Tonto Bar & Grill

4.7
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$30 and under
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American
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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JP
Boise
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything we ordered was delicious! The hot bread was my favorite item. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It's worth paying for it. The corn chowder was excellent also. My salad was above average and a healthy portion.

SE
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wait staff

OT
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had wonderful service and outstanding food. We love coming here whenever we are in town.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I who are on vacation in Arizona picked this restaurant out of their ratings to dine with. We weren’t disappointed, quite the opposite, we were very impressed!
We were happy to have thought ahead and reserved a table on OpenTable because the place was packed on a Wednesday night in mid-January! We had the compressed arugula salad with dried cherries and pistachios and a pistachio dressing. For an entree ordered the pork schnitzel with red cabbage and special tasty potatoes. For dessert we shared the rhubarb buckle served with pistachio gelato. My wife enjoyed an Italian Pinot Grigio wine and had a beer. The level of the entire meal was near perfection. Our waitress, Nicole, was superb, she gave us excellent attention and we felt very comfortable with her gracious and welcoming personality. Not only is this the best restaurant we have experienced in Cave Creek in two trips, but it stands up among our best eating experiences.

JS
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as was the service underscoring that Tonto is my favorite restaurant when I come to Phoenix.

b
Phoenix
56 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious and the staff was friendly and accommodating; thank you! We celebrated a birthday and they made the birthday girl's dessert with Happy Birthday and a lovely little birthday candle. A delightful experience!

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded 5 days ago

berrygal, We love our special occasion diners. We are grateful that you chose us for such a special day! Thank you Barbara Sikora

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MG
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my daughter out to dinner and we loved our entree’s of scallops and Walleye! Actually we love everything about the meal including dessert! She had the chocolate brownie cake and I had the tart...both were a huge hit!

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you Maureen for taking the time to review us. We are glad you enjoyed everything. Please come back again soon! Barbara Sikora

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C
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All just right!

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks Cruise211!! Barbara Sikora

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TS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service was quick and fantastic. We ordered the ribeye special - and while the steak was cooked correctly, the quality was not perfect. I would order one of their salads the next time as that’s what my friend ordered and it looked amazing.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded 5 days ago

TaraS, Thank you for the feedback! We do hope you will try us again soon. Barbara Sikora

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W
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food ... love the ambiance

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Willis, Thank you for the great feedback! We will look forward to your next visit. Barbara Sikora

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m
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was terrific ..our waiter recommended a great salad to us and he was right on with it.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Mulligan, We are glad you enjoyed. Please come back again soon. Barbara Sikora

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DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Nice however meat was tough and some food extras ordered were not served. Waiter was in a rush but restaurant was not busy. Prices are too high.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded 5 days ago

DaveC, I'm so sorry we did not meet your expectations. I do thank you for taking the time to share this with us. These reviews we take seriously and help us to better our food and service. Thank you again for sharing. Barbara Sikora

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P
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I miss some of there old pasta dishes & salmon prep

RC
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service were exceptional.

JK
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our group of eight family members enjoyed a special birthday celebration at Tonto B & G. The food and service are always excellent. We love the warm and comfy southwestern decor.

s
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve was outstanding all around! Wonderful meals. Everyone in our group was very pleased!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate New Years Eve and our anniversary. Tonto never disappoints! Delicious food, good service and a charming location.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for spending such a special day with US!!! Barbara Sikora

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was amazing. Only problem we had was we both ordered steaks and asked for medium and the steaks came out almost rare.

w
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Service just okay and pasta dishes not as good as usual.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on January 1, 2020

Thank you for the feedback! We are getting ready for a menu change and we will take a good look at the pastas. Thanks again for sharing. Barbara Sikora

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AP
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff is as warm as the atmosphere. The food is always delicious and the drinks are done well. This time we brought visiting family who dine out frequently and are international travelers. They loved it and one raved about his burger for the next two days!

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on January 1, 2020

AngelaP, We are glad we met your expectations and proud that you can share us with your guests! Please come back again soon! Barbara Sikora

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!!

