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Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food

#300 of 2,613 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
$$
Camelback East
Mexican
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1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119
(602) 997-2871
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Doing business
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 30
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 2
    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
Most recent review
Nice Staff

This is average Mexican food - nothing special. Margaritas were very sweet. The staff is really friendly and the place is clean.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Ilene80111
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Denver, Colorado
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Reservations
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Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is average Mexican food - nothing special. Margaritas were very sweet. The staff is really friendly and the place is clean.

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Based on the name we were thinking the menu would be an Irish Tex Mex fusion situation...but we were wrong. Strictly Tex Mex, but spectacular none the less. They serve both hot and mild salsa to the table, which may seem like a small point but it made all the difference to me. I've never had an option of salsas,... More 

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AZ
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251 reviews 251 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

We met some family friends here for lunch during the holidays and it was busy. The service was excellent. The food was okay nothing over the top just standard Mexican fare. The decor is very dated. Portions are huge and I'd recommend sharing if you are not very hungry. Ordered the "No Taco" salad with shredded beef and it was... More 

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sterlingroad
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The service was excellent. Food was fresh and served in an attractive manner. The portions were almost too large - I think it would be a challenge for most to finish their meal. The prices are more than reasonable for the quality for food and service. Also extremely clean bathroom facilities

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Weybridge
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Had an early supper here. The decor is very dated and dull dull brown. The service was first class, waiter very friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Ice water served automatically. The food was very good and hot, portions huge. I couldn't say amazing but if you are in the area it's worth a visit.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Wendy took great care of us as soon as we walked in the door. The food was the BEST mexican food I have ever had. I WOULD RECOMEND EVERYONE TO GO!!! We definately will be back soon.

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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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75 reviews 75 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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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?