The Desert Oasis / The Artichoke Grill

The Desert Oasis / The Artichoke Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://scottsdalecc.edu/culinary
  • Phone: 4804236284x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 1:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Dominic O'Neill
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Facilities: Our restaurants are able to accommodate private parties from 40 to 80 and reservations may be made by calling 480-423-6284.
  • Private Party Contact: Marilyn Hawkes 4804236284x

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The college is located on the northeast corner of Chaparral Road and the 101 freeway. Parking is found by taking the 4th entrance into the college, taking an immediate right onto the loop road into parking lot H. Our building is Applied Science, located on the west side of that lot and entrance to the dining rooms is from the north.
A word from The Desert Oasis / The Artichoke Grill
The Culinary Arts Department at Scottsdale Community College proudly operates two restaurants in which our student chefs create and serve the best in culinary fare.

The Artichoke Grill is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, serving fabulous a la carte meals that include soups, salads, sandwiches, grill items and desserts.

The Desert Oasis dining room provides our guests outstanding five course dinners, Wednesday through Friday. Menus change weekly and can be viewed on our web site, www.scottsdalecc.edu/culinary

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The Desert Oasis / The Artichoke Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.4
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (8)special occasion (6)great for lunch (3)neighborhood gem (3)good for groups (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2012
    All the dishes are original and many have gone through multiple tastings before they appear on the menu. The five courses have at least two options, so there is something for everyone to try. Each of the chefs proudly brings to the table a dessert that they created to entice you to choose their selection. Deciding which to choose is not easy, but it caps off the meal deliciously. As this is a culinary school, you are encouraged to give each course and your server a grade. Also, there is no alcohol served because the restaurant is located on an indian reservation, but that may change some day.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Disappointing...Not up to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    Disappointing...Not up to the quality of last year...Flavors were not there...we had the Seafood Bass and the innards had not all been removed. We were disapointed that the flavored butters were not there like last year...We are not sure we will go back
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  • Excellent and creative food,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2012
    Excellent and creative food, extravagant deserts, extremely comfortable,quiet environment and wonderful value.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Delicious food, our student/server
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/11/2012
    Delicious food, our student/server was a bit nervous but it's understandable. My friend and I both had a good experience and would definitely come back for another lunch/dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Artichoke Grill is part
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    The Artichoke Grill is part of the Scottsdale Community College Culinary Program. As part of the training, students prepare and serve food under Chef Instructors. The menu changes weekly and the food is excellent! They are willing and able to tweak the items on the menu to suit your taste! Desserts are absolutely scrumptous! Celebrating a special occassion, they will customize a menued dessert for you! Great place for a girls lunch, the more the merrier, also great for a businss lunch. Relaxed atmosphere and service is attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • The wait staff seemed a little
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2012
    The wait staff seemed a little unsure of things. The food was really delicious. The appetizer was not as flavorful as the rest of the food. Unfortunately because my time was limited and the service was slow I was not able to stay for dessert. I'd like to come back when I have more time to really savor the food.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We chose Desert Oaisis because
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/30/2012
    We chose Desert Oaisis because we were looking for a unique dining experience. We were not disappointed. Everything was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is always exceptional.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/29/2012
    The food is always exceptional. This is truly a diamond in the desert. I loved that I get a chance to sample fine dining items without the cost. I get to try items that I normally wouldn't risk buying. Our waitress (Amber) was so knowledgeable being that they are the ones w That cook the food, she was able to give a excellent definition of each dish. The only issue that I have ever had is with the desserts. The first time I had cheesecake and it was awful. After tasting it, the chefs knew that a mistake had been made in the batter. The second time was the truffles, served after dessert during dinner, it was so hard we couldn't even cut it with a knife. Other than that, this place is wonderful. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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  • Food was excellent. Would
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/29/2012
    Food was excellent. Would definitely recommend it to others to come try and support the students. Thank you for a wonderful lunch on campus :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • don't miss this gem !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    This is a great way to spend an evening - It is the best value for your dollar--quiet and relaxing--no rush. Great food every time.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • We really enjoy have a nice,
