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Kai Restaurant

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American, Native American, Gluten Free Options
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5594 W Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, Chandler, AZ 85226-5400 (I-10 and Wild Horse Pass Blvd)
+1 602-225-0100
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Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Montecito, California
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175 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Even if you've eaten at many of the premier multi-course restaurants such as French Laundry, Mini Bar, Per Se, Alinea, etc., Kai takes a unique approach to the food experience. We did the multi-course "Journey" tasting menu and were wowed by the authenticity, inventiveness and fresh quality of their focus on Native American cuisine! We agree that it's the best... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have dined at Kai Restaurant quite a few times, but this time was far and away the best experience. Service was impeccable. From the moment we arrived, we were very well taken care of. Our waiter told us the story of the unique Native American paintings on the front cover of the menus. The chef sent a small bite... More 

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Littleton, Colorado
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Oh what a night! We enjoyed a great dinner here! Portions are large enough to share! Be sure to appreciate all the Native American decor and attention to detail!

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16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unique menu offerings highlighting of local herbs and produce. Great wine selection. Not cheap (>$100/person with drinks), but worth trying if you are open to new flavors and unique combinations. Service was outstanding as well.

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Amarillo, United States
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89 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Celebrating graduation with friends and the professor arranged for us to all meet at Kai. Knew it was highly rated, but this may have been the best meal and evening ever!! Starting with the individual original watercolor art on each of the menus telling the stories of the Pima Indians to the detailed description of every dish this was a... More 

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was the best dining experience I have ever had. I came for a conference and decided to have an early birthday dinner. From the moment I walked in, I felt like I was a star. I was shown to a private room. My waiter Jeremy with assistance from Richard were the perfect team. The attention to detail was unmatched... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Kai never disappoints. This is truly the only 5 star restaurant in Phoenix and the greatest hidden gem for those that haven't tried a Forbes rated restaurant. There is no much that I can say about the food, other than anything that you try will deliver the best quality and amazing culinary experience. The service is superb and personalized that... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

We were greeted by our names and escorted to our table......our chairs were simultaneously pulled out.....napkins placed in our lap!! Jackson our server was great and beautifully explained the artwork on each of our menus!! Loved hearing the stories for each piece of artwork!! The food was presented so beautifully and told a story of its own!!! The Hebi was... More 

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Johnston, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

The service was impeccable and clearly what you are paying for. Its almost having a dinner show watching the staff work. The food was presented great and was good. The portions were larger than i expected. At the end, id skip the experience.

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

We chose Kai to celebrate our 10 year anniversary and definitely made the right choice. The service at this restaurant is exceptional. The staff make sure all of your needs are met at all times. The food is unique and extremely flavorful and the presentation is very creative. If you are looking for a true fine dining experience where the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$80
Cuisine
American, Native American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Scenic view
Open Hours
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5594 W Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, Chandler, AZ 85226-5400
    (I-10 and Wild Horse Pass Blvd)
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Chandler
  • Phone Number: +1 602-225-0100
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 Thomas Riordan and Chef de Cuisine Ryan Swanson 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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?