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
82 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (48)notable wine list (41)special occasion (34)neighborhood gem (25)romantic (19)good for groups (9)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (7)great for lunch (5)late-night find (3)great for brunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • lunch was great! Love, Love,
    Tallfart1
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    lunch was great! Love, Love, LOVED the chopped salad!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    JNSINNES
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We dined at this place for the first time on a recommendation. It was truly great food! Our server was right on with all his recommendations and was very prompt. We went for our anniversary and we requested a good table, which we were seated at. We will definately eat there again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food consistently good but
    paulorj
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Food consistently good but as the place seems to have grown the service and overall atmosphere have become hectic, at least on. Friday. Perhaps worth a try on a weekday.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good but food didn't live up to hyp
    Gino
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Walked in on time and table was ready. Atmosphere was low light and buzzing, a good vibe. Our server was helpful and knowledgeable. He recommended the Stetson salad and a duck apply which we're very good. He also recommended the pastrami short rib, and lamb. 2 in the party got the pastrami ribs, which were spicer then expected and a bit too salty. I got the lamb which everyone liked. My mom got the shank which was the hit of the table. By no means am I a beer snob, but the place had a list of beers about 12 long, only one was a local beer from Arizona, and it was from flagstaff. Disappointed at that. I had the beer which was good tho. We had high expectations based on other reviews, it was a bit of a let down.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Hard to believe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Great food. Hard to believe we had never been there before. We had the chopped salad and mushroom dish. It's easy to understand why they are so great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Last night the best
    Hibk54
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We discovered cowboy ciao our last night in scottsdale. It was great. The service was everything you would expect at a better restaurant . The food was outstanding beginning with our caprese all the way through the amazing peanut butter bar. Our only regret was we discovered this wonderful restaurant on our last night and we won't be there again soon to try the other items on their menu and experience the great service. We highly recommend you try cowboy ciao I
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WE enjoyed it so much went
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    WE enjoyed it so much went back the next night for dinner.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Real good, but not outstanding
    Jan57VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great portions, pastrami spare ribs and Stetson salad were outstsanding, scallops delicious. Lamb sirloin average and beet buckwheat salad needs dressing on the greens- totally disappointing. Very loud, waiter was nice but mediocre service. Good plus, but far from memorable
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing.
    Barb
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The menu is cleverly written and leads customers to believe that there's adventurous eating in store for them, but, alas, the food was very disappointing. The plates were served with very small portions of the main menu item buried in a pile of chips or slaw. I, who typically can't finish all my food at a restaurant, left Cowboy Ciao still hungry and found myself eyeing enviously the diners at nearby outside cafés.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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  • We always go to Cowboy Ciao
    SG50VIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    We always go to Cowboy Ciao any time we're in Phoenix. The chopped salad is legendary and the menu always changes and is full of great tasting food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat!
    FoodieTeacher
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    This restaurant is a must-visit when you are in Scottsdale. The food and ambiance are quirky and fun. Ordering the Stetson Chopped Salad is a must! So good!! Lots of entree and small plate choices. Our group sampled many of the small plates, and all were fabulous. If there was a (small) letdown, it was the desserts. We ordered three, and all were just ok. Would definitely recommend the homemade ice creams,though,they were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    contraception
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    We were a party of 3 and came in for a late dinner on Sunday. We ordered the scallops on corn grits, pork belly waffles, Cure for the Common Salmon, and the Stetson Chopped salad. All amazing. Desserts were ok - some fun ice cream flavors worth checking out and the bread pudding was solid.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall great experience....good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Overall great experience....good food with good service!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • under impressed
    JDavid
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The meal was excellent, but the prices were VERY high for both food and drinks. It was too loud - very difficult to have a conversation. The restaurant is several years past needing a major renovation. Dated and even dirty. And then there's the valet parking - not run by the restaurant - but parking is very hard to come by in this section of town. Valet parking is to be expected. It took the clearly inebriated valet attendant 30 minutes to get my car. So it was a very expensive, noisy and annoying evening.
