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One of Phoenix's downtown highlights, albeit a bit retro, is the revolving Compass Restaurant located high atop the Hyatt Regency Hotel. This favorite of Valley visitors offers regional American cuisine and a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city as the top spins at a slow three miles per hour. Recently updated, the dining area features upholstered banquettes and each one provides amazing views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Decor is elegant contemporary and service is friendly and a bit formal. American favorites such as steaks, poultry, seafood are all prepared with a Southwestern spin.
Located on The Farm at South Mountain, Quiessence is a beautiful restaurant for people who truly love food and care where it comes from. The restaurant uses as much produce from The Farm and the surrounding area as possible in its dishes and cocktails for the most incredible freshness. Of course the menu is seasonal, changing frequently and always inspired by the farm, and definitely always amazingly delicious. Make sure to try the artfully crafted cocktails or the amazing wine list for the perfect compliment to your meal.
Over the past two decades, restaurateur Tomaso Maggiore has built up somewhat of an Italian empire here in the Valley with far-flung cafes serving his tasty combination of classic and contemporary cuisine. Offering first-class cuisine: Osso buco, cioppino, house-made pastas and veal dishes with professional, accommodating service. Tomaso's is a Phoenix classic that never goes out of style.
If a big cut of meat and a trendy atmosphere are what you're looking for, head right over to Steak 44. The chic, black and white decor with cushy leather padded chairs sets the tone for what is sure to be a fabulous evening. As the name implies, steak is the most popular menu item at this restaurant, but even that has a good number of options including filet mignon, NY strip, ribeye and all the classic cuts. But in addition to the steaks, the menu also includes steakhouse favorites like veal chops, rack of lamb and a huge selection of sides. There is also an impressive wine selection that you might notice on display in cases throughout the restaurant.
Gourmet Magazine called it one of the top restaurants in the Phoenix Metro area and with just one visit, you'll understand why. The seasonal, organic menu is served within the cozy confines of the Royal Palms Hotel; one of the Valley's earliest resort properties. Here visitors can dine in the private dining room, alfresco on the patios, and for larger parties, the entire orange grove is also available. For nearly twenty years, the chefs have garnered many accolades for their dinner service, usually served in four courses that entail shared plates to begin, followed by fireplace favorites like polenta and Foie Gras, then salads and finally an entree. It is no wonder that it is consistently rated as one of the best kitchens in Phoenix.
Enjoy breathtaking views of the Valley while dining at this resort restaurant. Located in the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs, the restaurant features a menu that changes regularly to highlight herbs and produce from the chef's garden. Mains include perfectly plated lamb rack as well as duck and seafood specials with wonderful sides of salads and sauces. Desserts combine seasonal flavors and their award-winning wine list complements the food perfectly. Live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.