10 Best Group-Friendly Dining in Scottsdale: Where to Bring the Whole Group

Nothing says group-friendly quite like the neighborhood public house. Scottsdale has its own version of the traditional English pub, with a thoroughly modern and Southwestern twist. The Citizen Public House in Scottsdale is a breezy, casually upscale restaurant and bar that's ideal for late-into-the-night eating and socializing. Plus, the pub has a semi-private 12-seat dining alcove that is ideal for large groups, as well as a lively public space built for mingling.

Sushi has always been the perfect food to share with fellow foodies. For a night out with your favorite sushi-lovers, head to Hiro Sushi, one of the best and oldest sushi houses in town. The restaurant has a cozy neighborhood ambiance perfectly suited to great table conversation with friends. If you're planning on a sushi dinner with a large group of friends, making reservations during the busy dinner rush is recommended. 

For cool hang-out spot where you can eat, drink and play games, check out Culinary Dropout, which specializes in elevated pub fare. The restaurant has a spacious outdoor patio with lots of comfy, tufted seating available for larger groups. 

If you're looking for a laid back place to enjoy with a group of friends, head to the Cornish Pasty Company, which specializes in the traditional Cornish comfort food pastries. The restaurant and bar features extensive indoor and outdoor seating, prompt service, and plenty of food and drink options. 






This casually upscale restaurant delivers farm-fresh table with flair and elegance. The menu at Grassroots Kitchen & Tap delivers an eclectic menu of modern American fare with an emphasis on quality ingredients. Start with one of the sharing...  Read More

Butters Pancakes & Cafe
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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

Culinary Dropout
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This hip Scottsdale eatery, another brainchild from Fox Restaurant Concepts, is described as the city's "rebel child" gastropub where the uniform-free staff is free to create bold culinary experiments in a relaxed yet professional environment....  Read More



Pig & Pickle is a comfort food haven in Scottsdale with a menu full of comfort food classic. Don't expect run-of-the-mill comfort food, though. The menu has been carefully crafted for unexpected flavor profiles and infused with gourmet...  Read More



This casually upscale restaurant delivers delicious Italian food in the heart of downtown Scottsdale. The restaurant is well-suited for a long, leisurely lunch or dinner with family and friends. There is a nice outdoor patio and a menu, upbeat...  Read More

Olive & Ivy


Old World meets New West at the Olive & Ivy Restaurant and Marketplace, one of Scottsdale's newest and most upscale casual dining destinations. The menu successfully fuses contemporary California cuisine with classic Mediterranean dishes for...  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



This Scottsdale sushi house has been a local institution since 1997, back when sushi was still a curiosity with many diners. This cozy neighborhood sushi restaurant offers some of the city's best chirashi bento boxes. The inventive menu includes...  Read More



Savor the joys of an authentic Cornish pasty (pronounced pass-tee) without even having to jet off across the pond. The Cornish pasty is a traditional English comfort food featuring a variety of meats, veggies and cheeses, all stuffed into 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


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