Talavera
Talavera

Talavera

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.talaverarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 4805135085x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
    CLOSED on Mondays
    check our website for any changes!
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Mel Mecinas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Enjoy Live music every Friday from 6-9pm and Saturday from 7-10pm in the Onyx Bar and Lounge

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet is complimentary when dining at the restaurants.
A word from Talavera
Talavera introduces a modern take on the classic steakhouse, with unique steak and seafood pairings, comfort desserts, and a range of specialty sides, accompaniments and starters. The restaurant features vibrant decor, dramatic views and the best patio dining in the Valley. Lively ambiance is matched by an upscale casual approach to dining, with a range of menu choices fit for every occasion.

Attire: Resort Casual
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Talavera reviews from OpenTable diners
65 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (60)special occasion (52)great for outdoor dining (50)romantic (48)fit for foodies (43)notable wine list (26)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (6)vibrant bar scene (3)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • We had a special evening.
    fitfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food and staff were as amazing as the atmosphere!!!!! And evening to be long remembered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Evening!
    DogulaVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We were celebrating my birthday and anniversary and couldn't have picked a better place to do it at. Everything was pure perfection. The food, the service, the ambiance, this is first class dining at its best. We have been here many times, but every time we come back they continue to exceed our expectations. They treat everyone like royalty here, it's just and overall enjoyable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful spot, good food
    scottp
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Lovely setting, good (but not great) food, and overpriced (as you would probably expect at a resort of this calibre).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous view and ....
    Luv2VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Everything was great except my bone-in prime ribeye steak was terrible! I meant terrible! I ordered med-rare as recommended! It came to the table was well done!!! It was very salty and no taste to it! It was NOT tasted like prime I usually have! The bar, service and velvet were very good!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just superb.
    LessNoiseIsGood
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised by the sophisticated menu, the carefully chosen dinnerware and service items and the food and service lived up to my highest expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our dinner was exceptional. Each course was delicious and the presentations were original. Service was very attentive without ever being intrusive. The views from the outside patio across the desert to the valley below are beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    NativeAZVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The restaurant week menu was trying too hard to be foodie. The quality and flavors were fair at best. The weather was great, but the gas lamps on the patio would not stay lit, generating a nasty gas smell during the first half of dinner. In years past, Talavera has always been a favorite - very disappointing this year.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • newfood4us
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Everything was topnotch from the service, the food and the view. will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Talever + Troon = Beautiful
    jcdolfanVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The setting and view for this restaurant is simply gorgeous. The restaurant set at the foot of the mountains of Troon in North Scottsdale, and the restaurant has wall to wall, floor ceiling windows to take advantage of the views of the desert as the sun is setting. The service was fantastic. The wait staff, and the servers were excellent and just attentive enough, without hovering, to provide consistent and "just in-time" service. The food was very good and in some spots, plain GREAT! Only 2 opportunities we found were: my wife's salad needed some more "pop". More herbs, or something to give it more flavor. Also, the music in the background, was some "house/techno" mix...it was TOTALLY incongruent and terrible. Otherwise, it was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Talavera Treat
    AZDudeVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We love the patio at Talavera. We love the service staff. We love the coffee. We pretty much loved everything we tasted, with the exception of the spanish octopus confit, which, having never had before, were not sure if it was supposed to be that way. It really had no flavor, although the accoutrements were fairly tasty. Otherwise, a lovely experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Will Go Back Again!
    DrHankVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I went during restaurant week and was dazzled by the good and the service. I will be back again. The octopus salad was delicious, as was the halibut. First rate! Great wines, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent - Restaurant Week
    Cholla11
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Visited Talavera during restaurant week - had the three course tasting menus for $44.00/per person. WOW - they really showed off even with a discounted menu. The Duck and Cherry Risotto was outstanding. Always have the Lobster Bisque to start. My husband - who is a chef - found no fault with anything. Server was gracious and attentive. Will visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wondeful
    WillymyVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Our dinner at Talavera was excellent. We ordered off the restaurant week menu and were not disappointed. Table service was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Hidden Gem In the Desert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    All the elements of a wonderful restaurant were evident at Talavera! Excellent innovative food served with a beautiful food design, an outstanding wine list with a selection for everyone and a very romantic ambiance. The service staff was attentive and helpful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No disappointments here
    Swan1962
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Talavera was spectacular. The food was amazing, perfect portions, the ambiance on the outdoor patio was mesmerizing. The candle lit glow of the restaurant inside was captivating as well. I will definitely recommend Talavera.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Celebration
    seacruisrbabe
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We sat outside and they have beautiful views of Phoenix to enjoy while you dine. We started off with 4 of the most delicious, melt in your mouth buttered rolls with a tasty dish of flavored whipped butter. Our appetizers were Lobster Corn Bisque with short rib croquette - very smooth and creamy & the Olive Oil Confit Spanish Octopus-extremely tender and flavorful. The sea bass was outstanding and the duck was half perfect but one half slightly chewy. Croissant Crusted Creme Brulee and Chocolate Grand Marnier Mousse that were both scrumptious! Also 2 lollipop cheesecakes-so good. Anniv. - The chef was so kind in as to give us a signed menu and a box of chocolate truffles-Yum! The service here was excellent and it a most enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    Mmmmmmm
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was our fourth visit & each time has been incredible. Highly recommend the 'lobster Mac & cheese' as a side! Great view, impeccable service & simply delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We enjoyed scallops and Chilean sea bass at Talavera. The food, service and wine list were all excellent. A great evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic ambiance
    luv2dine99
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    What a wonderful dining experience! Incredible dinner rolls and steaks. This is my new favorite Phoenix area restaurant. The outdoor dining is perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Experience
    BabygirlVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Talavera was incredible. Dinner was for six--an impromptu wedding celebration and we were accommodated graciously. The staff went way out of their way for our party and added many special touches on their own initiative. It was gorgeous and Talavera is now our go to place for all special occasions! Wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Experience
    YumAllTheTime
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Talavera is within the Four Seasons restaurant. It beautifully overlooks the valley below and the bar and veranda attached to the restaurant have the same views. The drinks are well made, the wine list is vast, and the service was great. The server was able to provide great recommendations. All of my wife and my food was excellently prepared with great skill. We enjoyed our romantic meal together and would certainly return. Highly suggest this specific place and all of the onsite restaurants and bars at the Four Seasons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kiwijohn
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Service and food are close to perfection. I particularly enjoyed the reverse menu, not because it was reversed but because the food was so good. Keisha is one of the best waitresses I have ever had either in the US or during my many trips overseas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Incredible food and amazing view!
    Emptynesters
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This meal capped off our week in sunny Scottsdale! It was a perfect ending to a fabulous week. The service was amazing, food was incredible and the view was exquisite! Couldn't have asked for anything better!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful birthday dinner!
