Tonto Bar & Grill

4.5
1314 reviews
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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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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

We are offering a pre set menu for $65 per person, $20 for children 10 and under. Please go to our website for more details! Hope to see you here Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

What 1314 People Are Saying
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D
Minneapolis
69 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is awesome. We have been going to Tonto for over 20 years and we love it.

However, the owners do need to understand that they need to make some changes to the menu. It's virtually the same menu with the exception of just a couple of new additions. To be honest, we get great food at Tonto, but we need some variety.

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a
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Crab cakes were a little fishy tasting but the walleye was great as always!!

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

We sat outside under the heaters and next to the fire. Good food and service

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SR
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Love this place, everyone enjoyed, but steak while cooked just right was tough.

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KM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant with yummy food and a beautiful view.

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C
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Some of the food was good but the crab cakes appetizers and calimari appetizer were inedible.

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j
Phoenix
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Our favorite go-to place to bring out of town guests. Absolutely beautiful outdoor seating. I had requested a table next to the golf course and got exactly what I was looking for.

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S
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tonto Bar & Grill never disappoints! We bring all our out of town guests here for the warm and lodge-like atmosphere, the great food and the fabulous service!

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

I lead an annual retreat of 10 to 15 people in Carefree. The highlight dinner of our retreat is when we go to Tonto bar and Grill.

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S
Kansas City
70 reviews
Dined 7 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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GK
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We enjoy this restaurant and have had great luck with the tacos. This time the tacos were tasteless. The sauce was mild for me and hot for my spouse. Inconstant. Because I would like to go back to this restaurant I called the manager the next day. Instead of trying to make it right she said thanks for the feedback. I will probably return to TB&G but one more strike and its on the next.

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OT
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always great at Tonto. Never miss the compressed salad.

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B
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined 7 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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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
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 on March 17, 2019
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 on March 17, 2019
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 on March 17, 2019
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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PS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
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 on March 17, 2019
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 on March 17, 2019
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
42 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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 on March 15, 2019
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 on March 14, 2019
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 on March 14, 2019
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 on March 14, 2019
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 on March 13, 2019
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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N
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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