elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

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Renowned Food Network celebrity chef and Sanctuary’s Executive Chef Beau MacMillan inspires his staff with his passion for fresh ingredients. Chef MacMillan’s ingenuity in the kitchen is stimulated by his belief that food should not be overworked, but rather appreciated for its simplicity and natural perfection. This philosophy is evident in Chef Beau MacMillan’s innovative seasonal menus that focus on fresh, local ingredients procured from a network of artisans and organic farmers. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Chef Beau MacMillan spent a year under the tutelage of Chef Francois de Melogue before joining La Vieille Maison in Boca Raton. He held Sous Chef positions at the prestigious Hotel Bel Air and Shutters on the Beach in California. Chef MacMillan then joined our resort in 1998. His innovation has brought elements national recognition and acclaim including the Chef Beau MacMillan victory on Iron Chef America beating out Bobby Flay.
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Switzerland
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

The food was good but nothing extraordinary. The view is lovely but the vibe was very “hotel restaurant”, nothing particularly special. The thing that really put us off though, was the fact that at about 9:30pm - we’d been there an hour on a Friday night - the place had pretty much emptied out & they were cleaning up and resetting the tables around us as we finished our dinner. Not great and we wouldn’t recommend it.

CF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came all the way from New York to celebrate husband’s birthday and this place did not disappoint! Beautiful, romantic, amazing service and views. I highly recommend Elements

TD
Austin
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dining experience. Food was outstanding.

MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was very good, and it's impossible to have better ambiance than what you get at Elements. The service was excellent and everyone from the hostess to the busboy to the waiter were outstanding and very friendly. My girlfriend had the filet with crab and I had the halibut. The filet was excellent and the mash potatoes were amazing. The halibut was a bit dry and a 3 out of 5 for me. Dessert was the salted carmel lava cake and it was delicious. The overall meal was memorable especially due to the location and ambiance.

O
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, jaw-dropping atmosphere and superb service!! Laurie had terrific knowledge of the wines and recommended a divine French red. Kuai couldn’t have been more gracious and efficient. We were so impressed! Hope to return soon!

SJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and amazing view. We got to watch the sun go down behind the Praying Monk while we enjoyed our food.

MF
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The kitchen was extremely slow

OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were sat at a table under a spotlight… The waiter told us about specials the second we sat down before we had our drinks… Food was OK

u
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Anniversary

EP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, view, and service. 10/10.

B
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love going to Sanctuary! The food is outstanding, the service, view and atmosphere are wonderful. Highly recommended. Go early and have a cocktail on the outside patio.

F
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is just a lovely place with beautiful views and fantastic food and service.

OT
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 5

Went there to celebrate our anniversary. Excellent service, beautiful views, poor food. My wife had the restaurant week menu, and I ordered some items from the a la cartel menu, pork belly didn’t taste right, tuna tartare was the highlight of the meal, the Korean short ribs dish was served cold. Our server was very nice and attentive though, will be back again but probably only for drinks and the view.

JP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last evening in Scottsdale and this gorgeous restaurant did not disappoint. Decor and atmosphere was amazing! Food was Devine and service spectacular. Sat outside on the patio, views were gorgeous.

N
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great restaurant week experience at one of my favorite restaurants. The food was great along with the view. My complaint, 15 minutes to get cocktails, server was great, however service is slow.

P
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

It was very dark and extremely cold inside the restaurant. We tried the Arizona Restaurant Week menu and it was ok. When I say ok it means that the food was good, but nothing special as I expected for this restaurant. It was so cold that the raviolis I was taking got cold in two minutes. It was funny... the glass of champagne I took was good, but not cold enough. The service was really good. Thank you!

S
Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special restaurant week menu was outstanding
Our friend ordered the double pork chop and was very impressed with the favor and tenderness of the pork

K
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

The view was AMAZING! Great experience. I would definitely visit again

LC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as usual. Absolutely loved every bite (and the visual) of the Restaurant Week menu. It was very rich but each bite had loads of layered, creative flavor. One of our very favorite dining places. Service was terrific and timely by all staff. Appreciate the accommodation on requested seating through Open Table. Can’t wait to come back.

MH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were staying at Sanctuary for a weekend getaway. So happy that we booked a dinner Elements. The food and service was great! We are already planning our next trip back and will dine there again.

c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

i had a very undercooked filet :( the manager was more than accommodating however. the ambiance was beautiful and the view

VS
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, Great food! We got a gift for celebrating bday and pregnancy which was very sweet. Will be back!!

F
Omaha
21 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very good but a little pricy. Probably average for a Scottsdale Resort & Spa though. They definitely don’t need to serve bread. Although it was so good, I had fish tacos and my husband had the Cubano sandwich and we didn’t need any bread. Maybe just serve it when someone orders the soup. Views were gorgeous!

SS
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Elements for dinner. The food was great and the service was fantastic! Thank you Greg.

MG
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Worst service! Food was mediocre and overpriced. The only thing the restaurant has going for them is the amazing view. Will not go back.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Dining room when full very noisy. Could not hear conversations at our table given noise.

DL
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had wanted to eat here at sunset for a long time and we able to get a lovely table on the outside deck. Before Dinner we stopped at the bar Jade for a quick drink and the service and drinks (and HH prices) were all really excellent. At dinner the food was wonderful, perfectly prepared and presented. Our wait staff was very good, not the best but still very good. The only issue was we asked the bill to be split and they totally screwed it up which was annoying end to the evening. Other than that it was really a nice evening with gorgeous sunset, balmy breeze, lovely food and presentation.

SA
San Antonio
18 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First - kudos to John Cooper Server and sommelier-great pairings with our food! Gold star for service - Pablo and Humberto were also excellent. Food was dynamite and the view was fabulous. The only downside was the noise level of the hostesses and the traffic behind our booth. Loved that the booth was partitioned off from the booth next to us. Started w the tortilla soup, nicely spiced, tomato based, simply delicious. The steak, potatoes and spinach were totally awesome. Steak cooked to chef’s recommendation, spinach not cooked to death, potatoes were killer tasty with the butter and chives-nothing over salted! Creme brûlée desserts was just the right size and amount of sweet. We will be going back for more.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Service was horrible!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening with delicious food and a spectacular light show courtesy of a higher source.

CJ
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great
Ambience, food, service
Would recommend highly to others

M
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch with my beautiful wife. Great food, service, and view, thank you.

T
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

It was a birthday celebration and that was acknowledged by host & wait staff, which is very nice.
It’s clear that the setting is the draw here. We had a booth facing out towards the mountain.
Drinks are interesting but the very large leaf in my small champagne flute was a mis-match.
I opted for an item on the Restaurant Week menu; my husband went with the regular menu.
I had the flat iron steak. It was mostly undercooked which contributed to the springy feel. (I did not send it back).
My husband had the halibut and thought it was excellent. Which, at $49 for a small piece of fish, you hope for excellence. The tomato jam was less jam and more blistered cherry tomatoes but he doesn’t eat those anyway. I ate those.
We shared the coconut brûlée that was part of my dinner.
I was presented with a take home birthday cupcake.

The setting is very nice but food was over-priced. It was well prepared but nothing magical.

W
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing. The MOD was very attentive since it was one problem after another with our food. Such an unusual situation at this restaurant. It was a Sunday and Beau was off. Also, slack is cut because it was restaurant week.So I’m coming back to celebrate my son’s birthday on Thursday. If you want to know more, please feel free to give me a call, 602-317-5511.

B
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. Food was great. Views were fabulous. Highly recommend.

MR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

This is only my second time at Elements and I would absolutely return/recommend because the food is really delicious, the view is incredible, and it's a great place for a special meal. The reason it is not 5 stars is because the service. I had reservations for a party of 8 during restaurant week for my birthday. Our server was very, very slow for our table, we had to ask other servers/busers for items because ours was so infrequent to follow up and lacked attentiveness. We all felt like because we were a party of 8 and gratuity was added as well as maybe not being their typical clientele, our server put in minimal effort knowing he'd still get a huge tip regardless. ($200+) He was never rude but clearly occupied by other tables, leaving little to be desired and making us all feel out of place, like a bother. And we were not a demanding table. That said, Leo (I believe he was a buser) was very attentive to our table, was kind, helpful, and made up for our server; I hope the tip is shared with him. Our night was not spoiled, we just got to enjoy the view a little longer but I think it's helpful to know this was our takeaway and impression.

S
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Tried this restaurant for the first time as we recently moved to the area. We went there as we heard the views were very nice there with outdoor seating options. The service was the worst I have ever seen. The meat was not cooked to the level ordered-was served rare as opposed to medium rare, and my partner’s was served medium rare instead of medium. No apology was offered or an attempt made to resolve. Then only one soup order came to the table when 2 were ordered. Last, only one desert came when two were ordered. The staff was confused but worse off, no attempts made to resolve the situation. I have never had service like this at an upscale hotel restaurant. Very disappointing.

GB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If 5 Star is excellent we would give them 10! From Welcome, to staff hospitality, to food, to pool and pool service, to farewell a perfect 80th Birthday Weekend. Special thanks to Chuck Wiley, JR and restaurant staff!!!!

BH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

enjoyed the experience, very good service from the wait staff, we will be back this fall to enjoy the outside dining venue, keep up the good work

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. We visited during restaurant week and ordered the restaurant week menu.

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