Distrito at The Saguaro Scottsdale
Distrito at The Saguaro Scottsdale

Distrito at The Saguaro Scottsdale

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jdvhotels.com/restaurants/arizona/distrito
  • Phone: 4809704444x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast
    Mon-Sun: 7am-11am

    Lunch
    Mon-Fri: 11am-3pm

    Dinner
    Mon-Sun: 5pm-11pm

    Happy Hour
    Mon-Sun: 3pm-6pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Jose Garces
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Special Events: Taco Tuesday - Every Tuesday 6pm-9pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Indian School Rd./ Buckboard
  • Public Transit: Valley Metro bus Route 41- Indian School arriving every half hour, Scottsdale Trolley, Ollie the Trolley.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: COMPLIMENTARY Valet Parking
A word from Distrito at The Saguaro Scottsdale
A cool celebration of the culture and cuisine of Mexico City, serving shareable plates and contemporary interpretations of regional Mexican favorites, the restaurant goes beyond classics to offer the full range of exciting and flavorful cuisine served in the Distrito Federal, as it is known by residents.

With over 100 varieties of tequila, our margarita bar offers an exciting array of fresh fruit margaritas and featuring classic cocktails with a twist. Try our Mezcal Mule!
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Distrito at The Saguaro Scottsdale reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (18)great for outdoor dining (10)romantic (6)vibrant bar scene (5)special occasion (5)scenic view (5)neighborhood gem (5)good for groups (4)late-night find (4)hot spot (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Great food, vibe and service!
    Jilld
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Great food, vibe and service! We loved our server Kate and the FOH mgr (Emilio?) as well. Drinks were fun and well crafted, lots of tapas to try and the place is funky!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Loved it
    LeslieVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Loved the food - don't miss the crab pico -it was awesome. Everything was very delicious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food was awesome, but it was dead this time of year. The bartender is awesome.
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  • Full of flavor
    SchmourtVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This was our 2nd visit to Distrito, and everything was just as amazing as the first time we went. All of the food is so flavorful, and the sangria was refreshing and delicious (they add tequila!). We ordered a few of the plates to share, the mahi mahi tacos, guacamole, tuna ceviche, special fish entree, enchiladas, posole. It was all delicious!! I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Modern Mexican in Scottsdale
    cytodoc
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    A 60's vibe scene that seemed overpriced for a couple of small plates and margaritas. The bar area was packed but the restaurant sparse. Modern Mexican means small plates for typically a higher price. The tuna capriccio was very good and the margaritas packed a punch. The FISH tacos were well-prepared and yummy. But with so much Mexican and/or gourmet food competition in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, for the price, we expected and wanted more. Good food but nothing memorable.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Every course a surprise!
    amgfrVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We could not believe the originality involved in each of the small plates we tasted. The waitstaff were enjoying our reactions , and presented the last plate with a flourish , saying-the best for last. The desserts surpassed the promise of the main courses. We will return. Try the tuna cerviche , and the variation of tres leches cake for dessert. Three small plates is equivalent to one large plate for those who keep track. P.S. Experience a tequila flight.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • tanstaafl
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I enjoyed the food and experience. Our waiter/bartender, Lucky was very friendly and helpful. I loved the Naranja Roja Margrita. It had a little spice to it and you never know if it will be to one's liking. Lucky mentioned that if I did not like it he'd be happy to make me something else or add additional agave to tone down the spice. I always like to hear that so if it's not drinkable your not on the hook for $12.00. I know most places will accommodate you when it comes to something you don't like but it's refreshing to be told that up front and makes the decision easier to make. The drink was awesome! I did taste some spice so it was not a drink to drink fast. We also had the Pescado which was had a great flavor.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place!
    Out4Fun
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Made reservations here for breakfast. Limited menu choices however, the food was excellent. Nice, quiet, relaxing atmosphere. Had a very nice intimate breakfast with my wife sitting at one of the window tables looking out to the patio and park. Service was good. There were only two other couples in the restaurant at the time and we had to ask several times for drink refills. The server could have been more attentive and that is why I gave the service 4 stars instead of 5. Staff is very nice. Over all the experience was great and we will return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what we expected
    jfkinpa
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    We have been looking forward to dining at Distrito for some time now. Based on other reviews we thought we were in for a treat. Not the case at all. Food was nothing special and over priced. Started off with a very plain guacamole and soggy carne asada tacos (also the meat was very chewy) . We ordered re-fried and black beans as a side and both were extremely salty. When we mentioned it to the server he spoke to the chef about it. They offered a dessert on the house. In all fairness the desserts were really good. We had a flourless chocolate cake with coffee ice cream and a chocolate and coffee topping. Also the service was good.
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  • Tappas at Distrito
    foodie21
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was outstanding and the wait staff was very informative and detailed with the menu. Presentation of the food was on point - will definitely return and highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyed every bite!
    GobzafunVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Really enjoyed every aspect of our meal - surroundings, service and food all hit all the right notes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must try for foodies!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Every small plate we tried here exceeded our expectations. Service was fabulous and remodeled restuarant had a fun upbeat feel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Arizona Restaurant Week - not good
    dininout
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Unfortunately, it was Arizona Restaurant Week when we visited. The menu was EXTREMELY limited with no other options. The wait staff was, however, outstanding. We had an overpriced cocktail and left.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ready2eatVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It was restaurant week and they forced a pre-fix menu on everyone without telling them before being seated. We went to the restaurant to try the regular menu and were very disappointed with the options that night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 273 reviews are from the Distrito at The Saguaro Scottsdale reviews archive.
  • Fabulous find
    Cathy
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Found this on travel zoo, while looking for places in Phoenix. Nice blurb on it. Great food and service, they couldn't do enough for us. It was restaurant week so a limited menu. I would love to have seen the entire menu. Destiny our server was fabulous
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • mixed
    Willi
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    For us the queso and dulce de leche were incredible...but the red enchiladas had an unexpected sweet sauce and we did not care for their signature margarita.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Distrito- a taste of Mexico City
    RomanticOnes
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Food was similar to what we encountered at upscale restaurants in Mexico City 2 years ago. We sat outside, and at the tables, it was a little too dark to read the menu and bar list. Of course, that's why we have phones that can light up for us! Also, they seem to have captured the architectural gist of Mexico at this restaurant. The food was really outstanding, the staff very helpful. The overall experience was like having a meal in Mexico City. We would happily go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Aristry
    Chazz
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Recently had luch with 2 friends. While the decor did not trip my trigger, the food looked like artwork with a taste to match. Definately recommend and I will be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Distrito is Mexican at its best
    CraigKennedyVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Can't say enough about the innovative food at Distrito. We had some obvious dishes like guacamole and some creative ones as well. We were very impressed on all fronts. Distrito also has some of the best margaritas of my experience and a solid list of Mexican beers. Well worth a visit.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food yes, service no
    BDH1VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Chef Garces has created some fun and inspirational dishes on the menu. Such a shame that the overall ambience and lack of service delivery ruin the overall experience. When we arrived and came down the stairs one of the greeters was texting on her phone and the other had her back to us and was drinking a cup of tea. They looked at me after I started the conversation. They only spoke to each other and one deftly walked us to a table with no additional interaction. The server was friendly enough and professional. However; his timing was a bit off and he was not very visible (I may not have noticed this had I not been annoyed by the initial greeting). Food was decent. Octopus was a standout. Salmon ceviche way too sweet and salty.
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  • quaint and good location
    my3kinderVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    expensive for what you get, but the food overall was decent. The guacamole was fresh but at $10 a pop, overpriced, although i understand the price of avocados is a factor. Margaritas were too sweet for my taste, i wouldn't order the house again. our waitress was preoccupied, not sure with what. but the patio is a great place to sit and enjoy the scottsdale evening. I would potentially go again, maybe for happy hour.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Scenic View
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great spot in Old Scottsdale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We ate here twice during a 6-day visit to the area. Once for lunch and then returned for dinner. Our tween and teen boys enjoyed it as much as we did. Awesome location; vibe and service. Definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservations preferred to walk-ins.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Both times I have been here most of the tables were empty. However, you have a better chance of getting one if you make a reservation. We were not asked if we wanted to sit inside or out and were seated inside with no view, while a number of tables outside with a great view went empty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok
    Keepitreal
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    I find the food slightly above adequate but had a good time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little menu
    MarijosebaronaVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    The menu is not the same that opentable has in its record. It is so little.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome
    author
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    What an inspired dining experience. There were four of us and we all loved our entrees. Our waitress was very energetic and helpful. I plan on introducing this gem to my girlfriends! I only wish the chef would include the wonderful, small cornmeal samples on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • Excellent!
    NatalieVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Excellent food. Amazing tequila menu. Reasonable prices. Had fun and will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was very flavorful and
    BobV
