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Royal Palms Holiday Banquet Buffet, Phoenix, AZ

Royal Palms Holiday Banquet Buffet

4.2
4.2
42 Reviews
$50 and over
Mediterranean
Celebrate the holidays in an unmatched setting at Royal Palms Resort & Spa. Unlike any other resort in Arizona, winding stone paths transport guests past orange trees, trickling fountains, and lush gardens filled with magenta bougainvillea, exotic plants and desert flowers.

Experience Executive Chef Lee Hillson's traditional holiday brunch buffet in a stunning ballroom setting, or on an intimate patio. The buffet offers the classics; omelets made-to-order, waffle station, composed soups and salads, chilled poached shrimp, oysters and crab claws and more. The carving station features herb crusted prime rib, roast turkey, and honey glazed ham. Indulge in the expansive dessert station highlighted by macarons, cupcakes, and an attended pie station.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Spanish, American
  • Phone number
    (602) 283-1234
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Lee Hillson
  • Neighborhood
    Central Phoenix
  • Cross street
    Camelback
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Mother's Day Banquet Buffet 2024

    $175.00 per person

    May 12, 2024 only
    Mother's Day Banquets Brunch Buffet Celebrate the MOM"S and all the influential women in your life. Treat them to a decadent brunch buffet. Be our guest and create new memories with those who matter most on this special day. The price includes a complimentary Glass of Sparkling Wine or Mimosa (or sparkling apple cider) and our Holiday inspired buffet. $175++ per person | $75++ for children ages 6-12 | Children 5 years and under are free. Price excludes tax and 20% gratuity.

What 42 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

42 Reviews
  1. smccracken

    Phoenix

    60 reviews

    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Insanely expensive Easter Buffett that should have included the top. Poor service and needed to tip on top of the 175 pp cost. I’m sure getting employees not work on a holiday is tough but this was a rip off and barely had any employee attention and we love the Royal palms!

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  2. Chris

    Phoenix

    69 reviews

    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a wonderful Thanksgiving! This was by far my favorite! Everything was first class, from parking, to service, to selection, to food! Highly highly recommend!

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  3. VictoriaT

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the best buffet that we have ever gone too and we have gone to many. Everything was top quality, food was delicious, service was impeccable, and the ambience was lovely. Tables were spaced far apart so that it made you feel that you had your own private table. The service staff were very attentive but not making you feel like you were being rushed or needed to hurry up and leave. We sure hope that they have this buffet next year.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It was very expensive. The food was wonderful but not sure worth $175 per person.

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  5. ERG1111

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanksgiving brunch was excellent. It was a beautiful set-up, service at the highest level from the greeters to servers, and amazing food. The waffle station was a huge hit for the kids, and it was nice to have a kids-favorite area with chicken fingers, pizza, and fries. Not to mention donuts and croissants. There was a nice assortment of greens, veggies, and grains to accompany the carved meats, as well as traditional potatoes, beans, brussel sprouts, etc. The seafood (super jumbo prawns and oysters) and sushi were nice touches. Dessert included three pies and a couple smaller selections, like macarons, cheesecake and chocolate mousse. These were all divine even when impossible to finish after all the food! Definitely a high price tag but if you're up to splurge for a once a year special event, this is the way to go.

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  6. DLB27

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great. All the different foods from the oysters Rockefeller to the turkey and prime rib, to the amazing seafood were outstanding. A little pricey but well worth it.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Such a bad experience on Mother’s Day.. the food quality was nothing like the usual.. we were so disappointed for the absolute waste of money

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mother’s Day brunch exceeded our expectations. The service alone made the price worth it. Great job to your team. Bridgette was our server. We will absolutely be back for holiday brunches.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Not a huge selection compared to other Mother’s Day brunches but significantly more expensive. Food was ok, nothing special. Seafood sat out too long and became rubbery. Not even close to a $175 per person value.

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  10. WaelY

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Very disappointed with food variety and offerings for what we paid. We paid $750 for 2 adults and 3 kids and received below average service and food. See good, steak and desert were disgraceful. This is second bad experience for this place. First one was valentine preset menu offering. Never again and will make sure we tell our experience to friends.

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  11. slu1998

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was impeccable, the food was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect.

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  12. MichelleD

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter Brunch at The Royal Palms was Outstanding!!! Not a detail was missed! The food was varied and fabulous. The service and personnel were happy diligent and wonderful. We enjoyed the music. We are deeply grateful for the effort put forth by this special place.

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  13. GF17

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Delicious food, lots of options, lovely staff . Just still find it incredible that for $200pp the kitchen can’t figure out how to have gluten free muffins, pastries or bread even just available ion request

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  14. SMcg

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb. Thank you for everything. Service was impeccable.

