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Carlsbad Tavern

$$ - $$$Mexican, ,
3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
+1 480-970-8164
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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Mexican, Southwestern, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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3313 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251-6626
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My buddy and I stopped here for a quick bite and we were quite pleased. Our server Kristen was very friendly and was prompt with the service. We decided to split a Santa Fe Club and the portion was just right. Kirsten insisted we try...More

Thank stefanop54
Reviewed 1 week ago

CT is on of my go to places in Scottsdale. Quirky fun decor, decent beer selection, great food. Sort of an eclectic menu, but green chili fans will not be disappointed at the ways and combinations they can be prepared. Waitstaff are very friendly and...More

Thank John W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have been there for both happy hour and dinner. Nice variety of food with excellent service. It is pleasant to eat outside with the sound of water falls.

Thank ljohnson08
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good choice for a fun family dinner. We had a table of 12 and sat outside. The soups and chili were great. The guac, chips and salsa were on point. The cowboy meatloaf and chicken fajitas were Spot on. Everyone enjoyed. Great comfort food.

Thank cowboysfan9874
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Recently had dinner here with family. They went out of their way to be accommodating for my mom with her diet needs and found a quieter table since she is hard of hearing. The food was great and reasonably priced. We had to wait a...More

Thank Columbine75
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The New Mexico Green Chili Trail is alive and well tended in Scottsdale, Arizona! The atmosphere outside is wonderful; you’ll think you are dockside at a beach or river while the cave vibe inside is not overly tacky. The service is very attentive and the...More

Thank Mark107
CarlsbadTavern, Manager at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for dining with us. Glad to hear that you had a great experience. Hope so to see you back at the bat cave soon!

Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

We met our daughter and her family at Carlsbad Tavern and had a great time. We had a booth that was comfortable and could enjoy conversation. The food was delicious and fresh, don’t think it came cooked and warmed up! Everything we ordered, we ate....More

Thank Victoria L
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

This place has great food and much more than just Mexican food. One of my favorites is the meatloaf! Service is really fun and efficient. The only reason it is not 5 stars is the “extra” charges. The prices are so fair but you have...More

Thank Danielle A
Reviewed 22 February 2018

Love this place. It’s like a hidden gem! Great food. Great atmosphere. Service is always excellent. Have had the Mexican, Hamburg’s and the Sunday Brunch.

Thank Denise F
Reviewed 17 February 2018

We had a party of 11 and got a table on the patio near the fireplace. The weather was on the cool side but the fire and heaters kept us quite comfortable. Ryan provided good service and everyone in the group liked their food and...More

Thank lyzzards
CarlsbadTavern, Owner at Carlsbad Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 19 February 2018

Thank you much for dining with us. Glad to hear you had a great experience. Hope to see you back in soon!

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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, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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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