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  • Great Expectations
    Lipstohips
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    ....which is probably why I felt a little let down. Love the look of this place and it definitely has "energy" going on all around. Service was good - don't really recall it being excellent or poor...so average. Food good and the mushroom plate is delicious. The gal who took our wine order (two bottles) seemed a little put out that we were looking in the least expensive range. Said something like "well, let me see if I can find something decent on this page". I thought wine snobs went out of fashion a while back? But overall a fun night out with another couple. Would recommend to those who haven't been before.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaureant in Old Scottsdale
    sedonalocal
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    This was our first visit to Cowboy Ciao. Menu had a decent variety of about a dozen entrees. Everything ala carte. Our foursome tried the swordfish, mushroom variety, and the pork chop. All well prepared but nothing to die for. We had a great time, service was excellent. Located in Old Scottsdale it presented a special ambiance. It is a noisy (aka energetic) environment. Tables were well spaced so you didn't feel crowded. No big deal but a little surprised they didn't serve Grey Goose vodka. Now that we've tried Ciao we will move on to other restaurants in the area and maybe circle back in a year. There's a lot of competition in Phoenix area for this level and price range of restaurant.
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special place!
    JMac
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    My brother and I brought our Dad to spring training and celebrated his 78th B-day at Cowboy Ciao, which came highly recommended. It did not dissappoint. Were seated with in seconds of arriving. Alex was our server and was fantastic throughout the evening. High attention to detail. Felt like we were the only table she was serving even though that was clearly not the case. Jumbo shrimp app was super...pulled pork app ok. Stetson chop and chicken fried trout entrees really delivered. Specialty drinks were top notch and made the night very fun! We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Cowboy Ciao
    KimberMaiVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We love this place and make sure to have dinner here whenever we're in Scottsdale. The service is above and beyond here, you never feel rushed and you get very personalized and friendly service. The wine list is crazy, so we always ask for a recommendation (which is always great)! The food is amazing and the desserts are too. I highly recommend the Hawaiian Bread Bread Pudding - it's the best thing I've ever had! LOVE THIS PLACE!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful food experience
    TPRoth
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Highly recommend going here and trying anything different on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Scottsdale regular
    SaurkrautVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We visit this restaurant every time we visit Scottsdale because we have always loved it. The food on our last visit was very good, although I was surprised my pork shank entree was spicier than I prefer or remembered from prior visits. The chopped salad is very good and the mushroom dish is also outstanding. Service was very good and the wine list is very extensive (almost too extensive).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and location
    Logos111
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Heart of downtown Scottsdale, you can take a walk after dinner. Way too noisy in there but overall a good experience. Short rib dish delivered. Stetson chopped salad is always a hit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unbelievable wines plus good food
    GoodfoodStVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    On their extensive wine list was a 1917 Latour, 1974 Joseph Philps Insigna, on and on. The portions are hugh, we ordered the chopped salad, tasty, with fresh ingredients, this was a meal . I also had the ribs, which was a beef rib without a bone. The meat was tender with wonderful flavors. We shared the ice cream dessert, the ice was good but they filled the plate with unnecessary "things" a rice crispy type " thing", some chocolate "thing", just not well put together. Thought the food I ordered went better with beer, so passed on the wine. The service started out well, but waited a while trying to get the check/ getting credit card returned. I would return, but may slit our dishes.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but mega-slow service
    SausalitoFoodieVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We have been coming here for years when we are in town for Spring Training. We now feel that we will give it a rest next year. The food is always good, but the service is ridiculously slow. We had a 9:15 reservation, were seated at 9:30, and didn't even get glasses of wine until 10 pm!!! This has happened in past years, too. If we didn't love the chopped salad so much, we probably would have stopped coming here a while ago.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downhill fast
    BadgerBoy5
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I make Cowboy Ciao a "must stop" on my trips to Phoenix. No more. We were seating next to two very loud tables that went back and forth at each other in a fun but annoying manner. No acknowledgment was made of how obnoxious they were. Food was just ok where it's been great in the past.
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  • Overrated
    Michael
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    This restaurant is proof that a catchy name can you a lot of mileage. The food was just not very good. The wine list was the most screwed up thing I've ever seen. It's catgories are "Bubbles, White and Red," however within the white and red sections there is no breakdown of the wines according to the type of grape. The wines are organized only by price, requiring one to read every wine on the substantial list. My wife and I were looking for either a Chard or a red Zin. Impossible to find when looking thru a 10-15,page wine list "organized" only according to price. We're wine people who were reduced to drinking a couple of beers, though that was nice for a change. All in all this was a thoroughly unsatisfying restaurant experience.
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  • Wonderful Experience
    Manhattan
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    A group of 8 friends celebrated a birthday--great time because of the fine food and excellent service.
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    good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Yummy!
    LinseyVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Loved the quirky menu. Must try the chopped salad - like no other chopped salad I've ever had! Also loved the barbacoa. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Cowboy Ciao!
    wine2food
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    The Stetson Chopped salad is the best!!!! The scallops were great! And, the wine list, extrodinary!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Excellent service - food presentati
    CLTFoodGuy
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Excellent service - food presentation was excellent, and we shared several entrees family style. However, we felt the entrees were underseasoned (especially the salmon). Also, while the wine list is impressive in terms of variety and price points, organizing the wine menu by price (instead of by varietal or region) made selection and comparisons difficult, especially with a wine list that seemed to have a hundred pages. Luckly, our server was able to narrow the wine choices for us.
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  • Not the same any more
    SouthwestDave
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    First time I've been disappointed at CC, and I've been a long time avid fan. The food just isn't special any more. Stetson salad was flat and soggy. Dressing not flavorful. Duck confit rellenos lacked real flavor with almost processed cheese taste excessively applied. I could go on. They're just going through the motions now, cashing on on past glories.
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  • Great food and service!
    frequenteater
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Loved the chopped salad---which was enough for 2. Short rib was tender and delicious; mushroom stir fry on polenta was So Good---and our waiter was nice to tell me the small portion would surely be enough---which it was. Great wine list---but we let him choose---and it went perfectly with our dishes. We would definitely go back any time we're in the area.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food & Service
    Mary
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Our food was outstanding. The wait staff was incredible. The noise level is high. Unfortunately, a table of 20 people were seated behind us 15 minutes before we were ready to leave. Very, very noisy and these people were inconsiderate of other diners and the wait staff. They were rude (not the restaaurants fault). The wine list is way too large and the wines by the glass are not all that good. But the food - the food is incredible. The chopped salad was incredible. The scallops were perfect, as was the risotto. The lamb chop was grilled perfectly The ingredients in the Quesadilla del Dia change daily. Our's was fabulous. The bread putting incredible. The wait staff was the best wait staff I have experienced in the past few years.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Yippee yi yo ky ay!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Really fun restaurant with good food and amazing wine list. The chopped salad is a must - don't pass on the smoked salmon! The pastrami style short ribs were to die for. The atmosphere was lively and the service outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Good..
    Beemer87
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Went back to Cowboy Ciao after many years and I must say that the food is good but the wine list is not cheap. It is certainly an interesting list, but AZ definitely makes me long for the CA BYOs we used to frequent. Fortunately, there are a few BYO's in AZ that really provide great meals and which we will continue to frequent. I have yet to find a meal anywhere that draws me away from a great meal that can be had at an AZ BYO restaurant. Still, we have always loved the Chopped salad and would definitely recommend it! The duck that night was very tasty. If you are someone who likes to have beer or spirits with your meal, I would recommend Cowboy Ciao but if you want an affordable really good glass of wine, that will not happen here.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food!
    HarleyCat
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We had eaten at the airport location but this was our first time at the restaurant. The food is as good as advertised! Service was slow but it was very busy. Our waiter Mark was excellent. Would definitely go back to Cowboy Ciao. I know they're known for their wine list but I wish they had more than two draft beers. Corn nut scallops, duck confit appetizer, and of course THE SALAD were all highlights!
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    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Way too noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We used to love Cowboy Ciao and went often. But because of the noise level, we won't be back. Only three of us and we could not hear each other. Your required noise level rating above does not allow for any complaint! Maybe you need to change that rating a bit.
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  • Service and ambience were
    Larry
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Service and ambience were great, but food was so-so.
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  • Delicious!!!
    MarsVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    We've been to Scottsdale a number of times and the main reason we keep coming is Cowboy Ciao. The Stetson Salad is amazing as is everything else on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cowboy Ciao is a must for visitors
    NorthfieldFoodie
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    The locals know and love this gem in the heart if downtown Scottsdale so if you're visiting make your reservation ASAP. We were lucky to experience this on our last eve. It was everything the reviews promised: great food, service, ambience! The infamous Stetson salad is a must! (And you can get the recipe to make at home!) we also enjoyed the short ribs - yumm! The wine list - the Bible - is nearly overwhelming! It was by far the best dining experience we had on our trip; it won over some of those deemed "the best!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not their best
    jimmy
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We've enjoyed dining at Cowboy Ciao for several years and looked forward Saturday's "date night." As usual, we sat at the bar to watch the action in the kitchen. Regrettabley, the service was VERY sporadic, starting with even getting a glass of water and continuing on to waiting forever for the check. There were plenty of folks available to serve but they just didn't seem interested at least asking how we were doing with our meal. It really was a disappointing experience. We're not giving up on them but won't be back for awhile.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.