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May 25, 2009 09:15 PM

Need opinions for anniversary dinner (PHX)

Hi folks

Getting ready for our anniversary night out and, as always, Binkley's is at the top of the list. We've lost a couple favorites in the last year or two (Michael's, though, so I'm thinking about something different.

Is NOCA romantic/couple-y? It sounds a bit loud and brash. Ditto on a few others around town where food seems good and CH-ish but atmosphere sounds too hip.

Any thoughts?

My thanks,


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  1. Just went to Binkley's for our 15th anniversary last Thursday night. Fabulous as ever, but not as busy as usual, seemed to me. Can't go wrong with that choice.

    NOCA is also a great option. Its not too loud, just lively. Never had trouble carrying a conversation there. And the food is well worth it, similar in some ways to Binkley's.

    The other place we considered was Sea Saw for the Omakase, but they're not offering it anymore!

    1. I wouldn't consider NOCA a romantic anniversary place. Great food and service and I really like the atmosphere, but not for the an anniversary night. Nice call on Binkley's, we are doing that for ours in July.

      1. What about Quiessence. It is a wonderful atmosphere, and very quiet. Really wonderful food (top notch ingredients).

        Kai is also really amazing, but priced accordingly for a special occassion.

        1. Although absolutely delicious I'm not sure I'd consider NOCA romantic. How about Marcellino's?

          1. We had a very special dinner last year at T. Cooks at The Royal Palms. The food was excellent, the atmosphere very romantic and the staff went out of their way for our special celebration.

            Go early, wander the grounds, have a cocktail outside. After dinner, find a secluded garden with a firepit and sit and enjoy the serenity. Stay the night, the rooms are superb!



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