Best Lunch Spots in Scottsdale: Reserve Your Table at These Foodie Havens

Patricia Escarcega

By , Local Expert, Scottsdale
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Whether your aim is to nosh on a gourmet burger, or fill up on authentic, straight-from-the-oven Italian paninis, the busy Scottsdale lunch scene has you covered. Lunch-goers wishing to see and be seen should head to Cafe Zuzu, the fun, hip eatery at Scottsdale's retro-chic Hotel Valley Ho. Not only is the people-watching great, the food is outstanding. American comfort food gets a gourmet makeover here: try the Truffled Grilled Cheese, or the Grilled Chicken Sandwich (featuring brie and arugula in a bacon vinaigrette). Other hot Scottsdale lunch spots include Culinary Dropout, the fashionable new Waterfront-area cafe...  Read more »

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    Cafe Zuzu

    Cafe Zuzu has everything you want in a Scottsdale lunch spot: great food, drink and people-watching.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy the Chef's Table every Monday night, a special four-course dinner with thoughtful wine pairings."

     
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    Veneto Trattoria

    Veneto Trattoria is a casual, family-friendly restaurant specializing in traditional Northern Italian...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "For an even healthier meal, ask your server about whole wheat pasta substitutions."

     
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    Culinary Dropout

    Culinary Dropout boasts an eclectic modern American menu and one of downtown's most popular lunch hours.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy live music on the patio several nights a week."

     
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    Persian Room Fine Persian Cuisine

    The Persian Room is a sumptuous place to enjoy a meal of authentic, fresh Persian and Mediterranean cuisine. A great value for an elegant lunch.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't leave without trying the house hummus--one of the best in town. "

     
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    Roaring Fork

    When you're craving a lunch full of smoky, juicy wood-fired meats, head to Roaring Fork.

    Local Expert Tip: "Come hungry--the plates here are famously huge."

     
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    Carlsbad Tavern

    Carlsbad Tavern offers an eclectic menu full of New Mexican, American and Mexican classics. The colorful,...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Hamburgers and other classic American fare is also a specialty here. "

     
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    Zinc Bistro

    Zinc Bistro is a sleek north Scottsdale bistro serving some of the city's best French-inspired meals.

    Local Expert Tip: "Fresh shellfish available daily at this bistro's popular Oyster Bar. "

     
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    Olive & Ivy

    Olive & Ivy has a gracious dining room, lively outdoor patio and a menu filled with delicious Californian-Mediterranean dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Wine connoisseurs take note: Olive & Ivy features over 45 wines by the glass."

     
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    Hiro Sushi

    Hiro Sushi is one of Scottsdale's oldest and best Sushi restaurants. For lunch, sample one of the inventive bento boxes.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Salmon Sushi, one of the best in town. "

     
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    Arcadia Farms Cafe

    Arcadia Farms Cafe is a Scottsdale lunch mainstay, known for its organic salads and sandwiches. The cafe...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Try a breakfast specialty from the "Arcadia Classics" menu."

     

 

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