    Kristen
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    We really enjoy have a nice, slow-paced 5-course meal here several times a year, and we really enjoy seeing the students who are so proud of their creations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We ate there on their first
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    We ate there on their first night of service for the semester. Our service was flawless and the food was delicious. Price is great, especially for a five course meal. You would never know that the food is prepared and served by student chefs.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • good but surprising
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2012
    I'm pretty cheap (which normally limits me to fast food) but I thought I'd go ahead and give it a try. I have to that that if you're used to a simple diet, the dishes they serve will be a surprise. Some of it was really good and some was not so good. I'm not saying it wasn't prepared well, I'm just saying that some people won't like cheesecake made with feta cheese. However, it was still fun to try some new things. I'm definitely going back.
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    special occasion
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  • We were a group of 12.We attended
    azanneVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    We were a group of 12.We attended the Italian buffet on May 4. The food was a poor attempt at Italian cooking. All 12 were sadly disappointed. We've gone for lunch & dinner in the past but this did not meet our expectations.
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  • An Awesome experience always.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/2/2012
    An Awesome experience always. These students really do a great job. As good as any 5-star restaurant out there.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • We had a delightful evening.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/19/2012
    We had a delightful evening. This is an ideal place for a special, leisurely dining experience. It was not our first time at the Desert Oasis, but we invited friends, and they were impressed with every aspect of the evening, the cuisine, the presentation, the service, the atmosphere, the casual elegance of the evening, and the charm of the staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Sailing Adventure Club
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/13/2012
    The Sailing Adventure Club had a great evening at the culinary school. Two from our group had never been to your school. They were very impressed. All of us especially liked the dessert which was served at the very end. (chocolate balls)
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    good for groups
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  • Meal was excellent!! Can't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2012
    Meal was excellent!! Can't beat the price for a filling five course dinner. Presentation, seasoning, and flavor were outstanding!! Recommend the dinner menu. The lunch platters are skimpy and not worth the price. Not for children. Ambiance and menu choices are for adults to enjoy.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • A great discovery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/12/2012
    I think the Artichoke Grill is EXCELLENT and I now go there as often as I can. I have started to invite people there when I have lunch meetings so more people will know about it. Everyone I bring has nice things to say. The food is always great (very rarely is there a blip) and the prices are fabulous. The manager is super nice and always makes sure things have gone well. The chicken wellington, the vegetables with potatoes, and the hot and cold peach soup are among my favorites. All the deserts are JUST FABULOUS! I wish the hours were longer ... say 11:00 to 1:00.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Super restaurant
    JayJay
    Dined on 4/11/2012
    Excellent experience, the table is beautifully set. You get the feeling that you are in a 5-star restaurant. The students do a great job on food preparation and presentation. I wish more restaurants would train their staff at this institute. The food is delivered properly and plates removed correctly.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • We enjoy dining at this culinary
    Fran
    Dined on 4/6/2012
    We enjoy dining at this culinary arts school restaurant as we try new foods, with almost always a good result. This year the portions even seemed larger, as we all went home quite full and happy. Note that alcohol is not served here.
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    special occasion
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  • Best Value in the Valley
    Jonnybegoode
    Dined on 3/22/2012
    Food beautifully artistic and very good. The service was excellent accompanied with a professional ambiance. This was such an exceptional experience and at a fantastic price! Best kept secret in the Valley.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • We weren't sure what to expect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/29/2012
    We weren't sure what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. We all ordered different things so we could try it all and honestly, every course was very good and the presentation of each course was beautiful. My favorite course was the red and yellow pepper soup...the best I've had in a long time as far as soups. The beans in the pork dish we're the only unpleasant part of all the courses. The beans were under cooked but the rest was great. Service was very pleasant and knowledgable.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • nice effort by the students @ SCC.
    marls
    Dined on 2/23/2012
