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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
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  • 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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4.0Dined on September 3, 2016

Since we were staying the weekend at the saguaro hotel we figured to try out the food and drinks. Our first time at the restaurant and will be back!

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2016

Website has Mexican menu. Menu very ordinary service slow but the outdoor atmosphere was great
Think it's better for lunch or drinks and appetizers

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2016

A very original brunch menu with a south american twist. There is also classic american fare.
Overall not a bad place. Not oustanding, but good.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2016

Their menu is currently being tweaked, so some items are no longer offered, though still listed on the menu. Tonight we had the Caesar salad that was tasty but had a little too much dressing, the smoked chicken and avocado and Chipotle sauce on flatbread which was much tastier than expected, and the shrimp cerviche. All this food and two margaritas were under under $60! We were very full and satisfied.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2016

This is a very cool restaurant affiliated with the Saguaro Hotel. We had lunch on the patio. My husband had a seafood chop salad and I had the sausage and sweet peppers flat bread. Both were perfect. There's an outdoor fireplace that would be great for evening margaritas. We'll be back.

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1.0Dined on March 2, 2016

I specifically picked this restaurant because the menu on the restaurants web site showed an interesting take on Mexican cooking. Not untill I was seated did I find out that the previous chef had left and the menu was now 'American' cooking. At that point I should have left but since I didn't know the area that well I stayed for what was a very disappointing meal. I hope with this review you'll at least know that the food is no longer Mexican but a very boring 'American' cooking.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Distrito never disappoints! Great flavors, ambience, and service!

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2016

Good food, they were busy took a very long time

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2016

We so much enjoy our food and District's! We're devastated to learn the the restaurant is closing as a Mexican restaurant.

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3.0Dined on January 15, 2016

I was looking for a place to have lunch with several people in Scottsdale. I knew the weather would be nice and this place looked like it had some good outdoor seating (which it did). I didn't realize the restaurant was in a hotel so we had a little bit of trouble finding the place but it is in a great location in Old Town. The restaurant called me twice prior to my reservation to make sure we were coming which I thought was odd because the place was virtually empty when we showed up. At first the service was extremely good- actually too good. We wanted to have a leisurely lunch- start out with drinks and apps- but we felt like we were being rushed to order main courses. But then, after we did order everyone seemed to disappear and it took forever to order more drinks and then to get our check. All in all, the experience wasn't bad- the food was very good- but I would have preferred a livelier place where my group could have enjoyed a long lunch without feeling like we were burdening the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2015

Distrito was basically empty the day after Christmas, and I'm guessing it's because it was, after all, the day after Christmas. But I'm not sure. It could be the tiny portions. The decor is adorable, the food is good (we ordered guac to share, I got the fish tacos and the kids each got something but I can't recall), but the portions are really small, and so maybe that has something to do with it. The wait staff was exceptional. I'll give it that. On the other hand, we walked around the grounds and you can walk from the restaurant right out onto Scottsdale Civic Plaza mall, so it's a nice place to hang.

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4.0Dined on December 25, 2015

Great tapas options, delicious tortilla chips, odd service

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5.0Dined on December 18, 2015

We've eaten at Distrito at least a half-dozen times and the experience has always been the best. The food is both unique and consistently excellent.

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1.0Dined on December 3, 2015

We had been to Distrito before and enjoyed it, but this trip was different. First the restaurant was very cold. We asked them to close the door but they didn't do it. We were as far from the door as we could get, but were still cold. There were only four other tables occupied - two that came in after us. After ten minutes someone who was not properly dressed as a server came over and took drink orders - we never saw her again. After 15 minutes the server took drink orders - the drinks came several minutes later. After 35 minutes, no one had taken our order - though they had take the orders and brought snacks to two tables that came in after us. We asked for our check and left. It was pretty clear that the service was going to continue to be bad, it was very cold in the restaurant, and maybe that's why there were so few people there last night. We will not be going back to Distrito

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5.0Dined on November 27, 2015

Had a great meal before going to a play at Scottsdale Performing Arts, so location is good for pre-theater or Museum of Contemporary Art visit. Waitress was very helpful. We enjoyed the mushroom flatbread and duck carnitas which we rolled into small tortillas. Each was just a bit different from the usual Mexican fare, with outstanding flavors. We'll go back!

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3.0Dined on November 26, 2015

Dined at this restaurant on Thanksgiving day so perhaps it was an anomaly that we found the restaurant to be lacking. The restaurant is a part of a hotel. You walk through the lobby and down into a bar. The bar has signs for shots and other drink specials and it was not very busy aside from a party of six having drinks.

The dining room was pretty empty so it was surprising that we were sat across from a large, jolly (loud) party. The server did greet us and told us that the food was going to take about 15 minutes or so since they had the party going on.

