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Kai Restaurant

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American, Native American, Gluten Free Options
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5594 W Wildhorse Pass Blvd, Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, Chandler, AZ 85226-5400 (I-10 and Wild Horse Pass Blvd)
+1 602-225-0100
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San Diego, California
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166 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A dinner at Kai is an amazing experience. The food is based on two local indigenous Indian Tribes. Chef de Cuisine, Ryan Swanson, interprets the cuisine of the Pima and Maricopa tribes using fresh farm ingredients from the Gila River Indian Community. They include (among many different dishes) masterpieces using buffalo and elk combined with unique combinations of seeds, herbs,... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

GREAT food, view and service. The best special occasion restaurant in the state. A little pricey but an exceptional experience each time we visit.

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WV
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Every aspect of dinner was superlative. Creative and delicious food. Perfect service. Beautiful view. As good as the few Michelin 3 stars restaurants I have had the good fortune to dine at.

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Chandler, Arizona
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the best meals we have ever had, we have eaten in several iron chefs restaurants in different countries. We are very lucky to have this caliber of restaurant in Phoenix. From the escargot apps, to the duck, and buffalo tenderloin. Every detail is covered, service is perfect, the meal is explained in detail down to the... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

You know when you hear so many amazing things about a restaurant that you get totally hyped up only to be let down because your expectations had been set so high? Not with Kai - You will be blown away by your entire dining experience. It is top notch in every respect from valet parking to coffee. All done without... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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130 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

This was one of the best meals I have ever experienced. The service was outstanding, the food excellent and creative, and the wine list was extensive. The whole experience was exceptional. The prices are high but the service and food warrant the high price. The menu items our influenced by native America and the dessert. The portions are large so... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Everything about Kai is amazing from the service to the food. We were completely in awe of everything we experienced. Since all of us are interested in cooking, everything we were served was explained to us in great detail & found it so exciting. We started with an array of appetizers from escargot, trout, and lobster. Each appetizer was prepared... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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36 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Had been planning to try this restaurant for some time and my GF and I did last night. We took advantage for their car service and the driver was very professional and an excellent driver. Not like one you would expect from a big city (Jerky). He picked us up on time both going and coming. Got to the restaurant... More 

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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

We dined at Kai last night for our anniversary and I must say it is both highly overrated and overpriced. We ordered the tasting menu with paired wines at $240 each. The food was good to very good, but formulaic - mostly locally sourced southwest / native american ingredients cooked French style. The service was highly scripted and somewhat awkward.... More 

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Provo, Utah
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241 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Over and over again, I can’t say enough good things about Kai. By fate or coincidence I’ve had the same lead server the last few times I’ve dined there, Kevin, who is remarkable, thoughtful, unassuming, knowledgeable and empathetic. The food is so imaginative and memorable—yet not overly prepared. The appetizer featuring three lobster preparations was incredible. On this visit, however,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 80
Cuisine
American, Native American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, View
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
Friday
17:30 - 21:00
Saturday
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5594 W Wildhorse Pass Blvd, Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, Chandler, AZ 85226-5400
    (I-10 and Wild Horse Pass Blvd)
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Chandler
  • Phone Number: +1 602-225-0100
Description
Recipient of the Coveted AAA Five Diamond Award and Forbes Five-Star Award, KAI, meaning 'seed' in the Pima language, features a menu rich in creativity, history and Native American culture. Executive Chef Thomas Riordan and Chef de Cuisine Ryan Swanson incorporate the essence of the Pima and Maricopa tribes and locally farmed ingredients from the Gila River Indian Community to create unforgettable masterpieces. James Beard Award-winning Chef Janos Wilder is consulting chef for KAI and is renowned for creating unique and indigenous menu experiences. Open for dinner Tuesday - Saturday, reservations are strongly recommended. KAI maintains a smart business casual dress code. It prohibits hats, T-shirts, and shorts for both ladies and gentlemen, including open-toed sandals for men. Dress hats for ladies are acceptable. Denim is not preferred. As a courtesy to other diners, please refrain from using cell phones or laptops in the dining room.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?