Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain

4.6
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1880 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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LorriE
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most amazing experience! The delicious meal, wine, dessert, our super friendly & knowledgeable server, and the beautiful atmosphere was all so perfect! Highly recommend!

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BillL
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I would recommend this restaurant to everyone. The portions are small by design and you come away satisfied. The food is locally sourced, in season and abundant with flavor. The staff is fabulous and very knowledgeable about what is in each dish and where it is grown and how it is prepared. Anyone looking for a great night out with your favorite guy or gal, you will be glad you came to Quiessence.

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Dutch
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

If you have the time and the money, and are willing to go along with certain “rules” imposed by the house, you can certainly have a wonderful meal. But I wish some of those rules would be relaxed because it feels a bit as if you are being told how you must enjoy yourself. For example, our party of three was told that if two of us wanted the tasting menu and the third wanted to order a number of similar items a la carte, that request could not be accommodated because it would throw of the kitchen’s timing. I understand the chef wanting to offer his guests the best gastronomic experience, but the lack of any flexibility seemed a bit precious. Maybe time to rethink things so the guests feel more welcome and less like prisoners to the whims of the chef?

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience5

The food and ambience are wonderful. The service was so slow that I was falling asleep (after 3.5 hours) at the table. Go early, be caffeinated, and don’t do the prefixe menu if you don’t have more than ample time. The service took away from the overall experience.

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BobF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The meal was more of what the chef wanted than the guest. The cheese tray was interesting but some of the stronger flavoring interfered later with the taste of my steak.

Often, the interaction among the spices etc conflicted with the flavor of the food.

All in all, an interesting evening that I doubt will be repeated soon. However, I would do so for a different set of menu selections to see how they compare.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overpriced I believe but good ambiance for a dinner date or special ocassion

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We did the five course meal with wine pairing. The chef’s spread was by far the best course.

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Twist
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

The waitress was lovely but the recommendations she made for drinks weren’t good, way too sweet. The food was pretty good but not for the price point. The ambiance was fabulous so I didn’t mind so much that the food wasn’t great.

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Lisa
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Has to be one if the top restaurants in the valley! Highly recommend!!

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vipPicky1
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the nicest dinners out ever!

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vipWesleyW
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very romantic place to have a quite dinner. The service and tasting menu was exceptional, and exceeded our expectations. The outdoor seating was amazing that was placed out on the grounds. A true gem in PHX.

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vipConQueso
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Creative menu. Farm to table (especially with the farm next to the restaurant). Wonderful outdoor seating with heaters at each seat.

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Saraspartan
Phoenix
51 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service and ambiance are outstanding! A little pricey but worth it for a special occasion!

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MichaelK
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Each course was a journey! I described the plank as “hiking off the trail” and it seemed fitting enough to the waitress where she said she was going to use that as a description! Everything was cooked to perfection, done so in a timely manner, and all the while in a setting of privacy and romance. My girlfriend and I will most certainly be returning!

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Rochelle
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our 27th anniversary. The staff is super attentive without being overbearing. The food is incredible. This is a perfect lace for the more adventurous foodie! On weekends, there isn't a normal menu. There is a chef designed menu, and you just really select the number of courses that you'd like. If you are picky, that may not be to your liking. Since it is small, things are quiet enough to allow for conversation. It was an amazing experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience from start to finish. Would highly recommend.

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Bryan
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and presentation was great. Really had an enjoyable time. Did the 5 course tasting and was very impressed with quality, plating and variety. Very nice!

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ChandlerDinnerfor2
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My wife and I had a great night celebrating our 5th anniversary. The food was fantastic, and our waitress dusty did a great job!

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TimothyH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

My date and I enjoyed the ambiance, elegance, and edification. We decided to try the recommended wagu, which was worth every bite. Other highlights were the citrus honey macaroon topped with foie gras and a farm fresh flower. It seemed as though the restaurant was only accommodating us. Our waitress also recommended the mock-tails that would pair well with our dishes, Afterwards we strolled through the farm and I took advantage of the moment as I proposed to my date. Thank you for the perfect backdrop to an unforgettable evening, everything was a "Yes"!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

There was a special 4 course meal for valentine’s weekend. Our reservation was at 7:15 and at 9:30 we still had only received our first course. I’m all about fine dining but this was ridiculous. And we weren’t the only ones complaining about this same issue. I’ve eaten at quiesence several times and had nothing but an outstanding experience but last night was ridiculous. We finally received our 2nd course and when we told them we were done and ready to leave (still missing main course and dessert) they brought the bill and only deducted 20%! The kitchen/chef/owner needs to get it together!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Reservations at 8:15, not sat until 8:40. Had tried to call and cancel due to illness and was told we’d be charged $125 per person, so we sucked it up and went. The menu was a 4 course meal with only two options for each course. Courses came out 45 minutes apart and food was average at best. We finally asked them to box our desert course because it was after 11p. Wine and old fashions were good. Disappointing valentines to say the least. Waited 25 minutes in the cold for our reservations to wait 2.5 hours for 3 mediocre courses. 3 glasses of wine and 3old fashions with the 4 course meal cost $470! This was not our first time at Quiessence, but it will be our last.

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Jpod
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Beautiful location and lovely atmosphere. We went for Valentine's dinner - food was ok, service was ridiculously slow and clumsy / low attention to detail. The place was not crowded but it took 30 minutes to get a glass of water and order. The main course scallops had a weird chemical taste. One of us is pescatarian and we were served a scallop with a giant piece of prosciutto on it. At the end, we were presented with a bill for almost $400 for two dinners and three glasses of wine. The prix fixe was $125pp - they had added in a gratuity and also requested a second gratuity. I definitely wouldn't go back for a special occasion. Definitely wouldn't pay $400 for two people. The whole experience felt super clunky.

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IEatOut
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I have visited Quiessence numerous times for business and pleasure and usually enjoy the service, staff, food and experience. This past reservation on 2/14, my wife and I were not feeling well so I cancelled the reservation two days before but was told they were going to charge me $125.00 for cancelling it due to Valentine's Day. We decided to keep the reservation but I had a bit of a chip on my shoulder. When we arrived, only 50% of the restaurant was busy and I was disappointed the restaurant was going to charge me $125.00 when they were clearly not sold out.

With so many options in the Phoenix area, I probably won't dine here again nor recommend it to any of my colleagues.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful dining experience

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DennisL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Is is a nice place. If you can sit outside of in the front room. The side and back rooms are cramped and not very nice.

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EricaC
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and atmosphere! We chose the 4 course and then got dessert- everything was delicious! We were there for about 3 hours, but knew that there is time between courses and it would be a lengthy dinner. We were seated inside and I was grateful because it was quite chilly outside.

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LauraP
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely flawless meal and service under the stars and a full moon last Saturday night. Great dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best dining experience I’ve ever had! My boyfriend and I went to celebrate Valentine’s Day early this year. We will be back! Great food and service.

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vipBuck
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

My wife and I really enjoyed the restaurant. Plan on several hours as it is definitely a foodie experience. It is very romantic, but the lighting in sort of odd. I would love to go back when the weather was warmer as the outdoor seating looks very nice. Beautiful grounds and the food was very good!

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LoriM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended the Huss Brewery dinner. It was fabulous....food, beers, staff, fellow guests. Everything was perfect. Definitely our favorite restaurant in the Valley. We are fortunate to have such an outstanding restaurant in our own backyard.

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JenniferW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

SO GOOD!!!!! My husband and I were most impressed by the quality of food and unique flavors.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was easily one of the BEST dining experiences my fiancé and I have ever had. The food was beautifully crafted, the timing of courses was on point, and the service felt tailored to our evening. We can to wait to go back during the warmer months.

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DrewF
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful fine dining experience. The setting is cozy and quiet in a small house that was converted into a restaurant. The staff is magnificent and very attentive. The food is well prepared, displayed perfectly, and made with local ingredients from their farm and other local proprietors. Expect to be there for 2-3 hours as the dishes come out at a casual pace. It's an expensive evening, but well worth the experience.

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JackN
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's hard to beat outstanding. The only problem with the 5 course dinner was being almost full after four courses. It would be nice to be able to have the 1st course on a four course dinner without the gnocchi. Having a shared charcuterie available ala carte for 3 or 4 course would be an excellent alternative. So when your only lament was you couldn't finish the last course....what's not to like. The wine pairing was superb. It is an art in itself and executed flawlessly. Our server had in depth knowledge on the food and the wine. His affable style and discourse made an outstanding repast even better.

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TheresaM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

REMARKABLE! This is an experience that everyone should try at least once in their lives! I hope to visit again one day soon!

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vipChefsmate
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The device was excellent however for the price the food although visually unique and spectacular was acceptable at best. The food was mildly flavored and lacked the depth and layering of flavors that I would expect for a $400.00 meal for two w/o wine.

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tom2jean
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous.... great service, excellent food and wine selection.... beautiful setting

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phxepicurean
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious delightful evening at Quiessence for my mom's 98th birthday. We always love an evening on the Farm.

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jlmarks
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 15-year anniversary here. Service and food were fantastic! We'll likely go back during the daytime to see more of the property, even if for a cup of coffee at the cafe.

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Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain is rated 4.6 stars by 1880 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.

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