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Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food

#202 of 2,589 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
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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 - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 16
    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 family restaurant

The experience has been good the two times I have visited. The servers are friendly, the food comes out timely, and is good, but not spectacular. Prices are fair as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Caleb K
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New York, New York, United States
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New York, New York, United States
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25 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The experience has been good the two times I have visited. The servers are friendly, the food comes out timely, and is good, but not spectacular. Prices are fair as well.

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Thank Caleb K
Phoenix, Arizona
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

My husband and I went in last week for a Saturday lunch in our new neighborhood. The lunch portions were very generous and very very good. Our server, I think he name was Bedo, it was a different name. However, his service was some of the best we have had in a long time. I want to go back just... More 

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Thank Sharon P
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

The picture says it all. Just another of the million or so Mex places serving the same globs of corn and meat under a pile of melted cheese with a side of rice. Prices are reasonable and service at the bar is great.

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Thank BoltonYankee
Denver, Colorado
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This neighborhood bar and restaurant has a wonderful happy hour! You won't be disappointed by the heavy appetizers and the great selection of margaritas they offer.

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Thank Consuelo B
Winnipeg, Canada
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Good Menu and knowledgable staff. Our server was very Mexican that was able to ascertain our tastes and make recommendations. Decor was tasteful and we were comfortable and pleased with the abundant and well presented food.

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Thank 3rowdygirls
Seattle WA
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509 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

The food was good here! Full of flavor, served hot and decent for the price. Server was just ok. I had to ask for water numerous times. I had the shrimp enchilada which was tasty with a tomatillo sauce on top. You might want to try the spinach queso dip which we enjoyed. The restaurant serves a very hot good... More 

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Thank TikiTravels
Enid, Oklahoma
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We had a family function to attend in Phoenix. Afterward, we wanted a good place to have a family meal, so we went to Carlos O'Briens. Wow! The prices were reasonable and the food was outstanding. We'll definitely come back.

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Thank Wayne B
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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69 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

Been visiting CARLOS O BRIANS Mexican food restaurant for A very very long time. Huge portions tasty and fun this cavernous spot in Phoenix is a must for locals and visitors alike. Big menu a distinct flavor profile that Rocks. Cheese lovers delight in the quesadillas especially the chicken fajita quesadilla. Guac is good two salsas delight and the combo... More 

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Thank Tattalat
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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111 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank DennisandTammy
Arenas Valley
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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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: Business meetings, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?