The four of us, two couples, had dinner at Cartwright's last night. We live in Anthem, AZ and the drive is roughly 30 minutes. It was crowded but we were seated quickly. Despite the packed house, the noise level was modest. There is a bar area and the TV from the bar was very intrusive. Oh well. Our server was quick, knowledgeable, and very friendly. Unfortunately, she never offered us appetizers, a salad, or a refill on the bread. She did refill my drink without being asked, but of course, they charged me for that service. The menu is unique with elk, buffalo, and fish served in a number of unusual ways. Since we were not offered anything before the entrees, we decided that is what we would have and considering the prices, I was glad. There was a basket of rolls and bread and they were very good. I had a trio of small steaks of elk, beef, and buffalo for my entree. They were all good and I especially liked the elk. They were all done correctly. The vegetables were also tasty, albeit the portions were miniscule. My wife had salmon which she said was very good. She also had a banana-coconut pie for dessert which was underwhelming and more puff than pastry. The macaroon served along side was acceptable. Our friends had fillets and steaks and they enjoyed them, as well. The house coffee was good. The prices were intense and the cost of two dinners with tip and no wine, appetizer, or salad was over $120. Since the place was packed, I must assume the cost was not a problem or a deterrent. Overall, the food was good but not stellar, the service was prompt but not expert, and the prices were above average and thus the value was lower than expected. For a meal with an exotic flair, this is a good place to go but be prepared to pay handsomely for that experience.
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