Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain

4.7
1764 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.




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DG
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The book club decided to do something special and this restaurant definitely fit the bill. None of us had been here before so it was a wonderful evening of delicious discovery. The entire staff was wonderfully patient with us, explaining all of our options and making recommendations based on our likes and dislikes. We chose the six-course meal with wine pairings and highly recommend it -- what an experience! Everything was so fresh and delicious, so complicated but still so simple at the same time. The wine pairings were like the perfect condiment to each course. We loved our visit from start to finish and I can't wait to find another reason to go back soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and service. Wine pairing and five courses were both great!

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PG
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting. Incredibly fresh and flavorful. Great cocktails and wine. Perfect for a special occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Very accommodating. We were outside and the mosquitoes were bad. The staff brought over a bug candle and spray.

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DC
Nashville
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance on the farm. Wonderful meals with a multitude of flavor profiles based on the fresh produce from the garden. Everything was prepared perfectly and the custom cocktails were delicious.

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Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for anniversary dinner and had been to Quiessence before so knew it would be a nice place to go. The farm-to-table food is fresh and diverse. The wine coupling was appropriate and highlighted and enhanced each course. Wait staff was friendly and observant but not overbearing. An excellent experience!

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CV
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly a wonderful evening. Our first time at Quiessence and it was a magical dinner. Lovely ambiance in a unique setting. Our meals were scrumptious and our servers knowledgeable and attentive. Looking forward to returning.

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VM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An unbelievable dining experience! Beautiful surroundings, excellent food and terrific wine pairing. Best kept gourmet secret in the valley. And the personnel are so knowledgeable, polite and professional! An explosion of flavors! Do yourself a favor and dine here!

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NS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A culinary experience you won’t forget. Food was all prepared fresh and came right from farm to table. Worth every penny.

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OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made a special accommodation for one of my guests at our dinner. Excellent service and outstanding food and wine! A perfect place to celebrate

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RO
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location for a special dinner. Setting and service were perfect. Spot on without being overly formal and stuffy. Tasting menu was great. Delicious and just the right amounts to leave us satisfied but not feeling over full. We will definitely be back again.

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JD
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Overpriced, poor/slow service. I get that it's farm to table, but they clearly aren't apt at creating a fine dining experience.

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Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Took over 3 hours to complete meal. The time between course ruin the experience, needed to flow better.

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P
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere was romantic and quaint and the food was outstanding.

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BF
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We signed up for outdoor seating, but the host said it was not available, and was a problem with OpenTable. The food was excellent, service at the inside table was very good, but we really wanted outside dining here.

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D
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience was more than what we could have asked for. Great service, wine and food. Beautiful location. Much recommended.

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OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple outstanding in every way

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BG
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an amazing experience from the start. The food was some of the best I’ve had in the valley. Thank you for a great night!

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unforgettable night with my wife! We will definitely be back . Quiet, relaxing, and a Beautiful experience!

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PS
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, beautiful presentation, great service with a nice atmosphere

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OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful just do not wear heals!

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S
Milwaukee
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place...it's like art on a plate. But it's not just beautifully plated, the tastes and various tastes on one plate is amazing. The ambiance of sitting under the stars and the discription the servers provide about each portion is art in itself. Kudos to the chef and anyone involved in this destination.

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C
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was Awesome! Definitely recommend it!

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CC
Phoenix
92 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a lovely place to dine. Their patio/backyard provides the best backdrop for the interesting and delicious food. Service is always impeccable. It is on our top 5 list.

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BJ
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 5

It was all amazing. Beautiful grounds, great food and service.

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V
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely amazing dining experience!!! Everything was special from the garden dining, the beauty of the property, the incredible food pairings to the wonderful service! The farm to table food is noteworthy without being overdone. It makes it a night to remember! I highly recommend this restaurant! My highlight to our Phoenix trip!!!

