Throughout the year, Tonto Bar & Grill hosts several events to bring together family and friends and foster a sense of community. From our popular Balloon Festival to our spring concert series to our special holiday dinner celebrations, we invite you to come out and join us for the good times. We also offer events at our sister restaurant, Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, just up the street. Our calendar lists events happening at both restaurants and in the neighborhood.

Remember to visit Tonto Bar & Grill when you are in Cave Creek/Carefree enjoying all of the wonderful activities the area has to offer, including golfing, shopping, hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, bird watching, sightseeing and attending festivals.


Daily happy hour

  • When: 3-6 p.m. daily
  • Location: Tonto Bar & Grill
  • Description: Join us from 3-6 p.m. daily in the bar for  Happy Hour. Enjoy $1 off draft beers, $8 well martinis, $5 well cocktails and featured wines, $6 Tontoritas and $5 appetizer specials.

Cinco de Mayo!
May 5 @ 11:30 am – 9:00 pm

Join us for some tasty fare while we celebrate our southerly neighbors independence day.
Don’t miss out on our agave spirit’s, we have one of the best lists in the valley!
Print the Cinco De Mayo Menu

Lunch Special 11 am – 3 pm:
Carne Asada Torta with Mesquite-Grilled Skirt Steak, Roasted Tomatillo Jam, Grilled Scallions, Queso Fresco, Crisp Iceberg, Guajillo Chile Aioli with Tri-Colored Corn Chips and Habanero Tomato Salsa 16.

Dinner 3 – 9 pm:
Achiote Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Southwestern Mexican Rice, Braised Black Beans with Cotija Cheese, Calabacitas, Roasted Poblano Cream, Fresh Mango Chayote Salsa 27.

Mexican Chocolate Andullo with Mescal whiped cream and mini dulce de leche dipped Oaxaca churros 11.


Mother’s Day
May 10 @ 10:30 am – 8:30 pm

Join us on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10, from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., where Mom can start off with a House-Made “Mother’s Blush.” Fresh muddled strawberries, white zinfandel, Italian bubbly brut and fresh orange twist. In addition to our regular menu, we’ll be serving a gourmet Mother’s Day menu, featuring tasty specials and trio of  house-made desserts from our bakeshop. Print the special menu
Call 480-488-0698 for reservations or go to our home page for online reservations.

Wild Mushroom Bisque with Meyer Lemon Crème Fraiche, Puffed AZ Corn Chicos, and Local Thyme Oil 8. cup 10. bowl

Entree Specials:
House-Made Quiche with Fossil Creek Goat Cheese, Brocollini, Spring Onion, and Crimini Mushrooms. Served with AZ Arugula, Strawberries, Candied Almonds, Roasted Red Beets, and Raspberry Vinaigrette 18.

Pan-Seared Chilean Sea Bass with Golden Beet Puree, Cipollini Onion and Goat Cheese Risotto, Confit Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, and Pomegranate Champagne Vinaigrette 42.

4 oz. Mesquite Wood-Grilled Filet Mignon and 4 oz. Jumbo Lump Crab Cake with Roasted Garlic Crème Fraiche Potato Puree, Grilled Asparagus, AZ Sun-Dried Tomato Butter, Crispy Shallot   44.

Mini Pink Macaroons filled with Shiraz Berry Chantilly Cream and Fresh Raspberries Orange Cream tartlet with Brown Sugar Glazed Orange Supremes, Blueberry Pineapple Cake with Coconut Icing and Roasted Pecans 11.


Also consider our sister restaurant, Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House, for Mother’s Day which is open from 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.


Spring AZ Restaurant Week
May 15 @ 11:00 am – May 25 @ 9:00 pm

AZ Rest Logo15This statewide affair offers foodies a wealth of dining opportunities and the chance to get outside their own neighborhood and try something new. From sizzling Southwestern and soothing comfort foods to five-star dining and international fare – it’s all on the table during Arizona Restaurant Week. So prepare your taste buds and dig in.

For full details visit:

Need a reservation? You can make them online via OpenTable. The link is located on the left hand side of our home page:

Arizona Restaurant Week Spring Menu 2015
$44 per guest, plus tax, Choose one item in each category
Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free choices available

Harvest Salad with Bibb Lettuce, Spinach, Strawberries, Melon, Honeyed Marcona Almonds, Chia Seeds, Fossil Creek Shiraz Wine Goat Cheese, and Balsamic-Fig Vinaigrette
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Tortilla Crusted Crab Cakes (2ea.) with Jicama Roasted Green Chile Slaw and Chipotle Aioli
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Local Roasted Beet Salad with Watercress, Fossil Creek Goat Cheese, Sun-Dried Cranberries, and Raspberry Vinaigrette

