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Carlsbad Tavern

3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626 (South Scottsdale)
+1 480-970-8164
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Ranked #109 of 1,010 restaurants in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: South Scottsdale
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English first
Phoenix
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

A friend and I were in the neighborhood and stopped here for lunch. What a fun atmosphere. The patio with misters is lovely and the inside is decorated with a Carlsbad Caverns theme. I had the Caverns Chicken Salad which was absolutely delicious and my friend had the Prickly Pear BBQ Chicken with Green Chile Mac and Cheese which she... More

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Chicago
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Coming back from the airport we stopped at CT. Nice waitstaff quickly took our orders whiling pointing us to some of their favorites. We sat inside but they have a really cool outdoor area. Very good tex mex. Would go back based on 1) Quality of food 2) Unique preparations 3) value. Don't miss this place!

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Cleveland, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

My wife and I were there last week, and the food was amazing! We like to try different places, but we just can't stay from a great place ! Our meals were amazing and the service couldn’t be any better. I always get the Spicy Crab Cakes for my Appetizer, and my wife likes the Green Chile Soup. You have... More

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Queen Creek, Arizona, United States
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

My husband and I went on a date night with another couple and they picked the restaurant. We had never been so we were excited. As soon as we walked in we were greeted and we sat at the bar while we waited for our friends. It was happy hour so the drinks were discounted and they were very good.... More

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Mesa, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We heard (and it's bragged about on the back of their business card "Voted 'Best Burger in AZ' Food Network Magazine 2009") they had a great burger. Not quite. We ordered the big Habanero cheeseburger. It was dry and not very juicy, though cooked to a medium rare. The spice was good. Flavor not bad, but not the best burger... More

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to come in and we're glad to hear you enjoyed to osso bucco, the fries and the service. We listen carefully to all of the feedback we receive and appreciate the time you took to share it. Thanks for your business! Andrew Capriola Owner More

Waldorf, Maryland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

I have to agree with another reviewer that the food is a little more on the spicy side than most of the other mexican restaurants that I've been to. However, the food was very good. We went late (8pm) during the week so had no wait and very quick service. The atmosphere was great. Nice outside patio with a waterfall,... More

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you very much for choosing to dine at Carlsbad Tavern during your recent vacation. We truly appreciate your business, and your feedback. We hope you return to the restaurant next time you travel to Scottsdale. We look forward to having you! Andrew Capriola Owner More

Omaha
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Liked patio. Waited twenty min. Waiter messed up order and then when we told him wrong as we ordered fish tacos on Friday during lent and we told him we couldn't eat meat when he brought chicken he said do you still want as there was a large table that got ahead of you and it could be a wait.... More

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for writing this review and making us aware of the poor service you experienced during your last visit to the restaurant. I apologize for the experience you had in the restaurant. We listen carefully to all of the feedback we receive and use it to address any issues uncovered. If you can provide further details about the service... More

Rensselaer, New York
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Ate here on our first night of our recent vacation to Phoenix and were very pleased we did! Great atmosphere and food. I had the stacked enchiladas which were excellent, my wife had chicken fried chicken which she loved and our son had a quesadilla for an appetizer and a burger for his meal. The burger comes with a pretzel... More

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing to come in to Carlsbad Tavern during your recent visit to Scottsdale. We appreciate your business and the time you took to share about your experience with other TripAdvisor users. We are so pleased you enjoyed your meal and we look forward to serving you again soon! Andrew Capriola Owner More

Tempe, Arizona
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

The food is spicy but in a satisfying way. Each bite is like a soft kick to the taint, but you keep going back for more because of the delicious flavors. The service is always good and they have great alcoholic drinks. I have yet to dine inside as the outside patio area, complete with running stream, is the place... More

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your sharing your glowing review with other TripAdvisor users! We very much appreciate your business and your feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back into the restaurant again soon! Andrew Capriola Owner More

Plymouth, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We were visiting friends in Scottsdale and they recommended the Carlsbad Tavern because of the wonderful outdoor dinning. The outdoor dinning was interesting and funky just as our friend indicated it would be. We had made reservations ahead of time for our party of five, which is recommended because Scottsdale is hopping every night of week. Because our party had... More

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Carlsbad Tavern during your visit to March last month. We are so pleased you enjoyed our outdoor patio and the meal you shared with your friends. We look forward to hosting you next time you visit Scottsdale. Andrew Capriola Owner More

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