We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort’s Ember Restaurant Receives Diners’ Choice Award

We-Ko-Pa Ember restaurant

FORT McDOWELL, AZ – Ember, We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort’s fine dining steakhouse, has recieved OpenTable’s 2023 Diners’ Choice Award.

“Property Executive Chef Richard Pelz, Ember General Manager Brent Rumph, Sommelier Dennis Payne and our entire Ember team are thrilled to receive this accolade once again,” said Zac Gallo, Executive Director of Food & Beverage for the We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort. “We are especially proud that it recognized our world-class cuisine, exemplary service, inviting ambiance and extensive wine library. We believe these four pillars of hospitality at Ember greatly contribute to an exceptional, memorable and first-class guest experience.” 

Open since October 2020 when the new We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort was unveiled, Ember has carved a niche for itself in the local fine dining space. The restaurant has received an exceptional 4.9 stars out of 588 reviews on the OpenTable platform. Popular with repeat diners from the Valley as well as hotel guests and out-of-town visitors, Ember specializes in Japanese Wagyu and USDA Prime beef prepared on a wood-burning grill, and features a menu that reflects recent food trends and Chef Pelz’s culinary inspirations. The restaurant has also received Wine Spectator’s coveted “Best of Award of Excellence” for both years since it opened.

“The staff and management at this establishment are so attentive,” wrote one diner. “They really go out of their way to make it a fine dining experience. The steaks are all USDA and prepared and seasoned excellently. Our cocktails were amazing, and overall I’d say this is one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had.” 

“Ember is a treasure for those visiting We-Ko-Pa from afar or for those who live close by,” wrote another guest, returning for a second visit. “The ambience is outstanding, the food is excellent, and the bar atmosphere and pianist are without peer.” 

Diners’ Choice lists are determined by confirmed diners who booked through OpenTable’s online reservation network of more than 52,000 restaurants.