    enjoyed our experience at the Desert Oasis. Our meals were good for the most part. Service was uneven, but the courses came in good succession. My red snapper was excellent and I really liked the caesar salad. However,my dinner partner was less enthusiastic about his meal. We might return for another go around.
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    good for groups
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  • Wonderfull place to bring
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    Wonderfull place to bring family to reconnect and enjoy beautifully prepared food in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My rating is based on what
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/17/2012
    My rating is based on what it is ... students preparing food. I think the value is good and everything was very good until we got to the desert. It was ok but not great. Still I would recommend going for the experience.
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  • This place is ALWAYS good,
    Royl
    Dined on 2/16/2012
    This place is ALWAYS good, but the menu on this visit was outstanding. Of course the servers and chefs are delightful. We had out-of-towners with us who were there for the first time...they LOVED it.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Delicious cinnamon roll to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2012
    Delicious cinnamon roll to start. Please make some vegan options besides the lettuce rolls.
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    fit for foodies
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  • WE have been going to the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    WE have been going to the Artichoke Grill for years. Our February 10th food experience was the best ever. Well presented and incredibly delicious! Our server tended to get plates mixed up which detracted a little from the overall excellent experience.Our guest were surprised with the overall quality as this was their first visit. I am sure they will be back, as we will.
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  • Support the Students
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/10/2012
    Sometimes it's perfect, sometimes it's not quite, but it's always a good value. And, of course, by dining here you're helping launch the careers of the next generation of chefs.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • I love to bring people to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/9/2012
    I love to bring people to eat at the Grill who have not been there before. They are always charmed and delights and wanting to come back again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • disappointed
    TexmexVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2012
    Waitress was not well acquainted with the menu, very tentative, and not well prepared. The Thail Noodle Salad was bland and the shrimp over cooked. Macaroons were tasty, but the ice cream arrived melted and swimming in the plate. Not the experience we had had in he past. Very disappointing especially since I brought out of town guests!
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  • What an awesome experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    What an awesome experience. The food was oustanding, every course, from appetizer to dessert. A very special experience
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    fit for foodies
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  • This is a teaching restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/3/2012
    This is a teaching restaurant and the staff are students who are in a culinary arts program at Scttsdale Community College where the Desert Oasis is located. A highlight of the dining experience is when the advanced students parade their dessert offerings among the tables and diners get to hear their stories and choose their favorites.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have enjoyed the dinners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/2/2012
    We have enjoyed the dinners at your restaurant during our vacation stay in Arizona for the past three years. The food is always excellent, the service we received was outstanding, and the value cannot be beat. We are hoping to come back again before we leave Arizona.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Sweet Memories
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/1/2012
    Food was great, server forgot to take one persons order; but the rest of the service was great, and is always nice to see the amazing job the Chefs are doing with the students.The dessert was out of this world.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • We've been a few times and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/19/2012
    We've been a few times and had a wonderful experience each time. The staff is very accommodating and friendly. We'll be back again..it's our "special dinner" we have once or twice a year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • I enjoy bringing friends to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/18/2012
    I enjoy bringing friends to lunch because of the food and the fact that future chefs are being trained.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Delicious Christmas Buffet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/9/2011
    This visit was the night of the Christmas Buffet. Lots of good choices: pear wrapped in shaved ham, pistachio-crusted lamb chops, other salad, starch and meat items, even a carving station. Oh, and a bunch of tasty desserts. All prepared and served by the students. Definitely a must-do if you can get a reservation (book early).
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Chow by Students, Not Student Chow!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 12/2/2011
    Food-wise, perfection. Service-wise, so-so, which is unusual; normally it's very good. The curry sampler, pompano chili relleno were outstanding. The sandwich trio was pretty good, too. It's all done by the students, and it's a bargain. We eat here as often as our schedules permit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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