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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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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
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Good for Anniversaries (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
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)
Scenic View (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 3, 2017

An excellent meal with impeccable service. The lamb trio was exceptional as was the seafood appetizer .

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

The Artichoke Grill is entirely staffed and run by the culinary students at Scottsdale Community College, but from the food you’d never know it! Tantalizing food pairings with gorgeous presentation!

My friends and I each ordered a different item, and we shared with each other. The Shitake burger was one of the best burgers I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot of burgers! It was a wonderful combination of flavors, a very sophisticated rendering far beyond your typical burger. The potato wedges paired with them were a delight, with a light horseradish inspired seasoning. So good!!

The sea bass was delicately flavored, and the thyme seasoned potato cake made a “perfect bite” with it. While it wasn’t my favorite dish among the three, it was a favorite for one of my friends. I’m not a big fan of thyme, but they both loved the thyme!

The hits entree was a chicken salad sandwich with a tomato ragout. The chicken salad was exactly what a person expects from chicken salad. No surprises — just chicken salad as it should be. The aspect that bumped it into WOW range was the roll it was on, which was soft but chewy, the perfect texture to accompany the chicken salad. That pairing of bread and filling made this sandwich shine. And while the chicken salad had no surprises to it, the tomato ragout had a delightful kick of pepper that spiced up the plate.

What a wonderful gem of a lunch at a fantastic price. Too bad we were too full for the dessert sampler because it looked divine!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Flat iron steak was delicious. Deserts out of this world. Love the rye mix bread, tasty! Both salads were very good! Mocktails were a mix of berries , grapefruit and cranberry with sparkling soda. Refreshing!

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

The students did an excellent job in preparation and serving. I will return.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 26, 2017

My boyfriends steak was so salty he could not eat but a couple of bites. He did mention it.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Service was slow and food was not very good. Probably won’t be going back.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

we had ants on our table and I wasn't to happy about it but otherwise everything was great but i also wish there was more drink choices

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

We love this place. Where else can you get a good 5 course meal for $25 per person. We have started going 4 times a year. We have even started taking our 2 kids with us and they enjoy the food and the staff treats us very well. It is also great to support the learning of the students both on the cooking side and the serving side of things.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

We had a very enjoyable lunch at the Artichoke Grill. The bread basket was very impressive containing 6 different homemade things in it, cranberry muffin, banana bread, large crackers with sesame seeds on it, to name a few. The dessert sampler had 3 desserts and the taste and presentation rivaled any high end restaurant in the valley. My husband enjoyed his lamb with polenta, although the lamb was a bit fatty. My Monte Cristo sandwich was good but could've been warmer as I believe it's supposed to be a warm sandwich. This is an actual school so perfection is not expected but it sure came very close to it. We are returning in a few weeks to see what other deliciousness they are cooking up.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 5, 2017

This was not what I had expected. The food was not served by a waiter and it was more of a buffet. They had eggs benedict, steak and potatoes. The course of the meal started off with breads, salads and cheeses - it was okay. Then the eggs and potatoes which were both cold. The potatoes were not soft in the middle. Moving on to the chip and salsa bar which was ironic because I would have expected something a bit more elegant for a culinary arts dish, rather than something that is easily whipped up like salsa. Which I could have made at home. Also, I actually had to use my hands to grab the chips out of the dish rather than tongs - really weird! I am not a germaphobe, but wouldn't it be a bit more appropriate to not have everyones hands go into the same dish??? There were flies buzzing around the buffet and at the dinner table. It was quite annoying and embarrassing to have this place be considered for date night. The steak was dry and the pasta that was cooked in front of me was served cold. The only thing worth eating was the dessert that was amazing! Other than that I would not recommend this place to anyone and I think a few changes need to be made in order to have a positive experience here at all.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 28, 2017

booked one month in advance and was looking forward to having a fish
dinner dover sole with shrimp however after we were seated the waiter
went to the back and returned to tell us they were out of it .This was
special occasion as it was my wife's birthday what shame it turned out
like that. The new manager only offered steak as a substitute neither
one of us eat meat. Should be compensated for the discrepancy we
drove quite a distance to get to the restaurant . Thanks for the
memorable experience. you made or Friday night miserable.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 26, 2017

dishes that should have been hot were cold. I asked for medium on the beef and it came very rare. Sent it back and got the same beef very rare.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 26, 2017

5 course dinner and great service provided by SCC Culinary School students. All of the food we tasted was excellent . We try to eat here 2-3 times during their season from October to May. Always a treat and and only $25 without drinks or tip.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 14, 2017

In spite of advising restaurant and waitperson of allergy to mushrooms, food was served covered with mushrooms. She didn't eat any but later had severe attack as apparently they used mushrooms in the lobster bisque. Second meal at Oasis with same outcome. One would think at a school about food, the staff would know what they put into their meals🤔

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 13, 2017

My wife and I had an excellent dinner at the Desert Oasis. The staff was attentive, knowledgeable, polite, and personable. Tanner was our server and his service was professional and enjoyable. Our only dislike was the prime rib. It was not as flavorsome as we would have expected. All of the others dishes were excellent.

