10Best restaurants in Scottsdale's Gainey Ranch

Gainey Ranch in north Scottsdale is a popular destination for visitors. It's home to one of the best resorts in town, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch, as well as one of the city's most popular golf clubs, the Gainey Ranch Golf Club

Gainey Ranch is also home to many of the city's most memorable restaurants, including Alto Ristorante e Bar. The restaurant offers excellent Italian food with an emphasis on seasonal flavors. The restaurant is known for its impressive selection of imported cheeses and award-winning wine list, as well as its stunning dining room and terrace. As a sweet bonus, diners get a complimentary lakeside gondola ride after dinner.

If you're craving upscale Thai fare, head to Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery, which offers mouthwatering dishes like coconut sticky rice and delicious mustard leaf wraps. Soi 4 also offers Thai inspired artisanal cocktails and a large selection of imported beers. 

If pizza is your passion, head to Pomo Pizzeria, which specializes in authentic Neapolitan pizza. Enjoy crusty, slightly charred crusts bubbling over with fresh toppings. 


Looking for a place to grab a good cup of coffee and light breakfast in north Scottsdale? This European-inspired coffee shop features a strong selection of single-origin coffee beans, pour-over coffee drinks and gourmet tea drinks. There are also freshly baked pastries and a great menu of tartines, including avocado toast and a pretty irresistible walnut & mascarpone toast with honey. For a slightly heartier breakfast, check out the gourmet light bites menu that includes breakfast burritos and sandwiches, and other morning treats are available. A scenic patio with a view of the lake makes this the perfect spot to enjoy your morning cup of joe.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Restaurants because: For a light breakfast, lunch or just a good cup of coffee, swing by this friendly neighborhood cafe near Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale.

Patricia's expert tip: Don't miss the tartines menu, including the terrifically sweet and nutty mascarpone toast.

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Butters Pancakes & Cafe
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"Egg-ceptional eggs," moist and fluffy omelets, 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. Despite the name, don't expect a breakfast platter dripping in butter. The food here is prepared fresh with the most wholesome ingredients available. The orange juice is fresh-squeezed (no slushy concentrate here!), and the bright, impeccably spotless dining room makes this an ideal breakfast spot to get your day started right. For a one-of-a-kind breakfast specialty, try the eggs Rojo or Verde, two eggs topped with red or green New Mexico chile sauce and served with corn tortilla, black beans, jack cheese.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Restaurants because: Put Butters on your go-to list for those moments when you're craving for great breakfast platters and diner classics.

Patricia's expert tip: The wait line can get long. Plan ahead and cut your waiting time by joining the waitlist on the restaurant's website.

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Looking for a great Kosher restaurant in Scottsdale? Kitchen18 offers a large and eclectic menu with food prepared according to Kosher standards. That means all meats are kosher, all-natural, and grass-fed, and the kitchen is dairy-free. The sprawling menu encompasses everything from salads, soups, seafood, wraps, panini, burgers and kabobs, and even Chinese entrees and sushi. Highlights here include the Israeli salad with lemon dressing, which pairs well with meatier dishes like the kabob platter or chicken shwarma. Thanks to its highly eclectic menu, this is a pretty good option when you're looking for a family- and group-friendly spot in the Gainey Ranch area of Scottsdale.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Restaurants because: Kitchen18 in Scottsdale offers an eclectic kosher menu that will appeal to anyone looking for a casual, group- and family-friendly restaurant near Gainey Ranch.

Patricia's expert tip: Looking for a good kosher option near Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale? Check out Kitchen18.

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Inchin's Bamboo Garden - a combination of the words Indian and Chinese - brings together the exotic flavors of India and China together on the plate. The menu evokes the long history between the two cultures and strives to bring the best of both long and rich culinary traditions to the table. Not surprisingly, the menu offers a unique selection of flavors and plates. There are numerous vegetable plates (vegetarians have plenty of room to roam the menu here), including vegetable dumplings, sweet corn soup, and entrees like the vegetable coins and ginger chili tofu. Meat-eaters will find plenty to choose from on the entree menu, which includes Hong Kong chicken, Mongolian beef and chili shrimp.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Restaurants because: Inchin's Bamboo Garden brings fresh Indo-Chinese cuisine to Scottsdale, with a menu that should please lovers of both cuisines.

Patricia's expert tip: Need a good place to start on the menu? Try the popular mixed Hakka noodles and burnt garlic fried rice.

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The Hash Kitchen, located in The Shops Gainey Village shopping center, is a popular gathering spot for breakfast and leisurely brunches. This is chic spot is the place to bring the diehard Bloody Mary aficionados in your circle - The Hash Kitchen offers a gourmet build-your-own Bloody Mary bar where you can create the morning cocktail of your dreams. Of course, there are also many gourmet hashes, topped with eggs and served with a homemade buttermilk biscuit. You'll also find lighter fare like fruits and oats, along with gourmet waffles, hearty skillets and at least three varieties of French toast. The Hash Kitchen also serves lunch options, including salads, burgers and sandwiches.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Restaurants because: The Hash Kitchen is a good choice for a group-friendly breakfast or brunch in the Gainey Ranch area of Scottsdale.

Patricia's expert tip: If you're looking for a massive build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, check out The Hash Kitchen.

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If romance and ambiance are on the menu, head to Alto Ristorante e Bar, located at the swanky Hyatt Regency at Gainey Ranch. To get to the dining room, you'll cross a footbridge and enter a courtyard. The setting is lovely, yes, but thankfully so is the food. The menu is steeped in classic Italian cooking, served with fresh ingredients and an emphasis on seasonal cooking. The restaurant offers one of the most impressive collections of artisanal cheeses and meats, which are complemented by a great wine list. The restaurant has been honored by Wine Spectator in the past. You can eat indoors or alfresco on the terrace.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Restaurants because: Alto Ristorante e Bar offers one of the best fine-dining Italian menus in Scottsdale, including an award-winning wine list.

Patricia's expert tip: Don't miss the complimentary gondola ride that comes with dinner.

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North Scottsdale may be far removed from Paris, France, but desert dwellers can enjoy an authentic taste of France with a visit to Chez Vous Crepes, a delightful creperie that specializes in this traditional French comfort food. The menu features a wide assortment of sweet and savory crepes, baguette sandwiches and other homemade creations. This is a perfect spot to indulge in a long breakfast, either in the dining room or the sunny patio. Also on the breakfast menu are flaky, buttery croissants, tartines, fruit cups, French toast, and a variety of omelets served with herb roasted potatoes. The Lorraine Omelet, a three-egg scramble with creme fraiche, onions, bacon and Swiss cheese, is excellent.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Restaurants because: Chez Vous offers an authentic taste of France in a charming dining room, where you can enjoy savory, sweet French treats.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the Croque Madame, fresh ham and eggs cooked to heavenly perfection and served on a French baguette.

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There is no shortage of pizzerias in Scottsdale, but 'Pomo Pizzeria stands out for its devotion to truly authentic Neapolitan pizza. Two Italian pizzaiuolos (pizza masters) are behind the chewy, delectable pies at 'Pomo Pizzeria in Scottdale. 'Pomo Pizzeria is an APN (Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napole-tani) and VPN (Verace Pizza Napoletana) certified Restaurant in Arizona, using traditional methods perfected in Southern Italy to make hand-crafted, unforgettable pizzas. The secret is the slow levitation method, home-made pizza dough, and blast-cooking process, all of which lock in flavors and moisture. Paninis, salads and pasta dishes are also available, but the pizza is the real star here.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Restaurants because: Pomo Pizzeria is one of the best pizzerias in town, dishing out authentically Neapolitan pies.

Patricia's expert tip: All the pizzas are quite good here, but the classic Margherita sings with simple yet robust flavors.

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Village Tavern may be technically a "chain" restaurant, but it delivers the kind of flavors and friendly service you might find at a favorite mom-and-pop bistro. The restaurant specializes in elevated American fare, with a special emphasis on fish, steaks and gourmet pizza. That may sound like a motley assortment, but the common denominator is quality food, hearty servings and lots of flavor. The menu is an expansive selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts. There is something here to please everyone, from Maryland-style crab cakes and grilled meatloaf to street tacos and gourmet burgers. There is also a full coffee, beer and wine menu.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Restaurants because: Elevated American bistro fare and an eclectic menu make the Village Tavern a great place to enjoy lunch or dinner with friends.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the excellent prime rib sandwich.

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Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery is an upscale Thai restaurant where you'll find traditional dishes delivered with a modern twist. The appetizer menu offers a range of flavors and dishes, including the popular mustard leaf wraps, which deliver a blend of sweet and savory flavors - prawns and sweet palms - accented by coconut. Another stand-out dish is the coconut sticky rice with mango, loaded with creaminess and sweetness. There are lots of vegan and vegetarian options, including an egg-less pad thai dish that is a winner. The dining room is upscale and sleek, perfect for date night or a nice business lunch.

Recommended for Gainey Ranch's Best Restaurants because: For upscale Thai dining in Scottsdale's Gainey Ranch neighborhood, head to Soi 4 Bangkok.

Patricia's expert tip: The mustard leaf wraps stuffed with prawns are a popular and delicious starter.

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Patricia Escarcega works as a writer and editor in Phoenix.