Roaring Fork

★★★★☆
  • 4800 N Scottsdale Rd 1700

    Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    Cross street: In the Finova Building at the corner of Chaparral Rd, Scottsdale

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  • 480-947-0795

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Yes, it is crowded, and yes, the food is unique and presented well with a great taste. I have been there several times - the food is fresh and tasty - love their scallops and the pork ! Once I went with children there and the staff was

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★★★★★

Yes, it is crowded, and yes, the food is unique and presented well with a great taste. I have been there several times - the food is fresh and tasty - love their scallops and the pork ! Once I went with children there and the staff was

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have been twice in the last week. can't believe i waited so long to visit. i love the atmosphere and the food is delicious. The guac and margaritas are highly recommended (and part of happy hour). We also tried it for dinner and food was worth the price. I had flat iron steak - fantastic. I would subsititue the horseradish potato salad not my favorite, but my husband enjoyed it. He had the pork with rice and beans. also delicious. If you have room for dessert, go with the lava cake. Yummy!

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★★★★☆

have been twice in the last week. can't believe i waited so long to visit. i love the atmosphere and the food is delicious. The guac and margaritas are highly recommended (and part of happy hour). We also tried it for dinner and food was worth the price. I had flat iron steak - fantastic. I would subsititue the horseradish potato salad not my favorite, but my husband enjoyed it. He had the pork with rice and beans. also delicious. If you have room for dessert, go with the lava cake. Yummy!

Pros: great guac and margaritas

Cons: slow service

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The menu here is very unique and everything I have tried has been very good. I love the decor and feel of this place. Have sat at the bar many times for a drink and a light bite and there's always other people there doing the same. I really like this restaurant and recommend it highly!

5
★★★★★

The menu here is very unique and everything I have tried has been very good. I love the decor and feel of this place. Have sat at the bar many times for a drink and a light bite and there's always other people there doing the same. I really like this restaurant and recommend it highly!

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First off, you have to try the green chile mac n cheese- it's sooo good!! I order two sides of it and make it my main entree!

We've had good service here in the 3+ times we've been here. It's not super cheap, but it's not outrageously expensive. The atmosphere is really nice. It's clean. We'd definitely recommend it to others who are looking for a nice night out.

5
★★★★★

First off, you have to try the green chile mac n cheese- it's sooo good!! I order two sides of it and make it my main entree!

We've had good service here in the 3+ times we've been here. It's not super cheap, but it's not outrageously expensive. The atmosphere is really nice. It's clean. We'd definitely recommend it to others who are looking for a nice night out.

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6 of us had dinner there last night and the food and service were terrific as usual. The Lamb Shanks were as good as I have had anywhere and the others were lucky enough to get the last of the Pork Carnitas for that evening. Prices and wine list are reasonable and this is one restaurant that when you leave you feel you have value for your money.

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★★★★★

6 of us had dinner there last night and the food and service were terrific as usual. The Lamb Shanks were as good as I have had anywhere and the others were lucky enough to get the last of the Pork Carnitas for that evening. Prices and wine list are reasonable and this is one restaurant that when you leave you feel you have value for your money.

Pros: Parking, Service, Value, Food Presentation

Cons: A Little Noisy, 45 minute drive from my home

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We ate here while on vacation in Arizona and we thought the restaurant pretty good. The staff was quick and friendly and the place was easy to find and there was plenty of parking.

I had the green mac and cheese and while it sounds kinda of funny it was yummy. Creamy and cheesy, the green was peppers! The desserts were very good too. The prices were not too bad, but not cheap.

I would go there again.

4
★★★★☆

We ate here while on vacation in Arizona and we thought the restaurant pretty good. The staff was quick and friendly and the place was easy to find and there was plenty of parking.

I had the green mac and cheese and while it sounds kinda of funny it was yummy. Creamy and cheesy, the green was peppers! The desserts were very good too. The prices were not too bad, but not cheap.

I would go there again.

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Wow! What a great recommendation! A colleague and I visited Roaring Fork on a concierge's recommendation. It was a fantastic meal. We arrived at the time of our reservation, and we were seated promptly. Service was friendly, professional, and efficient.

