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Kai Restaurant

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5594 W Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, Chandler, AZ 85070-4000 (I-10 and Wild Horse Pass Blvd)
(602) 225-0100
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Recipient of the Coveted AAA Five Diamond Award and Forbes Five-Star...
Recipient of the Coveted AAA Five Diamond Award and Forbes Five-Star Award, KAI, meaning 'seed' in the Pima language, features a menu rich in creativity, history and Native American culture. Executive Chef Conor Favre and Chef de Cuisine Joshua Johnson incorporate the essence of the Pima and Maricopa tribes and locally farmed ingredients from the Gila River Indian Community to create unforgettable masterpieces. James Beard Award-winning Chef Janos Wilder is consulting chef for KAI and is renowned for creating unique and indigenous menu experiences. Open for dinner Tuesday - Saturday, reservations are strongly recommended. KAI maintains a smart business casual dress code. It prohibits hats, T-shirts, and shorts for both ladies and gentlemen, including open-toed sandals for men. Dress hats for ladies are acceptable. Denim is not preferred. As a courtesy to other diners, please refrain from using cell phones or laptops in the dining room.
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Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 230
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
5 Star???

I expected more from a 5-Star restaurant. Service was excellent. It lived up to its 5-Star expectation. Wine list and sommelier were as expected and good. Food... well, that's where the rubber failed to meet the tracks. Although the vegetables, in particular, "From The Farm," were delicate... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
SanMN
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Edina, Minnesota
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Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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267 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Edina, Minnesota
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

I expected more from a 5-Star restaurant. Service was excellent. It lived up to its 5-Star expectation. Wine list and sommelier were as expected and good. Food... well, that's where the rubber failed to meet the tracks. Although the vegetables, in particular, "From The Farm," were delicate, beautiful, and sumptuous, the main was too salty for my taste and presentation... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Took my wife for our anniversary and had a great experience. I informed them it was our anniversary and they took extra good care of us. My wife is a vegetarian and they made here meal just for her.

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Hampden, MA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

My wife and I were staying at the hotel where Kai is located as part of the Patriots' delegation for the Super Bowl. In checking in on Thursday morning I asked to make a reservation for Kai for Friday night. . The front desk person told me my name would be on the waiting list when the restaurant opened later... More 

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Canon City, Colorado
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

It’s appropriate that this restaurant should offer THE BIRTH as a first course on the menu since when you are through paying for the entire meal—plus drinks (a bottle of Cakebread chardonnay has a 800% markup over a discount liquor store)—may cost you more than the hospital bill for the birth of your first child. But I digress . .... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015 via mobile

I cannot say enough. Creative beautiful delicious food. Professional servers. Great beverage menu. Worth ever dollar.

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Londonderry, New Hampshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

From the waiter greeting you by name as you sat down, to picking out fruit for my water, to the waitstaff that could not have been more professional and prepared and non invasive however at your service at any moment, to the presentation of the food. You have to experience it to understand. All 4 of us in our party... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I really cannot say enough good things about our dining experience at Kai. The food was exceptional and service outstanding. The ambience is relaxing with calm music playing in the background. The tables are spaced generously apart from one another so that you feel as if you are having your own private dining experience. The timing between courses was excellent... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We've eaten just about everywhere in the world that you can find great food and Kai is at or very near the top. We've had the smaller tasting menu both time (twice in three years) and both times the food was outstanding, the service (led by Jeremy) was perfect, and the atmosphere was excellent. Even though we had already experienced... More 

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Top Contributor
152 reviews 152 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Kai sets the bar high with impeccable friendly service. Eating at Kai is an experience of a lifetime. Great food. Absolutely great food. And tops in service. Relaxing romantic atmosphere. The timing was good between courses. The Chef's surprise was a taste sensation. Each person has an personal server and it was fun to watch the choreographed service at a... More 

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

The attention to detail is amazing! The chef was an wonderful artist with the plates. Wait staff was nice. It's costly but worth every penny. Anniversary or birthday is a plus spot! Hope to go back this year!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5594 W Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, Chandler, AZ 85070-4000
    (I-10 and Wild Horse Pass Blvd)
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Chandler
  • Phone Number: (602) 225-0100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 80
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

Description

Recipient of the Coveted AAA Five Diamond Award and Forbes Five-Star Award, KAI, meaning 'seed' in the Pima language, features a menu rich in creativity, history and Native American culture. Executive Chef Conor Favre and Chef de Cuisine Joshua Johnson incorporate the essence of the Pima and Maricopa tribes and locally farmed ingredients from the Gila River Indian Community to create unforgettable masterpieces. James Beard Award-winning Chef Janos Wilder is consulting chef for KAI and is renowned for creating unique and indigenous menu experiences. Open for dinner Tuesday - Saturday, reservations are strongly recommended. KAI maintains a smart business casual dress code. It prohibits hats, T-shirts, and shorts for both ladies and gentlemen, including open-toed sandals for men. Dress hats for ladies are acceptable. Denim is not preferred. As a courtesy to other diners, please refrain from using cell phones or laptops in the dining room.
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?