We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Carlsbad Tavern

$$ - $$$, , Mexican
3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
+1 480-970-8164
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
Open Now
All hours
Southwestern, Bar, Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (323)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 322 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! The tavern was set up for the upcoming halloween season and looked amazing! It was our 1st time coming here for a meal since moving to Scottsdale so was not sure of what to expect. (we had come for happy hour and snacks only...More

Thank Ferne R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of Scottsdale's original haunts! The tavern have New Mexico style food that won't disappoint! Service is good! Recommend outdoor patio for sure with the waterfalls you can't hear Hayden

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I ate dinner. Started with a house salad with jalapeno ranch dressing, which was outstanding. She had the enchantment platter which she said was outstanding. I had the pork osso bucco which was outstanding. We sat in a booth in the bar...More

Thank Ray W
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My sister recommended this place for Mexican. I would say it's more Tex-Mex. The food was REALLY good. I was actually surprised because I am a fussy Tex-Mex, Mexican food eater. Two had the Enchantment Platter, both loved it. Very tasty with a variety of...More

Thank rusleepn
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Carlsbad Tavern is actually a 2fer. Inside is a wonderful cave decor experience with plenty of booths as well as table seating. We went for happy hour (2-6) and had great choices of beer and wine as well as a full bar. The food of...More

Thank Flyteleder
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

Had dinner and drinks here for the first time tonight (9/2/17)... great staff awesome appetizers and very good food.. quiet place right off Hayden will definitly repeat and recommend highly...

Thank Kirby E
Reviewed 15 August 2017

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 8 August 2017 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 8 August 2017

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 4 August 2017

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
Nearby Restaurants
Uncle Sal's Italian Ristoranti
260 reviews
.13 km away
Pig & Pickle
128 reviews
.68 km away
Merci French Cafe & Patisserie
43 reviews
1.18 km away
Nearby Attractions
Scottsdale Stadium
366 reviews
1.09 km away
Scottsdale Civic Center
141 reviews
1.36 km away
Singh Farms
58 reviews
1.60 km away
Su Vino Winery
96 reviews
1.58 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
15 October 2015|
Response from CarlsbadTavern | Property representative |
From 2pm-6pm 7 days a week! :)
Improve this listing

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, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
10:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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
  • E-mail
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.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing