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“Unexpected Pleasure!”
Review of Distrito - CLOSED

Distrito
Price range: $12 - $60
Cuisines: Mexican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Indian School Rd./ Buckboard
Transit: Valley Metro bus Route 41- Indian School arriving every half hour, Scottsdale Trolley, Ollie the Trolley.
Description: Distrito is a cool celebration of the culture and cuisine of Mexico City, with a menu focused on the cuisine of what is known by locals as the "Distrito Federal.” With a premium tequila bar and lounge seating, Distrito is an exciting backdrop for Chef Garces' modern Mexican small plates.Private Parties: Distrito welcomes groups of all sizes. Festive settings, service and menus are perfect for intimate dinners with friends, special occasions and holidays, corporate meetings and staff parties.
Reviewed September 8, 2013

We stayed one night at the Saguaro Hotel, and were excited to find that this "Iron Chef" Jose Garces owned restaurant was on the property. Everything was delicious. Seriously. Everything! The guacamole & chips were fresh & perfectly seasoned. The little chili "poppers" (an upscale jalapeno popper) were great. The crab & nopales cactus salsa was so different but delicious. We had several appetizers, then shared several types of tacos (they come 3 to an order, but you can add a fourth if you want.) We had lamb and carnitas. We tried the Kale Caesar (since we thought we should have some greens) and were so glad we did. Along with the delicious cocktails, amazing selection of tequilas & mezcals, the atmosphere and the service, we were a very happy foursome.

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1  Thank NatAtHome
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

I was looking forward to a good meal at Distrito, but it was very disappointing. In May of 2013, Distrito chose to participate in some sort of Taste of Scottsdale. Many restaurants in the area had special menus for the event which were optional. Distrito chose to have only a special tasting menu which was very, very limited. I did not want three small courses. I wanted one entree. However, I had to order one thing off the tasting menu which was overpriced and unexceptional. It was s tiny amount of salty food. I am not a big eater, but if I pay more than $25 for an item, I want to enjoy it at least a little. The server was good. She offered me dessert which I turned down.

Thank casadelarbol
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed a great meal at the Distrito. It serves up-scale Mexican/southwestern food. We enjoyed superb guacemole and chips (well worth the $10), lamb chops and pork belly. The flavors and presentation were wonderful. We enjoyed a few strong margaritas as well. We felt the meal was well worth the price we paid for it. Our server was pleasant, very informative about the menu, but a little distracted toward the end (and the restaurant was largely empty). Aside from that, we enjoyed our experience and recommend the Distrito to anyone who wants a great, flavorful meal in Scottsdale.

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Thank Gearoid9
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Niels V, General Manager at Distrito, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Hi Gearoid9,

Thank you for the excellent review! We are so glad you enjoyed the flavors and presentation of the Lamb Chops and Pork Belly. The Guacamole and Chips are a great choice. The Margaritas are delicious as well and we are happy to hear that you liked them. We can't wait to see you again!

Best Regards,

Kevin Wilkey
General Manager

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Excellent twist on traditional mexican cuisine! fantastic! Happy hour Margaritas & appetizers were addicting!

Thank Julie S
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Niels V, General Manager at Distrito, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2013

Hi Julie,

Thank you for the great feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed our twist on traditional mexican cuisine. You are right about the Happy Hour Margaritas and appetizers. We can't wait to see you again!

Best Regards,

Kevin Wilkey
General Manager

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Upon hearing Jose Garces had a restaurant in Phoenix we were excited to experience the best. The food did not disappoint and we would recommend it to anyone. The ambience is a bit loud and the seating a bit crowded for a good date night, but small or medium size groups would enjoy the more gregarious atmosphere. We had a wonderful crab and cactus salsa to start. That was followed with an assortment of tacos, which we loved. After being brought the wrong ceviche, we thoroughly enjoyed the yellowfin ceviche. Dessert was wonderful as well and the comprehensive culinary experience was quite good. We felt a little underwhelmed, perhaps we built up the experience too much, but we agree the restaurant is excellent and should be tried by all.

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Thank ChrisKate2012
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Niels V, General Manager at Distrito, responded to this reviewResponded August 7, 2013

Hi ChrisKate2012,

Thank you for the outstanding feedback! We are so glad you enjoyed the Crab Salsa and loved the Tacos. We are pleased to hear that your dessert was wonderful as well. Thank you for recommending our Restaurant. We can't wait to see you again!

Best Regards,

Kevin Wilkey
General Manager

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