Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain

4.7
1678 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Zagat says, "Set in a historic home with a warm country feel", this "romantic" South Phoenix "gem" matches its "magical location" with an American menu based on "local, sustainable, handcrafted" ingredients and a "deep" wine list; "impeccable service" and a "calming" ambiance.

**Recently invited to cook at The James Beard House in New York**

Quiessence at The Farm delivers a truly "farm-to-table" experience using locally sourced produce, meat and wine, to create a refined rustic menu. Dining at Quiessence is done at a leisurely pace, as each dish is crafted to order.

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To request a table outside on the patio, please call the restaurant directly at 602-276-0601. Outside seating cannot be guaranteed.

Parties of 10 or more guests having difficulties booking their reservation should call the restaurant directly at 602-276-0601.

Recommended attire for Quiessence is Resort Evening Wear.




Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate Valentine's Day at the most romantic restaurant in Arizona! We are featuring a special 4 course Chef's Tasting Menu all week long for $125 per person. Optional wine pairings are an additional $65 per person. We are seating in between 5:00 and 6:00 and 7:00 to 8:30.

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What 1678 People Are Saying
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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my husband

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BH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We always enjoy our dinners here. We come back every season.

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d
San Antonio
103 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Limited but outstanding choices on the weekend menu. Great wine pairings.

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B
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening eating outdoors in January for this Michigan couple visiting Arizona. Wonderful meal with great tastes.

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LR
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robert made our experience extra special and memorable.

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OT
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again we had an amazing meal. The charcuterie was stunning and the soup was silky and delicious. We sat outside and with the heaters we were completely comfortable.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was very attentive and made our dinner a great experience.

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RS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We went to this restaurant for the first time for New Year's Eve dinner, a four-course meal. We enjoyed the location and atmosphere very much. But, the food was not up to the high standard that the website advertises. The second course, gnocchi with crab, and the third course, filet of beef, were served lukewarm, not hot as they should be. In fact, the filet was served on a cold plate and the side dishes, potatoes and veggies were cold. It is disappointing when we spend $125.00 each and receive food that is not presentable. I should have sent it back, but the staging between courses was exceptionally long and we did not want to wait further. The staff was very knowledgeable and that is a plus, but food is the important characteristic here.

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

We had a great time. The server and staff were very friendly and we were able to start our 5 course dinner at 5 and leave by 7 to make it to the symphony on time. We can’t wait to come back in the summer and sit outside!

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Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Menu is too restrictive if you ask for substitutes to a course or number of courses. Plus there was way too much time between courses.

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very intimate dinner lovely atmosphere. Tasting menu perfect

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ML
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing. So glad for the experience. We did the six course tasting menu.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food presentation is outstanding. Each meal is farm sourced and the chef details every leaf, every drop... sitting outdoors is our favorite, views of lush green grass and in nature. It’s a sensation for all senses

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C
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Thought I would give Q a try. It is located on a very beautiful property with a few buildings on large acreage. A slight improvement would be the signage to get to the property. It is very subtle and certainly is muted because of the nature of the properties, but as a commercial enterprise, it would serve better to have a little better signage to direct those who have never been to the restaurant to its location and parking.

I've had many multi-course French styled meals. It appears a serving menu is the option for Fridays and Saturdays. We chose the 6 course tasting and the accompanying wine paring. Much of the produce used is grown on the property and is used in the dishes. The wait staff and chef were very attentive. I found the dishes to be very creative. The soup course was memorable. The wine parings were ok. I didn't care for a rose that was served, nor the port with the dessert course, but the other parings worked with the food.

All in all this was a very good meal. For the food and circuses per hour cost, this was good. I would return to try their regular menu dishes.

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SH
Western NC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our hostess/waitress was Stephanie, she was very charming and helpful. Wine selection was great.
Our group each tried a different main course. Food was awesome and the whole experience was wonderful!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed our meal and our evening. Friends recommended Quissence and we are glad we went. Great friendly service.

