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Cartwright's Ranch House

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111 N Elm St, Denton, TX 76201-4105
07:00 - 15:00
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Sun 07:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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Dallas, Texas
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94 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

No frills, homecooking and simple meals. This is one of those places that has the comfort Southern-style food done right. No risk here of getting something bad. Served quickly, WARM like it should be with a staff that is friendly. The atmosphere is unique. Large "shotgun" style building that is long and narrow right on the Denton square. Typical checkered... More 

Thank NeverStopReaching
Dallas, Texas, United States
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40 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is like going to your grandmother's house after Sunday Church. The chicken fried steaks was awesome, bring your appetite for it is large, ( They also serve half portions) homemade mash potatoes, country gravy, fresh green beans, buttermilk biscuits and sweet tea. My wife chooose to have the breakfast omelette with biscuits and gravy, it was wonderful. I have... More 

Thank itexasfan
Denton, Texas
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After hearing about how good this restaurant is we decided to try. Our party got the chicken fried chicken, all you can eat catfish, and the huge chicken fried steak. Generous portions and friendly staff made a meal enjoyable. We will definitely return.

Thank twerpies3
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had rib eye and it was very good. My husband loved the country fried steak. Parking around the town square at 5:30 was spotty but we found a place. Charming historical town. The building the restaurant is in is very old and interesting.

Thank pammy1225
Denton, Texas
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best diner food on the square. Great service. Best burgers and breakfast in Denton. Try the hash. Unique building.

Thank David G
Dallas, Texas
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94 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been to Cartwright's so many times I can't believe I haven't written about them sooner. We go back because it's always been terrific. Our latest trip was for breakfast, which is our favorite time to go. Still, they have the BEST chicken fried steak in Denton hands down. This breakfast started with coffee which is very good there, and... More 

Thank coldsooner
Plano, Texas
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is my first time at this restaurant. The food was delicious. I ordered chilaquiles and I did not want refried beans so instead I had a pancake. The chilaquiles had the authentic Mexican queso fresco cheese as a topping and the red sauce was truly made from scratch . The pancake melted in my mouth, it was so good.... More 

Thank esperanzaavitiao2017
John C, Owner at Cartwright's Ranch House, responded to this review

I'm very pleased you had a wonderful visit to Cartwright's this weekend, and humbled by your kind words. We have a terrific staff in the dining room and kitchen, making sure guests like yourselves have a memorable experience every time! Thanks again. More 

Fort Worth, Texas
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72 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Just had a late lunch here today. The chicken fried steak here never disappoints. Mashed potatoes and gravy are good too as is the creamed corn. Our daughter got chocolate chip pancakes and they must've been good because she ate every bit of the big stack of three. Friendly service, always enjoy this place.

2 Thank TvlGold
Denton, Texas
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50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Showed up on Saturday morning for breakfast. Two open tables in front and no one else waiting but they sat us at a table at the very back of the restaurant next to the restrooms. The table next to us had a group of eight very loud teenagers. After 15 minutes no server stopped by to ask our drink or... More 

2 Thank BluesBiker56
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

I was really disappointed when wife and I decided to check them out for lunch. I had to return the salad after finding a big chunk of rotten lettuce in my salad bowl -- even then It too 5 minutes waiving my hand to get one of about 6 waiters attention. The meat loaf my wife had was actually meat... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 N Elm St, Denton, TX 76201-4105
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Denton
  • Phone Number: 19403877706
Cartwright's Ranch House opened in 2011, but began as a dream many years ago. Located in Denton, TX they serve home-style foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All made from scratch. Famous for their chicken-fried AWESOMENESS!

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Denton, Texas, United States
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Denton, Texas, United States
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?