Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar
Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar

Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.qatthefarm.com/
  • Phone: 6022760601x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday through Saturday 5 pm until close.

    Due to operational changes, Quiessence and Morning Glory Gift Certificates issued prior to June 1, 2013 will not be honored. Please refer to the Manager for refund instructions.
    We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Dustin Christofolo
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate groups between 20 and 75 guests. For a truly unique "farm to table" experience, please contact our event coordinator for the private event menus. You may also email info@qatthefarm.com for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Alison Sponberg 6022760601x
  • Special Events: Visit our website for information on upcoming events.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 32nd Street & Southern Avenue
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Enter The Farm at South Mountain at 6106 S. 32nd Street and drive two-tenths of a mile down the lane to the parking lot. Park your car and follow the signs to the Quiessence entrance.
A word from Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar
Quiessence received 4.5 stars from Arizona Republic Food Critic Howard Seftel!!!

Zagat says, "Set in a historic home with a warm country feel", this "romantic" South Phoenix "gem" matches its "magical location" with an American menu based on "local, sustainable, handcrafted" ingredients and a "deep" wine list; "impeccable service" and a "calming" ambiance.

Quiessence at The Farm delivers a truly "farm-to-table" experience using locally sourced produce, meat and wine, to create a refined rustic menu.

Tucked away in The Farm at South Mountain with a unique indoor and award-winning outdoor dining, Quiessence delivers farm-focused and uncomplicated cuisine; a delight of cheeses, artisan breads, handcrafted pastas and local produce.

