About Palo Verde at The Boulders Resort

34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive
Carefree, AZ 85377
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The stylish southwestern Palo Verde restaurant at the Boulders Resort is a popular stop that isn’t just for resort guests, but for local residents and visitors alike. Comfortably casual with warm décor in colors inspired by the desert setting and breathtaking views of the resort’s 6th fairway, the legendary south golf course, with scenic duck pond and dramatic rock landscape.

Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Southwest, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 7:00am - 11:00am daily
Dinner: 5:00pm - 10:00pm daily

Cross Street:
Carefree Highway and Scottsdale Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 488-9009 ext. 1105

Website:
http://www.theboulders.com/dining

Catering:
Please contact the Restaurant Manager for large group bookings at (480) 595-4637.

Parking Details:
Both self parking and complimentary Valet parking for all guests is available at the front circle of the resort.

Executive Chef:
Brian Archibald

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Palo Verde at The Boulders Resort Ratings and Reviews

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3.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.6

service

3.8

ambience

3.4

noise

Moderate

52% would recommend it to a friend

great for outdoor dining (12)
special occasion (9)
scenic view (7)
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fit for foodies (6)
great for brunch (4)
romantic (4)
great for lunch (3)
notable wine list (1)
kid-friendly (1)
neighborhood gem (1)
good for groups (1)
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food5
ambience5
service5

The best lamb ribs ever! Service was gre ...

Dined on April 25, 2016

The best lamb ribs ever! Service was great, food was great, atmosphere was great.

food2
ambience5
service4
value1

Average for the price. Unimaginative!

Dined on April 20, 2016

food was very average for the price. Unimaginative! Abundant amounts of salt should not be a substitute for fine spices. My scallops were overcooked and dry.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Casual Luxury

vip
Dined on April 5, 2016

Took a friend who had never enjoyed the lovely setting of this long time resort nestled among the boulders at Carefree. Sat on the patio overlooking a grassy area and pond. The waitress and hostess could not have been more welcoming and gracious. We both had the Southwest Chopped salad that had roasted corn, avocado, tomatoes, and other yummies with an interesting dressing to cause us to say hmmmmmm, this is really good. It is a seasonal thing to enjoy lunch at the Palo Verde restaurant because they stop around June. The great thing about living here is to enjoy what I call the mini vacation you can experience for a couple of hours at these casual luxury resorts. So glad to share this again....it had been a while. A real treat.

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food2
ambience3
service1
value3

somewhat disappointed

Dined on April 3, 2016

We were very cold in the dining-room and had to eventually ask that both doors be closed. The ambiance was rather cold as well. The 4 of us have lived in Europe for many years and have eaten in some very fine Swiss and French restaurants. I personally enjoyed my meal - have nothing negative to say about it, however, from what I understand, our friend, who picked up the tab would give it a 6.5 out of 10 based on price performance.

Tags: special occasion
food2
ambience2
service1

Food was just ok...service was very slow ...

Dined on March 24, 2016

Food was just ok...service was very slow.

food4
ambience2
service2
value3

Could be better....

Dined on March 20, 2016

The ambiance and service were disappointing. For a Saturday night, the restaurant in general and the outdoor patio in particular were very quiet and lacking in any kind of atmosphere. Our server seemed nervous and brought us the wrong bill, after which we did not see her for about 15 minutes so we had to wait to get the bill corrected. On the positive side, I would recommend this restaurant based on quality of food (which was very good) and location (if you are staying at the Boulders).

food3
ambience3
service2
value2

Not Worth the Cost

vip
Dined on March 20, 2016

We were greatly anticipating a lovely dinner after a long day of travel. We read the write up online and perhaps our expectations were too high based in the eloquent descriptions. We found it to be rather 'flat' in terms of food and ambiance. Our server was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic, but seemed harried in a rather empty looking restaurant. Perhaps her tables weren't strategically organized. Nonetheless, we enjoyed our dinner, but wouldn't recommend or return. There are too many choices in the surrounding towns. My assessment: captive audience equals the ability to be able to sustain a good but not great dining experience.

food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Very Nice

Dined on March 13, 2016

Went for a birthday brunch on a Sunday with reservations. Got seated immediately on the patio but no server(the server assigned had not been told we had arrived by the hostess). When we asked the hostess about a server she immediately apologized and we were then served immediately. Our server was helpful and knowledgeable. the food was delicious the ambience very nice and the view outstanding. There was some residual carryover noise from some spring breakers at the pool but not enough to annoy. In all would highly recommend againd.

