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Tía Carmen at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix, AZ

Tía Carmen at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

4.8
4.8
78 Reviews
$31 to $50
Southwest

Led by renowned Chef Angelo Sosa, Tía Carmen celebrates the local landscape, farmers and community of the Southwest. Tía Carmen features a mix of tradition and modernity with bold, elemental cooking complimented by exciting cocktails and a top-notch wine list.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Southwest, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (480) 293-3636

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Chef Angelo Sosa

  • Neighborhood

    Desert Ridge

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 78 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. T

    Trudezzy

    New Orleans

    41 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    41 reviews

    Dined today

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    Started out great. Service terrific and our two starters, oysters & scallop plus the lamb ragout. Then we placed our dinner order. Our server disappeared and took a very long time to get dinner. We ordered the whole chicken and the more expensive New York strip. In our opinion, did not match the two starters. Ordered a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc. It was not chilled and after an initial pour we were responsible for pouring the wine.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My girlfriend and I had not gotten together since before the pandemic plus this is my birthday month. Exceptional from beginning to end with very special treatment by our server Hunter and Chef Angelo Sosa of whom I am a huge fan from Top Chef. Chef sent us a dish to try in addition to what we would order plus a luscious birthday dessert. He toured us in the kitchen and gave my friend and me 10 month aged mole for cooking and I received a beautifully written message and autograph on a menu!

  3. DJ

    DavidJ

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    They charged me $20 for water bottles, no mention of whether we could just enjoy a normal tap or filtered water. What a ripoff. The food was outstanding. The impression left by the water fiasco lingers on.

  4. c

    cali

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food. Fabulous service. Super-cool ambience. Only thing I would look to do is (1) lower the lighting to be a little more upscale; and (2) increase some of the portions. It is pretty expensive so not super great value.

  5. MR

    MariaR

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good buffet and service, perfect for a weekend brunch

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely breakfast at Tia Carmen. The place is beautiful. We had outside dining in the cabanas (if that’s what they were called) on a summer morning. The Mercado dining experience was fantastic. Everything we tasted was delicious. Highly recommend and will be back.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Overall the food was delicious. The only complaint I had was the noise level of the restaurant in the room behind the small bar.

  8. MA

    MAV2

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent dinner! Loved the squash blossom soup, great steak, and the churros were a perfect ending.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible service! Jessen went above and beyond to give us an amazing experience.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience! As someone who has extensive Michelin restaurant experience, the cuisine, ambience and staff (especially Hunter), was outstanding. Flavor combinations were exquisite…kebab, tostada, yams with mole, and flan had phenomenal flavor combinations and must haves!

  11. SP

    SofiaP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food3service2ambience5

    Help Waiters were confused ,. Forgetful, not a variety of choices l

  12. R

    Regg

    Tampa

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food across the board was delicious. Raul was fabulous and very attentive!

  13. LM

    LouiseM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    All of the above occasions

  14. m

    mohamed

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    Food was way over priced for the taste/amount given . Taste wasn’t impressive at all. Would not go back. Atmosphere was the best part.

  15. TM

    TylerM

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2

    The place is so pretty .The service was extremely horrible. The drinks are ok. The main dish was really good.

  16. RL

    RobynL

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food! Depth of flavor is outstanding. Favorites include the tuna tartar (be sure to pick up your plate and drink the “soup”), the incredible not quite a Caesar salad (enough to share and serve 3 easily), the roll up beef “taco”, the signature Tia Carmen chicken entree, and the not be missed flan. Everything is unique in taste and presentation, and staff is spot on. Everything is shareable, and one really doesn’t want to miss a taste! Plenty of outdoor seating for when the weather allows, the restaurant is simply stunning. Back room gets a bit loud when restaurant is full, that is our only criticism. The place was packed on a summer Saturday night. It’s worth the journey, hats off to a great concept and team!

