Ask a local where to find unique food & wines in a fun, unpretentious setting and there's a good chance Cowboy Ciao will be near the top of the list. ... More
Ask a local where to find unique food & wines in a fun, unpretentious setting and there's a good chance Cowboy Ciao will be near the top of the list. And why not? Bold flavors, a massive wine list, whimsical decor and friendly, personalized service are a few of the reasons to love this small, independent hot spot. Try the legendary Stetson Chopped Salad or Exotic Mushroom Pan Fry with a Bay To Breakers, your favorite syrah, or a bargain bottle of malbec from South America. Save room for pastry chef Country Velador's memorable desserts! Lunch & dinner daily, Sunday Brunch dishes. A Valley favorite since 1997, this Modern American eatery has two siblings literally next door -- FnB (seasonal, local, often organic & sustainable, all-Arizona wine list); Kazimierz World Wine Bar (wines galore, global grazing, live entertainment every night of the week).
to be honest i enjoyed the food and service BUT ....i had ordered the house special which was made with an abundant sauce...when i asked for bread, the waiter said that he would charge me for it BUT did not mention that it would cost $6 for five small pieces of bread... their prices are not modest for their food but i expected that BUT to be taken advantage of for bread really made me feel abused......i can pay my way in life but still dont like to leave a restaurant feeling taken advantage of....
We loved everything about Cowboy Ciao, from the inetresting and inventive menu to the awe-inspiring and reasonable wine list. Don't miss the hidden wine bar around back behind the restaurant, too. The Stetson chopped salad is a must, and we loved the mushroom pan fry with polenta and the incredible stuffed pork chop. I can't wait to go back.
My husband and I are real foodies and our answers were met and exceeded upon our visit to Cowboy Ciao. Although it's difficult right now with all of the construction in downtown Scottsdale, its well worth the bit of a walk that you may have to experinece, although they do offer valet parking to the rear of the building. Everything from start to finish was beyond our expectations. A good recommend for any one who loves good food.
Food is excellent. Wine list is incredibly varied with lots of gems. Only compliant is the noise in the restaurant can get out of hand (probably due to the concrete floors). Otherwise, it is the best overall wine/bar restaurant in the Valley.
Shows you excellent, innovative dining doesn't have to be stuffy. Great atmosphere..if your tired of the same thing everywhere and corporate restaurants..stopping here will reinvigorate your faith in dining. To note: In Scottsdale, smoking in restaurants (and bars) is legal. If smoking is a major concern for you, both Tempe and Mesa offer no-smoking only establishments..of course...you won't find as many great dining options..but that is certianly your..choice.
Some notes on our first visit to Cowboy Ciao: Here is a restaurant that serves wonderful gourmet food and wine with a tremendous selection of both. We requested a no smoking area, but found that they allow smoking at the bar which is adjacent to the dining tables. Of the twenty or so guests sitting along the bar adjacent to our table only one was smoking, but he was a chain smoker and that definitely impacted our meal. Because of the size of the wine list, which could literally be studied for hours, I selected two bottles of wine from Cowboy Ciao's on-line wine menu. The waiter, who we liked very much, warned us upon hearing of our on-line selection that the list has not been very well kept up to date, but he would check for our selections. He reappeared and informed us that both were in stock and proceeded to start with the white. When time for the red arrived he informed us there was a problem with the price on the on-line menu and the vintage had changed and the price had gone up $12. We selected another wine with his help and were satisfied with the results. Although, we had submitted in the comments section on the reservation request that the dining occasion was for a very special birthday the restaurant did not show any indication that would have acknowledged that request.
Just not like other restaurants. Unique and delicious dishes. The hardest part was selecting from several outrageous-sounding entrees. And starters. And desserts. And everything was just yummy. When in Scottsdale, we always go back to CC.
We went to Cowboy Ciao because of what we heard about the food - which turned out to be fabulous. Extremely creative tastes and textures applied to old favorites.
Our server (John) was one of the best waiters we have ever encountered - anywhere. On our way out we made a reservation for 7 for the following week. We want to share some of the most unique food dishes we had ever encountered with our friends.
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