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“Not really special for the price” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lon's at the Hermosa

Lon's at the Hermosa
5532 N Palo Cristi Rd, The Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-7517
602 955 7878
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Contemporary
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Dessert, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Stanford Dr. & North Palo Cristi Rd
Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Not really special for the price”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I recently went to Lon's for dinner with 5 friends, some of whom were from out of town. The setting is lovely and the service was excellent, but the food was a bit disappointing for the money. Several people had the duck, and they all praised it for taste, but my meal was less than ideal for the price, and another friend (who had the duck) also thought it was too expensive for what it was.

I had cauliflower soup, which was fine but ordinary (I make one at home that is at least as good or better), followed by short ribs. The ribs were delicious, literally melting in my mouth, and accompanied by gnocchi and roasted root vegetables. The veggies were good, but again, nothing special, and the gnocchi were a bit sad. I've had better in moderate Italian restaurants.

We shared one side among us, the goat cheese macaroni, which was indeed heavenly, but then we also tried one dessert for the table, an apple turnover sort of thing that was not at all good: the crust was hard and dry, and the apples fairly tasteless.

The portions were also surprisingly small--on the one hand, I applaud them for offering more "normal" portions instead of the usual gargantuan restaurant meals, but again, for the price it would have been nice to have a rib portion a bit more than the size of a deck of playing cards (which I think it just about barely measured up to)--the ribs were so good, more of that would have been welcome, especially given the less successful accompaniments.

We had two bottles of wine, both good and fairly priced. All in all, it was a nice place to go with a group of friends, but for $75 per person, I felt it was not quite up to snuff. The price is not outrageous (although our total of $450 included only 3 appetizers--not all of us had an app--one side and one dessert for the table, plus 2 "value" wines.)

  • Visited March 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Kendra S, Public Relations Manager at Lon's at the Hermosa, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Thank you for the review, however I'm sorry to hear that you weren't impressed with some of the dishes at LON's. I've passed this on to our Director of Food & Beverage David Jette, who would be happy to speak with you further and ensure a more satisfying experience upon your return. His contact info is DJette@HermosaInn.com or 602.955.7878.
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“best patio dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

good service good food romantic atmosphere lots of seating very nice to sit near a fire pit and relax under the stars

Visited March 2013
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Kendra S, Public Relations Manager at Lon's at the Hermosa, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Happy to hear you enjoyed an evening under the stars at LON's and thank you for the great review! We hope to see you again soon.
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

The staff and service at Lon's was great. The bartenders are a knowledgeable and friendly distraction from waiting on your reservation. I recommend the Halibut and the Tortilla Soup.

Visited March 2013
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Kendra S, Public Relations Manager at Lon's at the Hermosa, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Thank you for the great review - hope to see you again soon!
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47 restaurant reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Superb dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant was in a lovely setting, and we were lucky to be seated next to the outdoor fireplace. The service was a bit cold, and could have been more attentive. It was adequate. However, the ambience and the food were absolutely top notch. Everything from the drinks to the appetizers to entrees and the (unreal) deserts were impressive. A must visit when in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. Not inexpensive. Dinner for 4 was close to $500.

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Kendra S, Public Relations Manager at Lon's at the Hermosa, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
So happy to hear that your recent visit to LON's was "top notch" and we hope to see you all again soon!
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Try it!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Very good food, great atmosphere and the service was excellent. Recommend eating outdoors on the patio whenever possible!

Visited February 2013
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Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to LON's and we hope to see you again soon. Cheers!
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