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

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4.2

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4.1

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3.3

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Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (161)
Special Occasion (147)
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Romantic (96)
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Good for Groups (40)
Notable Wine List (36)
Kid-friendly (12)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Hot Spot (6)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 23, 2014

I was extremely pleased with this resort gem. I will most definitely make a return visit.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 23, 2014

We've eaten there many times for breakfast, but thought we'd try Palo Verde for dinner during Restaurant Week. We were able to get a lovely table on the patio. Service was excellent, and the food was amazing. We'd heard that there was a talented new chef at the restaurant, and the food lived up to the glowing comments we had heard. We will definitely be back for dinner again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 22, 2014

First timers and what an experience. Very bold, flavorful southwestern cuisine. Not spicy but definitely bursting with flavor. Tried the restaurant week menu items and was not disappointed. Tasteful decor, comfortable seating and top notch service. We had Brian who was very knowledgeable, personable and attentive without being intrusive in the least. Our glasses were always topped off and empty plates cleared very expeditiously without making us feel rushed by the other very pleasant, efficient staff. We are definitely looking forward to going back and sitting on the beautiful patio overlooking the scenic expanse of lush greens and water. Unfortunately, due to a private party that area was not available.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 18, 2014

David, our waiter, was FANTASTIC!!! He was very personable, knowledgeble and provided service with a smile. We will ask for him when we return.
My husband had a beautiful dining experience on the patio of Palo Verde. It was scenic and very romantic! We dined as the sunset overlooking one of the fairways with a stream of water and soft nature sounds.
Oh...what a nite ;-)

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 17, 2014

Our first time at Palo Verde was during Arizona Restaurant Week. Our waiter was enthusiastic, friendly and knowledgeable - a good start to the evening. All of us opted for the scallops and they were excellent. Our entire meal was perfect and we knew we'd be back. Our second time was last week. A different server this time, but just as friendly and knowledgeable. My husband had the scallops again while I had the bison special, which was tender and flavorful. One dinner companion had the barbecued ribs that he said were the best he'd ever had and the meat just fell off the bones. The other had the steak and lobster special which she said was very good. All in all we were very pleased both times and we will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Omaha)·Dined on May 16, 2014

Excellent appetizers, salad and steak. Service was great.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 11, 2014

For a resort dining experience it was an excellent meal in a beautiful setting.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (Toledo)·Dined on April 28, 2014

Best halibut in a long time. Rack of lamb great as was seared tuna appetizer. Can't wait to go back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 11, 2014


The food and service were very good. The room is attractive. The only negative I have is that there could be more outdoor seating. We have been there twice in the last month and have not been able to secure a table outdoors, even though there is plenty of useable square footage.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 6, 2014

Shocked that a casual "Patio" restaurant would charge a resort fee of 19+% and we still paid a gratuity because it wasn't the waiters fault. We are local residents not staying at the resort--rip off and we will not recommend this place to anyone.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 29, 2014

Nice evening. Good food. Good service. No complaints.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 15, 2014

All 4 of us really enjoyed our breakfast. My steak and eggs was perfectly done. Bacon nice and crisp. Delicious potatoes! Would definitely go back again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 14, 2014

This is a nice restaurant at a top drawer resort. The food overall was a rock above average but their flat iron steak was truly one the the greatest and most memorable steaks I've had. Service was solid and the wine list was relatively short but diverse enough allow you to find something you like.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 14, 2014

We had breakfast and dinner here. The lighting transforms the restaurant at night to a nice ambiance. The menu is pretty diverse and the staff is wonderful about accommodating any changes. Lovely views of the golf course and pond off the patio. Sit in the lobby bar after dinner and have a drink, sit by the fireplace and listen to live music on the weekends.
Customer service at the whole resort is top notch.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 13, 2014

We enjoyed our dinner and the services was very good. We were pleasantly surprised by how good our meals were!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 9, 2014

My eggs benedict were perfectly cooked. Sauce was fantastic and consistency was great. Biscuit is a good option over the english muffin which can be tough.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 31, 2014

Lamb chops were ordered as medium-rare but presented as rare and were returned to the kitchen. The steak was mostly fat. The dinner was very disappointing and we will never return.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 17, 2014

The food and service was wonderful.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 4, 2014

For a Restaurant of this stature we expected MUCH more. The waiter was on the 'new' side. He really had difficulty. He was not knowledgabale There were NO SPECIALS. The food was OK. Not compared to what you received and the prices. We were not eve offered a bread basket.....really??? When it came time to split the bill with the other couple, we offered 2 credit cards. The waiter insisted he had it right, but, really he put the entire bill on one card. Good thing WE noticed it!

