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“Still great” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tarbell's

Tarbell's
3213 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018-2307 (Camelback East)
(602) 955-8100
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Ranked #42 of 2,574 Restaurants in Phoenix
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, French, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Camelback East
Cross street: 32nd Street
Transit: Just outside the parking lot, on Camelback Road.
Chicago
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64 reviews 64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Still great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This is a must stop every time we come out to from Chicago. Not sure how we even first found it when it opened but I'm glad we did. So many good things on the menu. This was the first time I didn't get the cheesecake dessert but I have the recipe so I make it all the time. Look forward to coming back. Great wine list.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Surprise, Arizona
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376 reviews 376 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 88 cities Reviews in 88 cities
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
“Nice decor great staff Iron Chef”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Upon entering welcomed by nice smiles. Nice décor low lights, windows look out at parking lot but you can see a few mountains and have nice lights outside. Tables were close but far enough not to hear other conversation. They did have 3 circular booths. Nice bar area overlooking the great open kitchen and popular for small bites and cocktails. Have a very nice wine menu with favorites, half bottles, wines by the glass and nice bar drinks. Nice fusion menu, a few all American dishes with fusion, other dishes are Mark Tarbells creations. Remember he is an Iron Chef and it is all about flavor. Good selection of items and specials for the day including their Mr Fish special. Started with the stuffed mushroom squash blossoms tempura. very yummy with great pureed squash,scallions and zucchini. Also had the rack of lamb cooked perfectly with, fava bean puree,carrot vinagrette,squash,mousseron mushrooms,potato cakes. Had the Mr Fish special of the day which is seared halibut,pureed sun dried tomato,avocado,asparagus, wild mushrooms, very tender fish. For dessert had the chocolate mousse with Guittard Chocolate very creamy and yes very rich and the Southern bread pudding with Kentucky Bourbon Sauce, just wanted to get the spoon and drink that sauce up. Staff is right there for you, matre d/manager comes around often, very hospitable. Upon leaving , the hostess handed us each a small sweet dream pack of Mark's popcorn with special flavors for the ride home. Only downfall was the rest room that needed clean up. Would have liked to see the current menu on their website. Was hoping to get the wood fired octopus that was on the on line menu but not available. There are seasonal change on the menu. It is not a super large place so reservations are highly recommended. Plenty of space in the parking lot on a Sunday night but other times they have valet.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Lake Worth, Florida, USA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Outstanding!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014 via mobile

Dined here with a colleague last night and everything from start to finish was superb! The food was creative and delicious, the wine list very complete, and the service was excellent! This is the model for how a great restaurant should be run.

Visited May 2014
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Genoa, Nevada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Salads and mains great--dessert not so much”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Went to Tarbell's last week while we were in Phoenix. The place is another strip mall gem, and when we walked in, it was packed and it had the humm going that invited excitement.
I had the purple kale salad with raisins and a dressing to die for. My pan roasted chicken had to have been brined because it was so tender and flavorful.
Good service (thank you, Nathan) and an attractive interior. I don't think you can go wrong choosing this venue.
Only blemish was dessert. I had profiteroles that were not prepared a la minute. The crust was as tough as a 75 cent steak, and the filling was still refrigerator cold.
Wine list was ok, but trending toward the upper echelons of pricing.
Enjoyed it, would go back.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Phoenix, Arizona
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Not good enough service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

The waiter was lazy and did the job without passion, he lacked of the basic social skills needed. His attitude made this an unpleasant dinner. The food however was good, the shrimps with cocktail sauce was delicious. I wont be back though

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