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Core Kitchen and Wine Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain
Core Kitchen and Wine Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

Core Kitchen and Wine Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/DoveMountain/Dining/core_kitchen/Default.htm
  • Phone: (520) 572-3000
  • Hours of Operation: OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
    Breakfast: 7 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Daily
    Dinner: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Daily
    Wine Experience: 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday's $20 per person

  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: David Serus
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you are planning a social or business event, we invite you to experience the refined and intimate ambiance of a private dining room at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. With an extensive wine list, dedicated service and personalized menus, our professional team of Ladies and Gentlemen will help you create a memorable occasion.

    CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar has several unique settings to enhance your event such as the Private Dining Room, Chef's Counter, Adventures in Dining Table and Wine Lounge. Each location is available seven days a week, making them the ideal place for business dining, intimate holiday entertaining or celebrating your most special occasion.
  • Private Party Contact: Christine E. Moore, Food and Beverage Manager (520) 572-3064
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A word from Core Kitchen and Wine Bar at The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain
True American cuisine that is approachable, innovative and inspired by Sonoran and regional influences. The menu is complemented by an extensive wine list in an elegant, yet casual atmosphere. The open kitchen highlights the culinary team creating á la carte offerings with plenty of interaction. The private dining room provides an option to entertain larger parties and family gatherings with a personalized chef menu. The chef’s table sets the tone for a world-class interactive, personalized gourmet dining experience.
CORE serves breakfast and dinner.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Lovely restaurant, beautiful view. Poured a great martini and food was good. Of the 3 entrees the slow cooked ribs were the best. However it took forever to get our meal. It was off- season, rainy weather, and resort fairly empty and yet we had to wait way too long to get our meal. So the problem is either the server's or the kitchen's. And there was entry of food servers. But that timeline definitely needs to be fixed if you want to be considered a high- quality restaurant at a 5- star resort. My husband and I very rarely critique or criticize (in fact we left a 20% tip even though it wasn't a good experience) but we've stayed at many RC's and Four Seasons and have never experienced such a timeline at those types of resorts."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Everything about our experience, from the food to the service to the ambience, was not only fitting for a resort of this quality, but also more than justified the price. We were also impressed by the number of healthy menu selections they offer. You can eat well without the guilt, and without sacrificing favor. This is an excellent restaurant."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Dined at Core for breakfast 3 times and dinner 1x during my stay.I was extremely satisfied with the hot/cold breakfast buffet. There were several options and the food was fresh and delicious. I also did the wine tasting on Friday evening with CJ who was extremely knowledagble on all wines. On Saturday, we dined at Core for dinner and CJ was kind enough to pair our entire meal with wines. He made sure to tell us about the wines and follow-up during each course. It was a wonderful experience. CJ also served us drinks after dinner and was beyond courteous and accommodating. A must try is the sarsaparilla sunset drink and "The Donna" signature bacon vodka and maple syrup cocktail. Amazing to sit outside to dine as well."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Went to Core for my first wedding anniversary and it was amazing! From the apps to the desert, everything was perfect! Highly recommend to anyone celebrating a special occasion!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "My wife and I celebrated our 27th wedding anniversary with a weekend at the local Ritz-Carlton at Dove Mountain and dinner and breakfast the next day at Core. Our evening at Core was wonderful, from our outstanding waiter, outdoor seating, beautiful evening desert views, and wonderfully-prepared meals. My wife had the beet salad and the short ribs entree with a side order of spinach, while I had the salad of local greens and the butterfish with a side order of broccolini. My wife selected a favored coffee desert, and I selected the panna cotta and a French-press coffee. We especially enjoyed the locally-grown vegetables, which were featured in our salads and our entrees. We look forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • " Went there for a birthday celebration, the food was amazing, but the thing that made it prefect was the service. I'm sorry I don't remember our servers name, but he was excellence, attentive but not hovering, excellent!!!"