Tonto Bar & Grill

4.5
1481 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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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Nichole our server was fabulous,kind, and on time . Walleye in the desert ??? Miss that Midwest staple. Margaritas were very light and refreshing. Not too heavy. Lots of fun with out of town friends.

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PF
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was terrific, and the managers and servers are great for a Saturday night the service was top notch- very relaxed and fun atmosphere , quality of food was great and we will be back!

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f
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and ambiance! We cooled off by taking a beautiful walk through the golf course and running through the sprinklers on the way to the car lol.

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JH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 1

Very Good Food and Quality Service as always! Don't eat on patio (covered or non) in the summer as they don't have working misters and basic fans don't compensate.

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Boise
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have dined at Tonto many times over the years. It is still the best!

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Responded 20 hours ago

thank you for taking the time to review us. We appreciate you!

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SS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, ambiance was perfect for our 40th wedding anniversary. Our server was superb, although I cannot remember his name. He has worked there about 8 years and his menu expertise and opinions were awesome. He also shared some of the history of Tonto as well as the bartender who explained how the dude ranch became Tonto Bar and Grill today. Going back very soon to enjoy!

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded 20 hours ago

Steve, I am glad the training has paid off!! We appreciate your nice review I will pass this on to my male servers to see if I can find out who he was. Thanks again for sharing! Barbara Sikora

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JT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing! Definitely try the braised short ribs. WOW!

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Responded 20 hours ago

Thank you Jtrace! Glad you enjoyed the shortribs. Come back soon. Barbara Sikora

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d
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This place used to be AMAZING with top notch, unique and off the charts delicious food. Not so much anymore. We hadn’t dined here for probably 2 years. This time all of our meals were mediocre. Such a disappointment as Tonto was always one of our favorite restaurants anywhere!

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Responded 20 hours ago

dodo, I would like to hear more of your feedback. If you would be so kind to give me a call 480-488-0698. #3.

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Milwaukee
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tacos

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JR
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place. It's our go to for ambience, good food and great service.

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MW
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Dining room supposedly full (although people after us without reservations were seated).
Bar & grill area was nice but very warm?

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Responded on July 3, 2019

Michael thank you for sharing and letting us know about your experience. We will revisit the cooling system in the Grill Room ASAP Barbara Sikora

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KB
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This visit was my 2nd time going. I enjoyed the Gemelli pasta so much I had been craving it for a month. This time it had all dark chicken meat and some weird chicken pieces. So disappointed. I will visit again and request all white meat. My first visit had all white meat so I am not sure why the change on this occasion. Maybe the chef was getting rid of scraps. :(

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Responded on July 3, 2019

Kimberly, We have changed most of our chicken in house to roasted chicken that is pulled. We are mixing dark and white together. We still carry chicken breasts. Next time give us a heads up and we will make yours with the breast meat only. Thanks for your review we appreciate your business. Barbara Sikora

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B
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

We would as we have been there many times for lunch but never dinner. 4 in our party ordered steak and they were overdone and quite tough. We would think twice before going back there for dinner with a group.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on July 3, 2019

Barb, I apologize for the overdone steaks. I would like to hear more about your food experience if you would be kind enough to call. Barbara Sikora 480-488-0698

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r
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super good as always. Just does not disappoint

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Responded on June 24, 2019

Thank you Ralphs Glad you were pleased! Barbara Sikora

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TB
Salt Lake City
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat out on the patio. Beautiful view!

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Responded on July 3, 2019

Glad you enjoyed your evening! Thanks for sharing! Barbara Sikora

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VN
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

On of my favorite restaurants in the Valley. Sorry to see there is no Ceasar salad on the menu anymore.

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Responded on June 24, 2019

Vicki thanks for your input! We like to listen to our customers so who knows what our fall menu will bring.

