More like Ciao, Cowboy!. I ate there once and spent the next 24 hours vomiting. Coincidence? I have no desire to find out. Good luck
Our visit was spoiled by waiting for an hour and a half after ordering for our guest's meal to be delivered. Finally flagged the waiter who seemed to have forgotten about it. My companion and I had finished eating our meals long before the waiter returned. He brought only one item saying that they were out of the scallops in the other dish that had been ordered. This was an hour and a half after the order had been placed! My friend went home hungry with no food other than the salad. They were also out of two of the wines we requested. We were brought a substitute choice by one waiter who ended up serving others and our new waiter came to the table and said there wasn't enough in the bottle the first person had brought to serve us all so we had to make another choice.
Very poor service. They just didn't seem to care about us as customers.
All in all it was a big disappointment and spoiled the evening out for dinner.
Good food, icy 'tude. Food is good nouvelle, for the price it should be. Stetson salad was inventive and tasty. As for the service, I was reminded of an episode of "Frasier" or L'idiot from "LA Story." I'll forget the salad but will remember the pretentious attitude, rich in every gesture and grimace, reminding you what a favor you're being done. From the moment you walk in to the moment you leave. We tried to have a sense of humor but the good food hard to swallow. Better service, cuisine, and overall experience elsewhere.
Great Restaurant. Great restaurant
A whimsical menu, witty wine list and surreal setting belie the serious care that goes into creating the meals..
The young and chic, business types, and mature patrons of the area galleries gather under the star-studded ceilings of this transcontinental eatery. From its focus-of-the-room bar to the watch-the-world-walk-by window tables, this place exudes an upbeat, creative energy. The varied menu sports a wealth of gourmet ingredients, albeit at the expense of locally grown items. At nearly every table, a Stetson chopped salad (arugula, smoked salmon, Israeli couscous, sweet corn, marinated tomatoes, "trail mix" of asiago, pepitas and black currants, pesto ranch dressing) is being tossed. Popular entrees include the signature exotic mushroom pan fry with ancho cream and elk strip loin with hazlenut pesto and mushroom risotto.
THE STETSON SALAD RULES!. Every time I'm in Phoenix, i have to visit Cowboy Ciao. I've been coming here for the past 6 years and I've never been disappointed. By far, my favorite thing is the Stetson salad. Not only do i love the way it tastes, but the way it's presented is fabulous. All the ingredients are neatly placed in a row on the salad plate -- smoked salmon, chopped arugula, roasted sweet corn, pepitas and cous cous -- and then the server gingerly mixes in the creamy pesto dressing and serves it to you. ABSOLUTELY YUMMY!! It's such a cute ritual. I love the creative food combinations (peanut brittle & bacon, for instance) and the cocktail options and wine flights are fantastic. During lunch the scene is very casual but once dinnertime rolls around, the lights turn down & the noise goes up. Admittedly the last few times my usual dessert -- the poto' chocolate (thick chocolate at the bottom of a cappuccino cup topped w/cream infused w/chili powder) -- has been a letdown. Even so, I highly recommend this place - -it's consistently outstanding.
Still going strong in downtown Scottsdale.
Even after all these years Cowboy Ciao still rocks. I was surprised when my wife and I walked in at 5:45pm on a Friday and we were told we needed a reservation. Fortunately, the bar offers a full meal menu and thats where we parked ourselves. We split the corn meal tiger shrimp appetizer served on a bed of creamy cheesy grits. Very nice dish, shrimp flavor was awesome and it carried well will the breading and grits. After that we ordered the chop and testosterone salads. Great combinations and flavors in both salads, with the chop salad including granola as one of its primary ingredients and cherries in the testosterone salad. It was a very hard call but I would have to say the chop salad was the better of the two, simply because of the unusual ingredients, blending into an awesome salad.
For dessert, we split the bread pudding. I had heard about this dish at Cowboy Ciao and was curious. I am a bread pudding fan and was somewhat skeptical, but I have to say this was the best bread pudding dessert dish I have ever had. I say dessert dish, because beyond the bread pudding and awesome bourbon style sauce, the orange ice cream really put this dish over the top.
Cowboy Ciao has an extensive wine list and the staff was knowledgeable and very helpful. Service at the bar was great and friendly. We are definitely going back to try other items on their varied and most interesting menu. My only regret is waiting so long to try this restaurant!
you people are crazy
best place ever
YOUR the one who is overpriced
Stuffed Olives. It is an interesting concept and the service/friendliness of the staff was great. However, the food is ridiculously overpriced even more so because it is not that unique. They were unwilling to change any dish to accomodate a vegetarian in our group because the chef "did not want to alter the integrity of his dishes." The dishes are not good to begin with! However, the reason I will never go back is because when I ordered a martini and asked for a third olive, they charged us for the third olive. I have been to enough restaurants in several states and that has NEVER happened!
Another Disappointment. We keep giving this place a chance each year, and each time it disappoints. First, the food is not exceptional, and it is overpriced as many of the reviewers mention. The mark-up on wine is 4x. We had a grumpy server - asked for clean silverware and things went downhill from there. On atmosphere, the interior decor is dated and does nothing to enhance one's dining experience. In fact, I have never liked the insides of this restaurant. In sum, Cowboy Ciao is at best, a h i t or miss. So far we haven't h i t.
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