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Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food

1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119 (Camelback East)
(602) 997-2871
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Ranked #266 of 2,594 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $25
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Mexican
Neighborhood: Camelback East
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Dining options: Reservations
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Phoenix, AZ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Best Mexican in town!! Great portion sizes for the $$$.. I would suggest the "little bit of everything" meal... So yummy!! The only thing that I can say that's negative is sometimes the wait for your food can be long, but that's usually because it's busy.

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Lakeside AZ
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Have been going to Carlos O'brian's Mexican since the early 1980's. Food is always great and plentiful. Lunch specials are large. Staff is always attentive and cheerful. If you are looking for good food and service, this is a place you should try.

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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Went to COB's for lunch today as we just happened to be in the area. I too have enjoyed their food since they were in the Texaz Grill location at 16th St/Bethany back in the late 70's. I like that they give you both super mild chunky salsa AND some hot thin sauce with nice fresh chips. The lunch specials... More 

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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Trying to find a mexican restaurant close to the hotel so we tried this. Service was great. Food was just okay. Don't get the queso. Beef burritos were not that good. Strange tasting ground beef. Will not return.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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563 reviews 563 reviews
297 restaurant reviews
924 helpful votes 924 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I have been going to Carlos O's since about 1981 when it was over at 16th and Bethany Home where TexAz now resides. They have been at the current location for at least 20 years and I really enjoy their atmosphere and food. For me the chicken chimi is the signature dish but I enjoy most things on the menu.... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We loved this place when we lived in Phoenix but have been out of the area for 14 years now. We were around the corner this weekend so naturally thought to go back to Carlos O'Brien's for one of our meals. It was as great as ever! Fast service, awesome food and great prices!

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Springfield, Oregon
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103 reviews 103 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I was staying at a nearby motel and walked to find a dinner venue. Went in to check out a menu and immediately decided to stay. Front desk staff were informative of the menu and added some history of the establishment. Server was fantastic. Food was perfect and the portions so huge that a to-go box was included without asking.... More 

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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Carlos O'Brien's serves really good mexican food. From fajitas to tamales, this place has it. If you have never been here and want to good sampling of food, order number 13, "A little bit of everything" which comes with 5-6 items from the menu but small in size. Don't make the same mistake I did when I first went there... More 

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Seaford, Delaware
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50 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

First time was for dinner... food was awesome! Some of the best ever. Second time was lunch and it was very very good just not quite awesome. My guess would be different kitchen staff during day. The prep was a little sloppier. The mixture of ingredients was the same but the proportions were a little off. Still very good. Decor... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Have been here ,any times before and is one of our favorites. Food, as always, was excellent. Service was awesome. Had a great time with the family. Close to our hotel (Hilton Pointe Tapatio-they should add it to their list of restaurants).

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Additional Information about Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food

Address: 1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119
Phone Number: (602) 997-2871
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix>  > Camelback East
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
Cuisine: Mexican

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