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful, the wine list was extensive, and the advice was terrific. Our fish was excellent. This was our first time there, but it definitely won't be our last. We plan to go back for the new Dove Mountain wine you're getting and we plan to take our family there for the holidays. Thanks."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The menu is limited, but the butterfish I had was excellent, as was the beet salad. My husband had the steak, which he said was done perfectly. Will definitely be back in the fall when my snowbird sister and husband come back to Tucson. It was a rainy foggy night which made it even more special for us. Too bad they stuck in a corner away from the windows and the view. Wasn't very crowded so not sure why. A little disappointed about that,hence the 4 stars."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant in Tucson. I will continue to be open minded and try other places in Tucson, but I have not found a place that compares. Best wine list in town. Different and interesting full flavored foods. Service is the best you will have in Tucson undoubtedly."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I was incredibly impressed with every dish and it's execution and presentation, the pork belly appetizer was the shining star in particular. Besides the food, the service from every detail was on point and everyone was so friendly and made our anniversary feel so special."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The views from the patio are breathtaking. Service was outstanding. The scallops were the best I've ever had. However, my steak was over cooked and tasteless. I would dedicatedly go back just to enjoy the views which pretty much out way anything else."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Every time we are here from Canada we have at least one meal at Core - never disappointed."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "One of my favorite restaurants. The food and service was excellent. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Core is one of the primary reasons we come to the Ritz Carlton Dove Mtn. Excellent, gourmet food with delightful service. "
    Dined on 5/26/2014
  • "We had a wonderful table on the patio. The service was fine, the wine list was good, the food was just average. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't anything special. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We went to Core for a special occasion. Expecting an phenomenal dining experience, we left disappointed. It wasn't a bad meal by any stretch of the imagination, yet it didn't meet expectations of a great meal. Service was good. A Grey Goose martini was $18.00----way overprice for the skimpy size of the drink. Scallops were a good choice as an appetizer----that was the highlight of the meal. It's a great location, beautiful view and good service. But for the money, it wasn't anything to write home about."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Located in Wild Burro Canyon, Core Kitchen has a great view within the canyon and a very peaceful environment. The music was not too loud and you could actually have conversations unlike many places in town. Very good food. My only knock was that we'd been told that we'd be seated by a fireplace and if it got cold, they'd turn it on. They had trouble starting the fireplace so we were quite cold for a while. Not a big deal and we probably should have been better dressed being Tucsonans!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were very pleased with all aspects of our dining experience. The staff was friendly and very attentive. Our dinners were delicious! We both had a steak. My husband was especially pleased that his steak was done to his liking. Seared on the outside and still rare inside. The setting is beautiful with wonderful views. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I've been to almost every restaurant in Tucson. Core is the best place to dine. I used to work in fine dining when I was in college and I'm surprised Core is only 4 stars. Phenomenal genuine service, fantastic high-quality food. Truly Ritz-Carlton. I always bring my guests to this restaurant and recommend it to everyone. Core never let's me down."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "From the moment you arrive you are well taken care of. Staff know you by name and are very attentive to your every need. The food was very good, well prepared and beautifully served. Perfection! Kudos to the staff and management for a lovely dinner evening."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Once again Core was outstanding in all respects. The special Tuna entree a worthy of Michelin stars !"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Perfect place for an anniversary dinner. Get there before dark, sit in outside dinning, and take in the view of the desert. Great wine selection and interesting entrees. Excelent service! A little on the pricey side but we will be back next special occasion."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "We were at the Resort celebrating my birthday and had dinner here the night of my birthday. Excellent restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Wonderful scenic view. Enjoyed the food and romantic section outside over looking the canyon. Dessert was fabulous so we could share it. Champagne toast was offered for our celebration and we enjoyed it so much! Hubby had the duck. I had the Sea Bass with artichoke trimmings along with artichoke soup!