10 Best Scottsdale Restaurants for Best Value Dining

If your image of Scottsdale is all swimming pools and golf courses - well, you're not too far off the mark. But Scottsdale is also home to an ever-evolving scene of local restaurants, ranging from sandwich shops to grand resort dining rooms. But for those of you looking for a great meal that won't break the vacation budget, we present to you our top choices for best value restaurants in Scottsdale.

There's no need to sacrifice taste and quality at neighborhood restaurants such as Defalcos Italian Grocery, a venerable local favorite that has been dishing out hot, delicious gooey Italian pasta dishes and pressed sandwiches for decades. Come for the authentic antipasto, stay for the cannoli.

Next up, there is Tacos Jalisco, where the humble dining room belies the magic happening behind the kitchen doors. This is a great stop for take-out on those days when you're craving Mexican comfort food but only have a few bucks in your eating-out budget. 

Looking for a sweet spot for breakfast or lunch? Check out Noci Cafe in north Scottsdale. The cozy cafe is home to great homemade breakfast specialties and lunch options like sandwiches, soups, panini and a small selection of Italian pasta plates. You'll also find good gourmet coffee and dessert pastries. Most breakfast and lunch options are priced less than $10. 

Finally, if you want a meal that is both wallet-friendly and healthy for you, head to YC's Mongolian Grill, where you can pick out fresh meats and veggies and watch expert chefs create masterful stir-fry dishes for a fraction of what you would pay at a sit-down restaurant. 




Cha Da Thai, located between McCormick Ranch and Gainey Ranch, is one of the most popular spots in Scottsdale for tasty, traditional Thai dishes. Traditional starters like satay and spring rolls populate the appetizer menu, and you'll find...  Read More



Fresh and tasty is the operating culinary philosophy at YC's Mongolian Grill, where diners are invited to create their own stir fry creations. Simply choose from the assortment of enticingly fresh ingredients and step back and watch as one of...  Read More



This small Scottsdale sandwich shop - pronounced "Crock's" (the restaurant's mascot is a cartoon crocodile) - is an unassuming spot that just happens to be full of surprises. You'll find a healthy and familiar selection of salads, wraps and...  Read More



For a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner in Old Town Scottsdale, Karsen's Grill delivers on lots of flavor and friendly, neighborhood ambiance. The menu is filled with comfort food favorites, including hot wings, quesadillas, meatloaf and a full...  Read More



There's nothing fancy about the small dining room at Tacos Jalisco in Scottsdale, but sometimes all you need is good food served up by expert cooks. This is the case at Tacos Jalisco, a tiny neighborhood restaurant located next to a laundromat...  Read More

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"Egg-ceptional eggs," moist and fluffy omelettes, original skillets, scramblers, eggs benedict, fruits and grains, pancakes, French toast, and Belgian waffles are just some of the breakfast specialties you'll find at this bright Scottsdale cafe....  Read More



Looking for a nice breakfast or lunch spot in Scottsdale? Check out Noci Cafe, a family-owned cafe serving wholesome, home-style breakfast plates and Italian-inflected lunch options. For breakfast, you'll find options like omelettes, pancakes,...  Read More



If cozy breakfast spots are your thing, plan a stop at the Alo Cafe in Scottsdale. The cafe, which is tucked away in an old house in Charles Miller Square in Old Town Scottsdale, is a take on the classic Eurostyle breakfast and lunch cafe. The...  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



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


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