Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar
Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar

Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.qatthefarm.com/
  • Phone: 6022760601x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday through Saturday 5 pm until close.

    Due to operational changes, Quiessence and Morning Glory Gift Certificates issued prior to June 1, 2013 will not be honored. Please refer to the Manager for refund instructions.
    We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Dustin Christofolo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate groups between 20 and 75 guests. For a truly unique "farm to table" experience, please contact our event coordinator for the private event menus. You may also email info@qatthefarm.com for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Alison Sponberg 6022760601x
  • Special Events: Visit our website for information on upcoming events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 32nd Street & Southern Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Enter The Farm at South Mountain at 6106 S. 32nd Street and drive two-tenths of a mile down the lane to the parking lot. Park your car and follow the signs to the Quiessence entrance.
A word from Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar
Quiessence received 4.5 stars from Arizona Republic Food Critic Howard Seftel!!!

Zagat says, "Set in a historic home with a warm country feel", this "romantic" South Phoenix "gem" matches its "magical location" with an American menu based on "local, sustainable, handcrafted" ingredients and a "deep" wine list; "impeccable service" and a "calming" ambiance.

Quiessence at The Farm delivers a truly "farm-to-table" experience using locally sourced produce, meat and wine, to create a refined rustic menu.

Tucked away in The Farm at South Mountain with a unique indoor and award-winning outdoor dining, Quiessence delivers farm-focused and uncomplicated cuisine; a delight of cheeses, artisan breads, handcrafted pastas and local produce.

