Tonto Bar & Grill

4.5
1303 reviews
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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.
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Kansas City
70 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Met friends at 6:30 for dinner. We were seated right away although our request to eat on the patio or outside was not honored. Our server took our drink order & water was provided. After we received our drinks, our server took our orders. Our meals were served & we did not see our server again until time for possible dessert orders which we declined. Even our waters were not refilled. We settled our check & continued to visit for a few minutes as there were plenty of open tables. The restaurant is very nice, the food delicious (although the slaw served under the crab cakes was too spicy for my taste), but the service was underwhelming & the parking is difficult at best.

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Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE LOVE LOVE this restaurant..food is consistently wonderful, service is awesome, and dining on the lower patio is the best view and location in the whole city. You will never be disappointed here...it is always wonderful. The ambiance is great, and so lovely to bring out of town guests here...we just love it.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good food, Biggest complaint Is they just don’t change the menu up often enough.
Other than that great place

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p
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All was excellent. Sitting near the golf course at sunset with javelinas trotting by was lovely.

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K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have had good experiences in the past at Tonto. On this date we asked for the patio several days in advance. On the day of our reservation I tried to add one person to our party, and could no longer be accommodated on the patio. The mixed drink ordered by one person was terrible, and the food was ok but not as good as in the prior times. Our service was good. Disappointing on this particular evening.

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MK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! We go to this restaurant every time we’re in Arizona. Our friends all enjoy coming there too.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy dining at Tonto Bar & Grill - food and service is always great! No complaints here!! Highly recommend for casual dining in a friendly atmosphere...

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B
Denver
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitress was the nicest ever. The food was delicious as always and we love the Prickly Pear Margaritas and the Tontorito.

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r
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked on Open Table and specifically asked to be seated outside on patio.
Was confirmed......then when we got there they said NO seating outside available.....some
problem with Open Table reservations. Will NOT use Open Table in the future with specific request....will
book directly. Very disappointing to sit in a stuffy room with beautiful weather and scenery outdoors and guests visiting to enjoy our beautiful weather.

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TR
Chicago
41 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever, we are in Phoenix we dine at Tonto. A table outside is great to enjoy.

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FM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner! Loved the steak and cheese and the balsamic fig salad dressing.

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CG
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious, the weather was perfect and aided by a couple of propane heaters. There were a few minor glitches regarding what was ordered/received. Most importantly the staff were great and the food is always something to look forward to. Just wish the restaurant would serve prime rib (not in a sandwich) on a regular basis. Would like to see more variety on the dessert menu for Gluten free and dairy free items. Sherbet is not that much fun. Today with almond milk, cashew milk, etc. perhaps the dessert folks could experiment with some new items.

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TG
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite “go to” places. Always can count on the quality of service and food. The location is great.

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TP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner. Mary took excellent care of us, great service!

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was delicious but we did have some problems. We were seated outside with plastic walls around the seating area. It wasn't especially pretty and the heaters were a little too high for me. Our waiter was friendly but he didn't tell us about the special that evening which would probably would have ordered. When we were eating our appetizers, the main dishes were brought to the table. We sent them back. Our waiter came by and we told him about it. He must have told the manager because she came to our table a few minutes later. She made sure that we would get fresh main dishes when we were ready to eat them.

Overall we had a decent dining experience. I would go back because I believe that it may be better next time.

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C
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go to spot for out of town visitors. Always a great meal and outstanding service!

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BB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great atmosphere. Great Happy Hour. Well-managed. Night was cold, so we could not seat ourselves outside; but it must be Heaven in warmer months. In cooler weather, there is a problem with acoustics. It is too noisy to talk in the dining room and grill areas.

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BB
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Dear friend Jeannie Taxioli introduced me to Tonto Bar and Grill. Her favorite restaurant in Cave Creek. We lost Jeannie in January, so it was a therapeutic Dinner... in memory of her beautiful personality. Wonderful meal, and a nice time remembering times spent with a good friend, who left us too soon. Thanks for a wonderful meal

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GJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat outside. Excellent scenery. Food and service was great.

