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Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food

#294 of 2,634 Restaurants 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 - 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: Reservations
Good for:
Doing business

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  • 32
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 12
    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
Food Overload!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
NomadicFloridian
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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  • Doing business
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Phoenix, Arizona
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Let's be honest, the 5 star reviews are fake. This is your basic middle of the road Mexican joint. Service is friendly, prices are reasonable and you're not going to feel like you went wrong if you eat here. But will you be "extreemly" impressed like those other posters? Not a chance.

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San Diego, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Can't beat the food sensation you receive here and close to the Best Western InnSuites. The drinks are extreemely good

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Denver, Colorado
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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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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
163 helpful votes 163 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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21 helpful votes 21 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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

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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?