Cartwright's Modern Cuisine

4.3
681 reviews
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Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine blends the flavors of heritage from across the Great American West, all captured and reflected in a style that creates a truly unique Arizona dining experience.
Our chefs personally forage and fuse ingredients from all over the state, USDA Prime beef and game meats, and the highest 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's a true Arizona dining experience!
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RB
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I previously rated this restaurant below average because my steak was not tender. The manager gave me a gift certificate to give them a second chance. This time my filet was done perfectly and was so tender it could be cut with a butter knife. Their Happy Hour is incredible with very reasonably priced house wines and a game burger which is not on their dining room menu. I will definitely return to have a Happy Hour appetizer and another incredible steak.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded 2 days ago

Hello RonB and thank you for giving us another opportunity! We strive for perfection but from time to time things fall through the cracks. I'm happy to hear you loved your steak as well as our happy hour specials. Please don't be a stranger and stop in for dinner or bar snacks very soon. -Cody Heller, Owner

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TE
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered the Chef's menu and left it up to him. That turned out to be an amazing journey of locally foraged dishes.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded 7 days ago

Hello TitusE and thank you for dining with us! If you're looking for a unique dining experience then the Chef's Tasting Menu (or Arizona Omakase) is definitely the way to go. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your evening at Cartwright's and we look forward to seeing you again very soon. As always, thank you for the 5-star review. -Cody Heller, Owner

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to this atmospheric restaurant on our anniversary while touring around Arizona. Interesting menu that uses local ingredients as well as some others in delicious dishes. I had the bolognese...delicious. crab cakes also great. Excellent service.

IS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and excellent food. My steak was cooked to perfection. Appetizer was remarkable also.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on August 1, 2019

Hello IrisS and thank you for coming in for dinner. Glad to hear you enjoyed both the food and service. We appreciate the excellent review and look forward to your next visit! Thanks again. -Cody Heller, Owner

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R
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I had been going to this restaurant for years as their food was outstanding and unique. The served delicious bison and elk steaks along with their famous filet trio. I moved out of the state a few years ago, but was recently in town and craving the elk filet. Unfortunately, they no longer serve the elk filet amongst many other of my favorite sides and their menu has changed dramatically. I settled for a 6oz bison filet medium rare and it came out like a small burnt hockey puck and didn't even taste like bison. I don't think I will ever return which makes me sad as this was one of my favorite places in Arizona.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded 7 days ago

Hello Rachel and thank you for the feedback. The menu has changed and I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your dinner. We always have venison, bison and beef for the Trio and we are able to serve the venison by itself although it is not on the menu that way. I'd like to apologize for the filet being overcooked. Please give me a call at 480-488-8031 to see if there is anything we can do to make this right for you and invite you back to try to earn your business as well as your trust. -Cody Heller, Owner

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MB
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was ok- steaks and burgers over cooked but appetizer and sides were amazing. Great ambience.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on July 24, 2019

Hi MeganB and thank you for choosing to dine with us and for taking the time to give your feedback. I apologize for the overcooked steaks and burgers but am happy to hear you enjoyed your appetizers and sides. Our goal is to exceed our guest's expectation so when we fall short of that we want to do everything we can to make it right. Please give me a call at (480) 488-8031 to figure out something to make it up to you. I hope to hear from you soon. -Cody Heller, Owner

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SA
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our 33rd wedding anniversary at Cartwright's. We've never been there before. We ordered the "Chef's menu" with the wine pairing. We ate for two hours and it was fantastic. Although I am not a fan of Saki which was our first wine pairing, the following Arizona wines from Cottonwood were awesome. I was so impressed with the quality of food, presentation, wine selection and service. The explosion of various tastes blending well together is a joy to experience making our special occasion even more special.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on July 24, 2019

Hello StylishAZ and thank you so much for choosing to dine at Cartwright's to celebrate your wedding anniversary. We hope that your experience was one to remember for years to come! We look forward to seeing you back here several times before your 34th anniversary. Thanks again. -Cody Heller, Owner

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s
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It is not the steak house it use to be. Poor selection on the menu and the value was way off to the high end. Have been a customer since it opened. Not liking the new direction.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on July 24, 2019

Hello stanleys and thank you for for the review. As a longtime customer you have seen changes made over the years. We continue to evolve in hopes of giving our guests the best possible service as well as the highest quality food possible. I am sorry you didn't enjoy the menu. We try to offer something for everyone. Please feel free to give me a call at (480) 488-8031 to discuss your experience as we welcome feedback from patrons like you. It's the only way to improve. -Cody Heller, Owner

