Hotel restaurants have come a long way from being the least appealing option for dinner while out of town, and Phoenix is no exception. In a city flush with luxury resorts and boutique hotels, a property’s restaurant may be the reason to stay there – or maybe find an excuse to try without also checking in. Here is a list of 8 of the best hotel restaurants in Phoenix.Read More
The Destination Hotel Restaurants of Phoenix
One more reason to stay there
Chef Angelo Sosa’s first foray into the Arizona dining scene is at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in North Phoenix. Dishes are comprised of a mix of Southwestern cuisine, heirloom ingredients, and what Sosa learned from his aunt. The unctuous purple yam is rich and thick, full of queso and mole, while the chicken guisado is a warm, nostalgic stew with salty pops of castelvetrano olives. Save space for the vanilla flan and its tequila caramel, covered in a feathery mound of manchego.
Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar
Toro may mention the word ‘Latin’ in its name, but it fails to also include the Japanese and Chinese-Peruvian influences that also figure into its menu. Chef Richard Sandoval’s establishment at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort includes a menu that caters to a variety of tastes, whether in search for sushi, ceviche, or a 52 oz tomahawk steak. Find interesting touches like ponzu butter on the trumpet mushroom side dish, or the lobster fried rice that also includes chorizo. Don’t forget the “Rum Bar” part of the name either —Toro offers a serious selection of rums to drink neat or in cocktails.
With stunning views and a gorgeous patio, Talavera at the Four Season Scottsdale sets the bar high from the moment customers walk through the doors and past paintings of Frida Kahlo. The restaurant is a twist on the standard resort steakhouse, adding Spanish flavors alongside bone-in ribeye. The kombu-cured tuna with pickled strawberry is a lovely, light starter, as is the pulpo clasico. The house paella shouldn’t be missed, brimming with seafood and pork belly, as is the cinnamon churro to finish off the meal
Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn
The Hermosa Inn is a hidden gem tucked away in Paradise Valley. The boutique hotel’s feeling of luxurious seclusion seeps into the al fresco dining for its restaurant Lon’s. This is a place to enjoy outdoors when the weather is good, given its abundance of flowers, plants, and soft lighting. Eating indoors is just as pleasant, if for no other reason because the food is the real focal point. Highlights include the ahi tuna seared tableside, and hearty short ribs with a tart yet sweet cipollini agrodolce sauce. Make sure to peek into the Wine Cellar (if it’s open), with its historic brick decor.
On the outside, The Phoenician’s J&G Steakhouse could be couched as just another hotel steakhouse, which would do both the restaurant and its chef a disservice. J&G’s namesake, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, has left his mark on the French-leaning menu, while executive chef Jacques Qualin has continued to execute the offerings flawlessly. Yes, the steaks are excellent. But so are the fresh seafood, rich sides, and those black truffle cheese fritters.
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Situated at the bottom of The Senna House hotel, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection, Cala is the collaborative brainchild of local celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan and Executive Chef Peter McQuaid. With dozens of plants hanging off the ceiling and soft macrame pieces on the walls, the modern vibe pairs beautifully with the Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. Dive into the Peruvian scallop crudo that effortlessly mixes juicy passionfruit with smoky chopped peanut sauce before ordering the harissa-glazed salmon with a sweet and creamy corn puree.
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Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Dining choices are plentiful these days in Downtown, but stopping in at the Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is an easy decision. A part of the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix, the location combines a local feel with a selection probably not found at a typical neighborhood joint. Snack on the pao de queijo, a light Brazilian cheese bread, spread with espelette butter or the Holey Moley flatbread dotted with elk jalapeno sausage. And for something truly spectacular, order the Net of the Sea, which is exactly what it sounds like, made out of puff pastry and stuffed with just about every seafood.
One of the most acclaimed restaurants in the Valley, Kai is a beautiful celebration of native Arizona cuisine. The restaurant is part of the Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass Resort, which sits on the reservation land of the Gila River Indian Community, a combination of the Pima and Maricopa tribes. It’s the heritage of these tribes that influence the meal, laid out as a story on individually painted menus. Local ingredients, like tepary beans and Saguaro blossoms, are woven through the dishes; even a simple fry bread called wamichta is full of flavor and elegance.