Kai Restaurant at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
Recipient of the Coveted AAA Five Diamond Award and Forbes Five-Star Award, KAI, meaning 'seed' in the Pima language, features a menu rich in creativity, history and Native American culture. Executive Chef Thomas Riordan and Chef de Cuisine Ryan Swanson incorporate the essence of the Pima and Maricopa tribes and locally farmed ingredients from the Gila River Indian Community to create unforgettable masterpieces.
To maintain an elegant dining experience for guests, KAI requires a smart casual dress code. It prohibits ripped or torn clothing, t-shirts, hats, shorts, athletic attire, sneakers, flip flops or sandals for men. A collared shirt and well-kept denim for men, and cocktail attire for ladies is acceptable. As a courtesy to other diners, refrain from using cell phones in the dining room. Thank you in advance for respecting this as an elegant and discerning adults-only fine dining environment, recommended for guests over the age of 13.
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- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Grilled Tenderloin of Tribal Buffalo*
Smoked Corn Puree, White Runner Bean Chili, Cholla Buds, Saguaro Blossom Syrup
KAI Lobster Roll*
Vanilla Butter Poached Tail, Ramona Farms Pinole Cornbread, 60 Day Corn Bisque; (Supplement $20)
Black Trumpet & Oyster Mushroom Soup
Mesquite Brioche, Périgord Truffle, Spruce Tips, Meyer Lemon, Pickled Chanterelles
Excellent food and service. Fine dining in every sense of the word, but with personable and friendly service that wasn’t stuffy. The sommelier brought us creative and unexpected parings that were perfect with the food. Absolutely amazing experience.
We love Kai! The service is impeccable and the food is fabulous and presented like a work of art. Always an outstanding experience. I highly recommend this restaurant!
Very well staged process for getting us into the restaurant, excellent service, food was unique and delicious.
We had a wonderful experience at Kai. Every course, every element of service was so memorable and above par. Jeremy did an amazing job taking care of us, and we would definitely request him next time.
Best fine dining experience I have had in or out of the US. Incredible service, attention to detail, flavor profiles and very nice touch informing guests of the indigenous history and inspiration for the dishes. Absolutely would recommend!
Phenomenal service, excellent unique food with a story. A beautiful view of the sunset. An absolutely incredible experience.
Outstanding culinary and dining experience. Highly recommend.
Everything about eating here was perfect. The ambiance was gentle and romantic, the service was impeccable and the food was outstanding. Plus the additional touches unique to the restaurant give definition to the term fine dining experience.
Amazing cuisine, some of it plated as works of art. Service was perfect. They even arranged for a beautiful sunset!
Absolutely amazing in every way it was an experience to remember and nothing like you would find at a normal restaurant. The staff were attentive to a level we had never experienced and educated us about the native background of the restaurant and the food. Highly recommend but expect to be there for at least 2 to 3 hours
As usual, Kai is the standard for fine dining. Their attention to detail makes it a stand alone experience. Nothing is overlooked, from plating to presentation, everything is perfect. Our fourth visit and not once have we been disappointed. Perfect restaurant!
We have been frequent diners at Kai for more than a decade. This was our first post-pandemic meal. They have not lost a step - in fact in some ways their sabbatical made them better. Every dish on the tasting menu was excellent. Their current presentation of buffalo is the best i have ever had. How did i live 15 months without a Pima Bear?
An extraordinary dining experience from the infused culture of the Pima and Maricopa communities to the unique and phenomenal menu and perfect wine pairing. Certainly one of our best ever dinners! Perfect!
What a wonder night. Kai is simply outstanding in every way. The food is delicious, and artful. Drawing from native tradition and ingredients there is an experience you’ll never forget.
Wine pairing was also outstanding.
One interesting element which may be COVID related is that reservations are only for two and no more. The effect is that the noise level was low.
On the service side, Jeremy, Connor, and Kevin were perfectly on point throughout the evening.
We will absolutely return.
This was our second time experiencing Kai. Most of the courses were delicious, but the apple soup wasn’t my favorite and more than three spoonfuls was too much of that flavor. The amuse bouche was our favorite item of the night, with dessert, and the aromatics being a close second. Service was fantastic.
Very innovative with a special focus on little known ingredients and uncompromising quality.
Each plate is also pleasure for the eyes.
Excellent wine selection.
Overall, outstanding experience including service and food.
Unbelievable experience! I loved hearing about all the food and the traditions behind them. Fantastic service.
Very special occasion
Good food but you’re paying for the story behind the food when it comes to this place. Half of your time will be listening to the backstory of where the inspiration for the dish came from and how it was modernized. It’s an experience for sure but for $500 for 2 people… I’m not coming back.
FWIW we had a large 1” long bug crawling across our table during dinner. We received an apology and a comp drink for two. I didn’t make more of it because it was supposed to be about a nice night out with my wife on Mother’s Day weekend. Disappointed they didn’t do more on that.
Wonderful experience and lovely atmosphere to celebrate any occassion! The wait staff is amazing, knowledgable and skilled. Sychronized to perfection! A must do experience at sunset; plan on spending a leisurely amount of time to enjoy it. Your serving portion may not appear large, but we were filled to satisfaction!
