New Menu Not As Good
The new menu is not as good as the old menu. The whole point of Distrito used to be getting dishes to share and taste among friends. Now, they have many single-serving entrees which are small and not equipped to be shared, even though the waiter advised they were. The salads were tiny.
Some of the wait staff is phenomenal. One waiter named Keith (don't know last name) is especially great. We had a waiter who knew little about the menu, less about the tequila, and who didn't take our order for the first 45 minutes.
I'm not sure I'll go back unless they offer a better sharing menu. I can go pay $25-30 for a small, single-serve entree somewhere else.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delightful evening, tasting
Delightful evening, tasting menu and wine pairings were wonderful!
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Something for everyone
There was a group of 6 of us, two of which were children with discerning tastes. The staff was wonderful with appropriate suggestions for the children and great with helping the adults pick the best of the menu to try. The margaritas were truly outstanding with a very different flair. I tried the signature margarita which has a little spice to it and also one made with a tequila which had a smokey flavor to it. Both were unremarkable. Can't say enough about the experience.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great bar & expert bartenders
Great bar & expert bartenders - even though they closed Old Town Whiskey (sob). Delicious tacos (the best handmade tortillas- anywhere!).All of the food we've had here has been beautifully prepared, and the flavors and textures leave you wanting more.Service very friendly & willing to make suggestions, but a tad slow at times.Love the ambiance and outdoor dining. Wish the outdoor fireplace on the back patio by the couches had been lit. We would've lingered there a while longer.
4/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
creative take on Mexican "street
creative take on Mexican "street food" While not cheap, it's reasonable for what you get, and truly distinctive food. Can be quite noisy, but the service is excellent and quite responsive.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
fresh take on Mexican cuisine
My companion and I found Distrito to be both exciting and innovative. The cuisine rather than the ordinary Mexican or Mexican influenced, had many lovely twists while keeping to the south of the border flavors. Besides the more pricey entrees , there was much to choose from in the small plate category and much of that we shared.
The Margeritas were excellent though I thought them filled up with more ice than neccesary. We enjoyed the atmosphere of the patio and would most certainly return to try to sample more of the chefs offerings.
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
We dined for lunch and had
We dined for lunch and had the special. The price was very reasonable and the food was fantastic.
4/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
THE quintessential Phoenix
THE quintessential Phoenix restaurant. Perfect mix of energy (great, live DJ), atmosphere (looks over the Scottsdale Civic Center), and of course, food. Awesome.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
The chairs outside are not comfortable.
The food is fantastic!
4/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dog Friendly, fantastic food!
We have eaten here before and loved it. I like the outdoor patio, as they are 'dog friendly'. The food is fantastic. Service was okay. Nice, but slow. There were only 3 tables on the patio dining.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicioso at Distrito
My friends & I relaxed while indulging in some great food for Cinco de Mayo! Being vegetarian I was very happy with their selection of entrees that fit me and my carnivore friends.
The stuffed poblano pepper I had was good & flavorful, very different since it was roasted not fried with breading like a typical chile relleno. Also had the seafood stew, scallops were done to perfection & melted in my mouth, the sauce had a wonderful smoky flavor that was good to the last spoonful.
One friend had the giant prawns, and did not shut up about how good they were all meal long. Will definitely bring people here again who enjoy an exceptional meal in a great environment.
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Without a doubt going back.
Without a doubt going back. Every dish was absolutley perfect, just bursting with flavor. My fiance and I agreed that it was by far the best meal we had, had in ANY restaurant. Staff was excellent, very attentive. And the margarita was hands down the best margarita.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food deserves better service
The food was excellent, carefully prepared with fresh ingredients. The guacamole was beautiful, chunky and creamy, the avocados stood out and were not overwhelmed by the addition of too many ingredients. The chips were warm, not oily, crisp, and hearty. Everyone enjoyed their meal. The carne asada was cooked precisely as I ordered it, the flavor was fantastic and they made a cut of meat that I usually do not care for into an awesome meal that I thoroughly enjoyed. The chile relleno and camarones were declared to e excellent by those who ordered them. The chicken was slightly overcooked. I did not care for my dessert but it was well made, I felt that it did not match the description. I would definitely dine here again. The service was awful.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
All-around Fantastic Experience
From beginning to end, the dining experience at Distrito was PERFECT. The ceviche was incredible, and the porkbelly was the winner for entrees for my husband and me. Our server knew the menu like the back of his hand, and his service was impeccable. We will definitely be back.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very happy diner
This VHD couldn't have been more pleased with selecting Distrito during Arizona Restaurant Week. The menu offerings were intriguing enough to entice us in, and the drinks pairings with the appetizer and entree were perfect. Thanks for a great evening!