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KP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. We had the salmon, filet mignon and crab cakes. Noise level was low but we were there at opening and it was not crowded. Service was great.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on July 24, 2019

Hello KellyP. Thank you so much for leaving this terrific review! We look forward to seeing you back at Cartwright's very soon. Thanks again. -Cody Heller, Owner

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J
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good tasting menu focused on local ingredients and wine pairings from Arizona, we thoroughly enjoyed our dinner

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on July 24, 2019

Hello Jebrde and thank you for the great review! We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you in for another tasting menu very soon. Rest assured it will be quite different each time you order the Arizona Omakase as our chefs are continuously scouring the desert and forests up north for truly unique additions foraged right here in AZ. Working closely with Arizona winemakers allows us to keep our AZ wine selections interesting and refreshing. Thanks again. -Cody Heller, Owner

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AR
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s was good. Excellent service. They were able to make me a burger that was only offered at happy hour. That was very nice.

LE
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent 3 of us had the combo venison, bison and roast beef. Only one of the meats was chewable the others we too tuff.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on July 2, 2019

Hello Lilly and thank you for letting us know of your latest experience dining with us. I am so sorry to hear that some of the meat was tough. Typically all of the cuts on the trio dish are very tender so again I apologize that it was below your expectation. Please feel free to give me a call at the restaurant to discuss a quick solution to your last dinner. We hope to see you back at Cartwright's again very soon. -Cody Heller, Owner

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KR
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Used to be a favorite place to dine. So disappointed this time. New menu is overpriced and lacks choices that I used to enjoy here. Service was slow.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on July 2, 2019

Hello Kim. I am sorry to hear of your disappointment with the menu. Our menu changes seasonally in hopes of keeping what we serve as fresh and sustainable as possible so I apologize if one of your old favorites has been removed. We do serve only the highest quality products and everything is made in house daily. Please feel free to give me a call at (480) 488-8031 to discuss trying to make this right for you. I hope to hear from you. -Cody Heller, Owner

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KH
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner with family

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Responded on July 2, 2019

Hello Keith and thank you so much for bringing the family in to experience Cartwright's. We truly appreciate the wonderful review and hope to see you back very soon. -Cody Heller, Owner

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RN
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

The service and ambiance was great however; the chocolate cheesecake was awful so was the pecan cake. And my husband’s steak was tough.

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Responded on June 21, 2019

Hello and thank you for coming in for dinner with us! I'm sorry to hear your steak and desserts were not up to satisfaction. I would love to hear a bit more about your experience in hopes that we can continue to improve our restaurant. Feel free to give us a call at (480) 488-8031 to discuss a way to make this right for you. We appreciate the feedback. -Cody Heller, Owner

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RB
Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Prime rib steak was not as tender as I would have expected for this cut of meat.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on June 21, 2019

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write a review. I apologize the steak was not as tender as it should be. We pride ourselves on serving only the highest quality prime steaks so I'm sure you're just as disappointed as we are that it wasn't perfect. Please give us a call at the restaurant so we may have an opportunity to correct the situation. We want every guest that chooses to dine with us to have an exceptional time. I hope to hear from you soon. -Cody Heller, Owner (480) 488-8031

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p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Steak ordered med rare was med well done. Two meals were good. Fourth was not. Drinks were good.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on June 21, 2019

Thank you for choosing to dine with us and also sharing your feedback. I'm glad that you enjoyed the drinks but I apologize the food was not up to your satisfaction. We always like to hear about our guest's dining experiences either good or bad. We want every guest to leave completely happy so please give us a call to see if there is something we could do to make this right for you. -Cody Heller, Owner (480) 488-8031

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GB
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Food was outstanding again! Our server Mary Louise 5 stars. wait staff excellent.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on June 13, 2019

Hi George and thank you for stopping by for dinner. We appreciate the great review. Mary Louise is truly exceptional at what she does. You are not the first guest to give a 5-star rating for her service. Thank you again and we look forward to the next time you make the drive up to Cave Creek! -Cody Heller, Owner

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JD
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Menu change. It’s limited, little bizarre. What happened to cowboy style steakhouse

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on June 12, 2019

Hello and thank you so much for coming in to dine with us. We do change our menu seasonally to keep our offerings fresh. We have been serving only USDA Prime beef for the last two years and hope our guests appreciate the higher quality of food. We still have wonderful steaks including our 6oz. or 12oz. filet, our 12oz. NY Strip, our 16oz. Rib Eye as well as our signature Cartwright's Trio of venison, bison and beef. We hope to see you again in the near future. -Cody Heller, Owner

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TS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Really great, modern food. The surprise menu was wonderful and the wine paring suited very well.
Service was very kind and fast. Would go there again defenitely!

