Rita's Kitchen at Camelback Inn, A J.W. Marriott Resort

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$30 and under
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Southwest
Savor the true taste of the southwest, both North and South of the border, at Rita's Kitchen Restaurant. Serving flavorful breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Southwestern charm and ambiance, dramatic setting and inspired cuisine. Our recipes reflect a heritage of handcrafted cuisine, lovingly prepared with garden-fresh ingredients and culinary creativity handed down from generation to generation. Enjoy one of our handcrafted signature Margaritas or house blended Sangrias. 360 degree views of Mummy Mountain and beyond. Fabulous open courtyard with fireplaces, nightly entertainment, and water features. We offer special features on holidays, please go to our website for more information.
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Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was superb and service was excellent! Highly recommend :)

OT
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wait staff. Fun music. Great food. Nice outdoor seating.

b
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Rita's Kitchen has just rolled out a new menu. We really enjoyed our selections with regards to taste. Some of the portions were very small and the protein part of them was almost nonexistent and this was disappointing because one pork tamale was $27!!. We gave feedback to our waiter and he was very receptive to the information. The service was exceptional and the patio seating was very energetic with a wedding we could see off to the side. It was the perfect time of year to venture outside at Rita's.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We sat outside, it was quite pleasant as we sat in an area where the sun umbrellas kind of overlapped with one another, which kept the area cool. The tableside guacamole was delicious, my husband and I finished every single bit of that appetizer. I had the tortilla soup and my husband had the turkey sandwich. My soup was a tad on the salty side, but we found no fault with the sandwich.

Though some people complain about the prices, the truth is that the portions are quite large, which makes the price and easier pill to swallow. We ended up bringing half of the turkey sandwich back with us, that's how big the portions are. Unfortunately, we devoured the guacamole and our main course, which left no room for dessert. Overall, decent experience, would go back and try their other dishes (while ordering the guacamole as well!).

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food came out Luke warm, slow slow slow service almost non existent.

DE
Tucson
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Cost was listed on Open Table to be under $30.
The brunch was $45 per person.

B
Phoenix
150 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restautant the food ambience and service were excellent.

K
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Worst service ever st CB Inn. We ordered table side guacamole. Waiter left chunks the size of a quarter of an avocado. Try to put that on a chip. It became do it yourself tableside guacamole. Had to mash it up ourselves. Menu has changed to a very limited selection.., green chili pork dish we’ve enjoyed for 10 years now removed from the nenu.., ended up ordering street tacos, which were fine but disappointing not to get my fave. Was told by the waiter they would not make it.
Our appetizer plates were never cleared the entire meal. Churros are also no longer available.

I also had a cocktail with a severely chipped glass. The waiter didn’t reappear for 20 minutes after so I ended up having to drink from the chipped glass.

Overall, not a great experience. It seems that all the local favorites have been removed from the lunch and dinner menu. No more club sandwich or basic salmon Caesar.

AP
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

I like this restaurant for the outdoor ambiance and live bands but the food is marginal. Low quality but great cocktails.

OT
Chicago
45 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outdoor dining is excellent at Rita’s Kitchen!!

S
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

This was a let down - not up to Camelback Inn standards.

OT
Phoenix
47 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We had a normal sunday brunch. Seems that trying to consume your fair share of sunday brunch champagne is like asking for the keys to the vault. We had emptied glasses nunerous times. Felt like i was asking a lot for refills. Food was average as its not your traditional BIG holiday buffet (i.e mothers day, easter, etc..) it was good but wasnt great.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Sunday brunch ever!!!

OT
Phoenix
42 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Where is the excellence that Camelback Inn once lavished on its guests? Our food was OK; the special, which was a tamale concoction was delicious, but out "Rita's Chopped Salad" was pitiful--mediocre at best: Tired iceberg lettuce, with very little interesting ingredients. We love the after-dark atmosphere and ambiance, but the service was only fair. Our waiter disappeared then reappeared about 30-40 minutes into our meal (a manager had brought us our entre) and told us that he would check on our food!!! When we told him that we had already enjoyed our entre, he told us that "They called me take care of something across the property...sorry I was gone!" He didn't even realize that we had already eaten!! Did he honestly think we would have sat there for half an hour without summoning someone?? Also, he filled us in on the fact that he was a bit tired, as he had been up late studying for his preferred career goal......Really?? Maybe Marriott needs to focus more on improving its work force--rather than buying everything in sight.

