Salty Sow - Cactus
Salty Sow - Cactus

Salty Sow - Cactus

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.saltysow.com/
  • Phone: (602) 795-9463
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Gastro Pub, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Nox Ybarra
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: We have live music on our patio Thursday 6:30pm-9:30pm ; Friday and Saturday 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Tatum Blvd
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Salty Sow - Cactus
Salty Sow serves modern farmhouse cuisine, combining new cooking techniques with old-world methods like braising, poaching, and stewing. Our signature cocktail ingredients come fresh out of the garden, featuring local and organic spirits. Founded by long-time food lovers, we take special care to prepare everything we serve from scratch and by hand daily.
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Salty Sow - Cactus reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (72)neighborhood gem (61)good for groups (40)hot spot (32)great for outdoor dining (29)vibrant bar scene (26)kid-friendly (12)late-night find (11)special occasion (10)great for lunch (6)notable wine list (5)romantic (4)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • steve
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The appetizers, entrees and desserts are very good, spicy and tasty. The restaurant was very busy and noisy and services were slow. In all, it was a good experience for my family and guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    if you are a fan of pork and specifically modern southern take on pork, this is your spot. My wife and I consider ourselves foodies and this just became our new spot. . . go on sunday for the porchetta! try the butterscotch bundido (Spelling?). just go. . you wont regret it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pork Fat Rules...
    bclark56
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    We have loved this place every since they opened a few years back. The original Restaurant is in Austin, Tx. While they focus on Pork and Beef Dishes they offer some Fish as well as Salads and Burgers. The French Dip and Porchetta (Pork Roll) on Sundays is too die for. The portions are not huge , but the food is very rich and flavorful. It is somewhat Gourmet Comfort Food. I know many aren't fans of Brussel Sprouts but if you are the Crispy Brussel Sprouts on the Appetizer Menu are an awesome side dish accompaniment. Ask for Michael he is our favorite Waiter, but honestly the Staff and Management is professional an you will have a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Salty Sow is always an adventure but always reliable in its quality. Only downside was someone kept changing the TV channel at the bar during the ASU football game. Save room for dessert! Green chile pork stew and the friend green tomatoes were awesome appetizers. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening
    GGKT
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    We enjoyed a very memorable evening at Salty Sow. We were just passing by and thought it would be a nice place to dine. We checked out the menu then did an Open Table res. it was a very memorable evening. Our waiter Michael was excellent. Our meal was excellent, Asiago crusted Halibut and rib Eye steak, which was cooked to medium perfection. The patio entertainment guitarist was an added bonus. Definately will spread the work was this gem.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I heard about Salty Sow from a friend and we're thrilled with the restaurant. The food was great and the service wonderful. The chorizo stuffed date wrapped in bacon was delicious but not as good as the bananas foster beignets. There was a musician on the patio that was delightful. Can't wait to go back ...maybe this weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Noisey
    Packeegirl
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Very Good Food and interesting menu. Only problem was the noise level. Liked the music but level of all around noise made it very hard to talk and hear at your table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find!
    corycaddyVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We've been putting off trying this place because their online menu wasn't very appealing. The menu is now different and exceptional! The food is terrific and the service spot-on. Great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    RecEaterVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    A wonderful dining experience. From the Fried Green Tomatoes to the Sunday Special: Porchetta to the Butterscotch Budino, it was a delightful adventure from one dish to the next. The wait staff was exceptional and added tremendously to the enjoyment of the evening. He did a great job guiding us through the menu and making recommendations. Can't wait to get back. Thank you Salty Sow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Salty Sow with family
    GEMSTONEVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Salty Sow is always a good place to take visiting friends and family
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect meal
    Hungry2VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Brussels sprouts Caesar salad is unique and delicious, and the eggplant frites are an amazing surprise. My husband said the halibut preparation was the best he ever had. Add the phenomenal selection of Arizona craft beers, and you have the perfect meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect patio
    Ohioans
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We loved the patio. Food was very good as we enjoyed happy hour.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not for dieters or cardiac patients
    Lubu
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The menu was euphemistically described by our waitstaff as "comfort food." It became evident this was code for "fat-laden." As such, it was very tasty, but it was difficult to find menu items such as steamed vegetables or green salad to offset the indulgences. Even the french fries were cooked in duck fat. A lovely (though noisy) place if you are genetically inclined to live into your 90s. Otherwise, you may want to seek a restaurant that strikes a balance in the nutritional value of its food offerings.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    mvlepisto
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We were recommended to Salty Sow by a friend, and man, was he right! The food was delicious, the restaurant was nice, and we left full and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • #9 St. Nick Foles
    LoveYountville
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great food, fresh, tasty & obviously centered on pork. We had great service on a Friday night & they had some really good live entertainment. Lots of fun specialty drinks and a small but decent wine list. Energetic restaurant, patio & bar area......fun & upbeat.....not really geared towards a quiet romantic dinner. No complaints, will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not that great.
