The food was excellent, good
The food was excellent, good wine list, very nice service. We ate at Bar North-it seemed much quieter than the main restaurant.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Pros: The food was excellent,
Pros: The food was excellent, as well as the wine we chose for our meal. We were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary and our waiter brought us 3 complimentary delectable desserts. Yummy! Cons: The bartender mistakenly made a Manhattan for my husband with Maker's Mark, although my husband specifically said the house bourbon (Jim Beam) was acceptable. Like all of the restaurants in the Fox Restaurant Group, NoRTH was so noisy that my husband and I could barely understand our waiter. The only reason we chose the restaurant was because my boss had given us a gift certificate for the place. We have also been to Sauce and the Greenhouse (other Fox Restaurants) and hope to never go back because the noise level is deafening.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for people watching
We had a group of 9 and dined outdoors, however we were on the side of the building with no other tables around. It was perfect for us, but lacked ambiance. The people watching was good, the service was outstanding, the food was very good and the prices were reasonable. It's a great spot with smaller groups.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice night for dining al fresco
Our family of 3 went to NoRTH on a whim. as we had not been for quite a number of years. We decided to dine outside as it was a little noisy inside and the weather was perfect. No kids menu but our server simply asked what she could bring for our son and took his food order as we ordered our drinks. She knows kids and knows what families need - big check mark for her! His spaghetti came in a kid's portion and one meatball on the side - perfect!
Our meals were both excellent. My wife opting for the Spicy Shrimp pasta while I went simple with Spaghetti meatballs. Neither meal was simple as the flavors burst off our plates and into our mouths. Homemade pasta, homemade sauces with everything perfectly cooked. We will be back soon!
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food, service okay.
First, the positives: the food at NoRTH is always a delight. Always fresh and flavorful. My date and I ordered the bruchetta for an appetizer with prosciutto and asparagus. Very tasty! My date ordered the swordfish, which was the special. The swordfish was so good I wish I'd ordered it!
Now the negatives: my date and I sat at our table for nearly 10 minutes before even being served water. And then halfway through the meal, our server changed. Whoever our official server was hardly paid us any attention and I had to flag someone down to get a refill on water. I've been to NoRTH before and can't recall service being this poor (the restaurant wasn't even that busy), but maybe it was just a fluke. I plan to return.
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loud but proud
I love going to North - awesome food and servers. The hostesses could definitely use some training in the art of greeting customers and remembering to actually take the customers to their table. The dining room is quite lively and the food is fantastic!
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
With all the restaurants in the Kierland area, NoRTH still stands out. Great food AND service. A little noisy, but fun ambience. "Real" Italian food is scarce in Phoenix. As a picky native New Yorker, I loved it.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was wonderful for sure,
Food was wonderful for sure, even my daughter who is the most picky child you could meet gave the pasta noodles a 10 out of 10. We all let each other taste what we ordered and none of us had any complaints (spicy shrimp, halibut special, chicken w/mushrooms dish) We were in time to hear some of the live music playing outside (we were seated in the back dinning area)which was very lucky for us. Great food, good service, great music and dinner with family could not have asked for a better night out. Coming back for sure!
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and wonderful service.
Really enjoyed this restaurant. Our food was great and had very friendly and energetic wait staff very prompt and knowledgeable. Will definitely return.
6/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner at North
We hadn't eaten at North in a while and we were very pleasantly surprised. The food was wonderfully and not badly priced. The service from our waiter was not great. He got our drink wrong - even the 2nd round and we were drinking the same thing... Wouldn't stop us from returning; but wouldn't want that waiter again...
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food and Great Location
The food is always freshly prepared and service is always attentive. Great place for lunch or dinner with shopping right outside the door in Kierland Commons.
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I think the waiter was hotter than the temp outside! Not only was it a great find, but so was the service!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can be a little noisy but
Can be a little noisy but very good overall. Chef is flexible in terms of modifying entres to customer's needs. Very important for people with dietary issues.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice atmosphere...sat outside.
Nice atmosphere...sat outside. Staff was very attentitive and informative. Enjoyed the food. Happy hour all day Sunday. 1/2 price bottles of wine along with appetizer specials. Would definitely go back!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was visiting the Scottsdale area & looking for a restaurant to meet my girlfriend for lunch - I discovered NoRth was a Fox Restaurant - I have dined at other Fox restaurants in the area & thought we would meet at NoRth. My directions were not very accurate - I was lost and finally found the restaurant after calling - the hostess was so helpful and stayed on the phone until I found a parking place. I was intrigued by the decor and layout of the restaurant - we made an earlier reservation and by noon the restaurant was packed - good vibe. Our waitress was so helpful recommending choices based on our likes and taste. Of course the dessert menu was fabulous - we shared the vanilla bean Gelato with a shot of espresso - delightful!!!
