10 Best Restaurants in Scottsdale for Romantic Dining

If it's romance you're seeking, Scottsdale's best restaurants pull all the stops.

The city has an abundance of date night-worthy dining spots, including our top pick, The Mission. Located at the edge of Old Town Scottsdale, the restaurant delivers Latin American fusion that delights in unexpected pairings and palate-pleasing concoctions. The dark, candle-lit dining room is sophisticated and decidedly romantic. 

Scottsdale offers great outdoor dining weather most of the year, which means the city is home to dozens of lovely outdoor dining patios that set the stage for a leisurely, romantic meal with your sweetie. The House Brasserie, tucked away on a quiet corner on Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale, has a lovely outdoor dining area complete with white table cloths and flickering candlelight. 

Some of the best sunset dining views in Scottsdale can be found at elements, the restaurant at Scottsdale's posh Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain Spa Resort. Food Network veteran and Executive Chef Beau MacMillan creates dishes crafted from local organic produce, sustainable seafood, and hormone-free meats for a fun, Asian-inspired menu. The restaurant affords stunning mountain and city sunset views, so be sure to time your romantic evening meal just right.

Deseo, Spanish for "desire," has romance written right in its name. The restaurant's bold colors and even bolder flavors - ceviche bar, anyone? - make this a fun, hip date night destination. 





Pinnacle Peak

You'll be so amazed by Sassi's setting and decor, you might forget to order food. This one-time farmhouse has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation and now houses five dining rooms, each with fireplace and patio. Stunning views of the...  Read More

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

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

Hand-crafted Italian cuisine is the star of the show at Marcellino's Ristorante in Scottsdale, where Chef Marcellino creates classic Italian dishes with a fresh and modern twist. Some of the stand-outs on the hand-crafted pasta menu include the...  Read More

As you'd expect in a sumptuous resort setting, Talavera delivers exquisite cuisine, well-considered wine pairings, and a truly spectacular view. While the menu is partially comprised of upscale New American fare, juicy, well-prepared steaks,...  Read More

Asian-inspired place settings and touches of black and white provide a clean, minimal backdrop for elements' glorious mountain views, the restaurant's true centerpiece. While the dinner menu has an Eastern bent, breakfast options are decidedly...  Read More

The House Brasserie is an Old Town Scottsdale gem serving modern American fare with a modern twist. The menu evokes memories of grandma's kitchen - that is, if your grandma was an award-winning chef with thoroughly modern sensibilities. Chef...  Read More

Bold, bright colors and an attractive open kitchen make Deseo an appealing prospect. Secure a much-coveted seat at the ceviche bar, where you can watch the preparation of your dish and scope out the kitchen. Seafood dominates the menu; sample...  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

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


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.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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