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Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food

#318 of 2,465 Restaurants in Phoenix
#348 of 2,721 Places to Eat in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
$$
Camelback East
Mexican
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1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119
(602) 997-2871
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good Food and Service

Having traveled to Mexico a few times, this seemed to be fairly "authentic". We enjoyed the enchiladas and salsa the most. I understand there are other locations but our location was rather dingy and smelled badly. It is in need of refreshing - new paint, flooring and a deep cleaning are in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
Kyle A
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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94 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I have eaten here for years. I have always been fond of their green chili, which is what I had today and it did not disappoint. There are chunks of tender beef that has no fat. I had it enchilada style with green sauce, not red. Very good. Others were pleased with a beef chimichanga and chicken taco salad. However... More 

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Arenas Valley
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We aosolutely loved the one on Bell that closed. We went to the new location on Mayo, and were totally disappointed. It is an open, cafeteria like decor. No cozy areas and no mexican decor at all. There were a few things on the wall, but they weren't anything like the old decor at Scottsdale and Bell. Please bring back... More 

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Casa Grande, Arizona
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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I had veggie and shrim fajitas. The shrimp were huge and seasoned perfect. the margaritas were yummo. and the portions were HUGE. cant wait to return and try more

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Having traveled to Mexico a few times, this seemed to be fairly "authentic". We enjoyed the enchiladas and salsa the most. I understand there are other locations but our location was rather dingy and smelled badly. It is in need of refreshing - new paint, flooring and a deep cleaning are in order!

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Cannon, Kentucky
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Our food was very tasty--no complaints. The waiter staff was particularly pleasant and truly seemed to want to know how we enjoyed the meal.

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Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

A group of us visited Carlos' upon recommendation from an online source. The food was good as was the Guacomole. I tried the corn tamales, which was suggested online! It was great. A soft semi-sweet corn tamale with some good mild sauce. My colleagues enjoyed their food as well. Give this place a try!

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Las Vegas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

If you love Mexican food than this is the place to be. The staff there are awesome, just like the food. With endless chips and salsa how can you go wrong. Enjoy.

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Rutherford, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Our waiter was great - awesome personality and very friendly! The chicken enchilada and rice were really good, but the beef taco was bland as all get out; zero flavor. The chips and salsa were typical, but the chili con queso was gloppy and greasy. Overall it was just OK. I suppose it's a typical Mexican restaurant and really nothing... More 

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Glendale, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I ordered off the lunch menu two tacos with rice. My tacos came and I ate one and the meat had no seasoning and was bland withe the salsa fresca. My second taco, I put 5 spoonfuls of the hot salsa on trying to doctor it up. My rice had more flavor. I had to ask my passing waitress to... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We’ve eaten here several times in the past, but it had been a couple of years since our last visit, so we wanted to see if it was still as good as we remembered. It was. It’s not the fanciest place, but if you hunger for some Mexican food, and plenty of it, Carlos O’brien’s does the trick! The salsa... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix>  > Camelback East
  • Neighborhood: Camelback East
  • Phone Number: (602) 997-2871

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?