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F
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

A mixed review; the best part first: our server was great; friendly and professional and provided nice guidance to the menu and thoughtful suggestions. The food was unique and beautifully presented with many interesting and tasty ingredients, albeit a limited selection and high prices. The salmon was excellent, the pasta pretty good and the steak just ok - overall a bit disappointing given the hype and the price level, but certainly a memorable meal. The worst part was the table located with the entrance on one side, the host(ess) station on the other, and the galley on the third - with not much room to spare; between listening to the host negotiating reservations on the phone and the constant arrival and departure of guests through the entrance while the servers were walking past and in and out the galley - it was difficult to concentrate on the beautifully prepared food, let alone have a conversation. We probably will not come back.

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WH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Poor service. Not what I would expect from a resturaunt that acts so stuck up. I often pay more for tea than I did on my entire meal here. The price is only a problem because the service does not live up to the price. The food tastes good, the presentation is there, the service is not. Hope the server and host were both nice, they did not allow me to order the tasting menu. I was eating with a 100 pound vegan girl, and because she did not want 6 courses(it’d be near impossible for her to eat six courses) they would not allow me to get it. They said it was chefs preference, I’ve never heard such a thing and I’ve been to many Michelin starred restaurants. I’m not sure the reason for such a request, but I can think of two. ONE: To result in a larger bill or TWO: to prevent sharing. When you are eating with a vegan and the majority of the courses are not catered to them, obviously they would not share any of the food. In addition, I spent far less here because they would not allow me to order the six course tasting. Either way, I will never return and I will tell as many other people as I can how bad my experience was.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great time however the time between courses was extremely long. We had a 5 course meal and it took almost 3 hours.

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

We just love this restaurant. The atmosphere is cozy and unique. The food is creatively prepared and tasty. The service was great. The ambience is wonderful. For an upscale meal, this is the best.

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Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so beautiful!! Perfect place for a date or to celebrate a special occasion. The food is great and the staff is so nice. We will definitely come back.

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B
Detroit
38 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

We were very disappointed by the restaurant.

When we arrived we were seated promptly. The server appeared to be in a hurry to get our drink and food order immediately. I said we just wanted to enjoy a drink and look at the menu.

After -15 minutes she returned and took our order. After that we never saw her again. Several others filled in for her.

The food was very average.

Not in a hurry to return.

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JS
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiessence was amazing. My wife and I were blown away by the attention to detail on each course, and our service was fantastic. Wine pairings were spot on. Excellent meal.

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DK
London
19 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Average wine list

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OR
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiessence is not a cheap restaurant. I spent more money on this dinner than any other meal ever. But, this was a fantastic experience,worth every penny. Every course was amazing. The staff were very helpful at explaining what you were getting and where it came from.

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My co-worker and I took a couple of close client to the Q for dinner on a Wednesday during a special wine tasting event. We had a seat in the middle of the restaurant between the front which was quiet with couples and the back patio where the wine tasting party was engaging in hearty conversations.
It was a perfect spot for our group as we were able to talk loudly or quietly.
Three of us chose the garden and soil salad and one the beef carpaccio. See photos, both were a work of art and delicious.
For the main course two of us had the steak and two had the halibut. The steak was tender and melted in your mouth. This was the quietest part of the night as we rarely stopped to speak until our entrees were finished.
We chose the one of each of the deserts. The apple sorbet and the creamy mascarpone in the cannoli were our favorites.
Dustin and Chuy came out at the end and provided some information on some of the ingredients and connected with one of our party who grew up with Ginny hens who's live on the farm and who's eggs are used in some of the recipes.
It was a great experience I will recommend again for special events with close friends.

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DC
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the 5 coyrse option. Every course was beyond exceptional. The service was spot on and the presentations were impeccable. A delightful meal.

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TC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven’t been back here in about six years, and I will certainly not disappointed. Worth every penny to experience the magic the chef does with the local produce from the farm.

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FG
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

A little disappointed. We did the 5 course meal with the wine pairing. Two of the five wines were poorly paired. Service was less than expectations. We ordered cocktails to start, but it was 30 minutes after we were seated before we received them. Then I asked that the food service not start until we were finished with our cocktails, but instead we got the first course 5 minutes later. Dessert took forever--we waited 30 minutes after finishing our entrees before the dessert came out.

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MB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I discovered this wonderful restaurant 4 years ago. We celebrate our wedding anniversary every year there, as the service and quality of the food is outstanding. The beautiful setting just adds to the ambiance as the garden is always in bloom.

