Modern Margarita

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54 reviews
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$30 and under
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A festive and lively restaurant, Modern Margarita serves a wide array of party and bar foods. Some items on the menu include burgers, tacos and hotdogs. You can complement these tasty meals with side dishes like French fries, black beans and salads. Modern Margarita also offers small plates to share with friends and family.

Gather with co-workers after work at Modern Margarita. Its happy hour is held everyday from 3 p.m.to 6:30 p.m. and all day Sunday. Along with drink specials, you can also order popular bar foods like chicken wings and nachos during happy hour. Dine indoors or outdoors on the patio on warm-weather days at Modern Margarita.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Regional Mexican
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Hours of operation
Sunday – Monday: 11AM – 10PM
Tuesday - Wednesday: 11AM – 12AM
Thursday-Saturday: 11AM – 1AM


HAPPY HOUR
Monday – Saturday
3:00 PM - 6:30 PM
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Phone number
(602) 795-8111
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mark Dow & Judd Cummings
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Catering
For parties of 15 or more contact nheintz@oldschoolhospitality.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Deer Valley Road between Tatum & 56th Street Exits off the 101
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Parking details
Free on-street parking on High Street, to the east there's a large lot, to the north there's a lot and there are public garages to the south and west.
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Public transit
Valley Metro Bus: Deer Valley Rd & Marriott Dr
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Entertainment
Music, party patio, people watching on High Street in North Phoenix
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Special events & promotions
For parties of 15 or more contact nheintz@oldschoolhospitality.com
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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HM
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this place. Great ambiance and food. The location is great and it's a great place to go have dinner or sit at the bar and have drinks.

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TC
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2015
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

We had an early dinner on a Friday night. Happy Hour was still going on, I believe. The food and service was very good, but it was so loud that we had trouble carrying on a conversation.

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OT
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool place. Loved the food and the service
We will definitely be back!

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AW
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great place to meet up with friends and have a fun time. The margaritas are the best in town, with the Rustic and Clooney being my favorites. Great service, too. Definitely gem in the neighborhood.

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C
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the High Street concept and Modern Margarita. Hopefully they will both survive. We were greeted by a friendly hostess and seated in a spacious booth. The bar, in the Center of the restaurant separates the inside seating from the patio. Doors were open to the patio so it was quite warm inside. This didn't bother me though because I was the only one that wanted to sit outside in my party. Chips and salsa arrived (complimentary) shortly after being seated. We added Queso for an additional charge. Both the salsa and Queso were tasty and went well with the fresh, warm chips. Three of us had tacos, all different and all delicious. Fresh ingredients not always found at other Mexican restaurants. My youngest ordered the quesadilla from the kids menu. Decent portion and only $3.00!! Our server was outstanding, friendly and efficient. I asked about one of the MANY tequilas on the bar and not only did she answer all my questions, she brought me a taste of one very special tequila. Way above and beyond. We were on our
bi-ennial visit to the area and look forward to returning to Modern Margarita on our next visit.

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W
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2015
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 2

The food was good and drinks ok. We were constantly sweating on the cheap plastic seats or vinyl . The servers were about as perky as grumpy from snow white . Our reservations were not really reservations they were just a point in time for us to show up.

The restaurant had no control over the temperature settings.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a reservation for a bachelorette party and when we got there they didn't have our reservation anymore as we were a few minutes late so 13 of us had to walk in the rain to a different restaurant. They weren't even apologetic. I will never return nor recommend them, in fact if someone were to tell me they're going there I would talk them out of it. Terrible service, terrible people.

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F
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2015
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and serving staff, loud atmosphere. Hostess staff not super professional or kind. Not big on problem
solving or customer care at the host stand.
Our main issue was we made a reservation, and were told their policy isn't really to actually keep a table Open for any reservation. It's viewed as a "call ahead" and you get put on a list once you showed up. We showed up 5 minutes before our reservation and were told we would have a 30 minute plus wait. I asked why they were on the Open Table program, if they really didn't do a reservations or keep a table Open. They shrugged their shoulders.
Food is good and wait staff was great, they really just need to work out the kinks at the hostess stand or leave the Open Table program, as we have never had an issue with this at another restaurant.

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A
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What amazing margaritas! There ought to be a limit.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food... love those grill fish tacos. Margaritas were only OK. Expected better margaritas from a place named modern margaritas...

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AR
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing tacos, ordered the kids Mac and cheese.... Best Mac and cheese ever! We had the lettuce wraps instead of the standard corn or flour tortillas. Unreal! When we're back in Phoenix we will be heading here. The margaritas were fantastic as well. The place was bumpin' at 5pm on a Friday

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OT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

I come here all the time and made a reservation for a party of 5. Three of the people had never been before. We ordered the party tray - 15 tacos. Comes with rice and beans, chips and salsa for $39...rediculous! Really good price and the food is so incredibly tasty. I live in Desret Ridge so I'm pretty close but our friends from Surprise told us that they definitley want to come back. I love the food, it's very reasonably priced and the Sangria is good. They have a good happy hour menu and a good kids menu. I wouldl highly recommend this place.

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OT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister and I really like coming to Modern Margarita. The food is great especially during happy hour. Our waitress this visit was Anastasia and she was awesome. She has a really nice personality. This is a definite hangout spot for us to dine and drink every weekend.

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i
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Modern Margarita is a fun restaurant with great food and service. It's the perfect place to go as a family or to meet friends. The wait staff is friendly and does everything they can to make sure you enjoy your night out. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxing. The drinks are so refreshing and delicious. I highly recommend trying this contemporary mexican restaurant.

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d
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The shrimp tacos and flight of salsas were really tasty! The margaritas are the best in town!

