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The Saguaro Restaurant

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360 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups

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The Saguaro Hotel in downtown Scottsdale, Arizona is home to the Saguaro restaurant. The beautiful dining establishment features wooden plank walls and floors, comfortable seating and warm colors giving it a comfortable yet modern feel. During warm weather, guests can enjoy a meal or cocktails on the patio by the outdoor fireplace at Saguaro.

Start every morning of your stay with breakfast at the Saguaro. Avocado toast, bananas fosters pancakes or a variety of omelet options are all possibilities. There is a plethora of options to enjoy the rest of the day whether you choose to dine at the restaurant or poolside. Appetizers, salads, sandwiches and flatbread pizzas are all available to order all day.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Southwest, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Daily: 7am – 11pm



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(480) 970-4444
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
E Indian School Road
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Parking details
Private Hotel Parking
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.0
service
3.9
ambience
3.3
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Noise · Moderate
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4.0Dined on May 5, 2014

Food was similar to what we encountered at upscale restaurants in Mexico City 2 years ago. We sat outside, and at the tables, it was a little too dark to read the menu and bar list. Of course, that's why we have phones that can light up for us! Also, they seem to have captured the architectural gist of Mexico at this restaurant. The food was really outstanding, the staff very helpful. The overall experience was like having a meal in Mexico City. We would happily go back again.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2014

Recently had luch with 2 friends. While the decor did not trip my trigger, the food looked like artwork with a taste to match. Definately recommend and I will be back.

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4.0Dined on April 27, 2014

Can't say enough about the innovative food at Distrito. We had some obvious dishes like guacamole and some creative ones as well. We were very impressed on all fronts. Distrito also has some of the best margaritas of my experience and a solid list of Mexican beers. Well worth a visit.

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2.0Dined on April 26, 2014

Chef Garces has created some fun and inspirational dishes on the menu. Such a shame that the overall ambience and lack of service delivery ruin the overall experience.
When we arrived and came down the stairs one of the greeters was texting on her phone and the other had her back to us and was drinking a cup of tea. They looked at me after I started the conversation. They only spoke to each other and one deftly walked us to a table with no additional interaction. The server was friendly enough and professional. However; his timing was a bit off and he was not very visible (I may not have noticed this had I not been annoyed by the initial greeting). Food was decent. Octopus was a standout. Salmon ceviche way too sweet and salty.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2014

expensive for what you get, but the food overall was decent. The guacamole was fresh but at $10 a pop, overpriced, although i understand the price of avocados is a factor. Margaritas were too sweet for my taste, i wouldn't order the house again. our waitress was preoccupied, not sure with what. but the patio is a great place to sit and enjoy the scottsdale evening. I would potentially go again, maybe for happy hour.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2014

We ate here twice during a 6-day visit to the area. Once for lunch and then returned for dinner. Our tween and teen boys enjoyed it as much as we did. Awesome location; vibe and service. Definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on April 11, 2014

Both times I have been here most of the tables were empty. However, you have a better chance of getting one if you make a reservation. We were not asked if we wanted to sit inside or out and were seated inside with no view, while a number of tables outside with a great view went empty.

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2014

I find the food slightly above adequate but had a good time.

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3.0Dined on April 6, 2014

The menu is not the same that opentable has in its record. It is so little.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2014

What an inspired dining experience. There were four of us and we all loved our entrees. Our waitress was very energetic and helpful. I plan on introducing this gem to my girlfriends! I only wish the chef would include the wonderful, small cornmeal samples on the menu.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2014

Excellent food. Amazing tequila menu. Reasonable prices. Had fun and will go back!

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2014

Food was very flavorful and complex compared to most good restaurants. Salmon ceviche and small tacos were great. Only complaint is that the duck dish had too much cheese and not enough duck. Prices were reasonable.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2014

Excellent Food. Excellent Service. Outdoor dining was perfect -- great view and great weather.

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1.0Dined on March 15, 2014

It was supposed to be a special occasion. Certainly disappointing. Way too loud. Way too dark. The guacamole was good as was the confit duck, but the other "small plate" - crab claws was tasteless. Main course pork belly was extremely fatty and over-spiced; the prawns were tough and chewy. Two of us had the branzino which was quite good, but the vera cruz sauce wasn't up to most similar sauces we've had in Mexico. The single birthday candle on the dessert was a nice touch.

Young servers need training. They can't be heard over the music and aren't skillful at delivering plates to the right patrons.

