La Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

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LA HACIENDA | by Richard Sandoval located at the AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale resort. Modern Mexican Cuisine: A culinary philosophy of "old ways with new hands." Authentic Mexican ingredients and contemporary cooking techniques in a modern and casual setting. Artisan tequila tastings featured nightly with recommendations from our Tequila Goddess. Signature items include gaucamole prepared tableside, braised beef short rib enchiladas, pan roasted chicken breast with traditional Mole, flaming coffees and much more! We look forward to seeing you. SALUD!
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Cleveland
8 reviews
Dined 14 hours ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

This is listed as an “upscale “ Mexican restaurant. The food is good but not great as compared to other Mexican restaurants and the prices are way too high. There are so many great Mexican/Latin restaurants in the valley at a much more reasonable price point that I cannot recommend La Hacienda. If you do decide to go don’t show up even 5 minutes early as you will have to wait even if tables are open.

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Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table side gauc, Martinis, Margaritas and exquisite entree choices..... top notch experience!!! (We go every year when in town for Arabian Horse Show).

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LA
Atlantic Canada
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is very good! Flaming Coffees are a must!

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JO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Was a little louder than I remember, but it was February, a busy time of year so we had to be seated inside. Ambiance overall is very inviting. They were well-equipped for the cold with heaters but it was pretty chilly anyway. Service -- from the hostesses to the server, Will -- was friendly, attentive and efficient. Food and wine were also superb and not outrageously priced.

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HC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very tasty food and heat lamps worked well on February for sitting outside

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Amazing food and ambience as always. Pretty busy Saturday night, so service was definitely slow. Other than that, an amazing experience in North Scottsdale and a favorite of ours.

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SM
Seattle
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Could be a really good place on any other night. My wife and I had cold steak on our fajitas. Our friends had cold chicken on theirs. We asked for an adjustment to our "fajita fixings" and they forgot. I would certainly read other reviews because we see how this place could be really good.

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Phoenix
42 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent- food, service, experience. The experience was elevated by the Tequila Goddess who engaged us with her depth of knowledge, delightful personality, and perfect recommendations. She is a treasure!

This was our first time back since the renovation, and the restaurant was beautiful. They kept rustic architectural elements, and partnered them with modern elegance. The result was warm and welcoming.

Can’t wait to return!

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WV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

I had not been back to the la Hacienda since 1995 because we lived in CT. I recently moved to Scottsdale so I looked forward to coming back to what was a great restaurant We made reservations way in advance but somehow they were changed to a later time. We were fine with that and got there at 8pm as per our reservation We had to wait 20 minutes at a very crowded bar for our table. The hostess was exceptionally kind in trying to get us a table. When we arrived at our table it was very close to the front door and loud. We were ok with that and ordered. Our drinks and appetizers were fine and served in a reasonable time We ordered a chicken fajita for my wife. I asked if I could get a chicken and a pork enchilada The menu offered three chicken enchiladas for 26 or three pork enchiladas for 28. The waiter said of course you can do that. Our dinners arrived and they were very good but not great. We were tired and it was so loud that we were just wanting a check. The check came and I noticed that it seemed a little high for what we ordered but didn't pay too much attention. I got home and looked at the bill and saw that they charged me $40.00 for the enchiladas One pork and two chicken enchilada which should have been between $26 and $28 cost me $40.00. There was a charge of $3.00 for some kind of pepper that we never ordered or received. I called the restaurant when I got home and was told that it must have been a mistake. I am totally understanding about making mistakes but it was something that they should have caught I would not have heard from them if I had not called. So overall I would not recommend this restaurant to any one. I had been to the Mastros Ocean Club last Saturday and had the most enjoyable experience. But I have been going to Mastros for over 18 years in Beverly Hills and New York. Sorry to have to make a bad report but this was not a great experience. Walter Valentine

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DV
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service were beyond expectations! Well done, LH! Made for a fantastic Valentines/Birthday celebration with the family. Gave ambiance a mediocre rating only because they had apparently renovated the restaurant and now it looks more modern/trendy as opposed to the former hacienda atmosphere. (No, I wasn’t expecting a Mariachi band roaming the tables playing music)

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was overpriced for what it was

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

Lively atmosphere, intriguing drinks being made nearby with flames and cinnamon! Great guacamole and signature margaritas.

