About Palo Verde at The Boulders Resort

The stylish southwestern Palo Verde restaurant at the Boulders Resort is a popular stop that isn’t just for resort guests, but for local residents and visitors alike. Comfortably casual with warm décor in colors inspired by the desert setting and breathtaking views of the resort’s 6th fairway, the legendary south golf course, with scenic duck pond and dramatic rock landscape.

34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive
Carefree, AZ 85377
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southwest, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 7:00am - 11:00am daily
Dinner: Wednesday-Sunday 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Carefree Highway and Scottsdale Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

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

Phone Number:
(480) 488-9009 ext. 1105

Website:
http://www.theboulders.com/dining

Catering:
Please contact the Restaurant Manager for large group bookings at (480) 595-4637.

Parking Details:
Both self parking and complimentary Valet parking for all guests is available at the front circle of the resort.

Executive Chef:
Brian Archibald

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Palo Verde at The Boulders Resort Ratings and Reviews

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4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

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3.3

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (160)
Special Occasion (147)
Scenic View (143)
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Fit for Foodies (101)
Romantic (96)
Neighborhood Gem (70)
Great for Brunch (47)
Great for Lunch (42)
Good for Groups (40)
Notable Wine List (36)
Kid-friendly (12)
Good for a Date (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Good for Anniversaries (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Business Meals (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Waterfront (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Authentic (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Casual (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Comfort Food (1)
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 3, 2017

Not good. Sorry. Dried out halibut. Inattentive waitstaff. The only thing that made it palatable was my gorgeous dinner date.

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 (Portland)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Enjoyed the dinner. The patio was very nice. Food was good and menu not very extensive but a good variety.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 2, 2017

I have the highest regard for the Boulders resort.The restaurant had been remodeled as palo verde is now the "high" end restaurant at the resort.We went on a Sunday night. The service was ok, but extrodinarily slow. The food was mediocre at best. I would recommend eating over at the golf course or in the spa. I hope our experience was just an off night,but we probably won't return unless we hear of a turn around. Too bad....

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 1, 2017

The food was very good, so nicely presented. Just that the music was too loud for talking.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2017

Party of two. Started with drinks and tomato appetizer and a salad which was delicious. Main course. One of us ordered two wash ranch chicken and other luna pasta. We were really hungry when we sat down. The chicken was so salty parts of it were impossible to eat. The luna pasta presentation was great but it had no flavor. It was if it was missing an ingredient. We picked at it because we thought it would take too long to get another entree going. Very disappointed especially with all the hype. We travel a lot with it being a resort menu it could use two or three more options on menu.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 13, 2017

food was good, comfortable place to eat, friendly service, would go there again

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 7, 2017

We were guests at the resort. Two couples for dinner. The reviews were quite accurately ...meh!. Pretty empty despite being peak of season, the lighting was harsh, tables were wobbly, food was certainly not special. If it was warm enough for outside seating the experience would probably seem better. Management really should decide if it is just a breakfast/lunch spot, or hire a consultant to tell how to create a dinner venue worthy of the rest of the resort.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Without my member discount and a complimentary birthday entry this would have been a totally unsatisfactory experience for quality given the price. 3 of 4 entries were passable but nothing special, 4th (short ribs) tasted like a dry pot roast.
Way too many really outstanding restaurants in the surrounding area to choose from that are quite memorable and make one want to come back to think about coming back to this one and are far superior in terms of quality.
The surroundings of the private wine room was the only thing that saved the evening.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We dined on a Saturday evening with another couple. The service was very good, the food was excellent (but it did take a while for it to be served). The acoustics of the room make it louder than an average restaurant. Still, an excellent dining choice!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Food was good. A little pricey. Please turn down the lights for dinner. Much too bright.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Our dinner at the Palo Verde in the Boulders Resort was outstanding. We made reservations for 6:00 PM that had to be adjusted to 6:30 PM with no issues or problems. My wife and I arrived an were immediately seated by the manager and greeted by our waiter. The wine recommendation by the staff was outstanding and went well with the appetizers and entrees that we both ordered. We had the White Asparagus Soup and Wheat Berry Salad, followed by Lamb ribs marinated in an east indian spice rub and finished with honey. My wife ordered their baked chicken and I had the halibut which was well portioned and very juicy. The staff routinely checked in on us during dinner and the chef came out after dinner to check on our meals and overall satisfaction. Desert was a chocolate ball covered in a hot fudge which was great finish to a wonderful meal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 12, 2016