Jose Garces may have designed the menu and hired the chef, but both the food and the untrained servers will hurt his reputation.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2014

We don't live in Scottsdale but once a month my husband and I go to a restaurant we have never been to. He is a foodie and I pleasantly follow along. The food is great. The lighting is romantic and aside from the table of 8 30 something's that were getting drunker and louder as the night went on, it was a perfect dining experience. We will go back.

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3.0Dined on March 13, 2014

Food was very good. Ordered guacamole, assortment of tacos (both seafood and the carnitas were our favorites), rellano not tradtional but we enjoyed it. We had a pticher of the Distrito margarita---good but didn't knock our socks off. The service from our waiter, unfortunately, was horrible. It was a long time between him coming over to first greet us, get our drink order, and then food order. He never checked in with us throughout the night. We kept asking the bus boys if we could order a drink or order dinner. The bus boys were attentive but they obviously were not empowered to help the guests because they all kept saying, "I'll get your waiter". Due to the poor service and all the other great restaurants in Scottsdale, we won't return.

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2014

The Naranja Roja might be the best cocktail I've ever had.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2014

I was so excited to go back to Distrito but was so very disappointed. we started with the guacamole which took 15 minutes to get to our table and it was just as good as last time. After that we had a bunch of small plates including the pork carnitas tacos. they were not flavorful. We had the barbacoa Duck queso fundido and it was horrible very greasy and way too sweet.the albondigas were okay and the tuna ceviche was very tasty. the red sangria was not very good. Our server left a lot to be desired. the last time we were in Phoenix we liked Distrito so much we went twice but we won't be doing that again.

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2.0Dined on March 8, 2014

Dined with my husband and was seated right on top of two adjacent couples though the restaurant was half empty. Server took forever to show her face. Drinks were poor quality & very watered down when they finally arrived. Small plates were more aptly described as minuscule. Food was fair overall. Some creativity exhibited by the chef. On balance, though, this place was a huge rip off. I left feeling hungry and annoyed and would never go back based on this experience.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2014

We ate here, as it turned out, three times out of four days we were in Scottsdale. The first time we had the lunch special - guacamole (outstanding), salmon ceviche (excellent), and two orders of tacos. My favorite were the fish tacos crusted with ground plantain chips. The second meal we had was a nice dinner with six people. We got the tasting menu and there were too many things to list, but I think my favorite of all was the branzino with a tomato-ey sauce. It was delicious. Dessert assortments were outstanding, and the pitchers of top shelf margaritas were wonderful too. The third time we came was on a tour with Arizona Food Tours. We had the guacamole (again, delicious) and a chicken taco. The taco was good, but I prefer the fish taco.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2014

We had reservations at the spa so we decided to grab a bite to eat beforehand. I had the chorizo breakfast burrito, best breakfast burrito I've ever eaten! Extremely flavorful and really enjoyed the fresh avocado. My friend had the pescado tacos which also looked delicious. The decor and ambiance was awesome!

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2014

Awesome and delicious food! Great service as well.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

I wanted to share a memorable dining experience with my wife for our first Valentine's Day being married. We were so pleased with the selection at Distrito. Every dish was prepared with care and precision by cooks that definitely knew what they were doing. The balance of flavor in every single dish was amazing. I will dream of this meal for a lifetime!

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2014

The service however was laughable it was so sub-par. I would have thought he was just having a bad day, but every time he waits on us he is horribly inept. A nice enough guy just clueless!!! Disappointing for a restaurant of this caliber.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2014

Distrito has a very nice atmosphere with live music in the bar. The band was great but, because the bar is completely open to the dining room, the music was too loud for easy conversation. In fact, our server had a hard time hearing our order. We ordered several small plates and a couple of drinks all of which were excellent. The servers paced the delivery of our meal nicely although initially getting our drinks and order taken was a bit slow. Distrito is a Mexican restaurant but it's not the typical Sonoran food that we've come to expect in this area. It's more like what you might find in Mexico City. Everything was nicely seasoned and presented very well. On a warmer evening the patio would have been a nice option and quieter.

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2.0Dined on January 25, 2014

Won't go back even though it's so conveniently situated for dinner pre or post performance. Food mediocre, ambiance non-existent, service ok. Pity, that this location just never seems to get it right.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2014

Very good dishes with a very nice presentation, and incredible taste!. Try de corn soup, you will be surprised. The restaurant have very nice live music (at list on Fridays), with a quiet ambience. All the Restaurant and the Hotel are decorated with lots of Contemporary Art pieces, which is a plus. We really loved it.

