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

4.5
4.5
224 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Meritage, An Urban Tavern is located over by our Wildfire Golf Course. We are currently open for a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner service.

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2 people

7:00 PM


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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Beer Garden, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (480) 293-3939

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    Sara Reeves : (844) 781-3237

  • Neighborhood

    Desert Ridge

  • Cross street

    Tatum Blvd & Deer Valley Rd

  • Parking details

    Complimentary parking at the Wildfire Golf Course parking lot.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 224 people are saying

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Phoenix

    Late Night Find

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kyle was an AMAZING server. He was so personable and gave great suggestions. We loved our drinks and our dinner was awesome. We had the Airline Chicken and Bacon wrapped Meatloaf which were both great and generous portions.
  2. d

    debt13

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Service was very good, but the menu is too limited!
  3. W

    Wiley1967

    Denver

    158 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    158 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. Don't let what seems to be a rather abbreviated menu stop you from dining here. The food is wonderful, especially the shrimp cocktail.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Great food and service!
  5. PB

    PaulaB

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We received a warm welcome and service was quick, but not rushed. The person dining with me said the tomato bisque and wedge salad was very good. I can’t put into words how wonderful the ahi tuna was. I look forward to returning to Meritage next year.
  6. r

    rjc7

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Waiter was excellent. Food not good. Steaks were over cooked and lacked flavor. Burgers overly salty and inedible. Brussels sprouts undercooked. Tuna appetizer very good. Fries greasy.
  7. RB

    RichardB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant, food service and well organized restaurant!
  8. PC

    PullmanCritic

    Phoenix

    81 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience2
    Helpful and efficient service. Tries desperately to be hip as an urban tavern but fails; basically a golf club pub. If the menu doesn’t put you to sleep with the mundane…..the taste of the vastly overpriced food will send you into a coma.
  9. K

    Klee

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, delicious dinner and amazing patio with beautiful views. Overall great experience! Thank you!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service !
  11. S

    Steve

    Central Coast

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was pretty good. Wait staff very good. Prices a bit expensive for what we were served. But it is in the Marriott and generally there is a pretty good mark up as compared to neighborhood restaurants.
  12. DS

    DouglasS

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    For $450 for a party of 6, I expect a lot better. The service was very poor. The waiter showed up and poured waters and didn’t even introduce himself. We had to ask 4 times for another bread basket. The food was super salty. I had the meatloaf and it was like eating a salt-lick. My wife had the short ribs and despite them being very tender, she couldn’t even finish them as they were so salty. The same for my mom who had the pasta dish. My kids did have steaks and they did appear to be cooked appropriately and of good quality. But this should be expected for a $60 steak. I had even made reservations for 6 (so they knew we were coming) and they only had 2 place settings. Like the bread, we had to ask multiple times for 4 additional place-settings. Overall I was very unimpressed and not would I would expect from a restaurant that is attached to the JW.
  13. D

    David

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Kitchen was supposed to close but stayed open to serve us after we arrived very late to our hotel. Very expensive for the food ordered. Food was very good. Would have tasted better for about half the price.
  14. KM

    KarenM

    New England

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Meritage. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was relaxing. I enjoyed the chicken - the food was fresh and prerpareed just right!
  15. N

    Nice

    Minneapolis

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    The food was excellent. We had wings and a chopped salad for pre-dinner food. We shared the burger for dinner. All of it was excellent. The bread they provided was also excellent. We were greeted and sat promptly. The person was quick to bring water. The server greeted us quickly and was friendly enough however that’s where good service from him ended. He came once more to take our order and showed up again 10 minutes after we were done eating. It’s worth noting we had an early dinner this night and we were his ONLY table. Not sure where he disappeared to for long periods. We had breakfast at this restaurant this morning and the food was excellent then and so was the service from Connie. Food was good so we will be back but the service at dinner was brutal.
  16. JJ

    JenniferJ

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There were 8 in our party and the service was excellent!
  17. LS

    LSinAZ

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place to enjoy a very nice meal in a beautiful setting. Always a pleasant experience. We have only had breakfast and lunch at Meritage, but are looking forward to having dinner here next. And, enjoying a glass of wine from their great wine menu!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Breakfast was great. Unique dishes and good service.
  19. SW

    SandiW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We were actually a little disappointed with this restaurant. We wanted to treat friends to a nice dinner and Meritage missed our expectations. We thought the menu was limited and very unexciting. We did enjoy the calamari appetizer which was the highlight. Very costly for what we ate.
  20. BD

    BusDiner

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Wonderful,friendly service
  21. JB

    JackB

    Seattle

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were 3 couples dining while in town after a family wedding. Food was above average but a bit pricey. We shared a mezza appetizer plate-ample for 6 while having cocktails. Excellent and large Caesar and wedge salads. Short ribs, meat loaf & airlne chicken were very good with large sides. Two of us shared a 14 oz. ribeye steak that was cooked as ordered. We also ordered mushrooms (just ok) and Brussel Sprouts (excellent )for the table 2whii of ch were AMPLE!
  22. ME

    MsEsquire

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Ambiance was nice. The food and service could have been better.
  23. g

    gnr1

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We had dinner on Valentines Day night. The service staff was overwhelmed - we waited 30 minutes for our initial drink order to be taken. It took another 45 minutes to get the check. I know staffing is a challenge, but you shouldn't take as many reservations if you don't have the staff to handle this.
  24. TH

    TimH

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We had dinner on the patio due to Covid concerns. Atmosphere was a little boisterous due to groups of golfers. The food was uneven. The meatloaf and burger was good however the frito misto appetizer was soggy and not crispy. We would have sent it back but our waiter was nowhere to be found. Overall service was OK but not attentive.
  25. IB

    IrishBob

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Airline Chicken was inedible. Tough, cold and bad tasting. Sent it back to the kitchen and ordered something else.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Fast service!
  27. SG

    ShawnG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I will recommend to family and friends who visit!
  28. j

    jbetzwell

    St. Louis

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For such a crowded place food and service was great. No delays and hot food. Thanks
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Food was incredibly over salted. Took over 30 mins to get our food. Had to ask multiple times for a glass of wine I ordered
  30. SB

    SaratogaBobE

    New York Area

    95 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    95 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice atmosphere, laid back and relaxing. Food was good, service was excellent.
  31. F

    Fender

    Salt Lake City

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    This is our third time eating at Meritage. The energy is always great. Unfortunately our food and service weren’t as good. My wife’s chicken was drowned in the sauce compared to previous experiences where it has been perfectly sauced. Also, I think our server forgot about us, we were without drinks and water a couple times.
  32. KP

    KarenP

    Grand Rapids

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great restaurant. Ambiance was great and so was the food. We will definitely be back!
  33. S

    Stacymelder

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner and they had a great prickly pear margarita!!
  34. SS

    ScottS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The server was extremely accommodating with several special requests by my daughters for substitutions. He checked with the chef and was able to meet all of their requests. The food was great and we enjoyed chatting with the Server. We will definitely return.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is quite pricey!
  36. KM

    KarenM

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family vacation
  37. C

    Congressman

    Las Vegas

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    As a part of a golf club and the JW Marriott, we enjoyed this place for lunch. I recommend the patio as the golf course and Arizona views are special. Our server was amazing!
  38. UT

    UTKJED

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Ok, good enough for hotel
  39. A

    Alan

    New Mexico

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the outside patio
  40. LG

    LoveGreatFood

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate on the lovely patio. The food and service were both excellent. Definitely a hidden gem.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

Meritage an Urban Tavern at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is rated 4.5 stars by 224 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
Google Map for Meritage an Urban Tavern at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

5350 East Marriott Drive Phoenix, AZ 85054

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Tatum Blvd & Deer Valley Rd

  • Neighborhood

    Desert Ridge

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–5:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Mon 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Beer Garden, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Complimentary parking at the Wildfire Golf Course parking lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (480) 293-3939

  • Private party facilities

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

  • Private party contact

    Sara Reeves : (844) 781-3237

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