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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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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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86% Recommend
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English first
Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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
33 reviews 33 reviews
28 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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Missoula, Montana
13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Companion restaurant to Tonto's at Rancho Manana has an excellent menu, solicitous servers and a wine list to suit all tastes and pocketbooks. Food was well prepared and presented; portions were generous. Service may have been a little too fast, as it seemed the moment we finished our appetizers, the main course appeared. We weren't in that much of a... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This is one of two restaurants in Cave Creek I always frequent with out of town guests, whether family, friends or business associates. The other is Bryan's Barbeque. Bryans is good for casual dining, Cartwrights is more formal. Both the ambiance and the food make have a genuine high Sonoran Desert, Arizona flavor. I've been a patron for over ten... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The best about this restaurant was the inside typical design of the West! Otherwise, the food was ok, portions ok, the local beers were very good but the service not so good... we were a group of 10 and they forgot about our separate bills... very long service to all pay our bills and the restaurant was empty...

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Fort Wayne, IN
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82 reviews 82 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

Great atmosphere. Nice bar area but seating area very nice also. Nice variety of hummus and good salads. Great ribeye steak. 3 medallions of different tenderloins were the best we've ever tasted. Loved the side dish of a kind of sweet potato hash! Dessert fell short as mango strawberry chimichanga only had 1 strawberry, too little mango and an almost... More

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