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We will be back. Decided to try during restaurant week..everything was delicious. Cudos to the chef. Our waiter Matteo was knowledgable and obviously enjoys his job.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good time and food
We tried Distrito for the first time during Restaurant Week. They did not disappoint. The food was great and service fantastic. We'll be back to order off of the regular menu one of these days.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner for six @Distrito
Loved it. Fabulous food. Great Service. We had one obnoxious guest and the waiter seemed to take it in stride. We apologize. 5 of us LOVED IT.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Anniversary Night Out
This was our first time at Distrito. The dining room is right next to the bar area & there is no solid separation, so if you are on that side of the room it is very noisy. Very casual atmosphere with outdoor dining altho we opted for the inside as it was about 105 out that day. We started with a tequila flight & a mezcal based cocktail. The ahi tuna ceviche is amazing as was the Chilango Chop salad. We both had the lamb chops and they were to die for. Very tender and flavorful and cooked as requested. It was our anniversary and so they comped us a very beautiful chocolate "sculptured" dessert which was both beautiful & delicious. Service was very good, altho some of our menu questions were not fully answered. We definitely will be back.
6/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was some of the best
The food was some of the best I have had in Scottsdale, but only for foodies. Very unusual blending of flavors and must love the taste of spicy food. Excellent!! A special occasion dining experience.
6/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Vibe and Great Desserts
We went to Distrito after hearing that Jose Garcas owned the restaurant. How could we passup going to a restaurant owned by an Iron Chef??!! The atmosphere in the restaurant was great and the noise level never got too loud while we had our dinner. The chips with the freshly made Guacamole and Pico de Gallo were delicious. There were high and low points with the appetizers and entrees, but the desserts were some of the best we've had in Phoenix. Our favorite restaurant is still the Mission for Southwest/Mexican food, but Distrito is another great place to go. Especially if you want to have Southwest/Mexican food with flavors and fusions you haven't experienced. Definitely worth trying at least once!!
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
great tasting menu. Whole new level on Southwestern/Mexican flavors.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
An exciting Scottsdale Gem!
Found on Open Table. Menu is a fun new twist on southwest cuisine. Fun tastings to share. Only small critique. ... Sharing difficult portions tiny. If you're a food network for foodie this is the place for you!!
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food: reinterpretation
Good food: reinterpretation of classic tapas dishes in a more contemporary key.
Very good sangria.
Atrocious space: who designed it?
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and drink. They
Great food and drink. They could make the patio so much fun with the right décor ie outside lights kinda a modern cabana look...
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I liked the food drink waiter and ambience would reccomed.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Night at Distrito
This was a great experience. Dining with a friend, we ordered several dishes. All were excellent. The chicken tacos were more flavorful than the carne asada, but I would highly recommend but the rellenitos. The star of the meal was the tuna ceviche. Served with like sorbet, it was well balanced and unique.
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, average ambiance
Upon hearing Jose Garces had a restaurant in Phoenix we were excited to experience the best. The food did not disappoint and we would recommend it to anyone. The ambience is a bit loud and the seating a bit crowded for a good date night, but small or medium size groups would enjoy the more gregarious atmosphere. We had a wonderful crab and cactus salsa to start. That was followed with an assortment of tacos, which we loved. After being brought the wrong ceviche, we thoroughly enjoyed the yellowfin ceviche. Dessert was wonderful as well and the comprehensive culinary experience was quite good. We felt a little underwhelmed, perhaps we built up the experience too much, but we agree the restaurant is excellent and should be tried by all.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, small portions
Ceviche was excellent. Guacamole was standard and Chilps were well salted and warm. Excellent craft cocktails. Lamb tacos, just OK. Salmon was outstanding, garlic shrimp very good.
Look forward to cooler temp to enjoy the perfect patio.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an early dinner with
We had an early dinner with my folks so it was pretty quiet while we dined. The food was just wonderful, we ALL loved the nachos appetizer and my Tuscan Kale salad was perfect. The fish tacos were super tasty and the margaritas were delish, especially the 'smoky mescal' selections. My folks had the pulled pork tacos and they weren't overly thrilled with their choice, I think they were just full already from the appetizers!
We will return!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really very good
Our food and drinks were all great, as expected, except that the prawns in the Camarones dish were tough and stringy.
The nachos were outstanding as was the quinoa filled chile relleno. The food was priced appropriately.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We choose to go even though we had read a few bad reviews about the service, and we made the right decision.