The American and Arizonan wine list is accompanied by an international reserve list designed to pair with the balance of the cuisine.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Quiessence Restaurant & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelQuiet
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (42)special occasion (41)fit for foodies (33)great for outdoor dining (26)scenic view (16)notable wine list (15)neighborhood gem (15)late-night find (3)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Steve
    Zzzzzzzz
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Went there to celebrate my wife's birthday. We chose the Chefs six course menu with wine pairing. The ambiance was wonderful and the waiter was very knowledgeable as well as friendly. It was a memorable experience.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visitor
    EAlley
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I tasked myself with picking a "first date" location (we've known one another for years but a reconnection turned mutual romantic interest made this... more) and not familiar with the area I took to some research. There are certainly many options offering the "oh so typical" and trendy bistro environment but I sought something that was a bit more unique and carried more classically romantic flair without being stuffy and pretentious. Quiessence is a beautiful, very romantic and wonderful, "farm fresh" restaurant. There are a variety of indoor and outdoor seating options and they tout a variety of chef-whimsical menu options that are seasonally selected. Overall the night was an amazing night for many reasons and Quiessence delivered.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soothsayer
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This is a farm and the restaurant is simple but comfortable. Food is first rate; vegetables are grown at the farm. We've added this to our "return soon" list. Note that the restaurant is about a quarter of a mile off the road; be sure to ignore the parking lot across the street and drive to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best dinner ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Simply stated...... Food, service, atmosphere. Awesome Location is a bit odd. I almost decided not to go, glad I didn't turn around I eat out at fine restaurants often. Hands down this was a 10!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Shelley
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    We can with some friends, for most of us, our first time. Love love this place. I want to share this special place with more of our family and friends. Service was great and as well as the drinks and food.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Oasis
    wineatfive
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    What a find. Just 15 minutes from Phoenix International Airport (we booked in for dinner before a red eye flight back to NYC), and yet we never heard a plane. What you do hear is the sweet singing of hundreds of birds nestling in the trees and bushes and feeding from the beds of kitchen garden plots. The settings is amazing. The food outstanding and the service impeccable. We had some interesting and varied food during our week long tour of the National Parks in Utah and Arizona. Quiessence was unmistakably the best restaurant we ate in, at every level. For those of you who have eaten at Blue Hill at Stone Barn in NY - this is AZ's equivalent, and every bit as good.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful experience!
    42Potatoes
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    This was our first visit since the ownership change, and all is in exceptionally good hands! My wife and I had a wonderful experience; this simply has to be the most romantic restaurant in the Phoenix area. Service was excellent, very non-intrusive yet always close with water refills, etc. Our server was highly knowledgeable about both that day's food selections, but also well versed in the restaurant's history and way of doing things, which made the evening even more fun.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was horribly slow.
    Newproman
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The service was horribly slow. 3 1/2 hours for a standard meal is way too long. The time between the courses was very long. Too bad because the food and ambiance were very good!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming but amateurish
    BobbyinTexas
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This is a lovely venue but the food was lukewarm, bland, uninspiring, and expensive for the low quality. The waitress was also very chatty. We were strongly encouraged to order the two pastas as a table appetizer, they were below average and not very tasty. We also had to ask repeatedly for silverware, plates, ice, and the normal items that diners require. The staff was friendly but amateurish, they did not really seem to know how to run a restaurant or how to prepare and serve delicious food. The pork shank was cold, the duck breast was okay but I would not order it again, the wine was pretty good but expensive, the bar cocktails were not special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food here is wonderful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The food here is wonderful. Beautiful presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly a great experience.
    ByrdmanPDX
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This is easily in my top ten dining experiences ever. The Farm in general is beautiful, the food was absolutely outstanding, and most of all, our waiter was perfect. He was super laid back, very kind, and welcoming. If I lived in Arizona, I would be a regular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine dining at its best!
    foodandwineRus
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    We had the chef's seasonal tasting menu with wine pairings in a beautiful, very romantic setting. Quiessence is one of our favorite restaurants in Phoenix when we want to experience fine dining. The 6 course menu with wine pairings was a wonderful evening of excellent food that is fresh, organic and perfectly seasoned (never too much salt or garlic here). It was well worth the price for a lovely evening we won't soon forget. Treat yourself to Quiessence!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not live up to the price
    Rdldaz
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Had heard good things about this restaurant but we're not impressed. We were first seated indoors by the fireplace, a very musty smell had us move to the patio. Service was great, two great wines were recommended. The pork shank was fatty and not very good. The halibut came with a san marzano tomato based sauce but they were not good together. The crispy duck was just alright. Two hours for the main courses to arrive. For the price and ambiance, you would be better off someplace else.
    Special Features:
    Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good...small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    The food was good...small portion and monumentally expensive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exceptional Service and Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Went here for my Anniversay and the service, food and atmosphere were amazing. Everything is local and from the farm. The staff was always smiling and friendly and very educated on the food and made great recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A memorable dining experience
    wjmrVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Upon a recommendation by a friend, we tried Quiessence for dinner. What an enormous treat it was!! The location is a farm house in Phoenix, which in and of itself was a surprise. We were greeted warmly, even after we explained that we were quite early for our reservation. They were not ruffled, although they were in the process of seating a large party in their back room. Our table was comfortable and Dave, our waiter, delightful. The food was beyond wonderful! Everything was fresh and the ingredients, amazing. The Gnocchi and the Duck are not to be missed!! It is a long drive to Quiessence, from where we live, but worth every minute. We will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Romantic and Quiet
    Dags
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    This restaurant offers the best atmosphere and such a scenic view. It is quiet and perfect for a romantic date. My date proposed to me there and it was perfect!! There were two other couples celebrating their anniversaries that night...it seems like the place to do that. Really I cannot say enough about this place. The food, WOW!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gift
    twotogo2
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We were here using a $100.00 gift certificate and the experience was beyond our expectations. Our waiter Dave was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    greg
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    My wife and I went to Quiessence for our 10 year wedding anniversary. We thoroughly enjoyed the tasting menu and the food/presentation/ambience was just outstanding. We were there for about 2.5 hours and it felt like it didn't last nearly as long given the excellent service and great time we had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best kept secret in Phoenix!
    FreshFoodie
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The Farm's Quiessence was an amazing journey through the eyes of the chef. I would absolutely recommend and encourage this restaurant to anyone who enjoys exquisite food, farm to table dining, and great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Back again & again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Home grown, to our table! This location has been a found gem for many years and the Quiessence touch has added flavor to our find. The Farm set the bar and Quiessence raised it. The Chef chose all the items for the Tasting Menu and staff was thoroughly familiar with each course. They cheerfully described each course again and again as our interest, surprise and pleasure for each course became evident. When visiting Phoenix we always pleasure our time eating well at Quiessence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average food. Great atmosphere.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Intimate dining area. Food presentation was great. Service was above average. The soup was not hot enough. The smoked salmon was over smoked. The flavor of the salmon was lost. Desserts were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Romantic Find
    PeoplelovefoodVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    We celebrated my husbands birthday here a few weeks ago! Loved the food and the overall experience! It was a lovely time and we plan to visit again very soon. We sampled the tasting menu which we would both recommend! Great date night spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful cozy place
    EluqVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    This place is quite an experience. The service is amazing and the place is beautiful. There were two weddings and it looked like a lot of fun (for the guests, obviously, the groom and bride will regret that day for sure :) I had the tasting menu. It was good but not memorable, especially because it's not that cheap. There were a mix of good and average dishes. The cheese board, fish and desert were the best. I'll go back for sure and will also try their brunch next door.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome
    leaf
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    the food was amazing and the panacota dessert was delicious! I would recommend to anyone and already have. We will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We didn't eat outside, wish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We didn't eat outside, wish we had because the indoor dining was bland and strange.... it seemed to take forever between courses and the appetizers, salads and soups were all sub par.... The entrees were pretty good, but definitely not worth the drive from Scottsdale.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing Staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    After a much delayed flight coming in from San Diego the staff was very accommodating at the end of a long day. I had to call and change my reservations twice. I was meeting a colleague who I had never met for a business dinner. They accomodated me by changing my reservations twice and took great care of my colleague until I arrived past the last seating and ordering. They even allowed us to order dessert at 10:30! Thank You for a wonderful evening and all of your great and accommodating service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting with Wine Pairing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Great find in the Phoenix area. Service was excellent; attentive, knowledgeable and friendly staff. The food was well presented and the flavors and presentation were outstanding. We did not leave hungry!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is wonderful. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    The food is wonderful. The chef designs creations that are fresh and delicious. The salads were straight from the garden outside. Our main dishes were savory. The lamb was moist and tender. My pasta was light and home made. Our server was knowledgeable and friendly, and he did not rush us, but enhanced our experience w/ his suggestions. The only let down was our dessert. We ordered the chocolate walnut pie and it was dry and the size of the slice was very small. Other than the desserts, this restaurant is lovely, delicious, and romantic. The outside fireplace was very smoky and prohibited us from dining outside. If the fireplace is not lit, then I would suggest the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what expected
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Ambiance a bit dated and not taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings... outdoor dining fairly ho hum. Service started off with a bang but then completely dwindled off... waited too long for coffee and check... Food was good - presentation better than food itself - although unique menu using ingredients grown on property. There is so much more they can get out of that concept. As it is - just a pretty nice restaurant on a farm...
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasty Farm to Table experience
    Kniftyknit50
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Impeccable service in a unique setting featuring local products - what could be better than this? We really enjoyed the quality of the food and the attentive but not stiff service given to us for this last night out in Phoenix. It is an experience to get to the restaurant - would recommend going while the sun is still up as the surroundings for the restaurant must be unique but we didn't see any of it with our late night reservation. The only item we weren't thrilled with was the lemon cake - a little dry and not much citrus flavour. We should have selected the panna cotta instead! We would definitely go to this restaurant again and given the amount of selection of restaurants in and around Phoenix, that's quite a recommendation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent though
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Food was excellent though be prepared for small portions. Our waiter was only fair at best, especially after we heard another waiter describe the menu. Had we had the other waiter we would of given a 5star rating all the way around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LOVELY
    Sally
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We fell in love with The Farm in general! Quiessence is soo beautiful and romantic and our server was a DOLL! We loved The Farm so much we went back the next day for lunch at the Farm Kitchen and loved that as well. =)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Outing
    Rufus
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    I made a reservation a day ahead for 6:00pm. On arrival they were ready for us. James escorted us to our table. He was our waiter. James was very helpful in helping me choose a wine for the meal. His choice was extant. I had already decided before we arrived that I would like to do the tasting menu. I should of looked closer at the menu as there was several items my wife would not eat and if I had done my job this would not of happened. This was a very enjoyable meal for both my wife and I. We had plenty of time to talk sit around and relax. Everyone at the restaurant was extremely helpful. We set on the patio as it has been warm in Phoenix for the past couple of weeks. I will definitely plan a repeat trip to Quiessence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price
    SantineVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food was good, not great. We dined there Feb 15th, the day after Valentine's Day. We were not advised that the menu was a limited offering prepared especially for the holiday at $79/head ++. Didn't mind spending the money, but it would have been nice to know about the limited menu ahead.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and wine pairing was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food and wine pairing was great! A little pricey. Bathrooms are "unisex" so not so appreciated by the wife.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Valentine's 2014
    foodisluv
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I made reservations for Valentine's Day dinner (in early January - for you folks that wait til later, you may not find anything!) and I have to say this was the best experience I've had. The experience was perfect - romantic, beautiful views, so many sweet picture spots around the restaurant, dim inside, not crowded. I could probably keep going. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Misleading Advertisement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This restaurant was in an awful neighborhood and very difficult to find. The atmosphere did not match the photos listed on their website. We were seated outside in the rear of the restaurant and the view was a muddy yard and a parking lot. The menu did not include items that we were willing to pay $100 apiece for. We ended up leaving and returning to our hotel. Finding a restaurant on Valentines Day was impossible. Very disappointing. The only positive is that the staff were very friendly. I would NOT recommend this restaurant.
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  • Great place for a special
    David
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Great place for a special evening! A bit pricey, but that was expected. Regular menu better fits pocketbook. Service and food were outstanding. Will definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the Money!
    Sharpiefine01
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Best food we have ever had, and the service was impeccable!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.