Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain

4.6
1718 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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Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I have and will continue to recommend Quiessence to our friends, however, I will certainly caveat with how the weekend menu is currently offered. We have been customers of Quiessence for many years and usually go once a year for special occasion (birthday/anniversary) and it has always been top notch in every way. Although, we haven't been for the past 2 years so we were EXTREMELY surprised when we brought an out-of-town family member for dinner on Saturday to find out you had to order a 4, 5, or 6 course meal and that it was recommended that everyone at the table order the same courses. This was very perplexing and disappointing as our guest was a petite woman who doesn't have the same appetite as my much larger husband. Plus, we would have enjoyed ordering other items that were only offered on the higher course menus. Had we known or realized all of this beforehand, we may not have gone here for dinner. However, in the end, the food from all of the courses (we ordered the 4 courses) was delicious and we enjoyed our meals. The amount of food for each course was a few delicious bites, however, the dessert seemed to be full size which we were all very happy about.

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KL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With foodie friends in from out of town, I wanted to find a unique restaurant that would have fine, creative presentations for dinner. Quiessence was perfect! The tasting menu was varied, a perfect amount to eat, beautifully delivered, not only in appearance but also in timing, and wonderfully composed flavors. Kudos to the chef, the staff and the Farm!

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IO
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most magical romantic anniversary dinner ever. I feel this might become a tradition for us... beautiful colorful romantic peaceful and delicious night, special thanks to Bobby and Gonzalo for your excellent service and attention to detail 🙏🏻💖 you guys are amazing and of course the Chef 💃🏽🎆🎉 nourish your body and soul... simply excellent 💓 thanks 🙏🏻

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DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, beautifully prepared and presented

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OT
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience at Quiessence was amazing. The farm and restaurant were a beautiful setting. The 5 course menu was delightful. The chef even catered the menu to our dietary requirements which was a truly welcomed surprise (he went above and beyond to accommodate). I thought each course was fantastic then he surpassed with the next. Definitely recommend and will return next time I’m in Phoenix.

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CS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best dinning experiences I have had in Arizona.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and a fantastic tasting menu. Our waiter was especially helpful in guiding us through the area for our visit here.

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KW
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an absolutely wonderful evening. We went for a special occasion and they made it an experience that we will always remember. Not something we could afford often but worth it for our anniversary.

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SC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has to be one of my favorite fine dining experiences in the Phoenix area. The farm is a hidden gem with amazing food. The staff are always friendly and accommodating. I showed up an hour early for my reservation to enjoy a drink or two. They were able to seat me half an hour early and allow my date and I to enjoy the ambiance. It’s tucked back enough from the road so there is minimal notice other than the birds an other pleasant sounds of nature (we sat outside). I would highly recommend this place to anyone who appreciates a relaxed and intimate fine dining experience.

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JD
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience with knowledgeable staff. Expensive for most people but worth the experience.

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JS
Surrey
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening. Probably not often as a bit expensive
Yhanks

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SF
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was impeccable. Each course was creative and flavorful. It was perfect for a business dinner with a colleague on a Thursday evening.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food! Fantastic service! Wonderful wine! An overall great experience. I will definitely be back.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Valentines Day Prix Fixe menu, 4 courses and wine. Everything was delicious, the flavors were pronounced and blended perfectly from vegetables and flowers grown on the 10 acre farm, expertly prepared. The two hour meal was paced to allow each course to be savored. This was not a typical 30 minute dinner dash, attention was paid to every detail down to never seeing a bare tabletop when changing out a tablecloth. The meal was spendy and worth every dollar. The owner and chef have grown the restaurant into a true destination. We wholeheartedly recommend Quiessence for any occasion.

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MG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Expensive - but worth every penny. Amazing food, excellent service. Unforgettable experience.

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PH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice outside dining. It was cold but they had a nice tent put up with plenty of heaters. Staff very attentive to our comfort. Food was awesome. Yearly visit required.

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JG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful place to celebrate my daughter’s and my birthdays. Our grandsons enjoyed their first tasting menu, especially the salad with edible flowers. Quiescence is a restaurant that we return to again and again when In Arizona.

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FM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We had the Valentine special. The food was excellent, but the price was a little high. The dessert was supposed to be ‘sharable’, but this wasn’t specified on the menus, and the types of dessert provided were not really of the type to share.

While the overall ambiance was nice, the experience was not as good as it cold have been, because one of the other patrons had his phone set to speaker, and was FaceTiming very loudly during the meal. The staff made no effort to ask him to stop.

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AP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service. They go above and beyond for you. Worth every single penny for the experience.

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was valentines. I love this restaurant. The food is always impeccable. Service is always impeccable. Ambiance is always impeccable. If you have the means, I highly recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best culinary experience I’ve ever had

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PR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amaaaazing six course meal. I highly recommend doing the wine pairing with the meal... you’ll be introduced to wines and flavors you never thought would work together but do.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was beautifully presented and delicious. The wait staff was exceptional; however, the kitchen was extremely slow with getting courses out in a reasonable time. This restaurant offers only meals that are in courses so you choose the number. In addition, the setting is beautiful and serene. Unfortunately, there were guests present that were loud and using profanity that made the ambience less than enjoyable.

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NJ
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful first experience at Quiessence! Our dinner was the perfect celebration meal - luxurious but not overly fussy and unhurried. We opted for the five-course option with wine pairings; not only were we impressed with the quality of the pairings, we also appreciated how thoroughly the kitchen had anticipated and accommodated my dietary restriction (which I had communicated in advance.). The property is beautiful and we enjoyed sitting by the fire on our way out after our special meal.

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MG
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stunning location. Brilliant service. Extraordinary food. My wife and I ordered the 6 course tasting menu. It was the best meal we’ve ever had. We loved every second of it. We will definitely return the next time we are in the area.

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything from the ambiance to the food to the service was beyond excellent . The food experience was phenomenal!

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Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my Birthday at Quiessence. The ambiance, the staff and the food was phenomenal! I highly recommend dining there if you have the chance.

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L
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for a date night. We chose the 6 course meal and everything was amazing. Be prepared for a longer experience as each meal takes about 30 minutes prep time before they arrive.

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JB
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience on all levels! I look forward to returning again!

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SC
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful surprise to find the Farm on the outskirts of Phoenix! This lovely and peaceful setting felt miles, not minutes, away. The food was beautifully presented and the flavors were astounding. I'll always remember my dinner at Quiessence.

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HL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a special place! The farmhouse setting is beautiful, perfect for either a romantic evening or a dinner with good friends. Excellent, personalized service, and outstanding farm-to-table food, with each dish meticulously prepared and creatively plated. It's my favorite restaurant in Phoenix, and never disappoints.

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Atlantic Canada
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unbelievably beautiful!! Spectacularly locally sourced food prepared to perfection!

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GF
Tampa
25 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here and it didn’t disappoint. We had the 6 course dinner with wine pairing. Each dish was amazing. We can’t wait to go back.

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KF
Sacramento
19 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a special haven of peace, tranquility and amazing food! We sat in the garden and listened to the birds chirp until dark. The service was impeccable, and the squash parmesan soup dressed with violets, bacon and rum soaked raisins was spectacular. However, I must admit that the gnocchi was even better. A special place to luxuriate and contemplate.

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a very secluded location driving on a dirt road you arrive at Quiessence. This is a unique dining experience perfect for special occasions. The ambiance was wonderful whether dining in or out (they had propane heaters) . You are eating on a farm which has been meticulously restored and is first class.
The tasting menu had two options and the selections were artfully presented. Each dish was explained and each dish was different from where else I have dined. The food was marvelous. I would have given 10 Stars.
I only graded the Value category to four as I thought charging $8.00 for tap water was ill advised. I knew the prices from start but this charge was not warranted.
The service was excellent. Trish was our waitress and others also provided excellent service and assistance.
At night the grounds are lit up and is beautiful. Parking is plentiful.

Overall a totally unique dining experience and one worth the trip.

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TC
Nashville
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Very unique experience. Try the 6 course. It will test your pallet. Great atmosphere inside and outside. Very well done!!!

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RC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We booked for dinner in celebration of our 20th Anniversary, and requested a table that would allow me to surprise my wife with a violinist at our table, and the management were most accommodating. They seated us at an outdoor table, complete with our own fireplace away from the main dining area, which ensured our privacy without interrupting dining service for other patrons. We had an 8 course meal that was worthy of a James Beard establishment and then some! Except for a minor interruption to our vibe at the beginning of our violin performance, the pace, presentation and preparation were superb and exceeded our expectations.

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Denver
37 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is an interesting place. Service and food were excellent. It was, however, pricey. We spent $250 for two (before tip) with the 4-course tasting menu and one bottle of wine. Therefore, while excellent, it is for special occasions only.

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CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A nice quit evening with a friend. Dinner was delicious, gnocchi with fennel and gently dried tomato, and friend’s fillet was done perfectly. This was my second visit, and both experiences were sublime.

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L
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exquisite dining experience! Lovely ambiance! Food noteworthy for originality, creativity and presentation!

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