The Desert Oasis / The Artichoke Grill

4.5
362 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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About

The Culinary Arts Department at Scottsdale Community College proudly operates two restaurants in which our student chefs create and serve the best in culinary fare. The Artichoke Grill is open for lunch Wednesday through Friday, serving fabulous a la carte meals that include soups, salads, sandwiches, grill items and desserts.The Desert Oasis dining room provides our guests outstanding four course dinners, Wednesday through Friday.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Lunch Wed–Fri 11:30 am–1:00 pm Dinner Wed–Fri 6:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Phone number
(480) 423-6284
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Dominic O'Neill
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Private party facilities
Our restaurants are able to accommodate private parties from 40 to 80 and reservations may be made by calling 480-423-6284.
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Private party contact
Tracy Bowers: (480) 423-6284
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Chaparral Road and the 101 freeway
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Parking details
The college is located on the northeast corner of Chaparral Road and the 101 freeway. Parking is found by taking the 4th entrance into the college, taking an immediate right onto the loop road into parking lot H. Our building is Applied Science, located on the west side of that lot and entrance to the dining rooms is from the north.
Additional
Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access
What 362 People Are Saying
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DW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Your visit provides an opportunity for the students to have real life experiences of service - be understanding it's not perfect yet - they are just learning. The food was excellent, nicely presented and the value is outstanding.

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A
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Look forward to the next season.

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PB
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service.

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AA
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

staff terrific.
desserts esp the chocolate, wonderful.

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D
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff and good gourmet food. I like the fact that tips go towards scholarships. Students do a nice job and I think we are in good hands with these future chefs!

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JH
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would hoghly recommend this dining experience. Everyone was so cordial. The food was amazing. So delicious and elegantly presented. We will be back

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GA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Always a wonderful experience. Be prepared & patient with the servers as they are students & inexperienced.

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R
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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HG
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Went for sit down dinner and without notice they changed to buffet. Food tasted only fair and meat was tough. Very disappointed.

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DP
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best value in the valley! Best desserts as well!

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NC
Phoenix
31 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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AW
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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WA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and affordable lunch. Fabulous dessert sampler. Presentation and plating just as beautiful as a 5 star restaurant.

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VD
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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.

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B
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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"

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MB
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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MC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

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!

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SG
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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!!

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PB
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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MN
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The Artichoke Grill is a great place for lunch - excellent food at a good price.

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OT
Phoenix
56 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

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

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TA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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.

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CG
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is a college venue teaching practical application of things learned. Students and staff are doing a great job!

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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.

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D
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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!

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PM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal. The food was wonderful. It is a great way to support the future chefs of the world.

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PJ
Phoenix
21 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience. We even had a kitchen tour. Will go again when in Phoenix.

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HC
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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JR
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

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BS
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed all the courses; very good meal. Zoe was a very attentive server, as well.

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d
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time as always. We would have liked to see something out of the box and different in the food choices.

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D
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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DP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was a culinary masterpiece and service was outstanding!

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s
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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.

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LC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I really enjoy the fact that we are helping the students. Their work and effort is exceptional, and the food has always been wonderful.

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AC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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DP
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Disappointed that certain dishes had run after ordering them.

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d
Phoenix
45 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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