10 Best Restaurants in Scottsdale: Can't-Miss Foodie Destinations



Scottsdale boasts a thriving culinary scene of over 400 restaurants featuring everything from trendy gastropubs to rustic Western saloons. The Scottsdale restaurant scene is a melting pot of acclaimed chefs, innovative cuisine, and with over 300 sunny days every year, some of the best al fresco dining in the country. As home to a top-rated Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, the Scottsdale dining scene also enjoys a healthy population of raw young talent experimenting with bold flavors and culinary fusion.

See what this foodie paradise is all about for yourself with a meal at one of Scottsdale’s best restaurants. At the top of our list is Virtu, a tiny Mediterranean cafe tucked away in a B&B in downtown Scottsdale. The restaurant has been collecting accolades from chefs and food magazines across the country for its take on globally-influenced, 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. 

BLT Steak offers top-notch takes on the modern American steakhouse, while Lon's at the Hermosa is the perfect place to enjoy wholesome, Southwest-infused American cuisine on one of the loveliest outdoor patios in the city. 

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


Lon's at the Hermosa


Lon's pays homage to Arizona's rustic Southwestern cowboy history in the most elegant of ways; the ambiance is strikingly different from what you would expect. The decor suggests cowboy, but the menu and staff dress it up and give the whole...  Read More




Citizen Public House is what the English pub concept looks like in Scottsdale: thoroughly contemporary and upscale, yet still managing to retain the homey charm of a traditional public house. Nestled comfortably in Old Town Scottsdale, Citizen...  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




Located at FireSky Resort and Spa in the heart of Scottsdale, Taggia brings fresh coastal Italian cuisine to the Sonoran desert. Seafood doesn't get any fresher than this (flown in daily) and seasonal salads feature organic and locally sourced...  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" skillfully prepared by Chef Matt Carter using a...  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


FnB


Sophisticated yet down-home, FnB is the latest 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




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


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Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

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