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Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food

#202 of 2,445 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
Camelback East
Mexican, Southwestern
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1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119
(602) 997-2871
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The food servings are big, but mostly did not have the flavor we were hoping for -- perhaps just a regional difference in spice and taste.

Thank LovesGoodService247
Nampa, Idaho
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87 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent service, delicious ships & salsa served right away! Lots of good choices on the menu, and the lunch special menu had great prices and promised quick service. I had a taco salad, & my husband had a chimichanga. Both dishes were great! We would definitely return! Located on the corner of Northern Ave. and 12th Ave. in Phx. Lots... More 

Thank Ruth G
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63 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I always enjoy Carlos O'Brian for their fresh flavors and great prices. This location and visit wa no exception. I especially enjoy the pollo fundido lunch special. A good size portion for only $9. Service wasnt fast but wasnt slow either

Thank ontheroadkev
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016

Our party of four dined at O'Brien's for an early evening dinner after a visit in Phoenix. Food was delicious and portions were more than abundant. Service was fast and menu pricing very reasonable. Highly recommend for family dining.

Thank Marvin M
Scottsdale, Arizona
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26 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

This is a new location, having moved North near Scottsdale Road about a year ago. The food was good, drinks fine and service good. The facility is somewhat larger and more spacious than the previous location

Thank Flyteleder
Gilbert, Arizona
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234 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

Excellent, attentive service and great food. Don't fill yourself with the great torilla chips, because the fajitas are big!

Thank janelitamirta
Bogota, Colombia
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126 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

I hadn't been here in a few years because I moved away, but had to stop in and see if it was still the best. Great salsa and chips and the botana especial is still the bomb.

Thank Marti_R_Cortez
Orlando, Florida
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85 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016

Carlos O'briens has a been a staple around Phoenix for some time now and never disappoints. They have moved into this location from their old digs and what an upgrade, large booths, tables and a bigger bar with the same great food. Close to N. Scottsdale Rd and the 101.

Thank Keith N
Phoenix, Arizona
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409 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016

House "original" margaritas (on the rocks or frozen) are $3.50 at lunch and $4 at HH. Tasty, definitely potent (not watered down) - but too sweet after 2, which is probably a good thing because 3 could be too much. Their "authentic" margarita (on the rocks, didn't try frozen) was also quite good, but $9 so the original was a... More 

Thank Luv2TravelFarNWide
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Free unlimited salsa and chips which are freshly made at the restaurant. Had the Pollo Fundido and it is absolutely delish!! I now crave it weekly!! Service was good, attentive without being over bearing.

Thank Becky C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $25
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Business meetings, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix>  > Camelback East
  • Neighborhood: Camelback East
  • Phone Number: (602) 997-2871

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?