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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
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday- Friday: 11:30am - 1:00pm; Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
$30 and under
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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.
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
Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access
The Desert Oasis / The Artichoke Grill Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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