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Aug 21, 2006 04:47 PM

PHX/Scottsdale: Nice dinner around Biltmore


Hubbie and I are staying at the Biltmore for an anniversary weekend, and I'm looking for a nice romantic place to have dinner Friday night. We really don't mind driving, but the Biltmore is in such a great area that we've really never spent much time around, so I was hoping to stay kind of close. I tend to be more interested in food than atmosphere, so I was pulling for Richardson's, but hubbie says too loud and too smoky.

Any other suggestions?

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  1. I don't really think you can beat T Cook's for romance. The historic, gracious setting; the opulent food you'll be talking about for months; the perfect atmosphere. You're free to stroll the grounds afterwards. It's kind of a slam-dunk for the partner who makes the reservation -- they'll be gettin' lucky later on, trust me.

    In less of an old-money mood and more in a urban-hipster mood I might opt for Tarbell's or Camus, the restaurant at the Clarendon hotel. A cozy corner and some candlelight and enjoying good food in a great outfit goes a long way towards generating a romantic mood, for me.

    1. T. Cook's is an excellent choice as themis says.

      I might also suggest you consider Coup des Tarte on 16th Street just south of Camelback (about a 5-7 minute drive from the Biltmore). It is in a small house with a very romantic interior, wonderful food and a very friendly staff.

      They are BYOB and charge an $8.00 corkage fee, but if you go to their website ( you can get a coupon to waive the corkage fee. The menu is also available on the site as well.

      1. Richardson's is NOT smokey! But, it can get a little loud and it's not super romantic or fine dining. I'd definitely say hit it for brunch on Saturday. You'll love it.

        I would agree with T. Cooks, it's a great place. The bar is great for after dinner drinks.

        I'm not really a fan of Camus, I was only there once and wasn't impressed by it. I can't recall what we ate, but do recall that the service wasn't up to par.

        I do like Tarbell's very much, but I'm not sure I'd say it's very romantic.

        I've not been to Vincent's on Camelback, but want to and have only heard fabulous things. I think Seth did a review, search for Vincent's on this board.

        I also like elements at the Sanctuary on Camelback, but a recent review said it was under construction, so check it out and see if you'd like it, then call and inquire about the construction at the resort. elements is more minimalist, zen feeling that old Arizona.

        We went to Lon's at the Hermosa Inn for my DBF's birthday in June and really loved it. It's definitely old, romantic Arizona. The food was great and the service was fabulous.

        Enjoy your stay!!

        2 Replies
        1. re: geg5150

          There have been some reviews on Vincent's, but I haven't done ... yet. :o)

          1. re: Seth Chadwick

            We ate at Vincent's in January -- my birthday dinner, as I recall -- and were completely underwhelmed by the food. It felt like a restaurant whose time in the sun was long past.

            (I've been out of town since the middle of last week so I'm a little behind here.)

            Sarah C

        2. I'm still trying to get Coup des Tartes in before my life gets too crazy. I haven't been there, but everyone enjoys it.

          That would be my uneducated pick. Pick up a nice bottle of wine and champagne for dessert and you're set.


          1. vincents is definitely the ultimate in this area.

            other places I love right around here:

            zest, sophies, steamers