The restaurant was lovely. Service was excellent. Food was good. The halibut dish was tasty but fish was a bit dry.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Would not recommend! There were 4 of us and each couple ordered the octopus appetizer. It was very chewy and bland. We voice our dissatisfaction with the server but got no response or apology from the kitchen. I had the short ribs. The portion was about 4 oz and at least 2oz was just fat and inedible. There was nothing served with the dish at all, no even a garnish. One person in our party had the Halibut and that was fine. Another had the filet and said it was "acceptable". The most irritating thing was that, even though we were only a party of 4, a 20% service charge was automatically added to our bill. This was listed specifically as a service charge, not a tip. The bill stated that the tip was specifically NOT included. If we had tipped in addition to the service charge that would have been a 40% up charge, which is absolutely ridiculous at any restaurant.
A for the server, she was pleasant however, the service was extremely slow.
We dine out at fine dining establishments regularly and this is one place that I would absolutely never return to.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 29, 2016

Disappointed with amount of timing of our meal. We'd dined here before, knew what we wanted so ordering went quickly. Unfortunately this was followed rapid fire pace with amuse bouche, wine and appetizer, then waited forty minutes from appetizer to entrée. Our complaint was not met with satisfaction by an amateurish manager and gratuity was included on our bill to ensure a tip. We won't be back.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 20, 2016

I was a little disappointed with this restaurant given its price point. To start with, we were seated and were not approached by a server for 10-15 minutes. Someone (maybe a manager) told us someone would be right with us which did not really prove to be correct. Finally our server came to take a drink order. Then a second server came up and tried to take a drink order. It is not a huge deal but when you are spending 200$ on dinner for two, the service should be a little more refined. Once we were actually served, the service was better and timely.

My complaint about the ambiance is really the lighting. It is very bright in the main dining room. It detracts from what could be a romantic setting. All in all, our experience was not bad here. The food was good and our server was perfectly friendly and efficient once we were in fact served. But I would expect a little higher quality overall from a restaurant of this caliber.

Service and ambiance aside, the food was great, including breakfast which we had the next day.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 8, 2016

Overpriced and underserviced resort restaurant. Waiter inadequately trained, hostess looked like she had just walked in from a casual walk. Way over-priced wine list--try4-5 x retail, and halibut was overcooked. Other than these things place was OK!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on July 29, 2016

We enjoyed breakfast on the patio. It was a wonderful, serene setting with a beautifully set table, great food and exceptional service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 25, 2016

Food and service were amazing!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 13, 2016

Our waiter and host Vicki and Andrew were excellent. They were very friendly and accommodating. Made our dinner delightful.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 15, 2016

Would have been perfect except another diner was talking to someone on the phone using her speakerphone. It was disconcerting and rude. The staff did not address it with her.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 9, 2016

what a change with the new ownership its improved but not radically changed. Excellent food and ambiance

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 6, 2016

There were very few foods to pick from sizes were minute the soup gone the entrée was small

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 12, 2016

We had cocktails prior to dinner in the new bar area...then sat outside for dinner. The meal was fabulous....and we are members.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 9, 2016

Very disappointed. I have not eaten here in some time. I understand we are approaching the off season but the limited number of entrees is ridiculous. THey offered no greens with entree and I specifically told them I did not want my strip steak precut. Came out cut up. It was cold. I told them to warm it. Still cold. Bread served late even though requested. Soup served but spoon. Had to request.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 9, 2016

Great experience. The staff is very friendly, polite and always ready to do a little more to make the guest happy.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 3, 2016

Excellent meal coupled with excellent service in a beautiful setting- could not have asked for more. Kudos to the chef for superb meals!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on April 24, 2016

The best lamb ribs ever!
Service was great, food was great, atmosphere was great.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 19, 2016

food was very average for the price. Unimaginative! Abundant amounts of salt should not be a substitute for fine spices. My scallops were overcooked and dry.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 5, 2016

