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naysayer Feb 24, 2009 01:23 PM

Hi. I am planning on proposing to my girlfriend this weekend and need some good romantic restaurant ideas. I am from out of town (Salt Lake) and so I'm not familiar with too many restaurants in the Phoenix Area.

Much appreciated.

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    ziggylu Feb 24, 2009 01:31 PM

    Since you've called out Mesa I'm assuming you're looking for something around the east valley

    And if $$$$ allows, try Kai out at the Sheraton Wild Horse. Tell them your plans and they will definitely make this a night for both of you to remember. http://www.wildhorsepassresort.com/dining-wild-horse-pass.html#a1

    A couple less expensive options:

    If the weather holds the way it has and the nights are mild, I'd say book a table on the patio at House of Tricks in downtown Tempe. http://www.houseoftricks.com/

    Another nice option for a romantic dinner in the area would be Quiessence. Again, if the evening is mild the patio is nice. http://www.quiessencerestaurant.com

    I'm sure others will be along with other suggestions soon.

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      naysayer Feb 25, 2009 11:02 AM

      Thank you. Those are some great options.

    2. DebitNM Feb 25, 2009 02:19 PM

      We LOVED T. Cooke's at the Royal Palms. Call for reservation and be sure to tell them what's going on and they will make it a memorable night! The Maitre'd was wonderful when we were there and made a dinner so special. It is beautiful hotel, the grounds are magical [there are all kinds of paths through the gardens, lots of hidden nooks with little outdoor firepits, etc]

      http://www.royalpalmshotel.com/phoeni....

      5200 East Camelback Road Phoenix, Arizona 85018 Ph: 602.840.3610

      You won't be sorry~!
      Deb

      1. Bill Hunt Feb 25, 2009 07:09 PM

        Great recs. so far. T. Cook's seems to make a bunch of extra points on the "proposal" aspect, based on their press clippings. I've never proposed there, but have had wonderful meals.

        One other restaurant that I think would fit your bill would be Vincent's on Camelback. All have strong elements of romance, and none is really too far (by PHX-standards) from Mesa.

        Have not dined at House of Tricks, but it does get a lot of good recs.

        Regardless of you final choice, do let the host/hostess know of your intentions. Also, order flowers for the table.

        Hunt

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

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

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

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

        Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
        5594 W Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler, AZ

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          danieli10 Feb 26, 2009 09:41 AM

          I'd go with T.Cook's or Elements at Sanctuary before Vincent's, House of Tricks, etc.

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            Bill Hunt Feb 26, 2009 02:08 PM

            I only hesitate on elements, due to the last experience there. Maybe just an off night, but nothing was even close to right. Before that, I'd definitely had them high on my list. Now, I worry about them.

            Hunt

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              danieli10 Feb 26, 2009 08:47 PM

              Yeah, I agree. My recommendation is more on location and the romantice part than the food, which is hit or miss. For every really good meal I've had there, I've also had a very mediocre one. However, I haven't had any poor service over the years.

              1. re: danieli10
                yamalam Feb 26, 2009 09:51 PM

                Chicks dig Elements:)

        2. azhotdish Feb 26, 2009 09:24 PM

          I would throw Lon's at the Hermosa into the mix, the patio is gorgeous, especially in the weather we've been having lately.

          http://www.lons.com/index.html

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          Lon's At the Hermosa
          5532 N Palo Cristi Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

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            1wino Feb 27, 2009 07:44 AM

            I agree with the recent opinions on elements. I went last summer for my birthday and was underwhelmed with the food and the service. I was shocked to see the chef on the potential Beard nominees list.

            Let me throw in a wild card here on top of all the usual suspects: the new Prado at the InterContinental Montelucia is fantastic. The decor is beautiful, they often have a flamenco band playing on weekend nights, and the food is some of the best in town -- the chef is Claudio Urciuoli. There is nothing better than arriving just before sunset, lounging on the patio for a while, and then strolling into the restaurant for some world-class paella. All the seafood here is super-fresh. Anything off the wood-fired grill is outstanding.

            As for the others: I went to T. Cook's last fall and enjoyed it -- service was first-rate -- but I would still heartily recommend Quiessence or Kai based on the food. Tricks should be gorgeous right now, too, but I've had serious issues with service in the past. However, you might chalk that up to a rogue waitress. Other times, it's been great.

            A friend recently ate at Lon's and loved it. Has anyone been to Estate House recently? That's super romantic, and the patio bar would be a nice place to propose. But I haven't eaten there.

            1. re: azhotdish
              Bill Hunt Mar 4, 2009 04:15 PM

              I do agree on Lon's. Wonderful setting, especially at this time of the year.

              If elements could get back to what they were doing, and how they were doing it, not THAT long ago, I'd gladly put them back on my list.

              I do agree with Yamalam's comment, though I was dining with two chicks (wife and a guest), who were less than impressed. Wife had dined there many times, both in the restaurant and for events across the courtyard, and had loved it. Hence, we took our guest there. I felt really bad that they dropped the ball so completely that night - in Sept., if I recall correctly. If it was a bad night, then it was bad on all counts. The bar was about half-full, but the dining room was almost empty from sunset until 10:30PM. Let's hope that it was an anomaly. I love the venue and had come to trust them completely. Now, I'm trepidatious.

              Hunt

            2. DebitNM Mar 1, 2009 06:14 AM

              SO ?????? What did she say and where did you go to pop the question?? You can't come here with a story like this and not update!

              :o)

              Deb

              1. DebitNM Mar 4, 2009 07:43 PM

                Still waiting to hear what happened and where??

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                  Poerz Mar 5, 2009 02:32 PM

                  Lon's hands down. Ask for an outdoor table as the weather is wonderful in the early evening. Besides being a foodie I am in the business and can tell you any hotel or restaurant always wants to know about proposals. Anniversaries are important but happen very year. A proposal is (usually) just once. Part of it is the restaurant wanting to be part of a memorable occasion and part of it is just good business.

                  The food at Kai is creative and wonderful but I don't think of the room as being romantic at all.

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