About Kai | Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

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. Dress hats for ladies are acceptable. As a courtesy to other diners, refrain from using cell phones and laptops in the dining room; all audio visual equipment are prohibited. 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.

5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd
Phoenix, AZ 85226
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Southwest, Global, International

Hours of Operation:
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Reservations are strongly recommended.

Cross Street:
I-10 and Wild Horse Pass Blvd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(602) 385-5777

Website:
http://www.wildhorsepassresort.com/

Executive Chef:
Ryan Swanson

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
KAI announces a private transportation service. The Journey Class premier chauffeur service offers personal driver services safely to and from KAI Restaurant. As a guest of KAI, we want you to experience that personal service from the moment your night begins all the way through to its conclusion, adding a personal touch that is unmatched in our industry. This program launch will coincide with the first wine dinner and begins April 5. The cost is $60 round-trip (35 mile one-way limit) and includes up to 4 passengers. Reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance and can be made by calling 602-385-5726 or sending reservation request information to JourneyClassTransportation@Kai.com.

Private Dining

The following options are available: Ge-Gusik Room: up to 36 people. Wine Room: up to 16 people. Limited menus are required for parties 8 and above.

Kai | Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass Ratings and Reviews

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97% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (23)
Good for a Date (21)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Scenic View (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Authentic (14)
Tasting Menu (13)
Cozy (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Seasonal (7)
Business Meals (5)
Fun (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Organic (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
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Bar Seating (1)
Live Music (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

Probably a little too "foody" and froufrou for our tastes but nonetheless very nice. The food was gorgeously presented and every bite was different. But I'm afraid we're probably a little more the Streak 44 kinda people. The display (sorry, no spoiler) after the meal was actually one of the highlights. Free valet service had the car ready to go when we left and the little gift in the car was a nice touch.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

The Kai is my favorite dining experience. From the hand painted water colors that grace the menu covers to the retelling of the Pima beliefs they represent- each moment feels like a gift graciously bestowed. I fully relax and emerge myself in the rituals from the sorbet to the steaming herbal aromatics.

The food never disappoints and Kevin is my favorite waiter.

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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Wow....
Impeccable service to pair with a culinary journey.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 10, 2018

OH my goodness! Fabulous experience. And yes, a culinary experience! We have dined around the world and I’m thinking Kai is my new favorite restaurant- in the world. We had the bison. Excellent food. Excellent service. And if you valet park, a special treat awaits. I could go on and on. Just go- experience Kai for yourself. Not inexpensive- but worth every dime!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 7, 2018

As usual it was a wonderful experience from the beginning to the end. The service is top notch. From the very beginning when they greet you and until the very end when you leave they treat you as if you’re the only one in the restaurant. The food is always amazing. The Buffalo tenderloin was the best I’ve ever had. Jackson was attentive to every detail. Although different people bring out your food each of them understand the symbolism and the reasoning for all of the ingredients

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Service was impeccable from start to finish. Highly recommended for a truly unique experience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

One of the best food experiences I have ever experienced!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The meal was a beautiful journey and the service was excellent.

The noxious perfume pumps in the lobby severely hampered the experience. I understand that they are managed by two different companies but given that there is no smoking in the lobby, I would think that a treaty could be made to honor those who are passing through on their way to a gastric experience.

The ambiance was okay-ish and left little impression. Which could be the point.

Regarding all the spiderwebs in the canned lights above us- we were trying to figure out if it was an intentional honoring of Grandmother-spider or if it was an oversight.

