Terrific dining experience. We were looking for a good restaurant near our resort hotel. The resort restaurants in the Oracle Drive area aren't impressive and are expensive. Somebody in our meeting group mentioned Wildflower. We were greeted like a long-lost friend by the hostess. We were seated without a reservation in a comfortable booth. The menu selection was eclectic, but everything sounded good. Prices were on the low side, as were the wines. I would return again and again. Can't recommend it highly enough.
Wildflower. relaxing and always a pleasure to dine for lunch and dinner..small but enjoyabe bar...and with the openness of the kitchen area aromas and sounds bring pleasure to your dining...Go for it.
Erratic food and service.
I come to Tucson every year for the gem shows and usually eat at the Wildflower Grill at least three times, always with friends. The food is generally quite good as is the service, but there are remarkable exceptions. This year (2007) my last meal was a disaster. I ordered the aged New York steak with green peppercorn sauce. The steak was burned to a crisp and crunched in my mouth like bacon and the sauce was burned black. How the chef could have put something like this on a plate is not comprehensible. It was also served without a steak knife. When the waiter (Brendan) returned my friends were already eating so I ordered something that i thought would be quick, the meat loaf. It was quick because it was nuked and the plate was fiery hot. It had a bit of indifferent ketschup sprinkled on top, not attractive nor tasty. The waiter this time failed to give me a fork or knife. Two members of my party ordered the duck entree, and one was okay, the other dry and overcooked.
I will be very uneasy about returning to this restaurant again as will the dozens of friends to whom I have related this experience.
Good food. We initially found Wildflower when we moved to Tucson in 2003, at that time the food was good, just the right amount, and the service was prompt and courteous. The price was a bit more expensive, but worth it. However, the last time I went I was shocked at the service and the menu change. My favorite dishes were gone. It was somewhat embarrassing and very disappointing because we had raved about the place to friends who were visiting from out of town and the experience was much less than what we expected. We waited 15-25 minutes to get our orders taken, then the food took quite a while to be served. Once the food arrived, the taste was bland and one of my guests had to return her dish because it was cold, very cold. While I do enjoy lingering after dinner, I would like my check in a reasonable amout of time. We had to wait far to long to pay and leave. Overall, if it weren't for the company, I would have had one of the worst dining experiences ever. I haven't been back since, and that was a year ago (2005). Perhaps it has gotten better, but I haven't felt compelled to check it out again.
This flower by any other name would still be as sweet..
Brassy and crowded, Wildflower may remind you of certain Los Angeles restaurants; this is not surprising considering the presence of chef Christopher Cristiano, formerly of Wolfgang Puck's Spago. "New American" entrees range from elegantly presented penne with tomatoes and garlic to succulent double pork chops with caramelized apple, spinach, and garlic-whipped potatoes. The latest twists on Pacific Rim and American comfort food work wonders, even with simple Portabella mushrooms. Wildflower occasionally sells bottles of wine at half price on Tuesdays, but whenever you go in, you're sure to be impressed by the abundance of fresh-cut flowers.
If you order one thing:
Try the relatively-exotic grilled quail with mushroom risotto.
Superb food, decent service, no corkage!. After being told by the host that the waiter would cork our bottle of wine that we brought, we were then told at our table by the manager that the restaurant does not permit corkage of or bringing of alcohol onto the premises. I felt this was just a scam to force customers into buying the overpriced drinks offered on the menu. Another negative was that I felt we were almost rushed to leave. The place was very busy, and a little more hospitality would have been nice rather than being served and then ushered out the door. I must admit though that the food was excellent, some of the best I've ever eaten in Tucson. If you just focus on the food, this place serves some of the best.
wonderful flower. wonderful place, romantic, authentic. really good ambiance. In a very nice location where you can walk with your lover and then have a wonderful meal. i liked it and recomend it 100%
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