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ES
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Tonto Bar and Grill is our " go to" place for better dining. We reserved on short notice so our first choice, the patio, was not convenient time-wise. We were seated on time in the dining room nearest the door. Since it was Father's Day it was crowded and very noisy.
We ordered salad to share which was excellent. We then split the Walleye and were very satisfied with the presentation and the quality of the meal. The menu has changed and some of our favorites were gone. That was a bit of a disappointment.
The server and others were very efficient and cordial.
All in all, a very pleasant experience, with the exception of the noise level.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on June 19, 2019

Thank you Esteban for taking the time to review us. Most of our holidays we have a lot of large groups with family and children so it is a little noisier than usual. We are glad you enjoyed your dinner! Barbara Sikora

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H
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Austin was very attentive and made sure our glasses were never empty. His professional service will keep us coming back for more.

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Responded on June 19, 2019

Heath Thank you for your feedback on Austin. It's good to know he is doing a good job. We will look forward to your next visit! Barbara Sikora

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D
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You cannot go wrong with this restaurant, It's beautiful the service is great and the food is always amazing!!

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on June 24, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We appreciate your business and hope to see you back soon. Barbara Sikora

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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Father’s Day. We live here and it started a few years ago that this restaurant started going downhill rapidly. Anything that was worth ordering has been removed from the menu.What they have is over priced and laughable. We will never go back again. That includes a lot of friends and family. Everyone so many better restaurants and service in Scottsdale. Don’t get sucked in to going here.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on June 19, 2019

Anonymous, We are open to all feed back good or not so good. It lets us listen to our customer base so we can grow from it. I would like to hear more about your experience on Father's Day. Please give me a call 480-488-0698. Barbara Sikora

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MF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy dinning here, today was no exception.

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AM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I booked an outdoor table and noted that we were celebrating our first Father's Day. We showed up on time, and as I was waiting for table, overheard waiter tell hostess that a party had requested to move from a "table 24". The hostess then proceeded to put my husband and I at table 24. The table was outside, directly in the sun, and it was almost 100 degrees outside. I am almost 8 months pregnant as well. I watched in embarrassment as other patrons stared while the hostess sat me at this awful table that others had moved from (and others after us continued to throughout the day). We were then walked to an indoor table in a small, dark room off the side of the restaurant, with zero ambiance. There were two other large parties, both over 10 people, with more than 50% of the party under the age of 7. It felt like we were being exiled to the forgotten hotel daycare. I politely said this would not work either, and was told there were no other seats available, although the main dining room was wide open. We were preparing to leave when we were eventually given a 2 top table in main dining room. Waitress was great (thankfully), food was just OK. Eggs Benedict & Steak - had a fishy flavor to it and toast was soggy. I would not eat here again and will not suggest it to others.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on June 19, 2019

Alison, Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I have done some research on what happened . I am so sorry that we dropped the ball so badly for your first Father's Day. If you would take the time to give me a call at 480-488-0698 I would appreciate it. Barbara Sikora

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JC
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat on the patio for dinner it was beautiful. The food was delicious and the service attentive

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Responded on June 18, 2019

Thank you Joy for the nice review. We hope to see you again soon. Barbara Sikora

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tonto Bar and Grill treated us like family. We had a wonderful time.

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Responded on June 18, 2019

Thanks for joining us!

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HB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing!!! Our new favorite spot. Food is fantastic! I am vegan and gluten free and they have both a vegan and gluten free menu. PLUS they have a fudge brownie, salted caramel almond ice cream with a caramel sauce dessert that is vegan and gluten free and amazing!!! They have a wonderful menu with so many options for everyone! Our waitress was so happy and friendly. All the staff was actually. Will be back many more times!!! Definiely check this place out.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on June 18, 2019

Heather, thank you for sharing! We are glad we could accommodate your dietary needs! Come back and see us soon! Barbara Sikora

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HF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

anniversary. the server brought a beautiful flourless brownie and ice cream with “Happy Anniversary in chocolate on the white plate.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on June 10, 2019

Holmes. Thank you for sharing such a special night with us. We are glad you enjoyed it! Barbara Sikora

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JR
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We would not have chosen Tonto Grill if we knew the menu changed.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on June 10, 2019

Jim, I am sorry you didn't find the changes to your liking. We have received so many reviews of late that our menu needed a little update. We tried to take current items and make them a little fresher and lighter. Please try us again. We are flexible with the menu sides and ingredients. I am sure we could make something you would love. Barbara Sikora

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ME
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice evening with friends - excellent food, service and ambiance.