The American and Arizonan wine list is accompanied by an international reserve list designed to pair with the balance of the cuisine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
52 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (46)special occasion (45)fit for foodies (36)great for outdoor dining (30)neighborhood gem (17)notable wine list (15)scenic view (14)late-night find (4)good for groups (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Amazing!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This restaurant is a true local gem. Amazing farm to table menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • New Orleans Native loved it
    NewOrleansfoodlady
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Quiessence is an absolutely wonderful hidden treasure in Phoenix. Foodies will love it. All of the courses we had at dinner each had special taste treats. The wait staff new their menu and were excited to talk about it. They told us about the history of The Farm. The host and the wait staff can by to check n us and each member brought conversation, tips for our trip and a wonderful down home feeling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Best tasting food we have had in years. The fresh foods used in all of the menu items here made every part of the meal amazing. We did the tasting menu and were incredibly grateful to have done so as it allowed us to try to many fresh tasting dishes here. Truly a unique experience. Excellent service and venue as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth the cost
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food ok but not outstanding. Noise high. Ambience poor. Wine prices good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect! Simply Perfect!
    jpwood1969
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I will be coming back, Wonderful friendly staff. quite romantic atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Too good.
    skierman
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Best meal I've had in years. Everything is made fresh, even the butter was a freshly made infused spread. I don't remember the details but our server broke it down for us. The amount of thought and preparation that goes into every element of the dining experience is unparalleled thus far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • foodlover
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    As always, my Quiessence experience was fabulous. I love to dine there and will continue to do so. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fantstic hideaway
    darcan124
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Everything from the venue to the ambience, the knowledgable and attentive wait staff, the fresh ingredients and their artistic preparation made the dining experience a memorable and fabulous one. I will forever thank my sister and brother-in-law for giving us a gift certificate for Quiessence, and we will definitely be back after the summer break and will be giving a gift certificate to our best friends. We feel as if we discovered a tucked-away gold mine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Restaurant
    DiningFananticVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My wife and I haven’t been this excited about a restaurant in a long time. We dined there about a month ago and again two nights ago; this was our second visit since the chef change over. The “old” Quiessence was great, but the “new” Quiessence is even better. You can see and taste the kitchen team’s passion in their offerings. The dishes are original, the plating is magnificent and the food quality/taste is superb. The food is allowed to speak for itself, without being overly fussed or gratuitously seasoned. Quiessence is truly creating some of the finest food in Arizona. We can’t wait for them to reopen after their summer hiatus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vegangirl
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Outstanding, fresh, farm-to-table food prepared with great skill and consciousness. Fantastic, personable, not rote service. An outstanding experience overall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Stars!
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went to Quiessence to celebrate my husband's birthday. We absolutely loved the food, dessert and drinks. Everything was delicious and the service was great, but the formage board was our favorite! This place is a little pricey, but it's really worth it! We can't wait to go back. Thank you to the manager, Jay Yada, who treated us so well!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food/Cost
    Fred
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was very good but very expensive considering portion size. Very limited choice in wines by the glass. Very limited number of entrees. Atmosphere is outstanding. Pretty location.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great special occasion
    Decatur
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Beautiful urban garden. Brought world traveling friends who loved the ambience and delicious farm to table food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiessence Rest&Wine Bar - a Treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Fabulous as always! Thanks for a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quiessence
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Excellent as always. Food is always unique and wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful
    Boca
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Took our first trip to Quiessence for an anniversary celebration. The ambience was perfect; the staff were wonderful; the food was outstanding and the wine excellent. Best restaurant experience in greater Phoenix if you are looking for a well thought out, quiet celebration.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing tasting menu
    georgi
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    With the exception of a wonderful charcuterie platter for the table that was sensational the remaining dishes were very average and nothing special. When your spending more than $100 a person ( including wine ) I believe the meal should be memorable. I recently enjoyed the tasting menu at Gramercy Tavern in NYC. While it was more expensive I am still remembering the tastes and flavors .I arranged specifically to come into Phoenix to dine here. Unfortunately, it was not worth the effort.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unexpected Find
    chuckVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    We were stuck in Phoenix due to a late connecting flight. Open Table pointed us to Quiessence at the "Farm". We had the six course dinner with the wine pairings. It was a lot of wine. The Chef was going to show us his complete culinary skill set in one meal. The Gnocchi with Pork, was FANTASTIC. A complete meal by itself. The opening courses outshone the main course. Dessert was AWESOME. Great venue and a must if you have plenty of time and $$$$$.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Almost perfect, but...
    AJ1Eats
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    It would have been much easier to write this review and it would have gotten 5 stars had Quiessence also nailed the protein - the halibut was overcooked and the steak could have been more tender with less connective tissue. For the price, this course should have been the star, but the charcuterie board, salad and pasta dishes were truly outstanding. I also must warn that the six course menu, "tasting" has fairly generous portions - only a bad thing if you like to finish your plate every course. The wait staff was courteous, knowledgable and energetic. I appreciated being seated on the patio as the outdoor setting in the lush garden was quite romantic and very peaceful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything and more
    Happy2go
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This is the place to go to really experience food. We did the seasonal tasting menu. In selecting it, we tasted so many wonderful combinations of foods new to us! The chef was able to modify the selections to our requests which was wonderful. Pricey to be sure but well worth the cost!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Occasion/Romantic
    romanticdinning
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I wanted to take my for her birthday to a romantic spot, but not only was it romantic but the service, online reservations, food and setting was amazing! Definitely recommend this place for all occasions!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Green, Beautiful, Yummy!
    PALMHAUS
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    This was my first trip to Quiessence and I absolutely loved it, even before I got the food! The setting is very romantic. Surrounded by a lot of lush green plants and blooming flowers I felt, for a few hours, like I wasn't in the desert. They have a unique specialty drink menu, a great staff and the food was delicious! And after eating every ounce of the tasting menu, I didn't feel guilty because all the food was made with fresh ingredients most of which they grow onsite. I will go back every chance I get.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We had the six course dinner with the wine selections. We found it quite good. Enough so that we would return and recommend to our friends. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great ambience great food
