Fat Ox

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643 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary Italian
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Inspired by the rich culinary history of the Bue Grasso (fat ox) of Carrù Italy, fat Ox serves family style modern Italian creations from acclaimed local Chef Matt Carter.

fat Ox is a new 7,000 sq/ft restaurant featuring house made pastas, 100+ wines, and a full craft cocktail bar to make for a truly special experience.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

SUMMER HOURS: Memorial Day through end of August
Tuesday-Thursday 5-9 pm; Friday & Saturday 5-10 pm
Closed Sunday/Monday
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Phone number
(480) 307-6900
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Matt Carter
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Southwest corner of Scottsdale Rd and Lincoln Dr
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Parking details
There is ample parking in front of the building with convenient access off both Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive.
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Special events & promotions
We'd love to host your private party or celebration. Contact us at events@ilovefatox.com
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Behind the sliding wooden doors imported from Italy, the 2,000 square-feet of indoor and outdoor private dining space can accommodate 50 seated guests inside and up to 100 utilizing both spaces for multi-purpose events like corporate and social gatherings.

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What 643 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

First time at Fat Ox. Found it actually driving by, since we don’t live in Arizona....the atmosphere was great. But the food as well as the service, was extraordinary. Tableside Caesar was delicious...charcuterie was better...and the pastas about as fresh and well made as you can get. The wine list was really well priced and expansive.

How good was it? We went back the next evening. These folks know how to present a great restaurant.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Great authentic Italian dishes. Sharing is in order with the pasta second course as a must!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Excellent recommendations made by the server! Truffle pasta with Speck was delicate and delicious, many layered lasagna was hearty. Would definitely recommend the roasted cauliflower. Tried 2 different desserts, the tiramisu with espresso Gelato which was very rich and chocolaty! Also tried the amaretto Gelato with cookie bits, which was very yummy. Nice atmosphere and good variety of menu selections. Good wine.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Great place. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

All 3 of use loved our food and plan to go back. In fact one friend said she is taking her son this weekend! It is seriously worth going back for tableside Caesar salad alone.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Everything great except the salad.....It's like eating rope.....fiberous!
I chewed and chewed and chewed...kinda gross. I had this same alad in a prior visit.....same thing!

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1.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Worst service in Scottsdale, good pasta, horrible service

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Service was amazing, but it got busy and loud; we waited 10-15 minutes after the dessert menu dropped and just decided to leave instead of ordering dessert.

The fried artichoke on the swordfish entree was amazing. I would come back for the fresh pasta alone.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

We had great service, the dry aged porterhouse was outrageous.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Outstanding food, however, the restaurant was very dark and loud, we felt like we were dining in a nightclub. That atmosphere detracts from the incredible food.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We've tried this restaurant a couple of times now. I wanted to give it a try again before I wrote a review.
It was surprisingly easy and straight forward to get reservations for a Saturday evening and we were seated as soon as we got there.
There were 2-3 servers that approached our table and introduced themselves and said they'd be taking care of us but that changed pretty quickly. Our "primary" server Aaron knew the menu well and helped make selections but came across as a little pushy.. never felt that with a server so that takes away 1 star from my review.
Everything else was totally on point - decor, ambience, food, our secondary servers who did take over eventually.
House bread, butter and ricotta is phenomenal.
Table side Caesar salad 5/5 - must try!
While the scallops were a little too buttery and greasy, the green tortellini blew my mind!
All dishes have a relatively smaller serving size.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

This was a perfect place to celebrate someone special!! The decor was beautiful and the food and service impeccable.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Truly an unbelievable dining experience. Be sure to have the veal meatballs (you will thank me later).
Fat Ox has it all - delicious cocktails, amazing food and exceptional service.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The food is not just good, it is outstanding. Short ribs and polenta is a must-try. We will absolutely be back.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

This was my first visit to the Fat Ox and I loved my experience. I sat at the bar for dinner. I asked the bartender for meal recommendations and I ordered one of her suggestions. It was delicious. I also enjoyed the ambiance and overall energy of the restaurant. I will definitely return during my future visits to Scottsdale.

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Overall the food was fantastic. We were seated in the backroom area which felt a little disconnected from the main dining room area. The service is "family style" so be prepared to have multiple people waiting on you (which gets a bit confusing when you actually need something). Overall food A+ service was a B as I felt they were very busy and the server(s) never spent a lot of time explaining anything to us. Overall would come back and just try to sit in the bar area.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

This was my our first time at Fat Ox and we loved it. First, our server, Canten, and his assistant (a tall handsome fellow whose name I have regrettably forgotten), were outstanding. The service they provided us was really a joy. They were attentive without being intrusive, knowledgeable and informative, and really read the crowd and the vibe at the table. I cannot say enough good things about them. Then there was the food. We are foodies so we ordered several things so we could all sample a wide variety of the menu. Wow. There was absolutely nothing that I would not order again enthusiastically. The real stand outs were the Burrata, the Garganelli, the scallops and the Filet. Order a side of trumpet mushrooms. They are rich and delicious.
This place is now in my regular rotation of favorites in Scottsdale and I cannot wait to go back again.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Always love the food and ambience. I have to say that Canton gave the best service. We are foodies and visit great restaurants and Canton gave us service at the Michelin level.
Great job Fat Ox and Brian. We love this place.

