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About 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).

7133 East Stetson Drive
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Southwest, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm (Sundays include Brunch dishes & cocktails!). Dinner: Seven Days a Week: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
6th Avenue, just South of Cameback

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 946-3111

Website:
http://www.cowboyciao.com/

Entertainment:
Not here, but at our wine bar Kazimierz, yes...every night of the week! Just a two-minute walk right next door!

Catering:
While we don't offer off-site catering, we do welcome groups of all sizes. Please see our Private Dining info!

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).

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

Executive Chef:
Lester Gonzalez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
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

Private Dining

Choose from a variety of semi-private spaces, seating options & table configurations for groups of 12-150. For a double dose of local flavor, start your guests off with a reception at our wine bar next door! Food & Beverage minimums apply on certain evenings, at certain times of the year.

Cowboy Ciao Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (5)
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·Dined 5 days ago

I was there twice in two days! The first experience was great, the second was a bit below average. The hostess on the 2nd night could use some customer service training. I made a reservation for 2, but it was supposed to be 3. When we checked as 3, she was visibly annoyed, but the restaurant was half empty. I asked her if it was an issue and she said "I need to make sure we have servers"? Confusing. So you have a server for 2 people but not 3? Anyway, the food was great, service was a bit slow but the server was very nice. I'd go again but maybe skip Tuesday's.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 11, 2018

There are two wings to the restaurant. The right side with the curved windows has better ambiance. Food is FANTASTIC -- a gastronomer's and wine-lover's delight. Our party shared a smoked salmon cobb salad, mixed table-side, to get us going. It was crazy good. Our guest had a mushroom entree with polenta that tasted like the 'shrooms had just been harvested; however, my "small plate" size was plenty. The juniper-mesquite-grilled duck was out of this world, and the pastri-styled short rib tasted as advertised. The only things that were lacking: We sat on the left, less-interesting side of the restaurant by the wall, and our server ignored us much of the time -- hence only two stars for service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Cowboy Ciao never disappoints...food is delicious and service and ambiance are outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Outstanding, as always

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We had been anxious to return to Cowboy Ciao which we discovered with friends a few years ago. The drive for us from the Chandler area is about 1/2 hour or more and very much worthwhile.
Stetson Salad - the best we have ever tasted, any where in the world. Could make a meal of just this, wife and I split it as do our friends
Short rib - excellent, but the star of this meal is the mashed potatoes. Primo, could make a meal of the potatoes alone they are that good
Flank steak - Wife ordered this, as tender as a filet and tasty, tasty, tasty
Desert - all are incredible and creative, but I always go back to the Canadian something or other. Peanut butter, chocolate, ice cream, man!
Service - Couldn't be better, didn't catch our waiters name but he is easy to spot as he could be playing center in the NBA
Ambeince - A loud room due to hard surfaces. Unfortunate that we had to suffer a group of 5 Man Boys, loud mouth is an understatement. Our waiter equally disturbed by these guys but management never made an effort to ask them to turn it down a notch or two. Mistake on Cowboy Ciao part as everyone around us were interrupted and annoyed.
All in all, Cowboy Ciao is always a top drawer dining experience, and the immediate area makes for a nice evening walk

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 1, 2018

We had a great time. Love the chopped salad and scallops to start. Trout and filet were fabulous.

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent service and for choices. My wife got the chopped salad and mini mushroom pan fry and I enjoyed the boar chop. We were celebrating our honeymoon and our server graciously served us some pink rose and brought us a complimentary slice of cake for the road since the meal was so filling. Definitely a go to place with excellent service!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We were very much looking forward to going to Cowboy Ciou but our experience was not as good as we hoped for. Our waitress Maloney did not meet our expectations. She was constantly rushing us to order and constantly asking for our menus. The worst part was when we asked to have our mushroom dish packed to go and she put our dirty silverware in the bowl. I had to remove them. The buffalo carpaccio was excellent. The mushroom dish did not have texture and had grit in it and the duck savor dish was over smoked. We were there to celebrate our anniversary and the perk was a shot. Really???

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 (Louisville)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The chopped salad is so amazing- I crave it all the time!!!!! The wine list is unbeatable and so much fun.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Service: excellent
Food: excellent

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 25, 2018

As a group of sisters visiting from out of town we were looking forward to trying the famed Stetson Chopped Salad. We also wanted to try several appetizers between the 6 of us. Sadly we were given the hard sell by our waiter to order entrees. Even so far as our waiter, when ordering a cheese plate, saying “we just buy 4 cheeses and throw them on a plate - you can get that anywhere”... WHAT?! We’re grown-ups, thank you, we want what we want, and by the way, we’re PAYING for it. Unbelievable!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Really enjoyed our dinner here. Loved the ambiance. Will go back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Scenic View, Hot Spot
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 18, 2018

Unreal chopped salad. Had the Boar Chop and was picking the meat off the bone. Took my coworkers here for a meal on a recommendation from my brother-in-law and was not disappointed. A must do for foodies.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Don’t order the wild boar. Not a good dish. Meat was not trimmed well, green beans had some sort string vinigar on them. Wine list is very extensive, if they have it in stock.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Cowboy Ciao is known for its chopped salad. I found it a bit bland for my taste buds. Having conversation with friends is literally impossible because the noise level was deafening. CC had come highly recommended, and I will recommend it, but I’m in no hurry to return.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We had been referred to Cowboy Ciao by a friend in Dallas. I had the mushroom “pan fry” which consisted of a great variety of different types of mushrooms over two polenta cakes drowned (swimming actually) in a bland cream sauce. The mushrooms were very good; but the polenta cakes and quantity of bland cream sauce killed the dish. My wife had the brisket sandwich - brisket great; but, the overall sandwich was soggy and the carmelized onions overpowered the dish.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 28, 2017

