Palo Verde at The Boulders Resort

4.2
237 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
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.
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDAVIDK
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Palo Verde is right on the cusp of a five star dining venue. A gentle nudge is all they need.

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vipWWC78
Charlotte
70 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I spent 6 days at the resort. We dined at Palo Verde several times while there. We can say without condition that the food is some of the best we’ve ever had. An the service was impeccable. Staff are so polite, attentive, and professional. Last night Ismir was our server. He was absolutely fantastic. Ivan was one of our servers on two occasions and he was so polite. Deanna served us one night. She could not have been more friendly yet courteous.

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DavidW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy it here. It is quiet, with beautiful views. And the food is always excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deanna our server was the best! Very personable and fun yet efficient. Beautiful out on the patio!

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JanB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. The scenery is stunning. The food is inventive and tasty. Erika, our server, was fabulous!

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lulu
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chase and Ivan were wonderful as was the food. Appreciate that the tables aren't on top of each other, but feel a bit of greenery could have softened conversational noise between tables.

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vipMontgomerygal
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We have stayed at the Boulders several times and had notified in person two days prior that we were coming for a special birthday in our group and was assured that something would be done. I even confirmed it again in person a day before. Unfortunately towards the end of the dinner, it was obvious that my request had been forgotten- there was such an awkward situation where the waitress had to ask us about what we had requested, ruining the entire surprise/birthday celebration- we waited probably ten or more minutes for them then to bring something out- which was so after the fact and while it was a nice dessert tray- we were charged for it- no one ever asked for after dinner drinks or coffee- such a disappointment-

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LeeL
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The restaurant was practically empty but service was excruciatingly slow and not very expert. The beet salad was good but the duck breast was mediocre at best. I will not go again.

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Archie1
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Meal took over 2 hours. Dinner was delayed and steak was cold. Waiter dropped wine glass On the table and the wine and broken pieces fell all over my husbands lap and jacket. Brought check full bill and charged 20% gratuity for just my husband and I. When we complained about service, cost to dry clean his jacket, and poor food quality waiter just took off the cold steak and said the broken glass was “just” an accident - not truly sorry. Would not recommend

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JackG
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at the Palo Verde restaurant was nothing short of incredible. The chef's cooking and presentation was perfect and our waitress, Deanna, made this evening one to remember. Beautiful setting, quiet for such a large room, everything delivered to our table in a timely manner. If you can, you should book an evening dinner at the Palo Verde and you will not be disappointed.
Jack and Deanna Goodrich

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience celebrating Valentine's early with my wife. The chef was very accommodating to her gluten allergy and the food was amazing! Ismir took great care of us - we loved his professionalism. We will be returning sometime soon!

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vipMarisa
Columbus
19 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing restaurant that we ate at multiple times and loved every time. Breakfast and dinners are amazing. Would definitely return!

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DavidW
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great, service was spot on, and the entire evening was terrific! We really enjoy this restaurant.

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LindaD
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Average food. Very helpful service. Sat us at a table just off the kitchen entry. (We had a reservation and we were very well dressed) Steak had no flavor. Scallops were good, white truffle flatbread was very good. If we stay there again, we will just visit a local restaurant.

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vipEbirdie
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We went for a Christmas Eve celebration and ordered from the prix-fixe menu. Our server looked and acted bored and disappeared sporadically. We understand that this was nobody's favorite shift and took it in stride. The ambiance--there isn't any and has not been for years. A very high ceiling, bare walls, tables placed without thought with random foot traffic all over. Our food was cold. It was sent back and delivered cold again. The manager denied that it had been precooked, chilled and then reheated, though the water, inadvertently, confirmed that. The kitchen needs to learn how to use its microwave. Do not go for a romantic occasion. You will be disappointed. Eat there if you have to and expect to pay a hefty price.

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Gerald
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks so much for the quiet dinner. Too many restaurants are crazy noisy! The food was excellent as well.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Our experience was dampened by children running around and screaming in the restaurant. The majority of tables occupied were by one or two couples trying to enjoy a rather expensive night out. The parents chose not to control the situation, rather ignore it. The young staff just shrugged their shoulders. The receptionist smiled and apologized. There seemed to not be anyone willing to confront the parents available. One table lamp was thrown on the floor by a young child and scattered in pieces. The food was okay.
We will not return.

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vipRick
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There were only two tables in the whole place and it took 2-1/2 hours to serve us. Some food was very bad (short ribs) the rest was very pedestrian. We won’t be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely relaxing and enjoyable Breakfast on the outside patio.

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RodH
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the restaurant to ourselves as we were the only 2 dining at the time. Our server was excellent and knowledgeable on the menu and spot on with his recommendations. Had the short ribs and the steak and they were cooked to perfection and elegantly displayed on the plate. The desert we had recommended was the coconut cheesecake and it was amazing and to top it off was a chocolate Martini. I highly recommend this place

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AndreT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our breakfast. Everybody enjoyed their food, the view was nice abd the day was gorgeous. Only complaint I have is that there was a landscaper using a leaf blower nearby and the noise was distracting for about 15 minutes.

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vipmike
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to Palo Verde and had a fantastic breakfast with great service. It was a nice day and we sat outside, gorgeous views.

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PERFECTION
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect—Eleanor was very attentive without interrupting conversation, food was fresh and delicious, ambiance was beautiful! I love that this place is tucked away and exactly was is to be loved about Arizona!

