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Apr 14, 2007 11:53 AM

Conference in Scottsdale: Cowboy Ciao?

Attending conference in Scottsdale next week. Staying @ Westin in North Scottsdale but sounds like Old Town/Downtown is place to go. 10--12 of us would like to have dinner somewhere fun. We live in SF Bay area so would prefer something we can't get here. I read through your board and am leaning towards Cowboy Ciao. Other recommendations? If necessary we're willing to pay more for delicious and fun. (Last year we ate at Alinea in Chicago. Paid more for meal than any other I've ever had but still 'dining out' on that evening so didn't mind the price). Thanks for your recommendations!

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  1. IMHO, there are two restaurants in Old Town which are far and away the best; Wildfish Seafood Grille (which you can get in SF) and Cowboy Ciao (which you cant.) They do traditional steaks chops and seafood with southwestern styles of cooking and spices, and also 750 wines available by the glass. Try beating that!!!

    1. There are a few places in Old Town that are pretty good though I think coming from SF youre going to expect something more.. at the Scottsdale Princess there is a place called La Hacienda.. just amazing food.. while more on the pricey side its a very good experience and very good for large parties.. the service is also amazing and the noise levels low.. Cowboy is VERY loud inside..
      Here's a link..

      1. Cowboy Ciao is great. We ate last night at Deseo, which is in the Westin Keirland where you are staying. Nuevo Latin was excellent. They have a private room that would accomodate your group perfectly.


        1. I'm with AZBconcierge. Cowboy Ciao is just hands-down one of the best restaurants and something you would definitely not get in SF! Get the Stetson chopped salad. There are many people in this city who are absolutely obsessed with it. They can accommodate a party of 10-12 no problem. Just call ahead and make a reservation. Lots of people have commented on this board that it is loud inside of CC, but I have never personally noticed this. Maybe because I am too busy laughing and having a great time with my own table!

          1. If you are had a great time at Alinea then the Omakase menu at Sea Saw is the way to go...and make sure you request the special Omakase and that Nobuo knows that you were fans of the Alinea experience.

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            1. re: Molto E

              i took a group to cowboy ciao - to the "gold room" which is separated from the restaurant by a curtain - it was a wonderful 3 course meal and they set up a special wine tasting throughout the meal with three different red wines for us to taste and talk about - it was a great time. you get the energy of the restaurant while being semi-private.