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“Everything Was Fantastic”

Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House
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Ranked #5 of 77 Restaurants in Cave Creek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $40
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House 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 Sonoran Ranch House, 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.
Crystal River, FL
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Everything Was Fantastic”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Visiting my son, I was looking for a comfortable, casual place with ambiance and quality food. Cartwright's far exceeded my expectations. My filet oscar (with bernaise and crab) and side dish of their vegetables was suburb and done perfectly. I absolutely loved the friendly ranch atmosphere. It has a great bar and wonderful dining room. The waitress and management took their time to make sure your meal was the best. My filet was $32 but I eliminated my usual glass of wine and felt this was a tremendous value for what the quality I got. I would rather eat one good thing at a restaurant than a bunch of ordinary food. Everyone in the place seemed like they were happy to be there. I will forever put this on my "must visit" list in Cave Creek when I visit Arizona.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Jayne F
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English first
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121 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed August 19, 2013

I was unaware this is a sister restaurant to Tonto's in Cave Creek. Neither are to be missed. We particularly liked the varied menu. Sorry I wasn't in the mood for game that night as they have an extremely interesting option. Perhaps next time. Service was very good with very knowledgeable waitstaff. Whether you are after fish, beef, game or just a veggie, the offerings are plentiful and, while this a large restaurant, you an get a quiet table to enable conversation. I would not miss this one and have added it to my personal list of favorites in the area.

Visited August 2013
Thank kathyhouston
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Phoenix, Arizona
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165 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Terrific menu...wonderful presentation...upscale ...very good service. Really like this restaurant....a surprise in Cave Creek.

Visited February 2013
Thank Barbara4797
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Chandler, Arizona
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Anniversary dinner”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

We chose Cartwright's for our anniversary dinner while staying in Cave Creek. It was an excellent choice. I had the entree salad with steak. It was huge and there must have been a six ounce steak cut up and set on top! Delicious! My husband had a pasta entree and he loved it. Our waitress was attentive, helpful and friendly. My only complaint is that the tables are a little close together, so that conversations are overheard rather easily.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Karen G
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Chesterfield, Missouri
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140 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Awesome place!!”
Reviewed July 10, 2013

My guy and I were in Scottsdale for a long weekend and were told to visit Cartwrights. Considering we were in Scottsdale, and there are so very many eatery choices it did seem a little far to go for dinner (about a half hour drive from where we stayed), but we are so glad we made the choice. I wish that I could remember our waitress's name, but she was the best, she had a sense of humor and made our dinner enjoyable. She is a golfer so she gave my boyfriend a course suggestion and was very personable without being too much (as we all know there are waitress's that go a bit over the limit at times).
The food was so yummy, the atmosphere was perfect and the location is beautiful. We did make a reservation but it was not overcrowded.
Definitely a two thumbs up on this one!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Tinabear
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