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Macayo's Depot Cantina

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
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300 S Ash Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281-2875
+1 480-966-6677
10:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 00:00
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Chandler, Arizona
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162 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been eating at Macayo's for about 50 years and have watched them change and grow. This establishment is a nice departure from other establishments of the chain. The environment is quite different and maybe an emulation of party places one might find in Mexican vacation areas. The food was the excellent quality we have come to expect. The... More 

Thank Jerry v
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86 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have this funny relationship with Macayos - it is a chain but I always enjoy being there and eating their food. Yes, there are more "authentic" Mexican restuaurants, but this one is really big (aka no wait time and lots of seating options inside and out) and has a good bar, decent food and is off the main drag... More 

Thank desertmidwife
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The spinach con queso was great and so were the steak fajitas, but the sopapillas were too dense and flavorless. Service was really good.

Thank KimmieK72
Denver, Colorado
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51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For whatever reason I didn't expect too much when stopping in here, but wow its a cool place. Huge indoor and outdoor bars and lots of patio seating as well. Food was excellent, had the steak quesadilla, it was premium, very good ingredients. Great chips and salsa.

Thank goodgoodtimes
Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Great service from the beginning of our meal. The host immediately sat my family with a booth, which is what we wanted. Our server Dillon was amazing! Very friendly, and made us want to stay for desert.. Will definitely be coming back soon to sit in his section! Food was great and came out so fast. All around great visit... More 

Thank joesnider18
Yuma, Arizona
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Went for an early dinner midweek. Not busy at all and we were seated right away. Waitress was very friendly and attentive. Margaritas were good but for the price i would skip them next time. Food was very flavorful, grilled fish tacos and carnitas were very good.

Thank William B
Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
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26 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place used to be just The Depot Cantina but as bought out by the Macayo's chain several years ago. While I really like Macayo's I was worried that I was going to loose my favorite dish from The Depot, the pork carnitas. Fortunately it was so good that Macayo's not only kept it on the menu there but they... More 

Thank car0papagay0s
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We went to Macayo's in Tempe, AZ for the deep fried ice cream dessert and received service that was above and beyond what I expected. Juan greeted us on the patio, opened the front door, gave us a seat and was extremely professional. His politeness and attention to our comfort was impressive. Our drinks were never empty and even though... More 

Thank David W
Erie, Pennsylvania
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51 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

The Chipotle BBQ tacos were done of the best I've ever had. Ok house salsa with several other sauces that were very good served with tacos. Decor was pretty cool. Good atmosphere as well.

Thank Eric L
Decorah, Iowa
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133 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We enjoy going to good Mexican Restaurants and this was a treat. We arrived early so this very large place was not full. Dyllan Word, our waiter suggested the Chicken Poblano. Still Happy hour so that was great. I heard they had 2 party's of about 400 each on the patio last weekend. Great place for us older people but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 S Ash Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281-2875
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Tempe
  • Phone Number: +1 480-966-6677
Home of the $3 Dos XX! Located off Mill Ave, at 3rd St and Ash Ave in Tempe, we're one of many Macayo's family owned and locally operated restaurants.
We celebrate Happy Hour Mon-Fri from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm with $3 off appetizers and $3 drink specials. When You're Hungry for Tradition! Hours: Daily 10:00am - midnight

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?