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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 good38%
  • 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 2 days ago

I was so excited to go to this restaurant, and I was so disappointed by the time we left. The ambiance is super-fun and super-cool. The blood orange margaritas are fantastic. But the service was SO BAD we just had drinks and dessert and left...More

Thank delarana
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have always had a good time here and the food is consistently awesome. I highly recommend this place. No bats though....lol

Thank David P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has a nice outdoor area with a waterfall and lazy river. Food was spicy. Prickly pear margarita was good. Enjoyed the visit but once was enough.

Thank Geordias
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I selected this restaurant because I wanted some decent Mexican food. Having moved here from San Antonio has been one big disappointment after another in Mexican fare. Turns out this is actually "New Mexican" food which tends to be better in these parts. When we...More

Thank theREALmle
Reviewed 12 October 2017

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 24 September 2017 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 18 September 2017

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 16 September 2017

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, 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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