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  15. ShawnL

    Phoenix

    32 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Terrible experience for a great day! We have eaten at T. Cooks many times before and always walked away feeling we were dealing with a first class organization! Great value it terms of food, service and ambiance. This is why selected this restaurant for our special day. The ham was so dry you can not eat it even with gravy. Beef was average at best and the turkey had no taste! Staff was undermanned except for parking which was fine. The cost was $480.00 with tip for my wife and myself and 2 hours after I got home I toasted a bagel for my Thanksgiving dinner. I felt like I was robbed by a common criminal. Never again…… no ethics from this management team!
    Royal Palms Holiday Banquet BuffetResponded on December 6, 2022
    Hi! Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback. I'm sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your time with us here at the Royal Palms. I would love to hear more about your experience so we can improve ourselves for future events. Please give me a call at 602-808-3142. Thank you, Haley

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  16. Loretta

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    This Thanksgiving buffet was a disappointment in all categories. The atmosphere was not festive. The food display was not inviting. For instance: --The dessert station offered mini desserts that had been sitting out much too long -and were dry and unappealing. --Another station offered salads saturated with dressing leaving the guest no choice for a fresh salad that was not limp with dressing. --Many stations were not refreshed frequently enough and begged the question--"is this food a breeding ground for germs".

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  17. Legalboy

    Phoenix

    35 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Absolutely awful. They confirmed our reservation next to the valet area then sent is to the area by the lobby. When we asked about where dinner was, they sent us to T Cooks where we checked in again and they finally sent us to the dinner check in area off the pool. There were about 15 people waiting to be seating all complaining about the wait and the total lack of organization. We waited 20 minutes after our reservation time and we were finally seated. About mid meal we ran into some friends who said their wait was nearly an hour.Service at the table was nonexistent but the woman who appeared with water and to take a drink order was pleasant enough. Food was marginal at best. Turkey was not served off the bone but instead was being sliced from a turkey breast which looked as if it could have been purchased at Safeway. All in all a miserable experience.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Very disappointed with the whole Thanksgiving experience here. Was finally seated an hour and half after our reservation time, the food was cold and the service was slow. Way too overpriced for the food itself and temperature of the food. Will not recommend or be back.
    Royal Palms Holiday Banquet BuffetResponded on December 6, 2022
    Hi! Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback. I'm sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your time with us here at the Royal Palms. I would love to hear more about your experience so we can improve ourselves for future events. Please give me a call at your earliest convenience at, 602-808-3142.

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  19. KevinB

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thanksgiving buffet - everything one could want and very high quality.
    Royal Palms Holiday Banquet BuffetResponded on December 6, 2022
    Hi Kevin! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm very happy to hear that you had a wonderful time on Thanksgiving with us! We hope to have the opportunity to host you again for Christmas. Happy holidays! Haley

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  20. ANAND

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience at thanksgiving! Thanks
    Royal Palms Holiday Banquet BuffetResponded on December 6, 2022
    Hi! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm very happy to hear that you had a wonderful time on Thanksgiving with us! We hope to have the opportunity to host you again for Christmas. Happy holidays! Haley

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  21. jjpchgo

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    $390.00 for 2 people for their Mother’s Day brunch. Food was vastly overpriced and not very good quality. I have had better brunches at mediocre hotels without a special occasion going on. Never again.

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  22. Nathan

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    3.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a review specifically for the Mothers Day Brunch at the Royal Palms not T Cooks, not the resort as a whole as I really enjoy both. The challenge I have on this one is I love the overall resort and think they did a good job, but they cut some important corners for an experience costing $150 / adult and $60 / kid. First off they tried to cram so many tables into the experience to maximize revenue that many of the table locations were less than optimal crammed into corners that weren't cute, but were just a space they thought they could cram something. Because they tried to cram a table everywhere they could they didn't have enough umbrellas leaving many guests in direct sun including some of ours. The price for kids / minors is a little much for anyone under $12, they can't eat enough to even get close. Then only providing one glass of mediocre champagne as a welcome drink. At classy event like this I understand not having bottomless as that would dumb down the event, but pour something classy, get a Schramsberg, a Veuve, or some other mid grade drink. They did serve excellent food. The salads were excellent, the oyster bar was nice, the presentation was very good overall. The staff were all incredibly friendly, but service was still slow as there were just too many tables and not enough staff, valets, etc. to handle the number of guests. I highly recommend the Royal Palms, but I won't be doing the Mother's Day Brunch again. While it was nice with great food, it felt commercialized and did not create the experience consistent with the exclusive property it was at. Pricing was a little high only because of the corners they cut.

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  23. SueD

    Phoenix

    193 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    193 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter buffet brunch at The Royal Palms is a special treat. The setting is lovely and they spread guests around in different rooms and outside so it never feels crowded or noisy. There are Easter activities outside for the children and they have their own table of food options. The buffet offers high quality fare with a nice variety. They have made to order omelettes and a carving station. The price is a little high but includes one mimosa and there are plenty of things to choose from. I had reserved outdoor seating for our party of three but they seated us inside. We never said anything about it since we liked the location and there were doors nearby that were open to the outside. All in all it was a great way to celebrate Easter.

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  24. SamuelP

    Phoenix

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    we had a great time. everything tasted good!!!!!!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and service…..was a glitch with open table as the restaurant did not have our reservation on file

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  26. Mike

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Loved T Cooks for Thanksgiving and a regular meal but the buffet was a bit of a disaster - they charged 150 per person (food only) plus 20% gratuity so we had fairly high expectations. Despite the menu that was advertised they in fact did NOT even have Turkey for a Christmas Buffet and the food was at best mediocre overall with fatty meat and limited dessert options. They don't do mass meals well there apparently and with a $450 price tag for a lunch buffet we expected much more.

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  27. jake

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Christmas brunch!!

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  28. JenniferM

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a great time at Christmas Brunch. It was a lovely way to share the morning with friends, in such a beautiful hotel. Our server Marcelino was awesome and Allison Shipp took great care of us when we arrived. She went the extra mile to bring us champagne to celebrate. Thanks for wonderful experience.

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  29. StevenW

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First class all the way - from the no-charge valet parking to the reception, waiter and of course the food left nothing to be desired. Ive been to many resorts around Phoenix for Thanksgiving buffets including The Westin at Kierland, Lons Hermosa, Four Seasons/Scottsdale and many others. The Royal Palms is my favorite so far. This was my second time there and if memory serves, a few years ago when it was just myself and my wife, it was a fixed menu without a buffet, and we sat at a table placed in what was normally a hallway so it felt like we were just being crammed in which - added up to a 3-4 star experience. This time with the buffet, and being seated in a more open area with plenty of room between the few tables, the overall experience was much better. Out the door price, with the automatically included %20 gratuity was $723 for my family of five, and Im not sure if my 6 yo son was charged less than the adults.

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  30. Mikel

    Phoenix

    42 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet. Beautiful surroundings and wonderful service but the food was horrible. Turkey was very dry and Prime rib was medium well in the middle, Way over cooked. Bugs flying around oysters and shrimp. $99 a person isn’t the most expensive buffet but it’s cheap either.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    After attending an Easter Brunch a few years ago, which was amazing, this was a total disappointment. Our table was pushed to a remote overflow room. Opening doors, walking past a private party with loud music was inconvenient. The food was fair, but not worth $100/person. Luckily, we noted the 20% service charge for a buffet on the check and did not make the mistake of adding additional monies. We will certainly not go there again.

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  32. SWChickie

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience! Loved how they spread the buffet out between between beautiful rooms. The food was delicious too.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thanksgiving buffet had something for everyone. Thoroughly delicious.

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  34. RobG

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were great, but a little pricey for people who don't eat prime rib or sea food.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was amazing!

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  36. ToddP

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience, excellent food, but it comes at a price. $250 for two people

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  37. Holland

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a flimsy card table that was too small for four adults. Both my son and my husband hit the table leg by accident causing all the drinks to spill as the table wobbled precariously. I made this reservation a month in advance and we should have had a better seating arrangement. Our waiter was very inattentive and we had to constantly flag him down for service. The only thing he did quickly was pick up the check after my husband had barely put his debit card in it. It seems that the experience should have been better and the tip shouldn’t be included automatically for a buffet and small party. Just not the same level of Royal Palm service as in the past.

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  38. KatieM

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful brunch. Quiet and peaceful setting by the fountain. Food and variety was excellent and our server was awesome. We'll be back for Easter and Mother's Day in the future!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter Brunch-

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  40. EatingInItaly

    Phoenix

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch! Food was excellent. Service was excellent. But with only one alcoholic beverage each, the brunch cost $225 for 2 people. A little too pricey for the spread.

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FAQs

Royal Palms Holiday Banquet Buffet is rated 4.2 stars by 42 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Royal Palms Holiday Banquet Buffet

5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Camelback
  • Neighborhood
    Central Phoenix
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Spanish, American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Lee Hillson
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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