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Desert Pony Tavern, Scottsdale, AZ

Desert Pony Tavern

4.3
4.3
41 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Our unique Southwest-inspired gastropub features an open-air style dining experience with breathtaking views of the McDowell Mountains. On select evenings, join us for live music on our outdoor patio and enjoy the one-of-a-kind setting for any gathering.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Southwest, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 6:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 6:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 7:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 7:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (480) 648-1500
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    North Scottsdale
  • Cross street
    Hayden Rd & Cavasson Blvd
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Live Music 6pm-9pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday

    Multiple dates available
    Join us for live music featuring multiple local artists.

What 41 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

41 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    So we just live right up the street from this hotel bar. We’ve been wanting to try it for a while we had heard they had live music Thursday , Friday , Saturday and wanted to check it out. We got there at 5:30. We did have a reservation, but the bummer thing was- the live music was out in the hotel lobby not in the restaurant. This is just a hotel bar. Lots of people in the bar mostly hotel guests a big convention was going on so it was pretty busy. They only have one glass of Chardonnay on sale at happy hour. I think it was seven dollars and it was some of wine on tap. No Sauvignon Blanc or red wines on happy hour. They have a few desert pony tavern cocktails for three dollars off but I didn’t try any of those . My husband had a Guinness and it was nine dollars. We ordered the olives they were not on happy hour and just an FYI there’s enough olives for a party of 12. We ended up taking them home. We also had the Jalapeño vegetable hummus plate. It didn’t taste like jalapeño in anyway, but it was delicious and big . Lots of hummus, carrots, cucumbers, little tomatoes, radishes, celery, pita bread, very good value for the money. 

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  2. SweetP

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Very quiet and peaceful ambiance although the service was less than expected

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  3. JLee

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for Happy hour before an event. The food and service was great. We will definitely be back. The ambiance was warm and cozy.

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  4. KarenH

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and an excellent bartender/waiter. Lovely new resort.

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  5. Schincat

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a good hotel restaurant. The portion size of the salads we ordered were enormous and we could have easily split one between us. The menu ranges from healthy to the usual fare. Service was excellent. It is a nice place to go to eat.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Wonderful restaurant within the Cavasson Hotel by Hilton

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent place to eat if you're staying at the hotel, even if it's for more than just a few days. Great selection for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and the bar service offers a wide variety of specialty drinks including some very creative locally themed mocktail. Service is fast and very personable. Would definitely eat there again!

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  8. CarmenW

    Fort Lauderdale

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Najia was our waitress all week ~ She’s so detailed & remembered our favorite’s every time we dined. The service the food was delicious.

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  9. Fish

    Phoenix

    349 reviews

    5.0

    349 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very good experience. Food and service was excellent. Live music was a plus.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Ruben ever and Michael the server was great too!

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  11. njfran

    Phoenix

    283 reviews

    5.0

    283 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wanted to try this local restaurant located in the Hilton Cavasson . Was not disappointed

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Booked dinner at hotel’s recommendation for anniversary (Megan Kaufman) . Also noted in reservation! No one acknowledged anniversary ! Seated near bar in busy section with football games playing loudly on all TV’.s! So disappointed as preplanned! Entire stay was chosen at new hotel for 41st Anniversary!

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  13. PhillipG

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wings?? YES - they were absolutely amazing. Fish and Chips were done quite well. Our waiter was great to make the night a success. This is a must not miss in North Scottsdale.

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  14. EatingOutinAZ

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time eating there. The food was wonderful and the atmosphere was great. Loved the tacos and the onion rings!

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  15. MomB

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have already recommended Desert Pony to several friends. We will definitely come back. Wonderful experience. Thet was awesome!!

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Desert Pony is located in the Hilton. You must walk thru the lobby to find it. I didn't mind that, but there should be signs outside. The food was great. Service was great. The server even knew that since I asked for no onions on my burger that I probably don't want them on my salad, which I forgot to tell him (he read my mind). I would go back. In fact when the weather gets nice I want to get one of the outdoor tables. It looks like such a beautiful view. Try it. You won't regret it.

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  17. Julie

    Phoenix

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I was very disappointed with the view. They claim to have a beautiful view of the McDowell Mountains but you can only see the peaks over a wall. I have a much better view of them from my house!

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  18. Vicki

    Las Vegas

    95 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A little hard to find since it’s tucked away (inside the Hilton) and not visible from the entryway, but the Valet steered us in the right direction. The food was very good (tacos were amazing and plentiful) and the chicken sandwich was huge. I was a little taken aback when the server poured my house wine into my glass, as it was cloudy and a little bubbly. She said it was Wente (not a cheap wine) and comes on tap like beer. Once it settled, I tasted it and it was very good. Only $8 too! We will definitely be back when looking for casual dining.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    79 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Caitlyn was fantastic. Super attentive, friendly great suggestions we had an absolutely delicious meal.. I got the harvest salad with blackened salmon & my friend loved her mahi tacos. Very kind manager Maritza stopped by to say hello & ensure our meal was great. Can’t wait to return on a night that they offer live music. Super!!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is more than Restaurant, it’s home . God bless you for your wonderful service.

