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Aug 17, 2007 02:53 PM

3 nights in Scottsdale - Help

Actually, I'm spending 4 nights in Scottsdale next month. But, one night is a business dinner at Durants. So, I need the Chowderhounds to help me choose the other 3 nights.

We like French / Spanish (Spain, not mexican) / Italian / Sushi / Chinese. But, since we're from Nebraska, no steakhouses need apply.

If its French/Spanish/Italian a good wine list is a must.

One last thing, no formal attire! Resort casual at best. lol

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Please specify where in Scottsdale (hotel name or major cross streets). Scottsdale is very large, and without a more precise location, you might find yourself receiving recommendations that involve a 30-mile drive.

    4 Replies
    1. re: silverbear

      Staying at the Millennium @ 7401 N Scottsdale Road.

      BTW, heard about Le Voltaire (French) and Pepin (Spanish), any thoughts?


      1. re: altajoe

        Good location. That's nice and central.

        Voltaire -- no experience

        Pepin -- I used to go a lot, but haven't been there in several years. I liked the total experience of Pepin, which included a flamenco show and big platters of paella, but I don't remember the food all that well.

        If you like a tapas / small plates experience, here are two possibilities:

        Lola Tapas -- Funky Spanish place in Central Phoenix (about 10 miles from your hotel); tapas only -- no entrees; bustling, high-energy place with community tables; a lot of fun if you're in a convivial mood, but not good for romantic dinners or business meetings.
        Most recent experience: about 90 days ago

        Union Wine Bar & Grill -- not Spanish, but focuses on tapas-like small plates. In Old Town Scottsdale, about 5 miles from your hotel. See this thread for details:
        Most recent experience: last night

        800 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85014

        Union Wine Bar and Grill
        3815 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        7363 E Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        8340 E McDonald Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

        1. re: silverbear

          Havana Cafe is latin food. I love the food and drinks.

          Marcellino's is the best italian in Phoenix. All the pasta is homemade.

        2. re: altajoe

          Voltaire is a wonderful classic French restaurant, and a very good value. However, they are closed until Sept. 6th, so if you are in town after that, then I would highly suggest Voltaire.

      2. I'd certainly give Cowboy Ciao a try. It's just southwest of Scottsdale Road and Camelback in the heart of Scottsdale. We spent a Saturday night in Phoenix--from Tucson--so that we could eat there, and it was well worth it. The website is terrific. See if it suits your fancy.

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        1. re: lawyerbriefs

          I second Cowboy Ciao as well and I would like to suggest Sea Saw, their sister restaurant - for sushi and Asian-inspired cuisine.

          Sea Saw
          7133 E Stetson Dr Ste 1, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        2. Not IN Scottsdale, but not far (by Phoenix standards) away:

          Vincent's on Camelback,
          It's French, but with a nod to SW cooking and style - you don't find that everyday. The wine list is excellent and very, very deep. The staff can guide you with your pairings, as some of the "usual suspects" might not be the ideal choice, based on the kitchen's take on a few of the dishes.

          Worth the drive,

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          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Thanks for all the suggestions. Now I need to make some decisions.

            1. re: altajoe

              Actually, German just popped into our heads. Any good German restaurants in Scottsdale / Paradise Valley / Phoenix?

          2. First of all, you are going to a classic restaurant in downtown Phoenix!
            Love Durant's..
            Stayed at the Millennium several years ago..make sure you get a renovated room facing the lake..
            I would go to Binkley's up in Cave Creek..
            Kai at the Sheraton Wild Horse gets rave reviews for their restaurant in Chandler..
            T.Cooks is really good at the Royal Palms

            1. Well, we're back.

              Wednesday - Durant's - Didn't attempt to get my name on the wall, but it would have been fun to try.

              Thursday - Sol y Sombra - Much better than expected. Felt sorry for the guy next to us that dropped a bundle on the wife/kid/MIL who would only eat the ribs. McDonalds would have have been a better choice for them. Almost asked him to join us . lol Nice wine list. Knowledgeable Sommelier.

              Friday - Black Forest - Sometimes I just want a good German meal. Should have, would have. But I made a big mistake. The waiter said Ham Shank I heard Pork Shank. Love Pork Shank. Hate Ham Shank. Should have gone with the Schnitzel. Maybe next time.

              Saturday - Voltaire - Classic, but not haughty French. Wine list is very very limited. That was a surprise. Food made up for it. Finished the night with the owner's home-made Limoncello. It was spot on. I'll go back the next time i'm in town.

              So, thanks for all the advice.