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455 N Third St Ste 114, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Ranked #130 of 2,593 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $30
Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Our Mission at Canyon cafe is to skillfully prepare and creatively present food & beverages influenced by the American Southwest. Guests may enjoy our hand-shaken Margaritas, our Chef's signature creations, or foods you know with a unique Southwest twist. let us provide you with a truly enjoyable meal and experience. We want you to leave happy and return often!
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East Moline, IL
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed lunch at the Canyon Café during a recent business trip to Phoenix. The chips and salsa are amazing (I wish had some now!). The service was great, very pleasant atmosphere. I was pleasantly surprised when I received a complimentary chocolate tamale for dessert following the amazing tortilla soup and shrimp tacos. I will definitely visit again!

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Swanzey, New Hampshire
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

My colleagues (group of 6) ate at this restaurant while in town for a conference. Service was amazingly attentive, given that they were fairly busy, and had lots of larger groups. Food was overall quite good, and salsa was great. Good value for a conference center area restaurant. Would go there again, no question. Overlooks lovely mini-park with water features,... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We have been going to Sam's for many years and the last two times we've been there the service has been poor to non existent. This time, they seated us, brought chips and no water and then, nothing else. My husband finally went inside to see if he could get some help for us... at least some water! A manager... More 

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CanyonCafe, Manager at Canyon Cafe, responded to this review

We would like to sincerely apologize for the experience you had at Canyon Café last Saturday night. I can assure you that this is not the norm. We strive to provide the best service possible. Obviously we did not meet your expectations that day. We have addressed the situation and can assure you that we will everything we can to... More 

Hidden Valley, AZ
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We walked in hungry, with time to enjoy a good meal before walking over to the Herberger for a live play. Seated immediately, given a great chip & salsa assortment (with wontons!), and a nice atmosphere outdoors. When the food was served, it was both a treat and filing. Well worth the money. D&M

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Millstone, New Jersey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

A wonderful night. Best Salsa and chips in the world. I've tried it at over 1000 places and this tops them all. Try the stuffed chicken; unbelievable great. This place really rocks. Service also was fantastic. I have nothing but praise for the Canyon. All other restuarants should use this place as the benchmark. Don't miss the white chocolate w... More 

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We were in town to visit a relative in the hospital in PHX. After many days of dining on hospital cafeteria food we were looking for a nice little place to enjoy the evening, get away from our troubles and enjoy a decent meal. Canyon Cafe fit the bill perfectly for us. The evening weather was perfect for sitting outside... More 

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Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I came here with my family during our stay in Phoenix and I immediately liked the place. The interiors were large and spacious with some mexican style in it. After we sat at our table the waitress immediately served us a wide choice of their homemade nachos with a spicy dip. A great start. For the main course I took... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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59 reviews 59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Now it is just a bomb....I'm sorry to report. The service is substandard. The food could have a lot better quality control to it. We were served chips that were obviously bottom of the barrel. They were broken and stale. Not sure about the salsa as I've had much better. Overall, they need to step up their game. Don't order... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

I already loved the food at Canyon Cafe (Sam's) - love the amazing chips and table side guac; and of course the limit 2 margaritas. But I absolutely LOVE the new updates to the decor inside and out! Love this great patio! Wish I lived closer so I could go more often. I tell everyone I know that is going... More 

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Langley, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

My first time here, had their margarita special which was delicious and not too sweet...but you can only have one? the other option margaritas were a little too sweet for me. The nacho chips they give you are out of this world, never tasted anything like it! I ordered the Bison meatloaf and my husband had the Ahi Tuna, it... More 

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Additional Information about Canyon Cafe

Address: 455 N Third St Ste 114, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone Number: 6022523545
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 30
Cuisine: American, Southwestern, Mexican

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