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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4.1

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4.3

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4.1

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

67% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Business Meals (4)
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Quiet Conversation (4)
Cozy (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Scenic View (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Romantic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Little Rock)·Dined 2 days ago

This place has all the right pieces in place for a great experience. Our server was the same as our last visit and he's very personable and indulging. We attribute the "cut above" marks to his high level of care and attention to detail. He has great taste and made excellent recommendations. Everyone was kind and they presented the perfect marriage of fine dining and a light casual environment.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Over priced meal for food that was considered 'fair.' Ambiance ruined by large, noisy group in bar area.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined 4 days ago

I thought it was hard to find on the site. A few signs but illogical location. The interior was rather boring. It was too loud for me. I don’t want to yell all night across the table. The entree were average. There would be no reason to go back

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 6 days ago

We always love coming here. The staff is wonderful and always remembers us. Food is fresh and great. Choice of outdoor or indoor dining. Can't wait to go back. Loretta

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 6 days ago

Modified reservations when arrived and they accommodated with no problem. Great server Suzan.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Liked the food! Service was good. Atmosphere was not the same as previous experience. Liked the previous Merritage better!

Tags: Great Beer, Happy Hour, Casual, Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 3, 2018

My date and I thoroughly enjoyed sitting outside on the patio for lunch. The food, service and ambience was fabulous!

Tags: Scenic View, Healthy, Business Meals, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Very nice, laid-back place to have a good meal.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Service was extremely slow and underwhelming. Waitress was nice, but disappeared for 15 minutes at a time. Twice our ice team needed refill and she was no where to be found. We also ordered steak / pork chop (both are excellent), but she forgot to bring the rolls, when we asked about the bread she said she would be right back with them . . . you guessed it, 15 minutes later, after we finished our meal she brings the dinner rolls. By that time our iced teas were empty again, and she said she would be right back with refills . . . and once again, 15 minutes to get a refill. She never asked us if we wanted dessert, she just brought the bill and walked away.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had dinner at the Urban grill on New Years eve. The service was poor and the waitress was rude and uninterested. I expected more from a Marriott property.
We will not return !

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food good. Service lame.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Upscale pub food and atmosphere. Can recommend the avocado toast appetizer and mussels

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great service, very accommodating. Glad we had Sunday lunch/brunch there while staying at Canyon Villas.

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We were looking forward to our Thanksgiving dinner here, but were extremely disappointed. The turkey was dry and bland, the stuffing was mushy and had a terrible flavor, green beans were hard and not properly cooked. We didn't even bother with dessert. We wonder if they even tasted their own food. Service was excellent. If you are eating at this hotel, Roy's is an excellent choice, but not Meritage.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Tyler was the best server. Great attitude, attention to detail and made it a point to ensure that we were happy and had a great experience. Will go back for sure.

This place used to be an upscale steakhouse that had really good food and service. The adjusted to a lower key ambience and I think they hit a home run. This is a great place for drinks and watching sports after golf but also a great restaurant for the family and a great atmosphere. Love it.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Always a great experience! Love the staff!!!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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 on November 14, 2017

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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