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Carlos O’Brien’s Mexican Restaurant

) #212 of 2,547 Restaurants in Phoenix ₹₹ - ₹₹₹, Mexican, Southwestern, American
1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119
+1 602-274-5881
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good28%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
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Opens in 17 min
All hours
Mexican, Southwestern, American
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119
Neighbourhood: Camelback East
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Reviews (134)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived in Phoenix rather late at night and in need of some refreshments. The restaurant stays open a little later than others in that area. We got a huge basket of chips and large bowl of excellent queso. Servers were attentive despite the late...More

Thank 2wego
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not what it once was. Salsa was bland. Food did not taste fresh and had way too many onions. Whole restaurant needs a makeover, looks like it hasn't been touched in 20 years. Waitress was really nice and attentive, prices were good just need to...More

Thank Chriss P
Jov O, Guest Relations Manager at Carlos O’Brien’s Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback! I am sorry that your experience was not ideal. We have been trying to keep everything the same for the past 40 years so we can achieve a "historical landmark" status for the building... Just kidding :) Your point is well...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We Our sons family for a lunch. A son and his wife, two granddaughters and my husband and I all really enjoyed the restaurant itself as well as the food. The food was so plentiful, my husband and I we'll split an entree next time....More

Thank neilmA1785EE
Jov O, Guest Relations Manager at Carlos O’Brien’s Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for you comments! It is so nice to hear that you enjoyed our restaurant with 3 generations of your family! Our restaurants are very much about family. You might also meet in the restaurant a few generations of O'Brien's. And you are right about...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have enjoyed eating good Mexican Food at CARLOS O'BRIENS for many years. The taste, the portion size, the service and the ambience always translates to a good time. Bring out of state visitors here for an intro to Mexican food or to Mexi food...More

Thank Tattalat
Jov O, Guest Relations Manager at Carlos O’Brien’s Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments! It is our pleasure to serve our loyal local guest and our course visitors to our wonderful state! Estamos para servirles, Gracias!!!

Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We were looking for a place to get Irish food for St Patrick's day but it turns out it's a Mexican restaurant! They did offer green beer and margaritas and a couple Irish entrees though. Service was good and the food was too.

Thank Michelle J
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Once again made the annual pilgrimage back to my old stomping grounds.....their food is excellent as always. Chimichangas and cheese enchiladas are the best!

Thank 56sherylw
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We went to Carlos O Briens in Phoenix on the recommendation of a local relative that met us for dinner there. Menu is standard Mexican dishes. I thought the food was good and enough to walk away full. Bill for 3 dinners and soft drinks...More

Thank WorldTravelerSoCal
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

This place is always crowded, so I figured I'd check it it out. I don't know what the attraction is, because it certainly isn't the food. We came for happy hour, so the margaritas were at a reduced price. Entrees we're reasonably priced, most around...More

Thank Babsypoo
Reviewed 26 February 2017

We were a party of three in great booth at this excellent place. The service and Food and drinks were good. I ordered wine, and I think my guest had a margarita and a Pink Lemonade. I had enchilada dinner with beans, rice and other...More

Thank eddiethea
Reviewed 31 January 2017

Go anytime for the food and stay for the drinks! The happy hour portions of food are really good and the happy hour drinks are also good & strong. The service is also exceptional!

Thank Michellee67
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 25
Mexican, Southwestern, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1133 E Northern Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4119
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix>  > Camelback East
  • Neighbourhood: Camelback East
  • Phone Number: +1 602-274-5881
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At Carlos O’Brien's you will find awesome Mexican food made from high quality, fresh, local ingredients. Our team begins every day bright and early slicing fresh vegetables, turning the best avocados into our famous guacamole, slowly simmering our signature sauces... and when our customers come to enjoy the delicious results, they can be sure of excellent service in a and casual setting.

The food at Carlos O’Brien’s is “Arizona Style Mexican” with many of Carlos O’Brien’s unique additions. There are several one-of-a-kind recipes perfected over the past 40 years. And the team of chefs continue to innovate to come up with new customers’ favorite dishes. Not forgetting the Irish heritage of the founder, the food menu includes a few staples true to the O’Brien name. The bar menu as well includes many of great Irish beers and whiskeys, along with the best of Mexico.