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About Cartwright's Modern Cuisine

Please Note: If your desired reservation time is not available, please phone
480-488-8031 as table availability changes often due to cancellations or inclement weather.
Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine blends the flavors of heritage from across the Great American West, all captured and reflected in a unique style that creates a true dining experience.
We fuse Southwestern ingredients, top-notch beef and game meats, and the best quality seafood we can find, and present them in a warm, welcoming atmosphere rich in Arizona lore. Cartwright's Modern Cuisine is more than a restaurant; it is a means for honoring the legacy of the settlers of the American Southwest.

6710 E. Cave Creek Rd
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Steakhouse, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Dinner; Nightly: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Happy Hour; Nightly: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Cross Street:
School House Rd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 488-8031

Website:
http://cartwrightsmoderncuisine.com/

Catering:
Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House has proudly and successfully hosted and catered special events in the Valley for more than a decade. No matter how small or large your event, you can rely on us as an experienced partner to dazzle your guests as well as ensure a smooth experience for the organizers. Whether you’re thinking of hosting a business function or celebrating a family event, we would be delighted to cater to your needs. We cater and host events around the Valley of the Sun, as well as private parties and personal homes throughout the Valley.

Parking Details:
We offer full on site parking and handicap access.

Executive Chef:
Brett Vibber

Private Party Facilities:
Cartwright’s can host your private dining experience in our cozy Wine Room, Ranch Room, Main Dining Room, or Mesquite Bar. We’ll create a custom menu to suit your tastes and work with you on making sure the event is memorable and delightful.

Private Party Contact:
Amand Malcolm: (480) 296-9678

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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83% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (21)
Special Occasion (18)
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Good for Anniversaries (15)
Worth the Drive (15)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Authentic (12)
Casual (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Cozy (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Romantic (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Good for Groups (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Business Meals (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Fun (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Seasonal (4)
Great Beer (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Scenic View (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined 2 days ago

Birthday celebration...wonderful service great food...Always a favorite of ours!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

My Valentine had the salmon which she describes as decadent. I had the trout and was by far the best I have ever had! Desert gelato and sorbet was soooo good. This the place to go in the area. No pretense, come as u are and enjoy. The martinis 🍸 are superb. Yes, this THE place.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We been to Cartwright's many times and it is a little expensive but it is a good value

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Worth the Drive, Great Beer
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food5
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Very Disappointing
New menu is a bust
No in the place when normally very busy
News to return to its heritage

Tags: Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Very good waiter, food and ambiance.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Best happy hour in Cave Creek.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Excellent, well prepared and sourced food, made by chefs who clearly know what they are doing and like to prepare excellent foods. Very pretty plating by the way.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 20, 2018

My husband and I had been wanting to try Cartwrights for a while and we were not disappointed! The staff is friendly, the food was well prepared and delicious, and the ambience was great. Highly recommend Cartwright’s to anyone looking for something a bit of the beaten path.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 20, 2018

went for an evening meal after shopping all afternoon. love the ambiance and the beautiful bar. we had the stroganoff and the pirogues which were both great. next time will try a burger or steak which also looked good at the table next to us. haven't had an old-fashioned in a while and loved the Cartwright's OF.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Business Meals
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 20, 2018

No better happy hour!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 18, 2018

We love Cartwrights! Will always recommend it for o family and friends!

Tags: Romantic, Late-night Find, Cozy, Fun, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 10, 2018

We went for the sushi and sashimi. Been there previously and enjoyed same. Same true for last evening, fresh and well prepared. Service was attentive and not overbearing.
Wine is a bit pricey but selection was good.
All in all we had a delightful birthday celebration. Thanks for the chocolates!

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 9, 2018

Service was great but food was expensive and of poor quality.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Went for the “Chef’s Tasting Menu” including wine pairing - and it was EXCELLENT! Chef Brett created each item on the five course meal for us personally - and we loved it. Highly recommend!👍👍

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Great modern cuisine, I love the venison, prepared well. Deserts are amazing, save room as they are worth getting.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 2, 2018

You won't find a better place for happy hour. Food is great!!!

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 (Houston)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Enjoyed my dinner and wait staff was great. A bit disappointed when the first table we were led to was right next to the kitchen and wait staff area. The restaurant only had a few patrons in it so there were plenty of other options. When I asked to be seated elsewhere we were led to a totally empty room at the back of the restaurant. When I asked again for a different seat I was told fine. Sit wherever you want. When we left there were still only a few groups in the entire restaurant. Made the whole experience less pleasant.