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on June 12, 2019

Hey Thomas, Thank you for the great review! Word of mouth is the best advertising available so again, thank you. We look forward to seeing you and your friends and family back at Cartwright's soon. -Cody Heller, Owner

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was excellent, handled all our questions and recommended items on the menu we were interested in! Recommend!!

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on June 8, 2019

Hello Tony, Thank you for choosing to dine with us! We appreciate the support as well as the excellent review. Word of mouth is the best advertising so thank you again. We hope to see you back at Cartwright's very soon. -Cody Heller, Owner

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OT
Cleveland
40 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Mary Louise was a great server. So pleasant and knowledgeable. Food was interesting and quite good. Calamari, venison meatballs and salmon were great. Onion soup was not as expected and tasted wine based. But it was OK. Atmosphere was rustic but classy. There was a table of loud people who had a little too much to drink but I don’t fault the restaurant.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on June 8, 2019

Hello and thank you for the wonderful review. I'm happy to hear that Mary Louise took great care of you. She has been with us for a long time now and is truly passionate when it comes to Cartwright's and her profession. Team members like her really do create a unique dining experience for our guests. We hope you join us again in the very near future. -Cody Heller, Owner

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AZ
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Surprisingly quiet for a Saturday night but we had a good time. The ladies had the stroganoff and the men had the pork shoulder. All dishes were very well prepared, hot, and tasty. The pork shoulder was not dry as I feared it might be. The little pita bread triangles that came as the intro bread course were on the chewy side. Overall a very good experience. We will go back.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on May 29, 2019

Hello AZmike and thank you for dining with us! We appreciate the feedback and hope to see you again very soon. -Cody Heller, Owner

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S
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were prepared to spend a considerable sum of money. However, they were out of our desired wine and suggested the closest alternative but didn’t charge the same price as the one we wanted. Entrees don’t come with any side and while not on the menus, the server did offer a baked potato. That one potato cost $10!! That was more than any of the other sides that were large enough to serve several people. A bit exorbitant! This isn’t to say we won’t go again, but will certainly ask more questions when ordering.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on May 29, 2019

Hello Sadie! Thank you for the review of your most recent dining experience. I apologize that we didn't have the wine you were looking for. Also, we do serve a good sized potato and if you choose to get it "loaded" with bacon, cheese, sour cream and onions it does cost a bit more than the plain potato but we hope our guests enjoy these additions. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future. Cody Heller, Owner

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r
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Cartwright's used to be our favorite until they went to their new "modern" menu. Took our friends there while bragging about what a great place it is and we were embarrassed by the poor quality and high prices. Cocktail menu skimpy, Caesar salad tasteless, Alaskan halibut mediocre as judged by three of us. Filet just OK. Pie was good but unlike any normal pie with a few dabs of stuff around the plate. Everything over priced for the quality. We will not return. I emailed my concerns to the restaurant but they never responded.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on May 18, 2019

Hello and thank you for the feedback. I'm glad we had the opportunity to speak on the phone regarding your dining experience. We are continually looking for ways to improve and we value the opinions of our guests. If there is anything else we can do please feel free to give us a call at the restaurant. I look forward to meeting you when you return. -Cody Heller, Owner

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance was top notch ! Great place to celebrate an anniversary we couldn’t have asked for a better experience!

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on May 16, 2019

Thank you Jessica. I'm glad you got to finally experience Cartwright's. It was good to see you and we look forward to seeing you again! -Cody Heller, Owner

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SB
Chicago
66 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meals were delicious and lovely, unusual menu items that we thoroughly enjoyed. Our server, Chris was attentive and very friendly. We will visit soon.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on May 13, 2019

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We do have a very unique menu and some truly excellent dishes. I'm glad to hear Chris helped to make your dinner enjoyable. We hope to see you again very soon. -Cody Heller, Owner

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MH
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food and an outstanding staff make a great evening

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you for the kind words! Glad to hear you had a great experience. We look forward to seeing you again. -Cody Heller, Owner

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M
Seattle
56 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good but the menu was more limited than it was in the past. It was also more expensive than I remember it being.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on April 28, 2019

Thank you for the feedback. It is much appreciated. We try to keep things fresh by offering seasonal items and serve only the highest quality food such as USDA Certified Prime beef and wild, line-caught, sustainable seafood. Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience and we hope to see you back in the near future. -Cody Heller, Owner

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TP
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal, Drive no’s and service!

