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monkeyrra Mar 17, 2008 07:25 PM

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:
Lon's
T-Cooks
Mosaic
Sassy
Radio Milano
Chelsea Kitchen

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

Thanks in advance

  1. azhotdish Mar 17, 2008 07:54 PM

    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.
    http://www.ranchopinot.com/

    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.
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/484876
    http://www.finescellar.com/menu.html

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

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    1. re: azhotdish
      azhotdish Mar 17, 2008 07:57 PM

      Here are the placelinks...

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

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

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        winedubar Mar 17, 2008 08:42 PM

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

        http://www.quiessencerestaurant.com/

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          Molto E Mar 17, 2008 08:49 PM

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

          1. re: Molto E
            HomeCookKirsten Mar 18, 2008 10:48 AM

            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.

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        duck833 Mar 17, 2008 08:21 PM

        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.

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          azculinarian Mar 18, 2008 12:40 PM

          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. bortukan Mar 18, 2008 03:03 PM

            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).

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

            Citrus Cafe
            2330 North Alma School Rd, Chandler, AZ

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              medium rare Mar 18, 2008 03:07 PM

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

              http://www.nicetartes.com/

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                hollyeve Mar 18, 2008 04:05 PM

                I don't think Coronado Cafe is a bad choice, it has just never "wowed" me. It is more of a 'in the neighborhood on a thursday evening' sort of place for me. I whole-heartedly agree with the Quiessence rec, and I would also encourage you to check out Lisa G's. I find the atmosphere very romantic in the evening with all of the candles. Also, it is a good spot for just dessert if you like to restaurant hop.

                http://www.lisagwinebar.com/default.asp

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                  hollyeve Mar 18, 2008 04:07 PM

                  Links:

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                  Quiessence Restaurant & Wine
                  6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85042

                  Lisa G Cafe Wine Bar
                  2337 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006

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                  ginael Jun 12, 2008 09:57 PM

                  If you're looking to avoid the Scottsdale scene, you may want to check out "Cafe Boa", with a location near ASU on Mill and one near Ahwatukee. The latter has a very cute outdoor seating area, with occasional live music. The pasta and salad selection is pretty good.

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