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“Wonderful Anniversary Dinner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-5218
+1 480-607-2300
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $75
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Tatum
Description: Celebrate farm-fresh American cuisine at elements, one of the best restaurants in Paradise Valley. Sanctuary touts the evolution of a favorite Scottsdale restaurant that offers a distinctive experience for AZ luxury dining. Discover the cutting-edge kitchen of Food Network celebrity and Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, where the best local organic produce is used to create seasonal menus. With the expansion of elements restaurant, enjoy distinctive venues for luxurious Scottsdale dining, including the private chef's table, XII, where you will witness the kitchen activity firsthand...And Praying Monk, for indoor/outdoor events overlooking the beauty of Camelback Mountain. With spectacular scenery and unique settings, jade bar and edge are the perfect places to sip and savor fresh cocktails on inviting outdoor patios at sunset.
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Wonderful Anniversary Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We had dinner at Elements to celebrate our anniversary. They knew that, and gave us a cozy, romantic table with a beautiful view. Our server was funny and attentive, and we were also visited by the sommelier and the manager. The drinks are inventive and flavorful I recommend the Cantaloupe. We weren't terribly hungry, so we skipped the starters, which are mostly seafood my husband is allergic to anyway. We shared the melon and cucumber salad and immediately could have ordered another. Not because it was small, but because it was delicious and was so light and fruity it was a perfect start to our dinner. My husband had the sea bass and I had the chicken. We both loved our dishes! The sea bass was firm and fresh, and the forbidden rice was rich and flavorful. The chicken was tender, very juicy and also very flavorful. It was also huge - they do not skimp on portions here. We ended up with the pbc bomb. Yes, it was the bomb.

We also ate breakfast there three mornings. If you live in the area, it's definitely worth checking out for breakfast. Don't bother with the elements breakfast which is just eggs, meat and toast. Not what they do well. The toast on two occasions was not toasted, just warm dry bread, and the bacon was served almost burned on all three days. We asked for less cooked bacon, and they were quick to comply - just ask ahead how you'd like it prepared. The other dishes were a delight. The pancakes were to die for (my personal favorite) and the brioche French toast was sinful. There were several other dishes on the menu I was disappointed not to get to try. The fresh juices are outstanding.

I'm just sad we don't live there so we can't go back again and again.

Visited September 2013
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Andover, New Jersey
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99 reviews 99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Amazing food with amazing views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

First rate restaurant with first rate views of the Scottsdale area. The decor sets the expectations high and the chef delivers. Sean, our server was friendly and attentive while providing the right amount of personality to make the dinner both an experience and culinary delight.
Mike Lee, the GM, was gracious and friendly as well. He spent time at the table getting to know everyone and making them feel at ease. First rate job.
The food: amazing! Every dish was spot on and seasoned to make the flavors dance on your palette. Definitely worth the trip. Wish I was there right now.....

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, Georgia
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94 reviews 94 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Fun and delicious”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

The food was very good and promptly served. The staff was friendly enough that we felt like they knew us in only two days. When we were silly and having fun they both accommodate and encouraged us.

Visited September 2013
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Mesa, AZ
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Fantastic service and food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

My steak melted in my mouth. Service is the best, you are treated tike royalty! Fantastic view. Highly recommended.

Visited September 2013
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Room with a view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

Great food and service but above all the view through the mountains at sunset is one you will remember.

Visited August 2013
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