We will certainly be back next semester. We have told several friends about the Oasis.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Our group has dined at the Desert Oasis at least once a year because the group members both support and enjoy student efforts. This year's experience was disappointing because the kitchen ran out of the entrée most of us had intended to order. In past years, students visited each table and presented the dessert they'd created. Diners would then select their desserts from those featured. This year there were no individual student presentations, no Q & A opportunities with the students, and dessert was a tray of 3 different and not necessarily desired items. Given these factors, each member of the group felt the meal was too expensive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on April 6, 2017

Great as usual. Excellent food and service. Really liked the quail appetizer, and the beef Wellington was outstanding. The students are very accommodating.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 31, 2017

A great time was had by all who attended our dinner. We always enjoy ourselves there.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 30, 2017

we love this place. Unique menus, students do everything and that makes it interesting and fun

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Very enjoyable meal, excellent food prepared as requsted, great presention.
Our server, Tanner was knowledgeable and attentive.
We spent time talking as the atmosphere was conducive for conversion. Great!
We'll be back.
Keep up this program, great for the community
Thank you

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 30, 2017

The service and food were really great. Tony did a nice job. Kept our drinks full and was attentive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 23, 2017

We love coming here. The food is delicious and we try some foods that we haven't tried before. Everyone there is friendly and we would go more often if it was closer to where we live.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Fun, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Eating at Scottsdale Community College's culinary restaurant is always a great experience. The food is delicious. Service is great and it's an amazing value. Also, the dessert platter was to die for!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Having eaten here numerous times I would caution one to ask if any rubs are used on meat. They can be salty. My last two times there the entrees have been disappointing. It's a teaching school so hopefully each new chef makes the experience improved from feedback provided by diners.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 10, 2017

This was the second time I have dined here and have enjoyed it each time. One thing that I feel would be a nice addition would be for the students to explain each dish. We could read what was on the menu but it would be helpful to have the preparation explained to us. I feel it would be a great learning experience for the students to teach us.
Love the experience!

Tags: Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 10, 2017

The food was exceptional. Unfortunately, the wait staff did not meet the standard set by the table and food. I believe the wait staff needs to experience fine dining in order to understand the standard trying to be achieved.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Service was excellent and the food was excellent. I enjoyed the whole experience.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Always a great experience. Students do a great job.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 24, 2017

We have been to Desert Oasis many times and are always impressed with the quality of food. The students do a really great job. We like this place so much that now scheduled special occasions like business diners or friends night out at the restaurant.

Tags: Outstanding Value
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Pleasant atmospher, However I don't know how anyone could miss the chocolate drippings on the wall next to our table. We had a very enthusiastic, pleasant and attentive server. Bread basket could have been more salty and less sweet. The Italian cheese bread was delicious and they provided plenty of butter on the table! Water glasses were kept full and the soup appetizer was delicious, however the serving bowls could have used a wipe. We were disappointed that they only had 2 of 3 entres available . The duck/feta cheese casadilas were wrapped in dry/hard tortillas and the duck was minimal with an excessive amount of fried onion filler. Tuna sandwich was just okay, once they had taken it back to have additional tuna on the bun. (mango chunks was more prevalent than tuna, when first delivered to the table)
The sampler dessert was exceptional. Each pastry was exquisite, however the creme de chocolate could have had a little less filling (couldn't finish it between three of us)!
Price was very good, however neither dish that was available would have been my 1st or 2nd choice! Something more hearty may have been better.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 22, 2017

The waitress was almost too attentive. The food was gourmet and delishous. A little noisy for quiet conversation but thourghly enjoyable!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 17, 2017

The service was excellent and the selection choice was that of a quality establishment. The soup tasted amazing but was a little cool. Many at the table had lamb and all agreed - fab.
Will definitely return. The concept is excellent and each and everyone involved goes above and beyond to make your visit pleasant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 17, 2017

Short ribs were delicious! Coffee was good and hot. Soups are generally not very hot. Dial it up.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 16, 2017

We celebrated my aunts birthday here and we're not disappointed. Food divine, especially the desserts. Our waiter, although very shy at first, opened up as service progressed and was very interesting and answered all our questions. Try the mocktail, very refreshing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Love this place food, service and ambiance are always great.

Tags: Fun, Cozy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Our stitching group comes to Desert Oasis every year, and we have never been disappointed. The menu options are always interesting and delightful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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