N
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Decided to try Rita's due to proximity to visiting family member's hotel. Lovely grounds. From the valet (who remembered my name 3 hrs later), to our waitress Rita staff was fantastically friendly and professional. Patio dining has lovely view. We got here very early on a Saturday (4:30) and it was very quiet and peaceful. Tortilla soup was excellent as was fresh guacamole. Fajitas were a disappointment as the beef was a bit chewy. Would absolutely return and try something else.

OT
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had the green chili pork and didn’t love it. I’ll be back and I’ll simply order something different next time. The place is incredible in all other aspects.

M
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Something was going on in the bar area so it was somewhat noisy. No bread was offered. Our salmon was perfect and the substitutions for our vegetables were accommodated. The prices for a glass of wine (14) and a gin and tonic (9) were what I consider to be high. The wait person was cordial. Terrific view of the mountains. Too warm to sit outside.

RP
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and food, especially the breakfast buffet and Sunday Brunch

LM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great Service. Great surroundings. A little too loud for my taste.

J
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Hostess didn't really greet us...too busy talking to an associate
Waiter was enthusiastic...but left waters unfilled and dirty plates on the
table even during birthday cake, when everyone was finished

The food was on par with the price, though the chips and guac ($15) table side prep
was not ripe and very hard....should have not been served, or at least comped if they
couldn't get the right avocados

The ambiance of the place is extremely boring...not a bad experience but we won't go back

C
Atlanta
136 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic! Probably the best brunch my wife and I have ever had!

KL
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! Can get a little loud due to acoustics, but it was a Saturday night. One of my favorite restaurants in the area!

D
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

We love this resort and the location. Tonight the service was very very slow.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! Service was attentive. We dined here last time we stayed. This trip we are staying at a different hotel but returned to Rita’s for great food and service. It did not disappoint!!! We will definitely return again!

JL
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Willie was an outstanding server at every level. Very professional and very efficient!!!!

P
Phoenix
45 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with excellent service!

VP
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

This was my 2nd time at Rita's. LOVED it the 1st time! Great tacos. This time I had a salad that sounded delicious. It was a big disappointment. It was colorless (iceberg lettuce I suspect) and not at all interesting flavor-wise. The Rita's Rita...meh.
I will probably try Rita's again, and order differently.

S
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All the staff was very friendly. They immediately made me aware of gluten free options before having to inquire. Great service.

K
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent tableside Guac!!!

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I really enjoy the brunch at Rita's. When we went this past Sunday, the quality bar was down a bit. There were mosquitoes on the dessert platter, the service in the buffet line was not as attentive (staff talking with each other rather than serving customers), and the food selection seemed smaller than previous visits. All in all, it's a great brunch.

P
Phoenix
45 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great! Best guacamole in a long time! Service was excellent and the server was very friendly.

OT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just stunning. Beautiful views of Mummy Mountain, string lights add a beautiful, peaceful ambiance. We went during live music Night and it was just a great night. Service was amazing, I mean it's a J.W., going above and beyond isn't new. I enjoyed the meal very much and seeing our table side guacamole handmade was really cool. Definitely will be returning.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fathers Day

OT
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What a wonderful experience we had at Fathers Day Brunch. The food choices were great and everything was delicious. The staff is unbelievably cheerful and friendly. We were about to give up on brunches in the valley but this is truly a "find"! Love it!

NZ
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

We come here often, but the service was terrible tonight and the restaurant was empty! We also had to send a drink back twice because it was terrible. Very disappointing

KL
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and exemplary service!

OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had wonderful service and the food was delicious 😀

F
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot on the patio, great food reasonably priced and craft cocktails.

TA
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We miss the live music and would like to see a few items on the menu that aren't TexMex. Other thank that very nice.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sister in laws Bday

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