    EnterReviewNameHere
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I went here with my dad for his birthday. I got the roasted porchetta pork special, and my dad got the double cheeseburger. One of the patties he got was very undercooked. For me, the pork didn't seem to really have that much flavor, and almost all of it was just fat. I know that's usual for pork, but there was barely any meat. On the plus side, the arnold palmer I got was good, and the waiter would check up on us every time he passed by, as well as refill the water and my drink. So, there was good service.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with friends
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    This was our first time. The food was excellent must try the deviled eggs and the beef shoulder melts in your mouth. Our waitress was excellent never made us feel rushed. All around it was a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    If you like to try something new then you should come to this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chachi
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Food was exceptional and the service by Stephanie was great!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    JasonG
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    While some of the dishes were very good, a couple were a letdown. Coupled with the mediocre service and the overall experience won't have us coming back. Good: Pork Belly Bad:Duck Fat fries. Tasted like fries you would get anywhere and the egg was over cooked. Our server didn't come to check on us for over 20 minutes after our appetizers were served, which we would have sent back had she been there to check on us. Also, our drinks were empty when the entres arrived. It took another 10 minutes to order a drink at which point our food was getting cold.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Salty Sow rocks
    Jack
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Great food, ambiance, service, but noise level made conversation nearly impossible. We went on a Saturday night — maybe weeknights might be more reasonable for the noise level. Half the table took advantage of the restaurant week three-course menu, and were delighted with every dish. The other half chose individual dishes — one even had two appetizers — and every one was a winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fritters and Bone Marrow dish
    Food25addict
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The fritters were surprisingly good. Born and raise in the south, it hard to find a restaurant that can cook a good southern dish. The Louisianan Fritters came to me hot, crunchy and full of flavor. Another dish I enjoyed was the bone marrow. The presentation of the dish was nice; with the pesto sauce under the bone and a side of toast. I wish I had more of the bone marrow, I was scraping for more. Stephanie from Minnesota was very nice and knowledgeable about the menu. Her recommendations were very helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations
    threedognightVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We made reservations, and when we got there, there were many tables available in the restaurant with AC, however, they put us on the patio. I asked why we could not have a table in the restaurant with AC and they said all were reserved. So beware, you may have to be on the patio in the summer without AC in Arizona even with reservations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a good find!
    craig
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    the food was very good, lots of different seating with views into the kitchen, large tables and outside patio with live music. good happy hour prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never been disappointed!
    Chow
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This was my fourth time dining at the Salty Sow and will continue to be a loyal patron. We had a party of six on Saturday and everyone loved their meal and the service! However, I do miss the duck and wish it was back on the menu!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High Quality and Creative
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Beef shoulder is amazing, as are the desserts. Was here for the restaurant week menu and everything on it was great. My wife had the trout.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    Retta
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Salty Sow has become my go-to place when I want a great meal not too far from home. The food is always good and the service is the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food... Great Happy Hour
    rag2105VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This restaurant feels a bit like a "chain"... Not sure if it is. However, by that standard, the food is great. The medjool dates were delicious. My French dip sandwich was fantastic and the grilled potatoes were a very nice and interesting surprise. They also had live music, which was a very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth one's time
    Eugie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    In a neighborhood where it would appear that all of the restaurants are "formula joints" where all the food tastes the same ("The Olive Garden," "Red Lobster," "Outback" to name a few, this is truly a special place. The food is nicely prepared, the menu changes, and the cocktails are outstanding. They also have a great Happy Hour. We have been there four or five times in the last six months and are never sorry that we made the choice to eat there. The post card campaign was also a welcome addition as we got a discount on the bill which is always nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cateyes2020
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Everything was fabulous as always! We go to Salty Sow quite often and try to introduce other foodies to this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Salty Sow with friends
    GEMSTONEVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Always have loved Salty Sow as a couple but this time we took a group of friends and now they too are big Salty Sow fans
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor value for the money
    Pgirl1
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The atmosphere is fun, energetic and very casual. The wait staff is attentive and knowledgeable. Whatever you order will be small for the amount you pay. Smallest glass of $9.00 wine we have ever received. The draft beers are varied and, once again, small for the price. We each had the $19 pork fillet. It came on a small plate atop a very small serving of pureed sweet potatoes. That was it. We did not order salads because we have ordered the $8-9 vegetables before and they are tiny. For gosh sakes it was $8.50 for an order of French fries........duck fat fried. The quality of most things we have had is pretty good, just not a good value for the price.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The South Revisited
    Love2dine
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The best fried green tomatoes. Very creative design on southern classics. Try the buttermilk pie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Labor Day Special
    wellnessrnVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The salty sow is always a fun place to go and especially if you want to try food that is a little different than you get in most restaurants. My husband and I had the beef shoulder with fried egg on top. Although I was a little doubtful about getting an entree for dinner with a fried egg it actually was pretty good. It was stew with mashed potatoes, cut potatoes and carrots. The beef was very tender but I think it was either sitting to long because the egg was getting hard and the stew could have been hotter. The special dessert was a buttermilk pie and it was delicious! Very light and flaky. You can't beat the price since on holidays you get a buy one entree get one free.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food was great as usual. Ammiee was our waitress and she was great as well. She has waited on us before
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ear-splitting noise, decent food
    forwhatitsworth
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Review based on Friday night 8/22/14. LOUD, busy, vibrant with good food. But did i mention: LOUD? Some dishes were great (slow cooked beef shoulder), others good but not outstanding (salmon BLT). Great mojito. The service was prompt and friendly. But I couldn't hear my companions, even when we yelled. The restaurant-going public has blindly accepted the emperor's new clothes of uncomfortable environments (bar height seating) and noise levels that are deafening. Salty Sow capitalizes on this trend, drawing hoards of those who mistake noise for "vibrancy." Even Open Table promotes this hearing-damaging trend; its highest noise rating is "energetic" when it needs a choice called: "deafening."
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nicknameVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Brussels sprout appetizer and sturgeon special were both wonderful. They really do a good job with the fish preparations. Halibut on another visit was also excellent. Flavorful and moist. And we really enjoyed our server, Nate. Great job!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Irony
    Irony
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    With "sow' in the name one would think the menu would be pork heavy, however this was not the case and by all means not a ding because I don't like pork. Why would I go here if I don't like pork? It's because this place like any other restaurant has alternatives. In this case the alternatives significantly outweigh the namesake. Party ordered duck fries, charcuterie board, pork ragout, halibut, and roasted pork. I found no flaws with the food. You get the right serving for the money and wasn't pretentious. It had the right amount of salty, which is a dash more. I guess if there were flaws in the food it was that there wasn't much sauce for the duck fries and the broccolini was was bitter and needed the flavor cut by butter, sauce, etc.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Servers Rock
    Dmck
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The servers are always friendly and helpful. Their recommendations are generally spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Great Time
    stillneedasushifixVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our second time in, with friends this time. Their first time, and everyone loved the food. We stayed later this time and got to hear the live music on the patio, from our table inside. The entire window that separates the inside from outside, rolls up. We could hear perfectly from our seat near the bar, without it being too loud. Easily becoming our new favorite spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.