Service and food were both excellent. Well done.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food at Distrito is incredible. Some of the best rubs and marinades I've ever had. Try the lamb and the amberjack crevice. Both were spectacular
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The tasting menu was INCREDIBLE
The tasting menu was INCREDIBLE -, from the serrano corn muffins and guacamole as an appetizer to the dessert. Lots of food for only 55$. The chef produced several dishes for each course. Only one disappointment- a salmon dish with a sauce that lacked "zing" and included smoked red grapes ( an odd culinary experience). The cocktails were exceptional (we tried the Jefe margarita and the red sangria). Our server was excellent. Best dining experience since I moved to Phoenix 8 months ago!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Although I preferred the previous menu, I'm glad Chef Garces kept his one of a king Blue Crab Guacamole and the amazing tacos de pescado. Every dish is prepared to be very flavorful and makes a symphony in your mouth. Overall great service, my date and I really enjoyed our overall experience.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Mexico City style
Distinctive and authentic Mexico City style mexican food, with Mexican street food sensibility mixed in. For the high quality you get, it's very reasonably priced. Waitstaff is informed and friendly. Can be very noisy depending on crowd, but outside is quieter usually.
The tacos are excellent, as is their interpretation of the classic cesear salad (with kale and pomegranate seeds).
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & service
Had a good experience here...ambiance was more on the romantic side. Brought a group of girls there for a bachelorette party...maybe not the best choice for the occasion. Very dark inside. Still great food and good service.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner in Scottsdale
Great location and great food! The Tapas-style dining allows for guests to try a wide variety of interesting and eclectic foods. I enjoyed the vibrant ambiance prior to the renovation, it just seems unfinished and "dull" at the moment. The food and the service were outstanding, and we'll definitely be going back! It is definitely a "word-of-mouth" restaurant. My husband and I were referred by another couple, and loved it so much we took my parents. They loved it so much, they are taking their friends..the quality of this place spreads so quickly, advertising is not needed! I always speak highly of this place!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food AND service
My son is getting married at the Saguaro hotel next march so we went to have dinner so we could try different dishes wow everything was delicious!!! Our server Michael was terrific all his recommendations were right on. The food here is above average not only in taste but also presentation he also brought us little tastes of other dishes and again very very good we relocated here from the east coast and can't believe how many good restaurants we have in the valley Distrito is our new find and will be going back for sure sooo glad we are having the wedding here! I would give Michael a6 if I could and the entire staff at this hotel is very well trained and couldn't be nicer Go and enjoy wonderful food and fantastic service
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot on the green Scottsdale
Great spot on the green Scottsdale Mall in old town Scottsdale. Very cool atmosphere. Excellent gourmet Mexican food - we loved it!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Found this restaurant through travelzoo and was blown away. The food is fantastic. Mexico City cuisine at its finest. Shared a crab salsa appetizer. Delicious. Pulpo small plate was very tender and lamb entree was cooked to perfection. This restaurant is a little out of the way for us but well worth the travel time.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Last night of vacation
We were really impressed by the quality of the food. Great flavours, unusual combinations. The portion size was just right unlike most restaurants. The waiter was helpful in helping with the choice. Very reasonable price for the quality of the food.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Distrito never disappoints us!! Service is amazing, the food spectacular and the choices plentiful!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing ceviche and pancitas!
Really, the tuna with the coconut milk was divine....and the pork belly, fabulous. And fresh, home made corn tortillas.
My only negative (and really might keep me from returning) was the noise level. Music was way too loud. After all, good food also needs good conversation.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went during restaurant week, so more limited menu. A few specials were extra $'s over the fixed menu price. All the food was very good with some unique mix of flavors. We ate out on the patio overlooking civic center park on a beautiful night. Patio nice and quiet. Waiter very knowledgeable about the menu and food. However, even though the restaurant was only half full on this Sept weekday evening, the service was very slow. The appetizers cam very quickly but we waited much too long for the main courses (half hour) and then desserts.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another fine meal at Distrito
My wife and I decided to return to Destrito for restaurant week. Tough to beat a three course meal for only $30. As previously, we were extremely pleased with the quality, presentation, and originality of our choices. It was a sunday night and we were able to eat outside...still a bit warm in Scottsdale.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second Time...Just as Good!
Was here previously with my husband so when friends suggested dinner, I proposed Distrito and added I would make the reservation so that I could request Michael as our waiter. 'Waiter' doesn't seem like an adequate description since he truly adds to the entire dining experience...so well-versed in all aspects of the menu including choosing great wines to pair with our meal choices. He also has the great sense to know when to step back so he isn't interfering with the table and conversation as so many over-familiar waitstaff seem to do today. Food recs...Seafood tacos to start with margaritas, Colorado lamb (my second time and still the WOW factor!) and you must save room for the ultimate chocolate dessert which is ALMOST too pretty to eat!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique and exquisite tastes!
Unique and exquisite tastes! Will bring our Ft Lauderdale foodie friends here for sure!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Enjoyed both the meal and the friendly service. Quiet and serene.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Over the top great food.
Over the top great food. We did more if a tapas style, ordering small plates and sharing. I highly recommend the carnitas tacos!
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM