La Hacienda at The Fairmont
La Hacienda at The Fairmont

La Hacienda at The Fairmont

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.scottsdaleprincess.com/
  • Phone: 4805854848x7320
  • Hours of Operation:
    Summer Hours Dinner Served from 530p-9p Thursday- Monday; dark Tuesday and Wednesday Dinner Served from 530p-10p Friday & Saturday
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Forest Hamrick
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: We are proud to offer many private dining options at LA HACIENDA | by Richard Sandoval. Private Dining Options: Rotunda Dining Room: 20 seated dinner, 30 cocktail reception. The North Room: 80 seated dinner, 100 cocktail reception. Barbacoa Patio: 100 seated dinner, 150 cocktail reception. Barbacoa & North Room: 180 seated dinner, 250 cocktail reception. Entire Restaurant Buyout: 250 seated dinner, 350 cocktail reception. Contact us today to reserve space for your private function. ¡SALUD!
  • Private Party Contact: Kristen Forgione 4805854848x7000
  • Entertainment: Featured nightly, enjoy tequila tastings with one of 220+ varietals of tequila. Or you can enjoy one of our freshly made margaritas on our fire pit tables on our patio.
  • Special Events: Please contact Outlet Sales Manager, Kristen Forgione for inquires and information. kristen.forgione@fairmont.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Scottsdale Rd. and Princess Dr.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is complimentary at the front drive of the Resort.
A word from La Hacienda at The Fairmont
LA HACIENDA | by Richard Sandoval located at the AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale resort. Modern Mexican Cuisine: A culinary philosophy of "old ways with new hands." Authentic Mexican ingredients and contemporary cooking techniques in a modern and casual setting. Artisan tequila tastings featured nightly with recommendations from our Tequila Goddess. Signature items include, Gaucamole prepared tableside, Braised Beef Short Rib Enchiladas, Pistachio Chile Ancho Crusted Tuna, Lobster Tacos, Flaming Coffees and much more! We look forward to seeing you there. SALUD!
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La Hacienda at The Fairmont reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since April 25, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (32)special occasion (28)great for outdoor dining (25)romantic (18)good for groups (15)kid-friendly (11)neighborhood gem (8)hot spot (8)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (6)late-night find (5)great for lunch (4)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Great Spot!
    Treacle
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We ate at La Hacienda while staying at The Fairmont. I ordered the skirt steak and it was to die for! It's one of the best things I've ever eaten. Make sure to order one of the dessert drinks...the show is impressive! We will definitely be back!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It's been years since the last time I dined at La Hacienda - waited too long! The food was excellent and took advantage of their extensive tequila list. I was happy to see tequila flights offered. The service was fantastic - always attentive without being overbearing. We'll definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunkistannie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was really great, service was excellent. Prices were ok, alittle loud inside.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Will go again!
    sheaz
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Really enjoyed our evening at LaHacienda. Our server was energetic, friendly, explained the menu and answered any questions we had with enthusiasm. We tried the Guavatini and the Margarita ... very good. For an appetizer we had the guacamole sampler - we finished all three! We tried the crab enchiladas and pork shoulder . . . We recommend both! We finished with sorbet and were quite full when we left. All of the staff was friendly. We will go back and certainly feel comfortable taking out-of-town guests!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Fajitas
    HughVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Best beef fajitas I've ever had. Service was exceptional.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    ArizonanVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We always enjoy Richard Sandoval's Tamayo restaurant when we visit Denver. The food is creative, tasty, lighter Mexican fare. So, we were disappointed to find that he has lent his name to a restaurant where the food is poorly conceived and executed. My seabass dish was awful--fried in a thick batter (not the tempura it was described as), as a result the fish was overcooked and mealy (who has ever had mealy Chilean seabass?) The fish The slaw was tasty and provided crunch---it was the best part of the dish. Tacos too were a disappointed. In Denver, they are very tasty; here the flavor was underwhelming. Needless to say we are in no rush to go back.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups
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  • Will definitely eat here again!
    CarefreeVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    My husband and I were really surprised and happy that we gave La Hacienda a chance! I was really happy with my meal the filet with enchiladas and peppers and onions. The filet was cooked perfectly and the enchiladas were very good. My husband had the fajitas, which came with rice and beans. Normally he's not a fan of the beans, but surprisingly he ate all of the beans and rice and said he really liked the beans. Our server was very good and explained the dishes and the ingredients to us.They also have a wonderful Happy Hour that we will try very soon! The restaurant is very clean and much larger than we thought.The only thing that surprised me was the chairs, you sink down, if you are short the table is really high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Obtuse Service
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    How far this wonderful restaurant has fallen. The food holds its own. However, The management has completely allowed the service to collapse. Our group was very disappointed in the service. Starting with the hostess all the way thru they acted very wooden and felt put out that we showed up. We felt unwelcome. It was hard to communicate with the staff. Only one exception goes to the young man making the dessert. He showed great enthusiasm. We can remember when this was a must visit...now it is a must not! There are way too many better options.
