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Mar 17, 2008 07:25 PM

Pho/Tempe/Scott romantic rec

Oh man...I have found gold. I love this site. Can't wait to search my own town here in Cali.

Until then I have been lurking for the past 4 hours for a restaurant somewhere in the Phoenix, Tempe, or Scottsdale area. Of coarse good food is a must, but I want a smaller restaurant that is not EXTREMELY well known. I will be taking someone out who has been in the area for only a few years and would like to impress her by taking her to a nice restaurant that hopefully she has never heard of. A small, romantic environment is a requirement.

I have decided on Coronado Cafe' for the moment and was wondering if anyone can think of a better restaurant for me to consider.

Restaurants I have ruled out:
Radio Milano
Chelsea Kitchen

Any other recommendations or if you feel I should reconsider any of the restaurants I ruled out?

Thanks in advance

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  1. I think Rancho Pinot would be a good choice - regional American menu w/local ingredients, good wine list and relaxed service. It's not super cozy and romantic, but it's off the beaten-path with great food.

    Another place that I have not personally been but is on my list to visit soon is Fine Cellar's, located in Old Town Scottsdale but is lesser known than many restaurants nearby. This thread has good info about the restaurant.

    Have a nice trip, and report back on your dinner.

    4 Replies
    1. re: azhotdish

      Here are the placelinks...

      Rancho Pinot
      6208 N Scottsdale Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

      Fine's Cellar
      7051 E 5th Ave Ste M, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      1. re: azhotdish

        i totally agree on rancho pinot, and would add quiessence to the mix..

        1. re: winedubar

          I am with you Winedubar...would also add House of Tricks

          1. re: Molto E

            Agree with Quiessence, House of Tricks, Rancho Pinot and Fine's Cellar (sit outside, inside is a bit more "cool/modern" than romantic).

            Another great option would be Coup des Tartes. Very romantic (but tiny/cozy so you are close to other tables). BYOB so you can bring a nice wine.

      2. One more idea, Atlas Bistro, approx Scottsdale Road and Thomas. Very wine friendly, it is a byob place. You enter the Bistro through the AZ Wine Co. Pick out a nice wine at AZ WC and Atlas will not charge a corkage. Normally it is $10. Great four course fixed price dinners. They only have about 12 tables so reservations are necessary. Little wine, nice candlelite dinner, good food well prepared, the rest of the evening is up to you.

        1. I second the Coup des Tartes recommendation and always find their small rooms quite romantic. The tables are close together, but generally positioned so you are given a bit of privacy.

          While I enjoy Coronado Café and have never had a bad meal there, I don’t find it particularly quiet or romantic. Maybe it’s just me, but every time we’ve been there we felt a bit rushed, and the tables 2 inches away from ours started up conversations. Not to complain about friendly people, but I never find it romantic to have other people participate in your conversations.

          House of Tricks is also very good!

          1. I love Citrus Cafe; the food is great and it's a small, quiet place. The tables are not spaced terribly far apart (although it's not at all crowded), so for extremely intimate conversations it might not be quite right, but I'd consider it romantic. I agree with Quiessence, too.

            For a different kind of "wow" experience, there's also Kai. It's not exactly unknown, but it's by no means a place everyone around here has been to either. The food is very good and they have some unusual things, a meal there definitely feels like a special occasion. It's very fancy (and pricey).

            5594 W. Wildhorse Pass Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226

            Citrus Cafe
            2330 North Alma School Rd, Chandler, AZ

            1. Coup Des Tartes- delicious, small, romantic and b.y.o.b.