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Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food

#334 of 2,553 Restaurants in Phoenix
#363 of 2,755 Places to Eat in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
Camelback East
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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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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 37
  • 25
    Very good
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  • 3
  • 7
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
To satisfy your Mexican Food Cravings

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Winnipeg, Canada
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Business meetings
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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank 3rowdygirls
Seattle WA
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492 reviews
330 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

Thank TikiTravels
Enid, Oklahoma
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52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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.

Thank Wayne B
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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50 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 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 

Thank Tattalat
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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109 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

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 

Thank DennisandTammy
Arenas Valley
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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 

Thank dischanto
Casa Grande, Arizona
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76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 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

Thank 5princesses
Indianapolis, Indiana
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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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!

Thank Kyle A
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.

Thank Sharra H
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213 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 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!

Thank Margaret F

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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: Families with children, Business meetings


Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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?