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Date
Fri, 4/20
Time
7:00 PM
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Cowboy Ciao

4.4
1862 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
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  • 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 1862 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.1
ambience
4.1
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Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Our final meal of family vacation, we are foodies and this place did not disappoint. The Stenson chopped salad is a must! Absolutely one of the best I have ever had. Very different than one would think. Tuna poke bowl as an appetizer was also amazing. Would highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Always so good. I have to go at least once when I am in Scottsdale for the Stetson salad.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Cowboy Ciao is on of Old Scottsdale’s best restaurants. We have been visiting Scottsdale for years and ALWAYS make a point to dine at Cowboy Ciao!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

It was a great restaurant and the food was delicious! They just didn’t have many of the wines that are in their expansive wine book. We ended settling on something that was just ok. I would go again but order a cocktail instead!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Good food!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Dinner was perfect! Of course we got the Stetson Chopped to start. Ordered the Pastrami Style Short Rib to split (of course the meat was amazing but the Brussels sprouts and mustard mashed potatoes...yum!). Also ordered the bread with bacon fat and truffle Mac n cheese. Everything was absolutely delicious. Our server was attentive but not on top of our table, which is how I like to be waited on.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We had a great time celebrating a wedding anniversary with our friends. Everything was great!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We come here every time we are in the Phoenix area and it never disappoints!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great mushroom dish and steak. I recommend getting the appetizer size mushroom dish since it is pretty creamy and would be to much as an entree.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

23 years coming to C C - nothing matches Stetson salad and the trout was my favorite of many years! Wish our server could appreciate she is working in a special place - she was definitely robotic on Fri 4/6. No matter...as a server once told us in 1998 “we’re all responsible for our own karma” A lasting mantra!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Awesome food!! Little noisy to hear guests across the table!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Best salad ever

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Fantastic again! Always a favorite

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Was thinking it was a brunch for Easter and it was just their regular lunch menu.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great service. Very good innovative food. Description on menu, IMO, of dishes need to be more specific, less flowery wording.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The truth is; the chop salad keeps us coming back. We were all pretty disappointed in the meat this time. Far too much peppercorn, couldn’t even taste the meat which is terrible when you are spending a decent amount of $ on it. Sides were tasty.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Mushroom dish is Delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Came to try the salad from the "Best Thing I Ever Ate" - did not disappoint! Fabulous salad.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Obnoxiously loud; our party of three couldn’t hear each other talk. Was a relief to get out of the venue!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Cowboy Ciao has become a Spring Training tradition for my group. The service is first class and the food is definitely something to look forward to. Everyone seems to agree that the Cobb salad is about as good as it gets. With regard to the entree, the exotic mushroom dish is fantastic but you really can’t go wrong

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1.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The flat iron steak was very tough. The scallops were mediocre and the bruschetta has too much garlic.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Started off fantastic, Mark our waiter was professional, engaging and efficient. As our dinner arrived a large party of 8 arrived and continued to yell in conversation til we left without having desert. The table next to us also commented on their lack of manners and consideration of other diners...people go to a sports bar if you need to yell to converse.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was fun and very tasty. Most of our group had never eaten there before and we all really enjoyed it. Most of us tried the appetizers, salads and the small plates and it was plenty of food--especially after the Stetson salad and the ciabatta bread. Both Yummy!
We are all > 65 and so our hearing is not great and the noise level was soooo loud that it was hard to hear each other. That was our only complaint.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

It was AWESOME!!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Food exceeded our expectations. The service was impeccable. Heard it was good, so we thought we would try it. I am a return customer.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

The Stenton chopped salad everyone raves about is average. The cheese board had crumbled blue cheese on it??? The mushroom dish lacked salt and just seemed like an absorbent amount of sauce with nothing to add to it. Nothing was worth the price.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Service was terrible. We had to flag the waitress down to take our order, and then waited 45 minutes for our food to arrive. Half our party had the Stetson salad, which looked like it had sat in the serving area for a while. Too noisy to carry on a conversation

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Excellent service, excellent meal. Great suggestions from our server. Delicious drinks--I would definitely recommend and would dine there again.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Chopped salad lived up to the legend. A truly memorable meal.
My third time at Cowboy Ciao and it keeps getting better.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

The food is absolutely amazing here!! The Stetson Chop salad is hands down one of the greatest items.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Nice place - The chopped salad is always good. The wild boar chop was great - loved the potato salad. They overcooked one of the steaks, but overall a nice dinner

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

This was our fourth trip to Cowboy Ciao. We have had three good meals there previously. Last trip was 2 years ago. We had a family dinner for 4 there for our vacation, and the food was disappointing this time. It was really nothing very special, which surprised us. The desserts were especially poor this time. The bread pudding was dry and the ice cream not as good as we remembered.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

One of the best meals I've had in sometime! Great wine, excellent food. Can't ask for more.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great time. Food and service was outstanding

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Amazing food- chopped salad & short rib were amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

We all enjoyed everything we ordered, from appetizers to desserts. It’s a little noisy there and sometimes a little hard to visit but all in all a great experience.

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3.0Dined on March 15, 2018

The food was good but the problem was the noise level. My husband and I couldn't even have a conversation. When I asked the waitress about the noise level she said it was that way all over the restaurant. we were seated by a large party who she told us would be leaving because they were on dessert. However, they were there the entire time which made our meal and conversation not fun. I didn't asked to be moved specifically, and wish I had been more direct because she didn't get our concern. We were in and out of there very quickly . If I recommended I would really caution about the noise. It was 8:15 pm so we were hoping for a more sedate crowd on a Wednesday night The noise level options don't really reflect my feelings it was loud and irritating not Energetic. But I guess that is the politically correct world we live in.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Always a favorite stop during our annual spring training week. Thank you for always serving us a wonderful meal with outstanding service!

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1.0Dined on March 15, 2018

We didn't get it at all. All the food they recommend was not good at all. Very strange flavors in the short ribs and the potatoes that came with it. We weren't even sure they were potatoes. The Brussel Sprouts were not cooked crispy or with any good flavor like most restaurants prepare them today. Tasted more like the nasty boiled Brussel sprouts my mom made me eat as a kid. Chop salad is what they rave about and we didn't get that either. It was not bad, but definitely not worth $15 for the small portion that we got. I think they were trying to be unique by putting smoked salmon in the chopped salad. I just found that to be a strange thing to put in a chop salad, as well. Mostly the salad was made up of corn. I did enjoy the crispness the pumpkin seeds added , but that was about it. One positive, the scallops. They were very good. The servers and the atmosphere in general is just not enjoyable. I don't consider this a hot spot. It's not trendy or fit for foodies. Not a place I would recommend when you're on vacation, as we were.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Always consistent food. Friendly people. Can get noisy.

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