CASK 63 is one of Scottsdale’s newer eating establishments, but the tastes and service combine to create a classic dining experience.
The restaurant, which opened in the Gainey Village area in January 2012, is hailed as an “American Eatery & Wine Bar” and offers a great ambiance for diners. The mix of woods, steel blue, greens and silver with subtle lighting and custom design features make Cask 63 a unique venue. It feels cozy, yet modern and is perfect for a quiet date night, a business meeting, evening with friends or even a family dinner.
In keeping with its wine bar theme, Cask 63 offers a very nice wine list, with a good selection of wines by the glass. The restaurant also offers several tasting flights and a cocktail menu.
The dinner menu at Cask 63 changes seasonally, but there are a few favorites that stay on the menu year-round. There is always an oyster of the day available as a starter. The warm brie is another great starter. A variety of soups and salads showcase the chef’s use of fresh ingredients. The roasted garlic and wild mushroom soup is a flavorful and savory start to a meal, while the Cask 63 Caesar is more classic and light. The Panzanella Caprese is a fresh take on the classic Caprese with bread salad and pesto stuffed mozzarella.
Entrées are served in ample portions, but are not overwhelming. The plates arrive looking gorgeous – and the flavors are as great as the presentation (or better). The seared Georges Bank diver scallops have a beautiful ice wine vinaigrette that tease out the sweet flavor of the scallops that are seared to perfection.
The Chilean Sea bass with a luscious but not overwhelming macadamia nut crust is served with a delicate coconut lemongrass broth reminiscent of traditional Asian flavors. Meat lovers won’t be disappointed, either. Creekstone Farms supplies Cask 63 with premium Black Angus steaks, which you can enjoy as a beef brisket burger, bistro steak or filet mignon.
Of course, no dinner out is complete without dessert and Cask 63 offers a unique dessert menu. You can try an oatmeal cookie ice cream sandwich with Guinness ice cream for an unusual punch. Perhaps you would prefer a more traditional crème brûlée or flourless chocolate cake. One of the most delicious desserts is the chocolate stuffed brioche fritter with cinnamon sugar, vanilla custard, fresh berries and chocolate. The child in you might take the most pleasure, however, in the S’mores – homemade marshmallow, chocolate brownie, homemade Graham cracker finished with organic peanut butter ice cream.
Cask 63 is the kind of spot that welcomes visitors to the area, but is also a place that can be a favorite neighborhood hangout. Executive Chef Brian Feirstein, a native Phoenician with a degree from Scottsdale Culinary Institute, is co-owner of Cask 63 along with 4 S&P Investment Group. Chef Feirstein wants his restaurant to be an inviting place, not an intimidating wine bar. He says he envisions Cask 63 as the kind of place where people “would want to hang out with family and friends, sip good wine and enjoy great food.”
Cask 63 is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It serves dinner daily from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. (10 p.m. Friday and Saturday). Happy hour is daily from 4 p.m.to 7 p.m. with half off appetizers and a special drink menu.
Cask 63 American Eatery & Wine Bar
8877 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 402
Scottsdale, AZ 8553