The occasional passing of natural herb incense was a delight.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

The most amazing dining experience of any fine restaurant we have ever been to! A must on your bucket list!! We came to Kai for an Anniversary dinner. From the minute we stepped out of our vehicle, it was like having a personal team of concierge service through the whole dinner! There are surprises, history, culture and we didn't even have to do anything. The attention to detail is amazing! With only 16 tables in the restaurant, the process of changing the tables for the next guest is even intriguing to watch; they iron a perfect, crisp, table cloth. A wine sommelier as well as a 3:1 ratio of servers to guests ensures every need is met. We tried three courses, a butternut squash soup, a lobster prepared three ways, with a main course of duck and Tribal Buffalo! Being a big steak fan and even eating at the world famous Peter Lugers in Brooklyn, the Tribal Buffalo is my favorite dish, period! Stop reading this post and go make a reservation.... it is worth every Benjamin! : )

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 3, 2018

a great place to have a dinner experience. They really take of you. It's a little expensive but you're there for the view, service and atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent arrangement and dinner. One of best restaurant in USA.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This place was above and beyond expectations. I have never had service at this level and it was a joy to watch how in sync this team of staff is as they share in serving the tables. I food is sourced locally and is out of this world good! I highly recommend them and hope to return many times!

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

We've heard of certain meals being life-changing, but this may be the only time we've experienced it. It's almost a religious experience. We got there as the sun was setting to experience the full beauty of the light over the mountains and in the beautiful dining room. The food was spectacular, visually as well as in taste and concept. Service was impeccable. They offered so many surprises and embellishments that the price almost seemed like a steal.

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This was a beautiful, visceral experience. We have never had a meal quite like this before. Such a thoughtful presentation. The staff was just present enough to anticipate our needs and both informed about the unique aspects of Kai and well- schooled in culinary arts. It was a magical evening and hard to describe. Go.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great experience. You get the sense they aspire for Michelin Stars. We had the Journey tasting menu and it did not disappoint
I had the wine pairings and found the overall selections were far to sweet for my taste
A major highlight was the musician playing flute and guitar in the adjoining bar space perfect volume and lovely sound
Highly recommend as a unique treat
Fair warning not easy to find with GPS/Uber

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 10, 2017

It was AMAZING! What a place for a special occasion. Service was impeccable, food wonderful and relaxing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

By far the best culinary experience I’ve had. I’ve eaten all over the world and this was in my top three experiences. The staff was knowledgeable. The food was cunning and flavorful and beyond original. The wines were ridiculous. I love everything about this place and the hefty price tag aside it’s worth the money and I’m going back. Amazing. Couldn’t be happier.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Live Music, Romantic, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Organic, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Return visit to experience the food and service provided by this unique restaurant. Food options are interesting and all exceptionally prepared and presented. Service is detailed and extensive which makes for a lengthy evening, but allows for some needed spacing between courses to gather yourself and appreciate you are not being rushed for another seating. Seasonal pumpkin/gourd soup was a nice start. Grouper cheeks were presented with some spicy seasoning and accompaniments to continue the meal. Fresh "hebi"(short billed spearfish) was a nice change of pace from typical seafood options and was enjoyed by more than one at the table. Cheese selections for dessert were a pleasant ending to a wonderful meal. There are only a handful of locations around town that provide this level of thoughtful food and service. Kai becomes differentiated by incorporating native and traditional ingredients into the process. With a price point at the top of the scale it becomes a place for occasional celebrations and not a typical night out, but well worth it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

We travel quite regularly and have been in some fine dining restaurants from New York City to Maui and a friend of ours recommended KAI for our anniversary. It was all that he said and more. The food was customized to dietary needs and was from local sources. The food was OUTSTANDING and the meal was like a travel log learning about local native american cuisine. The atmosphere was ideal and the wait staff was a fine tuned machine of service to the patrons.
We were delightfully surprised with the arrival of every course. Wonderful experience. We will go back. The total experience was capped off when we got back to our car from the valet. Our vehicle had two quality bottles of water, a small desert in a gift box and a nice note thanking us for dining with them from our waiter. They really know how to treat diners.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Excellent service and food and the Chef was great accommodating our Vegan with a call ahead.

Tags: Vegan, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 26, 2017

As always an outstanding evening at Kai. Jeremy, chef and staff are all awesome!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Kai never disappoints! My brother and I love dining there and we are always welcomed with smiles and great service!!! The bartenders are the best. They go out of their way to find you the perfect drink you crave and the food is fantastic! Our waiter , Kevin , is outstanding ! All of the service staff is outstanding ! Because at Kai, you don’t just get one service you get a bunch who are so knowledgeable and friendly. Can’t wait to go back!!!

