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Carlsbad Tavern

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly
Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene

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Carlsbad Tacos
Soft tacos served with pico de gallo. cheese. guacamole and cup or beans. choice of: 3 certified angus beef filet mignon. 3 rock shrimp or 3 chicken.
Carlsbad Brochettes
Skewered and grilled pieces chicken. shrimp. sirloin beer. peppers and onions. Serked with three dipping sauces.
Spicy Crab Cakes
New​ Mexico-styled cakes served with lemon-pepper tossed mixed greens with habanero aioli.
Chicken $+3.50
Shrimp $+4.50
Green Chile Cheese Crisp
Large tortilla with cheddar and jack cheeses. green chile sauce and diced tomato.
Chicken Quesadilla
Green chile chicken and jalapeno jack cheese melted in a flour tortilla served with our two homemade salsas.
Tequila Shrimp
Six Mexican shrimp marinated in tequila and fresh lime juice. grilled and glazed with orange-cilantro pesto. served on a tortilla with black beans.
New Mexican Potstickers
Chicken. minced peppers and Anaheim chiles served with sweet corn-cream sauce.
Machaca 12.00
Came adovada 14.00
Casa Nachos
Chipotle​ sliced chips. BBQ beans and inched cheddar and jack cheeses. YB with your choke of green chile chicken L0.00
Ships And Two Salsas
Spiced chips with fresh tomatillo and red salsas.
Guac and Chips
Homemade guacamole with spiced chips.
Bowl $6.25
Cup $5.25
Tortilla Soup
Chicken, tomato and onion in a spicy chile broth, garnished with sour cream, cheddar and tortilla strips.
Bowl $6.25
Cup $5.25
Roast pork and hominy in a cilantro lime broth.
Bowl $6.25
Cup $5.25
Green Chile Stew
Roast pork, green chiles, potatoes, carrots and roast corn.
All salads with grilled or blackened chicken 3.50. spiced certified angus beef filed mignon 4.50. grilled or blackened shrimp 5.50
Small $5.00
Large $7.00
House Salad
Mixed green topped with cheddar and jack cheese. red pepper and diced tomatoes. served with jalapeno ranch dressing.
Filet Salad
Medium- grilled certified angus beef filet mignon a bed of mixed greens with roasted avocado corn salsa, jalapeno bacon, sliced avocado, tomatoes and served with chipotle ranch dressing
Tesuque Chicken Salad
Tortilla encrusted chicken breast thinly pounded and tossed with spicy chipotle lime vinaigrette, spinach, mixed greens, jalapeno bacon, corn, tomatoes and topped with tortilla strips
Spinach Salad
Fresh spinach, jalapeno bacon, crumble goat cheese, candied pecans, red onion and mandarin oranges. tossed with grilled citrus vinaigrette dressing.
Caverns Chicken Salad
Chicken marinate in lime and cilantro, then tossed with mixed greens, tomatoes, black beans, corn, two cheese with jalapeno ranch .topped with a drizzle of chipotle bbq and tortilla strips.
Served with rice and black beans.sopaipilla and honey 95c.
Sopaipilla $+0.95
Honey $+0.95
Machaca and Tomatillo Chimichanga
Slow cooked machan with roast tomatillo sauce and pepper jack cheese. topped with guacamole.sour cream and pico de gallo
Sopaipilla $+0.95
Honey $+0.95
Carne Avocado Plate
Slow roasted pork, simmered in red chile, topped with cheddar and jack cheese. Served with a flour tortilla.
Sopaipilla $+0.95
Honey $+0.95
Stacked Enchiladas
One layer of came avocado’ and one layer of hatch green chile chicken lopped with our red chile sauce. lettuce. pico de gab and a fried egg
Sopaipilla $+0.95
Honey $+0.95
Cream Chile Burrito
Choice of trilled chicken, came avocado. madhada or vegetable rolled in a flour tortilla with jalapeno jack and topped with hatch green chile sauce
Sopaipilla $+0.95
Honey $+0.95
Blue Corn Enchiladas
Two cheese enchiladas. one stuffed with chicken and one stuffed with rock shrimp. topped with hatch green chile sauce.
Sopaipilla $+0.95
Honey $+0.95
Chile Rellenos
Roasted Anaheim chile stuffed with roast pork and jalapeno jack cheese. Topped with hatch green chile sauce.
Sopaipilla $+0.95
Honey $+0.95
Pork Tomatillo Burrito
Roasted tomatilio sauce with slow slow-roasted pork rolled in a flour tortilla with jalapeno jack cheese and topped with hatch green chile sauce
Sopaipilla $+0.95
Honey $+0.95
Knchantment Platter
Came avocado burrito. chicken enchilada and chile relleno. served with red and hatch green chile sauce with a sopaipilla.
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Habanero Cheese Burger
Lots of fresh ground habanero chile, mixed with lean ground beef, grilled and topped with melted jalapeno jack cheese served with fried and salad
All 1/2 pound lean ground over pecan wood choice of one of the top recommendation. listed below and either beer-battered fries. house salad or jicama slaw chipotle mayonnaise on request.
Cheddar cheese. tomato. lettuce and red onion and choice of one topping.
Green Chile Cheeseburger
Served open face on toasted sourdough. topped with green chile sauce and cheddar cheese.
Southwest Patty Melt
Served with grilled red onions, cheddar cheese and spicy thousand island dressing on grilled sourdough.
Carl's Chicken Sandwich
Red chile-marinated breast with jalapeno bacon. guacamole. jalapeno jack cheese, lettuce. and tomato. served with chipotle mayo on an onion kaiser bun.
Green Chile Philly
Shredded machaca beet with sauteed chile and onions. served on a hoagie roll with jalapeno jack cheese
Santa Fe Club
Frilled chicken breast, jalapeno bacon, lettuce, tomato and chipotle mayonnaise rolled in a flour tortilla, with melted cheese on top.
Roswell Reuben
Thinly sliced pastrami with spicy marinated red cabbage, spicy thou-sand island dressing and jalapeno jack cheese, on grilled rye
Red River Chicken
Grilled​ chicken breast with cilantro pesro, red chile, mushrooms and jalapeno jack cheese. served on a tortilla with rice and black beans
Veggie Enchiladas
Spinach, artichoke and mushroom with jalapeno jack and oaxaca cheese. served with roast garlic and tomato sauce and wild rice
Grilled Veggie Wrap
Asparagus, zucchini, portobello mushroom, avocado, roast-ed peppers and oaxaca cheese in spinach tortilla. Served with jicama slaw
Portales Portobello
Grilled portobello with roast red pepper, avocado, pico de gallo pepper jack cheese, red onion, lettuce, and tomato. served on focaccia bread with chipotle mayonnaise
1/2 Rotisserie Spicy Citrus Chicken
Habanero and guajillo chiles marinated wine and citrus then slow roasted. served with mac and cheese and jicama slaw
Fresh Snapper Tacos
Build your own soft tacos with spicy baked snapper. Served with mixed peppers, cheese and onions. and with jicama slaw, tortillas, guacamole and sour cream
Grub favorites are the eggs benedict with jalapeno hollandaise and carne avocado and eggs.
Fish and Chips
Tempura-battered cod with jalapeno tartar and arbol chile lemon sauces both served on the side. Served with jicama slaw and beer batter fried
Ruben's Chicken-fried Chicken
Buttermilk​ marinate chicken breast on sour dough breast, topped with chorizo gravy. served with green chile mashed potatoes and salad
Dinner salad 2.00
Spinach salad 3.50
Wine can enhance your dining pleasure by bringing out the food flavors choose the wine paired with your entree and receive that glass for 5.00
Crab Stuffed Poblanos
Two​ poblano chiles stuffed with crab, peppers, onions and cilantro. served with a smoked cascabel and yellow bell cream sauce and with rice and black beans
Osso Bucco
Pork shank slow roast with serranos. garlic. onion and leeks, then finished off with an apple chipolte. served. served with green chile mashed potatoes. and veggies.
Caris Bbq Bone-in Ribeye
Chipotle-honey glazed twenty-ounce certified angus beef ribeye. served with roasted pepper relish, avocado corn salsa, cheese quesadilla and asparagus.
Chorizo-stuffed Pork Chop
Chorizo-stuffed double-boned pork chop grilled and with a jalapeno-pear glaze. served with Manzano spicy peppers. onions. red chile cheddar mashed potatoes and eggies.
N.y. Came Asada
Chile-rubbed twelve-ounce certified angus fief n.y. steak grilled. topped with a mushroom cholula sauce and served on a bed of black beans. served with a cheese quesadilla and roasted corn and avocado salsa.
Chi Pot Le Stroganoff Chicken Pasta
Grilled​ chicken, mushrooms, onions. cilantro and spicy chipotle adobo ream sauce. tossed with angel hair pasta.
Shrimp Pasta
Six gulf shrimp with portobeilo mushrooms. roasted yellow tomatoes and serranos in a lightly spiced garlic-white wine sauce. tossed with linguine.
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
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Setting is nice. You do feel like you're in the cavern. Food was ok. We had cheese enchiladas with red chile and a relleno enchilada combo plate with red and green chile. Expected New Mexican style but found it to be adjusted to gave a...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank nevabits
Reviewed 2 days ago