The food was excellent. We are both food buffs, and good cooks, so we judge restaurants very critically. We started with soups - black bean, and chicken tortilla. Both were presented well, and tasted great. While the black bean could use a bit more heat, that was easily rectified with a bit of Tabasco Chipotle. The chicken tortilla was near perfect.

We then ordered two braises: beef short ribs, and lamb shank. Both of these are difficult to do well, as many restaurants will overcook them, resulting in meat that falls into mush. However, both dishes were cooked to perfection - tender, fall from the bone meat, but still with enough chew to hold together. They were both incredibly flavorful. The sauces were excellent accompaniments, perfectly enhancing the taste of the meats. For sides, we ordered the sauteed spinach, and the green chile macaroni & cheese. The spinach was prepared well, although there was a bit too much liquid in the bottom of the container. The mac & cheese was very good, with a nice bite to it.

Dessert was an apple pie (tart). Wonderful, flaky crust, and the only off note of the evening, apples slightly underdone (a matter of taste, I know, but I prefer my apple pie to have apples that are cooked through).

9 out of 10, from a couple of tough foodies. We'll be back, and thanks for a great meal.

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★★★★★

Wow! What a great recommendation! A colleague and I visited Roaring Fork on a concierge's recommendation. It was a fantastic meal. We arrived at the time of our reservation, and we were seated promptly. Service was friendly, professional, and efficient.

The food was excellent. We are both food buffs, and good cooks, so we judge restaurants very critically. We started with soups - black bean, and chicken tortilla. Both were presented well, and tasted great. While the black bean could use a bit more heat, that was easily rectified with a bit of Tabasco Chipotle. The chicken tortilla was near perfect.

We then ordered two braises: beef short ribs, and lamb shank. Both of these are difficult to do well, as many restaurants will overcook them, resulting in meat that falls into mush. However, both dishes were cooked to perfection - tender, fall from the bone meat, but still with enough chew to hold together. They were both incredibly flavorful. The sauces were excellent accompaniments, perfectly enhancing the taste of the meats. For sides, we ordered the sauteed spinach, and the green chile macaroni & cheese. The spinach was prepared well, although there was a bit too much liquid in the bottom of the container. The mac & cheese was very good, with a nice bite to it.

Dessert was an apple pie (tart). Wonderful, flaky crust, and the only off note of the evening, apples slightly underdone (a matter of taste, I know, but I prefer my apple pie to have apples that are cooked through).

9 out of 10, from a couple of tough foodies. We'll be back, and thanks for a great meal.

Pros: Food, service, atmosphere

Cons: None we saw

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This was our 2nd trip to Roaring Fork. The ambiance, the service and food are all wonderful. Our waiter, Dan, was most attentive without being pesty. Two of the diners chose selections from the appetizer menu for their meals, while the other 2 had entrees.
My tortilla soup with roasted chicken was the best I have ever had - a rich, dark broth engulfs the chicken and crispy tortilla strips. My 3 large seared scallops were cooked to perfection, melted in your mouth and were accompanied by creamy, tasty cheesy grits with, topped with an increbile mushroom/bacon ragu. If it'd been proper to drool at the table, I would have. The green pork chile was so tender and flavorful...A++. The diner's only comment was...skip the flour tortillas that are served with it and ask for more of the oh-so-delicious mini corn muffins. (The assorted bread basket has something for everyone from freshly baked yeast rolls, to scones and the aforementioned corn muffins)
The duck breast preparation was beautiful - medium rare duck served over spiced cabbages. The sashimi grade Ahi tuna (typically seared and served rare) was still moist and delicious when cooked to medium-rare.
It sat atop roasted beets and was drizzled with a mouth-watering olive and cilantro vinaigrette.
My lemon drop martini (Absolut Citron)was like sipping a very high quality lemonade. Delicious!
We love the Klinker Brick Zinfandel - it went perfectly with everything we had.
We highly recommend this restaurant for an special occasion or your typical "we want to go out for dinner" spot.
LOVE IT!

