10 Best Restaurants in South Scottsdale for Serious Foodies

With its proximity to Old Town Scottsdale and Tempe, South Scottsdale is a busy part of town with plenty of good dining options.

Foodies won't want to miss FnB, one of South Scottsdale's most popular and well-reviewed restaurants. The seasonal menu features local ingredients full of unexpected culinary pairings, and there's a large selection of craft beer and native Arizona wine.

Another foodie haven is Cowboy Ciao. This artful restaurant is a favorite with locals, who stop in to soak in the unique Southwest-meets-Old World ambiance. The menu is full of surprising and delightful twists, such as the classic Pig n' Pudding. This pulled pork dish is drenched in a zesty chipotle and balsamic barbecue sauce and served with a sprinkling of cotija cheese.

For a special night out, head to Olive & Ivy. This casually upscale dining destination melds modern California cuisine with classic Mediterranean ingredients for fresh, flavorful flair in a beautiful setting.

Another special occasion destination in south Scottsdale is Cafe Monarch, where a beautiful outdoor patio sets a palpably romantic mood. The seasonal, four-course menus are legendary here. 

For light yet delicious fare on the go, check out Noodles Ranch on McDowell Road. The small, family-owned eatery delivers a fragrant, savory pho, along with many other Vietnamese specialties. 






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

Noodles Ranch in south Scottsdale specializes in traditional Vietnamese cuisine, as well as unique dishes inspired by the flavors of Vietnam. Dishes are prepared fresh to order and created with lean meats and minimal oil. Healthy substitutions...  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

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

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

Savor the joys of an authentic Cornish pasty (pronounced pass-tee) without even having to jet off across the pond. The Cornish pasty is a traditional English comfort food featuring a variety of meats, veggies and cheeses, all stuffed into a...  Read More


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

Cowboy Ciao

This whimsical Scottsdale restaurant is a favorite with long-time residents for its unique take on traditional Southwestern cuisine. The "border baroque" decor marries Old World graciousness with Wild West kitsch, making for a fun and memorable...  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

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


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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