Scottsdale Table for 10 please!!
Dear Fellow Hounds,
I am planning a memorial-day Bachelorette excursion for my friend. There will be 10 of us. We are staying at the Valley -Ho for 3 nights and will need AWESOME dining rec's for all 3 nights. We have transportation, but will take preference for close proximity... but needless to say I'd drive to Detroit for an awesome meal.
I have a couple ideas, but want memorable.
Mosaic? yes/no? details.
Zinc Bistro? "
excited about trying Kazimierz World Wine bar...as long as i don't have to type it into my GPS.
I would see if you can get the semi-private room @ Cowboy Ciao. You will LOVE it and there are enough options to keep girls happy (salads, small plates, big entrees, some vegetarian options, great wine list, etc.) Then you can walk next door to Kaz for wine and more of a "scene"
Zinc Bistro is great, but quite a hike from the Valley Ho. I would only consider that if you already have something else to do up in that area. Same with Mosaic. It's WAYYYYY far from the Valley Ho and with so many other dining and nightlife options (including your own hotel), I would maybe rethink.
Getting 10 girls in outfits and make-up and pee breaks, etc. 45 minutes away from the hotel by dinner time is hard enough, but then the drive back to go out for the night could eat up HOURS of your night.
Cafe ZuZu and Trader Vic's @ the Valley Ho are both solid choices - ZuZu is upscale comfort food and Trader Vic's is retro-fabulous Tiki bar/Island cuisine.
Old Town Tortilla factory is walking distance from your hotel, and while maybe not super-rated by chowers for food, the ambiance is nearly unbeatable. Make a reservation for 8 p.m. or later so it's not too hot and ask for a table outside on the patio.
Olive and Ivy would be another good choice. While I have heard some mixed reviews on whether it was worth the money, is the food THAT unique, etc., the scene is nearly unbeatable and you'll be near most of the action. Great people watching, great drinks/wine and a large option for food. (ranging from small bites all the way up to a major dinner).
Others will have some other great ideas, but this is a start!
You've already got it, actually. Kazimierz has stone walls lined with casks and set with low velvet sofas. It's street level, but you really have to keep that fact firmly in mind when you're in there. It *feels* exactly like a wine cellar. You might call their event person and reserve one of their rooms.
Mosaic and Zinc are both fine restaurants, but as HCK pointed out above, they are not particularly close to the Valley Ho. Mosaic is 20 miles away; Zinc Bisro is 10.
See this thread for a recent discussion of restaurants in Old Town Scottsdale, which is where your hotel is located:
For what it's worth, I might very tentatively recommend Trader Vic's or Asia de Cuba. I'm very tentative because I haven't gotten around to eating at either yet, but they might be good for a large group because they are oriented toward a lot of shared dishes -- an approach that is always more fun with a big group. Trader Vic's is at the Valley Ho, and Asia de Cuba is nearby at the Mondrian, minimizing the logistics of transportation and "pee breaks." -- Love that wording, HCK!
I also agree with the recommendation of Elements. It's in Paradise Valley, rather than Scottsdale itself, but it's less than five miles from the Valley Ho.
Thx Silverbear. :)
I second the Asia de Cuba option. The larger family-style portions would be perfect and it's quite a scene. It would be worth asking if your reservation for dinner grants you access to Red Bar or SkyBar as both *could* be hard to get into - if that doesn't work, as your concierge @ Valley Ho.
Thought of another choice...haven't been there in years, but Pasta Brioni (miller and camelback) is known for decent to good Italian food (depends who you ask) and even greater hot servers (again, depends on who you ask). Could be fun for a bachelorette group.
Also, the new Italian place in the resort formerly known as Caleo?? Anyone have more details?
Another choice is a new place I just went to called Bel Sito. It's a great Italian place tucked into a courtyard in Old Town Scottsdale off 5th Ave. Great food and wine and great ambiance and I suspect a large party would be welcomed. It's walking distance from a lot of fun bars/clubs (like Kaz bar).
A question: have you done Trader Vic's? My research has been highly polarized. The folk, who knew the old restaurant, hate this iteration, and the folk, who are new to the Valley, love it. I respect your reviews - have you been? I have not, though just did TV's in London, for the first time in years. I was less than impressed, but that was there, this is here.
Interestingly, a group of us are going on a pub crawl this Fri, starting at the Valley Ho.
Paced right, there are a number of options within walking distance (though take a cab back - it might get confusing)
In addition to those already mentioned:
- Grazie - nice upscale pizza/Italian/wine place next to the Tortilla Factory
- The Coach House - oldest/smallest bar in Scottsdale, but cheap drinks and character. No food, unless someone is serving crockpot fare, but it's along the walking route and makes a good pit stop.
- Devil's Martini - another nice stop for a gaggle of Bachelorette's on the town. Nice happy hour spot. Dancing much later in the eve.
- There are a number of places around Kaz Bar that fit the bill, including Sea Saw (very high end Japanese); Cowboy Ciao (Southwestern), Bungalow (nice American fare in a casual setting) or hop across the bridge to Olive and Ivy and Wildfish.
- You'll want to hit Dos Gringos - not so much for the food but for people watching in a very casual, outdoor cantina setting. Another fave among femal friends: Anderson's 5th estate for 80s music/dancing. It's divey, but also near your hotel.