Tonto Bar & Grill

4.4
1075 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Tonto Bar & Grill: A Taste of Native Arizona
Please Note: If your desired time is not available, please phone 480-488-0698 as table availability changes often due to cancellations or inclement weather.
Enjoy American Southwestern cuisine featuring salads, sandwiches, pasta, fresh seafood, mesquite-grilled steaks, and house-made desserts. One menu is served all day. Tonto Bar & Grill, gives diners a view of modern desert life with a peek into the past. The restaurant sits on what was once Native American land and later used as a stopover camp for the U.S. Cavalry, and the building itself was part of the prestigious Rancho Mañana dude ranch. It’s chock-full of the charm of earlier eras, displaying ranching implements, vintage 1940s photos and original architecture. Today, friendly service, fine casual cuisine, and comfortable atmosphere combine for a rustic yet upscale dining experience.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Southwest, Steak
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Happy Hour
Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(480) 488-0698
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Miguel Ortiz
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Private party facilities
Tonto Bar & Grill can host your private dining experience in our cozy Grill Room, Cocktail Patio, Main Dining Room, Upper Patio, and Lower Patio. We’ll create a custom menu to suit your tastes and work with you on making sure the event is memorable and delightful. For inquiries on private events, please call our catering specialist at 480-488-0698 or fill out our contact form at https://tontobarandgrill.com/private-dining/general-information/
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator: (480) 488-0698 ext. 2
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Catering
Tonto Bar & Grill has proudly and successfully hosted and catered special events in the Valley for more than 20 years. 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. For inquiries on private events, please call our catering specialist at 480-488-0698 or fill out our contact form at https://tontobarandgrill.com/private-dining/general-information/
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cave Creek Rd.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1075 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Phoenix
4.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

This restaurant is a neighborhood gem and we have dined here for 17 years. The food is always excellent (especially the Schnitzel!) and service reliably very good. The noise level can be overbearing at times. There is no quiet area, so our advice is to dine early or plan to join the action.

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New Mexico
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful dining experience. Thank you!!

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Phoenix
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Prices have increased. Use to have best hamburger ever. This was mediocre. $3.50 for bread!!! Really?

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1.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

I have been coming Tonto Bar & Grill for years, always enjoying the experience until this past visit. The food was so so, but the service was very poor. Our waiter was a nice person but uninformed about the food or the restaurant. The staff at the front door was lovely but the wait staff was just rough. Plates were plopped on the table, interruptions were abrupt, never with an excuse me first. My guests had not been to Tonto before so I did not want to make an issue of it. I had thought about calling today to say something, but did not know if I would really be listened to. The restaurant has always been a favorite of mine so it was very disappointing to see the lovely service of the past was no longer present.

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GG
Palm Springs
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always enjoy dining at Tontos Bar and Grill. Fast becoming our local go-to restaurant.

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable evening started with nice table by the window inside looking out at the golf course. Chips, fry bread and salsas with guacamole were shared by the table and a nice start to the meal. Entrees selected were Sand Dabs, Short Rib and Beef Filet. Have had the filet on several prior occasions and has always been cooked as ordered and very flavorful. All at the table happy with their entrees. Wine list is not extensive but enough variety to satisfy most. Service from hostess to table side was friendly and helpful. First visit for one couple at the table, and noted that return visits would be in order based on food and comfortable setting.

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JJ
Kansas City
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was not crowded, which made for a very enjoyable dinner. We were visiting from out of town and loved the variety of dishes offered. The portions were a great size and allowed us to sample each others' meals. Our service was also great.

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L
Phoenix
4.0Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

We love this restaurant for location and ambiance, however we were disappointed in some of the food we were served. The Walleye, salmon, and schnitzel were great...........three of us had the chicken pasta and it was mostly pasta and very little flavor. We tried adding Parmesan Cheese, salt and pepper, but no taste. We will return as we like it here and our guests loved the place, but will order differently next time. Thanks for asking!

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LS
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is consistently good!

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DT
Phoenix
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Martinis were on point, and the barbeque salmon was amazing as always.

Highly recommend! You will not be disappointed!

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BB
Phoenix
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always fun and the food, service are outstanding! Thank you for the wonderful environment friendly and fun place to dine

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Palm Springs
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

good wine list, interesting dishes. The whole family got something different and we were all pleased. Waiter was right on all our needs as well.

