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Jul 5, 2007 03:07 PM

Dinners in Scottsdale?

We are heading to Scottsdale in a week or so (staying at the Sanctuary) and are looking for a few restaurant recommedations. Definitely want to do some "Southwest"/Mexican, sushi and anything else that shouldn't be missed; spending 3 nights so have room for 3 dinners but also enjoy having a night of appetizers only so we can try a few places in one day.

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  1. The Sanctuary is actually located in the Town of Paradise Valley, but the location is near both the central part of Scottsdale and the east side of Phoenix. One dinner should probably be at Sanctuary's own restaurant, Elements:

    Tarbell's and T. Cook's are two places I really like nearby:

    1. Los Sombreros is a good choice for Scottsdale. Some very good Mexican food.

      I agree with silverbear about Tarbell's and T. Cook's. Both are excellent. T. Cook's is a bit of a wallet buster, but you will be hard pressed to find another Southwestern/Mediterranean restaurant anywhere.

      Also in Scottsdale, you might want to look at Cowboy Ciao and Sea Saw. Very good places.

      Cowboy Ciao
      7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      Taj Mahal
      1849 N Scottsdale Rd, Tempe, AZ 85281

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      1. re: Seth Chadwick

        All excellent recomendations so far!

        If I had 3 dinners, I might choose Elements one night (maybe your last night so you can relax and not leave the resort?, Tarbell's another night (be sure to stock up on tequila and/or wines/spirits) next door @ Sportsman's and get some gelato across the street @ Gelato Spot or nearby at Arlecchino) and another night Sea Saw for a few small plates, them Cowboy Ciao (they are next door to each other) for a cheese plate, dessert, or for another few small plates. I have successfully navigated both restaurants in one night and enjoyed the experience.

        Have fun!!

      2. Definitely head to Postino for a lunch or a relaxing afternoon glass of wine. It is very casual and laid back. An ideal Phoenix experience! The bruschetta are a must have. And Arlecchino Gelato is right next door. Ditto on Tarbell's... a personal favorite!

        1. You might want to do a search for "Scottsdale," on this board. You will find fairly recent reviews of almost every restaurant worth dining at, in, and very near, that 'burg. The recs. that you have gotten so far are all good ones. You will likely not go wrong with any. OTOH, there are a few dozen more, that you might wish to read up on. Seth Chadwick has done many of those, and I agree with 99%. You will be near the culinary-epicenter of the PHX-Metro area.


          1. Thanks...these are great and now I have some menu researching to do! Will also check the boards for others.

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            1. re: jcr05

              Has anyone tried Sol & Sombra in Scottsdale? It made the Conde Nast "hot list" for new places for tapas/drinks......any comments?

              1. re: jcr05

                Yes. The food is quite good, as is the wine. However, it seems to me that it is all about "the scene" at Sol y Sombra.

                1. re: jcr05

                  Sol y Sombra is great. The food is excellent, fun cocktails and a pretty good Spanish wine list. It's definately tapas meets Scottsdale with a lot of beautiful people and loud music and conversation. However, it is much more than just a scene. It's a real restaurant with great food. It's pretty far north from where you are staying (probably 30-35 minutes), but if you want to try some good tapas in a fun place, it will be worth the drive.


                  1. re: barry

                    Thanks for the info...good to know. Any other great tapas places that are more near the Paradise Valley/Sanctuary area?

                    1. re: jcr05

                      Lola's Tapas is on Camelback near 8th St. (probably about 10-15 minutes from your hotel). I haven't been there, but if you search the board you'll find a couple of reviews. I think it is very small with communal tables. I think most like the food. From what I've read, I'd say the atmosphere is polar opposite from Sol y Sombra.


                      1. re: barry

                        Sol y Sombra is 15 miles from the Sanctuary. Lola Tapas, which is located in Central Phoenix (see Barry's info above), is actually closer since it is 8 miles from the Sanctuary. I can't really compare the two since I've been twice to Lola but never to Sol y Sombra, but I can say that Lola is also loud during peak times. I think that's typical of tapas places.

                        800 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014

                        Sol y Sombra
                        Closed, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

                  2. re: jcr05

                    Conde Nast is all about style, over substance. That is why I toss the free editions that I get from a half-dozen cards. However, that does not mean that Sol & Sombra does not have good food (later posts indicate that it does), only that Conde Nast gives ratings for "see & be seen," and not for culinary excellence. Actually, they are possibly the last resource, that I would use, when choosing a dining location.


                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                      Thanks for all the great suggestions....unfortunately we spent more time at the gym and around the pool than we had planned (not a bad thing since this was an R&R trip!) but did enjoy Il Postina, La Grande Orange, Barrio Cafe and of course Elements -- we also had some gelato next door to LGO. What a great corner that is! The bruschetta at Il Postino was definitely the best. Thanks to all for the suggestions.