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
food1
ambience1
service3
value1

So disappointing

Dined on March 11, 2016

The only thing that was tasty was the bread and spreads that came with it. The menu is very limited so I ordered the special, tuna. Our waitress made no mention of the price of the special which absolutely shocked us when we received the bill - $80. The way the space is shaped, sound really travels, so you could hear every word the servers said even if they were on the opposite side of the restaurant. We really liked the resort itself, but there were no quality dining options. Of the three restaurants, Palo Verde is the worst.

food4
ambience2
service5
value2

Huge disappointment

vip
Dined on March 6, 2016

Went to the Boulders expecting fabulous food and fabulous atmosphere. The food was good although my husband hated the soup. My disappointment was that it was so un festive. We sat while it was still light and enjoyed the scenic vista, but when it became dark, there were no lights in the distance, no music, just sitting on the quiet patio. Inside was a cavernous room that was loud and resplendent with echoes. The decor --there was none. Glad we sat on the patio. As they say, nothing to write home about. The waiter was terrific and very helpful to us with the menu.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food3
ambience2
service3
value3

Disappointed

Dined on March 4, 2016

The resort appeared empty and the restaurant and lounge was dead. For peak season it looks like the Boulders is struggling. The menu and food was average which is disappointing given the Boulders past reputation.

food5
ambience5
service5

The food was excellent! Wait staff awes ...

Dined on February 24, 2016

The food was excellent! Wait staff awesome. Great evening!

food1
ambience1
service1
value1

Terrible experience at Palo Verde

Dined on February 20, 2016

While we understand that the resort is evolving certainly based on our recent experience this can not be the standard that they want to achieve. The noise level even though the dining room was less then half full was deafening. The room stark and with zero ambience. The service was slow we waited over 15 minutes for a drink. The food was ok at best but the portion size for the price paid was unacceptable. We are not by any means an isolated case as we observed other people being unhappy with their experience, from walking out, to sending food back. Our server dropped our check on the table with out ever asking if we wanted dessert or coffee. The management has alot of work to do here should they ever want any return business at this hotel restaurant. There are so many better options close by to the hotel.

food1
ambience1
service3
value1

Unless you are starving...

vip
Dined on February 4, 2016

The newly renovated morgue-like Palo Verde serves food drowned in heavy cream. Avoid at all costs (and those will be high!) One star is very generous for this faceless, tasteless place!

food3
ambience3
service3
value2

We expected more

vip
Dined on January 30, 2016

We felt the menu was very limited, although the food was good. The wine list was what you would expect at a chain restaurant--very disappointing for a resort. Although our wait person was attentive, we felt rushed.

food4
ambience4
service4

Great experience close to home

Dined on July 19, 2015

This was our first time dining at Palo Verde Restaurant and we will definitely return. The warm crispy rolls and butter that arrived first were so good, we had another basket. The Appetizers ( crab cake and red chili shrimp) were wonderful. My husband had the Scallops which he really liked and I had the Flank Steak. My portion was so big, that I took half home. Enough for Lunch the next day. The service was attentive and the manager welcoming.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience3
service5

Small menu, but quality food

vip
Dined on July 12, 2015

Great restaurant in Boulders Resort. Dining room appears to be a bit dated, but sitting outside was great. Nice view of boulders and golf course. The menu is not very big, but the food was excellent. The kale salad was one of the best I've had. Entrees were moderately portioned, but very good.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

Palo Verde at the Boulders

Dined on July 5, 2015

I had dinner last weekend at Palo Verde. The view is quite beautiful, sitting on the patio. The service is excellent. I did have to send my filet back as it was overcooked, but they brought another one that was perfectly medium-rare and delicious. It was accompanied by foraged mushrooms and fingerling potatoes in their special Palo Verde sauce. I enjoyed the sparkling wine, Chandon Brut, which is from the area I live in. The crab cake was full of lump crab, and almost no "cake". The chipotle sauce on it was very good.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Very pleasant evening

Dined on June 15, 2015

Food was very good with ample servings.Wait staff very pleasant and timely

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience5
service5

so happy we chose Palo Verde

Dined on May 10, 2015

We were delightfully surprised at this great restaurant tucked back off the noise and chaos of Phoenix. My husband surprised me with dinner there for our anniversary. We were highly satisfied with all aspects of our visit from the moment we walked out of our car until we were assisted back into it by the valet. Great food excellent service and a wonderful peaceful atmosphere. Not to mention the breathtaking views. My thanks to the waiter and the lovely manager that ensured we had an excellent night. Can't wait to return.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4

Southwestern Charm

Dined on April 19, 2015

We have dined at Palo Verde twice in the past two weeks and must say the food was great! While the menu is small most noteworthy are the crab cakes that are loaded with crab and not filler. Meats cooked perfectly to order, delicious Ranchers salad and warm crusty bread. Service was swift and attentive. Its a lovely restaurant in a high end resort which I wish they would enforce some basic dress code. While I know most travelers do not want to get dressed up, cargo shorts and flip flops are unacceptable.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food4
ambience4
service4

Palo Verde - Southwest Breakfast Old School

vip
Dined on April 8, 2015

The Palo Verde Restaurant is in the Boulders Resort in Carefree, Arizona. It is one of the main dining rooms. I went there for breakfast with 4 colleagues while they were staying there for a business function. Make no mistake, the food is good. But I think it's a bit "Southwestern Dated". It may be because I live in the area but the menu reads like any one of a 100 menus from 80's. Visitors will probably be happy, locals may think it's a throw-back. I had the Pork Green Chile Breakfast Enchiladas special which was tasty. The others were satisfied with the Breakfast Burrito, Sonoran Eggs Benedict and Huevos Rancheros. Sides of Fruit, Pastries , Bacon and Sausage were good too. The service was attentive and nice. Price points were a little high but for a resort environment, fairly reasonable I think. All-in-all, an OK experience for me and a good one for my guests.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

My new neighborhood favorite.

vip
Dined on April 4, 2015

We live in (far) North Scottsdale and are always looking for good neighborhood dining choices. We frequented the restaurants at The Boulders Resort in years past but moved on. We're back! We've dined at Palo Verde and The Grill several times and on each visit, every member of our parties expressed satisfaction with the food, service, beverages and ambience. The e manager at Palo Verde is very attentive and assures a great time is had by all. And it's only five miles from home which is a real benefit.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience2
service1

This restaurant needs a huge renovation, ...

Dined on March 14, 2015

This restaurant needs a huge renovation, as well as the staff. Even though we were one of three tables in the entire restaurant (on a Saturday), the service was not good...!!!

food2
ambience3
service4

Below expectations

vip
Dined on March 1, 2015

For a Waldorf Astoria resort, we had greater expectations of dinner here. The restaurant is well appointed, service was very good, nice ambiance, but food was just in the 'fair' category. I had the bison short rib which was a bit tough and chewy, and not as flavorful as I would have expected. Overall a disappointing meal.

food1
ambience5
service4

Food was very disappointing.

Dined on January 11, 2015

All our food was very disappointing. French Fries and Sweet Potato Fries looked like they had been cooked the day before. Food was highly overpriced for what we got, desert were very poor and highly overpriced. We were sorry about the food. Service was good.

food5
ambience4
service2

Bottomless?

vip
Dined on December 25, 2014

There for Christmas Brunch. Entrance, valet, and host staff were right on their game. Wheels fell off the service cart in the dining room. We ordered the "bottomless" mimosas. They must have been bottomless because they were always empty. Server would walk by the table, look at the empty glass, and keep walking. When we got the bill they had one of the entres wrong. We pointed it out and were told my wife ordered a new item on the menu and they did not know how to enter that in the computer, so they charged us for something similar. Palo Verde has the potential to be a great place. Much of the hard work has been done well. But they need some serious training in the dining room. If they can get this fixed it could be a world class resort.

Tags: great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
food4
ambience4
service5

Food was outstanding as well as the serv ...

Dined on December 21, 2014

Food was outstanding as well as the service provided by Sarah.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food2
ambience3
service2

First visit

Dined on December 9, 2014

Nice arrival and easy valet parking- Poor food - Chef unable to manage a pepper sauce for my wife's fillet steak. Steak undercooked and poor presentation. Will NOT re-visit nor recommend.

food4
ambience5
service4

Wonderful brunch

vip
Dined on November 29, 2014

Saturday morning, late breakfast, out on the patio, great buffet breakfast, beautiful sunshine...

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food4
ambience5
service5

Yummy!

Dined on November 9, 2014

My husband and I went to The Boulders for a stay-cation for his birthday. We had reservations at the Palo Verde Room for dinner. We started with signature cocktails that were great. Then ordered a crab cake appetizer yummy! I ordered the scallops and my husband the rib-eye and we shared each, scallops were awesome, excellent flavors with the different sauces, rib eye was prepared perfectly, but my husband was still trying to get another one of my scallops :-) Portion size perfect, not over stuffed. We split flourless chocolate cake for dessert and wished we had tried something else. Overall, the food was wonderful, service great and it was a nice quiet romantic atmosphere.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5

Good, not great

vip
Dined on November 9, 2014

This restaurant is back on their winter menu which is a substantial improvement on the summer menu. Oddly enough they are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays which is a bit strange for a restaurant in a high end resort. Bison is back and is pretty good. I can recommend it. If it is warm out, they have outside patio seating overlooking the golf course. The service is outstanding (Brian) The chef has been very accommodating in the past so I assume he will still allow modifications to suit your tastes. The black bean soup with lime is a real treat if you like black bean soup and it is good enough to make you a fan of it even if you don't. Nice quiet place for dinner with friends in Carefree.

Tags: scenic view
food4
ambience4
service4

Good Food and Execution

vip
Dined on November 1, 2014

The menu is small, but interesting. The food tastes fresh and the preparation is well executed.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5

Fresh Menu

vip
Dined on October 26, 2014

The menu has been updated and it offers uncomplicated, well-prepared choices. I had the lamp chops served with mashed sweet potatoes and kale. The dish was sensational. My husband had halibut and he raved about the freshness and preparation. The food at this restaurant used to be good and it is now great, as is the service and atmosphere.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience3
service4

We Thought It Would be Better

Dined on October 12, 2014

Hadn't been here for 20-years. Had a very difficult time locating after dark for our evening reservation. Got the table closest to the kitchen entry and congregation point for wait-staff. Our guest did not enjoy the 'prickly pear margarita'. Husband's halibut was very good. My shrimp w/ egg-noodles was OK, but noodles were stiff and hard, and cold. The lamb chop presentation was very nice; but our guest could not cut them with the serrated knife, and had to ask for a sharper knife. Then, my husband ended up cutting them for her! Had to ask for mint sauce to accompany the lamb chops. Bread was hot and fresh. And the creme brule was excellent. Really, we don't think this venue is really all it's hyped up to be.

food4
ambience4
service5

Great Food great Service

Dined on September 28, 2014

Went on Restaurant week since we have never been there and it was close to home. We were greatly surprise on great the food and service was. We will be back for sure. Great staff to help you out in every way

Tags: fit for foodies, scenic view
food3
ambience4
service4

Average

Dined on September 28, 2014

We have been to Palo Verde several times over the past two years. In the past we gave it 4 stars but only managed 3 stars this time. We were with another couple who were satisfied, however, the dish with short ribs had the vegetables overcooked while one dish with sea bass had the vegetables undercooked. We will go back as the atmosphere & service is very good and expect the food overall to be at least a 4 star next time.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience5
service5

Restaurant week find

Dined on September 27, 2014

We went for restaurant week to find out about this restaurant and were delighted with the find. The food was good the help friendly and the setting great.

Tags: special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5

Palo Verde

vip
Dined on September 27, 2014

The service was outstanding. The food was excellent with amazing flavors

food3
ambience2
service4

Food was fair but the ambiance on the pa ...

Dined on September 26, 2014

Food was fair but the ambiance on the patio was bare bones, lacking any style or class which I expected from the Boulders.

Tags: special occasion

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