Lariat Restaurant
Lariat Restaurant

Lariat Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.carefree-resort.com/carefree-resort/dining
  • Phone: 4805953829x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:00am - 11:00am
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Southwest, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Eugene Knox
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Picture an outdoor celebration against clear blue skies and a majestic mountain backdrop. Or, envision a dreamy reception cascading with magnificent colors as the sun melts into the horizon. Multiple indoor / outdoor venues create the perfect setting for a memorable event. The Opera House is the perfect one of a kind venue - featuring a built-in stage, soaring ceilings, and a second-story balcony. Dazzle your guests with exceptional catering featuring delicious customized menus, buffets and themed dinners. Whether it’s a lavish reception for 500 or an intimate dinner for 50 we have the perfect Private Dining Facility to fit your needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Erin Press 4805953823x
  • Entertainment: Live music on Friday evening"s from 7pm through 10pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cave Creek Road
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
A word from Lariat Restaurant
Offering an all new dining experience the newly reinvented Lariat Restaurant boasts an impressive new menu featuring traditional, innovative cuisine.

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Lariat Restaurant and Lounge offers a warm, comfortable ambiance with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Whether you are in the mood for thick, juicy steaks or succulent seafood dishes, The Lariat is sure to please even the most discriminating palate. We offer the perfect ambiance for any gathering with meals that are served with impeccable attention to quality and detail. Stand out dishes include Miso Glazed Sea Bass, Butter-Poached Lobster Bisque, Wood Fired Brick Oven Atlantic Salmon and Creole-inspired Sonoran BBQ Prawns.
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Lariat Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for brunch (6)scenic view (6)great for outdoor dining (4)great for lunch (4)neighborhood gem (4)romantic (3)special occasion (3)good for groups (2)notable wine list (1)fit for foodies (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Nice Hotel Restaurant
    kungpaospice
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The Carefree Resort is a charming hotel with nice amenities for a small conference crowd or couples getaway. I found the property to be delightful however, I'm giving this restaurant a 3 star overall because they were understaffed which caused service to suffer. As an onsite restaurant you are assured a quality meal no matter what time of day. We liked the woodsy interior of the Lariat with the oil paintings, the mason work on the rock walls and the overall "mod" western theme which gave it a hip "Bonanza" feel. Hoss Cartwright would have liked to pull up a chair and order a nice, big, tasty prime rib with fingerling potatoes with a glass of Malbec, which is what I had...it was perfectly delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excelent service and food
    kayaz
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The service was so very good. I felt completely at ease and enjoyed my meal as it was pretty good too. There were not very many people in the restaurant I imagine because it was summertime and the middle of the week. I stayed at the resort due to a special on the room from Smart Shopper channel 15 ABC in Phoenix. A nice little "staycation" in the middle of the week was very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • eatingout
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Went on Sat. for the prime rib special. 6:30 and no rare prime rib. Picked from other items. Ribeye and sea bass. Sea bass had little or no flavor, ribeye was so so. Both were over priced. Mussels were very good. Service very good
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Early Dinner
    Dave
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We went early, since we had a 1 hour drive home afterwards and did not want to fight traffic. There was only one other table occupied so it was very quiet. Our waiter was a very personable young man and he turned out to be very good also. We went for the AZ Restaurant Week menu. I started with the lobster bisque and my wife had a salad. The salad was very good and quite large. The bisque was about a 7, I had a much better one at Wildfish 2 days previous. We had to ask for bread, it was hot from the oven when it came, but it was nothing special. I had the sea scallops and my wife had the double cut pork chop. The scallops were excellent as was the pork chop. We took a good portion of the pork chop home with us, it was quite large.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Had not heard of this restaurant until I saw it on the restaurant week list. Decided to give it a try. What a great find. Delicious food with pretty large portions. Wonderful views off the patio. The dining room is well appointed and has a lot of charm. The service was impeccable and all wait staff (Branko, Chelsea & another server whose name we unfortunately did not catch) we encountered were pleasant, engaging and personable. Would definitely recommend and would definitely go back. It also sounds like they have some awesome Thursday and Saturday specials too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 76 reviews are from the Lariat Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Pleasant, quiet local favorite
    GregB
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Good food, broad menu, reasonably price with relaxed Western country ambiance within the Carefree Resort. Good value special offerings - build your own burgers on Thursday evenings, prime rib on Saturdays.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Prime Rib
    SteveO
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Our party of four thoroughly enjoyed the Saturday night prime rib special. Served just as ordered, nice sides, a very nice value. The perfect way to satisfy your prime rib "fix".
