Tonto Bar & Grill

4.5
1105 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
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
Kurtis Purdy
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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 24 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 1105 People Are Saying
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RM
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Three sisters gaucamole and salsa is great! Hamburger and fries dry and over cooked. Birthday acknowledgment was ridiculous. Two minute pieces of frozen candy!

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DL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a place we enjoy meeting friends and taking out of town guests.

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a
Phoenix
56 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love that you can order one of about 8 salads and can add about five different protein choices. If you're lucky you might even see the javelina scamper by as you're eating.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic! Staff could not have been more accommodating. Ate inside because of the heat but will return to enjoy beautiful patio view.

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C
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the better restaurants in Cave creek. The sunsets are spetacular and food is consistently of great quality. Service has always been good and has a true Southwestern flare.

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FE
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just sensational, simply terrific for awesome views and great great food. You’ve just go to go to the Tonto Bar & Grill. The best.

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KT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s just a special place, for special times, with special friends and family

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SC
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Had to be the best salmon I’ve has In a while. Dessert was delicious. Service was very recptful and inviting. And great recommendations! Would definitely go again!

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s
Phoenix
53 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The Tonto Bar & Grill has a solid Arizona Comfortable Western feel. The outdoor patio's, one facing the golf course is delightful.

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OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing

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RR
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been here several times and each visit has been outstanding. Great outdoor seating on the patio overlooking the golf course, friendly service, great food. Couldn’t ask for more.

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m
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Love this restaurant for its ambiance...outdoor seating a little toooo warm in August!
Only complaint... our reservation was on their books as cancelled so seating was outdoors and tooo hot to really relax and enjoy!

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DG
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good wine selection, food was excellent particularly the onion encrusted walleye and scallopsq and service was good.

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JP
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Celebrated our anniversary and could not be happier with our dining experience! I had Salmon and my husband had steak. Both cooked to perfection. Service was very good, it is such an authentic southwestern ambiance, very comfortable and noise level is kept low due to wooden panels and columns. Great lively atmosphere and cozy at the same time.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a party of 7; the menu was broad and had different options that appealed to each of us. Service was very good. There was one table with a couple of very, very loud women. Great comfort food.

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JK
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice plcac

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DW
Philadelphia
59 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tonto is a great place for locals and tourists alike. We all enjoyed our meals. Salmon, crab cakes, salad & cocktails. Alexis was friendly and efficient. To get into the spirit of the old west, Tontos is a nice start.

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B
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to enjoy a fabulous dinner and atmosphere

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DK
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've eaten at Tonto many times and have always had good food and great service.

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BS
Houston
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 1

There was plenty of room in the restaurant, but for some reason they put us in the room that was the hottest, AC barely worked. While the food was great, it was annoying that they had a cooler room and still put some of us "more casual dressers" in the hot room. I will go back again but will be sure to be seated in a room that is cool.

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VK
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

We have been going to tonto for over 20 years. We go for birthday s graduations etc. we have always had delicious food. But not so the other night. Two of us ordered the scallops and they were terrible. They were dry , rubbery , tough, and tasteless. I was embarrassed because we had out of town guests. It was one of the worst meals I’ve ever had. It’s a tradition for us to go there but I would hesitate now. Also , my husband and I note that when restaurants decline they always start using rectangular plates. Guess what. I was served the horrible scallops on a rectangular plate. They also used to serve a delicious bread basket but none showed up. .. overall extremely saddened

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P
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are frequent visitors to Tonto Bar and Grill. The food and service are always good. Two of our party of four had the steak and gave glowing reviews.

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JG
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and friendly faces. The food is always beautifully prepared and quality ingredients.

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I
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Beautiful setting but food was average.

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BT
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service at Tonto Bar & Grill are always excellent. Summer is a great time to visit. It is a less crowded, but just a little too warm to sit outside last night.

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AZ
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have yet to have a bad experience at Tonto. We started going here for special occasions however our family likes to come here more often. The restaurant itself is beautiful and the setting is fantastic. We usually go with the same menu items however I encourage anyone to definitely try out some of their specials - really top notch. During the summer, it is pretty quiet as opposed to when the weather starts getting cooler OR when special occasions are heavy (this place is a big draw for special occasions). Either way, we enjoy our time there.

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LB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The seating in the bar area is awful. Other dinners are crowded in with little space between each table. If we return we would not accept a table in the bar.

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OT
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
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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OT
New Mexico
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful dining experience. Thank you!!

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JK
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined 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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OT
1 review
Dined 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
18 reviews
Dined 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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M
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined 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
6 reviews
Dined 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
33 reviews
Dined 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
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food is consistently good!

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Never received my open table points but still a decent meal.

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DT
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 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
4 reviews
Dined 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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OT
Palm Springs
10 reviews
Dined 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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