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“Wonderful facility, stunning views, impeccable service, great food” 4 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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Price range: $50 - $75
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert, Private Dining
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.
Toronto, Canada
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“Wonderful facility, stunning views, impeccable service, great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

We came early so we could get a front row seat for the sunset and were super-happy that we did. A bit pricey, but not unlike most other 4 and 5-Diamond spots in that regard. The menu was cutting edge and exactly what you'd expect in similarly fusion-esque spots. A little bit of deconstruction here and there, lots of pork belly and the promise of exquisite flavor profiles. The food delivered pretty well, but didn't make this foodie eager to re-order any of the dishes presented at our table of four.

Great food, but not outstanding. Seasoning was a bit off. Pork belly was a bit tough and probably been waiting a day or two longer to be served than optimum. It's like they were trying just a bit too hard... and had bitten off a bit more than they should chew.

The dining room was empty when we arrived early to see the sunset, though the lounge was full for cocktail hour. The dining room completely filled while we were there, not bad for an off-season October Tuesday.

So... if you're all about the food.... this probably isn't the top choice the Valley has to offer. But if you're all about the "experience"... that overall combination of ambiance, service, location, the see-and-be-seen crowd, etcetera, in addition to the food... it's a great choice.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Colorado
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“Above and beyond the call”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

I usually avoid hotel restaurants like the plague, but this one is an exception. It's pretty hard to find unless you now about it, and it is a bit pricey, but the food and service were impeccable. It has a patio area overlooking the hotel pool and Paradise Valley, with cushy pillow seats. The drinks are a bit on the steep side ($14), but are creative, and worth the splurge.

We eat Paleo, and the staff was able to accommodate us with something off-menu. As for this being one of the best meals ever, that is a daunting standard, but the meal was first-rate. (One of the waitresses was also Paleo--she lost 80 pounds on it--and that helped.)

  • Visited November 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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Santa Cruz, California
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“Best Overall Experience we have ever had.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We dined here while on a short get away for our 10th wedding anniversary. The food and service were off the charts and the view was to die for. The best part was that there was a mix up on our order and to make up for it the chef made us a special dessert for our anniversary. This place will please your eyes with the view, your senses with the ambiance, and your taste buds with the amazing food.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Jade Bar at Elements is a Desert Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

After an indulgent Spa Day at Sanctuary Resort, our husbands met us for a cocktail at Jade Bar, newly remodeled, adjacent to Elements Restaurant. This is an incredibly hip, modern space, surrounded by glass to maximize the views of Mummy Mountain, parts of Camelback and Phoenix beyond. We were seated on the outdoor patio with overhead heaters and fire pits. It is an absolutely beautiful setting, the view is stellar. We were there at Happy Hour, so drinks were $6, a real bargain for the creativity. We had Basil Grapefruit martinis; the basil was muddled with the vodka and grapefruit, the drink was strained so there were no pieces of basil in it, but a beautiful basil leaf floating on top. So delicious we had two. My partner ordered the Firey Mandarin, which turned out to be too firey - there was a small round of Serrano pepper floating on top;, and small pieces throughout the drink - basically, all you tasted was "hot". That was the only misstep of the night, but was beautifully corrected - the drink was remade without the pepper, and was delicious. Also, a Margarita was ordered which was great. For snacks we ordered the edamame, which was sprinkled with lime juice, sea salt and a Japanese spice - great! The chicken liver mouse served with pickled onions and toasted bread was outstanding - smooth, rich and creamy.

After all of this, we were so happy, so taken with the food, service and view that we cancelled our dinner reservation in Scottsdale, just stayed in place, and ordered burgers from the limited bar menu. And what burgers they were! I don't know what meat they used, but it had a rich depth of flavor and stood up to the toppings - green chile cheddar, a special mustard, tomato, lettuce, thin sliced pickled cucumbers, on a pretzel roll, with a roasted shishito pepper on top. There are so many restaurants in the Phoenix area that specialize in "gourmet hamburgers" but nothing beats this one! Served with thick hand-cut fries that actually taste like potatoes or a full sized spring mix salad with tomato, cucumber, etc. Every single morsel we had was elevated beyond expectations (with the exception of the Fiery Mandarin!). The flavors are all big and bold.

Service was wonderful, and Chef Beau MacMillan was making the rounds and spoke with most diners, including us. He is so unassuming, friendly, welcoming and appreciative of his patrons. A great experience, and we'll be back soon for dinner at Elements.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mesa, Arizona, United States
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“I give a 6 star ! Thank you for wonderful dining experience from Alina Beck AZ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

Went to dinner at Elements on a Saturday evening. What a wonderful experience. Food was incredible as usual, the view spectacular and the service second to none. I highly recommend this restaurant. Fire torches were a romantic touch and there were plenty of garden area's with benches to have long, heartfelt talks.

Truly my absolute Fave rest in Paradise Valley.

Elements keep it coming graciously Alina Beck Arizona

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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