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  21. Beth

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Katrina and Caleb were very welcoming and professional!

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  22. JoeH

    Orange County

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were really surprised by the food quality and prep , wife had the salad with salmon, which was huge and very good and I had the ancho chile filet , was delicious and cut like butter !! Our server Htet was very informative and great !! The setting was very relaxed and music was very good !!! Will definitely be back !!

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  23. EatingOutinAZ

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant! Excellent food and service. Keep it up!

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  24. SusanB

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to go to enjoy some casual dinning in a lovely outdoor space.

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  25. NancyC

    Phoenix

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first time. We had a very nice time and enjoyed most of the food very much. The burger was delicious and the cheesecake stupendous. The patio is beautiful and they have music thurs fri and Sat. We felt they should beef up the happy hour to include food and better drink specials. Overall a very nice place. We will be back.

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  26. susans

    New York City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    It was lovely day and food was good. The details on Open Table say breathtaking views. However, all you can see is a block wall. We had selected the location based on the view so we were disappointed.

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  27. AndreaR

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Was a birthday. It says on website happy hour. Well it’s just on drinks that even on happy hour were expensive. And I life in Scottsdale. I guess pricing for a hotel. The service was great. And the food was hit or miss had the chopped salad, which I would recommend. But others had the tacos which were below average.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, the drinks (alcoholic and not) were great, the ambience was beautiful. Our server was incredibly attentive and personable. Overall, we were thrilled with our choice to dine here for a Bachelorette party. Would definitely return if we ever come back to Scottsdale. The price was reasonable for the quality and presentation. 10/10.

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  29. MVeeK

    Milwaukee

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came at a busy time on a Friday evening. The most impressive part of the evening was our server, Cailyn. She was working a number of tables in a relatively crowded room. Every time she approached our table, she always had a bright smile on her face and gave us her total attention. She made us feel we were the only ones she was waiting on that evening. She made us feel very welcome.

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  30. TimF

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service! Food was executed flawlessly. Ambiance was perfect for a fun night out with relatives that all came to town for a special family event. Would recommend to anyone!

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  31. BrianM

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful open air dining with lovely sunset mountain views! The place feels brand new and very clean. Quiet ambiance and not crowded which was perfect for our multigenerational group. Live music was lovely but a tad loud for our taste. New place means new staff which was evident in service timing - friendly and working hard but some missed steps with late drinks from the bar. Our teen boys loved their branded burgers! If you're looking to escape the crowds of Scottsdale for some peace and beauty with a solid meal this is your place.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Photos of amazing view are from a different venue. It’s just a very average pool bar by the road with limited view and a classic American hotel menu

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  33. Fish

    Phoenix

    349 reviews

    5.0

    349 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time at this newly opened restaurant. Food and atmosphere was very good. Service was outstanding . Live music really added to the experience. We will return.

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  34. MVeeK

    Milwaukee

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Desert Pony is a new spot in town and well worth choosing this restaurant as your next place to eat. We were greeted by the hostess with such pleasure to have us as their guests . Our server, Logan was incredibly attentive, personal, and very professional. We definitely will ask to be seated in his section next time we eat there. The noise level was such that we could hear each other talk and enjoy our dinner. There is no downside choosing this restaurant for your next meal!

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  35. CarliL

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Desert Pony Tavern is the new "it" spot in North Scottsdale. Just off the 101 at Hayden Rd inside the Hilton at Cavasson, the location is ideal and the views are spectacular. The food and service exceeded my expectations. There was live music on the outdoor patio near the pool and we watched the sunset over the McDowell Mountains. I will definitely be back!

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  36. JimS

    Las Vegas

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent in a new restaurant. Live music provided which added to casual ambience

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  37. Brian

    Columbus

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was outstanding. Enjoyed the outdoor seating and spectacular views of the McDowell Mountains. Live music definitely enhanced the evening.

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  38. KellyR

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding our meals with flavorful and delicious. The bartenders were fun to talk with and made awesome drinks. We sat by the fire at night and the outdoor patio space is a great vibe. A sneaky good spot that I’m looking forward to returning to!

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  39. SandyW

    Chicago

    143 reviews

    5.0

    143 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a hidden gem! The staff was so over-the-top accommodating, from the host to the waitstaff, they were exceptional. We were seated outside when it began to rain. We went inside with no problem and much consideration. The food is delicious, everything has an unusual little twist to make it unique. Very happy we found Desert Pony, we will return

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  40. Melissa

    Atlanta Metro

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Still working out a few kinks, good food, slow service, no view, pics online,are from fooftop meeting space.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Desert Pony Tavern is rated 4.3 stars by 41 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Desert Pony Tavern

7965 E Cavasson Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Hayden Rd & Cavasson Blvd
  • Neighborhood
    North Scottsdale
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 6:30 am–10:00 pm Fri 6:30 am–11:00 pm Sat 7:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 7:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    American, Southwest, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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