Cowboy Ciao
Cowboy Ciao

Cowboy Ciao

  • 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: 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Cowboy Ciao reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (53)notable wine list (45)special occasion (33)neighborhood gem (30)hot spot (18)romantic (17)good for groups (12)vibrant bar scene (8)great for lunch (4)late-night find (4)great for brunch (3)scenic view (2)great for outdoor dining (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Food is amazing!
    LoriS
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Never a bad meal at Cowboy Ciao. Everything is made to order, so please allow your party time to enjoy the ambiance between courses. Shabby chic at it's finest!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Your signature salad has shrunk. I am not a huge eater and I left hungry!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disgruntled
    DisgruntledVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Based on the prices, I expected that the food would be excellent. It wasn't. Also, the restaurant was noisy with slow service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always great
    AFChica
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Been going there for years and every time my New Jersey relatives visit the Phoenix area, they have to dine here. Consistently delicious and love the location. One of my favorites in the Valley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    First experience and we were not disappointed. The food was excellent and we were well taken care of from the time we were seated until we left.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Come for the salad
    shauntyman
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Be ready for a lot of meat. It would have been nice if they had some vegi options or something on the lighter side on the menu.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday dinner
    scottsdalenightout
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Our birthday dinner was the best, the food was great, service was excellent, they went out of their way to make sure we were happy, we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food and great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was our first time. The server made great recommendations. Loved the Hawaiian Bread Pudding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best chopped salad!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The stetson salad would be part of my last meal request, it's that good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Scottsdale experience for visitors
    ScottsdaleDeb
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We brought 2 California friends for dinner. Service was friendly and efficient, not overly familiar. He hit the sweet spot. Food was really good. Nice variety for our various tastes. Loved the fun, funky menu notes. We had grilled swordfish, which was incredibly moist and flavorful; grilled lamb, which was delicious but had just a bit too much fat; BBQ pork shank that had my husband sucking the bone; and the mushrooms with polenta, which are deliciously different and not too spicy (ancho cream sauce might lead you to believe they are spicy but no). My only criticism is that we needed some help with the extensive wine menu. Too many choices! We love this New American West restaurant (I made up that category!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stetson Chopped Salad
    teaguyVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The best salad in the world. In my 36 years in Arizona, I have had Peter's salad more than any other restaurant item anywhere. It is such a great salad that you periodically just crave having one. Plus, you have to love a restaurant where desserts are the first thing listed on the menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not to be missed!
    CINTX
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Every time I am in Scottsdale I have to eat here. All the food is terrific, but the Stetson Chopped Salad and the Mushroom Skillet with polenta and avocado and cotija cheese are so great its hard to not get those over and over and over again. The day we were there, the birthday cake was pumpkin with mascarpone frosting - another winner. And even if you don't drink wine, you must read the wine list. Can't wait for my next trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistent cuisine
    kyanov1
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    One of my favorites that I frequent when in Scottsdale. Eclectic menu, endless wine list and great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YeeeeHAAA
    CHINASMACK
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I wish the food was as good as the service. I found it a bit odd the the wine list was 2000 bottles and the food choices were limited. The food was mediocre...while the portions were ample, I would have enjoyed the meal if the quantity was less and the quality greater. I had the mushroom dish and found the variation of mushrooms to be lacking. The sous chef seemed to slather on a rich, extremely thick sauce which was tasty for a few bites but then cloaked the real centerpiece of the dish.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Here on vacation
    Margaret
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was excellent, and, yes, the chopped salad with that dressing was outstanding. Justin was our waiter and he was great! Being from the California Wine Country, and reviewing your extensive wine list (too extensive. Many wines are beyond their time and should be removed.), we were not impressed and very disappointed. It is way TOO long and there is no rhyme or reason to it other than being separated by whites and reds. The white wine I tasted by the glass was old and undrinkable. They need to stay on top of that. This is a popular, happening place, not necessarily a romantic spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite.
    tkaz
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We've always loved this place. I felt our server, although great, did not know a lot about the wine or dishes which is uncommon for Cowboy Ciao. However, she DID go find the answer so that was appropriate. Also, the trout was great but honestly not up to par from the past few years. The steak was medium-rare yet came out only seared. I was not as happy as I usually am.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for out of towners
    SusanC
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    On those occasions where I have to entertain visiting associates, my first choice is Cowboy Ciao. It has never disappointed them or me. The menu is exciting and different which may not always dictate good food. In this case, the food is not only interesting, but amazingly tasty and fresh. I have always had great service as well. I recommend this restaurant to locals for special occasions and I tell them they must order the Stetson chopped!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT TEAM, GREAT WINE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Had a really good night at Cowboy Ciao. The wine list is quite special, and Rich the manager / sommelier was incredible. Unfortunately somewhere along the line our dinners ended up not being so good. All said Rich and the team really looked after us; you get the feeing this was an unfortunate glitch. We would definitely go back to try Cowboy Ciao food again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Risotto was terrible
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I ordered the scallops which were okay but the risotto was terrible. Apparently the chef does not know how to cook risotto. I am not a chef and and make better risotto. The short rib soup was delicious, however. Staff was polite and efficient although the place was pretty empty. So, so restaurant. I was a little disappointed with the place after reading the reviews. I thought it was going to be much better. I give it mediocre.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went for restaurant week and thought the food was marginal at best. The steak wasn't cooked well and the desserts were dry. The waitress was not very talkative and we felt rushed throughout our entire meal.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice place, decent food, but was ok
    dineout4me
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    place was nice, but expected food portions for restaurant week to be normal sized, not petite servings. I wish the server had informed us of this as we probably would have ordered something different. Servers were not the brightest. Otherwise, tasty food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, slow service, very loud
    Erin150VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We went here for Restaurant Week. The appetizers and the Stetson chopped salad and the cocktails we got were EXCELLENT. The entrees were only OK, though, and it was VERY loud in the restaurant and the service was slow. Overall, it was a good place, but I think I'd choose to return to other local restaurants before this one.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    lovinglifeinAZ
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Cowboy Ciao never fails.... It is one of my favorite restaurants and where I have my annual birthday celebration. Love everything about this place.... The food is fabulous and I also learn about a new wine... extensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service
    dinner
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Our waiter wasn't very attentive. When we received our food, he never came back to see if we needed anything and we were forced to get up and ask lady behind the bar for additional items and items that were served improperly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time to Cowboy Ciao
    JeneatsworldVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    My husband and I came here Sunday night during Phoenix restaurant week. I like that they had the special for the week and still we had access to the regular menu. The food was incredible! I can't wait to get back there and try more items. Our waiter was very attentive. I have a list of restaurants in my I-phone and this one gets 2 stars! Only one other on my list has 2 stars. We will definitely be back, soon I hope!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • vdine
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    great food, great service, yet comfortable and unpretentious
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small Portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I went here for restaurant week, the food was good however the portions were tiny. I left here hungry.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The worst experience.Not returning
    Horrible
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Went for restaurant week . Food horrible . Service horrible . Had to wait 50 min for the small /cold entree !!!! I will NEVER return .
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food- Nice Atmosphere
    ttummond
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Will be back for the Cobb salad. It is AMAZING!!! Great restaurant week find! Moderately priced if eating from the normal menu, service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    TFWThomVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Was there to try the restaurant during Arizona Restaurant Week. We will not be back. Food was cold, unimpressive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.