  17. LM

    LaurenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband and I visited Tia Carmen for dinner and had such a pleasant experience! The design of the restaurant is absolutely beautiful and the food was delicious. Hunter went above and beyond to explain the history behind the restaurant decor, make us specialty drinks and give us a restaurant tour at the very end. Such great service! We will definitely be coming back. 10/10

  18. ML

    MichaelL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Good food and good service. Perfect place to meet for a business meeting.

  19. MB

    MichaelB

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Chef Angelo Sosa is a master when it comes to the pairing of food flavors. The tuna crudo with corn coconut broth and smoked chili oil starts out a bit sweet and then you can taste the very mild chili – HIGHLY recommend as an appetizer. The lamb ragu with mesquite noodles, pork, heirloom carrots and Sichuan peppercorn was also outstanding. My striped sea bass with Thai basil and mole verde was amazing. For sides, the street corn and yucca brûlée were my top 2 favorites. For dessert, the homemade flan with a Repisado tequila caramel sauce, with a light dusting of Manchego cheese was one of the best flans I have ever had in my life. This is not your typical “hotel restaurant”. I can’t wait to go back and try more items on the menu.

  20. DM

    DianaM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful dinner at Tia Carmen. The ambiance, music, and lighting were great. The food was wonderful. We started off with the Avocado Aguachile and Tuna Tostada. Both were presented beautifully. They were perfect starters - light, bright and refreshing. My husband got the aged strip and I ordered the whole trout. We got the fingerling potatoes and bitter greens with chorizo for our sides. Wow, talk about tastiness. The potatoes had this amazing bone marrow butter on them and Manchego sprinkled all over. It was delicious...a little indulgent but so good. For desserts, the flan was the best thing I ate. I'll admit I was hesitant when I saw manchego all over but once I took a bite of the flab with the tequila caramel sauce and manchego...mind blown. It was damn tasty and so balanced. It took a but for dessert to come out, so they also gave us a blood orange sorbet for the wait. I'm not a big sorbet person but it was really delightful. It smelled amazing. All in all, such a great experience. We went out to celebrate our anniversary and so glad we chose Tia Carmen.

  21. s

    sparklenails

    Phoenix

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We enjoyed our 2nd visit to Tia Carmen very much. We also again had a fabulous server who knew the menu and was able to make suggestions. We enjoyed all the food but my only criticisms are that the (although delicious) ember roasted purple yams are not big enough to be a dinner. I think that they should be listed as an appetizer or a side dish. Last time we parked in self parking and it was a very long walk. This time we did the valet and it was $8. plus tip.

  22. RL

    RevLaufy

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful ambiance. Even better food. Jessica our server went above and beyond and made our dinner that much more special. Highly recommend and will absolutely be back.

  23. HS

    HiralS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This the best restaurant in Arizona. I am vegetarian and they had so many options. My favorite was the corn tostada. From the ambiance to the service to the food - everything was truly amazing.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place was top notch. The waiter we had was so great and the presentation of everything was almost too beautiful to eat! But I’m glad we did because it was scrumptious. Will be back again SOON

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    I loved this place. My husband and I had date night here and the ambience was amazing. The service was excellent. The food was tasty but I do wish they gave a little more for the price. I wasn’t a fan of the churro as a dessert but it want the worst just not for me. I would visit again in the future.

  26. T

    Tiki

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best dining experiences I've had, in years! Jessen (sp) our "dining experience guide" (aka Server), along with the support staff, were extremely warm and inviting. The management staff (2 women) were also exceptional. The highlight of the evening was meeting Chef Angelo Sosa! What a beautiful soul!

  27. RS

    RoseS

    Charleston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From beginning to end Tia Carmen was phenomenal! Tia Carmen is a very, very special restaurant! I wish I could take the whole place back to NY with us. Hopefully we will make it back out to Marriott Canyon Villas so we can enjoy this unbelievably exceptional restaurant experience in the future!

