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225 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3652
+1 480-225-3899
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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387 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first visit here was much too quick. I had been given a free drink card. I entered the wrong door and was caught off guard as I couldn't figure out the lay of the land. I was directed to the register and ordered. I took my cold brew to go and surveyed the area as I left. It's a... More 

Thank Bkbak
Fishers, Indiana
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768 reviews
436 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 644 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

One of the neatest coffee shops I've ever been in. Great ambiance and the smell of great coffee hits you before you even walk through the door. Great variety and great service.

Thank SmokiesJunkie
Tustin, California
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129 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Phoenix had only a few coffee shops and Cartel was a standout. The coffee was great and the service was on point. The prices are a little high, but given the quality, it was reasonable. I wish they had a wider range of pastries though.

Thank glen p
Tempe, Arizona
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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

I was on my lunch break and my coworker said do you like coffee I said no I hate coffee he said I'de still like this place is called the cartel. I walked in and immediately the smell the coffee hit me in my face like a baseball bat however the atmosphere was amazing people were everywhere, from students doing... More 

Thank Allan H
Mesa, Arizona
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

I really enjoy this on campus coffee place. I believe it has the best coffee in Arizona. when I go there I always get a toddy and an espresso shot. almost all the time it blows me away, plus the owner Jason is really cool👍🏿👍🏿

Thank chefboyr2
Montreal, Canada
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

I'm always looking for the perfect coffee shop while traveling and was not disappointed with The Cartel Coffee Lab. Exactly what I was looking for. Perfect latte. Can't ask for more.

Thank Marsoan
South Lyon, Michigan
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43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

Came in through the back and thought I was entering a hookah lounge. Iced coffee was rather pricey and had the weirdest sour taste I've ever experienced in a coffee drink. After doing my best to sweeten it up the drink went into the trash and I was on my way. Like I stated....not at all what I expected.

Thank tman5781
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116 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

The coffee drinks were good...but way over priced for the tiny serving size. Not a great selection of pastries although the homemade pop tarts were quite good. We enjoy independent coffee shops and make a point to support them...but this place seems to be trying too hard with the over the top hipster attitude.

Thank MarJar26
Christchurch, New Zealand
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

I loved it. Great fit out, and awesome staff. They're very clearly very passionate about coffee, and they'll make it precisely how you like it. It's hugely busy (though most of the people there seem to be students working on their MacBooks, taking up all the tables...) so I wouldn't want to be in a rush! The apple crumble pie... More 

Thank lostintheether
Tempe, Arizona
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

Very bitter coffee. Lots of people rave about it. Just don't like their coffee. Try it for yourself, take a risk and spend $2. I find it silly reviewing a $2 cup of coffee.

Thank Sam D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 225 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3652
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Tempe
  • Phone Number: +1 480-225-3899

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?