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“Hidden Gem”

deseo at Westin Kierland Resort and Spa
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Ranked #8 of 1,256 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Paradise Valley
Cross street: Scottsdale Rd.
Description: deseo - meaning desire in Spanish - showcases Nuevo Latino cuisine, a pairing of traditional Latin American ingredients and contemporary culinary style to create unique, fresh and flavorful dishes that include a range of mouthwatering ceviches, grilled and roasted fish and shellfish, and a selection of skillfully prepared meats all with tantalizing South American-inspired marinades, sauces and sides. Complementing the menu is deseo's extensive list of South American wines.
Phoenix
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87 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is not really considered in the top tier of trendy Scottsdale restaurants, maybe because the Westin is large and more family oriented than some of the more exclusive resorts. Arrival is certainly not very dramatic, in contrast to a place like Elements at Sanctuary. After fighting your way through the busy lobby you descend a large staircase in an atrium, though there is great art to look at. The actual dining space is upscale but not cutting edge. However, if you want great food at a bargain then this place is worth it!

Wine list is heavy on South America which is of course really great, and a flight of white wines came in a great holder and progressed nicely from sweet to dry, loved it. It drives me crazy to gut mediocre or even bad bread at expensive restaurants, but Deseo has wonderful jalepeno corn bread, really tasty. We live nearby and every time we come the food is perfectly cooked and has authentic latin preparations. Even the humble quesadilla is really wonderful. Service is great and for this level of cooking the price is very, very reasonable. I highly recommend. They return from Summer vacation Sept 3 I think.

  • Visited July 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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96 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Wow!”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great menu with inventive cocktails and excellently prepared food.

This place could easily be a one star restaurant in the future.

Would happily recommend it to friends. Will come back when I am in the area.

Our one problem was when we though we ordered 2 mains, we were only served one between us. Diet date nite!

  • Visited June 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“the food is wonderful”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

the design of the space and the artwork imbedded ambience, the food wonderful, and the wine selection is top notch.

Visited August 2014
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Livingston, Texas
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119 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Excellent Food”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is the classier restaurant at the Kierland. Nice selection of food. Dishes are tastefully prepared and portions plentiful. The little dinner rolls are addictive! Our waiter was very pleasant and was attentive to our needs. Excellent choice. A bit pricey, but expected.

Visited July 2014
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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430 reviews
262 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Wow -- Even Better Than Our Very High Expectations”
Reviewed July 22, 2014

We went here the other night to enjoy the 3-course fixed price menu -- and enjoy it we did! I was expecting a big resort factory-style meal, but every morsel of food that we received tasted carefully planned out and expertly executed. In order or increasing impressiveness, I'd recommend the atmosphere (very nice), the service (very, very good) and the food (excellent).
We enjoyed different appetizers and main courses and ordered the same desert. There was not a weak link among the 5 different dishes that we sampled. All in all, Deseo really surprised us by offering such a well-executed menu for for a fair price. We will be back.

  • Visited July 2014
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