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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 4, 2014

Having been to this restaurant many times before in years past we were a little disappointed to see that the menu had changed so completely. What was once an imaginative, superb continental menu has become imaginative southwestern cuisine. Everyone at my table thought their meal was good to very good but we probably won't return. There are many competitive restaurants with this kind of menu in this area and we miss what the former menu at Palo Verde had to offer. That being said I would encourage people to try the restaurant and make up their own mind especially if they want the Tex Mex cuisine.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 29, 2013

For the resort of Boulders, we expected allot more. The staff is not trained to be proffessional, the service needs some serious work. If it was not for the setting the prices would be outrages.

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 24, 2013

Food excellent as always, service was wonderful, server was knowledgeable, friendly without being intrusive. Highly recommend this restaurant

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Naples)·Dined on December 23, 2013

Wish they had a dress code especially during the holiday season. Across from us people had baseball caps turned backwards, and a man had beat up cargo shorts, and a tank top. Certainly even a resort can require some standards

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 12, 2013

We took friends from out of town to Palo Verde for dinner. It was our first time as well. We all enjoyed our meals very much. 3 of us had the filet and one the bison steak. All were delicious. Our server was friendly and attentive. We will return.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 5, 2013

They have been improving the experience here. Two of us had the black bean soup with lime curd and it was delicious. The lime took some of the bite off the usual black bean flavor. I also had the bison and it was well prepared also. Overall a good experience. I will return again.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 29, 2013

Tucked away at The Boulders, Palo Verde is not getting the attention from locals that it deserves. The food was very good, and the menu had something for everyone, with a bit of Southwest flair, but not overly spicy. Our server was excellent, attentive, but not intrusive. Prices were fair for the quality of the experience. If the restaurant were busier, it would be more fun, so come on North-North Scottsdale!

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 14, 2013

We were two couples. Restaurant was great for conversation. Wine list very good and reasonable. Excellent service and advice.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 26, 2013

Enjoyed a last dinner outside at the end of a vacation at Palo Verde. We played golf at The Boulders and decided to stay there for dinner before heading to our hotel at the airport for an early morning flight. It was the perfect choice! We enjoyed our last evening outside overlooking the golf course before returning home to much cooler temperatures. The service was lovely and the food was delicious including the baked apple dessert!

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 19, 2013

Palo Verde is the onsite restaurant at The Boulders Resort and Spa. The restaurant has a sort of golf clubhouse feel, which isn't unusual since the Boulders is a golf resort. The menu is primarily American food with a Southwestern influence, well prepared, well served in a pleasant enough ambiance. We had dinner on the patio after sunset, and the heaters worked well.

If you're not up to driving 30 minutes back to civilization and you're tired of room service or cooking it yourself, Palo Verde is a nice alternative.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 12, 2013

We celebrated our wedding anniversary dinner here. Can't express how absolutely excellent the food was - both presentation and taste. The whole staff at The Boulders and at this restaurant were so nice and personable. Customer service at its very best!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 11, 2013

Food is great, but takes awhile to get it. For a resort, this restaurant has no class. Waiters were jeans, and customers were allowed to eat with shorts and flip flops. Very tacky!!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 21, 2013

Very well prepared food at the Boulders. Professional and courteous service in a beautiful setting - will be back for sure.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 14, 2013

Restaurant is very good. There is a gate at the entrance that can intimidate potential restaurant only customers.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 7, 2013

Visit to The Boulders for a local is like a three hour vacation. Beautiful setting and fun dining. Hadn't been in years so was fun to revisit with a group of friends. Brian, our server, made it a fun experience. Hats off to Brian. We had breakfast items such as the Southwest Eggs Benedict and it was tasty and innovative. We all liked our choices. Yes, a great experience at the Palo Verde restaurant. Great yourself to this mini vacation.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 4, 2013

The food was delicious and the attentive service was spot on. Highly recommended. We will be back.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 17, 2013

I am a very fussy diner. The chef was willing to modify my selection to fit my particular needs, and the dish ended up being delicious. I was very pleased with our dining experience.

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 16, 2013

Four of us ate dinner on 8/16/13. Dinner was very good, service very good & overall a pleasant experience. In rating the food two of us would rate the meals a 5, the other two would rate theirs a 4. In any event it was an excellent value. No complaints and we would go there again.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 16, 2013

The Boulders Resort has always been an exceptional facility with good restaurants. They have a new general manager on board, now who also happens to have an exceptional background in food and beverage and has brought his talent and an all new dining experience to the Palo Verde which has taken the restaurant from good to excellent. Recommend it highly.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 10, 2013

We spent a long weekend at the Boulders and ate most of our meals at the Palo Verde. The wait-staff could not do enough for you, and the setting and food were excellent. We will be back.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 6, 2013

Took another couple for dinner this week. The restaurant was not busy when we were there. Food was excellent. Views are great. Definitely recommend. Plan on coming back next week for a birthday celebration.

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