The Watershed in Tempe: Happy Hour Report Card

Heather Hoch
An interesting cocktail that "sunk the Titanic."
The Spot: The Watershed
5250 South Lake Shore Drive, Tempe
480-756-0508
www.watershedaz.com

See Also: Lakeside Cafe, Bar, and Patio Opens in Tempe

The Hours: Happy Hour is offered Tuesday through Friday from 3 until 6 p.m.

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Heather Hoch
The view from Watershed's patio is probably the best part of going there.
The Interior:
Tempe's newest lakeside restaurant, Watershed, seems to have gotten off to a bumpy start. The soft opening went off without the indoor dining room or bar being completed. Then that became known as "phase one," which means the restaurant was still unfinished when we came in for happy hour weeks after it had been open. However, the view on the patio, which is finished, is really where it's at, so the lack of indoor dining options didn't really bother us. According to the restaurant's Facebook page, phase one has since been completed, offering some inside dining, but the bar remains unfinished.

The Food:
Unfortunately, Watershed doesn't discount food at all during happy hour. As is pretty much protocol for us at this point, we tried to assemble our own cheap bites menu from the appetizer list but were met with prices at $9 at the lowest. Nine bucks for three sliders means excellent quality and execution, right? Well, not in this case. The mini-burgers consisted of a thin, dry, crumbly chunk of beef between what we can only describe as Wonder Bread-style enriched white flour buns, likely from a grocery store.

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Heather Hoch
This is the kind of poutine that would make both Canadians and New Mexicans sad.
From early word of the restaurant, the Santa Fe-style poutine seemed to be a draw, so that $10 plate of fries was next up to bat for us. Another swing and a miss. The bed of fries, which also seemed store bought, was covered in green chile gravy, whose flavor was reminiscent of those cans of green chiles you buy at (you guessed it) the grocery store. Add to that business a couple of large gobs of cheese, lightly battered and fried, and you have a dish that would make any Canadian drop the polite act and start throwing punches. Finally, the coconut shrimp came out, which was the least offensive of the three dishes, but the quality didn't warrant a 12-spot.

Location Info

The Watershed

5250 South Lake Shore Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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22 comments
jayson
jayson

Dan, I appreciate your response to everyone however you should maybe listen to the people. If there are many complaints about the food then...

Have you tried the food or seen what your customers are getting? The quality?

I agree with the quality of food being sub par especially for the price. Location however is excellent. But please address the food and service

dan039
dan039

Hey folks,

Dan Scott, owner of The Watershed, here. In defense, we haven't officially opened yet. We rebuilt the 200 person patio from ashes. I couldn't renovate the inside because I was contracted to uphold nine weddings over the fall. It didn't feel right putting them out on their big day. Yes, we're in soft opening and are finishing our 50 foot bar over the next two weeks. We do have $5 wines, discounts off our beer and specialty cocktails (more specials to come on food!) We're working to make this place something you'll all be proud to hang. I appreciate any and all feed back. I own the weekly (Weekly Alibi) in ABQ and know how important it is to engage my neighbors and friends in the process. Please reserve final judgement until we're finished in a couple weeks. I'm always here, so ask for me and let me know your thoughts. As far as the menu goes, I have all the faith in Matt Nichols, who has worked and owned some of the finest establishments in D.C., NM and Cali. Thank you, keep on and Cheers!



Tayler Tucker
Tayler Tucker

I live for this type of food review. Literally wait until one of these juicy morsels has to be written!

Bryn Collins
Bryn Collins

I don't know what's in that photo but it looks vile.

Lou Carol
Lou Carol

Oh geez that is pretty bad. I live in The Lakes and didn't even know that it had opened into a restaurant. I thought it was a banquet hall or something. Pier 54 is better than a C+ in my opinion though. The drinks are super yummy and the environment is fun.

Gabe Williams
Gabe Williams

Such a bummer. When will these spots get a restaurant/bar of quality.

ashley.oakes
ashley.oakes

I live in the neighborhood and after my first experience where they ran out of food by 6:30 pm, their pos system wasn't working to give us our check for the drinks we ordered to go with our meals and the horrible customer service, we felt used and abused. Nothing was taken care of and even after talking to the manager after we paid our bill, nothing to make us feel better and come try again. There are way too many restaurants with awesome customer service and home made food for this price point for me to walk in my own neighborhood to go here again.

Athena Tyrrell
Athena Tyrrell

I am wondering why this popped up on my page, as if I cared. LMAO

Jim Oakes
Jim Oakes

We went there in December for their initial soft opening for the Lakes neighborhood. It was a service disaster and obvious they had no idea what they were doing. They actually closed the kitchen after we placed our orders (before 7pm) By your review I guess we were lucky.

travisfields
travisfields

This location has long been a place restaurants go to die. 

Megan Monaghan
Megan Monaghan

I'm in the area also. Why hasn't it happened? I'm really confused by this because it's so obvious. Does the Lakes make it too hard for decent restaurant tenants? Someone in the restaurant industry must know...

Kevin Buck
Kevin Buck

Wow...just opened and its days are probably numbered

Jim La Rose
Jim La Rose

Totally agree Megan. We live in the neighborhood and would love for a nice place in that shopping plaza next to Pier 54.

Megan Monaghan
Megan Monaghan

That's too bad. A well-run restaurant could make a killing in that location!

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