Talavera Restaurant

Restaurant in Scottsdale

Classic Steakhouse

Exceeding Four Seasons standards in the bluffs of Pinnacle Peak, perched prestigiously atop the sprawling valley below, Talavera is Troon North’s true north of Southwestern gastronomy.

Executive Chef Mel Mecinas’ artful spin on steakhouse fare meets locally sourced cuisine results in an elegant offering as vibrant as the roaring fires that surround.

But first.  Do your evening justice by commencing with a twilight infusion at accompanying Onyx.  Live music, lounging, and luscious libations beneath a balmy sunset breeze make for a magical pre-show when dining atop the towering cacti at adjoining Talavera.

Opportunities to dine fireside are abundant indoors and out, but to deny the multiple versions of sunset spawn turquoise and clementine, is a shame.  Sunsets and city lights provide the back and front drop to the Talavera terrace, the natural theatre to accompany your meal.  Moss green cushions play off the craggily mountainside, the flaming division between indoors and out is entertainment, the elevations, an exceptional extra.  Dine alfresco.  You don’t even need a sweater.

Start with the lobster and corn bisque (artfully ladled tableside), or the herb gnocchi (the locally made Burrata and kale puree sing), can’t go wrong with either.  Both outstanding.  But the spiced ahi tuna, prepared perfectly rare, fanned out by an emerald arrangement of haricot vert and fennel, it’s homage to the local grower loyalty Mecinas has masterfully matured. And it tastes as good as it looks.

Night hawks circle above (resembling bats, which we thought they were, creepy until they set us straight), setting the scene for the chocolate caramel icebox cake, I beg you not to miss.  Though given the calibre of the meal and its icebox finish, I doubt anything would qualify as less than outstanding.  Fastening its devotion to location with Arizona-ranch raised meats, locally grown heirlooms and olive oil sourced from a neighbouring mill, Talavera is a beautiful tribute to steakhouse fare honouring its supremely serene and surprisingly bountiful southwest locale.  With all the Four Seasons panache in place, it is a wonderful enclave to celebrate milestones and the every day.  As long as the Arizona desert sun will set, this is a prized place to dine beneath it.

Jolie Loeb is a Luxury Lifestyle columnist based in Los Angeles

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Reviewer's Rating
Cuisine Steak
Clientele Upscale. couples, date nights, did not see any families present
Restaurant good for Couples, Romance, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view
Cost per head High
Dress Code Smart Casual
Dining Options Dinner

Additional Ambience Information

Stunning views, scenic desert scape vistas.

Additional Price Comments

It’s not going to be a cheap night. Set this aside for something special, and enjoy it. Summer Dinner Menu from $48 for 3 courses. Salads from $11; Starters from $10; Mains from $30; Steaks from $43. Seafood from $32. 485 wine labels and 30 available by the glass from $11; by the bottle from $32.

Last updated on 21-09-2013

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