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“A Magical Experience without a Magician!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kai Restaurant

Kai Restaurant
5594 W Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, Chandler, AZ 85070-4000
(602) 225-0100
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Ranked #3 of 586 Restaurants in Chandler
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $80
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: I-10 and Wild Horse Pass Blvd
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.
New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
“A Magical Experience without a Magician!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

This was the greatest dinner my family has experienced. I do not want to give away too much of the night so that you are surprised and in awe when you go. The wait staff actually enjoys what they are doing and do it very well. Since our table was in the west corner so when the time was right the drapes were fully opened and we watched an unbelievable sunset over the Arizona mountain range.

With your water they offer you a fruit selection for your water that includes lemon, lime, orange and pineapple. We started with a four cheese platter ($30) that had samples of British blue cheese, French and Italian along with white honey from Hawaii and another exotic honey. The combination of honey and blue cheese was outstanding. The plate was also garnished with a small bunch of champagne grapes and other items! There is also a bread serving that followed the cheese platter which was outstanding.

For the main course, there were two orders of the Potpourri of Butter Basted Lobster, Guaymas Shrimp & Diver Scallops ($47), one Dry Aged Bone-In Rib Eye Steak with “Kai Steak Sauce” ($54) and one Grilled Tenderloin of Tribal Buffalo ($48). All were cooked perfectly and were wonderful. The only negative thing I could say was that the lobster was a little tough.

They also have an extensive wine list. We opted for the 2010 Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon ($60) which is about $30 retail so it was a good value. We ordered a second bottle and were given the option of a 2007 or 2011. I opted for the 2007 and it was better than the 2010. For dessert we shared a chocolate soufflé ($18) with coffee ($7) and tea ($7). The coffee is either made fresh at table side with your choice of filtered or French pressed. The tea, a combination of raspberry and tea, was also brewed at tableside. They also bring you some complimentary chocolate to finish off your night.

Total tab was $540 which included tax and a 25% gratuity. If you have the cabbage to spend add this to your bucket list and enjoy one of the finest dining experiences around. Mr. Ocho is not one to be easily impressed but this was a magical night.

  • Visited July 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Perfect for a special occasion!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Our dinner was an experience of fine food, wine, service, and ambience. It's a five star and well deserved. Very attentive wait staff, everything was so well done from the time we were seated to the very end of our meal. We were offered several choices of garnishes for our water, even making that special. Stories of Native American cuisine were explained which made it all the more interesting. The meals were delicious! There was a nice list of wines to choose from. At the end of our meal, we were treated to an assortment of yummy truffles that I couldn't resist. This is a wonderful choice to celebrate any special occasion for adults. Be sure to make reservations ahead of time.

  • Visited December 2012
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Augusta, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

I was so excited to try this restaurant and it exceeded my expectations. The wait staff were very attentive, welcoming, and knowledgeable. The food and drinks were amazing!! It was a very special end of our trip to Phoenix. We were especially surprised at the treats from the restaurant in our car when we left. It was one of the best dining experiences I've ever had. The food was wonderful and beautifully presented. I would highly recommend trying this restaurant if you're in the Phoenix area.

  • Visited July 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Outstanding”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

The best restaurant in Phoenix. The staff is just amazing, the food really creative and delicious and really nice environment. Terrific service and very creative menu items

  • Visited June 2013
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Phoenix
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“I concur!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

I must agree that this is an amazing dining experience. Everything flawless and delicious. The meal ended with a hand written thank you note in our valeted car which was waiting, ready for us as we left the resort. FIRST CLASS!

  • Visited January 2013
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