Core is all that and more
Although I am not usually a fan of hotel restaurants, Core is a very nice place. One can choose to dine indoors or out. The views up canyon are pretty spectacular. Add in a full moon rising over the desert and it becomes almost spiritual. The spacing between tables is quite large, so you never feel as though you are intruding, or having others intrude on your conversation. A normal speaking voice is all you need. The wine list is comprehensive, and for a high end property like the Ritz, pretty reasonable. Our food was hot, tasty and nicely portioned. The serving staff was attentive, but not overbearing.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
My wife and I enjoyed are experience at Core very much. The food was delicious. The wait staff was professional. They allowed my wife to try the wine before she ordered a glass. They brought me a taste of a premium single malt scotch because they were out of my usual brand. i'd highly recommend Core Kitchen.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Outstanding and attentive--but
Outstanding and attentive--but not overly so--service. Waiter was informative and helpful.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the moment we arrived
From the moment we arrived we were treated with personal attention. My request for an outside table was met and we had a gorgeous view of the mountains and enjoyed a beautiful sunset. Service was attentive but not intrusive. Our food was delicious. We were celebrating our daughter's 20th birthday and she was presented with a complimentary signature drink (minus the alcohol, she has to wait until next birthday). The entire evening was relaxing and enjoyable. This is my second time dining at The Core, and I will definitely return. It is worth the drive no matter where you live in Tucson.
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very memorable food and experience
This was second night in a row at Core Kitchen. We absolutely thoroughly enjoyed our meal so much we booked again. And we have reservations for this evening as well because there are so many things on the menu we want to try. High notes, Herbed Gnocchi, Braised Short Ribs, Crispy Brussels Sprouts with bacon, Scalloped potato gratin, Burrata & Prosciutto appetizer. We haven't actually been able to save room for dessert yet!
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
We always come here on special occasions. This is by far the best restaurant in Tucson having searched for 3 years now. The ribeye is consistently good and the garlic potato purée is to die for. They also have kids menu with a lot of selection. As always, the service is superb!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best restaurant in Tucson by far. Had breakfast and dinner there. Our breakfast server, Lynette, was very friendly and a great happy start to our day. Our dinner server, Arthur, was very professional, knowledgeable, and attentive. They made or vacation!
5/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
We loved our server, Maki,
We loved our server, Maki, who served us 3 days in a row. She was so sweet, professional, and knowledgeable about food/wine. Incredibly poised for someone her age. A true gem and a definite asset to the resort. She made our anniversary unforgettable. We will be back soon!
5/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Memorable Desert Dining
We stayed at the hotel over the Memorial Day weekend and dined at Core Kitchen daily: breakfast and dinner.
It is an outstanding restaurant throughout - the food is carefully prepared and with lots of attention to details. The service is just right - in general we don't like too much attention.
Our daughters enjoyed the food, the atmosphere and the service as well.
We always sat outside - it is serene and the view of the mountains is breathtaking.
5/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
There are very few choices for a fine dinning experience in Tucson. Luckily, Core has added to that choice. The waitstaff was most attentive and extremely helpful in making this a very special evening. The food was very well presented and I highly recommend the Tuna Tartar. The pork chop was also very good and don't forget to order dessert. Hope you enjoy Core as much as we did!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Destination Dining in Tucson
Tucson has lost several top restaurants over the last few years. This restaurant re-energizes the high-quality dining scene in Tucson! Everything about Core is excellent. Well worth the drive from any place you are staying in the Tucson area.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Was a great experience, food
Was a great experience, food was good, server was excellent. Only thing was when reservation was made it was listed as a birthday celebration and this information was never passed on to restaurant or server, etc.
6/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Core took special care of us on our anniversary. We ate outside as the sun set, which made it cool enough to enjoy. We were the only diners outside, but the staff never seemed to forget that we were there. Inside might be a bit louder, but we quite enjoyed listening to bird calls as the sun set.
6/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a wonderful experience at the Ritz. The food was wonderful and cooks perfectly to order. Definitely a special occasion restaurant as it is pricey.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service was excellent
The service was excellent and the people very polite. The place had a great ambiance. The location was very scenic and very clean. A nice large pool with a giant Slide made swimming great.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The standout of our experience was the service. We had 2 20'ish young women helping us and they were remarkably knowledgeable about both the food and wine and pairings. I had the salmon which I ordered medium. It was a bit underdone, so I ate around the center. It was delicious. My husband had the roasted chicken and it was very good.
We would have liked a bit more variety on the menu. No specials were offered.
The jalapeño corn muffins brought to the table soon after being seated were fabulous!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Core has declined
The service was outstanding, as usual. Although most of our food selections were very good, 3 of our party had the rib eye steak and all agreed that it was not a very good piece of beef. They were very disappointed.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not just a name
Thoroughly enjoyed our experience - ambience was incredible, outdoor seating was perfect, scallops were delicious and wheat bread (brought out before dinner) was to die for. :) we also shared the mac and cheese side, and while cheesy it did lack flavor and could have used salt. only regret was that we had no room for dessert. Service was top notch - the manager even came out to answer a questioning I had about where I could get the bread :) (yes it was that good).
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Core Kitchen is bit out of the way but it well worth the drive. It is perhaps the most sophisticated food in the Tucson area. On top of that it is pleasant place in great natural surroundings.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrate your special nights here
As we walked into the restaurant we were greeted warmly. They asked us if we were celebrating anything special tonight. We replied, yes our anniversary. From that moment on, we were treated like royalty celebrating a very special night.
The waiter brought us glasses of sparkling wine to start off our romantic night.
The food was absolutely perfect in presentation and taste. As a surprise, the waiter brought us a a dish with chocolate dipped strawberries and sweets with a Happy Anniversary message.
The atmosphere was elegant and quite enough for us to enjoy our great conversation.
I highly recommend this restaurant. We will be back for our next anniversary to celebrate. Thank you Core!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The main courses were excellent.
The main courses were excellent. I had the wedge salad. The lettuce was a little too old for an $11 price tag. The soup was nice and hot. The rib eye cooked to perfection. But my main complaint is always the same. An empty dining room from 6:30 until at least 8PM and we were place in a one view seat two top. Would it hurt to let a twosome sit at a four top when the dining room is going to be empty all night?
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was surprised how delicous the food was! We had the avocado tartar, the filet with shrimp, potato puree, mac n' cheese and the brownie sundae. Everything was just amazing! I can't wait to go back someday!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
have never been disappointed
We've been to Core many times. the food and service is consistently outstanding. the dining room is quiet and romantic.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Core is part of the Ritz Carlton resort. Fabulous outdoor scenery and the inside is very nice as well. The wait staff is very attentive and friendly. Can't say enough about the staff. I had a bone-in rib eye and my husband had sea bass. Both were fabulous! What we loved is that you could taste the fresh herbs in the dishes and sauces, meaning it was tasty and healthy. If you're looking for some place for a special occasion, this is definitely it. My only criticism is that if you're staying at the resort for awhile, the menu doesn't seem to change often and you will likely have to venture off the resort for something different.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM