About Meritage an Urban Tavern at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

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5350 East Marriott Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85054
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, Beer Garden, Farm-to-table

Hours of Operation:
Brunch:
Sunday: 9:00am-3:00pm

Lunch:
Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Happy Hour:
Daily: 3:00pm-6:00pm

Dinner:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Tatum Blvd & Deer Valley Rd

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 293-3939

Website:
http://www.jwdesertridgeresort.com/

Catering:
We offer private accommodations with customizable menus. For private dining options and parties please contact Ashley DiDea at (480)293-3976.

Parking Details:
Complimentary parking at the Wildfire Golf Course parking lot.

Executive Chef:
Chris Neff

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer private accommodations with customizable menus. JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa- Meritage Steakhouse offers a semi-private dining area with accommodations for up to 60 people. For private dining options and parties please contact Ashley DiDea at (480)293-3976.

Private Dining

A favorite, neighborhood gathering spot in the Desert Ridge community, MERITAGE, an urban tavern, offers a fun, upscale vibe with a contemporary, industrial setting.

Meritage an Urban Tavern at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.0

service

4.3

ambience

3.9

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

70% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (8)
Bar Seating (6)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Business Meals (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Fun (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 4 days ago

Always a great experience! Love the staff!!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 5 days ago

We had a wonderful dinner at this restaurant. I had a wedge salad, New York strip steak, and apple strudel for dessert. My wife had the meat loaf entree. Everything was delicious, well prepared, and fresh. Service was very friendly, attentive and prompt. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone interested in a tasty dinner in a lovely location.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

Lovely place with outdoor dining, but VERY loud inside. Over-priced at $50 + for a simple lunch. Probably a big hit with vacationing golfers. Right outside the Marriott Pro Shop. The food was tasty, the service was great. But I wouldn't recommend it for anything but a special occasion because of the prices, the abundant big-screen TVs and the noise level. It's really just another sports bar. Fantastic, if that's what you're looking for while visiting the area and/or golfing at the resort.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great ambiance on the patio. Good food and service. Nice selection of food and drinks.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Sat outside near the fire pit. Great ambiance. Great food

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Awesome server who knew all the wines, gave us menu suggestions and really helped us enjoy the evening.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 21, 2017

The trout and the meatloaf were both good dishes. Nice list of beer / ale and wines by the glass. Service was good, though I caught the the server pass by looking to see if I had signed the credit card slip shortly after it was presented to me. Too obvious she wanted to clear out. I would go back and eat there again.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Had a great time and look forward to returning. Food very good, service excellent!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Nice place, great food, excellent service. Here on a business trip and multiple restraints in the hotel but I think this one is my favorite for a good solid lunch with friends.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Cozy, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Live Sports, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Quick Bite, Fun, Bar Seating
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Despite our reservation, our table was not ready on time and we had to wait 20 min. And it was so loud we hardly could communicate. The food was OK but not that great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Good food, good beer! Space seems a little loud with few people there.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Service was great, filet was prepared perfectly but was served cold.

Tags: Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Was there for wife's 40th. Awesome does not sum it up....fantastic service and food....Period!

Roma was an excellent waitress, awesome all around!

Thanks for a great evening!

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Good food, friendly accomadating staff, great happy hour! Nice ambience.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Fun
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 28, 2017

First time there. Very friendly management and waitstaff. The food was great.

Tags: Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Happy Hour
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

All of us had lackluster and/or incorrectly cooked meals. We won't be back.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 13, 2017

$16 Avocado toast nicely prepared with fixings. Burger tasty but not worth $17. Service attentive with good beer selection. Was very loud for a date night, couldn't hear each other. Not very elegant for a 5 star hotel. Ok with the Groupon but probably would not go back.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

We went for a bachelorette party dinner. The service was somewhat slow but there were other big parties there too. Our waiter was kind but he was strange and kind of hovered over us in an intrusive way or we couldn't find him when we needed him. They comped our drinks even though we didn't complain at all. It appeared he could sense that we weren't very please. It took a half hour to get our drinks from the bar. He had the manager check on us which was nice. And he had desserts sent over for the table and the bachelorette.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 5, 2017

It was very noisy and expensive. $8.00 for a domestic beer is ridiculous. We chose not to order any alcohol and just had water. Food was good but the portions were small for the price they charge. Service was very attentive. Won't be going back, though.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Marriott destroyed a great spot by changing the venue at the Meritage. The restaurant was just too loud. Forget this as a special occasion restaurant.

Tags: Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Good food and an interesting cocktail menu. A good choice if you are staying at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Was disappointed because it was pictured as a much nicer restaurant. It was very bar like as was the service. The appetizers were very small for the price. Not a lot of vegetarian options too. We had a few guests that were vegetarian and they had 1 option for dinner.

Tags: Live Sports, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Service both waitress and manager we outstanding. Both highly skilled, friendly etc. Steak was below average, scallops were tasty but almost not done.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great Beer, Bar Seating
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Very comfortable restaurant with lots of menu selections. Elegant without being stuffy.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Romantic, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Great staff and the food was fine. We were there for a three-day conference and the first day, lunch took 50 minutes to arrive after we ordered--and we had reservations. The restaurant was slammed and the staff was terrific. Management should have antipated that a conference with 1600 people would flood the restaurant at lunch. We had dinner there three straight nights and loved it.

Tags: Comfort Food, Business Meals, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 17, 2017

We had requested a table for 4 adults and 2 children in high chairs. The hostess tried to seat us at a high table claiming no other tables were available. Fortunately a server let her know it was totally unacceptable and found us a suitable table. The food was good except for a pesto that came with the bread service. It was the flavor and texture of ground up herbs, not a pesto. Both the scallops and pork chop entrée were very creative and flavorful.

Tags: Great Beer, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2017

The Meritage is a nice spot at the J. W. Marriott. Our group enjoyed the meal. The Octopus was great, as was my steak. Rest of our group also had good meals. The atmosphere was also nice, allowing us to have good conversation, without having to speak so loud.

Tags: Seasonal, Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Met with the family for a Friday dinner everyone was happy including our three year old grandson. The sea bass is my "go to" selection and once again was prepared perfectly. Great service as well.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Delicious brunch, very casual atmosphere. We were expecting slightly higher end atmosphere for the price, but the staff was attentive and food options great.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Horrible hostess. We waited for 10-12 mins before we were even acknowledged. We ended up leaving.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Nice atmosphere for a restaurant adjacent to a golf course. Best to have a hamburger since entree prices were high for what was presented.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We wanted a quiet setting for Easter brunch. We were seated outdoor, it was quiet and the flowers outside were beautiful. Our 14 year old daughter enjoyed the baked oyster appetizer (her first time to try oyster). We had a great time. Food was delicious.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Very nice restaurant. We sat outside they have nice lawn with games. Would be great for kids to run around. The server went beyond her regural duties to accomodate us. It was a great experience and the food was great too.

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 (Denver)·Dined on March 11, 2017

The food was great! Filet was perfectly cooked. We had our 8 month old daughter with us and the staff was accommodating and so friendly! We will go back.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Enjoyed our experience very much. Tasty honey-mustard wings! Great atmosphere and service!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Casual, Live Sports, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Filet and scallops were excellent. Above average food and service. Great beer selection.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Casual, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 19, 2017

The occasion was a family celebration of good news! One of the best places in the valley. The chef is top shelf -preparing all entrees from scratch. We had a table of eight including adults and young children. Lori did a great job of serving us.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Despite the somewhat ridiculous name, we had a terrific Sunday brunch at Meritage an Urban Tavern. The avocado toast was fantastic, and the service was attentive, but not hovering. My friend and I spent nearly two hours catching up over brunch, and while the restaurant wasn't all that busy, we were never rushed.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We will be back!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 14, 2017

This restaurant used to be a great steak house. It is now sort of a sports bar with upscale prices and food. Meritage is not sure what it wants to be. Guinea Hen as a specialty on Valentine's Day? We went for a nice dining experience and ended up ordering off the Happy Hour menu. Not quite what we expected. We have been there several times, but won't return.

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