Kai | Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

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Recipient of the Coveted AAA Five Diamond Award and Forbes Five-Star Award, KAI, meaning 'seed' in the Pima language, features a menu rich in creativity, history and Native American culture. Executive Chef Thomas Riordan and Chef de Cuisine Ryan Swanson incorporate the essence of the Pima and Maricopa tribes and locally farmed ingredients from the Gila River Indian Community to create unforgettable masterpieces. KAI maintains a smart business casual dress code. It prohibits hats, denim, T-shirts and shorts for both ladies and gentlemen, including open-toed sandals for men. As a courtesy to other diners, refrain from using cell phones and laptops in the dining room. Thank you in advance for respecting this as an elegant and discerning adults-only fine dining environment, recommended for guests over the age of 13.
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C
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the friendly hostess to the last chocolate truffle, this is a truly memorable dining experience. Chef Swanson combines unexpected ingredients, generally local, to produce unique and delicious dishes. The amuse bouche definitely left us ready for more. (My son stopped talking when he tasted it) The service is smooth, unhurried, unobtrusive and friendly. Treat yourself to the chocolate mousse which is served steaming with a creamy vanilla sauce. It is a shareable size, but you won’t want to.

JC
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary and birthday

S
Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was truly a one of a kind dining experience, unique in so many ways. The service was impeccable, with many unexpected little touches and just the right level of attentiveness. I went with a couple girl friends and it was the first time for all of us. We started the night with signature cocktails; I had Kai’s version of a spicy margarita and it was delicious! We tried many of the dishes and were so pleased with everything! I think my favorite was the foie gras, but truly everything was like a symphony of flavors. Everything from the view, to the live music, to the storytelling creates such a peaceful, luxurious experience. It was an absolute delight!

f
Phoenix
45 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A totally unique dining experience worthy of the Michelin Star. The native American cuisine concept overlying superb fine dining is really a special occasion

C
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

After reading the reviews, I expected to be blown away. I wasn't. The venue is uninspiring. The food was very good, but the menu was lacking in choices. Not enough to make me drive 45 minutes. I doubt if I will ever return.

RB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ultimate dining experience

F
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ones again Kai didn’t disappoint! Even the most critical foodies would agree with that Kai is outstanding ! Amazing harmony of food tasting, ambience and service! Highly recommended to all!
Thank you Jeremy and the entire staff, for making our 35 th Anniversary extra special and wonderful!
We’ll definitely return.

TS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have dined at great restaurants all over the world, and this is still one of the best. The food exploits texture and temperature in addition to flavor. The service is impeccable, super attentive but never intrusive. It was our wedding anniversary and they treated us to a lovely dessert selection. We stayed at the hotel and there was a thank you note from our host (much more than a server) in our room when we returned to our room. A memorable experience, for all the right reasons.

r
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the most unique restaurants we have ever been to, and the food & service are outstanding. If Michelin gave stars in Arizona, this would be a Michelin restaurant. It is by far as good, if not better than any Michelin star restaurant we have been to in America and Europe.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best restaurant we've ever been to, superior in every phase....

a
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic dinning experience. All the food was delicious, best in the valley, and creatively contextual. Truly a one of a kind place; culturally and contextually informative and educational. We are so grateful to have experienced Kai twice. We will return.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always we had the most wonderful experience at Kai! From sitting at the bar before dinner and sampling drinks from the expanded drink menu to moving into the dining room and getting treated so well. Our server Kevin is by far our favorite out of any restaurant we have ever visited . He’s knowledgable and genuine and always there with a smile . I suggest requesting him if you choose to dine here ! Can’t say enough about this restaurant or the people that work here . Can’t wait for the next visit .
Oh and the food is outstanding !!!!!!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great unique experience with excellent service, great food, delightful creativity and paying attention to the details. My wife and I loved it and will definitely be back.

CC
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating our 60th birthdays together and we definitely made the right choice dining at Kai. We ordered the "short story" tasting menu for the 4 of us, it's 7 courses I believe and completely satisfying. None of us left hungry. Every dish was delicious and an experience in unusual ingredients with complete explanation by our server of the preparation and flavors. Fun having the service team 'swoop' in on you with each dish placed in unison. The service was impeccable, even down to retrieving our car from valet with water bottles place inside and personal thank you note from our server Jackson. One of those memorable nights!

AS
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was amazing.
Some dishes, I felt the portions were too small.

m
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and sensational service. Very friendly and efficient professional servers.outstanding

PD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making our 25th wedding anniversary extra special! It was an incredible dining adventure, a wonderful experience.

VH
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fabulous restaurant. From the moment you enter until the moment you leave you are made to feel very special. The service is perfect and the food absolutely amazing! I highly recommend Kai for a special evening.

JR
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an amazing night at Kai. The staff was exceptional and the food was excellent. It was a different experience and well worth it money. We will definitely be back!

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my third visit and I’ve never been disappointed. From the greeting upon arrival to leaving the restaurant, every moment at Kai is thoughtful and artistic. The food is masterful from presentation to flavor. The waitstaff are generous and attentive. I am already looking forward to my next visit!

DB
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very nice setting. Staff was attentive but not overbearing. Beautiful meal, creative chef. Escargot was delicious and different. Also enjoyed the venison and bison. Chocolate soufflé was a generous ending (received on the house for a special event). Will definitely visit again.

KW
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience. every detail perfect. Jackson and Sam were outstanding Kai is a place every person needs to experience. They set the bar for service, food, and ambiance .

D
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed celebrating a specialm occasion at Kai for the second consecutive year We plan on returning again next year. The food, service, and ambience was outstanding. In summary we had a fabulous time. I wouldbe remiss if I did not also remarkmon the great art work at Kai.

GH
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

m
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutly loved our 1st time dining at Kai. They made us feel like we were the only table. Even to the final touch of a hand written note with 2 bottles of water in our car at the valet.

OT
Raleigh
17 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers, Jackson ,assistant Sam, and the whole team were great.
The food was excellent.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Insane and amazing!!!

OT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent experience overall. Food fantastic. Service fantastic. Knowledge fantastic. Experience fantastic. Stories fantastic. This was a great culinary experience and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Sadly the only downside to this restaurant was that they sat us by the kitchen door. There is a lot of kitchen and server noise there and a ton of back and forth traffic. Pretty sad they have a table right there and could not give us a better location.

MB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Evening! Perfect choice for a Special occasion ..it was our Anniversary! Feliciano was Amazing... and the entire staff!

KV
Austin
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were superb. The restaurant definitely deserves its Forbes five star rating.

CD
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

As stated by many, this is not just a meal or visit to a restaurant --this is a dining "experience" from start to finish. Exquisite and unique food served in a quiet, beautiful setting, with exceptional service. Prices are high, and can add up quickly -- but the "Short Journey" tasting menu is a great option to try unique foods and preparations that you simply will not find elsewhere. Perfect for a special occasion (we went for a birthday/anniversary weekend) -- and memorable -- something you'll talk about for a long time after you leave.

Only two SMALL (and you have to think hard to be picky!) critiques -- the service with individuals bringing every dish so they arrive at a table together (so a line of 4 people delivering 4 plates to a table of 4.....imagine a table of 8), does seem a little "staged" (it is!), and borderline robotic. We didn't feel like we got to know our waiter, as so many people brought and removed items from our table. It is a unique approach -- and most people probably love it....we found it to be a bit over the top. Secondly, at the end of an amazing dining experience and desert, we were not offered coffee -- yet saw that every other table had received various coffee options (pour over, French Press, etc.)...... Im guessing they didn't all just order it, but it was offered, prompting them to order and make choices..... for us, it was not even offered.

Definitely a great place for local or visiting "foodies" to try....at least once!

SH
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have had the pleasure of dining at Kai several times in the past few years and have always had a wonderful experience! We have also recommended your absolutely wonderful restaurant to friends, both local and from out of Arizona, including Canada. They have in turn celebrated special events and occasions with you. They have always thanked us for the recommendation! We will continue to come and enjoy the very special food, and features of Kai!!

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was locally sourced, fresh and plated in a modern fashion. Will be back for sure.

RJ
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional from arrival to departure. Wonderful unique cocktails. Jeremy and Jackson were helpful, ever present without being intrusive. Wonderful flavors complimented by recommended wines.

A
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kai made my birthday very special with their usual great service and food, but also little touches that made me feel special and appreciated as a customer. Everything was outstanding! Loved the assortment of rolls, the dipping sauce, the flavorful unique foods, and of the impeccable service with which it was served! Valet service was friendly, efficient and again part of those special treats that sets Kai apart. Our theory for a restaurant is if the prices are high, it's ok when they deliver great food, great service and has great ambiance. Kai delivers all three.

PC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional service. All servers are extremely knowledgeable about each ingredient of the food. Fine attention to details amount to great surprise. Chef also used various cooking techniques to create memorable dining experience. Food presentation merged into remarkable cultural experience of native Indian’s amazing past. Overall, it is an mindful encounter of the humble past of humanity.

s
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great service and food was excellent as well.

JE
Denver
32 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kai is one of the top places we have ever eaten therefore why we make the special trip to visit when we are in the Scottsdale/Chandler area. Kevin took extremely good care of us including information on hiking and other dining options while we were staying in town and provided a few other goodies to take with us. Jordan, a sweetheart and great bartender makes a mean Old Fashion. Valet parking is free and your car will be awaiting you at the end of the meal ready to make the trip back. If you want an inviting atmosphere, beautiful views and innovative food, Kai is the place for you.

RK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening The entire experience makes you want to come back over & over again.

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