Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails
Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails

Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hiltonelconquistador.com/sundance-epazote-en.html
  • Phone: (520) 544-1705
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Jan Osipowicz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: El Conquistador Way
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Free Valet Parking
A word from Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails
A new dining experience at the Hilton El Conquistador. Literally translated as "Mexican Tea", Epazote is prominently used in Southwest cuisine to add spicy yet earthy flavor somewhat reminiscent of fennel. Inspired by this flavor and the traditions of the Southwest.

Enjoy Southwestern dishes featuring locally sourced specialties such as Arizona grass feed beef, Southwest mountain trout, Colorado lamb, selected cheeses and Arizona grown produce. Along with your meal, you will enjoy some of the most spectacular views of Pusch Ridge, on the outdoor patio.

Featuring a wide selection of tequilas, locally brewed beers and Arizona Wines. Those looking to sample a taste of the Southwest will be able to select from a bar menu of delectable options ideal for a shared dinner or snack.
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Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (9)scenic view (8)special occasion (7)fit for foodies (6)romantic (5)neighborhood gem (4)late-night find (2)good for groups (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Very low staff.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The food for the price was outrages. New York Strip Steak, like shoe leather.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good service--tasty food
    RangerJaneVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We went for cocktails/view and stayed for dinner. Great selection/variety of food choices, wonderful service and nice atmosphere. Not too noisy but good energy. for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Desertjo
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We continue to enjoy great food, pleasant service and fabulous views here. The roasted bone marrow is outstanding. My husband raves about the shrimp pasta!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alhassan
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    my family and my brother family got a beautiful dinner here. Generally, every thing was nice, but the serves was late and she should come and say that the order gonna late. other very very nice restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, ok service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We sat at a high top in the bar area since the patio was full (beautiful view out there) but the bar area has a pretty great view too. Unfortunately it seems that that means we had the bartender as our server (on a Saturday night) and he was busy at the bar, so service was pretty slow. The food was amazing and otherwise we had a nice time. The bar area was pretty loud/rowdy so I'd recommend patio or further inside for a romantic/quiet atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Time
    LoveArizona
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    It was a great meal with good wine. The outdoor dining was perfect with great views and wonderful weather. The staff was attentive but not hovering. It was a wonderful and tasteful meal with unusual choices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner that was relaxing and delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful outdoor dining
    mmtucson
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The resort atmosphere surrounds you on the patio dining outside of Epazote. Sparkling pools, fire pits, palm trees, mountains. Fabulous ambinence. And the food matches. The best chicken tortilla soup ever - rich with beans and corn. Excellent shrimp dish. This place is a gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great time
    Pammy
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a great time dinning here. The food and service is always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 76 reviews are from the Epazote Kitchen & Cocktails reviews archive.
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Everything about the setting, service, ambience, etc, was excellent. Just one minor suggestion--I had the roast pork that was fork tender, perfectly spiced and presented with a wonderful sauce/gravy==BUT the choice to serve jicama cold and citrusy with it just added nothing==any warm vegetable would have enhanced the plate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very good Hotel restaurant
    Arizonatraveler
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We ate here 3 times, once for breakfast and twice for dinner. The breakfast took a really long time from order to delivery, but the food was very good. The dinner service was very good. The food at dinner was excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Reservations
    Azhusker65
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Was a little embarrassed to have had reservations for 4 and to be given a table with only 2 place settings and water glasses that didn't match had 2 water rounded glasses and 2 Hi-ball glasses at the same table. Placemats and silverware were brought after our bar drinks arrived having everyone to lift their glasses and adjust the table...
    Special Features:
    scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gorgeous food!
    ADIC69
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    A lovely spot with attentive yet not imposing service. Great food. Splendid variety on the menu!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pandaloaf
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We have been here three times now and each time has been great. Good is excellent with changing special menu that is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Keeper
    Judith
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Our evening at Epazote was in celebration of our 48th anniversary and my sister's birthday. The ambience, service, and most definitely the food were beyond our expectations. We'll do it again soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A tradition
    trucompanions
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We try to go there every year, since we got married there in 1992. We were sad that Iverna wasn't there, but good for her to be able to retire. Food was excellent as always. We always enjoy our time there. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what expected
    flowerv
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    For the place and the prices the food is not good. Service was poor. Asked for a specific drink, the bar tender served a different one because he didn't have the one ordered thinking we would not notice. Nachos were soggy, meat was overcooked. Music too loud. Waiter did not do anything to earn her tip. Will definitely not go back. Their web page looks completely different. It's shame, location and views and beautiful.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place!
    FoodieFan
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Epizote is a beautiful restaurant, their service was on point & the food was outstanding!! I completely recommend Epizote to be tried by everyone!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AAdventuress
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Very satisfying Saturday night service, meal and ambiance. Despite a long wait for our entrees, our appetizers kept us quiet. Our party of four sampled different dishes- the roast pork was fabulous as was the swordfish. Our chicken eater got exactly what he wanted; juicy and on the bone. I had a simpler shrimp over arugula- it was fine. Our server was very accommodating- a hard worker. We will return, for sure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will Try Again
    SandyVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    They have great margaritas! We were seated at a table to the left of the bar above the steps which was nearly dark enough to watch a movie from. No offer to move us. We both used our flashlights to read the menu (which I never do). The much touted (website & waitstaff) short rib entrée is very sweet which detracted from the meat. The meat was actually overcooked in my opinion. The natural fat in a short rib which helps create the tenderness in a braise was long gone. I am guessing that it was finished in a microwave based on the speed of arrival at our table. We also had their version of a wedge salad as the other entrée. Puny. Due to the very low light it was also hard to see the julienned cucumbers to find them with the fork.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice night out!
    JBorovalley
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    First time visit to Epazote Kitchen, celebrating my wife's birthday. The food and drinks are excellent. Definatley will return.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good outdoor spot.
    Diner801
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Crab tower is a fantastic appetizer. The ahi tuna was good, but not great. Beef short ribs are phenomenal!!! Great spot to watch the sun light up the mountains as it fades near dusk.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Kathy
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    We have been to this restaurant several times and the food and service have always been very good. This time our guest had the Sirloin and I had the Iron Steak. The third person had the Bison Berger. The berger was great as always. My steak was over cooked and chewy and the potatoes and other vegetables were so black as to be unrecognizable. The sirloin was the size of a large new red potato and at $28.00 that seemed very over priced. It was also over cooked. Our waiter rushed though everything he did for us and never returned with water or refills.
    Special Features:
    Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mostly great
    ILUVParis
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    For the most part everything was great. I did not like the fried Cactus because it was slimy. But, I guess that is the way is is supposed to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic dining experience
    Trish
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    My husband and I were staying at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador. We were looking for a restaurant in the area to have dinner since we were going to the Great American Playhouse that evening. We decided to try the Epazote restaurant which was in the hotel. I was exceptionally overjoyed with the menu, our server Elisa and the fantastic food. We had the crab tower as an appetizer - the smoky beef short ribs and the salmon special for the evening. Thanks for an amazing dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay, not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    There is no denying the view from resort is spectacular, but everything after that was a couple of notches down. Drinks were a bit slow to arrive and very pricey, especially for the margarita ($12) with very little tequila. The complimentary "chips" were in fact a small basket containing a plain baked (burned) tortilla and two cornmeal muffins. No salsa was served, but it didn't matter because the tortilla was too thin and crumbly to be of any use for dipping. Dinner took 30 minutes to arrive. My wife's chicken enchilada had very little chicken and was nothing special flavor-wise. I had shrimp on skewer. There were six large shrimp, slightly overcooked, drizzled with an enchilada sauce. Overall okay, but not great, especially for the price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • This was the second time we've
    CannwomanVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    This was the second time we've eaten at this restaurant. The food is mediocre at best. Too many better restaurants close by. We went because we were meeting friends that were staying at the hotel. We live in Tucson and probably won't go back to this one.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the trip
    robertoylaura
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Visited for a romantic anniversary dinner. The setting was very nice; we sat outside and could see stars above the palm trees and excellently landscaped patio area which included vibrant flowers. We started with nachos (best we've ever had) before sharing the trout (decent) and the iron skillet beef (superb!) To finish the evening we had the cheesecake which was decent. The wine list is respectable; we had a bottle of Lost Angel Pinot Noir which we found medium dry and pleasantly sweet but not overly so. Overall we enjoyed the ambiance and the food was spectacular. I recommend if you are in the area to give Epazote a try. Sit outside if you can as the booths are very wide and not very intimate. We also had excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Enjoyable
    Kathy
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Beautiful hotel and restaurant and view. Great food and great service. What more could you ask for?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent tortilla soup. Great
    jasper
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Excellent tortilla soup. Great view. Convenient location for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service...excellent food
    Suzy
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    All four entrees were to-die for...beautiful presentation...staff bent over backwards to accommodate us.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bland
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The food wasn't good at all, drinks were flat and the entrees had no flavor. It was a disappointing restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor service colored our dinner
    SMFC
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    Ambience, hostess, and food and drinks were all good. Our waitress just disappeared and we had to finally notify manager for wine, which he was gracious enough to charge to the house. It is a nice place for lunch out on the veranda overlooking the pool in a beautiful hotel. But wait staff needs more training.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hit and Miss
    KiwiTraveller
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Some great dishes - the salad, the pork stew to die for - others just ok. More attention to detail needed. Undercooked asparagus and white beans, food not properly seasoned, no epazote in the beans...
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely Perfect!!!
    Sauni
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Took the whole family to celebrate our birthdays and anniversary. Wonderful experience. We drove 45min from our home and was worth the drive. Everything about our dinner and experience was perfect. Waitress was great. Very patient with all of us picky eaters!!! Highly recommend.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightfully Delicious
    Scubaone
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We decided to try the restaurant for Christmas Eve since I am a vegetarian and have a difficult time finding good selections that are tasty when others in our party eat meat. I had been in this restaurant previously when it was Dos Locos but had not tried it since it changed to Epazote. The server was extremely efficient, polite, and knowledgeable about the selections. The food was well presented and extremely delectable. I was pleasantly surprised. The staff, in general, was very friendly and made you feel at home. I definitely would recommend the restaurant to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the drive from Tucson
    AZgirlVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    The view of the mountains just behind this gorgeous resort are worth the trip from Tucson for dinner or cocktails. Although I generally find hotel restaurants to be uninspiring, Epazote has an interesting menu, and the food is well-prepared. Lovely open dining room allows for conversation without shouting, unlike many restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Hotel Restaurant
    RICK
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We decided to give it a try only because it was on the OpenTable list. Normally we do not frequent Hotel Restaurants. The Hilton El Conquistador is a beautiful hotel, spa and golf resort and has always been a good supporter of the Oro Valley community: the staff members are friendly and helpful. But we were a bit disappointed in Epazote. We booked using OpenTable and sat inside. The menu is limited and the wine list too (no Zinfandel or Shiraz). I had the Big Bison Burger which was tasty but not notable. My Wife had the trout which was very good but not served hot enough (her food was warm). Our server was very good and even had the manager adjust the AC which was blasting cold air. So all that said, Just Another Hotel Restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good for a nice evening
    Fishycpa
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    Excellent service. Main courses were very good as was my wife's arugula salad with goat cheese. I was a little disappointed with the rock shrimp ceviche appetizer which was a little heavy on the coconut milk and a little light on the spice. Very reasonably priced wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • October & Apps
    eatoutside
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    We enjoyed the light appetizers on the bar menu. Presentation was great as was the atmosphere and service. The only issue was we changed our party size from 4 to 6 people 24 hrs before our arrival on open-table and they had no record of it. It only took 5 minutes to set up for the larger party and everything was great from there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.