Richardson's, Tarbells or Rancho Pinot tonight?
I have read about these restaurants over the years, but have not seen many recent posts on them. which do you prefer for great food and ambience? thank you!
Now, if you'd said Monday night rather than tonight, I might have gone with Rancho Pinot, because that's when Chrysa Kaufman is doing her mozzarella pulls for the special menu. That's locavore food plus entertainment. Since you're saying for tonight, and you're specifying great food *plus* ambience, Tarbells, for the win.
Haven't been to Tarbell's or Richardson's, so can't compare, but you wouldn't be disappointed with Rancho Pinot. I'm a fan of the ambiance--sort of a casual/quirky elegance, upscale and quiet but not remotely stuffy, an unusual mixture of white tablecloth and old western memorabilia, saguaro ribs, etc. (completely unpretentious). The food is fantastic--the skirt steak, surprisingly, is one of my favorite steaks I've had in the past couple of years--everything I've tried there has been great. Long story short: 1 vote Rancho Pinot
You can't go wrong with any of them, but I do know Tarbell's just started a new menu in the past week so if you decide to go there please report back on what you think. Each one has great food, so it more depends on the ambiance you're looking for. crsin hit it on the head for ambiance for rancho pinot, tarbells is more classic fine dining ambiance while Richardson's is more laidback and less expensive than the other two.
I jsut wnated to report back that my parents and their friends--all of them--had a horrible experience and meal at Tarbells. I have not gotten specifics on what they ordered yet, as they have not yet returned. Other meals that were better were Ocean Club, and the best was Mosaic--looks like it is back to having phenomenal food.
We've been to each place. We loved Richardson's and Rancho Pinot. Tarbells was a big *shrug* for Tara and huge disappointment for me. The first try on my order was too salty and when they tried again, it was completely bland. There didn't seem to be any middle ground. Richardson's Carne Adovada is amazing and is one of my favorite dishes anywhere. Rancho Pinot was really good all-around, but no single dish jumps out at me.
Had light late dinner at bar at Tarbells tonight. 1st visit. Cioppino and arugula flatbread. Each pretty good if not inspiring. Had Argentinian pinot noir and malbec by the glass. Both had been up on the counter and were a bit warm. But very comfortable and would try again for a 'real meal'.
3213 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018