Onion-Crusted Walleye with Yukon Potato Roesti, Fresh Herbed Carrots, Sauteed Garlic Spinach, AZ Chive Remoulade, Fried Capers
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Ancho Chili Rubbed Filet (6oz), Crimini and Scallions, Manchego Scalloped Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, AZ Roasted Corn Cream and Adobo Demi
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Orange Barbecued Salmon with Sweet Potato Poblano Corn Hash, Spaghetti Squash, Spinach, Roasted Garlic and Mesquite Honey Jus

Warm Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Warm Chocolate Buttermilk Sauce and Candied Pecan Ice Cream
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Lemon-Lime Sour Cream Meringue Pie with Raspberries, Sliced Kiwi, Baked in an Almond Crust
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Crème Brulee with Piloncillo Caramel Swirl, Salted Pepita Lace Cookie, Fresh Seasonal Berries
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Assorted House-Made Sorbets


6th Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival, Sponsored by Sanderson Lincoln
May 23 @ 5:30 pm – 9:45 pm

CCBFFB15LogoSixth Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival Featured by Sanderson Lincoln, May 23, 2015 to Benefit CCUSD
WHAT: Sixth Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival presented by Sanderson Lincoln, organized by Tonto Bar & Grill and Aerial Solutions.
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 23, 2015.
WHERE: On the driving range of the Rancho Mañana Golf Course. Entrance to event is on the corner of Spur Cross & Cave Creek Road.

Facebook: /CaveCreekFestivals   Twitter: /ccfestivals
Phone: Tonto Bar & Grill 480-488-0698.

Ten percent of on line ticket sales proceeds will go to the Cave Creek Unified School District (CCUSD), and the school with highest ticket sales will receive an additional $500.

General Admission: $10 adults; $5 for ages 12 and under; children 2 and under enter free. General admission tickets are available online or at the gate. Purchase your tickets online, and support the school of your choice. Tickets available at: All sales are final.
No cancellations or rain checks.

VIP tickets t.b.a.

All parking available at the center of town, 38406 N. Schoolhouse Rd. in Cave Creek. Parking cost is $5, and proceeds will go to CCUSD. Parking includes shuttle service to and from the event. There is no access or parking available at Tonto Bar & Grill.

DETAILS: The sixth Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival at Rancho Mañana will be bigger and better than ever, and packed with more family fun for everyone! Sanderson Lincoln & Ford, Tonto Bar & Grill, Aerial Solutions are again teaming up for this fantastic event in Cave Creek.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy live music by local bands, as well as food, beverages, cocktails and wine. Locally brewed Four Peaks beer will be available for purchase. Turn the kids loose at the larger-than-ever kids’ zone and great activities.

Rancho Mañana Golf Club driving range will once again become a magical field of glowing splendor at 7:30 p.m. when brightly colored and whimsically shaped balloons – come to life. Additional entertainment t.b.a.

Please, no lawn chairs, dogs or outside food or beverages allowed. ATMs available on-site. All activities dependent on weather. All sales are final. No cancellations, no rain checks.

Step away from the festival and enjoy a gourmet meal at Tonto Bar & Grill adjacent to the festival while relaxing on the patio or inside this rustic restaurant. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Father’s Day
Jun 21 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Let us do the grilling! Bring in Dad for a special Southwestern meal.

Lunch Special 11 am – 3 pm:
House-made Chili Burger served open-faced on an onion potato bun with Roasted Green Chile, Mesquite Fried Onions, Aged Pepperjack, and Chives with a side of Kiltlifter Battered Onion Rings 16.

Dinner 4 – 9 pm:
Peppercorn-Crusted All-Natural 12oz. Rib eye with a Aged Gouda Twice Baked Potato, Hickory Smoked Cream of Corn, Grilled Asparagus, and a House-Made Tangy Steak Sauce 42.

Bacon Maple Beer Cake: Light Beer Cake layered with maple pastry cream, crispy bacon pieces and boiled caramel icing. Served with sautéed apples and roasted peanut bark 11.

Independence Day
Jul 4 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Our lower patio has amazing views of the fireworks show in Cave Creek, while your enjoying our specials.

Lunch 11 am – 3 pm:
All-American Mesquite-Grilled Burger Applewood-Smoked Bacon, AZ Heirloom Tomato, Sweet Red Onion, American Cheese, Local Fried Egg, Bibb Lettuce, and Tonto’s Special Spread Served with Grilled Watermelon Salad 16.

Dinner 4 – 9 pm:
AZ Four Peaks Sunbru Braised Baby Back Ribs finished on the Mesquite-Wood Grill served with Local Roasted Sweet Corn off the Cob with Cotija, Cilantro, and Chipotle Tabasco, Hand-Picked Prickly Pear BBQ Sauce, and a Fresh Napa Cabbage Slaw 28.