SR
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Talia was a SUPERIOR HOST/WAITRESS!!! We are already planning a return to her station.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on January 1, 2020

SusanR, Talia is one of our all time favorites. I will pass the compliment on to her and we will look forward to your return visit. Thank you. Barbara Sikora

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DM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have been going to the Tonto for a number of years. We always have good food and a nice time.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on January 1, 2020

Thank you David! We appreciate our regular customers We hope to see you again soon! Barbara Sikora

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service, delicious food.

A
St. Louis
19 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambiance was wonderful, food was great, and our waiter was awesome. We had a very nice and enjoyable Christmas Eve family dinner.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on January 1, 2020

Thank you Anthony for spending such a special day with us. I am glad we could meet your expectations! Please come back and dine with us again soon. Barbara Sikora

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j
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and dinner was exceptional! We’ll be back again for sure!

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on January 1, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We will look forward to your next visit! Barbara Sikora

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HA
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent-this was our first time to Tonto but it will. It be our last!

MD
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and nice service

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

God food, no wait. Try the schnitzel!

d
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dine at Tonto at least once a month, and every experience at every level has been very good. We always recommend it as the "go to" in Cave Creek!

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on January 1, 2020

Thank you for sharing! We appreciate the positive feedback! Come back and dine with us again soon! Barbara Sikora

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SB
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant - always steady service and food and the ambience is amazing.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on January 1, 2020

SusanB, It's our pleasure to serve you. I am glad we continue to meet your expectations! Thanks for sharing. Barbara Sikora

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular, as usual, but the dining room was particularly noisy when we were there. It was a cold night, so I'm sure this caused more parties than normal to want an inside table.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on January 1, 2020

Donny, sometimes the noise level is a little loud depending on what size parties are in the room. Seems like more large parties over the holidays. Please do try us again and Thank you. Barbara Sikora

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l
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonto got rather static in their menu for quite awhile during the 18 years we have eaton there. Execelent
quality, but not much new. That all has changed. Varied menu and interesting presentation. Quality still A+. Service impeccable. After a two year hiatus we will be back, frequently.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on January 1, 2020

Larry, So refreshing to hear your take on the new menu changes. Needless to say there are many that like everything to stay the same. We are expecting a menu change in January so please check it out and let us know what you think! Barbara Sikora

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i
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the service and food were fantastic. The view and sunset just added to a great visit with family. Nicole was fabulous and funny. This is becoming my favorite place in Cave Creek.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on January 1, 2020

Irenel, Thank you for taking the time to write this lovely review. Please come back and see us soon! Barbara Sikora

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S
Kansas City
97 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Ate with friends moving here from California. Our server did a good job. Helped with our wine order & made sure our waters were filled regularly. Our meals were delicious, 2 salads & 2 chowders, 3 ordered the walleye, one ribeye special, & one short rib. Too full for dessert.
The patio is ok but not as special when not opened. Good time was had by all.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on January 1, 2020

The patio views are much better in the warmer weather. The enclosed heated patio is liked by many because it is warm and cozy. We hope to see you again soon and this time save room for our homemade desserts! Barbara Sikora

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n
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We appreciate that Tonto Bar and Grill has vegan and vegetarian options. Great atmosphere and wonderful food. Keep it up!

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on December 12, 2019

Thank you so much. I think our vegan customers are growing!! A lot of good feed back on those menus! Thank you for sharing and we hope to see you again soon! Barbara Sikora

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KE
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tonto Grill is one of our favorite restaurants in the Phoenix area, love the ambience and the food is always good and consistent. Their margaritas are excellent

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on December 12, 2019

KrisE Thank you for the great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Happy Hour our Margaritas are 25% off!! Barbara Sikora

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CG
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this spot. Food and service is always superb.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on December 12, 2019

Thanks for sharing Chuck! We will look forward to your next visit! Barbara Sikora

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BG
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always. We were celebrating my wife's birthday... it was another great experience.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on December 12, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing such a special occasion with us! We look forward to your next visit! Barbara Sikora

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J
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food