The Desert Oasis / The Artichoke Grill
Always a wonderful experience. Be prepared & patient with the servers as they are students & inexperienced.
Loved all , was beautiful and very tasty , our server had a nice attentive attitude and a big smile with all the dishes . The extra bred was in fact croasones with all the butter and crunchy crust , extra without asking .Beautiful desert plate with our sampler plenty for 3 not one . Will be beck soon , nice place for a conversation and delightful food.
Went for sit down dinner and without notice they changed to buffet. Food tasted only fair and meat was tough. Very disappointed.
Best value in the valley! Best desserts as well!
This is a wonderful place on the east side of Scottsdale Community College's campus as part of their culinary program. Although there is much to like about this place including the eagerness of the students to please their guests, the food was interesting but unremarkable. I think what bothered me the most was food temperature. The courses were neither hot or cold, but rather in the middle temperature wise which lead me to believe much had been prepared in advance and served after being warmed up. Nothing had that fresh flavor of something just off the grill or out of a pan. It was still a great experience for my birthday and all three of us enjoyed our time there.
This is such a fun gem at Scottsdale Community College. The food is made and served by their culinary school students. For $28 you get a 3 course meal plus dessert. Food was mostly excellent and service was great. I highly recommend.
Delicious and affordable lunch. Fabulous dessert sampler. Presentation and plating just as beautiful as a 5 star restaurant.
We had a 12:45 reservation as one of the girls was not able to come earlier. Three of us had the pasta which was just OK. The 4th person wanted the sandwich as she did not want the carbs of the pasta. You were out of the sandwich. I am thinking you ran out because many people do not eat lamb and that should have been factored in so that you would not have run out because we came later. I like lamb, but I was the only one at the table that eats lamb. She ate 1 or 2 bites and did not like it. I brought it home to my husband and he enjoyed it.
i just like to help your students to achieve the highest level, so they can fullfil their dreams.
your hands-on training make them overcome many hurdels- the way to perfection is a long one
To all your stundents " Keep going and good luck"
It is part of the Culinary School of Scottsdale Community College, and the servers are students. Very eager to please and very sweet. The food is very good, if not the most creative or daring menu. You get a four-course meal for under $30., which is a great price. And it's easy to visit and converse in the dining room. BUT.. there are no alcoholic beverages, inc wine. And I think a nice dinner is enhanced by a bottle of wine.
We went to The Artichoke Grill for lunch and were not disappointed. This is the fully operational restaurant run by the Scottsdale Community College Culinary program. The students run all aspects of the front of house and kitchen. They are very eager to please and keep in mind they are learning under top chefs. My husband and I opted for the 3 course lunch for $16. We both had the soup du jour, a tomato bisque and excellent flavor. For the main course I had an open faced salmon sandwich w/ slaw and he had the stuffed chicken breast over angel hair pasta. We both loved what we got. Then we were each served a sample desert platter. Outstanding!!
Dining at the Artichoke Grill was a great experience! The food was fantastic & the culinary students do a great job rotating through every position in the restaurant after preparing all of the food. Some are experienced in being servers but most are not, so be kind and enjoy the experience. You just might be served by a future Top Chef!
We had a really good dinner and our group enjoyed a special tour of the kitchen. This is a great place to go with friends. The staff and students goes out of their way to make sure you have an excellent dining experience.
The Artichoke Grill is a great place for lunch - excellent food at a good price.
The desk greeter as u enter is TERRIBLE(keep in mind it's the first thing as u enter and if it's a bad experience...you're off to a bad start)...food was great....love the new take out
We both had the sea bass and it was outstanding. NOT thrilled with this year's menu selections at lunch but overall a good value...the restaurant itself needs to be redone and updated
The online system allowed us to make a reservation, but when we arrived at the restaurant they told us they were closed. We had a confirmed reservation, which should not have happened if the restaurant was closed.
It is a college venue teaching practical application of things learned. Students and staff are doing a great job!
This is a culinary school so you have to know that the students are in a learning environment and set your expectations. With that said the server was very good. The bread basket was wonderful and included all items made by students including a cinnamon bun for each person. The desert sampler was great and included 3 small deserts. The main course had interesting sides included. We enjoyed our Texas BBQ Brisket Paninis but the meat was a little tough. The flavor was excellent though. The value was very good. I would definitely recommend.
I love the concept of helping students learn and practice their trade! Also sharing tips to support scholarships is a wonderful idea!
The food was delicious and the presentation was very elegant!
It was one of the most pleasant eating experiences were ever had. The PACE WAS COMFORTABLE, THE FOOD WAS SUPER AND THE DECORE GREAT.
I cannot say enough about the restaurant.
We enjoyed our meal. The food was wonderful. It is a great way to support the future chefs of the world.
Great experience. We even had a kitchen tour. Will go again when in Phoenix.
For the price ($30), you can't beat it. The students are very enthusiastic and the presentation is very creative. The portions are just fine for the average person. The students are driven to please you.
It was fun watching the students perform their duties. Each has to work the different positions required to run a restaurant. Our waitress had made the rolls we had with our meal and the hostess, after we mentioned how much we enjoyed the chocolate served for desert, said she had made it. My only complaint was that the salad was too light on dressing, and as accommodating as they were, I could have asked for more and they would have given it. All in all, a fun night.
We enjoyed all the courses; very good meal. Zoe was a very attentive server, as well.
We had a wonderful time as always. We would have liked to see something out of the box and different in the food choices.
The students do a wonderful job and everything we tasted was excellent except for the rolls. My entrée was amazing and my husband appreciated that the three different desserts were included so he did not have to choose, smile
Food was a culinary masterpiece and service was outstanding!
Our sewing group goes to Desert Oasis every year as a special treat. We all enjoy sampling the excellent food the students prepare. We love to support the students, and enjoy talking with them.
I really enjoy the fact that we are helping the students. Their work and effort is exceptional, and the food has always been wonderful.
Have been trying this place a few times per year now and always have great experience.
The students are great and have lots of passion for the food and service. Always greeted with a smile.
Disappointed that certain dishes had run after ordering them.
We have been going here for several years. Whenever friends come for a visit we try to go. We have not been disappointed.
For the past several years I have set up several dinners for a group I belong to. This time it was closed out within 1.5 hours of sending an email so I had to expand with added dates. How good it is get’s around.
I had the lamb combo which I enjoyed immensely. The dessert is to die for. Too true maybe. Very enjoyable, prior to last year you chose a specific dessert. Now it is a combo. Choice was always difficult. After we were all finished they come out with another dessert for the table. Also good.
The only complaint was the soup is NEVER hot. That is after many years of attending. It was still tasty. If that is the only problem keep up the good work.
The price is very reasonable. Please do not get carried away with that info. We used to do this in Evanston IL they started to increase pries too much. They became too full of themselves.
My group will be attending several more times for which I am sure will be wonderful.
The students were so professional that one would never guess they were new in the business. Every course in the 5 course dinner was delicious and well presented. Price were unbelievable For the value. Great intimate candle light quaint atmosphere. Highly recommend for locals as well as visitors to enjoy this unique dining experience.
My wife and I dine regularly at the restaurant. The food is wonderful. The service is very good. The atmosphere is quiet. good for special occasions and intimate dining.
I cannot recommend the restaurant any stronger than I am. The value is fantastic.
We enjoyed each course. I thought the lobster bisque was a little on the thick side and perhaps a bit too heavy on the salad dressings but overall it was super delicious! My prime rib came out perfectly cooked and my husband loved his salmon! The service was fantastic and very attentive! The desserts were wonderful and just the right amount after such a huge meal. We will definitely dine there again and again!
This is a great place to take guests. The food is all prepared by the Culinary School students. The table is very nicely set with nice tablecloth and napkins. It is a wonderful place go to in order to support the community and the students in the Culinary School. The food is always good, not perfect but you need to understand that these are students and they are practicing their cooking and baking skills. Wonderful to be able to talk to the students and ask them questions about their experience at the school and their goals.
I have been going to Desert Oasis for over 25 years. With students in the kitchen sometimes it's good, sometimes not so good. On this occasion everything was good from the service to the food.
There have been some changes in the last year – no more parade desserts for example. And I understand more changes are coming for next year. When the changes will be the price. I hope you can still stay reasonable because that is a big selling point – a five course meal for a reasonable price
Everything is prepared by the culinary school students. Table is set very nicely and students are very pleasant. Presentation of food is well done. It certainly gives the students the opportunity to interact with the customers and also gives the opportunity to practice different aspects of the restaurant industry.
An excellent meal with impeccable service. The lamb trio was exceptional as was the seafood appetizer .