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★★★★★

This was our 2nd trip to Roaring Fork. The ambiance, the service and food are all wonderful. Our waiter, Dan, was most attentive without being pesty. Two of the diners chose selections from the appetizer menu for their meals, while the other 2 had entrees.
My tortilla soup with roasted chicken was the best I have ever had - a rich, dark broth engulfs the chicken and crispy tortilla strips. My 3 large seared scallops were cooked to perfection, melted in your mouth and were accompanied by creamy, tasty cheesy grits with, topped with an increbile mushroom/bacon ragu. If it'd been proper to drool at the table, I would have. The green pork chile was so tender and flavorful...A++. The diner's only comment was...skip the flour tortillas that are served with it and ask for more of the oh-so-delicious mini corn muffins. (The assorted bread basket has something for everyone from freshly baked yeast rolls, to scones and the aforementioned corn muffins)
The duck breast preparation was beautiful - medium rare duck served over spiced cabbages. The sashimi grade Ahi tuna (typically seared and served rare) was still moist and delicious when cooked to medium-rare.
It sat atop roasted beets and was drizzled with a mouth-watering olive and cilantro vinaigrette.
My lemon drop martini (Absolut Citron)was like sipping a very high quality lemonade. Delicious!
We love the Klinker Brick Zinfandel - it went perfectly with everything we had.
We highly recommend this restaurant for an special occasion or your typical "we want to go out for dinner" spot.
LOVE IT!

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I had heard so many good things about Roaring Fork. Met several business associates for dinner last night. Started with drinks in the "Saloon". Very fitting for Old Town Scottsdale. The atmosphere in the Saloon was appropriate and the drinks were good. Proceeded to our table via the front entrance. Kind of strange, but didn't think much of it at the time.

The dinner menu was better than average, but somewhat limited for a restaurant of this caliber. I ordered the rib eye steak and a side of cheese grits. I am from the south and just love my grits. I felt m dinner selection was a good bet given the name of the restaurant, "the roaring fork". My business associates ordered an assortment of lamb, duck, and steak. Prior to dinner arriving we all had a good selection of wine, and several of us had tortilla soup. Both were good selections.

Dinner arrived and my steak looked apetizing. I took my fork and knife and began an expedition for meat. After several cuts I realized that what was delivered was primarily fat and gristle. For the price we were paying I at least expected something equivalent to Ruth's Chris. When the waiter arrived to check on our level of satisfaction I politely asked him to remove my plate. What little meat I was able to discover was tough as nails. He did offer to get someting else for me, and I simply responded that I would settle for the cheese grits that were delivered with the "fat and gristle". Unfortunately for me he removed my fork from the table and I was left with a spoon. Anyway, the bread and biscuits delivered prior to the entre were excellent. I am thinking they should try to reinvent themselves as a bakery, possibly with a few selections of soups. The tortilla soup was good. Can't say that I will ever go back. There are too many other wonderful restaurants in Scottsdale. This is no longer the place to go....

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★☆☆☆☆

I had heard so many good things about Roaring Fork. Met several business associates for dinner last night. Started with drinks in the "Saloon". Very fitting for Old Town Scottsdale. The atmosphere in the Saloon was appropriate and the drinks were good. Proceeded to our table via the front entrance. Kind of strange, but didn't think much of it at the time.

The dinner menu was better than average, but somewhat limited for a restaurant of this caliber. I ordered the rib eye steak and a side of cheese grits. I am from the south and just love my grits. I felt m dinner selection was a good bet given the name of the restaurant, "the roaring fork". My business associates ordered an assortment of lamb, duck, and steak. Prior to dinner arriving we all had a good selection of wine, and several of us had tortilla soup. Both were good selections.

Dinner arrived and my steak looked apetizing. I took my fork and knife and began an expedition for meat. After several cuts I realized that what was delivered was primarily fat and gristle. For the price we were paying I at least expected something equivalent to Ruth's Chris. When the waiter arrived to check on our level of satisfaction I politely asked him to remove my plate. What little meat I was able to discover was tough as nails. He did offer to get someting else for me, and I simply responded that I would settle for the cheese grits that were delivered with the "fat and gristle". Unfortunately for me he removed my fork from the table and I was left with a spoon. Anyway, the bread and biscuits delivered prior to the entre were excellent. I am thinking they should try to reinvent themselves as a bakery, possibly with a few selections of soups. The tortilla soup was good. Can't say that I will ever go back. There are too many other wonderful restaurants in Scottsdale. This is no longer the place to go....

