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Oct 25, 2010 05:46 PM

Quiet restaurant for a celebration, near Gainey Suites Hotel in Scottsdale (N. Scottsdale and E. Doubletree)

Hi there --

I am coming to Scottsdale to celebrate my father's 74th birthday. We'll be there just after New Year's. We're looking for a place to celebrate that has these qualities:

- within a half hour's drive of Gainey Suites Hotel in Scottsdale (N. Scottsdale and E. Doubletree)
- quiet. Serious on that. Quiet. He's very hard of hearing.
- Not a lot of spicy food
- A celebration kind of place
- No worry on price

Thank you kindly for your suggestions!


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  1. You can get pretty far in a half hour's drive from there, because you're just two miles from the 101 freeway -- but you'd be just down the street from Rancho Pinot, and I have no reservations about recommending the food there. It was quiet when I dined, but not funereal. I am maybe not the best judge of noise level, because there are places that people complain are deafening, that I have never noticed an issue with. I find, though, that if there's a spot that people complain is really noisy, you can get around the issue by dining earlier before the room is full, or at the end of the night, if they're the type of place that slows down.

    Rancho Pinot Grill
    6208 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ

    1. One that pops to mind fairly fast is Voltaire on McDonald east of Hayden. It's old-school French cuisine. You know, coquilles St. Jacques, duck a l'orange, flambéed crêpes Suzette, that kind of thing. Their target demographic is your dad's age; you'll be the youngest person in the room by a few decades.

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      1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

        First place I thought of too. I love the classic French menu at Voltaire, and it has always been relaxing and quiet.

        8340 E McDonald Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85250

        1. re: Rubee

          Another vote for Voltaire. Such a wonderful experience and just good food. Yes, it caters to the senior citizen set. So, what? The food is good, the service is great and it is a classy place.

          1. re: Seth Chadwick

            me and the mrs went there for new years eve a couple years ago hearing that it was good and it is super close to us, and we didnt know what to expect for clientelle vibe etc, we were the youngest people in there by 40 was pretty hilarious - had a good time there though, was certainly like walking into a time warp though

            It isnt a place we would go back to again, however i would agree with everyone else that it is perfect for what you are looking for, and it certainly was a memorable time :)

        2. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          voltaire is certainly quiet but IMO the food borders on awful. before it moved to scottsdale many years ago it was one of my favorites. i am a fan of traditional french cuisine but it needs great ingredients, careful prep and proper cooking, none of which have i found at the current voltaire.

        3. Un Bacio is very close to the hotel and has very good Italian, some of the best in town actually.
          Highly recommend this place!

          Un Bacio's
          7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258

          1. (Adding hotel site to map for the OP)

            Gainey Suites Hotel
            7300 E Gainey Suites Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

            1. T. Cooks at the Royal Palms Hotel is 7 miles (15 minutes) from your hotel and fits the bill perfectly. There is a private dining room (seats about 10 people) as well as indoor and outdoor seating in the restaurant.

              There are a lot of positive comments on CH about T. Cooks -- including mine -- for special occasions. It has an understated elegance bespeaking "Old Phoenix". I think this would be a perfect place for your father's birthday. You can peruse the menu online to see if this is a good fit for your celebration. In addition, call the restaurant to arrange something special for dinner if you wish. I've found executive chef Lee Hilson and the entire staff to be very helpful and accomodating.