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Margaritaville at Westgate in Glendale, Arizona

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Margaritaville Glendale, Arizona

Margaritaville at Glendale's Westgate City Center

Copyright: Elizabeth R. Mitchell

Margaritaville Glendale Basics:

Margaritaville Glendale
6751 N Sunset Blvd, Suite E109, Glendale, AZ 85305
Phone: 623-772-0011
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Days and Hours:

Margaritaville is open for lunch, dinner and late night entertainment. Margaritaville, Glendale is open 11am to 1am Sunday through Thursday and until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Smuggler's Hold, a great little store for Margaritaville goodies, opens at 10am each day and closes at 1am.

Margaritaville is suitable for families and is only restricted to the over 21 crowd 11pm and after.

Parking:

Margaritaville Glendale is located in the south part of the Westgate City Center, near the corner of Glendale Ave. and the 101. The closest parking is in the West parking lot. Valet service is available.

Decor:

Of course you love Jimmy Buffet's music and the margaritas but what makes Glendale's Margaritaville a destination is the decor. It's an amazing collage of maps, boats, fish and fun... all with that colorful Caribbean flair.

Fountains in Paradise:

At 5 p.m. each day, Westgate's $6 million WaterDance fountain shoots water synched to a set of Buffett mainstays such as It's Five O'clock Somewhere and Margaritaville. Sing and dance along. It's great fun!

Family Fun:

The decor and color is attractive to the the younger set and Margaritaville is appropriate for families (unless you prefer your children not be exposed to others drinking beer and margaritas). We were there at 5:30 and a trio of men on stilts paraded around the dining room and patio stopping to make balloon hats for kids and adults alike. It's a happy place. I thought it would be a great place for a family birthday celebration.

Menu:

I was impressed with the offerings. Along with the traditional Cheeseburger in Paradise, there were many very healthy and delicious entrees. I enjoyed the Jerk Salmon accompanied by vegetables and a side salad. The Jambalaya looked good and my friends sampled entrees and the Corn and Crab Chowder soup. All had a bit of spicy zip to them. Combined with an icy Margarita, the meal was an ideal representation of what Jimmy Buffet's vision is all about. For several hours we reveled in the belief that we were on a Caribbean beach somewhere... searching for our lost shaker of salt.

Here's the menu in .pdf format

Entertainment:

As if the decor, music, games on flat screen TV's and stilt men are not enough entertainment, Margaritaville has live music beginning at 10pm. At 11, the restaurant converts to a night club and the area around the stage is cleared for dancing. Over 21 types can dance until 1 or 2pm depending on the day.

Price:

I thought the meals were fairly reasonable. Entrees ranged from $14.95 (pasta) to $24.95 (sirloin and shrimp combo). Of course if you order a Margarita and want to keep the really cool glass, it will cost you $5.00. And, of course if you stop by the Smuggler's Den gift shop afterwards... well, we won't tell you how much we spent!

Make Glendale's Margaritaville Your Destiantion for Fun:

Margaritaville is a destination, not just a restaurant. Margaritaville is spread out over two floors, with patio and balcony seating overlooking Westgate's Jobing.com Arena and water fountain. On the ceiling is a map showing Glendale as a beachy coastal community and a replica of Buffet's float plane. You can hang out on the ship's bridge or enjoy seating in a Margaritaville boat complete with rods and reels for catching one of those elusive sharks. (Fins to the left, Fins to the right, you know!)

The menu is varied. You can enjoy a sandwich or some of the famous "Volcano Nachos." Picture this... a whole package of tortilla chips carefully piled sky high on a plate covered wtih chili, cheese, guacamole and more. Add a Lone Palm Ale or Signature Margarita and you are definitely on the beach!

What to stay on the light side? How about a Caribbean Chicken Salad or some Peel and Eat Shrimp? Fine diners will appreciate the entrees such as the fresh catch of the day prepared you you love it and accompanied by pineapple-mango salsa, Jerk BBQ Sauce or Island Butter.

But Wait... There's More

As we headed out to enjoy the Westgate fountain show, we happened upon the fountain-side bar, Cowboy in the Jungle. A casual bar where you can take your Margarita drinking seriously.

And, of course, don't forget the shop, Smuggler's Hold, where you can buy flip flops, shirts (great designs), signs, Margaritaville glassware and much more. And, if you don't think your friends will know where Glendale is, they do have Margaritaville shirts that say "Margaritaville Phoenix."

Recommendation

Headed for the Phoenix area? Make Margaritaville one of your stops. When it's warm, dine outside, watch the fountain and relax with one of those frozen concoctions. Chilly outside? Catch the action and the music inside. It's always Margarita season! I will definitely return.

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