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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 61 Restaurants in Cave Creek
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Had dinner with friends and it was a nice dining experience. Food was good, great bread, portions generous. The 8 oz filet which was perfectly cooked and very tender, the leek and Gorgonzola fondue was was light and a perfect compliment to the meat. I substituted the hash browns for the sweet potato hash, very tasty, had corn and a... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Excellent food, Lovely atmosphere, We were all very impressed!! I would like to do one of their Arizona history dinners!! We will definitely be back!!

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67 reviews 67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Menu variety is good. Quail, perogies and other unexpected dishes to accompany the steaks and more traditional fare. Cold beer, Moscow mules in copper mugs, and decent deserts.

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Tucson AZ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We were surprised by the complexity and sophistication of all the menu items, as well as the great western ambience. Service was very prompt and spirited. Will definitelyreturn. Would like to do one of their "Arizona history dinners".

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77 reviews 77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

First, our server Mary Louise was fabulous. She was attentive but not intrusive. Her recommendations were outstanding! My friend and I were out celebrating her birthday and having a girls getaway. We shared the Duck appetizer, the Tenderloin Medallions and a salad. I don't live in valley. I would make a special trip for the Duck appetizer. It was amazing.... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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150 reviews 150 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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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 - 9:00 pm
Monday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 15 - 40
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

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