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Carlos O’Brien’s Mexican Restaurant

) #215 of 2,609 Restaurants in Phoenix $$ - $$$ Mexican, , American
1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119
+1 602-274-5881
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good27%
  • Average18%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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Mexican, Southwestern, American, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is amazing the food,service was outstanding didn't have long to be seated or the food friendly staff we got to know the owners

Thank Mark E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were excited to hear about this restaurant coming to the Norterra area and visited just 4 days after the restaurant opened. The chips did not taste fresh. (Possibly made off site) The salsa lacked flavor. I had chicken fajitas. The portion was generous and...More

Thank Sharon D
Reviewed 30 June 2017

been coming here for years , great food great prices, there is plenty of servings, enough that you are bringing home food.

Thank goyankees1962
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

I have been going to Carlos O'Brien's for more than 30 years, and I have never written a review on them. They are always consistently great meals with wonderful service. Just there Sunday night and had a basic shredded beef taco dinner with rice and...More

Thank ahoppis2
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

We arrived in Phoenix rather late at night and in need of some refreshments. The restaurant stays open a little later than others in that area. We got a huge basket of chips and large bowl of excellent queso. Servers were attentive despite the late...More

Thank 2wego
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Not what it once was. Salsa was bland. Food did not taste fresh and had way too many onions. Whole restaurant needs a makeover, looks like it hasn't been touched in 20 years. Waitress was really nice and attentive, prices were good just need to...More

Thank Chriss P
Jov O, Guest Relations Manager at Carlos O’Brien’s Mexican Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 May 2017

Thanks for your feedback! I am sorry that your experience was not ideal. We have been trying to keep everything the same for the past 40 years so we can achieve a "historical landmark" status for the building... Just kidding :) Your point is well...More

Reviewed 24 April 2017

We Our sons family for a lunch. A son and his wife, two granddaughters and my husband and I all really enjoyed the restaurant itself as well as the food. The food was so plentiful, my husband and I we'll split an entree next time....More

Thank neilmA1785EE
Jov O, Guest Relations Manager at Carlos O’Brien’s Mexican Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Thanks for you comments! It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed our restaurant with 3 generations of your family! Our restaurants are very much about family. You might also meet in the restaurant a few generations of O'Brien's. And you are right about...More

Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

I have enjoyed eating good Mexican Food at CARLOS O'BRIENS for many years. The taste, the portion size, the service and the ambience always translates to a good time. Bring out of state visitors here for an intro to Mexican food or to Mexi food...More

Thank Tattalat
Jov O, Guest Relations Manager at Carlos O’Brien’s Mexican Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 30 April 2017

Thank you for your comments! It is our pleasure to serve our loyal local guest and our course visitors to our wonderful state! Estamos para servirles, Gracias!!!

Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We were looking for a place to get Irish food for St Patrick's day but it turns out it's a Mexican restaurant! They did offer green beer and margaritas and a couple Irish entrees though. Service was good and the food was too.

Thank Michelle J
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Once again made the annual pilgrimage back to my old stomping grounds.....their food is excellent as always. Chimichangas and cheese enchiladas are the best!

Thank 56sherylw
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 25
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix>  > Camelback East
  • Neighbourhood: Camelback East
  • Phone Number: +1 602-274-5881
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At Carlos O’Brien's you will find awesome Mexican food made from high quality, fresh, local ingredients. Our team begins every day bright and early slicing fresh vegetables, turning the best avocados into our famous guacamole, slowly simmering our signature sauces... and when our customers come to enjoy the delicious results, they can be sure of excellent service in a and casual setting.

The food at Carlos O’Brien’s is “Arizona Style Mexican” with many of Carlos O’Brien’s unique additions. There are several one-of-a-kind recipes perfected over the past 40 years. And the team of chefs continue to innovate to come up with new customers’ favorite dishes. Not forgetting the Irish heritage of the founder, the food menu includes a few staples true to the O’Brien name. The bar menu as well includes many of great Irish beers and whiskeys, along with the best of Mexico.
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