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Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food

#346 of 2,443 Restaurants in Phoenix
#378 of 2,688 Places to Eat 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
Today
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

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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 13
    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
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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English first
Rutherford, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Our waiter was great - awesome personality and very friendly! The chicken enchilada and rice were really good, but the beef taco was bland as all get out; zero flavor. The chips and salsa were typical, but the chili con queso was gloppy and greasy. Overall it was just OK. I suppose it's a typical Mexican restaurant and really nothing... More 

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Glendale, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

I ordered off the lunch menu two tacos with rice. My tacos came and I ate one and the meat had no seasoning and was bland withe the salsa fresca. My second taco, I put 5 spoonfuls of the hot salsa on trying to doctor it up. My rice had more flavor. I had to ask my passing waitress to... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 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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Senior Contributor
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
7 helpful votes 7 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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253 reviews 253 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
169 helpful votes 169 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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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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?