Ocotillo

4.5
807 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Ocotillo restaurant focuses on Contemporary American seasonal cuisine with a touch of local Arizona Influence, bringing special attention to fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. You can enjoy lunch, dinner, brunch, grab and go with a full service bar, cocktail, wine and beer program. Weekend brunches Saturday and Sunday fulfills all your sensory expectations. Menu offerings include healthy, vegan, gluten free choices and kids menu.

During the summer months we will do the best we can to accommodate guests indoors, but we cannot guarantee indoor seating. Look forward to seeing you at Ocotillo Restaurant and Bar.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Organic
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Happy Hour/ Limited Menu: Monday - Friday & Saturday 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm - 9:15pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Brunch Saturday: 10:00am - 3:45pm
Brunch Sunday: 10am - 3pm

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Phone number
(602) 687-9080
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Walt Sterling
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Private party facilities
Welcome to Ocotillo catering and special events. We have several areas of the property that can hold different sized groups. There are lots of options with a wide variety of price ranges. We have a full service liquor license with a sommelier on site. Here are some of the types of events we can do: Farm to Table Luncheons and Dinners, Kids Birthday Party, Coursed Luncheons, Coursed Private Wine Dinners, Cocktail Parties, Family Style Dinners, Santa Maria Style Barbecues, Wine Tastings, Drop Off Breakfasts, Drop Off Luncheons, Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Baby Showers, and more.
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Catering
Welcome to Ocotillo catering and special events. We have several areas of the property that can hold different sized groups. There are lots of options with a wide variety of price ranges. We have a full service liquor license with a sommelier on site. Here are some of the types of events we can do: Farm to Table Luncheons and Dinners, Kids Birthday Party, Coursed Luncheons, Coursed Private Wine Dinners, Cocktail Parties, Family Style Dinners, Santa Maria Style Barbecues, Wine Tastings, Drop Off Breakfasts, Drop Off Luncheons, Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners, Baby Showers, and more.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
E Flower St (South of Osborn) & 3rd ST
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Parking details
Large parking lot to the East of property free of charge. Street parking not metered, as well as an empty lot on the North side of Flower St, to the East of property.
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Public transit
Light Rail: Central and Osborn Stop
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Entertainment
Live Music, DJ's and screening area in the lowered lawn for movies, sporting events, and special screenings.
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Special events & promotions
Contact Steve DiDomenico at sjdido@gmail.com for event planning.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 807 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.5
service
4.5
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Phoenix
4.0
Dined 3 days ago

We were seated in a two top that we gave up for the bar. We would’ve been elbow to elbow with other people and decided to go to the bar for happy hour. Bartender Jesse was awesome. Very attentive. Noise level in both the dining room and bar is crazy loud. Felt like I was in a club some of the time. Food was pretty good and wine was a great deal for the cost and taste for being the house wine. Would return for the outdoor seating in cooler weather. May be quieter. Overall a solid 4/5

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M
5.0
Dined on July 15, 2018

Unbelievable food! The short rib ravioli was AMAZING. Corbin, our server was fantastic as well!! We will definitely be back for more !

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PL
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on July 14, 2018

Ocotilllo draws an audience who loves food innovation and a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy discovery.

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OT
Phoenix
4.0
Dined on July 13, 2018

Caught them in between shifts very late lunch very early dinner 300pm

So service was spotty

Food was very good

Drinks were very good

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RS
5.0
Dined on July 8, 2018

Taylor was excellent server. Friendly & personable. Working to be a Som.

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G
Chicago
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Ocotillo is great for brunch, lunch and dinner!! Amazing setting and fabulous food!!

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LK
New York Area
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Always a great time at Ocotillo! Great bar list, great food, fun fun atmosphere. We go there often and it's never disappointed us. Until next time Ocotillo!

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GP
New England
5.0
Dined on July 7, 2018

Summer menu did not disappoint. Our server was a little green but was very pleasant. There was a longer wait than usual from the kitchen.

The acoustics in the main dining hall remain difficult as soon the room starts filling up, conversations across tables drifts into outside voices.

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WM
3.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Food was fantastic, service was great! Would recommend this to locals and anyone in town visiting who is interested in a local restaurant with character!

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Phoenix
5.0
Dined on July 6, 2018

Wonderful service

Wonderful food

Absolutely will go back

Soon

Will also recommend

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Phoenix
4.0
Dined on July 3, 2018

Food and service was impeccable. Trendy vibe but a bit pricey. They charged me $14 to hold a cake in the kitchen for me. I thought that was a bit unreasonable but overall I liked the place and will go back...without a cake.

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Phoenix
5.0
Dined on June 30, 2018

The service was great and the food impeccable. Definitely made it to my top favorites and would love going there again. Great feel!

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OT
San Diego
5.0
Dined on June 29, 2018

Really creative menu items, and all we tried were excellent. Thoughtful and interesting wine list. This was an excellent dining experience.

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S
1.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

Server spilled a full glass of red wine on several people in business attire. Ruined all or part of 3 outfits. Server did apologize but the manager never came by and it didn’t seem to be that big of a deal to them. They took 100 off the bill (which wouldn’t even cover the damage to one persons outfit) The food was so so at best regardless of the wine incident. Could not recommend. There is much better at this price point.

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OT
1.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Ordered the fried chicken and it was cold and flavorless as was the polenta. The skillet pancake was barely warm and flavorless also. I was really hoping this place would live up to the hype but it sadly did not. I was disappointed in the food.

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HM
Phoenix
2.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

I normally love Ocotillo (been dining here since it opened), but the last 3 or 4 times I have come in on a Sunday, they have been sold out of at least one of the drinks or items I have tried to order. They open at 10 on Sundays, and have been sold out of the Frose by any time between 11:30 and 12:30, despite the fact that they are open until 3:45. This has occurred over the course of several months, also. Most recently, when I went to order a different drink, they were sold out of that, too. The drink I received was very good, but that was my 3rd try. When we went to order entrees, they were sold out of what we wanted as well. This is disappointing, as it keeps happening, and the server did not indicate on any of her visits that anything was unavailable. We will be taking a break from them until they can pull it together, figure out their pars for busy Sunday brunches, and actually have the full menu available.

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Phoenix
3.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

Everything was great except the space is very loud between music blasting and lack of sound dampening design.

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SM
Phoenix
4.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

I give a mixed review.

menu was diverse and interesting, our servers were friendly and helpful, I give high marks for both...
the execution, however was mixed. the lasagne, touted as tasty and popular, arrived burnt on the outside and mushy interior. It even looked bad and never should have made it to the table. All other small plates and pastas were tasty and served in a steady stream. The drink and wine list, both excellent. Ambience was mixed. A great space when you walk in. The noise level was very high in the dining room (and this was early dining at 5pm), we actually moved outside with the misters for an after dinner drink and relaxed conversation. I would return, but probably for drinks and small plate in the bar or outside, not dinner. lastly I have to say the overall attention to detail is poor: ie the plants on the table were half dead and there was a pink bacterial ring in the women's toilet bowl. My overall impression is they are trying to do too much and would be better off if more focused on doing fewer things right.

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Phoenix
4.0
Dined on June 23, 2018

The portions are very large, I recommend sharing a vegetable or a small. The flavors were new and very delicious. Don't know if I would get the mushroom flan again only due to the texture, the flavor was excellent.

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KL
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

Excellent Food and Service, Love the pictures on the wall that are for sale, when I get some extra money I would like to purchase.

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BS
Phoenix
4.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

Food was good but everything was way over salted made it tough to taste the food

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MD
5.0
Dined on June 20, 2018

My son and I both thoroughly loved our food- he has cheesesteak and I had salmon sandwich. Yummy- the service was excellent- we will return . I forgot my credit card and the hostess was nice enough to call me.

Margaret Garcia Dugan

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SL
Phoenix
4.0
Dined on June 19, 2018

We enjoyed our meal.. it was very pleasant and the service was great. I wasn’t completely enamored with the cold broccoli salad side that was served with my sandwich, but overall it was a solid 4+ star visit.

Disappointed I didn’t earn any points, but I’ll survive

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Austin
5.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

Great food, great service, great vibe.