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on April 24, 2019

Hello Tony. Happy to hear you had a wonderful dining experience. Definitely stop by again for another great dinner. We look forward to seeing you. -Cody Heller, Owner

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MH
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We brought a guest from out of town. It was our third visit and we had a wonderful evening.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on April 24, 2019

So glad you and your guest enjoyed your last visit. We appreciate your patronage and look forward to seeing you again soon. -Cody Heller, Owner

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NS
Munich
27 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

We were greeted and seated in a friendly and professional way and the service continued in a similar fashion. The food was solid overall. The fish was fresh and well-prepared. The biggest concern we have is around value. For a meal of one glass of wine, one appetizer, one entree, one side vegetable, a scoop of ice cream and a cup of coffee, the cost with tip was $96. That is a hefty tab for casual cuisine. Two nights later we had an almost identical meal in terms of content at the Tonto Grill, which used to be connected to Cartwright's, and the tab with tip was $60 per person. A meal of similar content at Keeler's Steakhouse nearby was $65 per person with tip. There is nothing about Cartwright's as currently presented that would justify that big a difference in price. My feeling would be that they are going to have to significantly reduce price if they are going to be competitive. I hope they do so as it is a nice spot and deserves a sustained run.

TG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christopher, our server from Austria was one of the best servers we've ever had. Excellent knowledge
and service. Brett, the owner and chef also came to the table and we spoke about the food and his establishment. Impeccable attention to detail. If you're visiting or live within driving distance, you will be more than satisfied. A hidden gem...can't say enough. What an amazing experience.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on April 20, 2019

Hello and thank you for the kind words. Your server Chris is one of our best and our Chef is the driving force behind Cartwright's. Thank you for choosing to dine with us and for helping to spread the word with this 5-star review. Regards, Cody Heller, Owner

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RC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We had visited Cartwright's some years ago and enjoyed the experience. This visit was a disappointment because of the menu change. My wife had the salmon which she stated she would not order again. I had the bison and venison burger. It was stringy and difficult to chew. The flavor was average. I also ordered a dry rob roy with an olive. The drink was good but I found that it had a cherry in it rather than an olive. The drink was tolerable but not prepared as requested. We are great fans of its sister restaurant, Tonto Bar and Grill, and that is where we will go in the future.

SK
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great! Chris was outstanding. Food was terrific. The atmosphere was enjoyable and very Cave Creek.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on April 20, 2019

Thank you so much for the great review. We hope to see you back at Cartwright's soon. -Cody Heller, Owner

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J
New Mexico
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and wonderful food. Our party of 10 was very impressed.

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on April 26, 2019

Hello and thank you for dining with us. We appreciate the support as well as the 5-star review and hope to see you back at Cartwright's with your friends and family very soon. Regards, Cody Heller, Owner

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PW
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great waitress excellent met the co-owner and the chef great people. Lovely bar..

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on April 20, 2019

Thank you for the 5-star review. We look forward to seeing you again. -Cody Heller, Owner

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JR
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 7 friends and everyone raved about their dinner....the crab cakes and salmon were out if this world...service was exceptional!!!

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on April 20, 2019

Thank you so much for the rave review. It is much appreciated. We look forward to your next visit. -Cody Heller, Owner

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DP
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Had eaten here before I enjoyed the menu back then I'm not impressed with the selection anymore

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on April 20, 2019

Hello and thank you for letting us know your thoughts on the new menu. We care about our guest's concerns and would love to hear of ways we may improve our food and service. Please feel free to give us a call at the restaurant to discuss further. Regards, Cody Heller, Owner

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OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Service was impeccable!! We started with crab cakes and calamari they were the best we’ve ever had then Caesar salads not our favorite if you’re looking for a traditional Caesar this is not it —the filet was delish as was the trout risotto stir fried mushrooms and the New York —can’t beat a Cartwright’s steak anywhere in Cave Creek!!!

Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
Responded on April 20, 2019

Hello! We appreciate the wonderful review. Sounds as though you enjoyed several of our favorite dishes here at Cartwright's. Thank you for your support. -Cody Heller, Owner

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