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The Desert Oasis / The Artichoke Grill

The Desert Oasis / The Artichoke Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://scottsdalecc.edu/culinary
  • Phone: (480) 423-6284
  • 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 (480) 423-6284

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/culinaryContinued

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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was NOT served at the proper temperature. It was warm instead of hot. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Superb food, great customer service. Entire facility run by students in the culinary program at Scottsdale Community College. Every meal I have had there has been exceptional and you can't beat the price."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "For the past several years our ladies' group has dined as a special treat at The Desert Oasis at Scottsdale Community College. Our latest dining experience was one of the best in years. We had a wonderful friendly student server. The presentation of the food was marvelous. The food was excellent. Where else could you get buffalo steak and stuffed quail at such a reasonable price?!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "We go to The Desert Oasis restaurant, part of the culinary art school at Scottsdale Community College, once a year with the same group of friends. The dinner price includes a 5 course dinner, with choice of 4 entrees. The menu items are more "upscale" than our usual restaurants, so we get to try new dishes in a casual atmosphere. You get to "grade" the food and servers, which makes it even more fun. Also, the deserts are the best! It typically take 1.5 hrs for dinner, so make sure you have the time. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Students are learning, but they do a fabulous job! Lunch was incredible. Atmosphere was quiet, so we could talk without shooting. Very enjoyable!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "We are never disappointed with the food or the service!"
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We have been there several times and have always enjoyed the food and the service is good too. The only shortcoming is some of my friends find the soup is never hot enough. We even returned it once and it still was not that hot. Personally it was okay for me. Yet the food presentation and quality is wonderful and we will return next season"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The Artichoke Grill offers excellent gourmet choices for those on a budget. Their menu changes weekly, and the service is fast and attentive. Great place!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "This is not our first visit. It is a great place to try food you have never had before. Have not had anything that we didn't like."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Provided a review at the night I dined at the college. All aspects of our dining experience was truly outstanding. I'll return on 10 April with friends."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I love the Desert Oasis and recommened it to 4 other groups this month, but I felt the menu for Valentine's was a little over the top. It was tasty, but I felt the choices could have been better. I actually had a hard time choosing because of the selections and not ina good way."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "What a great time I had along with my guest. Fine dining with an affordable price. It's a win-win situation. I get to experience fine dining with fantastic food for an affordable price, and the students are learning the restaurant business in a controlled environment."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "After being recommended to this hidden gem. We try visit whenever we visit our vacation property in Scottsdale from Canada . This time around we tried the lunch menu with our daughter and her fiancé , the food is just as good as the evening meal and would rival many top restaurants in the area ( except price) expect to pay at least half what you would pay for similar food elsewhere. The students obviously spend a lot of time and effort with the preparation and a lot of pride in the final result. See you at the end of April."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Very nice ambience, open and well lighted. Modern with cooking articles as art works on the walls. Good service, good food, reasonable and friendly."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "We were invited by one of the students, a good friend of ours. It was a good experience, not too formal, relaxed and fun. It was my first time there. I plan to bring a date in the near future."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "5 gourmet course meal for $21! Deserts alone were worth the price. Delicious food."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Food and service very good. Students did an excellent job. Tea water was not very hot but other than that, we were very pleased."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "The beet salad was tasteless, the chef and the supervising instructor said they didn't bother to taste it. The veal marsala was over floured and under cooked which gave it a gummy feel and no marsala taste. The beignets for desert were cold when they are supposed to be hot and the sauces were flavorless. Service was very slow. Dinner to 3 and 1/4 hours, should have been 2 hours. No liquor license, they say because it is on the reservation but other businesses on the reservation serve liquor. Every tray that left the kitchen went through an artificial tree at the kitchen door and the leaves brushed through the food, not very sanitary and not a great way to teach chefs. Find a better place to go for dinner."