Where to Eat in Old Town Scottsdale: 10 Excellent Downtown Scottsdale Restaurants

When you're ready to sit down and eat in Old Town Scottsdale, you certainly won't have to look far for a winning meal. Scottsdale's Old Town district is home to dozens of award-winning restaurants, including Virtu, a small cafe dishing up artful versions of Mediterranean classics. Don't miss the grilled octopus, a house favorite.

 The Mission, which specializes in modern Latin American cuisine, shows off the city's flair for melding disparate influences with amazing results. This upscale restaurant is a great place to sample what's on the cutting edge of Southwestern, Mexican and Latin cuisine.

For farm-fresh ingredients skillfully prepared and creatively paired, head to FnB, a foodie haven where artful plates are served with Arizona-crafted wine.

For a special occasion dinner, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better Old Town destination than Cafe Monarch, which features a romantic patio courtyard complete with gurgling fountains and rustic lantern lighting. Chef/owner Gus Lewkowicz offers a different seasonal and chef-inspired four-course prix fixe menu every week, all featuring organic and locally sourced ingredients. 


Finally, let's not forget Citizen Public House, a critic's darling that combines the jovial ambiance of the traditional public house with a menu steeped in pub grub, delivered with gourmet execution and flair. 



This story-themed restaurant and bar is a unique addition to the Old Town Scottsdale food and drink scene. The restaurant and bar serves up an eclectic and fun menu full of creative fusion dishes with an Asian twist. From the shareable...  Read More



Native Florentine and longtime Valley restaurateur Franco Fazzuoli brings fresh, upscale Italian flavors to Scottsdale at Franco's Italian Caffe. The restaurant, located in downtown Scottsdale, offers Florentine Italian dishes like Filet Mignon...  Read More



How about a romantic dinner in a sun-drenched patio, with gurgling fountains, evergreen vines and rustic lanterns setting the tone for a leisurely and romantic meal? Sound too good to be true? Fortunately, Cafe Monarch in Scottsdale is a very...  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



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

Roaring Fork


The wood-fired cooking and classic American cuisine of Roaring Fork makes this a favorite gathering spot for the Scottsdale lunch and dinner crowd. Inspired by the history and essence of the Old West, Roaring Fork seeks to recapture and...  Read More



New Wave Market is a newer gourmet cafe and market from the team behind Old Town Scottsdale's popular Super Chunk Sweets & Treats. Breakfast and lunch is served in a sunny, vintage-inspired space filled with natural light and pastel colors....  Read More



Sel is a small fine dining outpost situated amid the art galleries and shops of Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale. Chef Branden Levine, who has appeared on Food Network cooking competitions, offers a four-course prix fixe menu of contemporary...  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



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


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