Dante's Fire Cocktails and Cuisine

4.3
160 reviews
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Contemporary American
"Dante's Fire, Cocktails & Cuisine has a simple philosophy - Food made from food. Executive Chef & Owner Ken Foy's vision of a scratch kitchen creating Fine Food For Everyone, even until 2 in the morning. We also believe that to be a great cocktail you must have fresh ingredients, proper technique, and above all it's got to be so good you'll want another.

We've created a fine food, casual atmosphere that caters to well, everyone. Start with our daily Happy Hour, enjoy live, local music on the weekends, and feel welcome to hang out all night long. "
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EC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I have always loved Dante's and returned for many dinners there, but this time was particularly delicious! The set menus change with each event, and this year's set was superb. I really loved the Lamb Tartare as an amuse-bouche. The service was excellent, too; everything came out super fast and our server was very friendly and accommodating for all our needs. I would highly recommend Dante's to anyone and everyone!

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b
Tucson
96 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to go and bring friends. The food and service is A # 1. Try the Clam Chowder, it's the best.

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JD
Tucson
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I love the quirkiness of Dantes Fire and the service was very good. We enjoyed the speciality cocktails but the food was just so-so. My friend had the fish tacos which were bland and I ordered the appetizer chorizo sliders that tasted pretty good but were slightly overcooked. The buns, however were dry and the second one was hard as rock - I couldn’t even attempt to eat it. Really liked the bread and flavored butters that came out before hand though.

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

As other people stated, the service was very slow. It was a Saturday night and it took 10 minutes to seat us. The menu is good and to the point. The drinks were very good. Our waitress seemed very distracted and preoccupied. For the value of the meal, we should have had better service. I would only eat there again during happy hour or non-busy nights. They probably can Afford to hire a table buser who also delivers the food. This would cut down on the long wait times.

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M
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner and service. Thursday is 1/2 priced bottle of wine night

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

NOISY. VERY GOOD WAITER.

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MD
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and cocktails. New staff netted S-L-O-W service.

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LM
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Too sad! Hadn't been to DF in a very long time now I remember why... food was disappointing. I ordered a burger and asked for it to be medium rare. I asked for 3 items to be on the side. I asked the server if the cheese was melted on the burger before I ordered because if not I did not want cheese. Before our server left to put in our order I reminded her that the most important thing is that the burger be medium rare. My burger came with everything on the side including the cheese slice. The burger was on a plate the bun was on a separate plate and the 3 items I had asked for on the side... there were on another plate but there were only 2 of the 3. The server said that I could build my own burger. Ah no! The burger was well done, as in not medium rare. The cheese was a cold slice of provolone not oaxaca cheese as described on the menu. Needless to say I sent it back. My friend had the Chicken Marsala. The presentation was beautiful but the Truffle risotto and the chicken was cold. The portion was huge, 3 boneless breasts. My burger returned and it was cooked correctly with melted cheese and all 3 items on the side. We had to chase the server to get ketchup. The burger was ok, not the best in town but good meat. The fries were shoestring with seasoning and maybe garlic aioli. Our server did ask us as some point if we needed anything and at the time we did not, however she never came back until time to consider dessert and thus we had no beverage refills. The server asked if we'd like dessert and dropped off the dessert menu. When she came back to take our order we asked for the salted caramel cheesecake, and we were told "oh sorry we don't have that one tonight". It would have been nice if we had been told that so not to have our hopes dashed. So we did not get dessert. We had told our server when ordering that we wanted separate checks... she did not remember... Our server was a nice person and she tried hard but it just was not a great dining experience.

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T
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good service. The Three Tacos entree was too small, although the price was right. There should be 5 or 6 tacos to make a decent meal, or 2-3 for an appetizer. Kind of bland also. I didn't want to ruin the subtle flavor by dousing it with Cholula sauce.

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j
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

for a new years eve prix fixe 4 course meal the choices were outstanding as was the presentation and the quality of the food.....and for the price quit unbelievable....a+ all the way around

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RC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have driven by many times. Finally, decided to have dinner before a show in Downtown on New Years Eve. Did not realize it offered a Price Fix Menu that night. Multiple options in three categories. We ordered different selections. Presentation, taste, and appropriate portions exceeded expectation. Lamb better than NZ and Oz, tri-tip cooked to medium rare perfection, trout moist and full of flavor, chocolate raspberry cake fresh but not sweet.
Will be returning very soon.

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FH
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

New Years eve they had a fixed price menu of 4 courses. Food was very good and the service was great.

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DB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food! Great service! Love this place! Will go again!

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BT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Clam chowder was excellent! Enjoyed the waiter-good service!

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Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

First time to try this restaurant. Our daughter who lives in Tucson knew about the restaurant and its reputation but had not tried it. We were not disappointed. Menu options were interesting and varied. Prices very reasonable. Enjoyable evening and meal.

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AZ
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Food and service great, ambiance awful — like a battle weary bar overly lite. But food was A+.

