We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food

1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119 (North Mountain)
(602) 997-2871
Improve this listing
Ranked #314 of 2,571 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
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: North Mountain
Write a Review

57 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Phoenix, Arizona
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Have been here ,any times before and is one of our favorites. Food, as always, was excellent. Service was awesome. Had a great time with the family. Close to our hotel (Hilton Pointe Tapatio-they should add it to their list of restaurants).

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

When we first arrived, it took a long time to get drinks (water) to the table. The waitress was rude and they refused to serve my 23 year old niece a margarita because she hadn't gone and gotten a new drivers license. Food was served and it was terrible, asked for utensils and was told to wait, after 5 minutes... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Asheville, North Carolina
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Good and simple. That is Carlos O'Brien's. I would not rate this at the top of Mexican restaurants but it is a good place to eat and it is quick. The place is huge with plenty of seating to handle a really busy night without having to wait long to get in. Service was just par at best.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tacoma, WA
Top Contributor
154 reviews 154 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We ate lunch at the new Carlos O'brien's location in Avondale. The restaurant was clean and service was quick and friendly - just like it should be for lunch on a weekday. What I liked about lunch was that we still got huge portions but for a cheaper price. I especially liked the warm thin crispy chips with 2 different... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We stopped here for dinner one night while on vacation in Phoenix. The atmosphere was average at best. Food was really good. Service was horrible. Two of my pet peeves when eating out is having to wait a long time for drink refills and the bill. We had to wait a very long time for both. The waitress wasn't rude... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Erie, PA
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This place is very inexpensive, tasty food, varied menu, huge portions, friendly service, vegetarian friendly, and accommodating to vegans as well. Ate here twice over a 4 day stay in phoenix

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

I have tried all the trendy, fancy, overpriced Mexican restaurants. They just make me want to journey over to COB's the next night. Great chips & salsa... yummy margaritas... and try the machaca beef burrito, it's unbeatable. Trust me! Bonus: You won't believe how inexpensive it is!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Once again I went to Carlos o'briens Mexican restaurant in Phoenix and we all had fun and ate a nice Mexican dinner. The food is delicious I had a quesadilla with green chile stew that is just delicious. Great margaritas and guacamole and their botanas especial is a great accompaniment to the delicious bar offerings. Eat at the bar or... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Plymouth, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We were recently visiting friends and they treated us to dinner at Carlos O'Brien's. I had the chimichanga with beef, and green sauce. Others in our party had the red sauce as that is their preference. Mine was delicious, and very generous portion. We had the usual margarita, along with the chips and salsa. We had a very nice evening,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
longmont, colorado
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We were vacationing in Phoenix and was hungry for some good Mexican food. Using the GPS we located a restaurant named Carlos Obriens Mexican Restaurant and what a find it was!! The place is huge, clean, and the food was not only very reasonable in price but the serving were BIG! The wait staff were very attentive and professional...offering suggestions... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food also viewed


Been to Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing