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Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food

1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119 (Camelback East)
(602) 997-2871
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Ranked #268 of 2,607 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $25
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Mexican
Neighborhood: Camelback East
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Dining options: Reservations
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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I have been going to Carlos O's since about 1981 when it was over at 16th and Bethany Home where TexAz now resides. They have been at the current location for at least 20 years and I really enjoy their atmosphere and food. For me the chicken chimi is the signature dish but I enjoy most things on the menu.... More 

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Additional Information about Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food

Address: 1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119
Phone Number: (602) 997-2871
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix>  > Camelback East
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 25
Cuisine: Mexican

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