Cowboy Ciao
Cowboy Ciao

Cowboy Ciao

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cowboyciao.com/
  • Phone: 4809463111x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm (Sundays include Brunch dishes & cocktails!). Dinner: Seven Days a Week: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, Wine Bar, Contemporary American
  • 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: 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).
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Cowboy Ciao reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (57)notable wine list (41)special occasion (39)neighborhood gem (30)romantic (28)good for groups (19)great for lunch (15)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (10)great for brunch (9)late-night find (5)scenic view (3)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Cowboy Ciao has an almost unequaled wine list, or rather book, that is also fun to read as it is filled with customer quotes. The Stetson salad is always the best place to start. The service was also refreshingly warm, engaging and with the right amount of attention. Very nice experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    TTGilbert
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We went there for my friend's birthday. Overall the experience was wonderful. Even though it was a bit more expensive than we originally anticipated, the food was well worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ciao Chopped Salad
    CTapps
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We come here for the Cowboy Ciao chopped salad and the corn nut crusted scallops. The service is great and our waiter new that we wanted to try a good French Pinot and he did find one for us that wasn't to pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    eatsalot
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    In the past we really enjoyed the food. This time the only item we enjoyed was the signature saled.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable
    Rikki
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We enjoyed the food and the ambience and will come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    iliketoeatVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I had been to this restaurant many years ago and was thrilled to be able to share it with my husband. Menu is eclectic and wine list is extensive. We started with a mixed mushroom appetizer (you can also get an entrée size portion) it was like a mushroom ragu and it was served over polenta. My husband had braised pork dish that fell off the bone and I had a skirt steak. We split desert: a chocolate and peanut butter sweet goodness with a side of banana ice cream. The only thing we ran into that was disappointing was that we selected a 2009 vintage wine but we were brought a 2010. The waiter absolutely pointed this out but I asked if there was a price difference (expecting the 2010 to be less) I was told there wasn't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not tasty
    Barbara3123
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We started with a lukewarm appetizer of mushrooms. Although we should have sent it back to be heated, we didn't. We had the lox salad for dinner, which was just fair. However, we had the peanut butter dessert, which was delicious. We will not return. It was too noisy for us but we are all over 65. Maybe that makes a difference. A young crowd might enjoy it more than we did.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Grazers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We shared 6 items off the Grazing menu for our dinner. It was the perfect way to get a taste of several dishes. They were all delicious and very satisfying for this foodie girl. My favorite was the scallops hands down. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Airport location is better!
    goodoverall
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have had the luxury of eating at the airport location a few times within the year and finally had a chance to go to this location. We were not impressed. The wine list is huge but unorganized. No sections, dividers or tabs. The food wasnt as impressive as the airport location either. Looking at booking airline tickets just to get into that location....
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ciaoing down
    Lifeisgood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Great food and consistent service. Always an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mikes
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We dined at Cowboy Ciao approximately ten years ago and still remembered their signature salad which was and continues to be "FANTASTIC". Since that time we have often recommended this establishment to both family members and friends. They too have always had the same wonderful dinning experience we have had. We made it a specific point to dine there again this past Wednesday before catching our flight back home to Philadelphia. Cowboy Ciao you are great and we can't wait to return. Thank you,
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Went here for my 14th wedding anniversary...not our first visit, but still a great, intimate setting with attentive staff, a great wine list and impeccably prepared food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were a party of 4...
    Betsyd
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    From drinks to desserts, we all had superb food, and our waiter was excellent. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's a special occasion
    DoniamhVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    If it's a special occasion, I'm at Cowboy Ciao. The food never disappoints. Stetson chopped is a must. I am normally a single diner but never feel like that makes me less than a patron at this restaurant. Service is great. Never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always interesting food
    PassinbyVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    It's a lot quieter in the summer's heat, but the wait staff is friendly and attentive and we love eating our favorites- like chopped salad, and trying new items, like Mule An cocktail. Small plates area excellent and mix and match eating a lot of fun.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, service and attitude
    Heather
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We made a note in our reservation that we were on heart healthy diets. When we arrived, we were greeted warmly and were told that the chef and our server were both ready to help us and looking forward to our visit. Our server reassured us all we needed to do was pick our proteins off the menu, and the chef would customize dinners for us. Sweet Hubby ended up with salmon over arugula with baby heirloom tomatoes, orzo, and avocado slices. My dish was swordfish over roasted baby potatoes and steamed cauliflower, all seasoned without salt. Both of our plates were delicious and we appreciated the welcoming environment. We've been to Cowboy Ciao for Sunday brunch (before our diet started) and this was our first time coming here for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful quiet lunch
    kewllewk
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Besides the chopped salad, which is awesome, the menu offers a multitude of other savory dishes. But, don't forget about the dessert menu. It deserves as much attention as it is locally made. The ice cream list is also extensive with some wonderful flavor combinations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT¡ SERVER AND FOOD
    JAMIE
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    BEST CHEESE PLATE I HAVE EVER HAD. WE LOVED WATCHING THE PEOPLE ON THE STREET ALSO.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved Cowboy Ciao
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The food was excellent. Highly recommend the Stetson chopped salad and pan fried mushrooms? Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You'll be pleased at this place
    Yacht41VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible
    chopsaladlove
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Seriously the one of the Valleys BEST kept secrets. I cannot wait to return.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Visiting Scottsdale
    Techieboom
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 10th Anniversary Fun!
    Notmyvalentine
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three Times The Charm
    AletheaVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    SueMVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little piece of heaven
    RegularFoodieWineLover
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    I love Cowboy Ciao! It has such a great long bar and I have come here many times for a Stetson Chopped Salad and glass or two of wine. The service is always amazing and the food is incredible. I came here for lunch with a colleague who had never been and he absolutely loved it. Our server was attentive, kept our Ice T's and waters refilled, checked in occasionally and of course our salads were to die for! I tell everyone I meet to try Cowboy Ciao. It is one of those restaurants you will never forget.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Artemis
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a "Must-Do" in Scottsdale!
    ScottsdaleDiner
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It's just ok
    pppkkkkVIP
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Okay food, BAD service
    RoseAVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
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  • Cherlyn
    CTapps
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant. The Stetson Salad is a must. Great wine list and more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • See my Email sent 5-25-14
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old town gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great
    luvgoodfood
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant Week Pic
    LGeorge
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nanberk1dine
    nanberk1dine
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BDDA
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rest. Week
    Freezing
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vhartn
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great flavors
    m1000
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 51 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1088 reviews are from the Cowboy Ciao reviews archive.