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RM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This was our third visit to The Farm. Our first two visits were excellent, so we recommended a visit to 6 of our friends. On Saturday night, there was a choice of 4, 5, or 6 course meals. Everything was fine until the main course of duck which most of us chose. We have enjoyed duck meals in many restaurants and cruise ships, but this duck was too rare to be enjoyable, or even edible if you are sensitive to rare meats. We did ask our waitress who explained that they normally cook the duck to medium rare. We do enjoy medium rare meats, but this duck was rarer than medium rare, and most of us did not enjoy the meal as we would have expected. With 8 people spending $1000, that meal should have been unforgettably phenomenal. However, the rare duck upset those expectations, and we will not return.

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DJ
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience. Everything was excellent.

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W
Seattle
23 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The flavor combinations were amazing. Very delicious and creative. We did the wine flights paired to the dishes and were very glad we did. Our server was a certified sommelier (wish I could recall her name!), and was an absolute delight, going above and beyond with her serice.

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JW
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome ambiance, food was amazing!

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KS
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beyond any other Farm to Table in the USA. Extremely fresh and quality sources of food. Service exemplary of fine dining. Artful display of all six courses. A complete atmosphere of healthy true foods. The Chef accomodated serious gluten free with ease.

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LP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Farm to table culinary masterpieces. One course more delicious then the next.

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SF
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was absolutely wonderful as was the ambiance of the outdoor seating. Service was exceptionally slow. We sat down for dinner at 6:00 and did not finish until after 9:30. There may have been some problem in the kitchen as a wedding reception was occurring at the same time. Service was slow enough that if it occurs on our next visit we would cross this great restaurant off our list as hopeless.

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RR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a memorable dining experience! The chefs tasting menu was outstanding- each course topping the last. The ambiance and service matched the overall experience. I would highly recommend the Quiessence for a high quality specialty dining experience.

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CS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have ever had- worth every penny. Beautiful surroundings also- highly recommend

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a lovely and delicious meal! We always recommend Quiessence to friends traveling to Phoenix.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredibly knowledgable service, enchanting atmosphere, and some of the most delicious food in Arizona. 10/10.

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f
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We've been to Quiessence 3 times in the past 15 years. The food is the always very unique and very flavorful. To us it is the most "gourmet-ish " restaurant we have ever frequented and we are foodies that eat out at different restaurants often. This time we were disappointed in our dining experience. We arrived early by 20 minutes and, although there were many tables empty in the 2 rooms we passed, we were not seated but put in the bar to wait. When we were finally seated, we were put near a party of 5 who were very loud, obviously enjoying themselves without restraint to the chagrin of the rest of the people seated nearby. We knew the restaurant tends to take their time in preparing the meal which is certainly understandable but trying to hold a conversation over the partyers was difficult. This was a VERY SPECIAL evening for us as we were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary and were hoping to enjoy our entire evening. The restaurant was aware of this with the maitre d' and waitress congratulating us on our milestone. The person who called to confirm our reservation also congratulated us and promised they would "take good care of us". At the end of the meal, we had hoped for a small acknowledgement of our special day in the form of a dessert, as many other restaurants do. Not at Quiessence, we were given a small packet of handmade stationery and thanked for spending our anniversary with them. Maybe I was expecting too much, maybe we should have asked to move, but I think maybe we should have gone to another restaurant. In life most people only get one 49th anniversary and that if they are very fortunate. If we are lucky, we will be spending our 50th elsewhere.

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FN
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

7 pm dinner , we were served bread basket consist of tiny slice of sweet cake to be deeped in olive oil.
Appetizers ( lamb hearts) overly sweet & spicy , so much so we could not even enjoy wine ( pino noir) . Very unpleasant experience.

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RP
Phoenix
52 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiessence gave us one of the best meals of our lives. At the front of the house, the entire staff took great, diligent care of us -especially Sandra. The kitchen also delivered an epic performance. Given how many restaurants fail to deliver, we often approach high end fine dining with trepidation. We need not have worried. Quiessence made our $300 seem like a bargain, especially compared to Kai (Quiessence was less expensive and much better!). The flavors were sophisticated and subtle yet approachable. At the end of the meal when Sandra asked if we wanted anything else, I said “Let’s do it all again!” We can’t wait for a return trip!!!

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