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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (17)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
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Fun (12)
Casual (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Authentic (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
People Watching (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Hot Spot (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Cozy (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Business Meals (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Great waiter, food is hands down the best in town. Couldn't have been better. Get the Stetson Chopped!!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 25, 2017

I have friends that come into town about 4 times a year and we call Cowboy Ciao's "our place" and all three of us get the Stetson Chop salad all the time. It's consistently good and we all love it.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on April 24, 2017

Great food and service. Always friendly staff. Stuffed porkchop was the best.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 24, 2017

We had a friend visiting from New York and wanted her to experience the energy of downtown Scottsdale. Having been to Cowboy Ciao in the past, we were confident this would fit the bill. Food and service were excellent- do not overlook the Chopped Salad!

Tags: Organic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on April 23, 2017

When you're out for a nice meal, you should not need to shout to be heard.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 23, 2017

Dusty decorations and furniture. Appears it has not had a spring cleaning in years

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Food was great as always, but service was quite slow and noise level was stressfully high.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 22, 2017

The food was great and the service impeccable. The margarita was a tad weak, but tasted good. The food more than made up for the drink. The crab enchiladas shouldn't be missed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Server was rushed and kept interrupting.
Briskett sandwich was loaded with fat.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Love this place! Stetson Salad is fantastic! Service always delightful. Highly recommend!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Our server was a little rude, she seemed overwhelmed and didn't want to take the time with us

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 (Nashville)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Delicious meals! Stetson salad was fantastic. All of the appetizers, entrees, desserts were perfect. Drinks were amazing. Looking forward to dining at Cowboy Ciao again.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Authentic, Casual, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Fargo)·Dined on April 19, 2017

The food was fantastic & worth going if just for the chopped salad that they've been serving for 20 years! Service was fantastic and recommendations were spot on!!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Delicious, well-prepared food.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 15, 2017

One of our favorite places to eat in Scottsdale! We are from Milwaukee and look forward to the cowboy ciao salad!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Seasonal, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 15, 2017

I've been to Cowboy Caio a number of times. It's always been a hot spot but it feels old now. Wasn't wowed like I used to be. I recommend it but I don't think it's worth going a few times. Too many great restaurants in Scottsdale so you should at least try this place once or a few times. It's loud so speak up. Great wine list they are proud of.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 15, 2017

This is one of the best restaurants in Scottsdale. Their Stetson chopped salad and open faced steak sandwich are to due for. We always make this restaurant our first stop when we visit Scottsdale.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Limited menu and high prices. Food was good though. Enjoyed the Stetson salad with avocado vs salmon.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 14, 2017

One of my favorite resturants anywhere. The stetson chopped is a must and everything else i have tried on the menu has been fantastic. Drinks are also very good here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Another delicious meal here. The Mushroom dish was what we were after since we had it last time and have craved it ever since. But we decided to branch out and tried the scallops, too. Outstanding! Cooked perfectly and such a lovely mix of textures and flavors. Now that's our favorite! I like that they offer the small plates. A good amount of food and leaves room for the desserts. And how delicious they were. We ordered the Spicy chocolate pudding and Oh, Canada, Peanut bar. WOW! This is a destination restaurant for us. We always eat here when we are in Scottsdale.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 8, 2017

The drinks were good but very slow to get to the table and it was very noisy. The food was great but service was ok and slow.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Made our reservations based on a friends recommendation. We'll be back! And with other friends. Reminded us of a Trattoria in Florence. Loved the stage seating Samantha arranged and the way our server Judy was attentive to our evening. Swordfish was excellent as was my wife's mushroom entree.

Ciao Bella Baby

Tags: Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Never lets us down. Absolutely perfect. All our meals were delicious, the wine recommendation was spot on and our service was 5 star. We'll be back....

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 4, 2017

I have only been in Arizona three times, but I always make it a point to have a Stetson salad at Cowboy Ciao. I usually fly out of the wrong terminal to get one to take on the plane, but they have a spot at the airport now as well.

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Fabulous food. Great service from Lou. You HAVE to get the Stetson chopped salad. I had the pork that fell off the bone and was seasoned just right.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 28, 2017

What a delight! Love bringing friends here!! The chop salad is a treasure, and desserts are truly wonderful, too!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Cowboy caio usually never disappoints. The restaurant had a terribly off night. Still recommend but disappointed in this showing

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 (Orlando)·Dined on March 27, 2017

Enjoyed a great dinner out with 2 teens and our 7 year old. Everyone found something wonderful to eat and the service was impeccable. Restaurant was buzzing with activity on a Monday night...good sign!

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vip
 (Columbus)·Dined on March 26, 2017

This place is an institution. DO NOT dine here without getting the Stetson Chopped Salad.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Stetson salad was excellent. Our server was amazing!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 24, 2017

The slowest service I have received at any restaurant in Scottsdale (I am a native and dine out frequently!). It was a very disappointing birthday dinner. It took 30 mns to get our bottle of wine and first drinks and it was frustrating from start to finish. Volume level is exceedingly high. The food is pretty good - Chopped salad is delicious, crab enchiladas are unique and tasty and Wine list is extensive. Not romantic nor good for meaningful conversation. Doubt I will return with so many better options nearby.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on March 24, 2017

A very nice food experience. Vibrant is the descriptive word, as this is a fun place and a bit on the loud side. Food, however, exceeds expectations! Try the filet mignon, or the exotic mushroom pan fry. Wild boar meatballs are also a must as a starter. Good location and nearby valet parking. Good value, and nice selection of wines, beers, and drinks. Service on our evening was superb. Would dine here again.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Excellent lunch. Diverse menu and all four meals were great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Cowboy ciao never disappoints; food is great (chopped salad still the best there is!), service good, prices reasonable. This visit was a long lunch with old friends, who had not been there before, but I'm sure will be again.

Tags: Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 20, 2017

Good food but very loud atmosphere.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 19, 2017

The crab enchiladas were delicious I love Cowboy Ciao, It's my favorite restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, People Watching, Late-night Find, Casual, Hot Spot, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Chop salad was good (not fantastic), service was very good. Needs remodel.

Tags: Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 18, 2017

I'm a regular visitor to Cowboy Ciao but this was by far the worst experience I've had there. The restaurant seemed to have its typical Saturday night rush, but wait times were exorbitant. Drinks took 20 minutes and food was at least 40 minutes. My friends and I always order the famous Chopped Salad. The menu prices it at $13.00. We were asked if we want the "entree" size. We've never been asked this before, so we assumed the menu displays the entree, and there must be a separate side variation. The salad arrived and appeared to be the same size as we have ordered countless times. The bill arrived and each salad was priced at $29.00! More than double the price! This was nowhere to be found on the menu, nor was it explained to us. For that price, we would have gone for a more substantial entree. The salad itself tasted great, but we felt duped and disappointed. This degree of price difference should be clearly stated on the menu.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on March 18, 2017

This is my 3rd time eating at this restaurant. I do not live in Scottsdale. We visit typically 1x a year. The chopped salad is everything that is mentioned in all reviews about this restaurant, very good and unique. We will continue to come back to this restaurant.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 18, 2017

It took nearly twenty minutes to get cocktails and the entrees and appetizers were overpriced for the quality. Disappointing overall.

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