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Kai - Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort
Kai - Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort

Kai - Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.wildhorsepassresort.com
  • Email: Kai@sheraton.com
  • Phone: (602) 385-5726
  • Hours of Operation: Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southwest, Global, International
  • Executive Chef: Conor Favre
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: KAI announces a private transportation service. The Journey Class premier chauffeur service offers personal driver services safely to and from KAI Restaurant. As a guest of KAI, we want you to experience that personal service from the moment your night begins all the way through to its conclusion, adding a personal touch that is unmatched in our industry. This program launch will coincide with the first wine dinner and begins April 5. The cost is $60 round-trip (35 mile one-way limit) and includes up to 4 passengers. Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance and can be made by calling 602-385-5726 or sending reservation request information to JourneyClassTransportation@Kai.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: I-10 and Wild Horse Pass Blvd
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Kai - Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort
Recipient of the Coveted AAA Five Diamond Award and Forbes Five-Star Award, KAI, meaning 'seed' in the Pima language, features a menu rich in creativity, history and Native American culture. Executive Chef Conor Favre and Chef de Cuisine Joshua Johnson incorporate the essence of the Pima and Maricopa tribes and locally farmed ingredients from the Gila River Indian Community to create unforgettable masterpieces. James Beard Award-winning Chef Janos Wilder is consulting chef for KAI and is renowned for creating unique and indigenous menu experiences. Open for dinner Tuesday - Saturday, reservations are strongly recommended. KAI maintains a smart business casual dress code. It prohibits hats, T-shirts, and shorts for both ladies and gentlemen, including open-toed sandals for men. Dress hats for ladies are acceptable. Denim is not preferred. As a courtesy to other diners, please refrain from using cell phones or laptops in the dining room.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
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Diner Reviews
  • "Service and food were just outstanding. Every detail imaginable covered except the general ambiance could be upgraded with new tables and chairs, and perhaps carpeting. Really special experience overall."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I recommended Kai to my friends as a perfect place to celebrate our birthdays. This would be my second visit to this gastronomical wonder! This is a one of a kind experience. Your "journey" begins as you wait to be seated. It ends when you return to your car - that is all I will say. Amazing combinations, beautiful presentations, unique offerings. You just have to go."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "It would difficult to recall a better dining experience. From the moment of entry at the lounge to the conclusion of a small token of appreciation from the valet, it was an entirely exqusite experience. Every detail of the service and food was unparalled."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Chef Johnson has put together an amazing selection of dishes using local ingredients and Native Pima Nation recipes. The Tribal Buffalo was heavenly and the Loup de Mer was amazing (and I do not like seafood!). From beginning to end it was a truly exceptional dining experience. We were celebrating my brother's birthday and he told me it was the best experience he has ever had. The staff was wonderful, the service was excellent and they treated us like VIPs. I have eaten in many world class/world famous restaurants and Kai is in that class. I never imagined I'd find this gem in Phoenix."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We have been at this establishment at least 10 times in the last 5-6 years and always enjoyed it immensely. This trip was a disaster. Cabernet was not decanted, I guess a $100 bottle of wine does not deserve it?????? Marginal soup Gluten free toast not toasted properly twice. (soft and spongy) Gluten based biscuit delivered with Foigras when they knew I was gluten free. Scallops were so salty that my wife could not eat them. Seems to be dipped in salt after cooking. ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE AND I DOUBT WE WILL RETURN! Completely ruined our evening."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Extremely attentive wait staff. Unusual menu with wide range of appetizers and entrees. Very unusual and wonderfully tasting choices. Wonderful range of tastes and presentations. Expensive, but we'll worth the cost."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Had the tasting menu (7-course) and recommend just selecting dishes instead of tasting menu. Felt the dishes did not go together well and 2 of the "courses" were not really courses (opening taste and sorbet palate refresher). Bison was not special and my wife's rib steak was 100 times better. No salad in taste menu - everything relatively "heavy", high fat and not that tasty... Dessert also was ordinary. I would go back - but would be more careful ordering."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "We all had the Journey tasting menu with wine pairings. Food, wine and service were all great. A great experience, worth every penny. Service was phenomenal from greeting to leaving."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Restaurant is by far the best in Phoenix. The menu has numerous interesting dishes featuring game. I started out with very moist quail and my wife had lobster done three ways. Very tasty. My elk was perfectly cooked and the mushroom risotto was exquisite. My wife's buffalo was beautiful. Wine was reasonably priced and the wait staff is courteous. Our only problem is with the Sheraton. Their sports bar is one floor below the restaurant and the din really detracted from the atmosphere at dinner. The restaurant was kind enough to move us to the back room, where we couldn't hear the noise as much. If the alternate table had not been available, the ambiance would've been a good deal worse and detracted noticeably from the dinner."