Pros: Location, bar

Cons: food, menu, specials, view of parking lot, mens restroom very far from the restaurant

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New ownership took over recently, and sadly food quality suffers.

'Green Chile Pork Stew' is runny and less flavorful then in the past, 'Big ss Burger' was pressed too tight and over-cooked., and domestic beers are served out of the bottle. Customers at the next table said the same thing about their burgers.

I say: Rock Bottom Brewery @ Desert Ridge, has good/better food, lower prices, and beer is on-tap right from the onsite micro-brewery.. . but then again you are not near "Oldtown-Scottsdale'"

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★★☆☆☆

New ownership took over recently, and sadly food quality suffers.

'Green Chile Pork Stew' is runny and less flavorful then in the past, 'Big ss Burger' was pressed too tight and over-cooked., and domestic beers are served out of the bottle. Customers at the next table said the same thing about their burgers.

I say: Rock Bottom Brewery @ Desert Ridge, has good/better food, lower prices, and beer is on-tap right from the onsite micro-brewery.. . but then again you are not near "Oldtown-Scottsdale'"

Pros: Location, Ambiance

Cons: Price, Food Quality

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A verery comfortable and expansive setting, (Rocky Mountain Hunting Lodge meets Scottsdale Office Building) melds with the tasty comfort food: scrumptiouis short ribs, exqusite duck and green chilie mac and cheese. Fantastic bread basket. Followed by suprizingly good desserts accented by professional friendly service. Reasonable pricing too, so after several visits, I still want to return for more.

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★★★★★

A verery comfortable and expansive setting, (Rocky Mountain Hunting Lodge meets Scottsdale Office Building) melds with the tasty comfort food: scrumptiouis short ribs, exqusite duck and green chilie mac and cheese. Fantastic bread basket. Followed by suprizingly good desserts accented by professional friendly service. Reasonable pricing too, so after several visits, I still want to return for more.

Pros: comfortable setting and professional service

Cons: can be a wait for your reservation

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beautiful restaurant, excellent wood fired pizzas, eclectic menu. lots of fusion dishes. in the middle of some new devolpements around centreal scottsdale area.

2
★★★★☆

beautiful restaurant, excellent wood fired pizzas, eclectic menu. lots of fusion dishes. in the middle of some new devolpements around centreal scottsdale area.

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We were going to eat at this place for a special occasion. When we called they said they were able to get us a reservation, but we had to eat in 30 minutes and be out. The girl was so rude. I said never mind and hung up.

To me you should never say something like this to a customer.

2
★★☆☆☆

We were going to eat at this place for a special occasion. When we called they said they were able to get us a reservation, but we had to eat in 30 minutes and be out. The girl was so rude. I said never mind and hung up.

To me you should never say something like this to a customer.

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I was in town on business and dining alone in the bar. I was craving southwestern cuisine and was delighted with my choice. I had the ahi tuna which was prepared to perfection. Very large tuna steak and the cut was very lean. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and they had a great wine selection. This restaurant is more rustic, which compliments the cuisine.

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★★★★★

I was in town on business and dining alone in the bar. I was craving southwestern cuisine and was delighted with my choice. I had the ahi tuna which was prepared to perfection. Very large tuna steak and the cut was very lean. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and they had a great wine selection. This restaurant is more rustic, which compliments the cuisine.

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I was in town for the Rock n Roll Marathon and picked this place for our celebratory post-race dinner. We could not have been happier with my choice!!! The service was outstanding...our server - Leann - was helpful, articulate, professional and a real pleasure. The food was outstanding as well. Be sure to try a side order of the green chile macaroni and cheese if you meal doesn't come with it. Ambiance was great...very cozy and inviting but still casual and unpretentious.

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★★★★★

I was in town for the Rock n Roll Marathon and picked this place for our celebratory post-race dinner. We could not have been happier with my choice!!! The service was outstanding...our server - Leann - was helpful, articulate, professional and a real pleasure. The food was outstanding as well. Be sure to try a side order of the green chile macaroni and cheese if you meal doesn't come with it. Ambiance was great...very cozy and inviting but still casual and unpretentious.

