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Date
Thu, 2/22
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7:00 PM
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Cowboy Ciao

4.4
1801 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Southwest, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm (Sundays include Brunch dishes & cocktails!). Dinner: Seven Days a Week: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(480) 946-3111
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lester Gonzalez
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Catering
While we don't offer off-site catering, we do welcome groups of all sizes. Please see our Private Dining info!
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Cross street
6th Avenue, just South of Cameback
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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).
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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
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Entertainment
Not here, but at our wine bar Kazimierz, yes...every night of the week! Just a two-minute walk right next door!
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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
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 1801 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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4.3
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4.2
ambience
4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Don’t split the chop salad... you need an entire one to yourself!!! Best part of the meal.

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vipMcoop (New England)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Love the food here—but service has declined over the years. Hoping it improves

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vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Purchased a gift card....but it was a “gift certificate”....which will have to be recreated if total amount is not used. I would have preferred to give my gift as a “gift card” for ease of use.

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vipMBTinLAS (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Love the Stetson salad! Great service, unique food. Brought teenage boys and they loved the steak dish, truffle Mac, and poke. Great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Tallahassee)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

Was not as attentive - exceptionally loud - food was good, service was ok.

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Jess (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

We enjoyed our dinners - they were excellent and nice service sizes. The waitress, however, was not the best. Our friend said he wanted to have a Chardonnay, and she brought him one even though he had not selected from the list yet. It was not very good, but he did not ask her to take it back. Ordering a bottle of wine was a similar experience. Her recommendation was not a good one and we were disappointed in it. I looked it up later, it was a $15 bottle and we paid in the $40+ range. I have been to Cowboy Ciao’s over the years and always have enjoyed it. The service this time was poor though.

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vipLarry (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Had not been here in a long time. Dined here for Valentines Day. Service was excellent. Food was great. I will definitely be back

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jennifers (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

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DavidtheTeacher (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 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.

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vipGary23 (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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vipSherm (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Outstanding, as always

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Fishfly (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 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

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 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!

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Sandy (Miami)
2.0  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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KellyM (Louisville)
5.0  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.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Service: excellent
Food: excellent

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OpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
2.0  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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Yelikak (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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DerekF (Chicago)
5.0  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.

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Jeff (Phoenix)
4.0  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.

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vipWgilkison (Phoenix)
3.0  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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vipOpenTable Diner (Dallas)
2.0  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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FDok (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

The best wine list I've seen.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

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vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
4.0  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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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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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vipJBLMDMBA (Phoenix)
5.0  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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MARK (Phoenix)
5.0  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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