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Carlsbad Tavern

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Southwestern, Bar, Mexican, Pub
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3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
+1 480-970-8164
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11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 02:00
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Port Orchard, Washington
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I encourage you to go to this fine restaurant and bar. The seating is both outside and A/C inside. We liked the rugged decor inside. I had The Las Cruces Platter...at $22.50 a bit expensive for lunch , but with a crab stuffed poblano and a crab and a shrimp enchilada I had a great lunch! They serve "New Mexico... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff is superior and give great suggestions. Food is fabulous - always have great time. They also have great wine list. We have been going here since 2015 - try to go at least once a week as we so enjoy the people and food.

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great meal with great service; this was exactly what we were looking for. I definitely recommend the carne adovada - it was terrific! Fun decor & good beer selection topped it off.

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Thank CC B
Littleton, Colorado
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A sports bar and restrurant inside and a comfortable outside with trees and water rushing past. Service is great and a menu to satisfy any taste. Some unique combinations.

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Spokane, Washington
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62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Let's face it, there are no chilies but Hatch or New Mexico chilies! I'm totally biased I know but I still think that's a very true statement. Carlsbad Tavern has some truly wonderful New Mexico dishes... the carne adobada is amazing... the green chilie burrito is fantastic... you simply can't miss if you order either of those! Be prepared for... More 

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Thank RP G
Scottsdale, Arizona
1 review
Reviewed 17 March 2017

Went to happy hour and our server was absolutely outstanding! We are regulars and always come back and ask for Kristen. By far the best service I have ever experienced. She is friendly, bubbly, and accommodating for anything we need.

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Thank dmartinez214
Lino Lakes, Minnesota
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35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

We have been here before and always get seated outside, especially on an 80 degree evening. Good chips and salsa. A little too spicy for me. Everything we have had there is decent from the rotisserie chicken to the pork loin and carne asada. Reasonable prices and nice wait staff !!

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Thank Bob K
Waynesville, North Carolina
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62 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

We have been away from New Mexico for a few years now so we're excited to eat the food that we have missed. The burrito smothered in green chile took me back. The margaritas were tasty as well. The outdoor seating is great for kiddos.

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Thank webb16
Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Have been coming here for many years. Carlsbad Tavern never let's us down. Good menu, good food, and excellent service

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Lincoln, Illinois
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Heavy on the Mexican chiles with a varied menu. Good food. We sat outside and the views were spectacular. Well protected from the noisy traffic on Hayden but very easy to get to.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
Southwestern, Bar, Mexican, Pub
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
10:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Scottsdale
  • Phone Number: +1 480-970-8164
Description
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 Guano Canal, on the patio and providing a cave-like interior in the dining room and bar.

Carlsbad Tavern’s philosophy centers on providing guests with an entertaining environment, excellence in the kitchen and friendly, efficient service. While the sign touts New Mexican “grub,” the quality of food and attention to detail in preparation has always been of utmost importance. Many of the original and core dishes are still being served today. Favorites (carne adovada, osso bucco, crab-stuffed poblanos) requested by regulars – aka “bat fans” – are daily specials.

Over the years, Carlsbad Tavern’s menu has consistently won accolades on the local and national level, including:
• 20 Places for Hispanic Dishes: Enchantment Platter, Arizona Republic, September 2011
• 10 Favorite Spicy Dishes: Habanero Cheeseburger, Phoenix New Times, September 2011
• Top 100 Dishes in the Valley: New Mexican Potstickers, Phoenix New Times, August 2011
• One of 51 Ways to Beat the Heat, Phoenix Magazine, July 2011
• Best Burger in Phoenix/Scottsdale in Travel and Leisure Magazine, May 2011
• One of the Top 85 restaurants in Phoenix Magazine, January 2011
• Habanero Cheeseburger, Best Burger in Arizona, Food Network Magazine, 2009
• Best Restaurant, Food Lover’s Guide to the Valley; Phoenix Magazine, 2007
• Best Pork Dish for Carne Adovada, 50 Best Dishes in the Valley; Phoenix New Times, Jan. 2009
• Best Patio Dining, Best of Phoenix; Phoenix New Times, 2001

In addition, Carlsbad Tavern prides itself on providing locally-brewed and micro-brewed beers on draft, as well as a comprehensive wine list with wine pairings suggested on all entrees. Happy hours offer a discounted menu, and a reverse happy hour and menu in the evenings draws out industry workers from throughout the Valley, who appreciate the atmosphere, the quality of food and the company.

Carlsbad Tavern continues today under the ownership of Andrew Capriola and Judith Merritt. As a family-run restaurant, Carlsbad Tavern welcomes all ages and offers excellent food and service in a relaxed and welcoming environment for casual dining, special occasions, group events and parties and just hanging around the bat cave with a draft beer.

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