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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. 

 

 

 


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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 plates, like the prosciutto wrapped asparagus, which is grilled and drizzled with maple syrup. On the entree side, vegetarian's will appreciate the farm to table vegetable platter, featuring a chef's heirloom tomato selection, sauteed chard, grilled asparagus, a helping of local-seasonal vegetables, served with a side of honey-drizzled texas toast. Sandwiches, salads, seafood, and barbecue fill out the menu. Homemade desserts and a coffee and juice bar offer a sweet finish to your meal.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Large groups will appreciate the eclectic menu and spacious dining room at Grassroots Kitchen & Tap.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the key lime pie - a house favorite.

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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. 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.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Butters is a contemporary Scottsdale diner that is ideal for large family gatherings.

Patricia's expert tip: Kids will love the fun "Children's Brunch" menu.

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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. Traditional pub-style appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and entrees receive special treatment here, made from scratch using hard-to-find meats, cheeses, and vegetables. Sample the Antipasti Menu for lunch, one of the best in town. The rustic wood floors, comfy, overstuffed leather benches, deep purple and green chandeliers and velvet chairs, and spacious outdoor patio, all make this a great lunch spot and designated foodie haven. Don't miss the house potato chips with the house onion dip.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Spacious seating and a private dining room make Mastro's a favorite group-friendly Scottsdale restaurant.

Patricia's expert tip: Enjoy live music on the patio several nights a week.

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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 sensibility. There is also a good drink menu full of hand crafted cocktails. The bread is baked fresh daily and dishes are prepared using local ingredients whenever possible. The restaurant makes it own house aioli and grows its own herbs, too. No wonder the house motto is "simple, humble, good." Pig & Pickle is also a good choice if you're craving delicious late night eats around Scottsdale.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Gourmet comfort food and a group-friendly dining room makes Pig & Pickle a winner.

Patricia's expert tip: Happy hour happens daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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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 atmosphere, and a menu of fresh, Italian eats. For starters, try the Chef's Board, a yummy assortment of marinated olives, Italian salami, parma prosciutto, artichokes, fontina and fresh buffalo mozzarella. There's a long list of specialty salads, pasta dishes, entrees and gourmet sides. For pasta lovers, you can't go wrong with the Pappardelle, sausage, broccoli, extra virgin olive oil, and garlic. Gluten-free pasta and sides are also available upon request.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Tommy V's offers spacious seating options and an accessible menu for larger groups.

Patricia's expert tip: Start with the Chef's Board. For vegetarians, the ravioli trio is a winner.

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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 an exquisite dining experience. For the late-night crowd, the bar boasts a unique menu of specialty drinks, small plates, and desserts. Perfect for date night, Olive & Ivy delivers on great ambiance and fresh ingredients. The restaurant's patio is one of the city's best--dine under shade trees on the restaurant's charming, oversized patio. Olive & Ivy also has a sleek bar and lounge, and a fresh market bakery.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Olive & Ivy Restaurant has a spacious al fresco dining area, ideal for large foodie gatherings.

Patricia's expert tip: Wine connoisseurs take note: Olive & Ivy features over 45 wines by the glass.

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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 traditional "plancha" style grill. Kick your meal off with the Crispy Cola Pork, pork belly infused with cola, lime, chiltepin, peanut, pickled red onion and gem lettuce. Try the Pork Shoulder tacos, which features a house pineapple glaze, cilantro, red onions and ten hand made corn tortillas. Another stand-out is the Chorizo Porchetta, pork shoulder, chorizo, rosemary, cotija, white bean puree and sweet garlic crema. Dishes are infused with the traditional essence of pecan and mesquite wood and feature a creative fusion of Spanish and Latin American flavors.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: The Mission has a spacious dining room where groups can enjoy some of the best Mexican and Latin-American cuisine in Scottsdale.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the Premarita Margarita, made with Partida Tequila and organic agave nectar.

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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 Italian-style whitefish with scallions and tomato with olive oil. Don't leave without trying the Arizona Roll, which features asparagus, scallop, cucumber, avocado, and a special house sauce rolled in cucumber. Also of note is their poke of tuna, yellowtail, salmon, octopus, surf clam, and scallions, served in a fresh vinaigrette. Service is prompt and friendly, but it can get busy during the dinner rush. Reservations for large groups recommended.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Hiro Sushi has a casual, friendly dining room where friends can gather and share their favorite sushi rolls, izakaya-style.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the Salmon Sushi, one of the best in town.

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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 pastry pocket. The pasty gets a twist at the Cornish Pasty Company, where diners can choose from an extensive menu of signature, premium, and vegetarian pasties. Try the Oggie, the traditional Cornish pasty made with steak, potatoes, onion, rutabaga, and served with a side of red wine gravy or ketchup. Pasty lovers will enjoy exploring the diverse menu, which also features Mexican, Italian, Greek, and Indian variations on this English classic. The large veggie pasty menu has made this a favorite stopping point for vegetarian foodies.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Cornish Pasty Company offers laid back ambiance and spacious indoor and outdoor seating for groups.

Patricia's expert tip: Love the pasties? You can have them shipped to your home. Ask a server for details.

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Citizen Public House


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 Public House has made a name for iself by serving craft beers, classic and contemporary cocktails as well as a full menu of award-winning gastropub cuisine. For cool nights, there is a cozy patio, a semi-private 12-seat dining alcove and lively public space. Mahogany accents, leather booths and a stainless steel-topped bar combine old and new design elements for a sleek, modern look.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Citizen Public House brings the spirit of the traditional English pub to Scottsdale. The restaurant and bar are ideal for large group gatherings.

Patricia's expert tip: The restaurant/pub's social hour happens 3 pm to 6 pm daily.

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