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RL
3.0
Dined on June 16, 2018

I’ve been here before about 2 years ago and I really Enjoyed everything about it. This time however, things were a bit off for me. The menu was difficult for me to chose from because of the unrecognizable ingredients, and nothing really seemed that appealing to me. I wish the appetizers were more shareable than just basically small plates. Not very fingerfood friendly. The drink I ordered, I sent back because it was weird tasting. My pasta dish was ok but nothing spectacular. No bread or side salad that came with it. No happy hour. I have a hard time with A la carte menus. I usually appreciate more familiar foods on a menu without the addition of nuts or seafood, which I am Allergic to. It’s hard for me to say this was a good value.

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Chicago
5.0
Dined on June 12, 2018

30th Birthday

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m
Phoenix
4.0
Dined on June 9, 2018

Ocotillo has long been a favorite, as long as I can get outdoor seating or the restaurant is not too crowded. Otherwise, you have to shout to have a conversation. The menu offerings are varied, including small plates and dinners, and food is beautifully prepared. You get a new experience almost every time you go because the menu changes. Service is spotty — sometimes great, sometimes on the snooty edge, but I've never had service bad enough to ruin the dining experience. Definitely worth checking out.

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Phoenix
5.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

Fabulous place for lunch. I wish they could control the noise level but the food and service make up for the noise.

Their dishes are seasonal and creative in a very good way. You have to go many times to try all the wonderful things on the menu!

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CU
Miami
5.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

We've never been disappointed with the food or service. Great spot.

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RW
4.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

Beef carpaccio appetizer was incredible.

Beef ribs felt like a prehistoric caveman eating right off a gigantic bone. Meat was very tender, BBQ espresso sauce could have been slightly sweeter. Had the perfect amount of kick.

Mesquite chicken was our favorite dish. Absolutely delicious.

Service was top notch and could not have been bettter. Noise level was slightly difficult to hear the person sitting across from you. Prices were fair and in line with experience. Overall would definitely come back and recommend to others. Hope the outdoor bar/patio area begins to stay open later; would be a great area to hang out after dinner.

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Phoenix
5.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

Wonderful dinner. Started with great cocktails and Caesar salad. Followed with roasted cauliflower-exquisite! We both had the rib eye steaks which were outstanding. Flour less chocolate cake excellent. Our server Natalie was superb! Only bad thing is that the place is REALLY LOUD. Got better after 8pm.

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OT
5.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

Great place. Can't believe we hadn't come here before. The cocktails are awesomr and so is the wine selection.

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Charlotte
5.0
Dined on May 31, 2018

I visited ocotillo on a Thursday evening to celebrate my birthday with my mom and it was a really really great experience. We had a phenomenal waiter (whose name was Taylor, I believe) that did an exceptional job. He recommended wine for us based on our interests that we loved and helped us decide on a few great menu items. We got the cauliflower OG, wow, and then Octopus and a beef pasta dish that Mom swooned over. He even brought out a birthday treat to end the evening! The ambiance and scenery was lovely but it did feel busy. 10/10 would recommend.

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Phoenix
5.0
Dined on May 30, 2018

Always love the substantial and creative menu. I always wonder what the kitchen must look like with the incredible variety of ingredients and number and offerings. Unfortunately, inside. Lose level is off the charts! Have decided not to go until cooler weather when we can enjoy patio seating.

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LR
Phoenix
4.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

Food was awesome and very accommodating with extra guest arriving

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EG
Phoenix
5.0
Dined on May 27, 2018

So many flavors on one plate - WOW!
The creative menu was interesting and delicious. Service was excellent.
It was a little noisy and tables are very close together but we'd return because the food was amazing.

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Phoenix
2.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Sadly there is no notification that food is cut back to almost nothing from 3:30-5:30. Ocotillo needs to notify people of this and perhaps not take reservations between those times. We had a reservation at 3:45 that could have been made for 3:15 had we known.

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Phoenix
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Mystic was a great server we really enjoyed her!

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EA
Phoenix
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Solid go-to place with urban vibe without pretense. Excellent, creative dishes to satisfy carnivores and healthy eaters. Whether indoors or out, small or large parties, special occasions or everyday dining or business meals, Ocotillo satisfies. Highly recommended!

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Phoenix
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

Birthday dinner

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