A dining experience like my wife and I never experienced before! From the beginning of the evening until we left the property was unbelievable. We were led to our table and introduced to Jeremy our server for the evening. Jeremy is a credit to Kai. He took us through our culinary journey, by explaining each dish and what the chef was presenting on each course. Speaking of the chef... The presentation and the food was outstanding. We spent over three hours dining, never rushed by the (exceptional) staff and we also were server each course in a very timely manner.
My husband's birthday, my birthday & our anniversary are all very close together. We make it a point to celebrate all 3 at the Kia. Everyone there make our celebrations memorable. We love the place & always ask for Kevin as our server. He's great. The food is out of this world. Everything makes the cost worth it!!
Simply outstanding. Beyond the incredible flavors of each dish the waiter gave us an in depth understanding of the cultural origins of each preparation.
Excellent. great food, service and atmosphere. Highly recommend
Amazing service from the moment you walk in there is a team ready to help you through this amazing culinary experience.
Fabulous as always. We come every year to Kai. It is noted for the most creative cuisine and literally phenomenal service. It never disappoints. The tribal buffalo is delicious, deserts amazing and the bread, salads etc just always a surprise. We will be back.
This is a lovely place for a special meal out. The service is always impeccable, and the food is unique and delicious. So many extra little touches that make the meal special.
A very special dinning experience. Multiple courses prepared with exquisite taste by an outstanding chef. A very relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy a unique dinning experience over 2 1/2 to 3 hours. The wine pairings with each course was exceptional. Our table service assistance, Jeremy, was excellent. He explained the menu and answered our questions fully that allowed us to make the best choices. When each course was delivered to our table Jeremy did an outstanding job of explaining the preparation and ingredients in each dish. It was the most enjoyable dinning experience my wife and I have ever had.
Do not miss this dining experience!! It is masterpiece of courses that will amaze! If you can, ask for Kevin... he is the absolute Guru of all things food!!
We have always had impeccable service and food when at Kai, and our dinner the other night didn't disappoint. The attention to detail, the presentation of the food, and the warm hospitality always makes dining at Kai an extra-special experience!
What can I say about Kai that has not been said, from the time you pull up to check in to dinner to leaving, you feel like the most important person on the property. The craft drinks at the bar are well worth it and the wine list is outstanding. Moving to the food well... every course perfection, served beautifully and explained thoroughly. You will want to devour it but I suggest closing your eyes and taking your time enjoying every chew and the intense flavors in every bite. Everyone should eat here at least once if possible, you will not be disappointed.
Fantastic meal and incredible ambiance! Absolutely the best fine dining in the Valley.
Everything was wonderful and we can’t wait to go back!
I have lived in Phoenix for almost ten years, and I have always heard about how amazing Kai is. Last night was supposed to be my wedding day, but my fiancé and I had to postpone because of COVID. So, we decided that the next best thing would be to have one of the best meals in our lives, and Kai gave us exactly that.
First I want to applaud our server Feliciano and all of the other wonderful staff who took care of us. They were attentive and friendly, and everything was timed with perfection.
Ok, now let's talk about the food...oh, the food! There was a complimentary goat cheese starter and bread service with three different home made breads--so good! Then we both had the mushroom soup. It was complex and rich and so different from any mushroom soup I've had. My fiancé said it's the best soup he's ever tasted, and he's an amazing cook. Then he has the lobster roll and I had the escargot. Both were prepared in ways that we'd never seen, and they were delicious. Then, for the entrees, I had buffalo and he had the wagyu special. The buffalo was fantastic, but the wagyu was something else...it literally brought tears to my fiancé's eyes because the dish was so good. It was rich without tasting fatty, and the accoutrements were perfect. We were so full at this point that I said I would only eat one bite of dessert...wrong! They were so good! I'm not even a sweets person, but my dessert was so unique and creative, and I ate way too much of it!
Now I need to throw in special praise for the sommalier. We chose to do a the pairings, and they were PERFECT. Pairings almost doubles the price of the meal, but, if you are able to, it is 100% worth it.
Annual anniversary dinner at our favorite fine dining venue. Never disappointed by the food or service and that was the case even with COVID-19 restrictions in effect.
Dining at Kai is a truly wonderful experience. The food is fabulous and the staff treats you like royalty. If there is one place you need to take a special person it is Kia. Make sure you have at least two hours to savor the experience. It is so nice to be thanked for spending time at a restaurant. My wife and I will return for another special date night.
Truly a dining experience like no other. Superior in every regard. The service rendered by Jeremy and his team was beyond compare. Every dish was thoroughly explained. The use of native ingredients was impressive. The presentation was fabulous. The wine pairings were spot on, with excellent descriptions by the sommelier. We could not have been more pleased with the evening. 3 hours of sheer delight.
Amazing Valentines dinner. Food was as good as ever.
The food was amazing. It was beautifully presented and appetizing. The service was outstanding. Our servers were friendly and professional. This is a unique restaurant and is one of the best dinners I have ever had. I would highly recommend this place.
This is our fourth or fifth visit to Kai. It is like no other restaurant experience that I know. With the current pandemic, we have not been to a restaurant in close to a year....we chose Kai to have our first outside, incredible and exceptional meal. Thank you to the Kai staff and chef. We will see you again next year!
Kai Restaurant at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is rated 5 stars by 2129 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.