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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in East Valley

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants in East Valley? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Kai Restaurant at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass restaurant
5.0
5 (2223)
$50 and over
Southwest
Chandler
About the restaurant
Recipient of the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award and Forbes Five Star Award, Kai, meaning 'seed' in the Pima language, features a menu rich in creativity, history and Native American culture. Chef de Cuisine Drew Anderson incorporates the essence of the Pima and Maricopa tribes and locally farmed ingredients from the Gila River Indian Community to create unforgettable masterpieces.

Appropriate dinner dress, such as formal wear and smart business-casual attire is encouraged for all of our guests. Thank you in advance for respecting this as an elegant and discerning adults-only fine dining environment for guests over the age of 13.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
This restaurant is a little gem. The service was outstanding and each course was packed with levels of flavor and beautiful to look at as well.
A photo of Charleston's Restaurant - Mesa restaurant
4.7
4.7 (820)
$31 to $50
American
Mesa
About the restaurant
Charleston’s is a casual, upbeat restaurant with a modestly priced menu featuring traditional American classics prepared from scratch daily. The atmosphere is warm, cozy, and inviting, utilizing dark woods and gas lighting to create a handsome, casual and comfortable décor. Charleston’s focuses on providing its guests with an excellent price value and the highest quality ingredients.
Top review
TerriR
Dined 1 day ago
Promptly greeted at the door and immediately seated when notified of our reservation. Food was great. Enjoyable time for our family.
A photo of Cuisine & Wine Bistro - Chandler restaurant
4.7
4.7 (755)
$31 to $50
French
Chandler
About the restaurant
PLEASE NOTE: NIGHTLY DINNER MENU WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON 05/12/24. Chef Fabrice will be curating a 3 course menu that is available for viewing at cuisineandwinebistro.com. We can't wait to celebrate with you!

Cuisine & Wine Bistro debuted in March 2015 when Fabrice and Mairead Buschtetz purchased the former MWC Bistro in Gilbert. Just a year later, CWB Chandler opened its doors. This move let Fabrice work his culinary magic in the kitchen, delighting the palates of the bistro's ever-expanding and loyal customer base. Cuisine & Wine Bistro proudly garners Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for the consecutive years '21, '22, and '23. This prestigious accolade reflects our exceptional wine program, expertly curated by certified sommelier Killian Buschtetz.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing service and food! Love going to this restaurant!!!
A photo of Elliott's Steakhouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (429)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Chandler
About the restaurant
Our mission is to create a culinary steakhouse haven that not only tantalizes the taste buds of our cherished guests, but also nurtures the well-being of our beloved community.

Daily Happy Hour (Bar only): 3pm – 5pm
Dinner: 4pm – Close

*To ensure an unparalleled dining experience for everyone, we kindly ask guests to adhere to a business casual dress code. Athletic wear, baseball caps, graphic tees, tank tops and open-toed footwear (for gentlemen) are not permitted. Management retains the discretion to modify this Dress Code policy as needed.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
It’s been a long time since we have had a dining experience that each course was outstanding . They nailed it. While we don’t often go to this groups restaurants anymore (brickyard , hidden house) as they really don’t seem to cater to vegetarians anymore , the very few items I could eat were amazing . My hubby had the venison … and said it was amazing. Colin our server was wonderful as well , just the right amount of attention to our table and great suggestions . We will be coming here again !
A photo of The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Gilbert restaurant
4.6
4.6 (6335)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Gilbert
About the restaurant
The Keg Steakhouse + Bar serves the finest cuts of succulent steak, aged for tenderness and grilled to perfection. Prime Rib is a Keg specialty, slow roasted, hand carved and perfectly seasoned with special Keg spices. The restaurant also serves delicious seafood, memorable appetizers, crisp salads and decadent desserts. A casual ambiance and friendly, very knowledgeable staff are proud and reliable trademarks of The Keg Steakhouse + Bar. You will find a truly comfortable and satisfying dining atmosphere accompanied by a fun and up-scale bar setting where guests can enjoy an excellent wine list, signature Keg martinis, and refreshing cocktails.

Takeout From The Keg
If you'd rather enjoy around your own table, you can also place an order for takeout online and pickup curbside. Visit our website, or copy and paste this link: www.kegsteakhouse.com/en/takeout.

Top review
GrahamB777
Dined 2 days ago
Had a lovely dinner. Our Server Kitty Rose did a wonderful job looking after us.
A photo of Neighborhood Services - Tempe restaurant
4.6
4.6 (22)
$30 and under
American
Tempe
About the restaurant
Serving up honest food & drink in the American Tradition, Neighborhood Services will offer rotating daily favorites, house craft cocktails and more. This industrial yet approachable all day dining venue offers both indoor and outdoor dining, communal tables for reconnecting with friends after a busy day, and something new for every visit.
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CindyinHampton
Dined on May 10, 2024
After a long day spent at ASU graduations the quiet friendly ambience here was so welcome!The food was fresh and delicious especially the tortilla soup! Going back tomorrow for brunch!!
A photo of The Melting Pot - Ahwatukee restaurant
4.5
4.5 (948)
$50 and over
Fondue
Ahwatukee
About the restaurant
The Melting Pot is Arizona's premier fondue restaurant. Enjoy four courses of fondue and reconnect with your friends, family and colleagues. Savory cheese fondues; entrees cooked table-side that include filet mignon, lobster, and shrimp just to name a few. Include chocolate fondue for dessert and they all melt into a unique dining experience. The Melting Pot has a full complement of beer, wine and cocktails to enhance your dining experience. Intimate booths for two, private rooms or dining room tables are available nightly. The Melting Pot is the perfect destination for any special occasion. Whether you are celebrating a graduation, anniversary, birthday, or holiday party, a fondue dining experience is a unique way to create memories with your party. Reservations recommended.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
This is definitely not an everyday eatery. But for special occasions or just a special romantic evening this is the spot. The food was great, visually it seems a little deceiving that there are small portions for the value paid but by the time you finish all four courses you are stuffed to the gills. The sauces were goo we had spinach artichoke dip with the appetizers course which was excellent. we had the Caesar salad for the second course which was good, not ind blowing but good. We tried the coq au vin fin for the entry course. It was okay did notice any difference in flavor, part I didn't like was you boiled everything, so you kinda get that boiled meat taste. There were a variety of dipping sauces for after the cook that were great. the final course was the desert it was out of this worlds good. We asked for the flaming turtle and by then we were so stuffed we couldn't even eat it all, which was a shame it was so good. They do offer a cast iron grill for the mail course that I am looking forward to giving a shot instead of boiling the meat. Make no mistake the food was great, the service was fantastic, but this is a special place and if I was ever to win the powerball I could afford to eat there every night, but for a special evening this is a got to spot.
A photo of Buca di Beppo - Chandler restaurant
4.2
4.2 (453)
$30 and under
Italian
Chandler
About the restaurant
If you are looking for an Italian Restaurant in Chandler, AZ, then come to Buca. We proudly serve authentic family style Italian dishes for lunch and dinner. We specialize in celebrations and also offer catering suitable for any occasion.
Top review
Packard40vip
Dined on Feb 20, 2024
Very large family style platters. Great for families. Excellent food
A photo of Rainforest Cafe - Tempe Arizona Mills restaurant
4.2
4.2 (285)
$31 to $50
American
Tempe
About the restaurant
You don’t have to travel far to dine in a tropical rainforest, It’s a safari for the senses. Our menu contains an array of delicious items and tropical treats you’re sure to go WILD for. End your journey with the out-of-this-world VOLCANO dessert.
Discover the rainforest, complete with cascading waterfalls, tropical rainstorms, trumpeting elephants and entertaining gorillas. It’s not just another meal; it’s an adventure! Don’t forget to take a journey through our Retail Village.
CAUTION: Flashing lights and thunder sounds inside restaurant. May cause discomfort and/ or seizures for those with photosensitive epilepsy.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 20, 2024
We had another wonderful experience at the Rainforest Cafe. The family enjoyed the food, drinks, and ambiance. This is a great birthday dinner location for a teen!
A photo of Salt Tacos y Tequila - Gilbert restaurant
3.9
3.9 (57)
$30 and under
Mexican
Gilbert
About the restaurant
Coming Soon!
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 9, 2024
Amazing service and delicious food! But! Be warned!!!! The portions are HUGE!!!! We WAY over-ordered but were not complaining about the leftovers the next day! Yum!
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