Phoenix >Food & Dining > Richardson's Cuisine Of Nm
1582 E Bethany Home Rd, Phoenix, AZ | Directions 8501433.523719 -112.048039
Mon. - Fri. 11am - 12pm;Sat. - Sun. 9am - 12pm
Neighborhoods: Camelback East
Coming from a lineage of New Mexican heritage (Spaniard and Native tribes) I was disapointed in the food. I grew up with New Mexican recipes that had been handed down generations. The abiance is amazing and the wood smoke that emanates from the place is luring, but the food is overglorified and tastes more Mexican to me. After the unsatisfying experience of the "New Mexican" food I tried the teak tare tare dish thinking I might find something I liked...not so. The acompanying caper and other sauces did not flatter the dish, the bread was so dry and hard one coulp break a tooth, and the steak tare tare itself had an "old" stale meat taste. I took it home and fed it to my dogs after I cooked it in a pan. I love the ambiance of the place and it's a great place to grab a few glasses of wine but the food is not the greatest. Found the same with Dick's Hideaway- a Richardson's place down the street (the service is horendous there).
thumbs up from Iowa. – This place was awesome...was on vacation,was the 1 place someone told him we had to go to...so on April 22 we
did...ok not knowing what to expect..they told us it would be 9:30 before we could get a table because we had no resv.
i said we was told from back in Iowa to try it...well the guy working was from Iowa..he was great..said well we can see what we can do...and we got a great spot....
food was amazing and the atmosphere was the best...
very friendly..i will come again when i am back to AZ...
thanks to all of you that made it worth visiting.
Great food. Need reservations and time waiting is high if you don't call ahead. Wait is worth it! Great food.
DON'tTchange your recipes! – Go to this restaurant often - went today and it was VERY HOT spicy - not the usual great food. Ate 3 bites and couldn't eat anymore. Waitress said owner told chef to "kick it up". Still charged me for a meal I could not eat. Not going back.
Way over rated – Read all the reviews and thought I'd try it; Maybe it was a bad day for them but the food was dried out and tasteless and way over priced; Not at all impressed; the only thing that was good was the margarita; food just didn't impress and neither did the ambinace and service; don't bother; can't hold a candle to z tejas.
Really good food, but not worth the loooong wait! – The problem with Richardson's is threefold: the place is way too small for the business they do, the price of both drinks and food is over-priced for what you get and the front of the house staff is pretty stuck up. You can show up at this place anytime and you will see that the crowd is a mixture of yuppies and more salt of the earth. Yet, the staff greeting you has no personality and sure seems to do a good job of catering to those customers who look like they have deeper pockets. If you are used to visiting typical Scottsdale restaurants that always seem to put this type of bimbo hostess in the forefront, you will have no problem feeling as if you are putting her at an inconvenience by merely asking for a table and that she is somehow better than you. I personally hate the Scottsdale scene because it's all so fake. If the food is great, it doesn't need a yuppie crowd and a sense of who's who, to add to the ambiance.
The reservation requirement of at least four people, also makes it impossible to get a table for you and your significant other. The sad part of all this is that the food is quite consistently good and gourmet in its presentation. But honestly, to wait in a crammed restaurant like this for a good hour, with no place to really enjoy an over-priced drink is simply not worth it. If you feel that you have got to be "seen" there and are willing to fight with elbows to claim your one square foot of space, while you wait under the loud din of the place, then Richardson's might just be for you. If the restaurant was bigger and they kicked the hostesses to the curb, I would give the place at least an "Above Average" rating, even with the high prices.
Try another Place, Any Place – The service was so poor, we up and left. Our reservations were botched and the hostess and manager gave us unacceptable attitude. Please stop putting money into places that don't appreciate paying customers who love local businesses. I've eaten here before and the food is okay, however way over priced.
Great food, intimate ambience – We arrived at 3:30 pm on a Sunday with our 10 month old in tow (this is pretty much the only time we can go out to eat anymore). The place was darkly lit, so much so that I nearly stumbled over some chairs. But, the decor was nice, and it was clean. We asked for a high chair, and they said they don't have high chairs. That should have given us some clue that parents with toddlers in tow are not their target clientele, but we were kind of aware of that going in.
They don't have many beers on tap, but they had Guiness, which was enough for me. Unfortunately, it was clear no one in the place knew how to pour a Guiness. I asked for one, and 10 seconds later I was brought a glass filled top to bottom with foam. Now, I don't expect everyone on the street to know how a Guiness is supposed to be poured, but if you are a bartender with Guiness on tap, you should be aware of how to pour it (you're supposed to slowly tap it over 1-2 minutes, so as not to accumulate too much foam in the glass). Of course, all of that is my particular issue, and I assume most people aren't that particular about their Guiness.
The above notwithstanding, the service was attentive, polite and fast. They were also nice to our son (who was sitting next to me on the bench). We had chips and salsa for apps, very tasty. The food was brought out very quickly. I had the Chimayo chicken, which was excellent, and my wife had quesadillas, which were also quite good.
All in all, the food was great, and the service was good. They're not exactly kid friendly (which we were aware of going in) and they don't know how to pour a Guiness (a lot of people don't know that though). We will return, although we will have to go back sans the kid next time.
Favorite Resturant in Phoenix – My fiance took me here on one of our first dates and it has become my favorite place to eat. The service is always wonderful and the food delicious. Its become even better since the smoking ban in Arizona. We always recommend Richardson's to family and friends, and take out of town guest there. The copper table tops and table candles give the restaurant an inviting glow and the fire place in the winter keep it cozy and relaxing.
Best Brunch Ever – I love this place! As someone who was born in AZ this place is a classic and I go almost every Sunday! Everyone should go, and get a mimosa!
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