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Carolina's Mexican Food

Paradise Valley
Mexican, Southwestern
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2126 E Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85022-5896
+1 602-275-8231
08:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 09:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 21:00
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

My go to place for beef crispy tacos.......everything hot and fresh with homemade tortillas......Quick Cheap and Good

Thank Ed C
Carefree, Arizona
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138 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Crowded during eating hours. Prices are cheap. Best known for the handmade tortillas. Their food falls a bit short on taste though. A bit greasy for my taste. You help yourself to the free salsa. This is a cafeteria style place. You get a number after you pay for your meal. Numbers are announced and you pick up your food.... More 

Thank Victoria P
Scottsdale, Arizona
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101 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

I was excited to introduce my wife and daughter to Carolina's because my experience at the original restaurant on Mohave was excellent--fresh, hot, crisp, delicious Mexican-style dishes that have one wanting more. Not so at the location on East Cactus. After waiting 20 minutes for our food, we opened up the containers to find lukewarm, hastily-prepared, and totally unappealing dishes... More 

Thank Influencer
Yuma, Arizona
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61 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

I opted for a carne asada burro and while it was delicious, I thought it was a little bit dry. I have high standards for Mexican food and the salsa definitely delivered. I also liked that it was super cheap and fast.

Thank WilkeCollins
Phoenix, AZ
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710 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 326 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Carolina's, just a few miles from our home, has been a favorite of ours, since they moved into the "neighborhood." They have always been consistent, and specialize in some very good Sonoran Mexican dishes, prepared very well. Carolina's is quite casual, with a counter to order, and seating inside. On this visit, we opted for a bit of a mix:... More 

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Franklin, Tennessee
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

This place is insane. The food is always hot and fresh, and the portions are large. The tacos are super good and the beans , well there should be a review all of its own just about the beans. Imagine a taco with crispy, juicy meat. Inside a golden brown taco shell topped with the greenest lettuce, finely shredded cheese... More 

Thank Joe T
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72 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

After a lifetime in Phoenix and enjoying all three Carolinas, we moved to Prescott. In Phx for the weekend, we called and ordered dinner Got there, food was ready and we took it to our friends to share. One friend ordered the beef hard tacos and loved them. Three of us ordered machaca burros and buttered flour tortillas. Great in... More 

Thank davisgtd
Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Everything is good, but the killer app here is the enchilada sauce, either red or green (or both!). It's incredibly rich, more like gravy than the thin sauce you usually get at Mexican restaurants in this price range. So have enchiladas or a burrito done enchilada style, you won't be disappointed. BUT, always check your to-go order, because they usually... More 

Thank Jason F
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

This is one of my favorite Mexican restaurants in the valley! You place your order, find a seat, pick up your order when your number is called - enjoy! Don't expect a nice ambiance, this is definitely strip mall - hole in the wall status. But the food is worth it. I always order the Machaca, my wife the taco,... More 

Thank Psychodunious
Wilkes Barre, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

This was rated as a place to visit on my hotel's homepage. I tried it and the amount of food for the price I paid was a great deal. The food was so delicious that I don't think I can eat Mexican food back home because I have been spoiled by authentic Mexican food. The staff was so nice too... More 

Thank Melissa M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 20
Mexican, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
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?