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Jan 28, 2008 09:32 AM

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" feels like it's more geared towards wealthy retired people.