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Carlsbad Tavern

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Southwestern, Mexican
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3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
+1 480-970-8164
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Today
11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Bar scene
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 75
    Excellent
  • 74
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 10
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Wonderful Experience!

I had given up liking Mexican food. Most of the restaurants we had tried over the last few years consisted of a mess on our plates and very difficult to differentiate between orders. But Carlsbad Tavern changed all that. Really can't think of anything that could have been improved. My order of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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ontario
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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185 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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ontario
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

I had given up liking Mexican food. Most of the restaurants we had tried over the last few years consisted of a mess on our plates and very difficult to differentiate between orders. But Carlsbad Tavern changed all that. Really can't think of anything that could have been improved. My order of Lobster Enchiladas was superb with big chunks of... More 

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Chanhassen, Minnesota
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157 reviews 157 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Carlsbad Tavern was highly recommended to us by a local we met. We love picking the brains of locals when we travel and have eaten at some amazing places as a result. Carlsbad Tavern was not one of those. On our way to Scottsdale, we ate Southwestern cuisine in Tucumcari, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. Every place we ate, be it... More 

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Basking Ridge, New Jersey
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53 reviews 53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

Had a good mexican meal outdoors near an otdoor fireplace. Food was good but nothing memorable, service was very good but overall a good experience

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to write a review. Happy to hear of your pleasant experience. -Andrew More 

Mesa, Arizona
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

First time to visit this restaurant and was not disappointed. The food was excellent and the staff was wonderful. Ask for Jeremy!

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

I will make sure Jeremy knows of your kind words. Thank you so much for taking time to write a review. -Andrew More 

Chandler, Arizona
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We decided to go here for a girls night since I had never been before. I was a little hesitant since I like more traditional Mexican food but was excited to try. They do have traditional type Mexican food with a spin on the ingredients. Cute concept and décor. The outside was very neat and would be a great place... More 

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words! -Andrew More 

Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We are visiting Scottsdale from Chicago and found Carlsbad Tavern. Cute environment... although a little dark. Chips and salsa great. Margaritas were amazing! Loved the green chili cheese crisp. My husband loved the slow roasted chicken dish. My son had the carne asada and he LOVED it. If you like SPICY food this is a great place to try. Sopapillas... More 

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write such a great review. So happy to hear that you received great customer service on both of your visits. I take pride in ensuring each and every customer leaves here happier than when they arrived! We all look forward to seeing you back at the restaurant. Thanks again -Andrew More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This is a great place anytime lunch, bar menu or dinner! It's been around for many years and I didn't try it until today. Really good menu, attentive service and really good food. Great place for a family, too bad it was too cold to eat outside! The servers are very helpful and everyone on duty Seems to be helping... More 

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CarlsbadTavern, Manager at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write such a great review for us. So happy to hear you enjoyed your experience and received great customer service. We all look forward to seeing you back in the restaurant. Thanks again, Andrew More 

Red Deer, Canada
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My husband and I found this restaurant couple of years ago and just love it. I love the crab stuffed poblanos and he loves the lobster enchiladas. When the weather is nice we like sitting outside in the enclosed courtyard. The entrées are served with black beans and rice, so portion sizes are large. We always end up with a... More 

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to write such a kind review. We look forward to having you back! Andrew More 

Fountain Hills, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

A fun, unique atmosphere with very nice outdoor seating. There is a waterfall with tables at the top and bottom of it. One side of the patio has a dedicated bar and big screen TV. The entire restaurant is built to resemble a cave, as in “Carlsbad Cavern.” We sat inside, and remarked that the restaurant side was quieter than... More 

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to write such a kind review. We look forward to having you back! Andrew More 

Phoenix, Arizona
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

I like places which have unique food and venues and this is it. They have a menu which you wont find at other places. On top of that the ambiance is second to none - they have a humorous menu and the staff is friendly and helpful. When the weather is nice eat outdoors and enjoy the natural environment and... More 

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking time to write such a kind review. We look forward to having you back! Andrew More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Scottsdale
  • Phone Number: +1 480-970-8164

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Southwestern, Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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