    thesue9VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was delicious and flavorful--and beautifully presented by an attentive and friendly staff. Lovely views of Pinnacle Peak. Will be returning!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luvgoodfood38
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Thank you for making our 16th anniversary special, loved the small details.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Talavera
    jjqbeeVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I visit here often and we always receive great service and great food along with a beautiful view of the city lights.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Birthday to Remember
    East2West
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I took my fiance to Talavera for her birthday and could not have been more impressed. Every detail was perfect. Every member of the staff greeted her with a "Happy Birthday" and we were presented with customized menu in her honor which was later signed by the chef. We sat outside with gorgeous views of a sunset over the mountains while dining on world class interesting cuisine. Well done Talavera.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wezlzrds
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    There are no words to tell you how much we love Talavera. It is our special Anniversary dining destination because the service and food are beyond 5 star. We will return again and again to enjoy the ambiance, incredible menu and the romantic setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nancy
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Came here for my husbands Bday and it was fantastic. Personalized Happy Bday menu's. I would recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular food/Wonderful service
    melb
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    3 of my favorite things are bread and butter, truffle fries & lobster mac & cheese and I have them all at Talavera because they're absolutely worth it. The butter with the pink hawaiian sea salt takes the fresh-from-the-oven-rolls to a whole other level. The truffle frie with homemade aioli are out of this world & the lobster mac and cheese is stellar. The tuna app is beautiful, not to mention delicious, & I was told the tenderloin was fabulous & the mushrooms that were served with it were even better than the steak. The place has a scenic view, the staff is attentive & the chef came out to our table to visit with us. All in all a fine restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hadagoodtime
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We frequen this establishment about twice a year. the food, service and scenery are always very good. It is a bit pricey but for special occasions or just a nice night out it is the right place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Best of North Scottsdale
    FoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We've eaten here several times and always have a great experience and this was no exception. Service is excellent and the sunset views and city lights are wonderful. But the best part is the food. we split the Octopus appetizer, and the house salad. Both were excellent. I had the Sea Bass w/ Oxtail and my wife had the Buffalo Tenderloin. Very nice portions and prepared to perfection. I highly recommend Talavera.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasting Menu Update
    David
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We dined Saturday night and had the East Coast portion of the EC/West Coast tasting menu battle. The earlier WC won hands down. This one had paired cocktails and wines that weren't nearly as creative as the first round. Food was good overall but not exceptional. Service was a bit disjointed too. We gave the meal a 7.5 out of 10.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner during Monsoon .....
    cookerdudeVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Service this time was rather slow - not what we have enjoyed on other visits. We live locally and have been there more than 20 times with various size groups including use of private dining areas. It is a place we enjoy taking out of town guests. Food was very good - only complaint was service by our waiter ( not his support staff) was slow and infrequent . First time I have ever asked for pepper on my salad and had salt and pepper shakers left on the table - seriously ?!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Staycation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Came to the 4 Seasons for a staycation weekend and had dinner on Saturday at Talavara. It was an excellent meal, the service impeccable. The view from the restaurant was amazing, especially with the setting sun. During the summer I would recommend against outside seating before sunset, unless the heat doesn't phase you. The food was prepared to perfection and the presentation was brilliant. The sides of veggies are rather large. We could have done with one and split it between the two of us. I had the Ostrich. It was the first time I had this dish and it was amazing. I would recommend this for a special occasion dinner. Another fine 4 star restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 618 reviews are from the Talavera reviews archive.
  • Exceptional!
    lexie
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Great location, view and exceptional food. Service was first class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal
    GoodFood
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We love Talavera. We were here for our Anniversary and they did everything possible to make it a special night. Great Food. Great Service. Great Ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid experience
    GrazingFoodbizPro
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Food and service were both on target. Fundamental quality of ingredients was good (Tuna, Octopus, Tenderloin, Ribeye). Keisha is an excellent server. She made every effort to accommodate our Celiac daughter with gluten-free options and knew the menu extremely well.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always the very best!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I tried the tasting menu and the dishes were remarkable in flavor and presentation. The service and expertise on menu items from Keisha and Andre was notable, which adds so much more enjoyment with the dining experience. Talavera's commitment to local, fresh and the highest quality ingredients is another reason I think its in a league of its own.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food But...
    David
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We dined here Saturday night for one of Chef Mel's tasting dinners. It was terrific with a mix of mostly great food and paired cocktails/wine. Deconstructed salad was the weakest link but copper river salmon, lamp chops and dessert were off the charts. Service was good for the most part however we dined outside. When the misters were going it was quite pleasant. Then they shut them off as other diners complained. We asked them to be turned back on but they said no so we had to go inside for our final course (dessert/coffee) since it was so hot. This was disappointing for a five-star establishment. That said we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate