10 Best Restaurants in Scottsdale: From Casual Patio Spots to Fine Dining

Scottsdale is home to a lively culinary scene featuring everything from trendy gastropubs to rustic Western saloons.

The Scottsdale restaurant scene is a melting pot of well-known chefs, popular brunch parlors, and with more than 300 sunny days every year, some of the best al fresco dining in the country. 

Virtu, a tiny yet upscale cafe tucked away in a B&B in downtown Scottsdale, has collected accolades from chefs and food magazines across the country for its take on globally-influenced, Mediterranean-inspired, homemade "honest craft" cuisine.

Another Scottsdale gem is FnB, where the kitchen uses farm-fresh ingredients and culinary creativity to put together pleasing small plate ensembles.

Fat Ox features the work of well-regarded local chef Matt Carter and his team of top-tier Arizona talent. Expect to find a strong antipasti menu, unique pasta selections that are refined yet delicious, and fine dining entrees featuring premium ingredients. 

Finally, if you're a fan of prix fixe fine dining, check out Sel. The small, chic restaurant on Main Street offers a quiet respite from busier stretches of Old Town, and a menu filled with seasonally-inspired, skillfully-prepared dishes.



Fat Ox in Scottsdale is full of modern, upscale riffs on Italian cuisine. You won't find a menu that hews strictly to specific regions, but you will find an expansive selection of bold takes on stalwarts like pasta, antipasti, salumi and...  Read More



Chula Seafood is a popular, family-owned and operated south Scottsdale neighborhood market and eatery that specializes in sustainably sourced, quality seafood. Shoppers can drop by and shop for fresh seafood like smoked fish, fresh poke, tuna,...  Read More



Native Florentine and longtime Valley restaurateur Franco Fazzuoli brings 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



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

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



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



Owner and chef Giovanni Scorzo and his team deliver hand-crafted Italian dishes at this charming Italian grocery and cafe in Scottsdale. Scorzo and team makes all the breads and pastries in-house, including the house tiramisu, cannoli, and even...  Read More



If you're craving tasty Mexican grub in Scottsdale, Mucha Lucha Taco Shop is here to serve. As its name implies, you'll come to this stylish fast-casual restaurant - which features bright pink walls and oversize murals of Mexican luchadores -...  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 remains the 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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