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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 #5 of 62 Restaurants in Cave Creek
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $40
Sun - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:30 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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Peoria, IL
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

My husband had the rib eye and I had the fillet. We were able to select sides from other entrees . I selected the green beans and the quinoa. I was pleased with my selections but probably would have enjoyed the scalloped potatoes more but have to watch what I eat. My husband ordered the cheesy potatoes and asparagus and... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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79 reviews 79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Cartwright's has long been a go-to restaurant for our special occasions and has often been a date night treat. About a year ago, they decided to completely revamp their menu, simplifying the options, and adding lunch to the mix. While the food is still good and the atmosphere inviting and warm, the wait staff seems tired, and the food choices... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Food was delicious. It was definitely a southwestern spin with flavors. Little pricey. Elk and buffalo were tasty

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I really like the food and the upscale rustic atmosphere. My favorite is the Trio of Tenderloin Medallions which is beef, elk and bison, OUTSTANDING! Every entree we have had has been great. Service has been good as well. The bar area is really outstanding and large enough to accommodate numerous parties. The indoor fireplaces are really a great touch.... More 

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sioux falls, sd
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great atmosphere and the food is wonderful. Beautiful presentation. The staff is very attentive. There is a new chef and seems like the food is just as yummy as before.

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Venice, Florida
16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I had tortilla soup for an appetizer and chili for may main. Both were delicious. My wife had a NY strip steak and enjoyed it thoroughly. Their Old Fashioned was well prepared Service was seriously attentive (we had two waitstaff) and ambiance could best be described as "cowboy." If coming from Scottsdale, it's worth the trip.

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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148 reviews 148 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Not sure whether it was the night (Monday) or just what, but we had a disappointing meal at Cartwright's, something that's generally not the case. Anyway, cocktails and drinks at the bar were, as usual, great...in many ways thanks to the outstanding service. My order of pork shoulder, however, was overcooked and dry, while the accompanying onions were barely cooked,... More 

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43 reviews 43 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This place is awesome! Have lived here for a year and never have gone. Super bummed that ive been wasting an entire year! They have fantastic veggie options. Service was excellent! See you again soon!!!

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Westport, Connecticut
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

was the best. more like a dense milton lava cake with marshmallow on the top. steak was good but pretty small. great place to watch games. bartender was friendly

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Top Contributor
166 reviews 166 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 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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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 - 40
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

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