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“Good food, beer, and atmosphere”
Review of Cave and Ives

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Cave and Ives
Ranked #1,501 of 3,188 Restaurants in Phoenix
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Reviewed 1 February 2013 via mobile

This is the second time we have been here in two months. The food, beer selection, and atmosphere have been consistently great. Even our friends who come here more often say the same things. It is the service we get that is, well, sorely needed to improve.

First let's talk about the good stuff, the food. I am someone who loves a good hamburger and they have it. I have had burgers up at the Biltmore and quite frankly the Cave and Ives burger is just as good (even better with a pretzel bun) and costs less. The fries that come with it too are great. The wife has had two different menu items and he too says that the chef does an excellent job.

The beer. I am a home brewer and so I enjoy variety as it is the spice of life. Their beer selection ( in bottles) and what they have on tap too is great. It is nice and relaxing to have a food glass of suds at the end of the evening. Furthermore, if you are not sure about what is on tap and want a sample... They will get it for you. Nice, real nice.

The atmosphere. The restaurant is on the second floor of the building and so it is up and out of the way of the traffic from the street and the parking below. The parking is small so let the valet take care of the car; you will not be disappointed. You can get upstairs either by elevator or stairs so take your pick. The paint and furnishings are soft and earthy tones with drapes hanging down from the doorway when you first come in. The room does not open up as it is long. It's seating is low tables and chairs to the center of the room where you have highboy tables and chairs in the "bar" area which has a big screen (not too big though) and after that area back to low tables and chairs. There is an outside patio with a fireplace and heater lamps with soft cushion sofas an chairs. We really like both times we came here for the food and atmosphere as our friends do too who frequent more than us ... So far.

The service. I am not going to belabor the service as both times we were here we had the same waitress. Quite frankly, we saw her only 3 times per visit; to take our drink and food order, for her to ask us how we like the food, and the bill. She may have come to us to ask if we needed any thing else but she never brought it so that does not count ( or does it ); we have flagged down the bus boy instead to get what we asked for.

In closing, this place is a keeper and is in our address book for places to go and to take people. It is a cozy place and you do not feel like you are in a big chain restaurant as the owner is on premises. We will be back.

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Thank Lightning077
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Reviewed 24 May 2012

We've eaten here a number of times in the past few months, and have run into a number of folks we know who have reported that this is one of their favorite neighborhood hangouts. It's become a favorite of ours as well, and this isn't our neighborhood!

The restaurant is on the second floor of the building, but an elevator is available if needed. The room is long and narrow, but opens to a patio that looks across upon Camelback Mountain. You also can catch a nice sunset, and misters keep the patio manageable.

The food is well-prepared and, as advertised, eclectic. There truly is something for every palate. There is a fine list of wines and hand-crafted beers that have been thoughtfully selected to please. Service is friendly and crisp but unhurried, whether you are there as a couple or part of a large group (we've done both). You can linger without wearing out your welcome if you so choose.

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1  Thank TMSlaven
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

Upon a friend's recommendation, we stopped here for happy hour after work. A cork menu lets you know wine is the main event here. At 5:30 there was a small crowd - some on the second floor patio. We chose an indoor table, but the owner opened the glass door near us and we were enjoying indoor/outdoor seating.
We ordered clams for an appetizer, the Caves and Ives burger and the Apple Gorgonzola Salad, The clams were served in a lovely, hot broth with lots of flavor. The burger is served on a pretzel bun along side specialty fries and dipping sauce. We waited about 25 minutes for our food, so we were happy for the nice view and agreeable weather. They appeared to be short-handed in the kitchen as the servers were doing their best to keep everyone happy. All was forgivien when the food arrived, however, as it was hot, and delivered as described.
Not kid friendly and the restaurant is on the second floor without handicapped access.
We will return and give the kitchen time to speed up as the food was very good and generously portioned.
Parking can be tricky and we had to raise our voices over the music.

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1  Thank 1roundface
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

What can I say about this place. Top places, to me, in Phoenix, to enjoy as a couple, with friends and business. Has become my favorite happy hour restaurant because of the excellent selection of beers and unique wines that you won't be able to find elsewhere, and friendly attitude from Ryan, the bartender, to the chef, owner and waitresses. Good chance they'll remember you if you go there a second time. The restaurant is located on second floor overlooking Camelback mountain from Indian School. Try it. You won't regret it. And, I'm told they will be getting a full license to begin serving hard liquor by the summer. Only negative, if you can call it that. Go anyways.

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Thank ArizonaAl
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