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Carlsbad Tavern

$$ - $$$Mexican, ,
3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
+1 480-970-8164
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good39%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Found this place on TripAdvisor and would have to agree with the reviews. We were visiting from Denver and wanted to try some southwestern cuisine and this fit the bill. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful tried her suggestion and totally enjoyed the stuffed...More

Thank shellable
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We love sitting outside Carlsbad Tavern with the Edison lights and waterfall. We eat late so usually order off the Late Night Menu. The red river chicken and street tacos are very good. My husband always orders the Enchantment platter which is HUGE.... enough food...More

Thank peggy b
Reviewed July 2, 2018 via mobile

Carlsbad combines American and Hispanic tastes and has super rad decor. A great place to eat or just to grab drinks. Check out the habanero burger, it packs a punch! Great location & service.

Thank Randell G
Reviewed June 7, 2018

Great restaurant- the service and food were wonderful Lovely to sit outside in the "cavern". Highly recommended.

Thank JeanWorth
CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2018

Thank you so much for dining with us!

Reviewed June 6, 2018

This restaurant was recommended to us and it did not disappoint. We sat outside near the water feature and the misters kept us cool. The service was super friendly and made sure our drinks were never empty. The New Mexican style food was very flavorful...More

Thank IRun2Eat
CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2018

Thank you so much for coming in!

Reviewed May 28, 2018

Was invited for dinner at Carlsbad. Not to excited about it, but then I ordered the food. Yummy! Had the lobster burrito, and it was great. The sauce was awesome. Then ordered the chocolate bread pudding. Once again it was awesome. Headed back there soon.

Thank Ken H
CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2018

Thank you for dining with us!

Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

Living in Phoenix, we have a lot of choices for Mexican food. I have my favorites, and I'm always open to recommendations from friends. That's how I found Carlsbad Tavern. I've been there several times, mostly for lunch on weekdays. Always excellent food, great service,...More

Thank Judy S
Reviewed May 24, 2018

Went to Carlsbad Tavern this past Saturday night with my brother and a friend who came in from out of town. When we arrived (around 10:30p) we were greeted by a man who seemed was just in a bad mood, didn't show us to our...More

Thank Jason D
CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2018

Jason, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. I am personally very sorry that we let you down. We pride ourselves not only on our good food and unique environment but in an overall GREAT guest experience. I really hope you will...More

Reviewed May 23, 2018

Crab Cakes and fried ice cream were amazing. This is place offers wonderful southwestern cuisine. Not a "Mexican" restaurant. Lovely outdoor space as well.

Thank Jane W
CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2018

Jane Thank You so much for coming in!

Reviewed May 6, 2018

Cinco de Mayo excitement was dashed by a very bad meal. Having spent considerable time in New Mexico and truly loving New Mexico's Mexican food, I was excited to head to Carlsbad Tavern as their menu screams real New Mexico Mexican food. It is not....More

Thank Steven B
CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2018

Steven, Thank you for your review. I would like to personally apologize for your subpar experience. I am so sorry that we disappointed you. I do hope that you will give us another try so that we can show you that your first experience was...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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
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Founded with the mission of bringing unique New Mexican cuisine to Scottsdale diners, Carlsbad Tavern & Restaurant has been serving up authentic, spicy and flavorful food for nearly two decades. Created by Michael P. Capriola and named in homage to Carlsbad Caverns National Park in southern New Mexico, the restaurant opened in 1995 at Scottsdale Road and Earll Drive. The original location was developed with an eclectic New Mexican theme, including bats, Mexican movie posters, Roswell memorabilia and a newspaper menu called The Daily Guano. In 1998, the restaurant moved to Hayden Road, just south of Osborn where the bat cave theme was further developed, making the most of the water feature, The Guano Canal, on the patio and providing a cave-like interior in the dining room and bar. Carlsbad Tavern’s philosophy centers on providing guests with an entertaining environment, excellence in the kitchen and friendly, efficient service. While the sign touts New Mexican “grub,” the quality of food and attention to detail in preparation has always been of utmost importance. Many of the original and core dishes are still being served today. Favorites (carne adovada, osso bucco, crab-stuffed poblanos) requested by regulars – aka “bat fans” – are daily specials. Over the years, Carlsbad Tavern’s menu has consistently won accolades on the local and national level, including: • 20 Places for Hispanic Dishes: Enchantment Platter, Arizona Republic, September 2011 • 10 Favorite Spicy Dishes: Habanero Cheeseburger, Phoenix New Times, September 2011 • Top 100 Dishes in the Valley: New Mexican Potstickers, Phoenix New Times, August 2011 • One of 51 Ways to Beat the Heat, Phoenix Magazine, July 2011 • Best Burger in Phoenix/Scottsdale in Travel and Leisure Magazine, May 2011 • One of the Top 85 restaurants in Phoenix Magazine, January 2011 • Habanero Cheeseburger, Best Burger in Arizona, Food Network Magazine, 2009 • Best Restaurant, Food Lover’s Guide to the Valley; Phoenix Magazine, 2007 • Best Pork Dish for Carne Adovada, 50 Best Dishes in the Valley; Phoenix New Times, Jan. 2009 • Best Patio Dining, Best of Phoenix; Phoenix New Times, 2001 In addition, Carlsbad Tavern prides itself on providing locally-brewed and micro-brewed beers on draft, as well as a comprehensive wine list with wine pairings suggested on all entrees. Happy hours offer a discounted menu, and a reverse happy hour and menu in the evenings draws out industry workers from throughout the Valley, who appreciate the atmosphere, the quality of food and the company. Carlsbad Tavern continues today under the ownership of Andrew Capriola and Judith Merritt. As a family-run restaurant, Carlsbad Tavern welcomes all ages and offers excellent food and service in a relaxed and welcoming environment for casual dining, special occasions, group events and parties and just hanging around the bat cave with a draft beer.
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