10 Best Southwestern Restaurants in Scottsdale to Taste the Southwest

If you love the rich, zesty flavors of traditional Southwestern cuisine, Scottsdale is your kind of town. There are more than 600 restaurants in Scottsdale, with many adopting their own unique blend of the Mexican, Native American and European flavors that come together in the Southwest kitchen.

For a refined dining experience that pays homage to classic Southwestern tradition, nothing beats a meal at Lon's at the Hermosa, the house restaurant at the historic Hermosa Inn. The kitchen artfully blends traditional Southwestern ingredients with European influences, with extraordinary results.

If slow-cooked meats and roasted New Mexico chiles sound like a match made in heaven to you, pay a visit to Carlsbad Tavern, where hearty, chile-soaked dishes are served all day with genuine Southwestern hospitality.

Even casual fans of Southwestern cooking will enjoy dining at SWB Southwest Bistro at the Scottsdale Hyatt Regency, where guests can enjoy scenic views of the McDowell Mountains on the comfortable outdoor patio. Foodies will want to grab a stool inside the bistro, where they can watch the skilled chefs behind the counter create wood-fired specialties with distinctly Southwest panache. 

Creative Mexican and Southwestern cuisine lands at the posh El Pedegral shopping gallery in the form of the Spotted Donkey Cantina. Whimsical and inviting, the menu features a fresh, artisanal take on traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex and...  Read More

Fun, funky and right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Cien Agaves Tacos and Tequila is a favorite stopping point for out-of-towners and anyone with a soft spot for tasty tacos and top shelf tequila. The heart of the menu is The Taco Stand,...  Read More

Blue Adobe Grille is the brainchild of Chef and Owner Jose Leyva, who brings traditional "New" Mexican cuisine to Scottsdale with his unique take on such regional favorites as chimichangas, enchiladas and rellenos. The menu branches out into...  Read More

This pleasant hotel restaurant offers views of the surrounding McDowell Mountains from indoor and open-air dining areas, not to mention superb service and casual, relaxed atmosphere. Pan-seared maple-glazed salmon and a roasted rib-eye with...  Read More

La Hacienda at The Fairmont

This award-winning Mexican restaurant is located at the elegant Fairmont Princess Resort in Scottsdale and features signature dishes created by Richard Sandoval, an internationally-renowned chef with restaurants around the world. The menu...  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

This small, unassuming south Scottsdale cafe dishes out some of the city's best Mexican food. The Blind Pig may not sound like your typical Mexican restaurant, but the plates are brimming with traditional and authentic flavors. For starters, try...  Read More

Carlsbad Tavern
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Carlsbad Tavern & Restaurant in Scottsdale embraces New Mexico-style Mexican food and culture, making for one of the most colorful, fun lunch and dinner spots in Scottsdale. Authentic New Mexican grub uses fresh New Mexico chiles in a...  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

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


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