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Apr 22, 2011 08:26 AM


My wife and I are celebrating our 3rd anniversary on May 1st. We are looking for a restaurant with absolutely killer food. If it's romantic, that's a bonus. We just want to have a great time and eat amazing food. Neither one of us drink alcohol, and budget isn't an issue. We live in Gilbert, but I'm willing to make the trek out to Scottsdale or Phoenix. I would greatly appreciate any suggestions and what I can expect the experience to be like. Thanks!!

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  1. kai or binkley's

    kai is probably closer to you than binkleys

    if you search for either on the forum you will find alot of info

    10 Replies
    1. re: Dapuma

      Both are good, but I would give the nod to Kai, if for no other reason, than proximity.

      You will have killer food, great service, and if you let them know that it's a special occasion, a bit of privacy.

      Happy anniversary,


      1. re: Bill Hunt

        Both Binkley's and Kai sound like great suggestions, however they seem so over the top I don't know if we could feel comfortable being there. Call me crazy, but they seem really intimidating. Neither one of us come from money, nor do we have any now, So we aren't used to eating top-notch food at high-end places. My wife and I love food and are super passionate about it. Since going out for a nice meal is something we rarely get to do, I want to make sure I do it right this weekend. I'm considering Bandera, Houstons or NOCA. I really want to try NOCA but nothing screams out to me on the menu......

        6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

        3821 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        1. re: sleepoveroverture

          I think if you want to be more comfortable, I would recommend T. Cook's, FnB, The Mission, or any one of the great steakhouses like JG, BLT, or even a spot like Wildfish. T.Cook's is very special and nice and romantic. NOCA is not exactly a special occassion spot and leaves a lot to be desired as far as atmosphere, ambience, etc. Good food, fun, and foodie, but not a spot for a special night out.

          7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

          1. re: danieli10

            "T.Cook's is very special and nice and romantic"

            I could not agree more! T. Cooks is indeed a very lovely restaurant on an historic and beautiful Phoenix property. It is not intimidating in the least. Might I suggest renting a lovely casita for the night and having your meal brought to your own garden room? You and your wife could stroll the grounds at sunset and retire to your private space for supper.

            The hotel/restaurant has a Director of Romance whom you could contact for more suggestions.

            1. re: Sherri

              +1 for t cook's

              great choice and the grounds are very nice

            2. re: danieli10

              I agree wth all recs except the Mission and FnB can both be on the louder side - it wouldn't bother me for an anniversary dinner but it depends on what kind of ambiance you're looking for. Food is great at both though. I'd also like to suggest Quiessence at the Farm at South Mountain. Not too far from you, great food and very romantic.

              6106 S 32nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85042

              7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

              1. re: danieli10

                We ate at T. Cooks the night I asked her to marry me. That's the only fancy place we've ever been to, and we loved it. Awesome food and super romantic.

                1. re: danieli10

                  From my personal experience, FnB would be one of the last places that I would recommend, but that is just me. I need something besides just having "small plates," like food, and service. FnB had neither.

                  Now, I WILL second T Cook's, and also NOCA. Have not dined at The Mission, so cannot comment.


                  7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                2. re: sleepoveroverture

                  Fair enough.

                  Besides the recs. below, I will at Lon's at the Hermosa, and especially if the weather is nice that evening, and you dine on the patio.

                  BTW - Happy Anniversary!


                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                    Second Bill's suggestions for T. Cook's and Lon's at the Hermosa..
                    Happy Anniversary!

            3. What if we took the romantic aspect out of the equation. Based purely on how good the food is, where would you go?

              2 Replies
              1. re: sleepoveroverture

                BLT, Marcellino, or Rokerij

                6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016

                7114 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

                1. re: kmarg

                  Noca, BLT, J&G Steakhouse (I have revised my opinion of this spot as a result of a tremendous meal a few week ago).

                  3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                  J&G Steakhouse
                  6000 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251