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Harold's Cave Creek Corral

6895 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
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Ranked #23 of 62 restaurants in Cave Creek
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Steakhouse
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: In the 1930s, a man with the unlikely name of Johnny Walker built a bar called the Cave Creek Corral. Walker’s creation was an instant sensation with cowboys, playboys, politicians and laborers who gathered to drink A-1 beers at wooden tables under wanted posters.Harold Gavagan and his wife Ruth bought the Cave Creek Corral in the mid 1950s. Harold was quite a character, a depression-era Irish kid, a tough, but entertaining guy. Harold’s was a favorite movie location for Hollywood, attracting the likes of Dan Aykroyd, Bob Hope, Lynda Carter, Waylon Jennings and Dick Van Dyke. Cave Creek was not a short easy ride from Phoenix, in an effort to get visitors to Cave Creek, Harold acquired a trained lion and tiger act to entertain patrons.Once visitors were at Harold’s, he was concerned that they didn’t drink and stay long enough. So the building to the east of the restaurant became a bunkhouse, renting space for over night visitors.celebrities. Enjoy the fun atmosphere, interesting people and great food every day. We feature live country and western music Thursday-Sunday nights.Take a few minutes to browse the photographs on the walls of the characters and friends that frequent Harold’s. Our Cowboy, Sunset and Patio Rooms are perfect for your next event. Weddings  Divorces  Anniversaries  Affairs Receptions  Meetings  BirthdaysHost your next party with us or we will be happy to deliver the party to you.
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63% Recommend
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Anthem, Arizona
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92 reviews 92 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Met @ Harold's with a group of 11, sat outside. A bit of a hiccup getting seated (need to come in through the front door and be seated, even for the porch seating) and served, but that was quickly resolved. Good service overall, good selection of beers. Had appetizers, typical bar food, but good. Live country band and dancing. We'll... More

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Lake Zurich, IL
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Happy hour specials from 2 to 6 can not be beat. Our favorite is the beef ribs for $2.50 along with numerous other items on the happy hour menu. One appetizer I am fond of is the Stuffed Hot Peppers loaded with lots of melted cheese and stuffed with a very flavorful meat. And at happy hour they are 1/2... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Went to Harolds and was glad I did. Great food and atmosphere especially if your a Steeler fan. I sat at bar and had a great burger and fries. Had an appetizer of wings also very good. Sat at the bar and the server was great. She was a gem and kept me entertained. Stayed longer than I wanted thanks... More

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Los Alamos
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

So we had gone to dinner at a friend's house who decided we should all keep trying favorites from their Scotch collection. The next morning I really appreciated my sunglasses and all of us needed a bit of a kick start to our day. The locals in our group took us to Harold's and it really hit the spot! We... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is sad. The first time I went to Harold's was in the 70's and there we're live tigers in the back. As a teenager I thought that was the best. We went to dinner here to support the original Cave Creek restaurants and were very disappointed. We went on Tuesday for the rib special. I had the chicken salad,... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The burger and fries were good, the entertainment... go on a Friday if you want some, any other days is not that exciting.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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166 reviews 166 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This is a fun place to go too. The service is great and nice menu and the food not bad. This is a sun time if you like football games all over the place and if you love gold and black this is the place.

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Chicago, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Harold's was a very interesting experience. Very, very large restaurant (holds 600). With many different sections (including outdoor bar). Steelers fans will enjoy the enthusiasm (I hear you have to purchase season tickets for seats at the bar during football season). Great sports bar area, family seating area, and dance floor with lessons. Went on a Wednesday because they had... More

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Chandler, Arizona
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55 reviews 55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Hard to beat this place for a Saturday afternoon lunch stop---we try to take our visitors there. First of all, Cave Creek is a nice place to visit and Harold's is like the cherry on the sundae. A Western Saloon setting where you will see the full range of patrons from cowboys to bikers and everything in between. The food... More

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is such an amazing place to come and hang out with friends! Great Bands to dance to! Lesson available so you can brush up on your dance moves! Always a fun crowd...no drama and everyone is so friendly and smiling! Bring the kids in totally appropriate and the staff really makes sure they have a great time! A couple... More

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