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We have dined at kai before. We choose tasting menu .. I don't know why, but I assumed the $350 was per couple (ie. sharing). But it was "per person". But before the check even came, we were discussing: The meal's theme was a mix of sweet and goat cheese. It did seem like every dish was very sweet. And we had goat cheese on at least four of the plates. Was a bit much. The wine pairing was awesome. The food at kai is really good. But the tasting menu (the Journey) is definitely not worth the expense. Stick w/ ala carte and order 5 or 6 dishes for the same price. Please don't take this as a knock against the restaurant...if you have not been there, then please do go. The service is perfect, and the food is amazing. Just avoid "the JOURNEY"."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "There is a reason this is the only 5 star restaurant left in Arizona. Outstanding service....food and wine list. Ambience is quiet, elegant and tasteful. Do be prepared to pay for all of this...it's a VERY special occasion type of place. But top shelf all the way."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "So this is what AAA Five Diamond Service looks like. Personal greeting at the host counter. From that point on, my wife and I were greeted by our names. A complimentary spritzer while we waited in the bar watching the sunset over the desert landscape. A greeting by the sommelier offering to answer questions about the drink menu. An introduction by our server to the restaurant, its history, and an explanation of the custom watercolor art on the menu. A realistic description of the portion sizes of the two appetizer sections. A delicious amuse, fantastic bread service, and prompt taking of the entree orders. Beautifully plated entrees, and servers explaining all of the components on the dishes. Delicious dessert to end. Wonderful."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Fantastic blend of history, culture, and gourmet food. Service is phenomenal."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "When you want to treat yourself (or a special someone) to dinner, this is where you go! The best food you will ever have, excellent service and an amazing view. Do not hesitate to go to Kai and enjoy every moment!!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Kai would be a great restaurant anywhere in the world. Put it in San Francisco, please. It could teach the locals a thing or two about quiet elegance, about real locavore cooking and about how to construct wine lists that are at once both broad and understandable with something for virtually every taste and knowledge level."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Dining at Kai is like participating in a beautifully choreographed stage performance that envelopes you with the serenity of the Native American spirit. The Performers: very attentive and gracious wait staff; the Props - artful menus, lovely dinnerware, chilled and warmed utensils, the view (if seated at a good table); the Stars of the Show - wonderful, wonderful food presented exquisitely and exquisitely delicious; the Finale - the lovely thank you card found in our car along with chocolates and water. My husband and I had a lovely evening at Kai, a uniquely satisfying dining experience not to be found anywhere else."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "From pressing table cloths as they are placed on the table to the personalized thank you note from the server the next day Kai is a dining experience. Based on Pima creations, the Chef has developed updated presentations using locally grown ingredients. We shared an escargot/brioche choice which was excellent. Our main courses were Elk tenderloin and Lamb Loin medlallions. Both were new and different presentations to us and very pleasing to our tastes. Many items meld into a new experience."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We have never have had the slightest negative issue with the Kai and recommend it to anyone. It is a wonderful place to take visitors to as it is unique."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "It's really not much to say about our experience at Kai, it was outstanding! If I could give more then a five, I would. We have traveled to many countries, tried out many excellent restaurant, but the service at Kai has topped it all! We were amazed! The only thing I didn't like was the decor. It was elegant, but very "flat" to me. It was not romantic at all. But it was my husband's special day, his birthday and he loved it. He loved everything. I have requested a romantic table, but we were seated in the middle of the room. I asked them to change it, but they politely diclined my request. Other then that, everything was perfect., especially the staff! The staff and the service is outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "In our minds, before going to Kai, we envisioned it as a steakhouse, something like Flemings or Eddie V's. I read that it is the only 5-star restaurant in Phoenix or Arizona, and I really didn't know what that meant. The experience was outstanding and unexpected. It started when the reservationist called us to ask if we were celebrating any special occasion and if we had any food allergies. Upon arriving, we were greeted as "Mr & Mrs. ______" and that continued throughout the night by the entire staff. The service was well orchestrated and our main server talked to us at length about the composition of each dish, the history of the restaurant, the paintings on the walls, and so on. There's more but I'm out of room...You need to try Kai!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "a wonderful restaurant with perfect service and a wonderful ambiance. Interesting food combinations, lovely presentation. Hard to fault this exceptional restaurant."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We celebrated our 46th anniversary and it was a wonderful experience! The Chef sent one complimentary appetizer and one dessert...WOW! Cannot say enough about the entire time we spent there from the moment we arrived till we left. The service was outstanding, the food was delicious to say the least, the music was beautiful! We promised to go back with the rest of the family for the next special occasion. A well deserved five-star restaurant. * * * * *!!!!!!! Thank you."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Who puts a 5 star restaurant in a 3 star hotel? Ambiance was just mediocre which definitely deterred from making this an extraordinary experience. The food was exceptional. All of our dishes were expertly prepared, beautifully plated, flavorful and tasty, the portions were adequate; neither too small nor too large and we were able to enjoy multiple choices. Our only disappointment was the Mexican chocolate soufflé that was burned on top so we sent it back and weren't charged. All in all, pretty darned good but for a $400 bill for two people, they need to up their game. Pack up the extraordinary Native American artwork and move out of the Sheraton."