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Cowboy Ciao
Cowboy Ciao

Cowboy Ciao Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cowboyciao.com
  • Phone: (480) 946-3111
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm (Sundays include Brunch dishes & cocktails!). Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Southwest
  • Executive Chef: Lester Gonzalez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: While we don't offer off-site catering, we do welcome groups of all sizes. Please see our Private Dining info!
  • Entertainment: Not here, but at our wine bar Kazimierz, yes...every night of the week! Just a two-minute walk right next door!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join us for our monthly Sommelier Showdowns, featuring a guest sommelier in a battle of the palates with owner/wino Peter Kasperski. 5 courses, 10 wines. A steal at $50++! Reserve by phone only: 480-WINE-111

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th Avenue, just South of Cameback
  • Public Transit: The Downtown Scottsdale Trolley is a free service which runs all day and makes frequent stops throughout all the downtown neighborhoods, as well as several Scottsdale and Paradise Valley resorts
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: You may find street parking on either Stetson Drive or 6th Avenue (in front of and adjacent to the restaurant, respectively). Valet parking is available ($5) in the parking lot directly behind restaurant (enter from Scottsdale Rd, left at 2nd driveway). There are free public parking garages directly across the street at SouthBridge, as well as one at 3rd Ave. & Craftsman Court (5 minute walk).
A word from Cowboy Ciao
Ask a local where to find unique food & wines in a fun, unpretentious setting and there's a good chance Cowboy Ciao will be near the top of the list. And why not? Bold flavors, a massive wine list, whimsical decor and friendly, personalized service are a few of the reasons to love this small, independent hot spot. Try the legendary Stetson Chopped Salad or Exotic Mushroom Pan Fry with a Bay To Breakers, your favorite syrah, or a bargain bottle of malbec from South America. Save room for pastry chef Country Velador's memorable desserts! Lunch & dinner daily, Sunday Brunch dishes. A Valley favorite since 1997, this Modern American eatery has two siblings literally next door -- FnB (seasonal, local, often organic & sustainable, all-Arizona wine list); Kazimierz World Wine Bar (wines galore, global grazing, live entertainment every night of the week). Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was excellent. Highly recommend the Stetson chopped salad and pan fried mushrooms? Yum!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "The menu is unusual, but the food is good as is the service. The menu is a different "spin" on a number of common restaurant selections. For example, short ribs are actually pastrami short ribs - tasty and spicy. Casual ambiance with attentive service. Great local restaurant."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Seriously the one of the Valleys BEST kept secrets. I cannot wait to return....."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Very friendly staff. We were there for dinner reservation Friday night 6/20/14. Staff was very friendly. Food was great. The salad we ordered was outstanding! It's the one with smoked salmon and arugula. It was delicious it should be under dessert. Although the dessert menu looks very enticing, we didn't have any room for it. But, we end up going back the following night for dessert. We didn't have any reservation but the host was kind enought to sit us in the bar. The bar attendant and the host was very attentive and made us felt welcome. The dessert didn't disappoint. My experience with Comboy Ciao made my quick getaway (first) visit to Scottsdale Arizona a memorable one."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was a return trip to Ciao for us. Celebrating our 10th Anniversary. Great food. Not crowded. Amazing wine list. Fun bonus shot I can pronounce or spell."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Best food I have eaten in forever! Loved the salad. Was thrilled to find a small restaurant at the airport so treated myself to another! Would definitely return next time I am in Phoenix. I need you to open one in St Louis!!!!"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We have been to Cowboy Ciao several times and will be back again. We enjoy the atmosphere, food and service. We have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "The food is so good that I have been in for dinner three times in five days! Love the Chopped Salad, and the Short Ribs!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Fun, funky place with a good energy. Menu has a unique flare to take you away from the standard doldrum. Chopped salad had incredible flavors. Simply yummy!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "If you want a taste of Scottsdale and the Southwest with class, this is the place to go! Great food, excellent service and an interesting and fun wine list. I make it a point to bring business associates and friends here when they visit. No one has been disappointed! This visit was a dinner before a James Taylor concert with my wife and a good friend from the east coast. It was a great start to the evening! Make it a point to get the Stetson Salad, even if you share one between 2 or 3 people. And don't change it up! It is perfect!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Had high expectations based on Open Table and Yelp reviews. Food was okay. Service was HORRIFIC, from the snobby hostess, to the unfriendly bartender to the SURLY waitress."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "If you require attentive or friendly service, this is not the place. The food, however, is amazing and has a beautiful presentation. Extremely-limited wine list"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "This is our favorite restaurant. The Stetson Salad is a must. Great wine list and more. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Went for restaurant week but will definitely return. Food was very good & I always get scallops if a restaurant has them. I was not disappointed. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We dined for restaurant week on a Wednesday. We arrived early and had a drink at the bar. The bartender was very helpful picking out wine and gave us his top picks. We were seated and began our 3 course meal. The scallops and seared tuna were delicious as were our entrees. We had the peanut butter dessert as well as the bread pudding. The only downside was that we were seated at 6 and we didn't finish our meal until 7:55. It took an inordinate amount of time to get our entrees. Is this the standard?"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Restaurant week menus were disappointing--several choices had to be eliminated because of nut allergy. Lamb was my first choice for main course, but had pesto marinate. Sword fish was disappointing with fillet sliced too thin. Also, one dessert that didn't have nuts, the bread pudding, was tasteless to both. Appetizers (scallops and seared tuna) were good. My husband's pork tenderloin was best choice at table. Our bottle of wine was excellent. In general noise level is loud for our taste. Our server was quite good, but he got busy serving other larger tables. All staff were quite pleasant and tried to please."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We carefully scanned the menus for numerous restaurant week participants and really liked the offering at Cowboy Ciao; and we so enjoyed our meal. The scallop appetizer was flavorful and cooked to perfection. The fried green tomatoes were yummy comfort food with a fresh twist; and the lamb chop lollipops were just right. If you're a lamb lover, these are not to be missed. Both of the desserts got a thumbs up from us. Many thanks for an enjoyable evening. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Below average table, incredibly loud (perhaps the loudest dining experience I can recall) and after an hour we had to ask the waitress where my main course was? She made a mistake and forgot it, I get it......but blamed the chef and said that he was backed up. By now i was ready to just leave the place so I told her to box it up and I will take it home. I get to work the next day and my wife had packed this pork chop up for me for lunch. I cut it open (after warming it up in microwave mind you......) and the chop is raw pink inside. I sent an email and attached pictures of the chop. What a disappointment, it was our 14th wedding anniversary and we could have gone anywhere, but chose Ciao. Won't do that again."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Had a very pleasant dining experience. They had some very interesting cocktails which definitely piqued our interest. We were not disappointed. The food was very well prepared and delicious. The scallops were tender, melt in your mouth delicious. The steak was done perfectly. Service was top notch and sitting at a table for two by the large window overlooking the hustle and bustle of the area was very entertaining. Would recommend and would definitely go back. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Was hoping for a special dining experience. Our service was excellent, and the server extremely pleasant and knowledgeable about any questions we had, and very accommodating. However, food was not up to my expectations My lamb was tough and gristly. All in all we had a fun evening, but I would choose another restaurant in that area,where there seems to be a lot going on."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "We had the tasting menu and an additional salad to share. Most of the meal was very good, though there was lack of attention to detail, such as not making sure some items were cold instead of luke warm. Things like this. The food was well seasoned and the corn cuoscous that came with the scallop dish was fantastic. The huge letdown was the bread pudding. Neither that or the other option - a peanut bar - sounded that good. I took one bite of it and stopped. It was disgusting. All in all, a mediocre meal considering the price. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was good. Not the biggest fan of the acorn squash mash that came with the pork, but the pork itself was good and rly tender. The bread pudding dessert was delicious. The ambience would have gotten another star if it wasn't so freezing inside. It was almost unwelcoming and the A/C was right above our table blasting directly on the food. So while I like to take my time to eat, my food began to get colder and colder. Not like how normal dish does (cools down as you dine) but by mid way through my meal it was almost as if someone had put it in the refridgerator...cold pork isn't good. And the bathroom was even colder! Also, the time between meals was at like 15-16 mins...dessert was about 20. Took about 15 mins. to receive wine also."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Part of the extravagant AZ Restaurant week, this restaurant is a great food find in the middle of old town Scottsdale. We ordered the scallops and lamb lollipops and it was delicious. But my favorite has to be the "Oh, Canada, Peanut Butter Bar" and that was so good. Must try this place at least once."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Although the menu was more limited that we'd expected, the smoked shank and mushroom fry were both well-done, but the wine list .... ah, the wine list. You could read it like a novel. Walking distance from our hotel, which was a big plus. Seek it out, but be sure to make reservations, even on a Sunday night!