The bar and bartender were great, we went for Happy Hour (3-6 pm) and had margaritas and well drinks which were great. The food was excellent (especially the Mexican pot stickers). Great atmosphere, great location, loved everything about it. You will not be disappointed.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Therese K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had not been to the tavern in a while and forgot how good the food is. We started off with the house salad which is served with jalapeno ranch dressing, it is great, spicy but great. My wife had the enchantment platter and I...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Ray W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Such a fun place for a great meal! The service was excellent. Would definitely recommend but also recommend reservations.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank diane t
Reviewed February 13, 2019

Went on a Tuesday night for Happy hour which they have from 2–6 . The restaurant has a very friendly atmosphere and l consider it divided into three options for dining, bar,dining room and great outdoor area. The service was very good and our waiter...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank cherScottsdale
Reviewed February 11, 2019

Great food, wonderful atmosphere inside and outside. We at here twice during our 4 day visit. Sunday brunch complete with bloody mary bar and bottomless mimosa's.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank dragonflyjenny
Reviewed February 9, 2019 via mobile

Went for dinner - not happy hour. Food was terrific, service excellent with great balance of friendly/ attentive but not intrusive Completely enjoyed it all Portions are huge so be warned.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank House2kids
Reviewed February 3, 2019

My husband and I enjoy going out to Happy hours around Scottsdale and find we end up at Carlsbad frequently. We Enjoy thier Shrimp tacos, potstickers and small salads. There is a bit of heat to the crab cakes which we also enjoy...Reasonably priced.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Sunny405
Reviewed January 24, 2019

We got here often knowing we will get great service and satisfying food plus beer on tap!The only drawback is the music that I guess the owner must like😝

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank BackPacker98475
Reviewed January 21, 2019

We took some out of town friends to Carlsbad. There were 6 of us and we were seated outside at a large round table outside next to the fireplace. We loved being at a round table! It was easy to talk and share our appetizers....More

Date of visit: January 2019
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