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I decided to take my boyfriend here for his birthday. What a mistake. We were early for our reservation and were told to wait in the "saloon" area for about 20 minutes. Where we did enjoy great wine and a scrumptious appetizer. An hour and a half later we were taken to a table. After sitting down it took approx. another 23 minutes for a waiter to even acknowledge our existence. When he did decide to come to table there was no Hello-I apologize- nothing. "What would you like to eat?" was all he said. The manager did take notice and apologize after the waiter had walked away. On our way home we got better service from the circle K attendant. I don't think good food could ever make up for such lousy service.

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★★☆☆☆

I decided to take my boyfriend here for his birthday. What a mistake. We were early for our reservation and were told to wait in the "saloon" area for about 20 minutes. Where we did enjoy great wine and a scrumptious appetizer. An hour and a half later we were taken to a table. After sitting down it took approx. another 23 minutes for a waiter to even acknowledge our existence. When he did decide to come to table there was no Hello-I apologize- nothing. "What would you like to eat?" was all he said. The manager did take notice and apologize after the waiter had walked away. On our way home we got better service from the circle K attendant. I don't think good food could ever make up for such lousy service.

Pros: Food, Wine

Cons: Service, Crowded, Long wait

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Burger is dried out, salty. Staff act like they are doing you a favor.

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★☆☆☆☆

Burger is dried out, salty. Staff act like they are doing you a favor.

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I am from out of town and after reading some of the reviews I hesitated to go here, but decided to try it anyway. I sat outside, had a beautiful view of the sunset behind the mountains, and the food was great. The filet mignon rivaled any large famous steakhouse and the the green chile macaroni is to die for. It is a bit expensive, but worth it!

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★★★★★

I am from out of town and after reading some of the reviews I hesitated to go here, but decided to try it anyway. I sat outside, had a beautiful view of the sunset behind the mountains, and the food was great. The filet mignon rivaled any large famous steakhouse and the the green chile macaroni is to die for. It is a bit expensive, but worth it!

Pros: outdoor dining, great steak

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After reading the glowing reviews, a group of us decided we must try this place. We did not know about the fact that the burgers were only available in the bar, and were seated on the patio. When we asked about them, we were told that the only items available were "on the menu". OK, I tried the scallop salad and it was fabulous. Nothing else we ordered was up to scratch however, and the tortilla soup looked (and tasted) like a bowl of enchilada sauce. Now my friends are not only disappointed, but mad at me! The service however was excellent. Had to look hard for the "cowboy" anything. Maybe in the bar? Sigh!!

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★★★☆☆

After reading the glowing reviews, a group of us decided we must try this place. We did not know about the fact that the burgers were only available in the bar, and were seated on the patio. When we asked about them, we were told that the only items available were "on the menu". OK, I tried the scallop salad and it was fabulous. Nothing else we ordered was up to scratch however, and the tortilla soup looked (and tasted) like a bowl of enchilada sauce. Now my friends are not only disappointed, but mad at me! The service however was excellent. Had to look hard for the "cowboy" anything. Maybe in the bar? Sigh!!

Pros: Great service, Fabulous patio

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Have Dinner in the Jbar....between 4:30 and 7 and enjoy some of Scottsdales Best food @ a fraction of the Dinner menus prices
great 1/2 price huckleberry margaritas!

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★★★★★

Have Dinner in the Jbar....between 4:30 and 7 and enjoy some of Scottsdales Best food @ a fraction of the Dinner menus prices
great 1/2 price huckleberry margaritas!

Pros: decor, good parking, in-place

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I've never had a bad or even average meal at the Roaring Fork. The happy hour is fabulous and the staff is great.

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★★★★★

I've never had a bad or even average meal at the Roaring Fork. The happy hour is fabulous and the staff is great.

Pros: ambiance, food

Cons: crowded, no draft beer

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BEST YOU WILL FIND !!!! Happy Hour prices the BOMB***

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★★★★★

BEST YOU WILL FIND !!!! Happy Hour prices the BOMB***

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By far the best food in town. The new location is huge compared to the old one but the food is just as great.

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★★★★★

By far the best food in town. The new location is huge compared to the old one but the food is just as great.

 

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