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Aug 13, 2008 06:36 PM

PHX: Birthday Suggestion

So my girlfriend's bday is coming up and I am trying to find a place to take her that she hasn't been before and she and her family will all enjoy.

We usually spend birthdays at Durant's, Salt Cellar, Tarbell's, etc. We like places in that same realm. A menu with something for everyone, pretty casual atmosphere, but still nice enough to make it feel like a special occasion.

I rarely get the chance to get on here lately, so I haven't seen all the new things that may have popped up.

I'll be digging back through the board, but anything you have to offer up for a party of 6-10 is appreciated. I think we've hit most of the regular places in central/east phoenix, so if there are new places or something outside of my normal boundaries I would be up that.

Thanks Hounds!

BTW, from what I've read about Fine's Cellar it looks good. How do you all think it would fare for a family gathering/birthday? (No Kids)

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  1. For old-ish, my stand-by is House of Tricks--casual but definitely nice enough for a special occasion.

    For new-ish, I might go with Tapino. Depending on the crowd, the small plates format might work well, as it can lend itself to sharing and sampling.

    For even newer-ish, Fine's Cellar might also be a good choice. I went there for the second of my birthday dinners this year and was very pleased with the food and the atmosphere. The service was a bit inexpert, but not so much as to detract significantly from the overall experience.

    House of Tricks
    114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281

    Tapino Kitchen & Wine Bar
    7000 E Shea Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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

    1. Predicated on my last few birthdays, when in town, and also those of my wife, the three places that we have greatly enjoyed and return to are:

      Vincent's on Camelback
      elements @ The Santuary
      T. Cook's @ The Royal Palms

      These are in the same price-range as Durant's and Tarbell's. Cannot seem to ever get in at the Salt Cellar, so cannot compare. They are different, than the above two, but not too much. Each is unique and offers something special.

      Happy b'day to your GF,


      5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

      T Cooks At the Royal Palms
      5200 East Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018

      Vincent On Camelback
      3930 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

      1. I've done tapino, vincent's and elements at different times.

        I'd love to try T Cooks, but I was under the impression that it was more high end. If not I will look into that.

        House of Tricks I don't know much about either so I will check into that as well.

        Thanks guys!

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        1. re: ValleyFever

          I just took a peek at Tricks' website and see that the sample menu is from the spring, but it should give you an idea of the type of food they serve.

          Wherever you end up, I hope that y'all have a good time. :-)

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I have to second this recommendation. The service there is extremely warm, and I have no doubt they would help to make your dinner very special. The care they take with everything there from the preparation to presentation of the food is clearly evident. There is a table in the back section that would be perfect for a get-together.

            We were there last week celebrating something, but didn't mention it until we were leaving. The congratulations we received from everyone was really nice. Oh, and the meal was fabulous, as other posts have mentioned.

              1. re: drewb123

                3rd Noca. It is wonderful. We're itching to go back!

            1. We went to Rancho Pinot Grille for my birthday in june. they've been around for a long time but it was the first time we'd been there. We had a great meal adn really enjoyed ourselves. I think it would definitely meet all your needs.

              If you havent' been there yet you might want to consider it.

              Rancho Pinot Grill
              6208 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