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SM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed every bite! Felt the drinks were a bit small for specialty margaritas, but what was in the glass was delicious. Cannot wait to go back as we really enjoyed the meal...and the staff of the entire Princess was incredible.

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Indiana
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got engaged! It was incredible!

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MO
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite restaurants. It never disappoints. I took a couple friends here for the first time and they also loved it. Whether I am staying at the Princess or somewhere else when in AZ I always try to eat here. I would recommend certain plates but they are all good.

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RI
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and a must go when in Scottsdale! Loved the expertise on tequila!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience for a special birthday dinner! The food, the ambiance and the birthday dessert were all just perfect!

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TM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb love everything about La Hacienda

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Houston
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was the best Mexican food I’ve ever had and being from Texas, I’ve had a LOT!! The guacamole’s were phenomenal, as was the queso fundida!

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Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

At the top of our list for restaurants in Scottsdale area.

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TG
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great balance of service and ambience but expensive

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DB
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious food and lovely servers!!!! We come here every time we are in Scottsdale.

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DB
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and drinks and terrific servers, we loved it so much we went 2 nights in a row.

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DD
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We selected two different (Hacienda Carnitas and a beef dish) entrees from the specialties selections. They were out of this world delicious. Heated outdoor patio is dog friendly which is a great plus.

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CH
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful date night at La Hacienda! This time we started with the guac trio and margaritas. The tequila goddess Katie recommended some wonderful tequilas and mescal flights. She even looked up where we could purchase the ones we liked and printed it out for us! Great service and wonderful food and beverage! Looking forward to coming back again soon!

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SS
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG! The carnitas enchiladas are SICK! The best mole I have ever had. The steak tacos were equally amazing. Literally a thin cut steak on each and crazy tender.

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M
Denver
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best Mexican food I’ve ever had!!
Great food, service and ambiance!
Can’t wait to go back!!

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RR
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great! Food, service, tequila, and ambiance!! Nice job on the remodel :-). It did get a little loud as a large party came in and sat near us. Regardless of this, it was one of favorite restaurants in Scottsdale for southwest feel.

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New England
56 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Decent food, but quite pricey.

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t
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite restaurant!

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DJ
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The server took our drink order and failed to mention you were put of lobster tacos. Two of us were going to order those. I think he forgot about us. We usually visit your restaurant when we are in town and this time we were disappointed.

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k
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing dinner and drinks with the family!

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D
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

wonderful ambience, great table top guacamole, but I would not have ordered it if I knew I was getting it with my dinner...maybe would have tried a different app! Drinks were fabulous!! Great service!!!

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TJ
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is consistently great, cocktails are always good too.

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TM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We love this place but service was soooo spotty. And we are really tolerant because we understand and it was just our waiter..we had to get up and ask for almost everything..then a great busser started noticing and she started taking care of us. However do not let that deter you at all! This place is amazing and everyone was great except for server and one server should not affect your decision to go..go!

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B
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We were very excited for our reservation, unfortunately we were seated in a section surrounded by large groups with children and found that it took away from the evening my husband and I were trying to have. We ordered an appetizer and margarita as, the food came out quicker than the drinks and our dinner quickly followed. We had finished dinner before we even finished our drinks and were in and out of the restaurant within 50 minutes. We likely would have enjoyed more time with another round of drinks had we enjoyed the atmosphere a bit more.
I understand it was a very busy time of year and maybe we should have asked to move tables, it’s just too bad that we were looking forward to a romantic dinner and this was anything but that.

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Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We sat outside in the cold with the heaters. It was so much fun! Very festive for the holidays. Food was great.

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AC
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the remodeled look and same wonderful food!

Our server was fantastic! Great tequila and mescal menu.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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JL
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

La hacienda is good only menu item I’ve had and didn’t like was the chicken fajitas the chicken breast was dry and tough my mom ordered that and didn’t eat it I tried it and agreed. But they have great enchiladas guacamole and squash empanadas. I was impressed with the decor and management. Truly a great experience I’d recommended and I’ll be back. Also the churros are amazing

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