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p
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tonto's is our favorite "go to" destination when we have company in town. From the wonderful bar reception from Julie to her "after dinner" cocktail the evening could not be any better.

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CC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived early for our reservation and were told to wait. But I overheard that it was possible to eat in the bar and asked if we might be seated there. The hostess encouraged us to do that. But we misunderstood which space was the bar and ended up sitting in another dining room. The server was a bit snarly at the start but relented, let us remain and we had a very good meal and excellent service. We tipped generously in appreciation. Tonto B&G is reliably good food in a lovely setting. Large portions so we each took home enough for the following day's dinner. Once the weather warms up the patio is great

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g
Chicago
123 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

tonto bar and grill was average at best.
the food was greasy and buttery.
we were in cave creek and had to make decision.
could not recommend.

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J
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped on a whim on a Saturday night and got a quick rez on open table. Very nice place with patio dining overlooking the golf course. We had the Reuben and Steak sandwich, which were both HUGE and delicious!!

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DR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food and service was good. Only thing I didn't like it is too noisy and hard to hear.

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B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal and service were very good. We were disappointed that when I reserved our table i said that it was the special occasion of my wife’s birthday and there was no recognition or mention of her birthday.

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JV
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

I would have given 4 stars for the food however this time my husband and I went we got sick after eating the food. We have been to Tonto grill several times and have always had a positive experience.

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

We wanted to catch up with 2 friends but 2 other friends were stood up so we enjoyed an evening of six without a hitch.

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JR
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The view is very nice of the golf course and mountains beyond-catch it at sunset. The service is perfect. We each had a salad. The Cobb was very good. An enjoyable evening.

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RS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot. Outdoor patio has great views of the golf course. Staff couldn’t have been more pleasant

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JS
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was AWESOME!! We loved each and every thing we ordered from our apps, to our entrees, even cocktails. This place is a hidden gem if you're headed to the Scottsdale area.

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CJ
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We had excellent service on the lower patio as requested. The disappointment of the evening was the normally wonderful dinner special. Unfortunately, my guests were excited that it was Mahi Mahi, but it was not up to a Tonto standards, as it was overcooked.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service very good. Small glitch on outdoor heaters going off periodically but not really an issue as staff seemed attentive and proactive.

Chili rubbed filet, excellent. Vodka martini with blue cheese stuffed olives at the bar - oh yeah.

Great times and very nice ambiance outside.

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Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

This is the kind of place where you mill around in the crowded lobby until 8:00 waiting to be seated for your 7:30 reservation, while five hostesses/hosts bump around behind the desk trying to figure out what is going on, waiters, waitresses, and bus boys scurry back and forth through the lobby, and many tables sit empty. Once you are finally seated, the waitress is friendly and outgoing, but remarkably in-attentive. The menu is very limited, but the food is good (not great). In short, there appears to be a culture problem at a venue starving for management.

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Busy night sat outside and were greeted with javelina and a house cab that hit the spot. Exceeded expectations. Dabs were inhaled, walleye was like Wisconsin and the salmon, terrific. Will definitely go again.

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J
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Another disappointment not only with their cold food, rude hostesses and long waits despite reservations!!!

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Tahoe
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Took out of town friends...Good service and food was great... we just spent a little too much time in the bar waiting for our table which ended up being near the kitchen entrance...

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CO
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We made reservations a day in advance. Requested patio seating. Arrive and sorry no patio seating because you only made the reservation 1day in advance even though there were tables available. Good grief!! Don’t offer patio seating as an option unless you can satisfy the request. We ended up being sat in the bar!! A far cry from the patio

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B
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent food. Service fine. Surprised they no longer bring bread with a salad, but only offer basket of bread for a charge, especially in a fairly pricey restaurant.

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rose was amazing! We HATE to be hurried through our dinner. She was amazing and obviously had many tables that were eager to “eat and run”. We are “locals” and appreciate the service and great food -despite the high season of tourism. Thank you Rose and Tonto Grill for your unrelenting desire to provide customer service to not only winter visitors, but to those of us who patronize your restaurant year-around!

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Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambience, especially outside on the patio overlooking the golf course and hills. Always great food and service

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