Carlsbad Tavern is one of most enjoyable places to stop in Scottsdale. Playing off of the strange atmosphere provided by the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, the restaurant is an up scale New Mexican hot spot for tourists and Arizona locals alike.
The inside of the Carlsbad Tavern is just a little bit dim and close, similar to being in the caverns themselves, however the outdoor patio area is spacious and lets you enjoy a great view no matter what season it is. The tavern is sure to provide heaters or gentle misting fans throughout the year to create the perfect climate on the patio. Even when the restaurant is full, the outdoor seating area isn’t overcrowded and you can talk comfortably without a lot of background noise.
The Carlsbad Tavern has received numerous awards for excellence in customer service, which they continue to provide every single day. The servers are helpful and quick, and their menu provides plenty of fresh options every time you visit. All of the food is a New Mexican twist on traditional entrees. There is plenty of spice and flavor to be had, and their Green Chili attracts guests from miles away. They also offer a special late night menu for evenings out on the town that is worth hitting up.
Of course, we can’t leave out the awesome brunch menus at the Carlsbad Tavern either. For early risers and those who are getting ready to venture through downtown Scottsdale later in the day, a quick stop at the Tavern is a great way to begin your morning. Huevos Rancheros and the gigantic breakfast burrito are well worth getting out of bed for. Not to mention the Mimosa Fiesta if you’re looking to start the day off with a bang.
Ultimately the Carlsbad Tavern is worth a visit if you are looking for a cozy place to eat some really good New Mexican food in an environment that is a natural extension of the caverns. You will enjoy their large menu, happy hour and the comfort of sitting on the patio to enjoy the Arizona weather.