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Ajo Al's Mexican Cafe

Central Scottsdale
Mexican, Southwestern
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6990 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254-5200
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Ate lunch there and I would have to say it is average at best. The chimi was not that great. Quesadillas were about the same. The chips, salsa and guacamole were pretty good. Service was excellent. Prices were in the average category.

Thank trn81
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch. Tortilla chips were not greasy but neither the spicy nor mild salsa were great. The food came quickly. My first order was a black bean burrito enchilada style. It was so salty I couldn't eat it. Apart from salt there were no other distinguishing flavors. I sent it back to the kitchen. The whole pinto... More 

Thank MEB108
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

My favorite dish is their shredded beef burro enchilada style. Their portion size is perfect, the food is delicious and the atmosphere is very nice. Over the years, I have been to the one on Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale and on Bell Rd. in Peoria. Ajo Al's is my first choice for Mexican food in the Phoenix area.

Thank Barry C
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17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

This was the perfect place for dinner with friends. We all liked our food and the service was terrific. My food maybe could have used a little more spice but I understand the need to keep it mild, especially in Scottsdale. Restaurant appeared clean inside and out. Also, they left us a pitcher of water which is always nice!

Thank Jerri K
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

Mmmm! You can never have too many chips! We love to sit in the bar where the action is. I usually order the Pollo Fundido-always hot and extra cheesy. If you are a regular they anticipate your order and the service is fabulous. Always ensuring your chips and salsa are full to the brim.

Thank M2922DHkarenh
Kingsport, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2016 via mobile

We were told by friends we had to try Al's. My husband and I ordered the Pollo Con Queso and it was excellent. Service was a little slow, but they were busy. Would definitely visit this restaurant again!

Thank leeannbruner
Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

First time at any Ajo Al's. We ate this lunch at the Peoria location. The restaurant is large, but since this was a weekday and later than the lunch rush, it was fairly quiet. There is plenty of off-street parking and the restrooms are nice. The décor was interesting and this looked a bit different than many Mexican Restaurants. We... More 

Thank Violette54
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

Eight of us had dinner at Ajo Al's on Shea and we each ordered something different. No complaints from any of us and all the food was delicious and served hot. Service was excellent. I had the chicken taco salad and it was very very good. The fajitas were also good and the portions were on the large side.

Thank azpoet
Paradise Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2016

This used to be one of our neighborhood favorites but we have not been there for sometime. Went for Happy Hour last week, Nice selection of options and drinks , wine etc. Good service and family friendly. Food just as good as a couple of years ago. Will not wait that long to return.

Thank Charliebadger
Evergreen, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

When asked to hold the meat and beans on nachos, they arrived with a scant amount of cheese but lots of jalapeños and were over-baked. Sadly lacking in appeal. Inedible. Chili relleno was good though.

Thank Upbeatlady

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6990 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254-5200
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Scottsdale>  > Central Scottsdale
  • Neighborhood: Central Scottsdale
  • Phone Number: 480-998-1734

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?