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Carlos O'brien's Mexican Food

#221 of 2,439 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
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Maryland
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95 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food was reasonably priced with an extensive list of a variety of classic and unique Mexican dishes. I opted for a combination dinner that included a taco, tostada and burrito. They asked if I wanted to add rice and beans (which are not included on many of the dishes as is the standard of most Mexican restaurants). I thought about... More 

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Thank BlueBlueSea
Phoenix, Arizona
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103 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First time ever to Carlos with a group of friends. I ordered the carnitas dinner. The carnitas had very little flavor and were somewhat burnt on the edges. I was surprised by the real beans instead of the refried beans. The rice had too much jalapeno for my taste. Overall disappointed and would not return.

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Thank JEAN1999
Phoenix, Arizona
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190 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Carlo's has been in business forever and does so by serving good food, good service at a fair price. The menu is pretty good sized, the beers are cold and the salsa is very nice.

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Thank oldtravelinggolfer
Phoenix, Arizona
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115 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had another great meal here. The Pollo Fundido was really good and the Little Bit of Everything was excellent. Great service as usual!

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Thank Bruce F
Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

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.

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Thank LovesGoodService247
Nampa, Idaho
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87 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

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 

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Thank Ruth G
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63 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 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

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Thank ontheroadkev
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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.

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Thank Marvin M
Scottsdale, Arizona
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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

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Thank Flyteleder
Gilbert, Arizona
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241 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
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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!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $25
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?