We ordered the vegetarian version of the natchos. They were excellent. The scallops were fine too. We had our kids with us and had to order off the menu for them as there wasn't much in terms of vegetarian food. The server though was very flexible when I asked if they could do a cheese quesidella with a side of rice and beans.

Overall, the food and service were good but the atmosphere was a bit of a surprise. I'm glad we didn't judge by the first impression but I don't think we'd return.

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3.0Dined on November 15, 2015

we went there for dinner before attending a concert at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, which is in walking distance.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2015

Fantastic food and great service. The scallops, tortilla soup, mushroom flatbread and panacotta were to die for.

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5.0Dined on October 29, 2015

The food and the art are incredible! Our waitress knew the menu inside out and was very friendly, but attention to detail is lacking to make this a nice restaurant to a great. (Our appetizer plates and fresh cutlery should have been re-moved/replace prior to the main - it wasn't and made for an awkward and annoying transfer). Maybe its a Scottsdale thing? Would highly recommend - just don't expect amazing service.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2015

We enjoy Districto's so much and it has now become our favorite Mexican cuisine in Scottsdale!

We plan to make every taco Tuesday if we are available.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2015

I was quite pleasantly surprised by the quality and flavor of the food. So many restaurants are all flash and no substance. Modern, hip vibe and the food delivers! Great service and food with true taste-spices that pull the dish together! I went in expecting overhyped, over priced "boutique" food and got the opposite- food prepped well with taste!! Could be a noisy place but was quiet enough to converse when I went. Server and support staff were all really nice, friendly, and chill. Yeah!!!!

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3.0Dined on October 12, 2015

Well first let me say that I chose this hotel specifically because of the restaurant. My fiancé and I are big Iron Chef fans so we were really excited to eat here. The ambiance was great but a little odd that there was nobody else in the restaurant. We had reservations but it wouldn't have mattered. So we were seated immediately and ordered drinks which were pretty good. Now before I begin my review of the food let me just say that neither one of us thought Jose Garces was actually back in the kitchen making our food but maybe a proper representation of your food that is supposed to be so amazing. We ordered chips and salsa with guacamole and this was also pretty good as well so we were getting excited. I ordered the carne asada plate and my fiancé ordered the chicken enchiladas. We got our food in a quick manner and our waitress was very pleasant. I tried the Spanish rice first but it just tasted like diced tomatoes. No flavoring of the rice at all! So I moved on to the beans that were basically three spoonful worth and then gone but not really complaining about that because the beans were okay at best. I sadly moved on to the carne asada which had barely any marinade whatsoever. I looked over to my fiancé with disappointment only to find out that when he bit into his chicken enchiladas he was horribly disappointed as well because they were so sweet that he couldn't even continue eating it. Apparently they are made with coconut but we didn't think it would overwhelm the dish so much you couldn't even taste the chicken. We both felt weird sending back both our meals because the menu is so small there isn't much else to choose from except the taco bar which we should had just ordered in the first place. Oh well the hotel was pretty nice and Arizona was amazing so the Distrito will just be the most forgotten part of our trip sadly.

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2.0Dined on October 2, 2015

If you go to this restaurant you would not go wrong with having Ashley has a server the best server at this restaurant also you should get the tuna ceviche at the fish of the day was excellent and the any of the fit any of the tacos are just great

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3.0Dined on September 2, 2015

went there expecting innovative latin cuisine, instead got ho-hum mexican food. Screaming kid at another table made for a bad experience even worse.

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3.0Dined on August 28, 2015

We dined tapas style and ordered several different tacos and small plates. The fish tacos, mushroom flatbread, tuna cerviche and green beans with tomatoes were amazingly good! The steak and shrimp tacos were disappointing. Desserts were good but not amazing. Overall, the food coming out of the kitchen was slow... very slow, but was hot and fresh when it arrived. There was some disorganization with staff delivering the food to wrong tables, but our server was awesome! Cute restaurant, but had visible dust that needed cleaned up.

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2.0Dined on August 16, 2015

If you happen to be disabled or wheelchair bound, DONT go to Distrito. Food was good. Service was not. Screaming children were not. Not worth it.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2015

If you come to this awesome place get the tequila smoked flight

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2015

I was looking for a restaurant to surprise my husband with for his birthday and this was the absolute best possible experience... It wasn't overly crowded but had a fun vibe! The service was wonderful from the hostess to the waitress and everyone else! Most amazing food we have ever had... The menu was inspirational.. Truly something we have never tasted before. It was more than a meal, it was an experience. We will return soon!

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2.0Dined on July 25, 2015

We were very diappointed in this restaurant. It was definitely not up to an Iron Chefs standards by any means. The server was slow. It took 2 requests to get an empty water glass refilled. They had 4 red wines on the menu but they actually only had 2 of them available. After the chips, salsa & guacamole, that were an additional charge, the food went downhill. The meat in the taco's was bland, the duck was overly sweet & the soup had heat but not enough flavor. The only positive thing was our waitress did comp the wine after our original selection was not available & she had been mia for a long duration. We will not be returning & would not recommend it to anyone else.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2015

Great food and wonderful service. Felt bad for our server as she was taking the brunt of a poorly organized kitchen. Restaurant was half full but no food was coming out. Kitchen and Chef: GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER!

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1.0Dined on June 13, 2015

The space was advertised as Jose Garces, a famous chef restaurant - the first two appetizers were nothing special tortilla chips out of a bag and a small amount (about3 tablespoons of guacamole and salsa. The salsa had a unique flavor bit only enough for two bite each( 4 total) same with the guacamole. The ceviche was so drown in coconut dressing fat we could not taste the fish. The entree was very good- a whole fish split and served but no rice, veggies nothing-

For such an expensive restaurant the food was sub par, the wait staff tried- but with six people in the restaurant it should not take 30 minutes to get an overpriced glass of wine and margarita which was good ($13)- when I complained the manager was very very nice - the staff tried their best -

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2015

Great service! Enjoyed the food which is very unique! the margaritas are amazing

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2015

We always love eating at Distrito. It is New Mexican cuisine. The flavors and presentation are among the best we have experienced. The ambiance is attractive and the service was fine. The tuna ceviche is incredible! We will be back.

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2015

We enjoyed a quiet breakfast at Distrito. The egg burrito and eggs Benedict were very good with spicey sausage. It was nice to sit outside and enjoy a quiet meal in a park like setting. Loved the friendly waitress. We want to return to try the dinner menu.

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2.0Dined on May 31, 2015

This was our first and last experience. Staff was "indifferent' -- didn't care for their piercings (I guess such does not bother the younger crowd set) despite a reservation. Place was nearly empty at 6 PM on a Sunday after a SMOCA concert. Margarita was small and the "street" tacos (three small) were cold. Cannot say it was a great experience. Probably would be noisy during prime hours for those whom that would appeal.

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2.0Dined on May 30, 2015

We dined at Distrito last weekend. It was a first time there for all 4 of us. Our reservation was at 6:45. Prior to that we attended a wine tasting and had checked in at The Saguaro, so dining here was very convenient. After the wine tasting, none of us was hungry. We called at 6 pm to see if we could change the reservation. The hostess was notably annoyed and said they were very busy. The only time available was 8:30. Perfect for us. Upon arrival she wasn't very friendly, we didn't think much of it. We did notice though that only one other table had customers. We were seated next to them. Our table had no light (bulb went off). Reading the menu was difficult (the candle on the table was no help because it was not lit for us). We asked to be moved to a different table. Our waiter reluctantly obliged. Bazar considering the couple next to us was obviously having a romantic dinner and the restaurant was empty.We ordered drinks (fantastic Acai Burro) and starters. Everything was excellent. The Huarache de Hongos was a big hit.The tortilla soup was tasty and fantastically presented. The tacos were fresh. We were having a blast savoring the food and drinks. Unfortunately the waiter kept interrupting the conversation. I am always impressed when a waiter approaches the table gently or tries to get a customer's attention discretely. Well, it wasn't our waiter's case. The first time he asked if we wanted to place further orders we said we needed a few more minutes . He came back shortly after, visibly frustrated and anxious. After the 4th abrupt interruption and not getting the hints, I had to be assertive to prevent him from interrupting again. I wish the bus boy had taken care of us instead . He was kind and aware of his customers, his presence and availability were discrete. We checked out at 10:17 pm feeling a little guilty and excusing the waiter's behavior thinking it was past the closing time. Now I see on the website it is open daily till 11. What a pity!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

Absolutely outstanding, bite after bite. Everything you would expect, bite after bite. Beautifully presented - an awesome array of flavors and textures. We had Duck Barbacoa tacos, fish tacos, veggie tacos, creamed corn, shrimp ceviche. My favorite? Everything. Habanero Margarita packs a punch!

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

Awesome. I planned, sight unseen Mothers Day with two family birthdays. A lot of pressure to please. It exceeded our expectations. The food was amazing. I loved the Brunch and the open airy atmosphere with the music was perfect.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2015

Mothers day brunch for 5 was very delicious. I was caught off guard however when the menu I had been reviewing on opentable.com leading up to brunch was not an option that day. It was a strictly buffet style encounter pricing in at $45 an adult, talk about a budget change. I would've liked to have known this in advance considering I am at the end of my pregnancy and couldnt possibly stomach my moneys worth in food. Nonetheless the food quality was exceptional. It most definitely was out of our way since we live further west, I am not sure if I would return unless if was for a special occasion. Staff was friendly.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2015

Had a wonderful seat outside with a very pleasant server. The food choices were not that great for the $45 charge per person. Will possible try again.

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