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 WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
Talavera reviews from OpenTable diners
61 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.7
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (56)special occasion (50)romantic (49)great for outdoor dining (45)fit for foodies (40)notable wine list (23)neighborhood gem (8)good for groups (7)late-night find (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for lunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    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
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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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    • 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
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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
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    • 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
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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
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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
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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
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    • 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
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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
  • Exceptional!
    Bonnie
    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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  • 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.
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    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
  • Outstanding
    luvTalavera
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Our dining experience was outstanding. Our server Sean was very attentive. The food was out of this world. We had the most amazing meal. The views are breath taking. I love Talavera.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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  • Convenient on property at 4 Seasons
    Luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great place for a nice dinner on property at Four Seasons. We ordered the seafood plater for $85 and were disappointed that the lobster was over cooked. Hubby and I both had salads that were good. Didn't order an entree but saw several that were good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    purnhagw
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary with our first visit here, and we could not have made a better choice. The food was innovative, perfectly prepared and beautifully plated. The service was impeccable without feeling "stuffy", and the entire staff was friendly and delightful. Definately worthy of another visit---perhaps in the evening to enjoy the city lights! If forced to come up with any criticism, the volcano-shaped table bases make the seating a bit challenging by providing little leg room.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very good
    FoodiesVIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    It went well and tasted good. What more could you sat for
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • UNBELIEVABLE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Ordered the Tasting Plate - 6 Courses...3 on the menu, 3 off. Not inexpensive ($110 each), but INCREDIBLY WORTH IT. The Chef will take into consideration allergies, preferences and so forth. The service was possibly the best ever experienced. All of the staff are watching out, pouring water, checking up and so forth. If it gets better than this, I would have no clue how.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was great and the menu is interesting. I ate buffalo tenderloin which was delicious. They also serve ostrich and aged steaks. The chocolate soufflé was to die for! Service was excellent and the view of Scottsdale as the sun was setting was amazing. This is a great place for a celebration or a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    BabygirlVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Service was outstanding and food was superb! Great and unusual entrees like ostrich and venison, but the duck and salmon were fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Romantic
    classysassy
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    This was a special occasion dinner date, so fairly fancier than our usual dates, but so worth it! The scenery is romantic (fires, stars, night hawks, trees, breeze, woodsy feel) and the music is perfect (upbeat, instrumental ambient) and really fit our mood and style. The food...foodgasmic! The service...polite but not snobby. We didn't really fit in with the crowd, but no one made us feel awkward, which was refreshing. Thanks for a wonderful night!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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  • top notch
    annabanana
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Dined at Talavera twice during our recent visit to Scottsdale. Once dining from the regular menu and the second visit for the special Izakaya dinner. This California girl loves foiegras and thankfully in Arizona it is still served. It was part of my entree's preparation and had it additionally as a side. Lucky me. The bar was jumpin when we arrived but the dining room was peaceful and the view is lovely.
    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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 603 reviews are from the Talavera reviews archive.
  • Always excellent
    BuzzVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Food is great. Service is excellent. We have never been disappointed at Talavera.
    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.
  • Great night out!
    Scott
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Very cool restaurant and fantastic food and service! A NICE PLUS... Caymus by the glass. If this also excites you, you'll love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • gochargers
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Great food and very nice atmosphere!! Loved the rolls!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service
    primeDine
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Terrible. Absolutely HORRID service from the moment we walked in. We are avid global travelers and usually Ritz Carlton or Intercontinental advocates but decided to take Mothers Day Easter brunch at the supposedly best place in Phoenix. The overpriced buffet is what we would expect, so expect that. No one offered a drink or flower to my wife.. or an other mothers that I could see. We finally were seated 10 minutes after our reservation time by the table next to the kitchen. We repeatedly had to ask for silverware, empty plates stacked up on the table, a beer bottle was sitting there empty, and had to ask twice even for more water. We heard waiters in the back complaining of their tips. Wow.
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  • Very slow, NOT seat outside windy
    DaveAZ
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    PRO: Food was good. CON: 25 minute delay in seating after our reservation time. They asked if we would sit outside since it was crowded and we agreed. However, management should have realized in very strong winds it was not safe (and should have had an alternate room). A gust blew the water glasses over on our table, blew placemats off, and debris from nearby table hit my wife on head - not serious, but potentially could be.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but...
    Llabelle
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Poor service! Spending the kind of money for brunch we did, we shouldn't have to ask for the same drink multiple times. And our waiter should check on us more than 3 times in 2.5 hours. Either they were understaffed or our server was a complete rookie.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not the best brunch experience
    nm222
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    When we arrived for our 12:45 reservation we had to wait a half hour for our table which was surprising because we were placed outside on a practically empty patio with many tables available. Either they were understaffed or were making us wait for some reason.? The food was good but not what I was expecting for $95 pp. We went to the ritz for thanksgiving and that was Amazing! This did not compare. I would not have brunch here agai however I would have a drink on the patio- the view was great.
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