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We're out-of-towners - from Show Low, Arizona - but we've wanted to visit Kai since we first read about it 4-5 years ago. We thought perhaps the change in food critics from the Arizona Republic from a traditionalist - Howard Seftel - to a "millennial" - Dominic Armato - might alter the review level, but when both gentlemen raved, it only reinforced our decision to try it.
Our experience was, in two words, beyond memorable! The food was delectable; the service was superb; the setting was delightful. The entire experience was a cut above anything else we've ever experienced! Where else do you get a hand-written note from your serving crew thanking you for your visit delivered to your vehicle when you retrieve it? Admittedly, it was our first experience with AAA 5-star dining, but it's hard to imagine anything topping this experience.
If there was any downside, it was that it was at times, I had difficulty hearing our wait staff explaining the details of the following course, but then again, I wear hearing aids, so it might have been that, in the emotion of the moment. I should have adjusted them , and didn't!
We'll be back!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent service as usual, creative food and interesting comments from the waiter about Native American culture and customs. Always appreciate the personal note & special gift in the car after dinner.

Class act!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Healthy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Excellent! I have eaten here multiple times and the service is superb with attention to detail surpassing any restaurant I have been to. The food is amazing and the staff personable.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Perfect food. Perfect service. One of my favourite places anywhere. Fellow Canadian snowbirds this is a special place you do not want to miss.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 19, 2017

My wife and I have been coming here for our Anniversary for the past 6 years. The food is amazing, the staff is fantastic, and you will find no finer restaurant for your special occasions.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Absolutely incredible. I’ve dined at Auberge du Soleil in Napa Area CA and this was on par with that. What a wonderful dining experience. Great for special occasions!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 18, 2017

My twin sister and I came here to celebrate our 50th birthday. We had the most wonderful evening! From the moment we were greeted till we got in our car after dinner, the was service spectacular! The restaurant is very welcoming and comfortable. It is filled with Native American original art. We ordered the short story tasting menu with wine pairings. This was an almost 3 hour journey in beautiful, artfully presented food that is unique in every way. WOW! We were served the most delicious food, seriously! The wine pairings were thoughtful and matched each dish perfectly. I realize I've used many exclamation points, but please know, they were all earned for a most memorable evening celebrating a momentous birthday.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 16, 2017

I have no words to describe this place and do it justice. Forget that I’m a celiac. I have never..... I mean ever, had a meal that looked and tasted as wonderful! I travel everywhere in the US and all over the world. I put this place top 3. We are talking NYC, Vegas, Miami, LA, London, France, Japan... etc!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Superb dining experience that was surprisingly reasonably priced.
Excellent flavoring and local influences with great presentation.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Excellent as always. The staff is so professional and at the same time very friendly and
cater to your every need. The food is always fabulous!

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Kai. Celebrating something or someone special ? THIS IS THE PLACE. Reasonable prices with the highest level of service you will ever encounter. Real and not pretentious. AAA.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 10, 2017

INCREDIBLE! The food is an incredible experience. The service top notch. We’ll be talking about this meal for some time to come!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We have been here 3 times, and I can’t wait to come back. Great food, service, and atmosphere. We have been to all the best places in Ny city. Me and my wife , have become like food critics over the years lol. And this place does live up to its reputation.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

Incredible food and service. Perfect experience for our anniversary!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Best customer service experience I’ve ever had in my life! Truly a magical experience and the food was incredible!!

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Feliciano, our server, made my husband's birthday dinner a very special experience. Thank you. His attention to detail and desire to please was outstanding. The entire night was perfect!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Outstanding service! I have told at least five other people this week about the excellent service and food. The staff at Kai completely understand how to provide guests with an unbelievable dining experience. This is one of the best restaurants I've gone to in Phoenix!

Tags: Cozy, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Kai had been on my ‘to do’ list for ages. The only disappointment is that I didn’t go sooner. My dinner companions and I were so pleased with the entire experience. The personalized service was exceptional. I am looking forward to our next visit to Kai.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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