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Carlsbad Tavern

€€ - €€€Mexican, ,
3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
+1 480-970-8164
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Love this place. It’s like a hidden gem! Great food. Great atmosphere. Service is always excellent. Have had the Mexican, Hamburg’s and the Sunday Brunch.

Thank Denise F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a party of 11 and got a table on the patio near the fireplace. The weather was on the cool side but the fire and heaters kept us quite comfortable. Ryan provided good service and everyone in the group liked their food and...More

Thank lyzzards
CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you much for dining with us. Glad to hear you had a great experience. Hope to see you back in soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Serves some New Mexican classics- most notably carne adovada. Nothing beats true NM carne adovada but this was a good second! Comes with a nice thin flour tortilla. We also had the chile rellenos (which were stuffed with pork) and the green chile cheeseburge (which...More

Thank hungryhokie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

"New Mexican" cuisine, well-prepared. Most of the menu must be viewed with caution, if you are not a lover of spicy. However, the waitstaff will assist those desiring milder choices. Great happy hour options. The outdoor seating is much more enjoyable than the indoor --...More

Thank 535DLB
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place has a great outdoor area and really good food! I was a little disappointed in our service tonight. It was fine but our waiter did not go out of his way to check in with us and was perfunctory when he did. Which...More

Thank diandmartin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good outside seating, cool atmosphere, friendly service. The margaritas were solid. Nachos and tortilla soup, too.

Thank DTayl0r_86
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A local favorite. In a city with lots of overpriced eateries, it is great to find a fun place with good food. Service is fast and efficient. Started with the potstickers, one of my favorites, creamy and flavorful. Skinny margarita still does justice to my...More

Thank jmuellman
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been here a few times, after golfing at the nearby Continental Golf Course. Southwest Fare, I had a great Reuben my last visit. Large portions, I've needed doggy bag each visit. Beautiful Patio

Thank Jake M
Reviewed 19 January 2018

I just found out about the Carlsbad Tavern when a friend scheduled a working lunch meeting there. Walking up, the smell of the food was fabulous. I ordered the Green Chili Stew and the Cavern Chicken Salad. The salad was very good and I the...More

Thank BobthePhotographer
Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

We ate hear on recommendation from the hotel clerk and it is amazing. The service is too notch! We started with the Mexican potstickers the waitress recommended. I wasn’t sure I would like them, but they were amazing! I would come back just for those!...More

Thank Keli K
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15 October 2015|
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From 2pm-6pm 7 days a week! :)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
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
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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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