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Cowboy Ciao

4.5
1881 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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
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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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4.4
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4.1
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great service and food. The short ribs were delicious. My wife is a celiac and they fixed her up with a nice salmon dish.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The Stetson Salad has been superb since the restaurant opened, my favorite. Good for my friend who eats fish but not anything from an animal that walks. Noise level is moderate by usual standards. I enjoy quiet conversation with my dining partners, but this is essentially a lost form in dining unless one goes to a grand resort restaurant.
The wine list, Wine Spectator, is as good as it gets!!!!!

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Average at very best. Cobb salad was amazing, the short rib entree and the swordfish were underwhelming. The short rib pastrami style had decent flavor but was forgettable. The mashed potatoes it was resting on conflicted with the flavor. The Brussels sprouts were ok, nothing worth raving about.

The dessert was basically a peanut butter cup with butter finger sprinkled over it - I think it was a banana ice cream with it - 2 bites was plenty. Good flavor, not something I would go back to.

Overall save the hype and go anywhere else.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We had the chopped salad and it was the best, best, best salad I have ever had.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Maybe just ordered the wrong dishes but the chopped salad, as always, was excellent - the other dishes were average at best.

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Great place! Our waiter was excellent! Only complaint was food wasn’t hot enough.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Outstanding

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Love this place, because it’s always consistent. Food is unique and flavorful. Ambience is always energetic... not necessarily loud, but energetic with a noticeable tempo.

My friend had the filet (awesome), I had the pork chop (very good). We shared a Stetson chopped salad (must have), and the salted sourdough chocolate bread pudding (schwing!) Coffee was fabulous.

Service was extremely pleasant and accurate.

Not necessarily a “romantic” place, or a good venue for a quite dinner, but fabulous people watching and always a unique experience.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Fantastic find. Great atmosphere and would definitely return. Our server provided some excellent pointers and we enjoyed pretty much everything. The chopped salad was exceptional, as were our desserts. My wife had the short ribs while I had the wild boar. I wouldn’t order the wild boar the next time I return, but would absolutely order the short ribs, as they were excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Excellent food, wonderfully prepared. Top notch service. This place is a new favorite. Yum!

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3.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Food was just ok. Wait staff seemed in a hurry, not helpful. Drinks were strange—then we were offered an off brand as a replacement

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Drove from Prince George VA to try the chopped salad featured on some network show. Was totally thrilled with the “event” would come back again if I found myself back in your neck of the woods. Server from Charleston has got it going on too. Thanks for making it totally worth the trip.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

The interior is a bit worn and dated but the great food and service never go out of style.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Great food! Cool historic unique ambience! Staff Mark was wonderful. Went out of his way to make us happy!

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Service is exceptional. Neighborhood is fun, food is unique and scrumptious. I remember this restaurant as more upscale. We haven’t been in a couple of years. Maybe because it was so empty on a Sunday evening, I could see all the aging. Don’t be deterred. The drinks are well made and if you are a wine lover, the wine selection is vast and has a history worth checking out. The wine list itself is fun reading. Grilled shrimp over a cream infused hominy base, Smokey short rib with grilled Brussels sprouts, pesto house salad dressing, all really different and wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

The food is fantastic, the Stetson salad was amazing, the Tiger Prawns were delicious and service by Jeremy was incredible. He paired our food with the right wine. We love to visit Cowboy Ciao when we come to Scottsdale. Never disappointed!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Party of 4, and we all ordered the amazing Stetson Chopped Salad along with different appetizers. The food was excellent! They don’t have a wine list, they have a wine book! Our server simply asked us for a budget and varietal, and she recommended an excellent wine so we skipped the book. Food, wine and service was outstanding!

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

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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3.0Dined on April 18, 2018

GREAT LOCATION CLOSE TO OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE. QUIRKY MENU AND AVERAGE FOOD.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

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 on April 16, 2018

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 on April 16, 2018

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 on April 15, 2018

Good food!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

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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