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • ". The food, the surroundings, the exceptional wait staff. You can’t just pick one. Without a doubt it was a very pleasant dinner. One you don’t mind tipping 20% for."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "We dined here with friends and both their meals were good but I guess we ordered the wrong thing because it was just mediocre. I might try it again and order something else because if you are staying at the hotel you are stuck unless you want to drive down the mountain to a restaurant."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "We have eaten dinner here several times and always return (about once per month). Though the menu does not change often there are plenty of selections so we have not been bored or disappointed. The pork preparation changes seasonally and is always a great choice. The mac and cheese side is so good I could make a dinner of it (and have done so)! We recently discovered the wine tasting from 5 - 6 pm in their wine bar. We definitely recommend this experience prior to dinner ($20 per person). Service is always perfect at Core. The staff here are all friendly and knowledgeable. They all work well together and it reflects positively on the restaurant."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The specialty cocktails were favorites and worked well with the absolutely lovely scenery of the Hotel and environs. Service was very good. I ate the rib eye which was prepared to my specification but a tad salty. Recommend for a romantic outing and stay over."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Core is the Dove Mountain Ritz's "signature" restaurant. So, given this and the fact this Ritz is a resort, I was very pleasantly surprised at the price point of the food. The drinks were regular resort prices but the food was very reasonable priced and very good. The service was outstanding. Lots of menu options - meat, fish, ... Had a very nice breakfast at this same restaurant the next day and again the service was outstanding and the food was very good. So, if you're staying at the Ritz, you're probably going to eat here and it will be a good experience. If you're driving up or down I-10 from either the Phoenix area or Tuscon it's worth a detour."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Went with guests during the Match Play week, Busy but as good as ever."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We dined here for my birthday and had a wonderful time. Everything was just perfect; food, service and ambiance"
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "This is a beautiful restaurant with amazing views and interior decorating. The service was fine. Nonetheless I was disappointed with the food given the affilitation with Ritz-Carlton. My wedge salad was under-dressed and my side salad of Kale was terrible. To be fair, my guests loved their food. The ambience is amazing - perfect for romantic dinners or client events."
    Dined on 2/10/2014
  • "The Ritz is a gorgeous setting in the Tortolitas. The Duck confit was excellent. Skip the pork belly appetizer, but the trout tartare was fabulous."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The whole experience was terrific from start to finish. The service was excellent with the server being very knowledgeable and attentive. Servings were generous, and the food was prepared perfectly. An outstanding wine list added to the enjoyment of the evening. We definitely plan to bring friends."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We live in the Tucson area and have been to Core Kitchen multiple times. Every experience has been exemplary. The waitstaff has been uniformly excellent--well versed on the menu items and helpful, but not obtrusive. Their sommelier has also been highly knowledgeable about their extensive wine list and exceptionally gracious. Core Kitchen is located within the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Hotel, a beautiful spot in the Tortolita Mountains north of Tucson, We love it!"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The best can always be expected here except for one thing. When you pay $12 to $16 for a glass of wine I expect it to be chilled. When a good wine is served at 72 to 74 degrees it is plain stupid for a company such as the Ritz not to serve the wine chilled to the world wide suggested temperature of 58 to 60 degrees."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Our dinner at Core was to celebrate our 40th anniversary and what a ideal setting it was for a celebration--lovely, peaceful and comfortably appointed. The service was excellent, helpful without being obtrusive. The menu offered many interesting combinations of tastes and textures, and each item was perfectly prepared. Portions were a good size but did not leave us feeling stuffed. There were NO weak points in this experience. What a delightful discovery; we look forward to returning."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Always enjoy dinner and the ambiance at Core.Wine list excellent and Michael provides excellent assistance in selecting wine!"
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Our server was helpful in guiding us through the menu. We all ordered something different and enjoyed our unique dishes."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Great service at the bar, food was good too, will be returning for the wine tastings on fridays..."
    Dined on 12/6/2013