The best wine list I've seen.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Waitstaff had too many tables! Had to wait for drink refills and didn’t order desert cuz it would have taken too long.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Delicious as always! Got to have the chopped salad!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Amazing place - consistent, unique and delicious menu, fantastic server and a wine list that is the best around

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Not a giant menu but choices of all kinds from soups, salads, and of course some very interesting taste options. I did the exotic mushroom fry with polenta- excellent variety and textures. It run of the mill wines by the glass. Fast service and plenty of quantity. Definite recc for lunch!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent food and service. Always a winner! Their award winning salad continues to amaze and the sandwiches were so tasty

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Food was excellent. Stetson salad is a must. Great service

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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We were in for vacation. Very hip and happening restaurant. Priced well and we enjoyed the vibe. Only downside was not being acknowledged at the bar while were waiting. We took the last two stools and the three bartenders seemed too busy to notice. We were seating before they could have made drinks but a head nod or hello would have been nice.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Hoping to celebrate a special occasion we ended up being disappointed with the experience, especially considering all of the hype on Yelp etc.
Service was poor and food was mediocre. Our waiter was a very sweet and friendly man but we are guessing that he was filling in as a temp. Service was slow and we had to ask repeatedly for everything that we might need (silverware?) with many apologies. He had no knowledge of the wine list - I had to request 4 different wines with a trip to the kitchen for each one to find out if it was available before we finally hit on a higher priced bottle that was available. No help with recommendations. We were served food meant for the table next to us. Finally he just disappeared. Salads and appetizers were good. Main courses were all underrated - special beef shanks were charred black, polenta with mushrooms was rubbery, salmon was dry. Not a vegetable in sight and none listed ala carte either. Bill came out really high compared to the quality of the food and service. I'd go again only to sit at the bar and have a drink and small plates for a casual meal.

Tags: Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Loved the country fried trout!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Absolutely delicious! Try it, you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Business Meals
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The Truffle Mac and Cheese was nothing special, the Stetson salad was unique and tasty. Pricey and overrated, I would likely not return.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Good food, but not worth the prices. Awkward theme and looks run down. Waitress seemed annoyed and most questions I had. Wouldn't recommend this place seeing how many better restaurants there are nearby.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 18, 2017

First of all - we've walked by Cowboy Ciao so many times and it is always packed. I told my husband that next time we were in Scottsdale that we were eating there. And so we did. Mary Anne was our waitress and was amazing in her recommendations. I had the Stetson Chopped salad and my husband had the Pastrami-Style Short Rib. Both were excellent! We also had the bread pudding and the blonde bombshell. Oh my gosh - I will dream of this meal forever. Delicious and awesome experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We had a wonderful time catching up with our friends. Our waitress was very attentive and made several suggestions which we followed and loved them all.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The food and service was very average. The short ribs were dry and the side dishes poor.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on November 4, 2017

enjoyed our meal! Service was great! loved the shrimp appetizer especially!

Tags: Casual, Fun, People Watching, Authentic, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 27, 2017

This place is a joke! They boast a wine list of 2000 wines, but try to order one. We have been coming here for 14 years and have never been able to get our first choice of wine. On this visit, our first choice was a bottle that was also available by the glass. Our server said she couldn’t sell us a bottle, because they didn’t have enough, and had to save it for single glass servings. What? Why is it on the bottle menu then? Also if you are selling this by the glass I would assume that you have many bottles in stock. So we continued our selection process. And on the 5th try we finally got a bottle. Every time we chose a bottle, the server had to go look for it, while we had to wait for her to come back, only to tell us it was out of stock. Each time she suggested another wine at a much higher price. Had she offered us her selection at the price of our preferred choice, we would have taken it. The entire wine selection process from our initial request to actually getting the bottle took 40 minutes. Absolutely ridiculous! They don’t know what they have in stock, and can’t find what they do have in a timely manner. I asked our server if they use a computer to track the inventory and locations and she said the owner doesn’t do that because it is too difficult. The owner here is obviously clueless. They filed for Chapter 11 earlier this year, and that does not surprise me. The quality of the food has suffered too. They are probably trying to save money to pay the creditors. My prediction is that they will close down soon. What was once one of our favorites is now a place we will never return too. Stay away, you will only be disappointed.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Cowboy Ciao gets better and better every time I go! The food and service are equally outstanding. You must get the Stetson Chopped and Mushroom Pan Fry.... and dessert :) A must when visiting Scottsdale.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Exceptional all around. Came in with strong recommendations and exceeded all. Great service, cuisine and ambiance. Looking forward to my return and the earliest possible time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Some friends wanted to try the"famous" chopped salad so we went for lunch. Delicious as always and good to know that you can get chicken instead of the smoked salmon in case (like one of my friends) you don't care for it.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Waitress was FANTASTIC! Dinner was delicious, new items on menu. Very pleasurable evening.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Good food at an Old Town Scottsdale favorite! The atmosphere was a bit smoky from the kitchen and the place was lively considering we arrived as soon as they opened. Great service. Solid 4 stars.

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