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vipElissaZ
Las Vegas
39 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

In from out of town, we always stay at the resort when we are in town. First time for the restaurant, lack of wait staff and very slow service. And the place was practically empty. Food was so so but the bartender at the lobby bar was awesome and her drinks were fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great patio dining.... perfect weather

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It could be extremely enjoyable if there was a little more effort put into the patio decor including adding some heaters. Food is good but menu lacks imagination. The surroundings are to beautiful to not make the most of it. Service was good.

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vipBreck
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Unfortunately one of the worst experiences my wife and I have had in well over a decade. The main dining room lighting is so bright we asked to move to the bar area for more evening atmosphere. The wait staff finally took our drink order and we waited at least another 30 minutes for our food order. We finished our entire bottle of wine with no sign of any wait staff or food. We flagged down the wait staff to tell them to bring our check for the wine because we were witted for over 90 minutes and it was time to go home. They requested another 5 minutes of our time which turned into 10 minutes and sent us home with our food order. They did comp the food but sent us home with no silverware, plates or napkins. I understand this restaurant is under new management and unfortunately they have a long way to go to reach The Boulders Resort Level.

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vipJeffN
Charlotte
61 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Very disappointed with our experience at Palo Verde. The Boulders Resort is beautiful and the service is top notch which makes our experience that much more disappointing. The restaurant has the ambience of a cafeteria, very bright lights, and the service is average at best. Our meal was pretty good but not what you’d expect from a 4-5 star resort. The icing on the cake was not recognizing my wife’s birthday even though it was noted when we made the reservation and upon confirmation. To make things even worse when I requested a candle for my wife’s dessert they had to scramble to find one and once they did determined no one had a match or lighter to light the candle. Unfortunately management did little to recognize this epic fail, so even more of a disappointment. There are other very good dining options in the area so until The Boulders decides to invest in a restaurant that is on par with the resort, I’d recommend going elsewhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
4 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

If I could rated it less than one star I would have. The cocktails took 35 minutes to get to the table, and then the “filthy”martini had to be sent back bc it had zero dirty martini mix in it.
The waiter was pleasant enough, however he was about as un-solicitous as possible. The food came out after another extraordinarily long time, and everyone’s was luke warm. I had the pork, which was presented nicely, but was nothing but a chunk of fat in gravy! To top everything off, I got sick when I got home.
We live in Scottsdale, and. I can tell you, no one in my party will ever return. The best part of the meal was the bread!

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KirkS
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The restaurant was not busy, our reservations were at 7:15. Already out of some of the food we tried to order, drinks incorrect and the service was extremely slow. Drink order took 15-20 minutes for two drinks to be delivered.

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vipJohnJ
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The service was great. The seating on the patio was quiet and scenic. The scallops were very good as was the meatloaf entree. The side dish accompanying the scallops was not appetizing at all. I could not identify it nor could I eat it. I would have been happy with a few spears of asparagus or green beans. There seemed to be an attempt by the chef to get exotic. No need for that.

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vipTjcole
Phoenix
45 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

This place has gone down hill significantly during the past few years and I’m not sure why. Find somewhere else to eat.

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vipdeborah
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal at Palo Verde. Service was impeccable, food was delicious and they accommodated my vegan diet.

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ChrisM
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Thanksgiving dinner was delightful! Food is great, service is hit or miss.

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vipaandk
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Blake was awesome and the food good. Thanksgiving Dinner was great. Other two meals very good.

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vipMaureenV
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Dinner.

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MsTerryS
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friend and I ate here on Thanksgiving 2018. We were originally going to be seated inside in an awful spot, but asked to be seated outside, and got a very nice spot (not by the edge near the greens--those had to be reserved) where we could still see the greenery with a table that accommodated lots of food. Which was good since the food was served "family style." The food, though, arrived cold and we had to ask that it be warmed up. They brought us new plates and new portions of food. The food was traditional and very tasty. The service, though, was great! The wait staff obviously wanted to provide the best service possible; they were interested, attentive and accommodating of every request! It wasn't cheap and there was a 20% mandatory gratuity--but we felt our wait staff earned it! We recommend Palo Verde at the Boulders whole-heartedly!

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szawind33
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Thanksgiving

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luvtodineout
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Palo Verde restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner. The food was excellent, beautiful presentation,
nice views, waiter very polite and accommodating and overall a very nice restaurant and a pleasant experience. We are going back for our anniversary in December.

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vipRobertD
London
25 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience1

I have been visiting the Boulders and dining in Palo Verde for almost 20 years, and it pains me to be critical of a place that my family and I have loved for years. It was formerly an upscale-casual restaurant with a significant southwestern flair expressed in both cuisine (remembering the amazing green chile cornbread for bread service) and unique decor (one felt as if one were dining in the middle of the Sonoran desert), and it boasted an impressive wine list from a cellar shared with the more formal Latilla. All of that is gone. The physical space post-renovation is sterile, cold, and uninviting. The architects of the renovation completely missed the mark in terms of connection with the surrounding desert. The wine list is disappointing (wines of average quality but really lacking - as in absent - for premium selections). The servers were young and enthusiastic, but displayed inconsistent knowledge of menu items. The food was the best part of the experience, but it was not something out of the ordinary. I left feeling sad and thinking about how special it had once been.

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Palo Verde at The Boulders Resort is rated 4.2 stars by 237 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.