The 10 Best Restaurants for Serious Foodies in Scottsdale

Scottsdale boasts a thriving culinary scene featuring everything from trendy gastropubs to rustic Western saloons.

The Scottsdale restaurant scene is a melting pot of acclaimed chefs, innovative cuisine, and with more than 300 sunny days every year, some of the best al fresco dining in the country. 

Virtu, a tiny yet upscale cafe tucked away in a B&B in downtown Scottsdale, has collected accolades from chefs and food magazines across the country for its take on globally-influenced, Mediterranean-inspired, homemade "honest craft" cuisine.

Another Scottsdale gem is FnB, where the kitchen uses farm-fresh ingredients and culinary creativity to put together pleasing small plate ensembles.

If you're looking for light Italian fare that's freshly prepared, including homemade pasta, book a table at EVO in Old Town Scottsdale. 

Fat Ox features the work of well-regarded local chef Matt Carter and his team of top-tier Arizona talent. Expect to find a strong antipasti menu, unique pasta selections that are refined yet delicious, and fine dining entrees featuring premium ingredients. 

Over at POSH, expansive appetites are rewarded with multi-course menus, custom-tailored to your preferences. Just let the kitchen know what you love, and sit back and reap the rewards. 

Finally, if you're a fan of prix fixe fine dining, check out Sel. The small, chic restaurant on Main Street offers a quiet respite from busier stretches of Old Town, and a menu filled with seasonally-inspired, skillfully-prepared dishes.

Native Florentine and longtime Valley restaurateur Franco Fazzuoli brings upscale Italian flavors to Scottsdale at Franco's Italian Caffe. The restaurant, located in downtown Scottsdale, offers Florentine Italian dishes like Filet Mignon...  Read More

Sel is a small fine dining outpost situated amid the art galleries and shops of Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale. Chef Branden Levine, who has appeared on Food Network cooking competitions, offers a four-course prix fixe menu of contemporary...  Read More

Roaring Fork

The wood fired cooking and classic American cuisine of the Roaring Fork makes this a favorite gathering spot for the Scottsdale lunch crowd. Inspired by the history and essence of the Old West, the Roaring Fork seeks to recapture and celebrate...  Read More

The Mission

If ever there was a place to enjoy a sophisticated dinner amid the flicker of candlelight, The Mission in Scottsdale is it. This casual upscale restaurant specializes in "modern Latin cuisine," with an emphasis on dishes that use a traditional...  Read More

Fat Ox in Scottsdale is full of modern, upscale riffs on Italian cuisine. You won't find a menu that hews strictly to specific regions, but you will find an expansive selection of bold takes on stalwarts like pasta, antipasti, salumi and...  Read More

How about a late morning breakfast in a sun-drenched patio, with monarch butterflies fluttering at a respectful distance? Sound too good to be true? Fortunately, Cafe Monarch in Scottsdale is a very real place. Experience a truly unique dining...  Read More

EVO is a vintage-inspired Italian restaurant and bar committed to delivering timeless Italian cuisine and high quality drinks in a sleek, inviting setting. On the food side of the menu, EVO dishes out fresh appetizers and small plates, delicious...  Read More

Tucked away in the Bespoke Inn in Old Town Scottsdale, Virtu is a charming cafe with a world-class menu. After only a few months in operation, the small eatery made a big splash by appearing in Esquire Magazine's annual Best New Restaurants in...  Read More


Sophisticated yet down-home, FnB remains the darling of the Scottsdale culinary scene. The menu, which changes frequently, is based on seasonal ingredients sourced from local vendors and farms. The farm-fresh ingredients are carefully selected...  Read More


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