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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
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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142 reviews 142 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We live nearby, and thought when a family member who is a Steeler's fan came to town, it would be a fun lunch. Maybe you have to be here for a game, when you can't see the place for the people, but the food was not great, and the atmosphere at lunch was...well odd. If you are looking for a... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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367 reviews 367 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We stopped at this place for drinks in our way to the hotel while visiting Scottsdale. It´s a huge place, very informal and decorated with cowboy motives, especially cowboy boots. There are many of them all hanging from the ceiling. White and red checkered table cloths over the tables, TVs showing baseball games and country music completed the environment clearly... More

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Pine Valley, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Loved the food, music, and company. It was a great place to hang out and have fun. There were times that the place got a little crowded, but it was still way fun.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Go with the fish tacos! Would not have expected that a fish taco could be so good at Harold's. 3 mini fried tacos..plenty of fish covered in slaw with a fantastic sauce to pour over or dip into. Comes with rice and beans...I opted out of those to be a bit more healthy...ordered the sweet potato fries :) yum. I... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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49 reviews 49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We've come here for years either tf dinner or just drinks. The happy hour is excellent! Great choices and very cheap! They we take advantage of the reverse happy hour. The bartenders are great. They have live music on Somedays which is a bonus.

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Anthem, Arizona
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108 reviews 108 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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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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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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