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Kai certainly lived up to its reputation as far as I am concerned. Everything about the dining experience was outstanding, from the greeting to the valet bringing my wife and me our car."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "When it comes to demanding dining expectations, ours can reasonably high, but Kai exceeded its reputation. The wine list, decor, Gila river back-drop, serene music, mouth-watering food, and attention to every detail made this a uniquely special and delightful experience for us. In addition, Quentin and his team were a welcome surprise in an industry where service often leads something to be desired. We would highly recommend Kai!!!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Our family enjoyed our dining experience at Kai. The service is outstanding. Everyone was friendly and helpful. We tried menu items that were new to us and enjoyed. The chef went over the top with the chocolate dessert for my birthday. The chocolates left at the table and in our car were a surprise and delicious . We also enjoyed our note from Kevin that was left in our vehicle. The entire experience is one that we will remember and share with our friends."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "The only disappointment was the vallet,last experience bottle water was placed in auto ,chocolates,thank you from chef, this time young man handed note from chef ,no chocolates and asked if we wanted a bottle of water, other than that awesome"
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We had been wanting to eat at this restaurant for awhile and chose it for our Valentine's Day date night and we were very happy about our decision. We were impressed from the moment we walked in from the view, to the dining room, to the service and story telling about the local Native American people. The food was phenomenal! I appreciated the marriage of flavors and styles of food that the chef prepared. It was very creative and delicious!! We will definitely be back and recommend Kai to our friends."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "From beginning to end this restaurant is 5 star! A meandering road leads to the hotel. We always try to get there in time to see the sunset from our table. Everything is timed perfectly from the hand painted menus to the plates simultaneously put onto the table. The food is creative and delicious. We're talking Iron Chef quality:). The souffle was rich, deep dark chocolate that had risen to perfection. We were presented with a hand signed thank you note at the end. The only difference from our previous meals was that there was no water, etc.. in our car when the valet brought it to us. I can't think of another better, let alone as good restaurant anywhere, and we are foodies! This is not to be missed."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Innovative dining. Their presentations are spectacular and the flavors delight."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Hands down the best meal my wife and I have ever had. From the time we walked in the door to the time we left the staff catered to our every need. We will be back!!!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Spectacular food and service! Go for an evening you won't soon forget."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We have eaten at Kai several times, usually when celebrating a special day. It continues to be the best restaurant in the greater Phoenix area. The elk was cooked perfectly, plated beautifully, tender, and simply delicious. The buffalo rates the same. We had an outstanding salad, try more than one for a visual experience, as well as a gastronomic treat. I guarantee you won't be disappointed in any aspect of their service from the valet, to the hostess, wait staff, and again the valet where our car was waiting, heater on (this is February), chocolates, water and a personal note from our server in the car."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Kai is our favorite restaurant for special occasions since it is very pricey. The food is over the top great with flavors that make you want more. We are not big eaters so the portion size is perfect. Our wait staff did an excellent job taking care of us. They seem to anticipate what you will be needing. When you arrive valet is there to take your car as part of your experience. Then when you leave you have Vox water, chocolates in a box and a note from your waiter. Top notch treatment!!!"
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "This is a very well thought-out restaurant. Every detail is well planned from the informative service to the immense variety of taste sensations included in every meal. We learned so much about the Native Americans in the area and their culinary contributions and got to try many dishes created in homage to them. It was a lovely evening and unusual in that we enjoyed ourselves, our meals, and learned a lot about foods previously unfamiliar to us."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Very creative menu. Our appetizers were amazing, as were 2 of our 3 desserts. Entrees so-so...Lamb mediocre, though cooked a perfect medium-rare. Diver scallops seared perfectly, but way overdone and rubbery, as was the lonely shrimp. Service knowledgable, but stiff and stuffy considering their youth. Food explanations recited fast and furious, not to be interrupted. Party downstairs din drifted upstairs to the formal, lovely dining room. We would return to just sample other items on the menu, however. The combination of ingredients are overwhelmingly original and unexpectedly divine."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Kai is a very special dining experience. The food, presentation and service are all exceptional. The staff do not miss a beat on service, and it's done in a quiet sophisticated way. I particularly love that they use seeds and other ingredients grown locally and also hire Native American Indians to work in the restaurant."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Another excellent meal for us at Kai. Great service and food. Try the elk or buffalo, the escargot and the chocolate souffle."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Wow! The food and service were impeccable. Everything was seasoned perfectly. The food was delivered without feeling rushed. Even the wine list accommodated sll price ranges. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Fantastic evening. The staff did everything to make us comfortable, nothing was left that needed explanation. The food was outstanding. And the Native American flute atmosphere added a perfect touch. It was great to find out that the performer is a contributor/exhibitor to the Musical Instrument Museum where I will be working soon."
    Dined on 1/18/2014