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  • Truly disappointing
    raceloverVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Our ceviche had very little seafood in it--really disappointing on flavor too. Had the carnitas tacos, which were completely overwhelmed by the crema and avocado. They were a soupy mess. My date's enchiladas were better. Very disappointing, especially as it was our anniversary. I'd recommend sol Cochina doe the street instead.
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  • Not the best in AZ!
    Susan
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    All the reviews said this was the best Mexican restaurant in AZ. The food was not even close to Elote Cafe in Sedona or even Los Sombreros. My filet was fantastic. Great, juicy flavors, however the rest of the dish (cheese enchilladas were yucky) and the pork dish my fiance had were DRY and flavorless. My pork roast is better at home. Restaurant is PLAIN. Lots of tables in a big room. nothing to write home to mom about,
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  • Wonderful Evening.
    feliznavidad
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We truly enjoyed ourselves. The food was lovely, service excellent, atmosphere was pretty, and the Fourth of July concert was tons of fun.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Food was excellent and our server Monte was great. Would recommend to all my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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  • La Hacienda
    Dinerater
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We had fond memories of La Hacienda from twenty years ago. Unfortunately, this La Hacienda did not live up to expectations. The service was excellent, but the food did not live up to the price. My wife had the filet mignon and it was a little on the tough side. I had the pork shoulder and it was pretty fatty. We used to love to get the pork sliced right at your table, but they no longer offer that. The guacamole that is prepared tableside was very good. Overall, would probably not go back, too many other restaurants that provide better value for you money, food, ambiance, etc.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious + great drinks
    Justinerl
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My 3 taco entree was delicious; love fresh guacamole they make at table. Also tons of Tequila, good wine and margaritas. Only downside was we had 6 and they gave us a very large round table so that you could only talk to person right next to each of us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drew
    Droo
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Overpriced, dated atmosphere, resort "tourist" feel, average food.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Good food poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    First thing right off the bat when we got there we noticed there was a large tabletop set up and we were right next to it! I was out with my wife for a quiet dinner will once the party started to show up the quiet part was over. Then there was the server this guy was really nice but Would leave and not show up 10 minutes or more time. Never came and checked to see how the food was . Fortunately, the food was good. When I finally caught him over 40 mins later I confronted him about the poor service he apologized and bought dessert. he was consistent once we ordered dessert it took forever just ice cream. There's just not enough characters left to tell the entire story he was terrible and didn't seem to care he gave bad service with a smile
    • Food
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We were pleasantly surprised with the level of service and quality of the drinks. The food is high quality and well presented. I would recommend to anyone looking for a upscale experience featuring authentic Mexican.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MelissaVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Terrible service and the food was marginal. Not a do again.
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  • best for outdoor dining
    Marie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Our expectations were higher than what we experienced... We were sitting inside and it was rather boring, the food was good and the service great, but we did not find any atmosphere. Our previous dining on the patio was such a pleasant experience, very relaxing, enjoying the music, the quality of food seemed to be better as well. We'll try again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Mexican Food
    cayorda
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We love Mexican food. A lot of times Mexican food served around tastes all the same and looks like a big mound of garbage on a plate. At La Hacienda the food is thoughtfully prepared and beautifully presented. The best part is the food is the best Mexican food you'll find in Arizona and probably one of the top in the United States. Our other favourites are Rick Bayless' restaurants in Chicago. This is top notch Mexican food and is very refined. The restaurant itself is on a beautiful property, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel. You can go in a group and have a blast or go with your significant other for a very romantic dinner. Also if you enjoy tequila, their list of options and flights you can sample is huge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • herbodocVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    although the dinner was nice, I feel that it is very pricey for what is offered. Also, there is a scarcity of fin seafood which this restaurant was formerly noted for... huachinango etc . We will probably not go back to have expensive salmon as the only non fried fish option.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • dinner for 8
    CaroleS
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    hosted a small dinner for an 80th birthday. service, food, and adult beverage selection were superb. Menu had something to please everyone. Ambiance upscale.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Always a good experience!
    Chloe
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Food is always wonderful and service very good. Nice little dining cove for those of us who want to sit away from the crowds and families with children. They are very accommodating. Casual in the summer, but very nice for special occasions and holidays. Great menu!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Appetizers Only
    Disappointed
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My wife and I along with our friends were looking forward to dining at La Hacienda particularly because of the reputation of the chef, Richard Sandoval. The guacamole starter and appetizers (Tacos de Langosta) did not disappoint. However, the main dishes left a lot to be desired. The Carnitas Hacienda was presented as a chunk of over cooked pork thrown on a plate with a smattering of avocado salsa hidden under a stack of slaw. The Robalo Tempura (tempura sea bass) was hidden by an over abundance of cabbage. The other 2 dishes were mediocre at best. Unlikely we will be repeat customers
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  • Romantic ambience and great dinner
    Marie
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I invited a friend for her birthday and we had dinner outside with great music, beautiful views and a delicious dinner, and it's very consistent. What a perfect way to end the day!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Princess not to be a Queen
    GreatGourmet2
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Considering the environment and cost, I would expect better food. Our party of 4 rated their dishes from good to very good. My sea bass was very fresh but heavily coated and oily in a "tempura" batter. Salsa and guacamole were very bland. Too many excellent restaurants to choose from in Scottsdale means no return visit.
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  • Great drinks, great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    This was our 2nd visit to this restaurant. It did not disapoint. The water was very friendly and helpful and provided great service. The guacomole is superb. My sister had the mole chicken and found it delicious. I had the fajitas. The chicken was great but skip the shrimp, they were tasty but overcooked. Still a great restaurant and we will definitely go back when we are in Phoenix.
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    fit for foodies
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Not diverse enough menu. Beautiful setting. Service a little slow. Reasonable pricing.
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    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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  • terrible service marginal food
    Iluvmex
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Booked a table outside; they tried to put us inside even though there were many tables available outside and throughout our evening there. We were then assigned the most detached, disinterested waiter I've ever had. He seemed almost angry to have to wait on us. He never once checked on us, didn't refresh our glasses despite our $40 pitcher of sangria sitting there in plain sight. Food was bland, and tasteless. It took 35 minutes after our plates were taken away to finally have someone bring us our bill. I considered for the first time ever, to not leave a tip! Definitely not worth the visit or the price given the marginal food and terrible service.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 319 reviews are from the La Hacienda at The Fairmont reviews archive.
  • Average Mexican
    wanderer
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We were expecting better than average modern Mexican fare. This is not the case. Pork carnitas was okay but accompanying habenero slaw was plain boring. Crab enchiladas not any better. Overall, we would not recommend. They need to liven their food and give it a bit of flair. Margeritas could not even help but they were excellent but pricey.
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    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ehhh
    KC44VIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I had high hopes that were quickly dashed from the start. Hostess could not get the idea of two couples adding up to four people. Portions were small and most items are over priced. Stick with a more basic Mexican restaurant where you get what you pay for. I stopped at Cheesecake Factory on the way home bc the tacos were tiny! ha
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Our Servers
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Husband's birthday. Amy was our server and rocked!! Service excellent but not hovering. Complimentary churro with 3 yummy sauces and coffee awesome! We will be back.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not As Good As I Heard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The food was tasty, but not what I expected. I guess I'm more of a sucker for the hole-in-the-wall Mexican joint compared to over-priced sub-par food. But since it was not on my dime, not complaining. My buddy got the skirt steak and that had excellent flavor. Our service was okay, but had to ask several times for extra tortillas and hot sauce. It is worth going one time for the experience, but not a place I would frequent.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Matt4Burgio
    matt4burgio
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    When we arrived. We were greeted by maitre de. Our waiter was Ray. We highly recommend him. He was very helpful when ordering and explaining the menu and he was very accomodating. We proceeded to dinning area after drinks and appetizers on the patio. At that point the service escaladed to Ray and 2 bus boys (1 was a girl). Unfortunately, the music did not follow us.The selection was extensive. He was there to serve our every whim. The appetizer , drinks and main course were superb, however 2 of the 3 desserts we ordered were not.Overall, the expeience, ambiance, food and service was excellant! I rate it 4.75 stars only because the cappucino and ice cream were mediocre.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, special occasion
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  • Mediocre
    Edbh
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Service good, food average, not what I expected at the Fairmont.
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  • Upscale Mexican Food
    Foodiegal
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I liked the venue, being located in the Fairmont Princess Resort in North Scottsdale, and also newly renovated in the last year or two. The outdoor tables were unique with a firepit in the center of each. The sangria and guacomole were both delicious as appetizers. Everyone enjoyed their main course - carnitas, and chicken and beef fajitas. We had a birthday at our table, and they brought a lovely flan specialty dessert, which was a nice surprise. Another nice touch was valet parking, which was free with a validation from the restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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  • Cool location, so-so food
    NottheIronChef
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I can only assume the restaurant is listed in the Top 10 in Scottsdale because of its location and decor - it can't be for the food or cost. $14 for a bad margarita is a little much, but $30 plus for dry pork is insane. I have visited some of the finest restaurants around the world, and this certainly is memorable in only one aspect - cost versus benefit. Three of us had separate entrees, and none were worth the cost. Granted, the chef tries to create unique dishes, but the result - at least for ours - was unsuccessful. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone unwilling to sink a couple of hundred dollars into a failed experiment.
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  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were not informed about the happy hour drinks or menu in the bar, had to ask, the margaritas were $6 instead of $12. A big difference. Overpriced average Mexican food. service was poor, food was served warm. We felt we were troubling the wait staff when asking a question, or requesting an item. This used to be a great place to go, its certainly changed.
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  • Fun and Fabulous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Dinner here is absolutely delicious, you won't be disappointed with anything you order. The food is brought to your table in impressive time and is fresh and hot. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, they'll do anything they can to give you the best experience possible. The location is beautiful and romantic and perfectly clean. Completely worth the price the experience is next to none!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite in Scottsdale
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Ive been here twice now and I must say this is my favorite restaurant in Scottsdale and maybe anywhere. It is truly unique and outstanding. I cant wait to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.