Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kierlandresort.com/
  • Phone: (480) 624-1202
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open daily from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
    Dinner service starting at 6:00 pm
    On behalf of the entire deseo team, we thank you for your business.

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Chef de Cuisine Roberto Madrid
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Deseo is the ideal location for hosting your private parties, corporate dinners, and special events with incredible food and intimate ambiance in a beautiful resort. Due to popular demand, deseo is now open on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning in February 2009 for parties and events only. Deseo Chef de Cuisine Roberto Madrid and his team have created a wonderful new set of menus specifically designed for large parties, and our on-site group dining reservations manager is able assist in booking and also planning additional needs for events. To plan your group dinner at deseo, please contact us for additional details.
  • Private Party Contact: Lauren Purdom 4806241332x
  • Special Events: For special events or large group dining inquiries, please contact Lauren Purdom at 480-624-1332 or lauren.purdom@westin.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Scottsdale Rd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking in the Resort parking lot. Resort valet also available.
A word from Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Showcasing imaginative Nuevo Latin cuisine, deseo’s (deseo is Spanish for “desire”) menu features a distinctive and skillfully blended combination of flavors to create delicious dishes that are bold and intriguing. This style of cooking takes traditional Latin American dishes and reinvents them using European and American cooking techniques and often non-traditional ingredients. The perfect start to dinner at deseo is to “descansar” or “relax” with a freshly created cocktail at the adjacent Muddle Bar, which specializes in blending fresh fruits (mango, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and more) with fresh herbs (basil, tarragon, mint and more) along with your favorite spirit for the perfect pre-dinner cocktail.
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Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (62)special occasion (56)romantic (35)notable wine list (27)great for outdoor dining (20)good for groups (17)neighborhood gem (14)hot spot (8)scenic view (6)vibrant bar scene (4)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Fantastic food. Dining room
    DowntownDinersVIP
    Dined on 11/28/2008
    Fantastic food. Dining room is a bit like a large hotel ballroom.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for both the food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 11/28/2008
    We went for both the food and the piper. Both great. Got wrong bill but manager straightened things out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Finally, an over-the-top &
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/25/2008
    Finally, an over-the-top & simply wonderful restaurant. We've lived in Scottsdale for 2 yrs & dine out A LOT & for the money this was our best all-around dining experience. Mary Elene's in the Phoenician was also very good but also not a dinner often afforded & I understand it's no longer there. At Deseo we started out with the taco ceviche; I thought I had gone to heaven. My husband & I shared the appetizer & after the first bite I was sorry we did. My main entree was the seabass-truely cooked to perfection; crispy outside, moist & flakey inside. The sauce I asked for on the side was also light & delicious. My husband had the ribeye. What a great presentation and he loved it. Our waiter was very knowledgeable, professional yet casual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife and I absolutely loved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/21/2008
    My wife and I absolutely loved our dining experience at Deseo! The food was phenomenal and we enjoyed watching the chefs prepare everything from our table. The ambience was energetic but relaxed. There was great Latin American music playing overhead which was fitting considering the menu encompasses modern cuisine from that part of the world.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I thought this was a nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/19/2008
    I thought this was a nice place for fine dining. I had never had any seviche this good in my whole life. Fish was very tastey and fresh. Sit at the Ceviche bar if you want free samples of ceviche while you eat and drink. They make it all right there in front of you its very nice. I had the special fish of the night and it was awesome, my date had the pork chops which i thought were amazing. Prepare to spend some $$$ but its well worth it. took other advise and had the chocolate cigar for dessert which was very good also. Mojitos are fresh and good although im a beer guy but my date loved it. A MUST GO IF YOU LOVE CEVICHE!!!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • what a fun place!! The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/13/2008
    what a fun place!! The food was great!! Service was amazing...