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just ok
    ABDJ
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    For the cost, I can only rate this dining experience as "OK".
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Jury's still out
    Gooddining
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    This was our first visit. A family member had been there for lunch and had enjoyed the experience. We were welcomed at the entrance and as it wasn't busy were given a wide choice of tables. The menu was good as was the wine list. We enjoyed a caprese salad. I selected a pasta dish while my wife went for the fish. Our portions were very large and my wife only finished half the meal, but it was great. I was disapointed in my dish as it had no real direction, contained peas, sun dried tomatoes and shrimp. The shrimp was great. The tomato might as well been left out, as the over whelming taste was that of split pea soup? The wine saved the night for me. The staff were excellent and we will give it another try.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We absolutely love this restaurant and always include this when we have out of town company.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Burger
    kkmo
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We went for the Burger Night special and were pleasantly surprised to find it included a glass of wine or beer. Would go back and tell friends about it.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I love the rustic elegance of the establishment. Firdt class but relaxing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place in the Sonoran Desert
    Diner
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    A little known spot for most people. Elegant western atmosphere. Always friendly staff. Good fresh Fish selection, which is very hard to find out in the desert. Wine list needs a little work, selection and pricing are not up to speed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't do Saturday
    openwideVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Very busy on a Saturday night. 45 minutes until we received our drink order. Unfortunately that set the tone for the rest of the evening.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Felt we were given bad table
    Snowbird
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Made reservation thru open table. When arrived we were given a bar side table. Many in main dinning room were open. I do believe they may give special attention to there hotel guests. This is fine! But they should let you know that you will be in the bar instead of dinning room. Very dissappointed . Felt like we were after thoughts with service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Once we finally received our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Once we finally received our food, it was good. However, it took an inordinate amount of time to actually get service after we were seated. The food was equally slow in coming out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Burger Night!!
    AZCanadian
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    We go every Thursday for burger night.. and it's ALWAYS fabulous!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • v-day
    weeatbetter
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My Wife's steak was very good, however my fish was over cooked. The wine list isn't bad but needs some expansion. I thought it strange that when you order vodka tonic it came without a lime.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Display not substance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    They are more interested in display than substance. Over priced for what you get. Courses were out of order. Desert cake was very small and dry.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife, borther-in-law, his
    vcdjr
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife, borther-in-law, his wife, and I enjoyed a lovely valetine's dinner. Great food, great conversation, great experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LariatExperience
    LariatExperience
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had a wonderful evening and a fantastic meal New Year's Eve at the Lariat Grill. The menu was price fixed due to the special occasion so selection was limited but we had a well prepared 5 course meal and a fine bottle of wine to celebrate the new year. Service was very attentive and noise level was moderate due to the large crowd and open seating environment.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NYE Fixed Menu a bargain
    GlennNYE2013
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    A special NYE menu that was 5 courses and from the pumpkin soup to the salad all the way to the filet mignon and lobster tail was superbly done and very tasteful. To top off all things the chocolate torte with raspberry was a great way to end a dinner. The portions were surprisingly large for fixed price and service was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy night - service not that good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Thursday night is burger night. Prices were raised from $9.95 to $12.95. Our food was good but the service was not. Our waitress was attentive but very hurried. Took a long time to get our food, when we asked for mayo, it never came. Also took a long time to get our check. Server was confused as to whose table he brought food for - not once but a couple of times. Atmosphere was very noisy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb Thanksgiving!
