Los Sombreros atmosphere
I have a business dinner coming up and was considering Los Sombreros in Scottsdale, Wanted to know how casual the dining is. I would like something semi - formal. My clients don't eat seafood and we don't want to drive too far into N. Scottsdale as we come from Mesa. Thanks for your time.
It's definitely on the casual side -- many of the tables are high-tops and frankly not very comfortable; the place is not designed for lingering. Good food, but ... if you want swanky Mex, the best in the valley is La Hacienda at the Scottsdale Fairmont/Princess resort.
Non-Mex? Many, many options in the area you're inquiring about, just check out all the related threads -- not too far from Mesa and closes than N. Scottdale, semi-formal (?) (oxymoron in AZ) House of Tricks (Tempe), T. Cook's (Phx/Scottsdale border), Roaring Fork (central Scottsdale, plenty of non-seafood options).
I agree with the previous poster, very casual. I go semi-often, usually in T-shirt, shorts, sandals (meaning, whatever I already have on). The patio consists of metal patio tables, inside is quite small, consisting of several of the above mentioned high-tops, and other wooden tables. The atmosphere and service is very informal, albeit fun. For a business meeting, if looking for southwestern food, I would second La Hacienda. I've been a couple of times and have always really enjoyed it. Great food, and definitely more formal (probably more the level you're looking for, what you might expect at a Scottsdale resort), although it might be too far north for you.
I think Roaring Fork would be worth looking into, and more appropriate for a business dinner. My company has done a few things there (in one case with 40+ people), and everything is handled very well. It has enough of an upscale feel without being at all stuffy or formal.