But our waitress was great and I enjoyed the bison stroganoff.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Didn’t like the food at all on New Years Eve and it was really pricey wont go back

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Was there for New Years Eve dinner, the food was good. The problem was that our waiter could not get us out quick enough for his liking. The meal was rushed to an unfavorable level. Would not recommend going there for New Years Eve.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I had taken some friends for a new year celebration because it was my favorite spot for steak. At the last minute, and no shot to get reservations else where I am told I will be receiving a tasting menu at 75.00 per person. Not happy at all. I am not sure if I will be returning to Cartwright's again in the future.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Give it a wide bearth. No reason to visit. Food was not good. Selections indicated chef was trying too hard to live up to name "Modern Cuisine" and service was inattentive despite a light crowd.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Not the first time we have been to this restaurant, and definitely won't be the last. Great atmosphere, superb service, excellent menu options. Nothing to complain about at all. Highly recommended

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My NY steak and accompaniments were excellent. By review of the regular menu, however, I feel like the restaurant is trying too hard to offer trendy food, when it's reputation and success was built on more traditional fare. An offering or two of Sushi or seafood would be fine, but those items seemed to dominate. I didn't select a starter because nothing was appealing-immediate loss of $8-12 per cover. Suggest polling your customers, if that wasn't done, to gain feedback about preferences. Clientele always seem to be median to older crowd, so I would be surprised if there were a high number of sushi lovers.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Best place to go for happy hour. Everything is $5.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food and service were very good but we were disappointed due to change in Owner/menu . Disappointment stems from our expectations and previous meals at Cartwright's.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great service

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Great ambiance, however the reason we picked this restaurant was for the trio, and they were out of venison. Slightly disappointed about it, but the restaurant had a real neat southwest vibe and our server was great. All in all I think they are a few dollars overpriced but it wouldn’t prevent us from going back.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great food and service. Highly recommend this to anyone who wants a great steak.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great food and nice Western decor in a nice part of Arizona

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The happy hour here is one of the best in the Phoenix area. The calamari is excellent, as is the trout.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Vegan option not on menu is a Vegan Fodder. Yummy. Carrot cake wa great too.

Tags: Vegan
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Fantastic food. Service was the best! We had the tro of tenderloin. Buffalo, beef and venison. OMG to die for!! We’ll be back soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Excellent & the service was great! I highly recommend.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We have been eating at Cartwright’s for many years. It is a very authentic Western bar and grill. Excellent cuts of meat and first rate sides. (In a previous life, they were noted for their seafood in addition to the grilled meats. I wish that would return......). In any event, they do
serve the best steaks in Carefree/Cave Creek in a very pleasant atmosphere .

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We had a very good Thanksgiving dinner. The appetizer trio was excellent, the dinner and desserts very good. It's a good place for a nice dinner. The staff is great.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 23, 2017

An excellent choice - great service - high value - for everyday choice or a special occasion!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Food was perfect. Staff was friendly and professional. Exceptional experience.

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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Hadn’t been to Cartwright’s in a while and while it was better than the first time it still wasn’t worth are Drive. There were very few people in the restaurant and they were out of the chicken. The Steak Tartare was fair, and everyone’s dinner was fair to good. Didn’t stay for desert. The Wine was good but has a 3X mark up.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Great Happy hour. Food is awesome, as our the very reasonable drink prices.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Casual, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

This is our first visit under the new owners, although we have been coming here for 15 years. We stopped coming several years ago when the previous management did a complete overhaul of the menu for no apparent reason. This change was not good at all. The place was always full, and it didn’t take long for the diners to disappear. The menu change made no sense at all, probably why they ended up selling the place.
Unfortunately, I don’t know if the new owners are going to do any better. This was a Saturday night and the place was not even a third full. Nothing we ordered had a wow factor, as a matter of fact; my wife’s octopus special was overcooked and rubbery. I told her to send it back, but she didn’t want to complain. So when our server came by to ask us how everything was, we gave a gratuitous “Fine.” I’m not familiar with the chefs now, but if you can’t cook fish properly, you should probably find another business. I don’t think they will last long. We won’t be back.

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