    Special Features:
    romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would go back for the yucca
    travelinglady
    Dined on 11/10/2008
    Would go back for the yucca bread rolls anytime! Everything else was great too.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic variety on the menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/5/2008
    Fantastic variety on the menu and delicious eats! Nice, calm and quiet place to dine with colleagues on business or your travel companion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The staff is amazing. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/5/2008
    The staff is amazing. The staff's enthusiasm for their food carries over to the quality of the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is among my top 5 restaurants
    VisitingFoodie
    Dined on 11/2/2008
    This is among my top 5 restaurants in Phoenix! The food is amazing and the latin drinks are fantastic. Service is top notch...the staff really pays attention to details.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and ambience, gourment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/29/2008
    Great food and ambience, gourment quality- portions are a bit too much though as the quality of food is so great it doesn't leave you with that wanting more feeling you should have when you dine at a gourmet restaurant, but none the less the best restuarant I've visited in Phoenix
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even if you aren't a "mojito"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/26/2008
    Even if you aren't a "mojito" person, you owe it to yourself to try one of these signature drinks with your meal. The tropic flavors were a perfect match with the beef tenderloin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I sat at the bar and had wonderful
    randomnycdiner
    Dined on 10/21/2008
    I sat at the bar and had wonderful service. Loved the food. Very nice staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special flavorable Latin entrees
    ColoradoFan
    Dined on 10/21/2008
    Special flavorable Latin entrees and the beautiful selection of ceviche make this a delightful change from the usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely exceeded expectations.
    PattyoVIP
    Dined on 10/20/2008
    Absolutely exceeded expectations. The ceviches are not to be missed. I think we tried them all. The Hamachi was incredible. As was the lobster and the lobster tacos. We can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had asked for a romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2008
    We had asked for a romantic table since we were celebrating our anniversary and were intitially led to a tiny table in the middle of the room next to a large group that included little kids. I like little kids, but not on my anniversary! We asked to be moved outside and had a nice table overlooking the golf course. The waiter was knowledgeable and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good ecclectic latin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/9/2008
    Very good ecclectic latin american food. Food quality and presentation was outstanding. I recommend the appitizer sampler of cerviche as well as the chocolate cigar desert. Both were standouts and unusual creations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/8/2008
    Excellent food and service. The ceviche was exceptional! The rack of lamb tender and tasty. We'll return to try more dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Over rated. The wait staff
    kathyzVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2008
    Over rated. The wait staff was stretched thin - ours was very attentive in the beginning, then disappeared after she took our order. The courses were delivered by others after long waits in between. No explanation or apology. The food was outstanding with the exception of the sea bass. It tasted like it was over saturated in oil, perhaps not cooked at a high enought temperature? Loved the artist in residence and sorry we did not make a purchase with him.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/29/2008
    The food and service were both excellent. It has a Cuban theme. You'll love the cerviches. Three of us had the Ecuadorian Cerviche and one of us had an ahi tuna which he loved. Everyone loved their dinners which comprised of 2 different fish dinners (Mahi Mahi and Bass), steak and a lamb dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was a real treat. Loved
    dayna
    Dined on 9/26/2008
    It was a real treat. Loved the atmosphere, service and food. Very generous servings, all great quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ceviche was exceptionally
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2008
    Ceviche was exceptionally good - very fresh. Outdoor dinning can be very intimate and romantic in certain locations. Decor was very chic, but it seems like everyone has that style and it is getting a little bit overused. Service was decent. Desert was only fair in flavor, but the platings were very pleasing and creative - a nice way to end a meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The meal was exceptional,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 9/20/2008
    The meal was exceptional, and absolutely delicious. My husband and I will definately be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was definitely outstanding
    GaileeVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2008
    The food was definitely outstanding with sauces and flavors we totally enjoyed. The decor is just a little above coffee shop - no tablecloths, no black napkins for those customers wearing black, lighting average. The service is poor. After being seated, no one approached our table for quite some time. Finally a busboy asked if we would like to see a menu. We requested a black napkin from three different people. None of them returned to say they did not have black napkins. During the meal the server did stop by occasionally to check on us. When we no longer had any wine nor food on our table, we again sat for quite some time waiting for a bill. The poor service may discourage us from returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The meat was overly salted
    wwwwVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2008
    The meat was overly salted or MSG. We both suffered sever cramps and intestinal disorder from the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deseo has a lovely ambience
    OccasionalDiner
    Dined on 9/18/2008
    Deseo has a lovely ambience and very attentive service. The prices are "Scottsdale" so read that as high. The vegetable side dish was overcooked, but the entrees were cooked right...the lamb was a bit too cold, indicating it was not picked up immediately for service. However, the lamb was quite tasty, and the sea bass was nice as well. The portions for the price were undersized, a negative. Would we go back again....probably not. The wines were overpriced, the portions were undersized, and since Scottsdale has so very many good restaurants, this one will not be beckoning us to return.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We thoroughly enjoyed Deseo.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/18/2008