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G
Manchester
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great patio bar to get dinner and drinks for a group of people. Good service and friendly staff is consistent every time when we go there. They also have good music and you can find a good mix of people having a good time. One of my favorite places to go.

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SL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2015
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Tasty margaritas and a fantastic place for groups!

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KB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

chips and tacos are unbeatable! $6 for three delicious tacos on taco Tuesday's.

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LJ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to get tasty food at reasonable prices, great selection of tequila's, too.
Friendly servers, clean, and good selection of food and drinks.
Love the margaritas!

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DM
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

4 of us went here for dinner on Cinco de Mayo after I saw the chef on a local TV show while visiting AZ. This prompted by the tacos he was making on the show. Other than the holiday brings out people that are learning how to drink and can't manage to find their volume dial, this place was great! No tacky sombreros, mix matched art........dawning the walls. Just a cool vibe with good food.

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G
Phoenix
103 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2015
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

I made a reservation and when we got there I was told it was open seating, sit and place you want. Not very many places not in the sun. Why take a reservation and not keep it?
We were a party of6. Three of us had aou meal in 15minutes, one 5 minutes later and the other two waited another 20 minutes. We asked for the manager and she said she wouyld check on it. Still we waited. I would never go back, the food is not that good.

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you go here you must order the taco flight, it is perfect for a group of friends to share. The jalepeno cucumber margarita is amazing. Reasonable prices.

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LK
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Modern Margarita is definitely a hot spot for Happy Hour and in the evenings in general. The food is very tasty, and the margaritas delicious! However, I have a complaint. When their website provides a link to "reserve a table", you think you are getting a reservation. You're not. So if you make a reservation on a busy night at 7:00 p.m., you're lucky if you get seated by 7:45 p.m. The hostess told me my reservation through OpenTable was not really a reservation, but more of a "call ahead" feature. Perhaps they should consider explaining that on their website before you make what you believe to be a reservation. We had tickets to an event after dinner and had planned on being seated at the time we made our reservation. Our evening was compromised because of this poor and unexplained "reservation" system.

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s
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2015
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We are disappointed that, even though we made reservations, we had to wait almost half an hour for a table. We were also disappointed that the music was so loud. When we were last there, we didn't find that we had to raise our voices to hear the others in our group over the sound of the music.

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j
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great, except we had a 6:00 reservation and were told it was going to be a 20 minute wait for our table. I thought that's what the reservation was for....I complained because we were going to a comedy show a block away at 7. Complained and what do you know, we had a table in 5 minutes.
Food was good, service was good as well.

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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2015
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Made a reservation on open table, but no table was held for us. We had to eat in the open waiting area. Crowded and hard to eat there. Happy hour was a bust, thanks to no space. Why make a reservation if no one will hold it?

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P
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food & friendly staff with contemporary furnishings

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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had no idea what to expect but the service was great, the food was fantastic as were the margaritas. We set on the patio and it was perfect. We ended up spending 2.5 hrs there and never felt rushed, very enjoyable.

I would add that the hostesses need more training for a restaurant of this caliber...a little more professional talking with the customers, not so flirtatious with the males and skirts way, way too short....SMILE!

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DL
Phoenix
52 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2015
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great appetizers and unique cocktails. Service was amazing!

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f
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here twice in the last month. We did the taco sampler platter with a large group of people and it was hard to pick a favorite. They do not have an extensive menu but they do offer a huge variety of tacos. Very well priced and the chips are to die for.

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p
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I do NOT like Tequila ... yet when I tried the Sonoran margarita on a whim I was blow away! Mmmmm VERY tasty. DEFINITELY coming back. Had the urge to go back later that night for another margarita. AND, the pulled pork tacos are AH-maazing

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an absolutely great experience this Saturday night with my entire family on the patio for my Fathers Bitlrthday. A very diverse group and everybody was pleased and LOVED THE HAPPY HOUR MENU AND MARGARITAS! I wish I could remember the waitresses name because she was a delight!!! We forgot a birthday card and she every sprinted to our car to give it to us!!! Thank you so much!

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JM
Phoenix
47 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2014
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Love this place. I just always feel I'm being rushed especially during happy hour.

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NO
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was first introduced to Modern Margarita by my girlfriends. I love the atmosphere and the outdoor seating. The winter evenings are my favorite. Love the heaters. In the summer months it can be a little uncomfortable sitting outside even with the misters, but what are you going to do? It's Phoenix. The food and the service has always been excellent and tonight was no exception. Our server was great, though I can't remember her name. This last visit I took my husband and he loved it. I knew he would. Now that its winter we will be visiting often. Thanks for a great evening.

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LE
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Went with friends during Happy Hour. The food was outstanding, from the guacamole & onion rings to the street tacos. The (free) salsa was smoky & flavorful, with just the right amount of kick. We'll probably have to order a different salsa next time just to try it. If you're a Margarita drinker this is probably the place for you, but if you're into wine, the selection is extremely limited. We sat at an inside booth, & it was a bit noisy, but not so bad that we couldn't hear each other. The light on the table smelled like jet fuel - the odor was overpowering. Our server was charming, funny & very attentive. Overall, a good experience & we'll go back, hoping they extend the wine menu & get rid of the table lights!

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DL
Phoenix
52 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was unique and delicious. We sat on the patio and the restaurant was very energetic. Fun for a night out w friends and also family.

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TR
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food at Modern Margarita is always good. We live close-by and have been here several times and we're always happy with the drinks, food, and service.

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RM
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

$5 Margaritas. Good $5 Margaritas. Attentive service. Ask for Adrian. 'Nuff said.

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n
Phoenix
228 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent salsa and fish tacos. Glad we ventured into City North since we would return to sample other menu items.

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M
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always get the chicken tacos, love them. Always have great service! Friendly staff

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