Fantastic food, great service,
Fantastic food, great service, very unique setting. Would not hesitate to go back when I am in Scottsdale again.
9/15/2012 12:00:00 AM
Quiessence was perfect for
Quiessence 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.
3/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Excellent service. Tasting
Excellent service. Tasting menu with wine pairing highly recommended. Wonderful evening.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
perfect farm to table
This 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.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Had the tasting menu which
Had 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.
3/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
They were able to accommodate
They were able to accommodate our dietary restrictions in the tasting menu. Wonderful meal.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
On a recent visit to Phoenix
On 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.
3/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
The staff was very attentive
The staff was very attentive and helpful and even surprised us with dessert for our anniversary.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
The starter course, the soup
The 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.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
It was perfect night with
It 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.
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Intimate, eclectic. Fine food
Intimate, eclectic. Fine food prepared and presented well. Attentive wait staff. Highly recommended for special occasions.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
The service was well paced
The 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.
4/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Couple Date
The 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.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I went to Quiessence
My 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.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Quite simply one of the best
Quite simply one of the best food experiences we have had In the US in our lives. - Chris and Jennifer Bourdain, Larchmont NY
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our party of 5 had a wonderful
Our 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!
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
There food and wine flight
There 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)
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of the top 5 or 10 restaurants
One 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 back
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife an I had an outstanding
My 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.
4/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Not distinctive in cooking style
The 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 restaurant
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The perfect dinning experience
I 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!
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Most romantic restaurant in Phoenix
If you want to impress that special lady, take her here.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful garden, farm fresh food
This hidden gem is very quiet and a great romantic spot to enjoy some very wonderful food. We did the chefs trasting menu; 6 well thought out plates that were as beautiful as they were yummy. Deep rich flavors enticed with very fresh vibrant vegetables picked from local growers, some from their on site gardens.
The wait staff were knowledgable, attentive and consistently great.
I love this place and will go back again when they reopen this fall.
5/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great place for flavor and ambiance
Our table was next to a rustic picture window looking out on a coarsely tended patio and yard area connoting roots of a rural farm environment. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list. The multi course pre-planned meal was a delight to all the senses. Each course brought a different highlight to the pallet. We are huge fans of chef Tony.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved this restaurant. The food and service are great
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiessence was quite lovely,
Quiessence was quite lovely, though there were just a couple of very minor hiccups. The setting for Quiessence is extraordinarily lovely; it's a converted farmhouse on a working farm. The first hiccup was they had run out of gin so a few of the drinks that we were considering weren't available. The only other minor hiccup was it would have been nice to have gotten water refills more regularly. Otherwise, service was excellent. My friend and I did the tasting menu, which ended up being 7 courses plus an amuse bouche. Everything was excellent but the halibut in particular was simply outstandingly excellent. A fantastic and creative menu that was very well executed. I strongly recommend it and look forward to going back.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chef is magnificent
I have been to this restaurant several times, but this time was absolutely amazing. They have a new chef, Sasha, who is brilliant. Thanks Sasha for making my girl's birthday dinner amazing. Staff and service were outstanding as well, very accomodating to our needs and making our event a very enjoyable experience.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
You won't find another like it!
This was my first time back to Quiessence since the new Chef Dustin started to run the restaurant. They have really given the restaurant & outer area a face lift. The Farm has always been magical, but now it is gorgeous.
My husband and I shared the Pork Belly with Maple Mascarpone. We have always been a fan of Chef Dustin's Pork Belly dish at his other restaurant, The House at Secret Garden, so wanted to try the variance. We loved it. We also shared the Roasted Beet salad and Smoked Lamb Shoulder Cappelletti - beautiful. Chef Dustin's pastas are always perfect. I ended with the Duck. The portion was very large & I was more than full after. That didn't stop me from ordering the Persimmon Panzanella Salad. It was a piece of art & delicious!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We LOVE Quiessence!!
Quiessence is my boyfriend and my go-to spot for a romantic date night! With romantic ambiance, amazing food and wine list, and great service, Quiessence cannot be beat! Tip: If the weather is nice, sit on the patio or reserve the brick oven table! It's so beautiful and perfect for an intimate dinner!!
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our server was Scottish and
Our server was Scottish and he was excellent. the food was very good and the atmosphere was great.
11/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
More than delicious!
Food was creative and delicious,service attentive,ambiance unique and romantic!
A great experience!
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice to have Quiescence Back
First time back since the new chef took over. It was a very friendly and familiar, farm fresh menu. We completed the server on the brussel sprout salad, which was really well done. We also ate from a delicious cheese board, and my wife and I both had the Mediterranean sea bass for our main course. They prepared the fish very well and it was delicious. We'll be back again sometime soon!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Dining Experience
The food, service and atmosphere were all outstanding. We went to the restaurant to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant was nearly empty and we were a bit apprehensive. However, we were pleasantly greeted roadside as the lights that illuminated the way to the scenic restaurant were out. Our server was delightful and very knowledgeable about the menu. Our appetizer of a brussel sprout and pomegranate seed salad was delicious. We were treated to a complimentary cheese board, which proffered the best cheeses I've ever tasted. Our entrees of lamb and sea bass were also wonderful. Although we were both full, we managed to share a dessert, an exquisitely prepared crepe. I would highly recommend Quiessence.
12/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
A great dining experience. The staff was excellent, attentive without being intrusive. Our waitress knew the menu and described each dish perfectly.
The duck was delicious, as was the sea bass. The roasted vegetables were super fresh and seasoned correctly.
I understand they are under new ownership/management and there are a few kinks to be worked out but overall we were very happy with our food, wine, service, and the ambience they have created. We will definitely return!
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM