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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).
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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
6th Avenue, just South of Cameback
$31 to $50
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Not here, but at our wine bar Kazimierz, yes...every night of the week! Just a two-minute walk right next door!
While we don't offer off-site catering, we do welcome groups of all sizes. Please see our Private Dining info!
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).
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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???
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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