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We decided to go Saturday evening for the start of restaurant week. We arrived on time for our reservation at 6:15pm, and were seated by the window. We finally received our first drinks at 7pm. 45 minutes without even a drink? The server told us the kitchen was backed up, I guess the bar was, too. We ordered our selections from the prix fix menu. Our salad arrived before the appetizers, the waitress said she brought it before so at least we would have something to eat until our entrees arrived. The salad was good. And the appetizers were fine as well. I had ordered swordfish and it was about 4 inches in diameter, and looked like a tiny chicken cutlet, it was thin and way overcooked. I don't think I will be going back anytime soon "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We ate at Cowboy Ciao on Saturday evening. When we arrived at 5:45 for reservations at 6:00 the restaurant was half empty. We waited over 55 minutes to get our first course. During that time we asked our waitress twice where our food. She explained it was the first night of restaurant week and so the kitchen was "adjusting". It was another 30 minutes to get our main course. I spoke to the general manager and informed him the food was very good but the wait after ordering was ridiculous. He said there was nothing he could do as it was the start of restaurant week. Seriously? Restaurant week translates into a very trimmed down menu and is meant I would imagine to attract new customers. We will not be back."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Went for Mother's Day brunch and was blown away. Been a fan of this place for a long time but never tried brunch - which has been a huge mistake. Remarkably creative and tasty. Go here for brunch."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Combination of great food, attentive service, extensive wine list, great location creates a wonderful place for a dinner. I enjoyed the Salmon special which was out of this world. The only minor weak spot was the hostess who didn't seem to want to be there that night."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The food was delicious but it was way overpriced. There are plenty of other restaurants in the valley with comparable food foe a fraction of the cost. I won't be running back. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Very disappointing. Gave our server our wine selection, 10 minutes later she came back, not with our wine, but to take the food orders for a 10 person table. Another 20 minutes passed before she finally came with our wine. She only had 2 tables at the time, my wife and I and the table of 10. We should have gotten our wine first, and at the very least, a sommelier should have brought our wine over. We've been coming here for over 10 years and things have been declining over the past year. Our server was fairly new too, I don't think we have had the same person twice over the past few years. Even the exotic mushroom pan fry, one of their signature dishes was flavorless and the mushrooms rubbery. Excuse given to us "kitchen overwhelmed""
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I went to Cowboy Ciao for the first time for lunch. The food is amazing and innovative. They have a creative chef who dreams up original presentations and food preparation. We shared the Stetson Chopped Salad and the Buffalo Burger. It was a perfect combination with fun food flavors in your mouth. The decor is fun and kind of funky in a good way. The service was attentive and catered to our whims. A memorable meal--just go."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Loved every moment of our Cowboy Ciao dinner. Amazing wine list - wonderful service and a fun and eclectic menu. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our lunch, service was not attentive and slow. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Not up to multiple previous meal accomplishments. May be due to expansion"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I had the Stetson chopped salad and it was delicious!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Waiter was very good and food was excellent. Loved the chocolate chip pancakes."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Exceptional food, the world's most entertaining (and eclectic) wine list, and a delightful, knowledgeable and considerate wait staff. Our number one choice when visiting Phoenix, we've dined there 5-6 times in the last few years and invariably enjoyed a terrific meal."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "The food was exceptional..as usual...should open up side for patio dining????"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We visited Cowboy Ciao from Michigan and just loved the food (Stetson salad is a must!) and the service was excellent. Can't wait to go back the next time we are in AZ!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Cowboy Ciao is by far our daughter's favorite restaurant when she comes to visit from NYC. Ever since she was young when I took her there for lunch, she orders the Stetson Chop Salad and she is never disappointed in the presentation or taste. We started our mean with the not to be missed Mini Mushroom Pan Fry (the taste is out of this world) and the Bruschette Duet. Expect excellent service at Cowboy Ciao. Our waiter was very tall and very friendly. The Friday night scene at Cowboy Ciao is electric. Views onto Stetson and the Scottsdale Waterfront are glowing with bustling pedestrians. The restaurant can become very noisy. Our table was situated where it was easier to hear each other. Cowboy Ciao, a great restaurant that won't disappoint."
    Dined on 4/11/2014