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorites!
When visiting Scottsdale, we look forward to eating at North. Everything on the menu is great. We had the grilled calamari over arugula, margarita pizza and spinach menzalluna, which was to die for.
Sundays is 1/2 bottle of wine and happy hour all day. If you are in the area you must try North!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another good Fox Restaurant
After moving to Phoenix in 2012, I quickly found Fox Restaurants and have learned I can typically trust to have a good creative menu with a fun/vibrant atmosphere that goes just enough beyond the norm to impress any guests I bring and represents good taste and quality. North is no exception. This was my second visit to the Kierland Commons location and although they mixed up my order, they were quick to correct it and overly apologetic, offering me free dessert (which I declined). I frequent the Arcadia location, which is slightly more roomy and offers valet service.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy, but Cold and Loud
We went for our anniversary dinner. Not the quiet/romantic evening we were expecting! We were seated directly underneath an A/C vent which was VERY cold. The servers seemed all-too aware of the problem but shrugged it off and said there was nothing they could do. It was quite loud and my husband and I had trouble hearing each other all night. Tables are too close together; we often had a server's backside in our faces as they tended to neighboring tables. Our food, however, was amazing! We'd go back for drinks, perhaps, but will try someplace new the next time we want something more intimate.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Date Night
Great food, service and ambience. What more could you ask for. Even reasonably priced.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was my friend's 50th birthday. We ordered a bit of everything and ate well. Everything was top notch. Loud atmosphere is the only complaint. Fortunately we are young enough to hear still.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yummy food will go back!
NoRTH was a nice restaurant. The food was really delicious and the service was great but it was very loud and had trouble hearing the other people at our table. I will definitely go to NoRTH again just not with my 70 year old mom...
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
A pleasant experience
Calamari Salad -excellent and Bolonese pasta dish outstanding. Very busy, but noise level comfortable.
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a great meal, good wine and exceptional service. We enjoyed an excellent dining experience at NoRTH.
9/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not your typical Italian!
First time to North...really enjoyed it. We were both expecting a more traditional Italian restaurannt which this is NOT!!! Very modern, very eclectic interior and atmosphere is casual and energetic!
Service great! Food was fabulous and different!!! The bruschetta is out of this world and also not what we expected! Our pasta dishes were delicious, rich and tasty...great overall experience! We will definitely return. Have to try their happy hour $20 special!!!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Sunday Happy Hour
North has an interesting bar menu (including tapas sized spaghetti and meatballs) and has Happy Hour prices all day long. We recently had a lovely late afternoon cocktail hour which turned into Sunday dinner. Outside seating was a bit warm but it was still very nice. The service was great.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Food, Wine & Waiter
Our first experience at NoRTH. It was Friday evening and the noise level inside was more than what we wanted so we requested a table outside which turned out to be perfect. The wine and food was amazing!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Celebration at Bar North
We went to North to celebrate my wife and I getting promotions and were able to get a table for 7 at Bar North. The open air inside of Bar North was perfect, not noisy and made for a fun evening. The food was great and so was the service.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Must GoTo Place
If you are looking for a FABULOUS place to eat with prices that are not outrageous and a Staff that is Second-to-none then North is your GoTo place. Tony our Waiter was probably the best waiter we have ever had. Knew his product all around and didn't take one note when we ordered and got our order perfect. Great personality too.
The food? AMAZING. My wife and I shared Grilled Artichokes for an Appetizer and then we had the Diver Scallops for our Main Dish. WOW, what a great combo and the scallops were the best
Definitely we will be back time and time again.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great selection of both food and wine. Well designed and delivered unique,Italian inspired dishes. Only negative - uncomfortable seating. I will return again, though, without question!
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food...service was just okay
We had a late reservation on a Thursday night. Our server, along with many others, were prepping the restaurant for the next day. Unfortunately that resulted in pretty slow service. The food was great so that pretty much made up for the service. I just would have preferred a little more attention to the details.
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Energetic noise, means loud.
The word energetic for the noise level is vague and misleading. As far as this place is concerned the noise level inside is very loud.
We ate outside in part to avoid the noise inside. Food and service is very good.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Location is without question a plus (nestled amidst the Kierland shops), but what was a nice surprise was the quality of the food. Upscale twists on classic Italian dishes that work very very well. Lasagna and pizza/flatbread were both outstanding. Great deal on Sunday w/ "happy hour all-day" specials, including 1/2 price bottles of wine (and many reasonable options avaialable). Will definitely be going back!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful restaurant and if you eat outside, it's quiet. I love it for lunch. It's my favorite place to eat
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fall Evening Dinner
This Kierland favorite has a consistent menu of delicious and quality choices. The outdoor patio has a charming urban yet Southwestern charm. I find the music an annoying background at most restaurants, actually wish it was classical or muzak, and it was not different at North except the volume was lower than most place. The bar is also not paneled with a half dozen big screen TV's, only two. The service is always reliable and friendly. One of my go to places in the Kierland area.
