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6895 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
480-488-1906
Today
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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...
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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Good for:
Families with children
Bar scene
Large groups
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 49
    Excellent
  • 88
    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 21
    Poor
  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
a true wild west experience

Recently dropped by to see Cave Creek which is a true western town nestled in the Arizona desert. Harolds bar serves great food and great local beers and a great place to mingle with real cowboys. Try their burgers or fish and chips .... nothing like the English versions!. Then pay a visit to the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
karenY1351OF
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Guernsey, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
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221 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Guernsey, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Recently dropped by to see Cave Creek which is a true western town nestled in the Arizona desert. Harolds bar serves great food and great local beers and a great place to mingle with real cowboys. Try their burgers or fish and chips .... nothing like the English versions!. Then pay a visit to the MTM ranch and ride through... More 

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Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

The food is good, lots of it. Terrible towels, player pictures, owner from Pittsburgh and the menu, decor and attitudes reflect that great fan spirit. When there's a game, you want to be here. New were there for STEELERS UNITE SuperBowl Party. Awesome. And no cover charge. Cave Creek brings it's own great cowboy atmosphere. Harrolds complete it

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Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Over priced weak drink . blood shot eyed young male server. Maybe he worked a double? I won't go back. We had an excellent dining experience across the street at Z's Asian Fusion.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We go to Harold's all the time when company is visiting! It has a great atmosphere and fun music!!! We love going on Friday-Sunday when they have live bands and line dancing lessons. There is a huge menu and easy to find something for everyone! As a vegetarian there are options that are pretty good as well!

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Meadville, PA
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 via mobile

We stopped at Harold's for Happy Hour. We were a group of 10 ladies. The drinks were a good price. The appetizers were spectacular! You get 6 good sized wings for $3. That's a meal for us. The Grandma's meatballs are also wonderful. Three large meatballs covered with mozzarella. We'll be back.

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Dallas, Texas
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

At AZ bike week and have to stop at Harold's. Not very busy but a good crowd. Ordered lunch for 5 and it took 35 minutes. Waiter was just a wreck and didn't return until we went Nd found him twice. Typically service is ok but this time it was below even that standard. This is a must stop so... More 

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Harold's C, Owner at Harold's Cave Creek Corral, responded to this review

Hi Ron, Thank you for taking the time to submit your review, customer feedback is very important to us both positive and negative, it helps to improve and become better at what we do. I also see your a senior contributor to Trip Advisor, so I truly value your assessment. I sincerely apologize for the slow service. I was hoping... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
Top Contributor
441 reviews 441 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Great location. Biker bar. Scenic outdoor seating of the mountains. Service is prompt, polite, and timely. Good selection on brew and food. A nice ride up from Scottsdale, and not very far. Has a cowboy, motorcycle, western theme to it. I liked it. I would def recommend coming here. Huge establishment. Many places to sit inside, and huge bar. Good... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We stopped for lunch on a Sunday. They were prepping for some big party later that day. The service was mediocre. The food was average. The beer I ordered was out. The wine I got was bland. However, the day was gorgeous, and we sat outside.

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Harold's C, Owner at Harold's Cave Creek Corral, responded to this review

Hi Tracy, Thanks for taking time for the review I am disappointed that nothing was noteworthy and that we were out of the beer you were requested so I was hoping you could email me with more detail on the meal you had and who may have served you or where you sat and what time you were here. We... More 

Lake Mills, Iowa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We had a large group of 12 eat supper at Harold's on a busy Friday night. We were seated near the stage. Service was excellent! Food was delicious! We enjoyed the band as well! Fun night in Cave Creek!

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Rochester, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Went there early afternoon for late lunch- service was terrible and food was mediocre at best. Went there a week later on Friday night after hanging at buffalo chip for bull riding and BBQ and band and service was great!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6895 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Cave Creek
  • Phone Number: 480-488-1906

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Outdoor seating

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 12:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?