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Food was very flavorful and complex compared to most good restaurants. Salmon ceviche and small tacos were great. Only complaint is that the duck dish had too much cheese and not enough duck. Prices were reasonable.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food. Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Excellent Food. Excellent Service. Outdoor dining was perfect -- great view and great weather.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Iron-chef worthy
    Thanos
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    It was supposed to be a special occasion. Certainly disappointing. Way too loud. Way too dark. The guacamole was good as was the confit duck, but the other "small plate" - crab claws was tasteless. Main course pork belly was extremely fatty and over-spiced; the prawns were tough and chewy. Two of us had the branzino which was quite good, but the vera cruz sauce wasn't up to most similar sauces we've had in Mexico. The single birthday candle on the dessert was a nice touch. Young servers need training. They can't be heard over the music and aren't skillful at delivering plates to the right patrons. Jose Garces may have designed the menu and hired the chef, but both the food and the untrained servers will hurt his reputation.
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  • It's worth the trip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We don't live in Scottsdale but once a month my husband and I go to a restaurant we have never been to. He is a foodie and I pleasantly follow along. The food is great. The lighting is romantic and aside from the table of 8 30 something's that were getting drunker and louder as the night went on, it was a perfect dining experience. We will go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Mexican food/ poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Food was very good. Ordered guacamole, assortment of tacos (both seafood and the carnitas were our favorites), rellano not tradtional but we enjoyed it. We had a pticher of the Distrito margarita---good but didn't knock our socks off. The service from our waiter, unfortunately, was horrible. It was a long time between him coming over to first greet us, get our drink order, and then food order. He never checked in with us throughout the night. We kept asking the bus boys if we could order a drink or order dinner. The bus boys were attentive but they obviously were not empowered to help the guests because they all kept saying, "I'll get your waiter". Due to the poor service and all the other great restaurants in Scottsdale, we won't return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find...the Naranja Roja!
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    The Naranja Roja might be the best cocktail I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very Disappointed
    Mayflowerkids
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    I was so excited to go back to Distrito but was so very disappointed. we started with the guacamole which took 15 minutes to get to our table and it was just as good as last time. After that we had a bunch of small plates including the pork carnitas tacos. they were not flavorful. We had the barbacoa Duck queso fundido and it was horrible very greasy and way too sweet.the albondigas were okay and the tuna ceviche was very tasty. the red sangria was not very good. Our server left a lot to be desired. the last time we were in Phoenix we liked Distrito so much we went twice but we won't be doing that again.
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  • Great place
    ladydi
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We ate here, as it turned out, three times out of four days we were in Scottsdale. The first time we had the lunch special - guacamole (outstanding), salmon ceviche (excellent), and two orders of tacos. My favorite were the fish tacos crusted with ground plantain chips. The second meal we had was a nice dinner with six people. We got the tasting menu and there were too many things to list, but I think my favorite of all was the branzino with a tomato-ey sauce. It was delicious. Dessert assortments were outstanding, and the pitchers of top shelf margaritas were wonderful too. The third time we came was on a tour with Arizona Food Tours. We had the guacamole (again, delicious) and a chicken taco. The taco was good, but I prefer the fish taco.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Experience
    SGWestonVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Dined with my husband and was seated right on top of two adjacent couples though the restaurant was half empty. Server took forever to show her face. Drinks were poor quality & very watered down when they finally arrived. Small plates were more aptly described as minuscule. Food was fair overall. Some creativity exhibited by the chef. On balance, though, this place was a huge rip off. I left feeling hungry and annoyed and would never go back based on this experience.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • cute gem
    kellley
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    We had reservations at the spa so we decided to grab a bite to eat beforehand. I had the chorizo breakfast burrito, best breakfast burrito I've ever eaten! Extremely flavorful and really enjoyed the fresh avocado. My friend had the pescado tacos which also looked delicious. The decor and ambiance was awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome and delicious food!
    TonyCVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Awesome and delicious food! Great service as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing experience
    SedonaDiner
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I wanted to share a memorable dining experience with my wife for our first Valentine's Day being married. We were so pleased with the selection at Distrito. Every dish was prepared with care and precision by cooks that definitely knew what they were doing. The balance of flavor in every single dish was amazing. I will dream of this meal for a lifetime!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy food and outdoor view
    Hungry
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    The service however was laughable it was so sub-par. I would have thought he was just having a bad day, but every time he waits on us he is horribly inept. A nice enough guy just clueless!!! Disappointing for a restaurant of this caliber.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.