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Phoenix
3.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Tonto used to be one of our favorites....not sure what has happened but we left disappointed in the quality of the food. Service was very good! So good we had ordered, ate and were gone in a little more than an hour. Felt a little rushed....

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l
Seattle
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all had different dinner choices. All were delicious and unique. Loved the Guacamole and 3Salsas! Very yummy gelatos for dessert. We loved the Tontoritas too! Well done!

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TP
New York Area
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner, outstanding service, excellent food and wine!

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BT
Phoenix
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First visit under the new ownership. The menu does not seem to have changed. The food and service remain very good. Food prices are fair, drinks are a little pricey. Would recommend.

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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OT
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

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RP
Phoenix
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Patio dining at its best. The scallops and salmon were prepared just right. I thought they would offer a dessert since it was our anniversary.

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BT
Palm Springs
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual

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OT
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Quaint restaurant with unexpected cuisine. Highly recommend

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Phoenix
3.0Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Food was unremarkable but view and service was great

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CD
Phoenix
3.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The sand dabs were very good, but the Perfect Manhattan was lousy. The bread basket used to be included with the meal, now the new owners want you to pay $3.50 for it.

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New Mexico
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go here every year as part of a mini reunion. We stay at the resort and eat at Tonto at least once during our stay. We have never been disappointed. The food is fantastic and the service is almost always good. We love the patio dining and always have a good time here 😊

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Phoenix
2.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Service was awful. You are the first to ask. Lamb was way too expensive for 4measley chops. Was overcooked

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TM
Las Vegas
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great enjoyed everything about Tonto. It's beautiful and the food is always real, and delicious.

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MB
Phoenix
2.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

We had a somewhat bizarre experience at Tonto. About 10-15 minutes after we ordered drinks, the waiter came back and asked if we'd like to order drinks! Apparently, he forgot our previous order. it was about 40 minutes before our wine/drinks arrived. Waiter said they were backed up because they only had one bartender. That put us in a bad mood, or we might have rated the food higher. We also waited a long time after finishing our food before the waiter asked if we would like to order dessert - which we did. Shockingly, the same waiter walked up to our table at least 10 minutes later to ask again if we'd like to order dessert! Also, be aware that there were no misters on the patio.

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Phoenix
4.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We have been going to the Tonto Bar & Grill for several years and have always been pleased with the service, food, ambiance and good value, but this visit was not up to our expectations with regard to the food. My spouse ordered duck and it was over spiced to the point she had to stop eating it. I had ordered pork schnitzel and the meat portion was over salted and I was not able to finish it. We did not want to make any fuss since this is one of our favorite restaurants. When we asked for the bill, they kindly brought over a plate to celebrate our 66th Wedding Anniversary and the plate had written in chocolate "Happy Birthday." To put it mildly were were a bit disappointed.

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J
Phoenix
2.0Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

Disappointed that they don’t have hummus anymore and as a vegan , they’ve replaced portobello mushrooms , with a few shredded carrots

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CR
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in from Indianapolis and the place was recommended to us. Great choice. Beautiful view, wonderful food and outstanding service. Loved it! Would definitely come again

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Phoenix
3.0Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Very disappointing my Brussels sprouts appetizer is gone!!! They really do need to refresh this menu!!!

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IS
Phoenix
3.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Our waitress was pretty stressed. She had quite a load and was pretty short with us at first- then she mellowed a bit. Place was so loud we could not converse at all. Huge negative. Food was good, but for the price I expected spectacular. Very kind gesture at the end with a treat for our anniversary.

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CU
Phoenix
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prompt seating: personable, efficient service: outstanding food! Great evening.

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful patio dining

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CA
Phoenix
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood eatery for a family get-together. Food and beverages were excellent as usual. Service was impeccable. Prices are reasonable. My go-to restaurant for family and special events.

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Cleveland
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the miso sake sea bass. So good.

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New York Area
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very attentive from the phone reservation to the hostess, the bar person , the seating arrangement and especially the waitress. All four diners where especially good with the scallops one of the best.
Will definitely go back.

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Phoenix
4.0Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Tonto Bar & Grille has been our go to spot for birthdays, anniversary and guests. They have yet to fail us. My only issue is that the service is too fast. For the price some time to savor my meal between courses would be nice.

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Phoenix
4.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Always a good meal, great atmosphere, nice outdoor seating.

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BW
Phoenix
5.0Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our favorite patio restaurant in the Phoenix area. Wonderful view at sunset. Both service and food are good. It's our "go-to" place for special occasions.

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