  28. P

    Patrick

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and ambience, Chef Sosa is innovative and traditional at the sametime!

  29. N

    None

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    EXCELLENT SOUTHWEST CUISINE; Compliments to the Chef

  30. J

    Jefe

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What an amazing meal! Chef Angelo is so creative..the wonderful pairing of flavors in every dish is what makes this new restaurant so outstanding. Each dish is so beautifully presented...almost too pretty to eat. My husband and I are pescatarians and there were plenty of wonderful choices. We started with the tuna crudo in a coconut broth…..melted in your mouth. The mushroom menudo was delicious, just the right amount of spiciness and I would absolutely get it again. The ember roasted purple yams were over an aged mole that was outstanding...my favorite of the meal! Chef Angelo came out to see how our meal was and gave us a tour of the kitchen and we got to see how they aged the mole! What a treat! We also had the yucca brûlée that was a must have side dish with so much flavor. Of course we had the flan that Chef Angelo recommended.…the most delicious flan I have ever had. Who would think that manchego cheese on flan would be so delicious...the flan is over a Repisado tequila caramel sauce with the light dusting of the manchego cheese. Wow, save room for dessert! The service was perfect…everyone was so welcoming, polite and friendly, and very knowledgeable about everything on the menu. I love that Chef Angelo locally sourced much of the menu and even the beautiful ceramic dishes. We are locals and there are so many amazing restaurants in the Valley to choose from. Tia Carmen is beautifully decorated and so worth a trip to the JW Desert Ridge.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I really abjured the scenery and staff was very helpful

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Vacationing in Arizona, celebrating our anniversary, I was looking for WOW moments and Tia Carmen delivered! The ambiance, decor in the restaurant and staff exceeded our expectations. Our meals, WOW!!!! I had the bass and my husband the steak. Hunter was the best, made our night extra special and was very attentive! 🥂

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant is just a month old, but will be known as the best restaurant in Scottsdale within the year. From the ambiance to the service to the food, best in town. My date and I loved it. Go.

  34. G

    Gibson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The New York Strip was one of the best I have ever had! This restaurant is truly special and worth the experience! My wife and I celebrated our wedding anniversary and they made us feel like "VIPs" with the service and appreciation. We even got to meet their star chef Angelo Sosa (from Top Chef). Although the price is high, the food does not disappoint and is worth it for celebrations!

  35. F

    Franks

    Phoenix

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brunch was outstanding! Big variety of food options, all very well prepared. Table side drink service was attentive and friendly. Lots of help to answer questions or serve up the specialty items at the brunch tables. Atmosphere was wonderful. We will be back!

  36. DD

    DDDe

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    I was initially enthusiastic about this restaurant. It’s in a very nice space, and apparently is opening with a prestigious new chef. My wife and I were there as two of a party of four. I personally had two dishes, the tuna Crudo and the chicken guisado. The tuna Crudo was good but not outstanding served in a corn chowder. The chicken guisado, however, was a fairly small portion and very close to being without any flavor at all. Overall I have to give it a thumbs down.

  37. Y

    Yumyum57

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Food and drinks excellent

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience! Can’t wait to go back!

  39. JA

    JoleneA

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The ambiance is absolutely stunning! Soo much attention has been placed on the feel of the restaurant! I felt like I was in Tulum. Service is exceptional. We had the tuna crudo appetizer. In my opinion not the great. Had a very heaven ginger taste and was pretty much just sashimi in broth. Just not my cup of tea. We then had the New York steak and yuka potato purée! Both were outstanding!! One of the best steaks I’ve had. Cooked perfectly with a tasty crust!! We will be back for sure!!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First class meal, fantastic chief

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

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Tía Carmen at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is rated 4.8 stars by 78 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Tía Carmen at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

5350 E Marriott Dr Phoenix, AZ 85054-6147

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Desert Ridge

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Southwest, Tapas / Small Plates, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Chef Angelo Sosa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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