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Carolina's Mexican Food

Paradise Valley
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2126 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85022-5896
+1 602-275-8231
Mon - Thu 09:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I ordered out from Carolina's yesterday. I was surprised at how inexpensive the prices were and the large selection. When I arrived the order was ready and the help was cheerful and accurate. When I got home I found the food to be good and portion sizes reasonable. It's not gourmet Mexican food but it's a great value and tasty.

Thank Dave R
New Mexico
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Heard this was a favorite of locals...thought we would check it out. Place was not the original but it was packed. The food and customer service was awful. It's like a cafeteria and all food is provided in styrofoam...after all these years, why don't they know that they are not earth friendly.? the place is not attractive, it is overpriced,... More 

Thank LC1saavy1
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53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

I had a friend recommend this place. I was told their homemade tortillas were the best and I can't say I disagree. They were fresh, hot and delicious. The restaurant itself is average. The staff was friendly but reserved. If you like fresh Mexican food this would be a good choice. It is more of a fast food than a... More 

Thank P601AHdavidb
Toronto, Canada
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419 reviews
397 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Moderate hype alert here. Carolina's was good but not "wait in a long line" or "best in town" good. In fact, we're enchilada people and didn't find theirs to be particularly appealing. The sauce had an unwelcomed spice to it (for us) which tended to overpower the otherwise bland contents. The chimichanga wasn't bad and was the item that evidently... More 

Thank Anthony_Nalli
Frankfort, Illinois
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

The food here is amazing. We ordered a beef enchilada dinner, a taco, a tamale and guacamole. Everything was flavorful. Portions were huge. Very casual atmosphere, great for families.

Thank Christine R
Shell Lake, Wisconsin
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243 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

There were a number of things that disappointed us on this visit. First we ordered a #3 combo and got a #2 combo, then when they announce your order you can't hear the numbers called because most of the staff do not use the PA system. Finally, the food was not that great, we left a lot of it on... More 

Thank Lakerfantoo
Illinois City, Illinois
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is an outpost of the original Carolina's and serves excellent authentic Mexican food. The prices are very reasonable. My husband had a chimichanga and I had cheese enchiladas and we both had chips and guac. Their sauces are spicy unlike some of the bland sauces other restaurants serve. Everything is served in styrofoam containers with plastic utensils so this... More 

Thank Marian518
Phoenix, Arizona
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205 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

The place is always full....Tables are full, the take out line is full, and the order line is full.. It's a great place to get a quick bite to eat because the food is very good, the service is surprisingly fast, and the prices are very low. It is a very popular place

Thank jnjdougan
Scottsdale, Arizona
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

I've been going to this location, although there are others for over 10 years. Their quality, taste, cost and customer service is the best I've found anywhere in the area. So many great menu items are to many to mention. Love their tacos, enchiladas! Their customer service is exceptional in comparison to other places. I often do take out.

Thank 583russa
Aptos, California
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381 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

I'm a tourist. When I'm in town, I like to stop by Carolina's for lunch at least once. I have great memories of ordering a couple of burritos before a spring training game and eating them in the parking lot before the game. So, I was in town and stopped in and ordered a red chile burrito and green chile... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2126 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85022-5896
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix>  > Paradise Valley
  • Neighbourhood: Paradise Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 602-275-8231

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?