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Carlsbad Tavern

) #95 of 950 Restaurants in Scottsdale $$ - $$$ , , Mexican
3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
+1 480-970-8164
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Southwestern, Bar, Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
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Reviewed 3 days ago

As we have not had decent Mexican food since living in Colorado, we were looking for someplace with green chile (Anaheim or Hatch). Well, we found it here! Everything we had was great, but the chile rellenos, stuffed with pork, were simply incredible! Most places...More

Thank T D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family and I love coming here. Great atmosphere with plenty to look at, a funny menu to laugh at with the kids, and very satisfying food. I explained to my waitress I really wanted some spicy hot sauce to go with my wet burrito...More

Thank rayandgabby
Reviewed 1 week ago

We found this place on a recent long weekend in Scottsdale by searching on a whim for "New Mexican cuisine" -- something we prefer over typical Mexican food. There was quite a wait for an inside table, so we ate on the covered patio, which...More

Thank skistopalms
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Can't comment on the food or beverage as I left. I sat at one of the bar tables and after being ignored for quite some time I approached the bartender and asked for the food menu. As I stood by the bar waiting to tell...More

Thank drtravels
Reviewed 9 July 2017

I met a friend here for dinner and was quite surprised what a cool place this is. As you walk in there is nice waterfall with a great area to sit out and eat or grab a drink, however during summer its a bit hot...More

Thank EpicGuy12
Reviewed 6 July 2017

Had brunch before heading out for home in California. Family had us meet them here. I loved the architecture of the outside, with its fountains in the rocks, and misters going. The brunch was wonderful--great food and good prices.

Thank gd060947
Reviewed 29 June 2017

This restaurant is amazing. This is a true locals spot that sits a bit off the beaten path from Old Town Scottsdale. The character, atmosphere and service are second to none and the food is great too. If you head to Scottsdale, this is a...More

Thank Keith G
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

Ran into this place quite by accident on a family vacation. Outside decor channels a riverfront, while the inside represents Carlsbad Tavern in New Mexico. The food was high quality and the service was amazing. The kitchen runs on chili peppers, so most meals run...More

Thank Jacob S
Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed a late lunch on a hot Thursday afternoon at this surprise find. Our waiter, John was enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the menu. Loved his recommendations! The prickly pear margarita on the rocks was a great start. Liked that it was not in the...More

1  Thank William S
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Went with my wife and another couple for dinner. The food was outstanding, and authentically New Mexican. Loved the tastes, loved the atmosphere, and their prices were very reasonable. Lots of choices on the menu, and if you aren't into New Mexican food, there are...More

Thank Kevin K
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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
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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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