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5.0Dined on July 13, 2018

We celebrated our anniversary with friends. Our waiter A J was excellent, friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. The pastas were delicious and the steaks done perfectly.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Our third visit love the table side Caesar salad
Pastas outstanding. Would stay away from florentine steak and stick with anything else on menu will be back for sure

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

One of the best meals and service ever! The layer and thought behind each dishes was amazing. It is pricey if you go all out... which we did for an anniversary dinner. But one could go for just a dish or two of amazing food as well! I will be telling everyone about fat ox!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Great Service! Love this place!!
The short ribs were awesome didn’t care for the swordfish in a tomato based sauce and didn’t care for the meatballs.
They make a great martini!!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Awesome experience for a birthday dinner! Amazing service and food!

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

Service and food was amazing! Your restaurant would be a regular for us if we lived here. Our waiter, Canten, was excellent and was able to describe the ingredients in the meals. We will see you again tonight.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

My associate and I made reservations to meet with one of our favorite reps. All three of us love food adventures as well as great drinks and super company. We experienced all three at the Fat Ox! The adventure started at the bar with 2 of the most amazing drinks from Larry. The first was a cocktail with Aperol, Larry's own syrup ( pineapple, sirachi pepper and cinnamon and nutmeg) and vodka(?). The first sip was slightly sweet and then came the hot and spicy kick! Second drink was a variation of a Lemondrop but with a more complex flavor based with gin. I will go back just to try another of Larry's drinks! AJ was our superb waiter who guided our culinary journey! We began with Veal Metballs and the Burrata diBufala. Awesome! Melt in your mouth wonderful! AJ's next recommendations were Garganelli Pasta and the Rigatoni Lamb Verde. Just to die for! The 2 appetizers and 2 pasta dishes were perfect for the three of us. I could have called it a day right then but the way AZ romanced the Creekside Filet and the Hokkaido Diver Scallops, we had to order as well and we were so glad we did! My husband benefitted from some super leftovers but we enjoyed the most tender steak and flavorful scallops I have ever enjoyed. Can't wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Very impressed! Everything we ordered was absolutely fabulous and unique. Reasonable range of prices as well as great service.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Highly recommend the tableside Caesar salad and the Pork Sugo Linguine, outstanding! Service was terrific as well.

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Very nice...though the value is not there. The dishes were imaginative and tasty, though everything was slightly salty for my palette. For example, the swordfish was well prepared and had a good flavor, but the bed of peppers and onions etc that was plated with it was very salty. Parsnip pasta delicious, but again, a bit salty, and a very small portion. I would go again as I felt the menu was so interesting, and the ambience and service was perfect. Full disclosure-I did not have any red meat, which may have been the star of the menu.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

One of the best restaurants I’ve ever eaten at. The food was sensational and the servers were excellent and very knowledgeable.

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

I had very high expectations for this new restaurant from all the reviews I have received from friends.
There were some things I loved about the restaurant after my first visit- the bread and butter was outstanding. The veal meatball is also a must have! I did love the creativity of the menu but the dish I ordered was mediocre.
Our waiter was a very nice guy but wasn’t attentive, especially as we were first time guests. I found myself ease dropping on the table next to me because their server exianed the menu and additional off the men speicials which our waiter never told us about.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

From the minute we walked in until we slipped out the door, I felt like I was taken care of, without the staff stepping on my toes, the menu was explained beautifully. The craft cocktails were amazing and the food? I can't begin to tell you how delicious this meal was. My So and I splurge on a meal at least 2-3 times per month and this place is now on our short list of regular visits! I had a buffalo mozzarella appetizer that had just the right amount of acid, sweet, salt & crunch. I then splurged on pasta - the sauce was a simple parmesan, cream, speck concotion. I did the 2nd course size. You can get the dinner sized portion if you're very hungry! The ONLY constructive criticism is the pasta was just north of being ready to come out of the water. 15 or 20 seconds more and the toothiness would have been perfection.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Fat Ox’s chef and servers are amazing. My sister and I had an excellent time at the restaurant. Their cocktails fell a bit short but the wine list was amazing. Our server recommended most of what we had to eat for the evening and suggested the wine we ordered. This was an experience not just a meal. This place came highly recommended to me and I will make sure I recommend it in the future.
The Garganelli Pasta is absolutely amazing and the Filet was cooked to absolute perfection.

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

the food was spectacular! The service was amazing. Fat Ox is now added to my must try list for visiting friends and family.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Awesome!!! Our waiter Mel really made the dinner. So informative and spot on.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Went to dine here during our vacation & for our 20th Anniversary...Food was delicious & service was outstanding...We had ‘soup to nuts’ or full course dinner, & it all worked really well! You must try one of their pasta dishes, they are very tasty!!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Great service. Nothing special about the food. Pricey.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Excellent environment, service and most importantly food! Would highly recommend to friends and family!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Food and service were fantastic! The homemade squid ink pasta was absolutely amazing!!! The pasta was so fresh and tasty it melted in your mouth. We also got the Caesar salad which they make table side. It was summer so we sat outside which was great! We ordered a steak for 2, also fantastic. Our server was super kind, and very easy to talk to. I recommend anyone in town going to FatOx specifically for the pasta!!!

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Mouth-watering!!!! Everything we ordered was delicious.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Our meal was great and service was on point until we finished our entrees. It seemed as though our server abandoned us for the rest of the meal. I’m not sure we even saw our main server again. We were hoping for dessert menus, which we never received and waited quite a while for the check. To be fair, we were provided with a complimentary birthday dessert, which was great. But again, the option for other desserts or after dinner drinks wasn’t there. She may have gotten busy as the restaurant filled up more, but her absence really made an impact on the rest of the night.

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