10 Best Lunch Spots in Scottsdale for a Midday Feast

Whether your aim is to nosh on a gourmet burger, or fill up on authentic, straight-from-the-oven Italian panini, the busy Scottsdale lunch scene has you covered.

For a gourmet lunch on the go, head to The Herb Box, where you'll find globally inspired lunch options in a chic setting. The Herb Box has two locations, one in the SouthBridge area, and another in the DC Ranch neighborhood. So, whether you find yourself in south or north Scottsdale, The Herb Box is a solid lunch option. 

 Zinc Bistro, with its popular oyster bar, remains a favorite with foodies with a taste for fine French cooking.

Craving Mexican food for lunch? Try Tacos Jalisco, where the kitchen pushes out tasty tacos, burritos and combo platters in a flash. 

You won't go wrong with lunch at Hiro Sushi, a small Japanese eatery with a long sushi bar. The restaurant offers an excellent lunch combo special that comes with your choice sushi rolls, teriyaki, tempura and other items. 

For a smart business lunch or friend date in a memorable setting, make a date to spend noon at Olive & Ivy. The Californian-Mediterranean fare at this bustling restaurant offers fresh, memorable dishes in a stylish dining room. 

This casually upscale restaurant delivers farm-fresh table with flair and elegance. The menu at Grassroots Kitchen & Tap delivers an eclectic menu of modern American fare with an emphasis on quality ingredients. Start with one of the sharing...  Read More

If you're looking for an original, family-owned Italian deli, Defalco's Italian Grocery is the real thing. This local treasure is located just south of downtown Scottsdale, on the border between Tempe and Scottsdale. The menu features...  Read More

The Herb Box is a lot of things: gourmet marketplace, grab-and-go lunch and dinner spot, and cozy, sit-down cafe where you can enjoy a healthy yet delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner or brunch. The lunch menu is filled with yummy small plates...  Read More

Olive & Ivy

Old World meets New West at the Olive & Ivy Restaurant and Marketplace, one of Scottsdale's newest and most upscale casual dining destinations. The menu successfully fuses contemporary California cuisine with classic Mediterranean dishes for...  Read More

Butcher paper-topped tables, wood-framed mirrors, and a sleek, zinc-capped bar give Zinc Bistro a distinctly modern and luxurious feel, making it the perfect place to enjoy a special lunch with friends or business associates. Chef Matt Carter...  Read More

There's nothing fancy about the small dining room at Tacos Jalisco in Scottsdale, but sometimes all you need is good food served up by expert cooks. This is the case at Tacos Jalisco, a tiny neighborhood restaurant located next to a laundromat...  Read More

There's no use trying to resist the pull of Rehab Burger Therapy. The restaurant, which is located in the heart of downtown, is almost always filled to capacity. One look at the menu - and one bite of their burgers - and it's easy to see why:...  Read More

Veneto Trattoria is modeled after the traditional trattorias of Northern Italy. The menu features fresh dishes prepared with the best ingredients. The healthy, satisfying flavors used at Veneto Trattoria are lightly prepared for a satisfying...  Read More

This Scottsdale sushi house has been a local institution since 1997, back when sushi was still a curiosity with many diners. This cozy neighborhood sushi restaurant offers some of the city's best chirashi bento boxes. The inventive menu includes...  Read More


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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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