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We are regular customers here and dine here several times each year. The menus this year are not as interesting as they usually are but the food quality is usually good. But this visit it was extremely mediocre.the waiter wasn't good , the desserts and breads were not interesting, The beef Wellington was good but the rest of the meal was not. Of course the are student cooks and waiters. I hope this batch of students improve or change careers."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We have been there several times and will return again Great food and the service was good from folks learning. This time they did not make 5 stars since the soup and one of the appetizers was not hot enough but tasted great."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "I am a frequent customer at SCC culinary institute. The food is delicious, the presentation is so beautifully done. The students are very conscientious and a joy to interact with. And the price is very economical!"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "This is a culinary school restaurant, so please put your Iron Chef expectations on hold. They do an excellent job and you will enjoy your meal. The price to value ratio is superb. Enjoy."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "SCC does an awesome job of creating delicious and attractive meals. It is a must do if you live in the Phoenix area."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "Loved the food and the presentation. A gem in the rough."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "I ordered the seafood bisque which was wonderful. The English Pub Club was tasty as well, and they were able to get my rare beef."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "What a hidden "oasis". Such a wonderful find for us. Great food, great service, relaxing atmosphere. Students at Culinary Arts school creat a fabulous five course meal to savor at a leisurely pace. So much fun to find out what the students are planning with their lives after this - and they should feel proud of what they create every night! No alcohol served which was fine with us but alert for those who like wine with meal...."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "The Culinary school is a fantastic place to dine. You will receive more than your money's is worth."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Desert Oasis is a diamond in the ruff. We love that place, food is wonderful and for a 5 course meal it is a bargain. I have recommended it to tons of people. Food choices are alluring and delicious. A definate place to take out of town guests, too"
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "Food was good but should be hot. Students did a good job. First semester which may be trhe reason whhy everything was not as good as usual. I do like supporting the school and students."
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Celebrated a friends B'Day there - six of us - and everyone went away "wowed". The choices were diverse and even met the needs a gluten-free in our party!"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "I am a first semester culinary arts student at SCC. Five other students and I went to dinner here on a Thursday evening. It was a first time for all of us, so we weren't sure what to expect. The server, Haylee, had extensive knowledge about the menu and each dish presented. It was a very intimate meal and the whole group, myself included, was impressed. The only dish I did not care for was the citrus salad, but the clam chowder and salmon en croutte made up for it. This was a wonderful experience and I will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "The occasion was a surprise birthday lunch for a young 13-year-old. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and the details of each selection. Service was refined and prompt. Everyone enjoyed their selected menu items enormously. The entire meal was both delightful and delectable. After lunch, we enjoyed a tour of the enormous and efficient kitchen area. If you have not yet had the opportunity to have lunch or dinner at the Scottsdale Community College's Culinary Arts dining rooms, I urge you to do so and I predict that you will return again and again. This is a setting where refined dining and culinary art truly meet."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "Five courses none are large. Most notable are the breads and desserts. Service us spotty but the Servers are studying to be Chefs not Servers. Everyone is polite and knowledgeable."
    Dined on 9/26/2013
  • "We have enjoyed dining at The Desert Oasis over the years. They make you feel special and the food is tasty and a great experience."
    Dined on 10/9/2013
  • "We are foodies and love to try different restaurants. The Artichoke Grill is a wonderful place to try many different items and is very affordable. The service was amazing and the food impeccable. We will certainly be going back and referring it to our other "foodie" friends!"
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "We love going to the Artichoke Grill. The students are so enthusiastic about their dishes...which are superb. We've NEVER had a bad meal there. We love to introduce new people to this restaurant as it is a TRUE FIND!!! We'd be paying more than triple for the quality of the food, service and ambience."
    Dined on 10/2/2013
  • "The service and food were top quality with everything being prepared by culinary students.don"
    Dined on 9/26/2013
  • "We loved the food, service and atmosphere. We are returning as much as we can."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "I invited my neighbors to have lunch, this was their first time. They enjoyed the lunch especially the french portions (small). The elegance of the plating was very tastefully done. the service was very good and I know that we will come again."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "The Artichoke Grill is Scottsdale Community College's best kept secret. The menu is enticing and the presentation exquisite. For a special treat, try the salad of the house (changes daily). An affordable lunch alternative."
    Dined on 9/5/2013