Review of La Hacienda in Scottsdale, AZ
La Hacienda - What I Liked
- Mexican/Southwestern cuisine
- Chic but comfortable dining room
- Tequila bar and flaming coffee
- Great place for a romantic dinner
La Hacienda - Be Aware
- Certain parts of the dining room are not accessible by carts that provide tableside preparation
Filet a la Prilla at La Hacienda © Judy Hedding
La Hacienda - The Mood
La Hacienda is a charming restaurant located at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Spanish architecture, warm colors, and comfortable arrangements of tables make La Hacienda highly recommended for a romantic occasion, date or business dinner to impress.
La Hacienda - The Damages
Prices at La Hacienda are very reasonable for an upscale dining experience. Two of us ordered two appetizers, two entrees and two desserts. Excluding beverages, tax and tip the total came to $100. A flaming coffee with liqueur was $10. Entrees range from $18 to $31. There is a separate Margarita menu with most of them offered in the $10 to $12 range.
Flaming coffees prepared tableside at La Hacienda © Judy Hedding
My Review of La HaciendaDining at La Hacienda is a relaxing and delightful experience. The restaurant is lovely and warm, unlike many hotel restaurants. It is casual, but still upscale, sophisticated, but without being pretentious. And the food? Every single dish we ordered at La Hacienda was a delight. While the menu might be described as Mexican, and there are items like tacos and enchiladas on the menu, don't expect the kind of Mexican food served at the many chains around town. This is fine dining.
The Guacamole ($11) is a standard favorite here for enjoying while perusing the menu and wine list or tequila menu. We shared an appetizer of Pork Carnitas Sopes ($9.50). For entrees, we ordered the Costilla de Res ($28) which is a braised short rib with crema fresca potato puree and chile habanero guava sauce, and the Filet a la Parilla ($31), a beef tenderloin atop oaxaca cheese enchiladas. No additional sides are necessary, as these dishes come complete. Although I enjoy spicy food, never fear if you do not. Chef prepares these dishes with wonderful flavors of the Southwest, without the burn.
Churros ($9) are very sweet Mexican donuts and are presented with three dipping sauces, and made an appropriate accompaniment for my flaming Cafe Keoki.
I can definitely recommend every dish we tried at this visit! La Hacienda has only one location in Arizona. It is open Tuesday through Sunday, for dinner only.
Churros and Café Keoke at La Hacienda © Judy Hedding
Where to Find La Hacienda:
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 East Princess Drive
Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
480-585-4848 x 7320
Visit La Hacienda online.
Date of review: January 2011.
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