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6895 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
480-488-1906
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8:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
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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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
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I recently went back to Harolds and am pleased to report that the previous service issues have been rectified. I've had good food and good service, without a hint of the disasters of the past. It probably helps that the husband and wife owners are right there keeping a close eye on things, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2015
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  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
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Michigan
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

What a fun evening for family or singles! Cave Creek is a Western town, so Harold's has a large saloon-type atmosphere. Friday night dinner specials were very reasonable. All You Can Eat Fish and Chips ($11.99) excellent. Cod was thick and flaky, cole slaw and fries. Chicken tacos also excellent off regular menu ($9.99). Happy Hour prices phenomenal! Beer--$1.75; well... More 

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Cave Creek, Arizona
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

An expansive, eclectic menu with something for everyone/ Large portions at a very good price. Terrific BBQ. The beef ribs are world class. This is our go to spot for great value, casual dining, we live nearby and have been many times!

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California
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131 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I recently went back to Harolds and am pleased to report that the previous service issues have been rectified. I've had good food and good service, without a hint of the disasters of the past. It probably helps that the husband and wife owners are right there keeping a close eye on things, and cheerily greeting the many locals that... More 

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Grand Cayman
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Great food and atmosphere. Lots of Superbowl people were here in Jan - Feb 2015. You never know who you will see there.

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Mesa, Arizona
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Anytime you can have authentic BBQ, cold beer and live music, what's not to like. Place is designed to look like an old west style saloon. Heavy on the bikers during nice weather but everyone gets along and enjoys the food and music.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Love Harolds, this is where we go for weekday dinners, it gets very crowded on weekends, the burgers are great and most of the food, its fresh cooked bar food. Harolds has all kinds of entertainment , bands, diff themes and sport events (football) ect. It is a large place with several bars and dining outside patio as well.

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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Harolds has it all, consistently good food, great atmosphere and the best service in town. It is a good place for solo travelers, families or couples.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Harrods in Cave Creek is an enjoyable place to eat and dance the night away. The food is great and constantly good service. We have been going for years and never disapointed. New years, special events and if your a Steelers fan the place to be on game days if you have a reservation. Wonderful place for a big selection... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Living in the area, it's sometime easy for overlook some great locals spots. We went to Harold's with some friends that were visiting and had a really great night. Foods ok, nothing bad or good, but it's everything else....this is not your stuffy bar/restaurant. The entertainment is fabulous and you're sure to have a good time. Do not go dressed... More 

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Wisconsin
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106 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Great menu selections! Western theme and decor was fun! Food was pretty good! Service was good! I had beef bbq with fries and the flavor was good!

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Additional Information about Harold's Cave Creek Corral

Address: 6895 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Phone Number: 480-488-1906
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Cave Creek
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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