Took a friend who had never enjoyed the lovely setting of this long time resort nestled among the boulders at Carefree. Sat on the patio overlooking a grassy area and pond. The waitress and hostess could not have been more welcoming and gracious. We both had the Southwest Chopped salad that had roasted corn, avocado, tomatoes, and other yummies with an interesting dressing to cause us to say hmmmmmm, this is really good. It is a seasonal thing to enjoy lunch at the Palo Verde restaurant because they stop around June. The great thing about living here is to enjoy what I call the mini vacation you can experience for a couple of hours at these casual luxury resorts. So glad to share this again....it had been a while. A real treat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on April 2, 2016

We were very cold in the dining-room and had to eventually ask that both doors be closed. The ambiance was rather cold as well. The 4 of us have lived in Europe for many years and have eaten in some very fine Swiss and French restaurants. I personally enjoyed my meal - have nothing negative to say about it, however, from what I understand, our friend, who picked up the tab would give it a 6.5 out of 10 based on price performance.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on March 23, 2016

Food was just ok...service was very slow.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 19, 2016

The ambiance and service were disappointing. For a Saturday night, the restaurant in general and the outdoor patio in particular were very quiet and lacking in any kind of atmosphere. Our server seemed nervous and brought us the wrong bill, after which we did not see her for about 15 minutes so we had to wait to get the bill corrected. On the positive side, I would recommend this restaurant based on quality of food (which was very good) and location (if you are staying at the Boulders).

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 19, 2016

We were greatly anticipating a lovely dinner after a long day of travel. We read the write up online and perhaps our expectations were too high based in the eloquent descriptions.
We found it to be rather 'flat' in terms of food and ambiance. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic, but seemed harried in a rather empty looking restaurant. Perhaps her tables weren't strategically organized. Nonetheless, we enjoyed our dinner, but wouldn't recommend or return. There are too many choices in the surrounding towns. My assessment: captive audience equals the ability to be able to sustain a good but not great dining experience.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 13, 2016

Went for a birthday brunch on a Sunday with reservations. Got seated immediately on the patio but no server(the server assigned had not been told we had arrived by the hostess). When we asked the hostess about a server she immediately apologized and we were then served immediately. Our server was helpful and knowledgeable. the food was delicious the ambience very nice and the view outstanding. There was some residual carryover noise from some spring breakers at the pool but not enough to annoy. In all would highly recommend againd.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on March 10, 2016

The only thing that was tasty was the bread and spreads that came with it. The menu is very limited so I ordered the special, tuna. Our waitress made no mention of the price of the special which absolutely shocked us when we received the bill - $80.
The way the space is shaped, sound really travels, so you could hear every word the servers said even if they were on the opposite side of the restaurant. We really liked the resort itself, but there were no quality dining options. Of the three restaurants, Palo Verde is the worst.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 5, 2016

Went to the Boulders expecting fabulous food and fabulous atmosphere. The food was good although my husband hated the soup. My disappointment was that it was so un festive. We sat while it was still light and enjoyed the scenic vista, but when it became dark, there were no lights in the distance, no music, just sitting on the quiet patio. Inside was a cavernous room that was loud and resplendent with echoes. The decor --there was none. Glad we sat on the patio. As they say, nothing to write home about. The waiter was terrific and very helpful to us with the menu.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 3, 2016

The resort appeared empty and the restaurant and lounge was dead. For peak season it looks like the Boulders is struggling. The menu and food was average which is disappointing given the Boulders past reputation.

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 (Omaha)·Dined on February 23, 2016

The food was excellent! Wait staff awesome. Great evening!

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 (Naples)·Dined on February 19, 2016

While we understand that the resort is evolving certainly based on our recent experience this can not be the standard that they want to achieve. The noise level even though the dining room was less then half full was deafening. The room stark and with zero ambience. The service was slow we waited over 15 minutes for a drink. The food was ok at best but the portion size for the price paid was unacceptable. We are not by any means an isolated case as we observed other people being unhappy with their experience, from walking out, to sending food back. Our server dropped our check on the table with out ever asking if we wanted dessert or coffee. The management has alot of work to do here should they ever want any return business at this hotel restaurant. There are so many better options close by to the hotel.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 13, 2016

The restaurant is situated in a very lovely area ... very scenic on the outdoor patio. We were seated inside, which is a very small room. The dining area was almost rotunda-like, so sound traveled/echoed. What we thought would be a more quiet evening of dinner, wasn't so much. I think if we had been seated outside, it would have been a bit more what we were expecting. The food was great, and presented beautifully. We would definitely return, but probably request outdoor seating.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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