Winner: Donovan’s Steak & Chop House
|Located in the heart of the Camelback Corridor, Donovan’s sets the standard of fine dining excellence. A classic steakhouse. A stylish, lively atmosphere. Cordially friendly. Donovan’s is a place where you can celebrate with friends, family and associates. Delectable market seafood is available for those non-steak moments, as well as mouth-watering steakhouse fare. A depth of wine variety has earned the prestigious Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. Uniquely designed private dining rooms that may accommodate 10-120 guests are the perfect venue for business events and personal celebrations. Donovan’s dedicated sales manager will help you plan a most memorable occasion.|
|Year Est: 2005
Exec Chef: Robert Nixon
|3101 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Finalist: Vincent’s on Camelback
|For 25 years, Vincent Guerithault has been combining his expertise in classic French cooking with Southwestern ingredients to create his signature blend of flavors. Guerithault’s career began in France. In 1976, he came to the U.S. to work at Chicago’s Le Français, and within 10 years opened his own restaurant that helped put Phoenix on the culinary map. Guerithault was the first chef ever to receive a Citation of Excellence from the International Food & Wine Society. He has received a James Beard award and the prestigious Chevalier de L’Ordre du Merite Agricole on behalf of the Republic of France.Zagat, Gourmet, Conde Nast Traveler and Travel Holiday all have lauded Guerithault and his restaurant.|
|Year Est: 1986
Principal(s): Vincent Guerithault
Exec Chef: Vincent Guerithault
|3930 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018
Finalist: T. Cook’s at Royal Palms
|Under the direction of Executive Chef Lee Hillson, Royal Palms offers the award-winning T. Cook’s restaurant. T. Cook’s boasts rustic and tempting menus featuring an array of artistic and intriguing dishes from the Mediterranean and exotic surrounding regions, with rotisserie specialties prepared at the restaurant’s centerpiece 1930s fireplace. Pastry creations are exquisitely prepared by a T. Cook’s Pastry Shop. T. Cook’s location in the original 1929 mansion creates a residential dining experience — comfortable yet elegant. Lending to the unique ambience and intimate surroundings, T. Cook’s Lounge, located just off the courtyard, is marked by rich cherry wood and hand-painted Italian frescos.|
|Year Est: 1997
Principal(s): Pete Ells
Exec Chef: Lee Hillson
|5200 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018