    stubal
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    They had a buffet that catered to everyone on Thanksgiving. Good food and great service. We plan on making it an annual event!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carefree Inn - Always a Pleasure
    Local
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Full Service Resort & Spa in Carefree, AZ. Charming, welcoming, delightful staff, great food, super views. It's an internationally known resort with a neighborhood feel, very comfortable, upscale but casual as well. Hotel complex with pool and other amenities, plus golf access and a marvelous spa.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dining experience
    todelady
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    The Lariat was recommended by a friend. We were celebrating an 85th birthday and the dining experience could not have been better. The house wine was very good. We ordered the asparagus appetizer with crab and hollandaise sauce. I would go back just to have that again. Everything that our party ordered was delicious. Service was on spot and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dcocjo
    osto
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Nice balanced menu, reasonably priced, food was very good. Service just ok
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Service and Ambiance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    The Lariat Room does well in all categories. We were looking for a casual dinner with a variety of food to satisfy the tastes of our group. The Lariat Room met all tastes and the service and food were both outstanding.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • summer
    ltdo2
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    The menu is not adequate in the summer. After a couple days there are no choices left and any changes gets expensive. The
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service really shaky
    SuperblueVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    We were 3 & highchair for breakfast at 9:15 am.The hotel was hosting a convention of veteran groups.The lobby area was packed with people & tables.Although restaurant did not appear to be busy. Greeting was awkward, but we were seated. We waited for about 15 minutes for someone to take our order. Our order arrived in what I would say was a fairly reasonable time. The food was fairly good, but not great.The best over all was the nut crusted french toast (over deluxe omelet or eggs benedict.) I think there is potential for greatness at the restaurant, but they need some help in organizing & properly training service staff. Consistent & well trained service would help to pull in repeat customers. We may go back, but it will be a while.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Burger Night
    AZCanadian
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    We've been to Burger Night the last 4 Thursdays in a row.. It's a great burger for a great price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great burger special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    We come in with a golf group on Thursday for Burger Night. Great evening, wonderful service, good fun overall a fun night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner for guests
    montana
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Had a dinner with out of town guests--Food quality was excellant, but service and attention was marginal.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Burger night
    Georgie
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    It was great to have a reasonable priced meal which tasted great, plus enjoy the company of friends. I shall be back again
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We will be going back. Enjoyed
    EnjoysGoodFoodVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    We will be going back. Enjoyed hamburger night, good food, good deal. We have just moved to the area and are glad we found Lariat.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed the Thursday evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    We enjoyed the Thursday evening burger special. The service was great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Seafood Buffet at Lariat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Going to the Lariat restaurant for the Seafood Buffet is something everyone who lives here should do once. The cold seafood was outstanding. The hot dishes were so so. All in all there was plenty of good seafood to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stuck in the corner
    Jeff
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Was a very busy Saturday and even with a reservation we were ushered off to the bar area away from the dining area .This seemed to allow for us to be invisible for getting service .not happy about that ..the food was prepared well and very expensive for all alacarte.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rod Serling Strikes
    keir
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    This was without a doubt one of the most disturbing (and embarrassing to my guests) dining experiences I have ever had.The valet couldn't figure out my car....so I parked it myself. The bartender and waiter couldn't figure out a simple drink I ordered (and added different ingredients). They brought sparkling water but no glasses. After 45 minutes I finally asked for bread. They had no small forks for seafood.Then a manager in training antagonistically strolled past my table saying she knew me ( implying I was a trouble maker). I never saw her before.The MOD just made it worse.The food quality wasn't worth the ineptitude or the anxiety. If you expect service...be warned !
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  • No surprises. Quality restaurant.
    BobLoblawVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    Outstanding food and great service from Branko as always.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet