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About The Desert Oasis / The Artichoke Grill

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 five course dinners, Wednesday through Friday. Menus change weekly and can be viewed on our web site, www.scottsdalecc.edu/programs/culinary-arts/download-information

9000 E. Chaparral Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday- Friday: 11:30am - 1:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 423-6284

Website:
http://scottsdalecc.edu/programs/culinary-arts/download-information

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.

Executive Chef:
Dominic O'Neill

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.

Private Party Contact:
Marilyn Hawkes: (480) 423-6284

Additional:
Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

The Desert Oasis / The Artichoke Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

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Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (5)
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Good for Anniversaries (3)
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Fit for Foodies (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Romantic (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Cozy (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The Desert Oasis is a fine dining gem, especially considering the price. Almost everything is made from scratch ( read fresh lemonade and limeade), because the culinary students are learning the ropes from some excellent chefs. The dishes are also artistically presented. Then, of course, the food tastes divine. I had a lamb entre, and it melted in my mouth.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 10, 2017

I had a root salad that was more tasty then it appeared. The Sea Bass was delicious. Desert plate had some tasty items but lacked color. I look forward to returning for another visit.

One thing I noticed, the ladies room had a musty odor.

Tags: Fun, Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Enjoyed our evening, food tended to cool off like all buffets, the pasta was genius!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Holiday buffet. Excellent selection of entrees and desserts. A great value and a chance for students to learn undrr actual conditions.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 9, 2016

We had the buffet, filled with many interesting dishes. The staff was very proper, pleasant, gave good service, cleaning up, pouring coffee, etc. Cost was reasonable. We enjoyed the hanger steak, turkey, and lamb especially. Desserts were lovely, Pasta was overdone, and real gloppy. We have had lunch there previously and each time a good experience. We will come back again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Took staff to the Artichoke Grill for a Holiday appreciation lunch. There were about ten of us and the service was still great. We asked questions about the food because the service staff also are the cooks. They are very concerned about whether or not their work was satisfactory. It makes a difference to them. The menu is diverse; everyone found something they liked. The best part is dessert. It was served as a tray of bite size samples. We ordered several for the table. I would love going back again

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Nice quiet evening with friends, great service, good food, excellent value.
Soft dinner music would be a nice addition, very enjoyable dinner!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Excellent food , almost too much in the time frame it was served. With no lingering over drinks (. No alcohol served) courses come quicker than we are used to. But worth doing once for sure.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Great food and presentation, love this place. Very ccreative

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 16, 2016

Great food, outstanding service and very knowledgeable and friendly waiters. We will be back.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 10, 2016

Kyla was absolutely amazing. We had a great overall experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 10, 2016

Excellent chance to sample specialty cuisine at buffet prices.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic, Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 3, 2016

Excellent meal great service the best deal in the valley !

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 28, 2016

Really excited to discover this great culinary school restaurant which is run by student chefs. The 5-course dinner for $25 is extraordinary - exhibiting the creativity in taste and presentation by these talented young people. Every taste was a sensation, and the passion and excitement of the young chefs added so much to the enjoyment of our meal. I wish we lived in Scottsdale and could go dine there often, but now that we know about it, we'll definitely go tthere every time we come back to top the Phoenix area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Outstanding Value
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 26, 2016

Awesome food and students as usual, there is nothing better than dining on food and beverages that the "staff" is proud to serve!

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 26, 2016

We loved the savory chicken crepe , the western salad was outstanding, the presentation as well as the taste. I had the coffee crusted steak , different but tasty. Among the three deserts that we were served the napoleon, the nut pie were outstanding. We also enjoyed the mushroom soup. My friend loved the pork chops she ordered which were a good size, so she took a box home. The coffee was very good, and finally they surprised us with a little plate of almond cookies, which were delicious. The service was excellent and the we enjoyed the quiet ambiance. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2016

We always enjoy out time at the Grill. We noticed the number of students were less than previous years. We missed the parade of desserts that occurred in past years.

Still its a nice romantic spot for quiet conversation and and it has wonderful food for the price.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Outstanding Value
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Once again the Artichoke Grill did not disappoint. The food and service were both great,make your reservation early they book up.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 12, 2016

Amazing food for the price. Great service and friendly. I have already recommended this place to several people.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Great price for a 5 course meal! Enjoyable to be a part of the SCC Culinary students' learning.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 4, 2016

The service was friendly and fantastic. The menu selections were amazing and our food was delicious. The value was amazing... We will definitely come back!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 28, 2016

Invited out of town guests and all of our dishes were amazing.
Highly recommend trying this restaurant.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Great Beer
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 22, 2016

Food was delicious I felt the evening menu could use a theme, flavors were all over the place-I thought a vegetarian main course choice would have been nice to choose from. I was confused when the dining room menu was not the same one advertised in the online, for example the online menu showed that the beverage was included with evening meal, not the case here. None of the desserts advertised were on the dining room menu which means we did not get to see what the 'student chef choice' was.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 22, 2016

Great meal and experience. Fantastic value. Tip well as tips are put into a scholarship fund for students.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 7, 2016

What can I say it is a great value, the students are bright and attentive. The food is outstanding. We try to go several times during the time they are operating

Al C.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Outstanding Value, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Meal and service, very well done. I would rethink the asiago cheese bread. It was too strong and inedible. When the dessert was mentioned, server said " we have a dessert tray." Made it sound like a tray for the middle of the table from which to choose desserts, which also would have been fine. My husband thought the chairs were uncomfortable.
Everything else was wonderful.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 1, 2016

As with all schools, some lessons are executed better than others. The grilled lamb was a little salty and the turkey panini heavy on the garlic. The limeade concentrate to water ratio was too strong. Salad and dessert were spot on. Will be back for the next menu variation.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 31, 2016

Came back because of the attention to detail, great price, to see what the students learn at the school and enjoy what they prepare. I brought 3 ladies who had never been there before and they loved it. Our waitress was very attentive and always came back with what we had asked for. It was a great experience and we will be back. The food was wonderful and the presentation was beautiful.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Great for Lunch, Fun, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 26, 2016

service excellent well prepared as usual drinks not the same

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 6, 2016

We hit the buffet for the last night the kitchen was open for this school year. I am a huge fan of buffets because I love to eat - a lot! The salads, veggies, bread and cheeses were all very good, as were the ribs, lo mein and seafood soup. The turducken was over-cooked and pretty dry, as was the beef. And the desserts were only ok - nothing to write home about. I think the sit-down dinners are much better. I thought it was a bit over-priced.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 5, 2016

Food was disappointing and service was fair. I would not recommend this place for dinner.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 4, 2016

Not up to the usual high standards we've experienced at Desert Oasis before.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 14, 2016

This place teaches students to be master chefs under the guidance of great teachers. The cooks are also the servers so they learn all aspects of what it takes to run a restaurant. The presentation was very professional. The dishes had modern, creative flavor combinations.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 13, 2016

Heard about the Desert Oasis at SCC as a practice environment for the culinary program. Enjoyed the experience. It's a very cost-friendly meal ($22 for 5-courses plus beverage and tax. Tips go to the scholarship program). The menus rotate throughout the semester, so each week is a different set of options, and the menus change with each semester.

Beverage offerings were standard (no alcohol, though), with the addition of daily mocktail. The one for the evening was a blackberry fruijito, which I found refreshing, although it could have used a smidgeon more sweetness. Very much enjoyed the New England Clam Chowder (had the addition of bacon, which makes everything better in my book). Sea scallops were nicely seared and accompanied with a delicious sauce. The dessert parade was definitely tempting! My friend chose the chocolate layer cake, which was wonderfully moist and chocolatey, and I wish I had picked it too.

Overall, glad to have a night out with friends in a nice place, and be a guinea pig for student creations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 8, 2016

This restaurant is part of the Culinary program at Scottsdale Community College. It was a five course dinner and each course was excellent. The salad ingredients were fresh and the meat properly cooked. Especially nice was the Crepe Suzette for desert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 31, 2016

The staff is young, eager and quite friendly and professional. The food was excellent and the presentation was great. For the cost, $15.50, this was quite a value for what we got.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 10, 2016

I have booked many group events here prior to the March 10 reservation. I had twelve guests and unfortunately all were very disappointed. The dinner took 3 hours. Long time between courses. Soup was cold, entrees were cold, and tastes were just not up to what we had been experienced in the past. All in the party did fill out the comment sheets and I hope they proved helpful.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 3, 2016

New class so food not hot but was fixed. Joe the manager is very helpful.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 19, 2016

I love this place. It is very elegant dining of a 4 course meal with good wine and excellent service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 3, 2016

What a hassle finding the restaurant on the rather large and spread out campus of Scottsdale Community College. It caused us to be late for our 6PM reservation, but we then waited till 6:30 to be seated. Physically a very pleasant and luxurious looking ambient with black tablecloths and white dishes and tons of silverware placed all about the service plate. A small basket of fresh warm breads and tiny plate of mini-swirls of soft butter were placed on our table by our student chef-server Taye. She smiled all the time and appeared to be having fun.
We began our 5 course dinner with a surprise palate cleanser that was a single bite of cheese/toast/tomato, so small it was difficult to taste! . Our salmon appetizer was delicious albeit small making me wish it were 3 or 4 times larger, a theme for the rest of our meal. Delicious soup, tepid, not hot, followed, then by our salad which was tasty I think, but certainly needed to be much larger.
My main dish was Veal Marsala, about a 2 1/2 inch piece of veal, some mushrooms and perhaps polenta with a nice sauce, again tasting great but needing to be enlarged at least 3 times! My wife had the Beef Wellington, similar in size to my veal dish, great tasting and leaving you wishing for more. The deserts were large. We chose the chef's Choice, a chocolate cake filled with strawberry compote with a chocolate dipped strawberry on the side. It was obviously done by an amateur, the chocolate on top too thick to cut through, too much filling and the dipped strawberry was over ripe and mushy! The chocolate had a really good taste and the filling was too tart. I noticed that all of the desserts were rather large. I guess that way you can go home pleasantly stuffed.
We enjoyed the diversity of the menu selections, many of which if larger would have made this quite a memorable meal. It is worth coming to support the school and students and enjoy the luxury of a fancy 5 course dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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