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Responded on June 10, 2019

Thank you Mark. We will look forward to your next visit! Barbara Sikora

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BB
Palm Springs
16 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have dined there many times, and the food was excellent as always.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on June 10, 2019

Thank you for the nice review Bob. Please come back and see us soon. We love our summer people! Barbara Sikora

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was an amazing dinner, it was me and my girlfriends anniversary and after the excellent service and food we had gotten a special little dessert that said happy anniversary on it completely unexpected and we were extremely happy best service ever! Also reached out to us on social media and re-posted the picture I had posted and said thanks for stopping in and happy anniversary to us!! Overall 10 out of 10

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on June 5, 2019

So glad that you shared such a special day with us. We love to celebrate with our customers. Come back soon. Barbara Sikora

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TL
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and the filet and scallops offerings are fantastic.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on June 5, 2019

Thank you Tiger Lily! We are happy you were pleased with the food. We are having some menu changes go into effect today that we are super excited about so please come back in soon. Barbara Sikora

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S
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for my husbands birthday and very happy with experience. Beautiful ambiance outside and menu was versatile but all the things we ordered had a great taste and not the typical restaurant tastes right down to the tortilla chips

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on June 5, 2019

Thank you for sharing your experience. We pride ourselves in making everything from scratch. Nice to have someone notice! Barbara Sikora

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SK
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely outside patio space. Beautiful sunset. Highly recommend.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on June 5, 2019

Thank you for sharing. Hope to see you back soon!! Barbara Sikora

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G
Phoenix
102 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to eat here

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L
Milwaukee
16 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always appreciate the casual yet classy ambience of Tonto! Knowledgeable, friendly staff make for a wonderful experience! The view accompanied by exquisite cuisine are a favorite!!!

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on June 5, 2019

Lakeluv, Thank you for the great review! We appreciate you and look forward to your next visit! Barbara Sikora

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional, creative Prix Fixe offerings.

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Responded on June 5, 2019

Thank you so much for sharing. Barbara Sikora

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DK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a bad experience in twenty years - our Cave Creek favorite!

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on May 29, 2019

Thank you David. We are doing some exciting menu changes this summer be sure to check on line for our new menu in June! Barbara Sikora

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DD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been coming here for 15 plus years although it had been about two years since last visit. Beautiful setting, weather was great. Service was efficient, not super friendly. Ahi roll appetizer as good as ever. My short rib was a tad like pot roast. But nice veggies, date’s salmon was excellent. Wine selection a tad limited but from good wineries and some were definitely price performers. Brought back lots of great memories of people no longer with us.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on May 29, 2019

Dennis thank you for being a long time customer with us. Your feedback is important. Come back soon. New summer menu to start in June. Barbara Sikora

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A
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Disappointing dinner with entrees being brought out before we'd started the 2nd appetizer, then another server trying to remove our dishes before finishing the 2nd appetizer!
The caesar salad was bland and the entrees were warm, not hot.
The food was definitely not as tasty as it used to be and the service was really lacking.
Much more is expected from such a lovely restaurant which we used to love.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on May 29, 2019

Ruth, i am sorry we didn't meet our normal standards with your visit to Tonto. I would like to hear more about your experience. Please give me a call at 480-488-0698. Thank you for your feed back. Barbara Sikora

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food here is ALWAYS OUTSTANDING, and the patio seating on the golf course in the evening is delightful. Our service this time was very lacking. Food came out timely once ordered. The waitress was slow to come around, poor attention to detail.

Tonto Bar & Grill
Responded on May 29, 2019

Debbie, Sorry your service was lacking. We do appreciate you taking the time to let us know about your experience. We are planning some summer training sessions to try to remedy any situations like this. We care about you and your experience with us. Barbara Sikora

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