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2014

Food was great. Recommend. But music was too loud to hold dinner conversation. And tap dancing sounded like a woodpecker

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2014

Set in a modern boutique hotel, Distrito has a sleek, contemporary look that includes both banquette and table seating. Despite having a large party not far from us, the noise level was low and the background music mostly soothing. The restaurant has a good wine list and a nice mix of specialty cocktails.
The kitchen turns out beautifully prepared and imaginative contemporary Mexican fare. The nachos were among the best I've ever had, and far different from the usual Tex-Mex fare - these include shavings of vegetables and cilantro along the the chile and poblanos. Pork belly, with scallions and a pineapple reduction, was succulent and delightful.
In all, Distrito offers a lot of sophistication and taste at a very reasonable price.

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2.0Dined on January 9, 2014

We were told the tacos were great, but menu didn't make them sound appealing so only one person ordered chicken tacos. He didn't like looks, or tastes. The chicken was very good, salmon middling. Service seemed almost none, and we probably will not return.

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5.0Dined on January 7, 2014

It is always a challenge to make Mexican style dishes with a modern twist... so many try & miss the mark but not here.... the Chili Rellenos was more than excellent, it was a delightful use of quinoa & the sauce was fantastic. Our server was Michael was knowledgeable of his menu & paced the meal perfectly. It was Tuesdays evening & there was live music on the patio that at first thought was a professional recording because they were so good.. I guess you can tell we are going back on Tuesdays. JJ

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2014

I'm from NM so had no idea about the place I'd chosen for a group brunch except the fare was mexican. Turned out to be a gem, we decided should be added to our regular "hot spots" to dine when in AZ. Atmosphere, service and food were all without complaint from the group.Would have liked to have seen more mexican flavor to the brunch besides the delicious rice and black beans. Maybe some huevos rancheros?

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2013

Excellent gourmet Mexican inspired food. The band was extremely loud, made conversation exceedingly difficult (the waiter had trouble even hearing our order). Drinks very creative & tasty, excellent ceviche and fish tacos.

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2.0Dined on December 28, 2013

Did dinner and breakfast while staying at the hotel. While the food is descent it in no way lives up to the hype this place produces.

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5.0Dined on December 28, 2013

I was surprised to get reservations on short notice. However, on arrival, we found a nearly deserted restaurant... usually a bad sign. The waiter offered wine/drink suggestions and detailed the various tequila offerings. The two-page menu offered 2-3 appetizers, soup/salads, and deserts, with 5-6 offerings of "small plates" (tapas) and "large plates." All sound like up-scaled Mexican favorites, such as: tacos, ceviche and guacamole.

We decided on several small plates to sample a range of offerings. Platters came in sequence, each beautifully garnished and plated. With each dish, the server described the ingredients and preparation... rare even upscale restaurants.

Bottom line... worth the effort to find this undiscovered gem.

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4.0Dined on December 15, 2013

I have only been here to breakfast. Food is great and a nice relaxing area to eat in. I am sure once more "winter" visitors make it back to town breakfast time will be a busy place on the Saguaro.
Attentive service and the food is VERY good!

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2013

Food and decor are great. Loud bar patrons make the eating experience troubling.

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4.0Dined on December 7, 2013

This was our first time at Distrito and the food was delicious. The bar area was very nice (had GREAT live entertainment) but the waitress we had was HORRIBLE. She had a terrible attitude and was actually very rude. I have to say it ruined our evening and we were a big party where everyone seated at the table had a similar reaction to her. The food is delicious and I will venture back there again, but do hope that this woman finds another profession where she would be better suited.

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3.0Dined on November 16, 2013

We had dined at Distrito a year ago and we had been very impressed. This time we went there with a group of friends and found the food bland and overpriced. The ceviche portion was extremely small and lacked flavor. The chili relleno was similarly lackluster. The only saving grace was the octopus, but the portion was diminutive. The gimlet was well done as well. It is a pity because the ambiance is very nice, the location terrific (e.g., before a concert at the SCA) and the service responsive.

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3.0Dined on November 12, 2013

My spouse and I shared the taco bar, which is a series of dishes brought to your table, not a bar shared with the whole restaurant. The chicken, the veggie mix (mushrooms, peppers, and onions), and the rice were fabulous. The cheese appetizer was not what I was expecting and was a bit disappointing. I expected melty, stringy goodness. While the cheese came in an exciting presentation (on fire), it was barely warm and definitely not melted. The margarita I had was tasty, but gone in 3 sips. The drink was all ice and very little drink, so I would return for the food but definitely would save my money on drinks.

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