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“Hidden Gem”
Review of Cafe Forte

Cafe Forte
Ranked #73 of 1,256 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: American, Contemporary, Healthy
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Downtown Scottsdale
Description: Cafe Forte Bistro is a charming art district eatery nestled among the galleries of downtown Scottsdale. Featuring New American Comfort Food, a fresh & healthy style of cooking delicately prepared and dedicated to the use of all natural locally grown produce & organic ingredients whenever possible. Established in 1996, open for lunch & dinner, reservations welcomed.
Mesa, Arizona
2 reviews
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

This cafe reminds me a lot of the cozy sidewalk cafe's in Europe. It is a quaint place nestled within the art galleries on Main Street and surprisingly has been there for over 16 years and is family owned so you know it has to be good. We had dinner during the Thursday night art walk so it was busy but even with a full dining room it is a very intimate setting with fresh flowers on the tables and wonderful smells coming from the kitchen. I had the white fish fillet which was to die for, my husband had the meatloaf which is apparently one of their biggest sellers, and we were not surprised since it is amazing. The servers were very nice and made sure we had everything we needed. One of the owners, Pat, is very friendly and checks in with all the tables and seems to make friends with everybody, you're likely to get a hug if you've been there before. Overall great food, atmosphere, service, and location. We will be back!

  • Visited February 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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445 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
“Great Food and Service”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

Both my husband and I loved the food at Cafe Forte. It is healther food that tastes great. I was bummed they didn't have chicken and sweet potatoes for lunch, but my salad was great. The service is wonderful and if you get a chance to sit outside don't miss out. We will be back here again!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Misty K
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Palmer Lake, Colorado
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172 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Very nice”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

We had a wonderful, relaxing lunch in the sidewalk cafe. Good food and nice friendly service at a fair price.

Visited January 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“great food, lousy service”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

This is a restaurant that could be wonderful, but is not. The chef did his/her part creating delectable dishes. The menu offers many intriguing options. The almond crusted trout that we ate was marvelous, as was the meatloaf. Our salads were fresh and delicious.

But the service was appalling. Matthew, our waiter, came and asked if we wanted any drinks. He brought them and then we didn't see him for about another 20 minutes. Matthew finally came to take our order and then disappeared for about another 40 minutes. No one brought bread (a staple in many restaurants to tide you by). Matthew never asked if anyone wanted another drink, even when our glasses were empty.

I can't remember the last time we've had service this lousy. If Matthew's behavior is typical for this restaurant, do yourself a favor and eat somewhere else. There are lots of great restaurants with good service in Scottsdale.

  • Visited February 2013
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Clearwater, FL
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858 reviews
560 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
“We had desert & coffee”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

We were just enjoying the Art Walk yesterday. Peeked in Cafe Forte and saw some people having these amazing deserts. I had the most incredible bread pudding in rum sauce and she had the carrot cake. Coffee was outstanding and the service was all good.

  • Visited February 2013
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