    We thoroughly enjoyed Deseo. We had exceptional service and the food was outstanding. We will definitley be back upon our next trip to the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loved it! They surprised us
    Luv2EatOut
    Dined on 9/7/2008
    Loved it! They surprised us with a delectable desert when they learned it was our anniversary. The churrasco was to die for. Pricey, yes, but for a special occasion, it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We had heard good things about
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/12/2008
    We had heard good things about Deseo and were happy that they are all true. We arrived early to have a drink at the bar. The service was a bit slow but they more than compensated by not charging us for the drinks! The food is excellent. We shared a cevechi trio then a goat cheese empanada for appetizers. Our main courses were a tuna special and the lamb. Try the side of chic peas and spinach - it's yummy. The chocolate cigar desert was the perfect ending to a great meal. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it! The waitress was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/10/2008
    Loved it! The waitress was very helpful in describing the different foods available.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We were pretty dissapointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/4/2008
    We were pretty dissapointed with the food and service. Millionaire tacos were very good but everything else was just so so. I would not return for a second visit.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Deseo cuisine is cuban and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/27/2008
    Deseo cuisine is cuban and south american influenced. We thought the food was amazing. The dishes are very creative and the appetizers and deserts were extraordinary. We would highly recommend trying this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I made a reservation for 12
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/22/2008
    I made a reservation for 12 people. It was a VIP group and I checked on it the prior day. When I arrived at the restaurant with my guests, we were told that the large table in the middle was taken by someone else and they wanted to seat us at two round tables. This was a VIP group for the NIB conference which included Presidential appointees, and we were bumped by a group of conference attendees. I expect that when I make a reservation for 12 people to get one table and should be notified if that cannot be accommodates. Needless to say, it was very embarassing and the staff was not able to resolve it satisfactorily.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had been to Deseo seven
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/21/2008
    I had been to Deseo seven times since it opened. I hadn't been for over a year and we were very surprised with our last experience. I made a reservation for 7:30. When we got there, one of the hostesses spoke so softly we couldn't understand what she was saying. She led us into the restaurant and directly to the bar. We thought that was very strange, since no one was sitting at the bar. I asked if we could have a table, since the restaurant was about half full. She didn't say a word and just had this creepy smile on here face and showed us to a table nearby. Then she said something in a very soft voice, all the while keeping this strange smile on her face. We thought we had drifted into the Twilight Zone...a very uncomfortable experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been to Deseo several
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/21/2008
    We've been to Deseo several times now, and we are never disappointed with the food or service. The mojitos are fantastic. There are so many great things on the menu, it's hard to choose, and we often end up ordering too much. We said this time we would just order a few things, but then we get there and everything looks so good that it happened again. We ended up taking the crab fried rice and the wild mushroom side dishes home, and they were great left over. We love this place and look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • My wife and I went to Deseo
    opentablevipVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2008
    My wife and I went to Deseo for our anniversary dinner. We happened to be attending a conference at the Kierland Resort and thought we should try Deseo, since we were there. The food (we had a tasting menu) was very good. We have a second home in Charleston, SC, which allows us access to some of the best restaurants in the world on a regular basis, and the food at Deseo was sophisticated and flavorful. Our only mild criticism of the tasting menu was that it was nearly all protein, with the exception of the dessert and a salad course. Perhaps this is the expectation of the restaurant's regulars, but we would have preferred more vegetables in the mix. This is a quibble, though. The food and overall experience are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We've eaten here several times,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    We've eaten here several times, but this time the food was not as good as previous times. They did give us a special dessert for our anniversary and the service was excellent. We do enjoy the appetizers at the bar although they did not mention that they changed their policy during Westin Unwind time (5:30 PM -7:30PM). The drinks are no longer two for one and their appetizers are no longer half price.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our waitress Danielle and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2008
    Our waitress Danielle and the bartender Scott were GREAT! All of you made my husband's 40th birthday celebration very special. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food was awesome. Just spicy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    Food was awesome. Just spicy enough to have a kick without being over the top. Duck entree was the best I have had and, although I generally don't love fish, theirs was amazing. Best of all, try the ceviche. Order a bunch and share, they are incredible. If you are with a small enough group, ask to sit at the counter, where you can overlook the kitchen, talk to the staff and, if you ask nicely (look pathetic enough :-)) , have them give you tastes of what they are preparing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very good Latin theme restaurant.
    Act3VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    A very good Latin theme restaurant. Not cheap but food is quite good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate