Fat Ox

4.7
1671 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Inspired by the rich culinary history of the Bue Grasso (fat ox) Festival of Carrù Italy, Fat Ox serves modern interpretations of traditional Italian dishes from acclaimed local Chef /owner Matt Carter and Executive Chef Rochelle Daniel.

The sleek 7,000 sq/ft restaurant features house made pastas, slow-roasted meats and seafood, an international wine list and a full craft cocktail bar to make for a truly special experience.
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Experiences

  • Valentine's Day Dinner for Two

    $250.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2021 only

    Treat your special someone to a romantic 4-course Italian dinner. Choose from multiple options per course to create your perfect experience complete with all the accoutrements of the holiday.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1671 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JasonS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Reservations screwed up and we supposed to be seated outside. Hostess seated us next to the bathroom. When we asked to be moved, we were moved. A few minutes later the other host came by and asked us to move as he had a group of 10 that would be sitting where we were seated. He finally relented. It created a bad taste in my mouth to start. This was the first time at this restaurant. I would not go back. Food was overpriced and portions were small. Waitress told us that food was family style. Not true.

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jill
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Also solid restaurant. I love dining here

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vipScottA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and food! Our server Christ was awesome, food is great!

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vipChrisW
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our fav place to go. Drinks food people all 5 star fun

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unbelievable food & service!! We will definitely be back when we visit again! Best meal we have had in Scottsdale!

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vipChanayM
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Loved the Branzino and service was top notch.

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JonathanM
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our anniversary dinner here and it was fantastic! The drinks were top notch! We started with a Caesar salad and meatballs and both were fantastic. For the pasta we had the pappardelle and squid ink and as expected, both were terrific! For our entrees we had the filet and the pluma iberica de bellota. The filet was cooked perfectly as was the pork! Price wise it was very reasonable and the food quality was top notch! We will definitely be back once we are in Scottsdale again.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Overall good. Food is innovative but not amazingly Italian nor tasty. Better than most places in the area, though. Good whisk(e)y menu. Good wine menu. Ambiance is great. Overall just good.

JM
JesseM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, and waiter was on point with service. I was sad to see that the bottle of wine I bought was 130 and in store is only 50. I understand the experience but the bottle wasn't worth that .

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We went for my boyfriends birthday. It was our first time there and our waitress was amazing. She explained how they operate and things on the menu and answered any questions we had

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SweetPD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday meal for mom’s 90th birthday - absolutely fabulous meal - exceeded expectations but most importantly, my mom loved it - a wonderful surprise and a perfect end to the holidays!

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Suzeats
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable family celebration. Service was top notch. Food was exceptional! Atmosphere was clean, classic and comfortable.

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katiep
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to help I this place out and it was a great experience. The staff was very attentive. The food was flavorful, delicious and unique. I had an expression martini that was incredible, started with the veal meatballs with polenta so different and full of flavor. we also enjoyed the scallops and fillet both cooked to perfection which were both paired with a complimentary sauce. We decided to get the lemon tart for desert which was very tart but set off with dollops of meringue.
A very enjoyable culinary experience!

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vipVanessaB
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Meh.... so so service - very loud - noise was no big deal . Cheap club vibe.... average food. Nothing special Virtu wannabe... kind of like a Bonefish Grill meets a strange combination of retro club vibe. It was just a so so experience .... first time visit and can’t believe this has lasted 3 years.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my dads birthday. The service was incredible and the manager was outstanding!! The food was delicious too!!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome server. The pasta was outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

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DaveinAZ
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and service. A bit more than we usually spend but it was a memorable New Year's dinner from their special menu.

The only negative was the music seemed a bit loud in the main dining area. Fortunately we were seated at the bar.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was extremely good and our server was fantastic. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Fat Ox. Consistently great food and service.

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XOxoXOxo
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The hostess was less than pleasant. We arrived for our reservation on time, seated about thirty minutes later. People that arrived after us were seated before us. The waitress was ok. Food was great.

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WilliamC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wine and suggestions from Mark and Scott.

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OpenTable Diner
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Date Night. Sat at the bar. Service was awesome. Larry was a great server. Thanks for holding it together during COVID. Rated food a 4 but only because I always have the Tarajin and decide to try something different (I’m vegetarian/pescatarian) had the scallops. Pretty good but Tarajin with a side of Mushrooms would have resulted in a 5

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite restaurant in Scottsdale! The food is always spectacular and I love the ambiance.

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vipLizN
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

No social distancing! The table next to us was so loud. Two other tables asked to be moved. We just wanted to eat and leave! Have dined here before but will not be returning. Wait staff was good but pasta was barely warm. Very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

It’s our favorite restaurant and the experience it’s usually superb but this time on Christmas Day it was less the desirable. I wish I was told about the fixed menu only option when I called and booked our reservation on open table.
There where two items that we ordered from the fixed menu and after ordering the server would come back to the table letting us know that the item was out of stock.
Very frustrating especially after being charged for service charge and not being able to eat what we wanted, not worth the $322

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Been wanting to try this restaurant for a while and when we were looking last minute for a place to have Christmas dinner I was pleasantly surprised to find availability outside at 7 pm. When we arrived I was a bit disappointed that it was a prix fixed menu and we couldn’t order off the regular menu that evening. There were many choices for appetizers, 2nd course (pasta), entree, and dessert. It was a bit pricey but you got a lot of food. It would’ve been nice to know ahead of time that we had to order all that food and pay $100 per person.
The ambiance was wonderful and the servers were helpful with deciphering the menu and making sure we were comfortable.
Some of the flavors in the food were a bit unusual and it tasted more like French food instead of Italian. One fresh pasta we ordered was not amazing- pasta was in the shape of calamari but it was rock hard and didn’t hold any sauce. The burrata was great and the meatballs were tasty too! The filet and the halibut were delicious but the pork loin was not too my liking- I was hoping to have more apple flavor to compliment the pork as the menu suggested but it had mostly cabbage and I couldn’t even taste the apple. I would give the place one more try when it’s not a holiday

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KristinaM
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant!
Food was amazing and our server Holly was spectacular!
Highly recommend 😊

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vipFeliciaT
New Mexico
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Fat Ox for their special occasion dinners. They really do go over the top to make the experience memorable, from the beautiful ambiance to the impeccable service and, of course, the food. The four course menu was spectacular, with several options at each course. Every dish was divine.

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vipJanetW
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As transplants from a major food city, our standards for food, wine and service are high. Thankfully, Fat Ox is a solid performer that can compete with high quality restaurants in almost any food city. Relative to other Phoenix restaurants, it's extraordinarily consistent.

After many dining experiences at Fat Ox, I feel confident in reporting that the house made pastas are always delicious, the house made bread is fresh and the entrees often stellar. There is typically a well prepared fish (in addition to the standard salmon or tuna, most recently halibut) and sometimes, if you're lucky, a wonderful and unique Iberico pork entrée, which sells out immediately.

The staff is personable and knowledgeable.

Fat Ox isn't perfect. Some dishes are over-wrought and excessive. For instance, a burrata first course, overly and unnecessarily garnished with all manner of items. By contrast, a prosciutto appetizer was a bit "thrown together" without much finesse. However, overall, the experience is always memorable and beyond satisfying.

This restaurant has become our celebration "go-to" and we look forward to having many occasions for celebration in 2021!

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viprobjp
San Francisco
55 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was average, nothing stood out. Halibut was bland, steak was ok, but lacked seasoning.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipShirleyP
Phoenix
93 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time there. The food was outstanding. However, I thought the cocktails were tad over priced. Mine was $18 for a bourbon Manhattan, and my husbands was $19 for a lemon drop martini.

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vipDiningDiva
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place gets better every time I dine. The new dining room manager is so personable and really adds a nice touch to the experience. Bartenders are always on top of things. Service is outstanding!!!

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ConnieF
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful!!! The food was amazing!!! We tried a pork dish we’ve never had before and it was so good. We loved the Calabrian shrimp; so good we ordered a second!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We opted for a family-style meal and enjoyed every amazing bite. It was our friend’s birthday and they treated us to a tiramisu at the end. It was just perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality food. Great steaks. Enjoyable atmosphere and people.

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PerryM
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday evening, 8:30 pm reservation. Crowded, not overly though. Sat outside, heaters keep it comfortable. Ordered small dish of mussels along with meatballs. Mussels broth was tangy tasted good, meatballs sauce perfect. Main course - branzino which had the best tasting greens, fish was the right amount for price. Also, orders riveye which was cooked to perfection, enough for the three of us. Great food, great drinks. Waiter was helpful with food selection and great service.

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vipBradT
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Seated at a table near the bar which was PACKED and loud! Frat house environment during COVID resurgence. No bueno!

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FoodEater
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We either ordered bland food or the food is bland in general. 🤷‍♂️

FAQs

Fat Ox is rated 4.7 stars by 1671 OpenTable diners.

Fat Ox does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.itson.me/widget/74-2002-fat-ox#/merchant/2002.

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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