10/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We has reservations and restaurant
We has reservations and restaurant was very accommodating in allowing us to move our seating to a preferred location.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
North -- Kierland
Great food; our waitress seemed to disappears for 15 minutes; but the restaurant is too loud for conversing with someone at the table or with the waitress. Also, the hostesses need to dress more appropriately/professionally
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
My friend and I wanted a day to be fancy, and this place was perfect! We sat outside and enjoyed the nice weather, listened to and watched the birds, and sat peacefully as we simply enjoyed each other's company. The food was some of the best I've ever had. I would definitely recommend trying the Chef's Board, it was quite an adventure trying so many new things, or things we've had before but made in a new way. It was a lovely experience that I will never forget!
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Not your run of the mill Italian food which was great. The salads are served on wodden cutting boards which was odd but oh so good and the smashed potatoes we could have made a meal of them alone. Yum, yum! Great patio which would have been better for our gals lunch so we could hear each other. High noise level inside would be our only complaint. Oh and having to ask for bread. It should be offered by the wait staff at the time of placing an order. We will be back for sure.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food, ambience, service was all really good! The zucchini chips were a nice little starter....and addicting! My friend and I both loved the wine that was suggested to us by our waiter. We shared the ribs and the scallops - both were done perfectly...the ribs just fell apart and the scallops were so tender and nicely seared. Definitely recommend this place to the food lovers out there that appreciate a really well done meal in a semi casual setting. One thing I should note is that we were there for a very early meal - like 4:30 pm - so not sure what the noise level might be when the place is really smokin busy. It would not matter to me - I'd go back for the food and wine and service any time!
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary last week at North. It was perfect. The wait staff and food were exceptional. We have been to North on a number of occasions and always find everything to our complete satisfaction.
11/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
NoRTH for a Small or Large Party
Fantastic food, great service and in typical Fox-Concept style, a great place to go for lunch or dinner.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were staying near Kierland Commons and had not heard good things about the restaurants in the area. We were pleasantly surprised then at our experience at North. We were actually sat in Bar North which was quieter and had a nicer ambience in my opinion. We arrived at 5:45 and caught the end of happy hour. We started with a Caesar salad from the happy hour menu. It was lightly dressed and more acidic than creamy which is how we prefer it. There were no croutons which was odd but we didn't mind. We had the short rib gnocchi and the rosemary chicken for mains. Both were delicious. The service was great and substitutions for the side veggies on the chicken were warmly accommodated.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good Italian food
We've been to North many times. The food is good and they offer all of their pasta options gluten free which is great. Great wine list. During the weekends, reservations are a must. Noise level is rather loud but if that doesn't bother you, it's a great place to have dinner.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cozy /great staff /very good food
Have eaten here for years/ consistently good/ reasonable prices
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Place...Good Food
This is the 5th time we have been back to NoRTH and they never dissapoint. The food is fantastic and the outdoor seating is a great place to relax with a drink. Our waiter was a great guy and couldnt have been better while serving us. Anytime we are in the Scottsdale area we have to come to NoRTH.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything and I mean everything was PERFECT. First time there and all five of us walked out wanting to turn right back and eat again. I had chicken parm. Huge piece of chicken of house made noodles with a cream sauce to die for. My wife had salmon and said it was the best she's had and we've been everywhere. The red sauce in the spaghetti and meatballs was great. The pizza looked fantastic. We also had a meatball appetizer that we fought over. DO NOT EAT ITALIAN FOOD ELSEWHERE. YOU WILL MISS OUT. We also had a really nice young waiter from Boston who has only been in Phoenix for a month. He was really fun and attentive.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
We tried this restaurant when it first opened and was unimpressed. This time was different. Had the Italian salad and margarita pizza on outside patio. Very good and fun atmosphere. The salad we could have shared. Great presentation.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't wait to go back
Had a great meal with outstanding service - can't wait to return next time were in Scottsdale.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great restaurant in Scottsdale
North remains my favorite restaurant in Scottsdale! My husband and I went Friday night to celebrate our 33rd anniversary. Food was fabulous as always!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gave it a second chance
We went for dinner - long story short, sat at the table for 12 minutes without being served. When 3 other tables came in and were served first we decided to move to another table. As we were leaving, the hostess intercepted us and asked what the issue was - we explained and she got the manager. He convinced us to give them another shot which we did. It turned out to be a wonderful dining experience. Great food, service - he did everything he could to turn around our experience and make it a very nice night. He took care of the entire meal which was a very big surprise to us. Bottom line, they did the right thing, and we'll be back.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM