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“Beautiful food, beautiful location”
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La Hacienda
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Ranked #44 of 1,256 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: North Scottsdale
Cross street: Scottsdale Rd. and Princess Dr.
Description: Uncover Scottsdale's top rated Mexican restaurant experience at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval, and indulge in a delectable paradise of fresh, Modern Mexican cuisine. Richard Sandoval brings the vibrant flavors and ingredients of Mexico into the culinary spotlight, combining the bold taste of classic Mexican cuisine with timeless European cooking techniques. This lighter, ingredient-driven approach showcases a bold new taste for La Hacienda, which offers guests an upscale, sophisticated dining atmosphere for the modern day, while still cherishing the traditions of the past. This much-loved Scottsdale Mexican dining spot has re-opened to bring guests a refreshing new take on authentic Southwestern dining in the heart of Scottsdale. Come see what we mean by "Old Ways, New Hands" as you savor classic Mexican recipes in enticing new ways, featuring fresh, indigenous ingredients, lighter dishes and unexpected pairings of traditional foods. Dine amid warm, Spanish architecture, wood-beamed ceilings, flagstone and beehive fireplaces, all accented by modern urban touches, new upholstery, lighting fixtures and a brand new main entrance showcasing the new tequila bar. Guests may enjoy light table fare in the entry patio with its four fire pits, or reserve the private patio or interior semi-private rooms for special occasions.
Vancouver, Canada
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66 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Beautiful food, beautiful location”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

We recently had a fantastic meal at La Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess (go there! It's wonderful). Our reservation was at 8:30pm on a Saturday night and they were very busy. We had a table outside and it was lovely. It was dark, the misters were going to keep us cool in the overwhelming desert summer heat, the palm trees and fountain in the courtyard were all lit up AND we had a great view of the resort fireworks. And then there was our meal...delicious! My husband was raised on a very German diet of meat, potatoes, borscht etc so isn't naturally inclined to foods from other cultures...so I was worried that he wouldn't enjoy anything. I worried needlessly because even he thought our meal,was fantastic. We both ordered Tampiquena ($34) which is a beautiful dish that has an incredibly tasty marinated skirt steak, a mole cheese enchilada, poblano potatoes au gratin, guacamole and cactus pico. Neither one of us enjoys guacamole, so I can't comment on that, but everything else was stellar. We also ordered fried plantains which were so good! I only wish that the steak and potatoes au gratin portions were a smidge bigger because they were so good! A few more bites would have been welcome. Our two entrees, the plantains and an alcoholic drink each came to $100, and although it is way more than we usually spend on a meal we didn't regret it for a moment.

  • Visited August 2014
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1 Thank CdnJulie
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Jackson, New Jersey
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent Mexican Cuisine”
Reviewed August 12, 2014

I was at the Fairmont Scottsdale for a work conference and we ate at La Hacienda two nights in a row. The food was wonderful and portion sizes were just right. My favorite part was the margaritas though, I cannot recommend the "Organic" margarita enough. Also the blue crab guacamole was amazing. Overall the price was a little high so be prepared for that, probably $30-50 per person, especially if you are drinking. The staff were also very attentive and accomodating for our vegetarian colleagues.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank legacyofbob
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Nacogdoches, Texas, United States
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Terrific upscale Mexican”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

Delicious Mexican food including great innovations such as spicy-crab guacamole. Beautiful surroundings. I sat at the bar (as is my custom) and found the service surprisingly inattentive (the only place at this resort where I had that experience) but still courteous. Pretty pricey but deliciously worth-it IMHO.

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Scott S
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Rochester, New York
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302 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
“Great margaritas - at your table guacamole”
Reviewed August 7, 2014

There are no inexpensive offerings on the menu, however, what is served is done in style and in excellent taste. I had three tacos. The soft taco it self was approximately 4 inches in diameter - not as tiny as the ones they serve during happy hour, but close. They were delicious.
A specialty is guacamole made at your table. The taco chips are free - the guacamole $14. It was worth the show and the excellent taste. The margaritas are great. Have three and you won't mind the check when it comes.

Visited July 2014
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Calgary, Canada
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278 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Excellent Quality”
Reviewed August 4, 2014

La Hacienda's food is outstanding and the quality is unsurpassed . We have been to many Mexican restaurants, we were very impressed here, the food, the service and the decor was all outstanding. When staying at the Princess or not this IS the place for a lovely dinner, don't take my word for it, go treat yourself and loved ones to a fantastic meal.
My thanks to the management and staff at La Hacienda

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank 281bob
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