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Semi Schwanky recommendations for AZ East Valley

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

    House of Tricks

    Caffe Boa

    Grainbelt Grillhouse

    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

    1. 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.

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

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      1. re: boingo2000

        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. ;)

      2. 98 South Wine Bar would be a good choice - I've never been there, but I've heard good things.


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

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          1. 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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            1. re: misohungrychewlow

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

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

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

              1. re: misohungrychewlow

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

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

                EJ's Steakhouse

                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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                1. re: razordogg

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

                    "By far" is what I was going for!

                    1. 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.

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

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                      1. re: firecooked

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