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Cartwright's Modern Cuisine
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Ranked #3 of 82 Restaurants in Cave Creek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$40
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Good for: Business meetings, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine honors the spirit of Arizona’s ranching days with rustic yet upscale dining. Located on Saguaro Hill and overlooking Black Mountain and the Sonoran desert foothills, the restaurant’s ambience inside is as captivating as the setting outside. At Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine, a hacienda style dining room, enclosed patio and private wine room boast artistic touches such as straw-packed walls, sandstone and slate accents, woodwork from local mesquite, and a wood-burning fireplace in each room. The interior recalls the original ranch house built by Jackson (Manford) Cartwright in the early 1900s. His father, “Red” Cartwright, was a pioneering cattle rancher in Cave Creek in the late 1800s. The family ranch operated for three generations and more than a century, and is still in use today. Chefs continue this tradition with all-natural meats, including Arizona beef, Colorado range-fed lamb, and North American elk and buffalo slow-cooked over a crackling mesquite wood fire. Also enjoy fresh seafood, house-made bread and desserts, a Wine Spectator Award-winning wine list and fine whiskies, bourbons and Scotches. Cartwright’s is available for private events and off-site catering. Reservations are recommended.
Reviewed 28 May 2014

The best about this restaurant was the inside typical design of the West! Otherwise, the food was ok, portions ok, the local beers were very good but the service not so good... we were a group of 10 and they forgot about our separate bills... very long service to all pay our bills and the restaurant was empty...

Thank Genny26
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Great atmosphere. Nice bar area but seating area very nice also. Nice variety of hummus and good salads. Great ribeye steak. 3 medallions of different tenderloins were the best we've ever tasted. Loved the side dish of a kind of sweet potato hash! Dessert fell short as mango strawberry chimichanga only had 1 strawberry, too little mango and an almost tasteless filling. For $11, a dessert should be fabulous!
Moscow Mule drink was a little bitter and light on the vodka. But would give this restaurant a second try.

Thank c0rgi1
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

Everything about this restaurant was enjoyable - food, service, atmosphere. A bit pricey but not more than would be charged for similar fare elsewhere. We've eaten there several times and usually I order the steak (ribeye - excellent, better than Mastro and Dominic's) but this time I was in the mood for fish. Normally, I would never order fish in a steakhouse but I took a chance. The Rainbow trout was delicious, cooked to perfection and the quinoa side was flavorful and fresh.

Service was attentive and informative. Cocktails were creative and delicious. Also, they have an espresso machine and can make cappuccino - something that is very hard to find in Scottsdale and environs.

The only negative about this place is that they don't have outdoor seating. This time of the year, it is such a treat to sit out under the stars and enjoy a great meal. However, you can't really hold that against them and the quality of the food and service makes up for problem. Inside, the atmosphere is warm and cozy - and there is a private dining area that holds about 12 people.

Give it a try - you won't be disappointed.

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Thank Coltsneck
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Reviewed 10 May 2014

We have always enjoyed Cartwrights, and when we lived in Arizona we visited this restaurant regularly. On a recent return visit to AZ, we took the people we were staying with there. It was their first time, and they were truly impressed. The service was excellent as usual, and the menu had some new items on it. They have kept one of my hubby's favorites--the 3 fillet entree: beef, bison and elk. Our guests eat out a lot at very fine restaurants & they indicated they would be going back there.

There is plenty of parking at the restaurant. Reservations are highly recommended, especially on a weekend.

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Thank kathyl249
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Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

It's been a while since I have been to Cartwrights and the menu has changed a bit. Its a bit less steakhouse and a bit more generalized, but that's not a bad thing. There is something for every taste and budget, so it's no surprise the place was PACKED. Makes reservations if you go on the weekend!

I has the filet and it was awesome. Cooked to perfection and super tasty, the chef here obviously cares about what is served, and the service is great. Super friendly waiters and great hostesses greet you and start your night off right.

As it turns out we sat next to some staffers who we're eating there on their night off. They told us that this is a great place to work, and the staff are like an extended family. That says a lot in
My book about what this place is all about. Management has their act together big time, which explains their long track record of success.

No surprise this is the sister restaurant to Tonto bar and grill, another great place in Cave creek.

Definitely my favorite restaurants in Cave Creek.

Thank groovology
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