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Carlsbad Tavern

3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
+1 480-970-8164
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Ranked #137 of 1,023 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
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
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English first
Red Deer, Canada
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
Senior Reviewer
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
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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 

Kalispell, Montana
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

A beautifully secluded Restaurant right on Hayden, but you wouldn't know it. We dined outside on the deck, surrounded by a flowing stream, authentic Adobe architecture, and a great Chimenea fireplace, and NO TRAFFIC NOISE! Authentic New Mexican style food, large portions, ( the Stuffed Pablanos are to die for, but the 2 are probably about 20 oz, definite take... More 

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

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

We both had the same steak dish in a spicy sauce and both had them medium rare, however mine was tender and delicious with no fat but hubby's had more grisle and fat than meat, I loved my meal consequently hubby was not happy. The service was really bad , so all in all we wouldn't return or recommend

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write a review and bringing these issues to my attention. I hope you had voiced your issue with the carne asada to your server and I do hope that the manager on duty removed the item from your tab. I always pride this restaurant on great customer service and want to ensure everyone leaves... More 

Flagstaff, Arizona
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We ate here with friends and didn't find it as good or friendly as our last visit. Food didn't taste up to par and service was slow, even though not many people in restaurant. Even drinks took awhile to arrive at the table. We do like the food here when it's good and will probably give Carlsbad Tavern another chance.

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CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write a review. I apologize for your disappointment with your visit you are referencing to. I take pride in providing great customer service, so I appreciate you bringing these issues to my attention. I do hope you give us another try and hope to see you back in the restaurant. Thanks again, Andrew More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I ended up here after a place across the street, which had good yelp reviews, had a dead parking lot at dinner time. That, to me, is a sign to avoid it. So I ended up at Carlsbad. The parking lot was packed but I didn't have to wait for a seat. The menu is a wonderful newspaper with background... 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
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We hadn't gone to this very "cave-like" place in many years, but decided to give it a try again because we haven't been able to get to NM in several years and sure miss the red chile sauce and spicy food. There are a only a few places in the Phoenix area that offer these. What a treat! The place... More 

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

Scottsdale, Arizona
Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Food is always fantastic, the homemade salsa verde, and pico with fresh tortilla chips are a must order. great drink selection, service is very good for the most part. Our main knock is slightly overpriced although we'll still go there. had some server arrogance issues in the past and a couple of them still work there.

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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 do offer happy hour 7 days a week from 2pm-6pm. We also just started a $5 daily drink special promo. There will be a new drink offered daily from open until close, 7 days a week. We look forward to having you back! Andrew More 

Florence, Oregon
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We moved from Phoenix about a year ago & this restaurant is the one we miss most. The food is fantastic New Mexico style. The people are great. We wish they still sold hats & shirts as we would certainly buy some. Outside patio is wonderful, even during summer. Highly recommend the food.

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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. It's unfortunate to have lost such great customers. Hopefully we will see you back in the restaurant when you visit next! .. we do still sell t-shirts and have new ones being designed as we speak. If you are interested, we have no problem mailing an order... More 

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Additional Information about Carlsbad Tavern

Address: 3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
Phone Number: +1 480-970-8164
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Scottsdale
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
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: Southwestern, Mexican

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