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a
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

After seeing good reviews, we decided to try Dante's Fire on Christmas Eve. I had a burger (delish!), my son had mussels (he enjoyed) and the other 3 in the party ordered the fish tacos. The burger and mussel portions were great! The fish tacos were appetizer sized portions with no sides. When I questioned the waitress just to make sure we got the dinner order, she snapped "yes they are" and left. There was only one overwhelmed server, and I was prepared to overlook the service until that response. All in all, the meal was definitely not worth the $75 dollar bill.

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S
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

We weren't ask to come in sit at bar till our table was ready.They ask us to go outside for 7 min..The Waitress was preoccupied with her personal life.We had to wait almost 45 min to get our bill taken care of.It was a very uncomfortable experience..
No reason to go back..

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T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed Dante’s Fire
The food listed on the website did not reflect the actual offerings on the menu- we were surprised to find foie gras and oysters Rockefeller which we ordered. Both were outstanding!!! The server suggested we have the s’mores with flambé gram cracker ice cream very delicious
We enjoyed everything & will come back we live in vail,az its worth the drive
Doreen & tom valenza

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CH
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Absolutely horrible! Would never return or recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We dine at Dante’s several times a year and have never been disappointed. The cocktails and entrees are always delicious and well proportioned; just the right amount. The service is excellent. I particularly like the friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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B
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants we’ve been to in Tucson. Just discovered it and it will become a new regular for us. Food was fabulous and service was great. So glad it was recommended to us.

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b
Tucson
97 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We been here many times, always great food and service. You have to try the Clam Chowder, it is served with the clams in an open shell. You cannot get it any fresher unless you are on the ocean. All the food is great, the staff is very friendly and want to make your dinner special. Big thanks to the Cook.

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V
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The place is great. We came back a second week in a row to enjoy it, and afterwards I called and spoke with the owner to express the sentiment.
We told him of the things we loved about the place, giving him the most sincere and honest feedback possible.

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J
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our anniversary here last night and enjoyed everything immensely. We decided to split the clam chowder as an appetizer. I told the waiter that I was from New England and thought this version was freaking amazing! Unusual to have clams in the shells but they were fresh and delicious. For entrees, my wife had the lobster cannelloni and I had the duck. Both dishes were excellent. Both cocktails (slow yer roll and a satisfied woman) we tried were also great.

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V
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remarkable recipes, presented in an artistic fashion.
Signature cocktails with a special flare.
Deserts that are custom created... all ingredients made on the premises.
The service was remarkable to say the least.
A must for those with a sophisticated palate.

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l
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My go-to place for excellent food at reasonable prices in an informal environment

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BB
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Dante's Fire! It had been way too long since our last visit for no particular reason and I'd forgotten how much I love this place! If you like tasty, creative food and hand crafted cocktails in an unpretentious, comfortable environment, this place is for you! I never know what to order because I want to order everything. This time we narrowed it down to Chicken Marsala for my husband and a dish with foie gras and mushroom risotto for me. Absolutely delicious! We won't wait so long to go back...I need to work my way through their seasonally changing menu!

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T
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 1

My wife loved her Salmon. I chose badly as is my tendency and had the Lobster Canalones with mushroom thermador. I'm normally ambivalent to mushroom, but these were very strong tasting and overwhelmed the lobster to the point that I could not taste any lobster, if indeed it was there.
On a previous visit I had the Thai shrimp which was excellent.
Service was not overly attentive, which is how I like it.
The noise level is very high in this restaurant. Fortunately, we were able to get a seat in the back where the sound level was acceptable.

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RB
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great burger and amazing service, price was even better on Thursday burger night

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

My wife and I ordered Fish Tacos.
They were TO Small! Our waiter, I believe Jeff was his name, was the best part of the evening.

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PW
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

All entrees sampled by our group were delicious. The cocktails were creative and tasty.

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OT
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was fabulous! They make their own pasta and it is a highlight. Our waiter was friendly attentive and showed up when needed

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. And so was the service. Very friendly staff.

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DB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time we have gone there! Outstanding food and outstanding service! Would highly recommend!

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J
Tucson
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Amazing food and creative cocktails! Tried escargot for the 1st time and it was delicious!!

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l
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Wonderful, friendly, spot with excellent food, some small plates and good service. Prices are excellent value.

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PC
Tahoe
12 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The creative dishes always bring me back. For my two friends, this was their first visit. They were impressed with the great flavors.

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E
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing from the mixed green salad with orange vinaigrette to the Mussels to the Wine!

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A
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I had heard good things about Dante's Fire so I made a reservation the day we wanted to go. When we arrived they said they didn't honor reservations if they were made before they opened that day so we waited for 30-40 minutes for a table. Once we sat, the service was terrible. They were obviously short staffed and and it look a ridiculous amount of time to even get water. When the food finally arrived, one of my friends ordered the foie gras, a rather expensive dish. It looked like leather and the portion was only about 1 in x 2 in in size. The rest of the food we ordered was very good. On top of the terrible service, the restaurant was HOT. Like SO INCREDIBLY HOT. At least it lived up to its name.

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