La Prima Donna
La Prima Donna

La Prima Donna

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lpdir.com/
  • Phone: 4806594139x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm

    Dinner

    Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: G.A. LEONEL
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cigar Room, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: NOT ONLY OUR MENU ITEMS AND CLASSIC ITALIAN DISHES AS WELL AS SET DINNERS LIKE PRIME RIB AND LOTS OF AMERICAN CLASICS FROM FORMAL TO CASUAL FARE THAT WILL FIT ALL BUDGETS,CALL FOR DETAILS AND INFORMATION. LA PRIMA DONNA WILL HANDLE ALL AREAS OF THE EVENT, INCLUDING SERVERS AND ALL EVENT WARE.
  • Private Party Facilities: OUR PRIVATE ROOMS HAVE THEIR OWN ACCESS DOORS, TEMPERATURE AND VOLUME CONTROLS WITH FOUNTAINS AND FIRE PLACES TO MAKE A COMPLETE PRIVATE AND DIFERENT FEEL WITHIN OUR VENUE, FROM EIGHT TO ONE HUNDRED GUESTS, YOU WILL GET THE PRIVACY AND ATTENTION YOU NEED AT NO EXTRA CHARGE. LA PRIMA DONNA WILL WORK WITH YOU ON ALL DETAILS OF THE EVENT, FROM ORDERING A LA CARTE TO A FAMILY STYLE DINNER THAT WILL FIT YOUR BUDGET, NOTHING TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL.
  • Private Party Contact: GINO 4806594139x
  • Entertainment: WILL FEATURE ALICE TATUM OR SCHEDULED PERFORMER DURING THE WEEK, CALL FOR DATES AND TIMES.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: SCOTTSDALE ROAD AND DOUBLETREE
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: HANDICAP AND HUGE SELF PARKING AREA IN FRONT OF OUR DOOR.
A word from La Prima Donna
Offering a new Tuscan steak house plus the classic Italian offerings. Gluten free with vegetarian selections available! Private dinning rooms and children friendly wrapped in an elegant, professional and romantic environment.
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La Prima Donna reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating2.9
  • Food2.9
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
33% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (6)neighborhood gem (4)romantic (4)special occasion (3)fit for foodies (2)good for groups (2)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We had a great time. The way the bar is situated to the dining area, it can be a challenge if you only goal is a quiet dinner; but we were there for both dinner and lounge entertainment so we were quite happy. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu, as it was our first time dining Italian. The staff in general was very nice and very funny at times. They made us feel welcomed.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, noisy environment
    MrGoodfood
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    When we arrived at the restaurant, we waited for 10 minutes before someone came and looked at the reservation book and seated us. The restaurant was located immediately next to the bar, which was VERY noisy. The service was good (although there was only one waiter for the entire restaurant), the food was excellent, but the atmosphere was not conducive to a quiet meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The side-dish choices were delicious and the house wine nicely enhanced out meals. The service was excellent along with the superb live entertainment!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Had no problem changing my reservation because we were the only ones in the resturant at 6:00. The bar area had a private party.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • restaurant was closed with no sign
    ckenn
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My reservation was made for nothing, I called and left a voice mail expressing my disappointment with the fact that I drove all the way to the restaurant for an anniversary dinner with my girlfriend and when we arrived the establishment was closed, no signs saying am early closing and no information on the website regarding it either. Also I never received a call back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday dinner
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    All was perfect until dessert. Chef came to table and told us the strawberries were not good and offered a substitute. One of our party was celebrating a birthday (noted on the reservation), so wrong dessert and no acknowledgement of the celebration was disappointing. Still the night was good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great service
    servicematters
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    the food was very goor too, but the attention of the wait staff was superb
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    JoanieVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was disappointing. One dish was descriped on menu as being served wit a white sauce. It was served with red sauce. When told to server we were told that's the way they serve it. It was not good.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what is sems
    luckyguyVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    First and foremost, you don't need a reservation to eat there. My wife & I were 2 of 6 people in the restaurant besides a company party that was going on. We were very disappointed by the level of service, food and drinks. Service was slow, the food was average with small portions and drink was very poor by any bartenders standards. It could be a really nice place if management/owners would step up their quality of service, food portions & drinks. The place itself is nice, but lacking everywhere else.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • seakayiiVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I was the last diner on a Sunday evening, arriving at 8:30 PM. I had a delicious piece of plain grilled salmon with a very generous portion of sautéed broccoli. No room for dessert. The service was friendly and attentive. The restaurant is very convenient to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Scottsdale.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Lacked Care and Passion
    AZNativ
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I am always looking for new to me Italian restaurants, so we tried La Prima Donna. It was Monday so slow is OK, but I think the slow is due to food that lacks care and passion. Out of many things, again maybe a Monday thing, but to find out after you ordered was not the way to do it. I asked if the pasta and sauce was house made and was told it was. The watery tomato sauce on my pasta was never on the stove long enough to generate the deep flavors known in a good sauce. The pasta was not the best I have had, not the worst. Overall not the worst meal I have ever had, but bad enough to keep me from coming back!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating2.9
    • Food2.7
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 32 reviews are from the La Prima Donna reviews archive.