    jess
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Very beautiful place with great tasting and fresh food. Service was amazing too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Sat on back porch (lacking any kind of ambiance) next to a table w/children. On a normal casual night that would have been fine, but on a special night not so much. Not a place to take your children when other tables are out for a much needed romantic dinner! Our experience would have been much lovelier on the front porch, unfortunate for our visit. We made a reservation, but did not know to ask or wait for a better spot
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Date Place!
    Connie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We had dinner friday night and requested a patio table. It was a perfect evening, with a view of the "front yard" with flowers, trees and great birdsong. We had the seasonal tasting menu, with 6 courses. The portions were an appropriate size--we did not feel too stuffed! Some courses we were served the same, but others we each had something different so we were able to taste many different things. We started with a cheese plate, carpaccio, a soup, and a wonderful salad with fiddlehead ferns. The potato gnocchi was some of the best I have ever eaten. We then had the halibut and New York strip. Dessert and a latte rounded out the evening. I will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a meal I'll treasure
    Kensingtonian
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I had the chef tasting with wine pairings. The waitress confidently explained the process and what I could expected. They were happy to customize the menu to accommodate my vegetarianism and a food allergy. Everything was delicious and presented beautifully. The wines truly suited each dish and the waitress was friendly and attentive without being overly familiar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Romantic Dinner
    Cronus75
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Visited for our anniversary and they didn't disappoint. Good food, great service. Would return
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.8
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 894 reviews are from the Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar reviews archive.
  • Berda's Birthday
    Papa
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Our family had visited The Farm on several occasions for brunch and had wondered about Quiessence. When planning my wife's birthday I thought it was time to try it. We were seated at a quiet table and decided to enjoy the tasting menu. Letting the chef provide the best the kitchen makes is always a treat. Our server, David, was amazing. He suggested the wine pairing, which turned out to be quite good. He had lived in the south of France, an area we toured quite extensively a few years ago, so the evening was remarkable. We will return.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quiescence
    Rich
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    You drive into this place through a pecan orchard strung with draping string lights. The restaurant is in an old farm house in the back of the property surrounded by an overgrown grassy garden with vines, flowers, and trees. There are birdhouses and lanterns. It's so quaint and pretty. The food is super fresh, unique and rustic. Just be prepared,It's pricey.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relax, Savor and Enjoy
    NansulitaVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    A lovely relaxing serene scenic...restaurant. There aren't enough adjectives to compliment Quiessence properly. The service was outstanding with one of the most knowledgeable waitresses I've met. Totally relaxing with outstanding food. I had the duck (which I often have since I can never ever cook duck properly) - it was wonderful as was the green salad. My husband had the halibut which he loved too. Do reserve a table outside and enjoy the view of the farm and pure quietness! This was our first time and I can't wait to come back! Kudos to the owners, the chef and the staff of this outstanding restaurant!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Steve
    Zzzzzzzz
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Went there to celebrate my wife's birthday. We chose the Chefs six course menu with wine pairing. The ambiance was wonderful and the waiter was very knowledgeable as well as friendly. It was a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visitor
    EAlley
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I tasked myself with picking a "first date" location (we've known one another for years but a reconnection turned mutual romantic interest made this... more) and not familiar with the area I took to some research. There are certainly many options offering the "oh so typical" and trendy bistro environment but I sought something that was a bit more unique and carried more classically romantic flair without being stuffy and pretentious. Quiessence is a beautiful, very romantic and wonderful, "farm fresh" restaurant. There are a variety of indoor and outdoor seating options and they tout a variety of chef-whimsical menu options that are seasonally selected. Overall the night was an amazing night for many reasons and Quiessence delivered.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soothsayer
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This is a farm and the restaurant is simple but comfortable. Food is first rate; vegetables are grown at the farm. We've added this to our "return soon" list. Note that the restaurant is about a quarter of a mile off the road; be sure to ignore the parking lot across the street and drive to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Simply stated...... Food, service, atmosphere. Awesome Location is a bit odd. I almost decided not to go, glad I didn't turn around I eat out at fine restaurants often. Hands down this was a 10!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Shelley
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We can with some friends, for most of us, our first time. Love love this place. I want to share this special place with more of our family and friends. Service was great and as well as the drinks and food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Oasis
    wineatfive
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    What a find. Just 15 minutes from Phoenix International Airport (we booked in for dinner before a red eye flight back to NYC), and yet we never heard a plane. What you do hear is the sweet singing of hundreds of birds nestling in the trees and bushes and feeding from the beds of kitchen garden plots. The settings is amazing. The food outstanding and the service impeccable. We had some interesting and varied food during our week long tour of the National Parks in Utah and Arizona. Quiessence was unmistakably the best restaurant we ate in, at every level. For those of you who have eaten at Blue Hill at Stone Barn in NY - this is AZ's equivalent, and every bit as good.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience!
    42Potatoes
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    This was our first visit since the ownership change, and all is in exceptionally good hands! My wife and I had a wonderful experience; this simply has to be the most romantic restaurant in the Phoenix area. Service was excellent, very non-intrusive yet always close with water refills, etc. Our server was highly knowledgeable about both that day's food selections, but also well versed in the restaurant's history and way of doing things, which made the evening even more fun.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was horribly slow.
    Newproman
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The service was horribly slow. 3 1/2 hours for a standard meal is way too long. The time between the courses was very long. Too bad because the food and ambiance were very good!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming but amateurish
    BobbyinTexas
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This is a lovely venue but the food was lukewarm, bland, uninspiring, and expensive for the low quality. The waitress was also very chatty. We were strongly encouraged to order the two pastas as a table appetizer, they were below average and not very tasty. We also had to ask repeatedly for silverware, plates, ice, and the normal items that diners require. The staff was friendly but amateurish, they did not really seem to know how to run a restaurant or how to prepare and serve delicious food. The pork shank was cold, the duck breast was okay but I would not order it again, the wine was pretty good but expensive, the bar cocktails were not special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate