Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar
Most romantic restaurant in PhoenixBar none.
If you want to impress that special lady, take her here.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMThe perfect dinning experienceI have to say that this is the perfect place to celebrate an anniversary. It is such a beautiful restaurant and the atmosphere is unforgettable! I highly recommend this hidden gem for a romantic intimate dinning experience!5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMNot distinctive in cooking styleThe food was excellent, however the meat course followed by the fish course was too similar in THIS SENSE:
The fish (Kona Kampachi) was grilled with a pink center...perfectly cooked and very tasty. The pork tenderloin wrapped in ash, although a meat dish. WAS COOKED EXACTLY THE SAME WAY, with a pink center. The pink center was not the problem...one course following another should have a distinctively difference...oh yes, fish and pork is distinctively different. Presenting two course following each other, one should have the feeling of a NEW experience in appearance and method.
The pasta course has always been the highlight at this restaurant5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife an I had an outstandingMy wife an I had an outstanding experience here. Ordered the chef's dinner, 6 full courses and a light fava bean morsel to start with. Each course was delivered by a knowlegeable staff member (there must have been 4 or 5 different servers throughout the evening). Quiessence is located in a very quiet spot set back from the road. Even though it is very close to the airport, we didn't hear one air place. Sitting on the outdoor patio was very relaxing. I would highly recommend dining here for a quiet romantic dinner.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMOne of the top 5 or 10 restaurantsOne of the top 5 or 10 restaurants in the world that i have had the pleasure of experiencing. Great evening wonderful service. We will be back4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMQuite simply one of the bestQuite simply one of the best food experiences we have had In the US in our lives. - Chris and Jennifer Bourdain, Larchmont NY4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMThere food and wine flightThere food and wine flight is the best in the Valley, always fresh, always somthing original. One of the six courses was only good, the others exceptional. Not sure its worth the $300 for a couple for a food and wine flight, but I cant think of one better. Service this time was good but our waiter, who was wonderful, was over extended covering his tables (Not our eperience last time)4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMOur party of 5 had a wonderfulOur party of 5 had a wonderful time and we happened to be there on a night when they were short on staff and we didn’t feel neglected in the least. Food and Wine parings where exceptional!4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Couple DateThe first place I have been to in Phoenix that actually can make ice tea. Service, quality and unique flavors in one place! We enjoyed it. The portion are small for a guy, but the hubby just ate my food.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife and I went to QuiessenceMy wife and I went to Quiessence for our anniversary and it was outstanding! From the food to the service. They made the evening very special.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service was well pacedThe service was well paced and consistent. The wine selection was appropriate for us and our food selection. The gnocchi was excellent, we have never had better. The setting of restaurant in a garden is relaxing and is completed by the decor. We do not get to Phoenix all that often but we will get to this restaurant the next time we vacation in Phoenix. The restaurant offers a casual, friendly and we'll organized experience which is not a common experience.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMIntimate, eclectic. Fine foodIntimate, eclectic. Fine food prepared and presented well. Attentive wait staff. Highly recommended for special occasions.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was perfect night withIt was perfect night with great food and a fantastic atmosphere. It's located at the Farm at South Mountain and feels like you're being transported out of the city. The food was fantastic and the server did a very nice job. It was our 3 year anniversary, and Quiessence helped up celebrate with a complimentary dessert plate which was unexpected and very nice. We'll be back again, whether for our next anniversary or just to treat ourselves.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMThe staff was very attentiveThe staff was very attentive and helpful and even surprised us with dessert for our anniversary.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMThe starter course, the soupThe starter course, the soup and terrine, were fantastic. The pastas and entrees were very good and we're always surprised by the creativity. The service, as always, was outstanding, helpful staff, always willing to answer questions or suggest wine pairings. The only criticism we have is we wish there was a larger selection of entrees to choose from. But we will always suggest Quiessence for a special occasion.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMOn a recent visit to PhoenixOn a recent visit to Phoenix my husband and I enjoyed both brunch at Morning Glories and dinner at Quiessence. Both experiences were simply wonderful but dinner was among our all time favorite dining experiences. We enjoyed the Chiefs' tasting with the wine paring. Our server was superb helping us learn more about AZ and west coast wines. Fantastic food and a great server made this a truly memorable dinner.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMThey were able to accommodateThey were able to accommodate our dietary restrictions in the tasting menu. Wonderful meal.3/15/2013 12:00:00 AMHad the tasting menu whichHad the tasting menu which was a delicious tour of seasonal ingredients. Stinging nettle soup was outstanding, as was the arctic char salad. The NY strip was so flavorful we asked the server what special spice rub was used; "little bit of salt, little bit of pepper and really good beef" was the answer--shows you what quality ingredients do!
Wine pairings were excellent, and 3/5 pairings were from AZ vineyards and 1 was from NM, so the southwest was well represented with outstanding wines.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMperfect farm to tableThis is the perfect farm to table restaurant. You are dining on the site of the farm. The service was perfect. Willing to substitute wines when the selected pairing was not to my taste.
The only negative that I could note was that the portions were rather large on the tasting menu. I had to take my last (meat) course home to be able to enjoy the dessert course.
I will definitely go back when in the area.3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent service. TastingExcellent service. Tasting menu with wine pairing highly recommended. Wonderful evening.3/13/2013 12:00:00 AMQuiessence was perfect forQuiessence was perfect for my wife and I to enjoy a romantic dinner with each other. The ambiance was wonderful, set aside at night in a quaint house at the end of a farm. The food was outstanding, and with a daily rotating menu, we can enjoy different dishes whenever we go back. We enjoyed the tasting menu, which offered a 6 course meal complete with dessert, and it was just a wonderful experience for the both of us.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was very good. ThisThe food was very good. This is competition for Binkley's and it is closer to town. We are going to go back in a month or two when it is a little warmer and we can sit outside with a beautiful view of their garden and farm.2/2/2013 12:00:00 AM