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Jun 19, 2008 04:19 PM

Fine Dining In Glendale?

Hello all!

I am coming to Glendale this weekend and need to hit up some fine dining restaurants in Glendale for work (got a job fair). I’ve never been to the Glendale/Phoenix area. I already have Scottsdale covered.

Any suggestions on where I could go? I’d like to try Italian and Asian.


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  1. Unfortunately, I can't think of any real "fine-dining" restaurants in the Glendale area...I guess it depends on one's definition of fine-dining.

    These two are nicer places in the area:
    For Italian, Tutti Santi ( comes to mind.

    Skye is also pretty good. (


    Tutti Santi
    19420 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85308

    16844 N Arrowhead Center Dr, Peoria, AZ 85382

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    1. re: andyeats

      When was last time you ate at Tutti Santi and what did you have? It's around the corner from me and I've been dying to find out if the $25-$35 pricing was actually worth it :-) Can't seem to find anyone that's been, lot seems empty 24/7 there.

      As far as Skye goes, we've gone 3x now (once on purpose, the other 2 were group) and we've ended up having to leave 3x due to poor service. They have some kind of meetings when they're open & supposed to be serving and will not wait on any tables during that time. 1st time we stayed for .20 mins, after that the groups I was with found this out for themselves. Am hoping in Wintertime they get it together. Skye does not respond to phone calls or emails. Heads up!

      1. re: DeansHouse

        Tutti Santi is pretty good and IMO worth the money.

        1. re: DeansHouse

          I'm a fan of Tutti Santi - It's close to us, and we go a few times a month. I always get one of the seafood pasta specials (a couple of weeks ago I had an excellent cioppino), while my husband always orders the veal marsala with a side of fettucini alfredo, or he switches it out the marsala for veal Milanese. Lately, we've been sitting at the bar and enjoying wine and some of their fantastic pizza. A new favorite I had this past Saturday night is the scoglio. It's a delicious seafood pizza (shrimp with clams and mussels in their shell) on a base of red sauce with fresh oregano and garlic. Just wonderful. E loved his white pizza - quattro formaggi to which he had them add ham (prosciutto cotto - Italian cooked ham). Another favorite pizza is the Tutti Santi pizza - carpaccio pizza with fresh arugula and corn. For dessert, be sure to order the cannoli.

          We tried Skye once for a Tuesday happy hour but after waiting and repeatedly being told "you can't have a drink but can sit in the restaurant" while they ignored our confused looks, someone came back and eventually explained that it was closed for a private party. Haven't been back.

          We go to Carver's for Happy Hour at the bar - regular steak house menu (for me that means ho-hum), but friendly service, well-made cocktails, social regulars, and E's a steakhouse fan.

          Tutti Santi
          19420 N. 59th Ave., Glendale, AZ 85308

      2. havent been myself, but isn't there a "nicer" restaurant in the Dillon's family of restaurants?

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        1. re: ejs1492

          It's not "fine dining" and I'm not even positive it's in Glendale, but family has taken us to North right off the 101 loop and we've enjoyed the Italian food the several times we've been there. I think there's another one over near the Westin Kierland, but I'm pretty sure this one is in Glendale.

          1. re: Eujeanie

            Marking place.

            NoRTH Glendale
            20004 N. 67th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85308

            1. re: johnseberg

              I agree with there being no "fine dining" in glendale. even good dining is hard to come by. Skye was advertized as such but I found it dissapointing (but in all fairness I'm not a steak guy).

              I do like North for a nice meal.

              Has anyone been to Hammerheads Ocean Grill
              6718 W. Deer Valley Rd.?

              1. re: Goofy Yno

                I had a horrible meal at hammerheads shortly after they opened and I never went back. I've heard similar horror stories from others

          2. re: ejs1492

            Yes, there's an Arrowhead location at 20585 N. 59th Ave. -- we haven't been there, either, but it looks nice from the outside. Here's the web site:

          3. Carver's just east of 83rd Avenue on the north side of Bell is probably the most upscale restaurant in Glendale.

            I have friends that love Tutti Santi and go there of a regular basis.

            The one time that I went to Skye I thought that the food was very good and the atmosphere was nice. Service was spotty but there were at least 10 of us so it might be better with a smaller group.

            1. OK, after I got past the oxymoronic aspect of "fine dining" and "Glendale" in the same sentence, I got to thinking. I have to admit that it is NOT "fine dining," though it is good food with a very nice setting - Haus Murphy, the German restaurant right across from the park. Compared to the spots, that I call "fine dining," L'Atelier, French Laundry, Guy Savoy, Gordon Ramsey, etc., it is more homey, but good. We have had great meals, and excellent service (wine list needs major upgrades). If you wish Joël Robuchon, this is not it, but still really good food and wonderful service.


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              1. re: Bill Hunt

                BH, of the 3 Glendales -Arizona- Colorado- California- I think you are singularly qualified to pass judgment. I still have most of a box of Siglo IV's: a couple with your name on them.

                1. re: Veggo

                  I have to admit that I know less about Glendale, CA, than either of the others.

                  Seems I have a bottle of Vintage Port(s) with yours, Jason's and Maria's name on it/them...


                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    Ah... sometimes "them" is such a nice word.....:)

                2. re: Bill Hunt

                  What do you eat at Haus Murphy? We went once about six months ago and pretty much hated it -- heavy, bland food, vegetables cooked too long for our taste, house wine that tasted like it was from a box (not to denigrate all box wines) . . . I'm all for good comfort food, but this place didn't do it for us. As I recall I ordered one of the schnitzel-y things and my husband had sausage, which was dry.