  • Love this restaurant
    Irishmistletoe
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I always enjoy eating at La Prima Donna. The food is delicious, and the ambiance is lovely. I just wish they would put the Eggplant Parmasean back on the menu....it was amazing, melt in your mouth good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Baron
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    My first visit...a great experience...I'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little pricey
    jerzguy213
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Excellent food and service. But $25-$28 for a piece of chicken? Maybe it wouldn't be almost empty on a Saturday night if the prices were more in line with the competition.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Food was good, however there were 6 in our party and it took over 15 minutes for all to be served. They need to do better
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian food find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    We loved the food, ambience and service. Definitely will return to La Prima Donna!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Needs Attention
    Rich
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Food is good but service is lacking. Ordered a bottle of wine and it was brought to the table opened. This was a first for me. When questioned, waiter explained that's how they serve wine. Really? Change the policy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our Open Table reservation
    seakayiiVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Our Open Table reservation was honored with the quiet, indoor table we requested. Our server Evan provided attentive service. The food was freshly prepared to our liking. The bread used for the bruschetta should not be so thick. We will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • East coast Italian style
    RedSauceEverywhere
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    What a fun night and terrific food. Had the special, braised short ribs. Lady had the gnocchi with red and it was all fantastic! Staff was very friendly and took us back to the east coast!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but undiscovered restaurant!
    ChurchwomanVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    What a lovely restaurant and delicious food. Definitely a "must go back to" spot. The service was excellent as was the food. The ambiance was very nice too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service needs attention
    Rich
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Found La Prima Donna on yelp and our experience was just as the reviews stated. Food was outstanding...service should be better. Waited 10 minutes for menu's after being seated on a night when many tables were open. Another 15 minutes to place the order. You are always requesting a water or bread refill. Food was outstanding and the waiter offered the kitchen would cook a anything on request. Overall would be five stars if they could improve on service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner and Music is sublime!
    FrequentVisitorVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    La Prima Donna has a warm and inviting bar for listening to Jimmy Snowden sing while enjoying a nice glass of wine and an amazing dinner. The pasta with vegetables was delectable and the spaghetti with meatballs was delicious. The portions are just right. Although the bread is doled out to you one piece at a time, it is crusty and tasty. The music is low and great for socializing; hence, it is important to sit in the bar if you want to hear Jimmy sing! Can't wait to go back...soon!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant
    BogyVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great Restaurant fantastic food and wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food!
    LoveFood
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    The food was great! Our server was wonderful but got stuck with a large party and it some time to get our dessert as well as pay for our bill. Was not wowed by the dessert, but the food and portion sizes were great.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Ohioans
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    The ambiance, service and food were wonderful. They have a wine special on Wednesdays and bottles are half off. We have eaten there twice and both times the waiters were friendly and very helpful when it came to making recommendations. I highly recommend the chicken Parmesan. My granddaughter asked for gluten free pasta and there was no extra charge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tremendous!
    JSMAZVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    La Prima Donna restaurant is a truly wonderful place to enjoy truly TREMENDOUS food, service, ambiance and music (Friday and Saturday nights in the bar). An Incredible neighborhood McCormick Ranch area restaurant that is worth driving across town to experience; the staff, menu, food preparation, and ambiance is absolutely first class!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall, it was good restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Overall, it was good restaurant. The food was good; everything was good. It didn't knock my socks off, but it was good. Ample parking in this strip mall
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Dinner Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    It was nice to be able to sit and relax for as long as we wanted without having to order immediately and be rushed through the dinner process.Our waiter was very understanding of our needs throughout our evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced generic Italian food
    FoodiePVdoc
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I dined here with friends. We appreciated the low noise as we could enjoy good conversation. We had never heard of this establishment until we came across it on Groupon. We routinely use Groupon to sample new restaurants. Most main dishes are in the range of $24-$30. The servings were large but lacked excitement. We had a $40 for $80 Groupon with 2 orders of bruschetta and drinks. It was not honored. They simply deducted $40 from our final bill instead of $80. At this price point, I expect more.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pricey!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We sat at the high top in the bar area! The girl bartender waited on us and she was great! It's was not crowded at all and we were there on a Friday night!!! The atmosphere,music and food were Wonderful but alittle to pricey! Also, They should have a better wine selection However, the house Chardonnay was good
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice menu
    Lucy
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Menu was short, but had plenty of things I enjoy. Glad to see they prepare gluten free pasta. Fish dish was great. Marked down to 4 starts only because the Penne a la vodka was not creamy enough and had pancetta in it (not mentioned on the menu). Enjoyed the vocalist during dinner hour.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem.
    HRM42
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We enjoy fine dining and this place fulfilled our expectations. The bruschetta was as good as we've had anyplace. An orange roughy dish was hot, tasty and plentiful. A second veal dish was equally satisfying to the palate. Our waiter was personality plus, but not intrusive. Very nice background music filled out a perfect evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, Not so Good
    Brooklyn
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    we had four persons but they could only come up with three menus.. considering the $25 entrée prices sufficient menus would be nice. Bread was hard to come by. Had to ask three times before we received our second slice! Paste was overcooked on both of the paste dishes and almost mushy.. At the same time the sauce was outstanding
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  • perfect location!
    wishitwouldrain
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    This was a perfect location for a nice dinner with a group of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wanted to love it
    JMRVVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Okay experience not great. Service was good but it took three tries to get the bill corrected. Lamb shank was covered in salty goo and even though the restaurant was not full they put us next to a big noisy group of 14
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • What we enjoyed most about
    PilofritosVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    What we enjoyed most about this restaurant was the moderate noise level, which made for easy conversation with friends. The food quality was all over the map; my meal was horrific, my husband's was off the charts, the couple that joined us said they enjoyed their meals. My overall impression is this restaurant is on the verge of being very good but needs some serious tweaking to take care of some serious mismanagement. Throughout the evening, there was evidence of staff really trying, but in the end the service was subpar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Place to Dine
    McDuck
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Food was great and the service first class. Worth the 35 minute drive from my house to get there.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We had eaten at La Prima Donna several times before in 2013 mostly in the Spring and Summer. It was wonderful. We took many of our friends there and they all loved it. We went this past Saturday night with a small group who we told it would be special and to expect a great dinner. It definitely was not. It appeared to me that it must have changed hands as the people who I was used to seeing(waiters,etc)were no longer there. The owner whom I used to see was no longer there. The menu changed and the food was bad. One person had to send back her garden salad as it was to salty. the special soup was to salty and their high light dish Chicken Martini was bad
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Incredible!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Incredible food, fantastic service, nice ambiance... couldn't ask for a better dining experience. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    clinux
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    I had a reservation for 6, we ordered 6 items to be served family style. The staff was very courteous and the food was outstanding! After dinner the chef came out to greet us and tell us about he food and restaurant. Upon leaving the staff gave us excellent recommendations for socializing & night life. I highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate