Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kierlandresort.com/
  • Phone: 4806241202x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open daily from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm
    Dinner service starting at 6:00 pm
    On behalf of the entire deseo team, we thank you for your business.

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Seafood, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Chef de Cuisine Roberto Madrid
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Deseo is the ideal location for hosting your private parties, corporate dinners, and special events with incredible food and intimate ambiance in a beautiful resort. Due to popular demand, deseo is now open on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning in February 2009 for parties and events only. Deseo Chef de Cuisine Roberto Madrid and his team have created a wonderful new set of menus specifically designed for large parties, and our on-site group dining reservations manager is able assist in booking and also planning additional needs for events. To plan your group dinner at deseo, please contact us for additional details.
  • Private Party Contact: Lauren Purdom 4806241332x
  • Special Events: For special events or large group dining inquiries, please contact Lauren Purdom at 480-624-1332 or lauren.purdom@westin.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Scottsdale Rd.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking in the Resort parking lot. Resort valet also available.
A word from Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
Showcasing imaginative Nuevo Latin cuisine, deseo’s (deseo is Spanish for “desire”) menu features a distinctive and skillfully blended combination of flavors to create delicious dishes that are bold and intriguing. This style of cooking takes traditional Latin American dishes and reinvents them using European and American cooking techniques and often non-traditional ingredients. The perfect start to dinner at deseo is to “descansar” or “relax” with a freshly created cocktail at the adjacent Muddle Bar, which specializes in blending fresh fruits (mango, pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries and more) with fresh herbs (basil, tarragon, mint and more) along with your favorite spirit for the perfect pre-dinner cocktail.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (82)special occasion (70)romantic (48)notable wine list (28)scenic view (24)great for outdoor dining (24)neighborhood gem (23)good for groups (17)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Terrific and Interesting Food!
    DDHH
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Unique fare that was artfully presented and featured fabulous, diverse flavors. We had differing items from the 3-course tasting menu; all were excellent but particular note goes to the cerviche and the skirt steak. The cerviche particularly will make you wonder why you have been spending money at sushi restaurants when such a delectable alternative exists. Can't wait to go back and try some more varieties. We sat at the counter overlooking the kitchen area and were able to watch and talk to the chefs, which added enjoyment and a heightened understanding of how the dishes were prepared. Did I mention the dessert cigar? Definitely worth saving room for and the perfect cap to a terrific meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the Kobe beef skirt steak!
    Mike
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Amazing service and food. Our server was very knowledgeable and had some great recommendations. Great birthday chocolate cigar dessert on the house! Thanks so much for a great dinner and birthday celebration!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Experience
    food4u
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Deseo is a lively restaurant with a Latin American theme. The food is well prepared and our waiter was very helpful in making suggestions that enhanced our dining experience. The ceviche and seafood dishes were outstanding as were the desserts. It is definitely worth a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Except for the Bagpiper
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    We chose to eat outside on the small patio because it was a lovely evening. At dusk, the bagpiper came and walked to the golf course, where he piped for a long time. Then, unfortunately, he came and stood about 30 feet away from us and continued his "serenade". It was piercing, and our group was barely able to hear when we tried to converse. I would suggest that he stay out on the golf course, where the music is bearable. Bagpipes up close and personal are not pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love It!
    LisaMVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    This is a great restaurant...a repeat visit and there will be more. The Millionaire Tacos are reason enough to go, but add the shrimp chicharron and the lamb cutlets, which were outstanding, and the potato frites and a chocolate martini, and you have a real evening! The ono and pork were also very much enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EVENING AT DESEO, MAY 20
    Williejs
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    OUTSTANDING as always. I use my vacation time, home resort at the Westin Kierland Villas, at least once a year. Deseo is a MUST as least one time during my stay. The food and service is excellent. I am a "foodie" and so much enjoy the unusual, tasty goodies available only at Deseo. A fun and actually exciting place to enjoy the dining experience. I look forward to my next vacation in Scottsdale; this is for sure one of the biggest highlights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 649 reviews are from the Deseo at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa reviews archive.
  • No flavor but salt.
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I was looking forward to something different, and some of the dishes were. However, they did not have the complex flavors that I would expect from an expensive restaurant. Most dishes were WAY too salty and otherwise bland. The lobster ceviche portion was miniscule for $21. The Dory fish was just boring as Hell. I had to ask 4 times for hot sauce as I needed it to put some flaor into the dish.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • deseo
    luvdeseo
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Food was excellent.....exquisite seasoning making each dish unique and special. Ample portions. Great service.....friendly and helpful. Casual atmosphere.....wonderful meal without having to dress to the nines....!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful meal
    Dineout54
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was wonderful. The service was great. I could not find much I didn't enjoy but the menu is a bit limiting but what they do have on the menu is prepared excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good
    Pilot92VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Excellent Latin menu. Tuna ceviche was visually appealing, and nice mix of flavors. Skirt steak excellent as was the halibut. Service a bit lacking, dirty dishes stayed on the table too long, obviously not the servers "job" to remove them. Outside seating was perfect, inside was very noisy including a 4 year old having a meltdown. Crab and chorizo fried rice sounded good, but was bland. Had eaten here a year ago and it was significantly better the first trip.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Jimadiner
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner. We are not big eaters so we split a paella, beet salad and asparagus. The paella was different with many types of fish and sea food and no sausage. Plenty for two. We enjoyed everything. Our server was very helpful and made everything work well. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fantastic Anniversary Celebration
    Gene
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We had a fantastic Anniversary celebration. The food was excellent, the service superb and over all a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delightful and Delicious!
    Barb
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    My husband and I recently dined at Deseo and enjoyed every minute of the experience, from sitting outdoors on the beautiful patio at the Kierland resort where the restaurant is housed to eating at the dining "bar" where we were able to see all of the food prep as it was carefully executed. I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant with its innovative and tasty cuisine and superb ambiance.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Knowledgable staff
    LizM
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We shared the mixed ceviche appetizer which was delicious! The skirt steak meal was one of the best I've ever had. Our waiter was very good. We didn't sit at the rail as we just wanted a quiet table to enjoy our food.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    Lizz2
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    we had the prix fixe meal and it was wonderful. This was the 2nd time we have dined at Deseo and the first time was just as good. We will definitely be back. Have the chocolate cigar desert, WOW!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Deseo Delicious!
    dbs959
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Our second visit to Deseo. Not as stellar as the first, but still very good and we will definitely return. A very nice experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • As close to perfect as it gets
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    The food at Deseo has always been memorable and this time the service matched the quality of the food. It was a delight to sit at the Rail again and talk with Esteban as he prepared crevice. Our server Phil took time to introduce my guest, a first timer, to the menu and food preparations. This dining experience was as close to perfect as it gets. Thank you Chef Rodriquez and your team. Your restaurant is at the top of my list once again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't miss this gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Deseo has creative food, knowledgeable servers and a most welcoming environment. You can't go wrong!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Service
    djscinemaVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    The food was all very good with a great presentation but it is the Service that truly stood out!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Based on excellent prior dining 2 years before, went back to Deseo to now walk out extremely disappointed. 3 of 5 people disliked the the meat and fish entrees (extremely salty!), one of them to the point of being uneatable. Service was acceptable. Ambience was fine Was not an enjoyable experience
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Foodie Delight!
    FoodieFare
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We arrived early at the Westin Kierland resort and had a lovely walk along the pictoresque golf course. Happy Hour Mojitos at $6.00 were refreshing. We sat 'Railside' which means Bistro chairs at bar overlooking an Open kitchen. Our waiter could have been a Sommelier he was so knowledgeable about wines. He explained a number of dishes the sous chef was preparing. Julio the sous chef politely informed us he would be happy to answer our questions and we were inquisitive. We started with the Millionaire Tacos, bite size with lobster and ahi tuna - delicious. For mains we had the pollo with frits and the kobe beef, fabulous. Sitting at the Rail was luvely and entertaining and our waiter paired our entrees very well with wines.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was good but not great!
    Critic4gfoodVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    i was disappointed with the overall experience. Was hoping to experience eating at the Rail with the chef. There were six of us dining and we never dined at the restaurant. Even though the server attempted to explain the categories on the menu, it was still difficult to decide what I wanted to eat. My husband had the halibut entree, and three other guests had the lamb chops, beef, and mahi mahi entrees. The overall experience was good, but not great.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just wonderful
    PNGSctsdaleVIP
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    All we can say is: the food was fabulous, the service impeccable, the ambiance fantastic. Highest form of praise is to say the following: we will definitely return, and often! This is a wonderful way to spend the evening.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, but why no somm?
    Nadia
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I was blown away by the pan de bono and the organic red lentils with mustard greens. Absolutely exceptional. But disappointed that there was no sommelier. It's especially deceptive since it says "sommelier" on the menu. At a restaurant of this caliber, one that was awarded a Wine Spectator award of excellence, with an exclusively South American wine list, why no sommelier on staff?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Latin Fusion gem
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Outstanding meal for all four of us! Excellent service, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one of our favorite
    amohrVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    We've never had a dish here that wasn't excellent and unique. It's one of our favorite restaurants in Scottsdale.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    kateVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    The décor, the music, the service and the delicious dishes all have a wonderful Latin American vibe, which is a very refreshing change in the Scottsdale area. Deseo is attractive enough to serve as a special-occasion destination, but don't hesitate to go there simply for the amazing food. Either way, you will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite restaurants
    TexmexVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Don't miss the Million Dollar a tacos!,also the chicken is the most flavorful and moist I 've ever tasted. Sit at the bar and watch the pros produce their fabulous fare!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Dinner
    DrSamyn
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    My wife and I celebrated my wife's birthday at Deseo. The food was excellent with good value for the money. The dishes were pleasing to the eye and tasted delicious. The portions were just right, not too small, not too large. We ordered a bottle of Malbec LaMadrid that was excellent. The dining experience was pleasant except for the noise level. Our dinner was Saturday night at 7PM; the restaurant was busy and the noise level was high. We highly recommend Deseo for those who want to expand their culinary horizon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Looking forward to another visit.
    Jan2
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    The food was outstanding. I ordered halibut and it was cooked perfectly - not dry or undercooked. Everything we ordered was excellent. My husband ordered two appetizers and both were wonderful. Can't say enough about the food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Rail
    BLett
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We sat at "The Rail". It helped us order things we never would have ordered if we sat at a table. The food was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deseo in the Desert
    Vandy
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Great meal and wonderful service. A bit noisy: might be tough to have a large group for dinner. I thought the special for the night (prime rib) was more than I usually eat. We shared and had plenty for both of us. We had the chocolate cigar for desert ( shared again) Very special item. I think the next time we go I would concentrate on the appetizers and do a bottle of wine ( all South American wines). Definitely would go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upbeat and Fun!
    EileenInArizona
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The decor, lively music and creative menu all contribute to an upbeat atmosphere at Deseo. The server was attentive and knowledgeable. The presentation of each dish was like a magazine photo! And very flavorful. The only two negatives: when we made the reservation, I said we were celebrating our anniversary --- it was not acknowledged in any way.Secondly, because we were using a coupon, the gratuity was added to our bill. I understand the reason, but find it annoying when 20% is added to my bill and there is a line on it for an additional tip. Had the gratuity not been added on, we would have left more than 20%, but if the restaurant feels the need to add on my tip and ask for more, that is where I stop and do not tip additional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food - Slow Delivery
    DogulaVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We haven't been here for over a year now, and I remember why. The pace of getting your food here is painfully slow. The food is always excellent, it just takes forever to get it. We arrived at 6:15 on a Saturday night and the place was not even half full, yet it was 2 hours later we were walking out the door. I don't know what the problem is, because they seemed to be staffed adequately. I saw at least 8 people in the kitchen. It's not like they are new, they've been here for 10 years, maybe most of their customers are tourists, and they figure they aren't in any hurry. The food here is very good, just be prepared to wait a long time to get it.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenomenal dining experience!
    DaveZ
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    All I can say is this: Deseo rocks. Phenomenal food (try the rainbow ceviche), phenomenal service, phenomenal environment, overall phenomenal experience. If I lived in Scottsdale I would spend entirely too much money here...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Latin Food that is moderately good
    coco57VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I only went once to Deseo but found it rather underwhelming. The rainbow ceviche was good. The shrimp chicharon was breaded and rather like popcorn shrimp at most restaurants. The arroz tostado was tasty, but the lamb, although tasty was fairly fatty, with little meat. The service was good and the restaurant setting is pretty, but I didn't find the meal memorable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovation is the name of the game
    charlieVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    For tastes that you won't get elsewhere, this is the best
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    MattA
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The food was amazing; ambience was a little odd with it being inside a hotel. But overall very good diner and would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were running a bit late
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    We were running a bit late because we were given wrong directions. Our table was given away to people who didn't have reservation and were not seated yet. We got a table for six, too big, by kitchen, very loud. For Open Table, under noise level you need something that is too loud. Energetic is different then a noise level that is disturbing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Food w/ attention to detail
    VeganFoodie
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I made reservations and sat at the rail. It was fun to watch the chefs prepare the food and the attention to detail everyone working there puts into the service. I informed my server, Phil, I was vegan and he recommended menu items that could be made vegan but that he would talk to the chef. The manager came over and informed us that the chef would create a special, off the menu, meal for me & I gladly excepted. My boyfriend ordered the skirt steak and a salad and we shared a bottle of wine. Everyone there was very friendly and accommodating from the moment we walked in. Our meals were amazing! Different flavors and creations that left us both in awe. It was an expensive meal so it would be a special occasion for us to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.