" side of corn was tasty but looked sad. Almost like it came out of a can. You know, like some of the kernels are bright and puffy and some are smashed, discolored and watery.... More

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Cave Creek, Arizona
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I'm a local here and me and 2 guests had dinner. We all ordered the Buffalo steak at $32.00 an entree and it was dry tough and horrible. We were way too polite about it because my friend's son was in town and didn't want to make a scene which we should have returned it on the spot! We did... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The food was excellent and the service fabulous. There were three vegetarian entrees at a steak and seafood restaurant! I was very pleased with The Meadow, it was satisfying and flavorful. My fiance really enjoyed every bite of the elk/bison/beef trio.

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Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Very nice server and hostess. Got there 20-30 minutes early for 7pm dinner reservation. Original thought was to perhaps have a drink at the bar during Happy Hour, it was packed. At least no problem getting seated. We've been in previously and the kitchen has a good reputation, especially working with meat. This visit Rib-Eye and NY Steak were our... More

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Companion and I went to this restaurant for his birthday and were very pleased.A warm and inviting atmosphere , excellent service from Michael , and great food ending with a gift of chocolate truffles made a memorable evening. I had the ribeye , one of the best I've had...and I love steak! Companion tried the bison chili and ate every... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We had two fabulous rib-eyes and sides. Our waitress Julie was fabulous! Wouldn't change a thing, great value and great service.

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Carefree, Arizona
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100 reviews 100 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We recently moved to the Carefree/Cave Creek area of Arizona. Since arrival we have been checking out local events and places to eat. Last night we attended Cartwright's Arizona History Dinner. We saw it advertised and thought it sounded like a local evening to try. You need a reservation ..... in fact we tried one other time and it was... More

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East Amherst, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Enjoyed some delicious fare at the bar! Little rustic. In a quaint little town. Appetizers were good. Friendly, fun!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

This was our second recent visit to Cartwright's. On the first occasion, we were a party of 10 and were provided with an excellent table. This time, it was just my wife and me, celebrating our wedding anniversary. Even though we had a confirmed reservation and had advised that it was a special occasion, we received a tiny, poorly placed... More

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