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Semi Schwanky recommendations for AZ East Valley

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Safado Jan 28, 2008 09:32 AM

Hello all,

Got my boss and director coming into town take the local team and wives out for dinner. I've been tasked with finding a nice spot, but limited to the East Valley (Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert....maybe Tempe) area. What are your thoughts?

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  1. azhotdish RE: Safado Jan 28, 2008 09:39 AM

    While the E Valley doesn't exactly ooze "swanky", there are a couple of nice options:

    House of Tricks
    http://www.houseoftricks.com/

    Caffe Boa
    http://www.cafeboa.com/about.htm

    Grainbelt Grillhouse
    http://www.grainbeltgrillhouse.com/

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    House of Tricks
    114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

    Caffe Boa
    398 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281

    Grainbelt Grillhouse
    302 N Gilbert Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85234

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      boingo2000 RE: Safado Jan 28, 2008 10:44 AM

      The East Valley isn't typically a fine-dining hot spot, but there are some places that are probably nice enough to fit the bill for you. One that springs to mind, in downtown Chandler, is La Stalla Cucina Rustica. It's a pleasant space, and everytime I've been, the food has been wonderful.

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      La Stalla Cucina Rustica
      68 W Buffalo St, Chandler, AZ 85225

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        Safado RE: boingo2000 Jan 28, 2008 12:07 PM

        WOW, thanks for the fine recommendations so far....keep em coming. I've added all 4 to my list of places to try as well. Thanks again.

        BTW - I know what you mean about limiting it to the east valley, but unfortunately those are the constraints I was given to work with. ;)

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        asu2usc RE: Safado Jan 28, 2008 12:44 PM

        98 South Wine Bar would be a good choice - I've never been there, but I've heard good things.

        www.98south.com

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          LisaAZ RE: Safado Jan 28, 2008 03:27 PM

          My first thought is La Stalla - how many people are we talking about here?

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            Safado RE: LisaAZ Jan 29, 2008 09:48 AM

            8 thanks.

          2. misohungrychewlow RE: Safado Jan 28, 2008 07:24 PM

            It's been years, but if it's in the same hands John Henry's at Rural and Elliot might meat your specs ... anyone been there lately?

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              HomeCookKirsten RE: misohungrychewlow Feb 1, 2008 07:55 PM

              I live in the E Valley and yeah, this is a semi-hard task, but I would recommend:

              Grainbelt
              98 South or 56 East
              Roy's
              Flemings
              Red White & Brew
              John Henry's
              Caffe Boa on Mill
              House of Tricks
              Saute

              or....not sure if this advice is too late or not possible, but look into a private venue and have AJ's cater.

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                nyomi RE: misohungrychewlow Feb 3, 2008 09:09 AM

                I don't really think of John Henry's as "swanky"...it feels like it's more geared towards wealthy retired people.

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                razordogg RE: Safado Feb 2, 2008 10:37 AM

                All good suggestions so far. I'd also add:

                S'Bistro
                D'Vine
                Kai
                EJ's Steakhouse
                Firebirds

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                Kai
                5594 W. Wildhorse Pass Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

                Firebirds Rocky Mountain Grill
                3435 W Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

                EJ's Steakhouse & Meat Shop
                5609 E. McKellips Road, Mesa, AZ 85215

                S' Bistro
                124 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

                D'Vine Wine Your Personal Winery
                6926 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ

                D Vine Wine Bar & Bistro
                3990 S Alma School Rd Ste 1, Chandler, AZ 85248

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                  zebcook RE: razordogg Feb 3, 2008 06:33 AM

                  Firebirds could be a good choice.

                  Safe but not dull big meat food, decent wine list, room goes for the modern mountain lodge look (comforting wood and stone). Nice on a cool night by the fireplace.

                  Kai would be great but possibly over the top depending on the point of the dinner. It would definitely make a statement to the team.

                2. Billy Bob RE: Safado Feb 3, 2008 09:20 AM

                  All of the suggestions are good, but Kai is bar far and away your best choice given your criteria. It is THE high end restaraunt in the Southeast valley!

                  1. Billy Bob RE: Safado Feb 3, 2008 09:21 AM

                    "Bar far" where the heck did that come from? :-)

                    "By far" is what I was going for!

                    1. firecooked RE: Safado Feb 3, 2008 02:19 PM

                      Haven't been there in a while, but Tomaso's did a nice job on a business dinner I set up a while ago, they have a nice private room.

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                      Tomaso Chandler
                      7131 W Ray Rd Ste 25, Chandler, AZ 85226

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                        Alice Letseat RE: firecooked Feb 4, 2008 05:45 AM

                        And could we ditch Grainbelt from a "fine dining" list? Please. Thank you!

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