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“Unique, tasty, costly”

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
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Ranked #4 of 78 Restaurants in Cave Creek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine honors the spirit of Arizona’s ranching days with rustic yet upscale dining. Located on Saguaro Hill and overlooking Black Mountain and the Sonoran desert foothills, the restaurant’s ambience inside is as captivating as the setting outside. At Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine, a hacienda style dining room, enclosed patio and private wine room boast artistic touches such as straw-packed walls, sandstone and slate accents, woodwork from local mesquite, and a wood-burning fireplace in each room. The interior recalls the original ranch house built by Jackson (Manford) Cartwright in the early 1900s. His father, “Red” Cartwright, was a pioneering cattle rancher in Cave Creek in the late 1800s. The family ranch operated for three generations and more than a century, and is still in use today. Chefs continue this tradition with all-natural meats, including Arizona beef, Colorado range-fed lamb, and North American elk and buffalo slow-cooked over a crackling mesquite wood fire. Also enjoy fresh seafood, house-made bread and desserts, a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list and fine whiskies, bourbons and Scotches. Cartwright’s is available for private events and off-site catering. Reservations are recommended.
Anthem, Arizona
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“Unique, tasty, costly”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

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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Scottsdale, Arizona
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87 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Dinner”
Reviewed December 21, 2012

We recently had dinner at Cartwright's. The wait staff was very reponsive and our "Brit" server was delightful. The meal was good but the fish was overcooked (which they cheerfully replaced after complaining). Beef stroginoff was very good as was the steak our friends ordered. We definitely would go back for a retry.

Visited December 2012
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Chandler, Arizona
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Amazing Southwestern Steaks”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

My wife and I love coming to Cartwright's for dinner when ever we are in town. It's not your typical steak place. I would describe it a high end southwestern restaraunt hidden away and frequented by the locals. The ambiance is romantic and their menu is top notch. We'll be back...

  • Visited December 2012
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New River, Arizona, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Truly to Die For Food”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

My husband took me here on one of our first dates and it has been a favorite of ours ever since. We had a small, private wedding, but this is where we took our guests afterward. Since then we have celebrated engagements, marriages, births, etc here. You can never go wrong with the food or service. First, pick a protein...then a starch, sauce and veggie. I can't pass up the melt in your mouth filet, while my husband goes for the trio of elk, buffalo and beef medallions. The breads served prior are baked on premise (try the green chili corn muffin) and the salads are from local produce. End it with a sumptuous dessert (creme brûlée for me). Wrap this all together in the beauty and history of Cave Creek and you have a top notch winner! Making reservations? Ask for Julie as your server. Wonderful gal with warm accent!

  • Visited November 2012
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Carefree. AZ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Enjoyable evening at Cartwright's”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

The food is consistently delicious here, oysters at the bar are wonderful, service has always been very good!The last time we were here we brought family members who have a small child. We asked for a table in a side room and were pleased at the ambiance.
They offer various styles of preparation for their dishes. This provides something for everyone!
We will always consider Cartwright's when dining out!

  • Visited July 2012
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