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LJ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess was very thoughtful in acknowledging our wedding anniversary. She also brought us two glasses of champagne. Food was wonderful.

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E
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Very diverse, multi course weekend dining with enough options to please all. Each course was unique with a wonderful variety of flavors. Service, as usual, is phenomenal and our server has an excellent knowledge of the food and the paired wine.

My only complaint is that the pairing pours are way to small to enjoy with the complete course and not a good value.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always can count on this restaurant for special occasion and never disappointed.

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VH
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This gem is AMAZING. We went to Cress on Oak Creek at L'Auberge de Sedona,
301 L'Auberge Lane
Sedona, AZ last year for our 2nd anniversary and it was superb, I now consider Quiessence at the Farm in the same category as them. We’re really getting some priceless gems under our belt, and this one is a little closer to us, we will definitely keep going back and recommending.

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KK
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening - excellent food & service and the setting was very romantic!

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TS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My cousins and I went here to celebrate their birthdays! We had an amazing time. I've read some reviews where people aren't thrilled with the "farm decor", but we thought it was charming. Plus, IT IS AT A FARM - that's made very clear ;-) The food was incredible. Very small portions. The ambiance is definitely more geared towards romantic dates, but in our opinion, this is definitely a place better spent with girlfriends because I think we appreciate it more. If I would have taken my husband here, he would have been hungry afterward! ;-) Anyway, the prices, of course, are incredibly high. I definitely see the value in the food, the way it's prepared, the unique combinations of flavors, and the yummy drinks, but I do agree with most in that the pricing is a little higher than it should be. Overall, it's a great experience and we were able to walk around the grounds - it's beautiful! I wouldn't come here often because of the prices, but maybe a yearly thing with girlfriends! Also, our service was great - everybody was very friendly.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience! Everything was perfect, it will definitely be a night to remember.

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LF
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiessence is a wonderful, wonderful place to dine. Each course was phenomenal and had complex flavors. The staff were knowledgeable and friendly, and the ambiance was warm, friendly, and elegant. We would definitely recommend to everyone!!

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CC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I visited for our anniversary and the experience was truly incredible. They paid special attention to our OpenTable notes and made our night absolutely perfect. We still can't stop talking about it. The food was amazing, every dish and wine pairing remarkable. I can't recommend this place highly enough for a special meal.

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D
Atlanta
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

We are out of towners in for a relaxing weekend. Searched a number of sites and settled on this well rated farm to Table. Looked at the sample weekend prixe fix menu and decided to give it a go.
First off the surroundings.. It was a cool night for Phoenix, so the majority of diners chose to eat outside. We made reservations inside, anticipating a too warm outside and a cooler inside. Big mistake. Outside was definitely cooler, but given that it is truly on the farm, the scent of farm animals permeated the outside. Inside, there was no hint of air conditioning, and I immediately ditched the jacket and rued the fact I had put on a long sleeve shirt. The overhead fan did nothing. So a bad start. For those that mention this place is romantic, we obviously have a difference of opinion. Now the nightly menu. Neither entree floated my boat.. Wild Salmon (in Phoenix at farm to table ?) and Poussin (chicken - really closer in size to cornish hen or parakeet) .. So we went with the 5 course with wine pairing ( five sips of wine that were supposed to be 3 ounces, but definitely a short pour). The breads to start (foccacia (sp) and zucchini bread) were excellent, as was the amuse bouche. That really raised our hopes. Then came the gazpacho, which was simply outstanding. I then had the tacos, again outstanding, and she the pork belly ..meh.. We had reached the top of the roller coaster. Fettucine carbonara was played up as outstanding.. While seemingly fresh made pasta, it tasted liked pasta in olive oil with an overabundance of reggiano parmesan. The Dolcetto that accompanied it really did nothing for it. Now for the entrees ... My poussin was a few bits of chicken, laid atop some grits with turnips. Her salmon equally unremarkable. The dessert wine was a Madiera, sweet and strong, The cake was dry, and unusual ice cream nothing to write home about. The wines not mentioned were equally unremarkable, with the possible exception of a New mexico Sauvignon Blanc. Can't recommend.

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