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10 Best Late-Night Restaurants in Scottsdale



Scottsdale has a lively nightlife scene and an award-winning roster of eateries. It's no wonder, then, that the city has much to offer in terms of late night eats.

One of the best spots in town for hungry night owls is AZ88 Bar & Restaurant. The bar serves delicious hand crafted cocktails, and the kitchen stays open until well past midnight. You'll find a good selection of sandwiches, salads and comfort food plates dished out with gourmet flair.

Another good late night destination is RnR Restaurant & Bar in downtown Scottsdale. This modern gastropub has a late night menu full of sharable small plates and modern American comfort food. Enjoy a specialty cocktail on the outdoor patio overlooking the Scottsdale strip and enjoy some of the best people-watching in town.

If it's been a long night of drinking and dancing, stop by Pig & Pickle, a fun yet sophisticated gastropub with a special late night food menu. The menu changes often, but you can expect to find staples like savory duck fries and buffalo pork shanks. 

For sophisticated late night dinner, head to EVO in downtown Scottsdale. The menu is brimming with modern Italian dishes made from scratch from high quality local ingredients. The ambiance is warm, cozy and romantic. 


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ZuZu
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Classic American fare gets a gourmet twist at this fashionable cafe, located inside the hip Hotel Valley Ho in downtown Scottsdale. The lunch menu is extensive, with the emphasis on seasonal comfort food prepared thoughtfully with a decidedly modern and gourmet approach to a range of small dishes, sandwiches, salads, and entrees. Lunch doesn't get tastier than The Famous Zuzu Burger, topped with Virginia bacon, stewed onions, and Maytag blue cheese. For dinner, the filet mignon is prepared to your specifications and served with a savory mushroom ragout. For lighter appetites, the roasted spaghetti squash with pine nuts ripples with fresh flavors.

Recommended for Late Night because: ZuZu offers classic American fare with gourmet twist in a stylish dining room, with food service until midnight on most nights.

Patricia's expert tip: If you're a burger lover, you can't go wrong with either the Famous Zuzu Burger (with Virginia bacon), or the Gala Burger, a hand-made patty with a delicious bacon jam sauce that is hard to resist.

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This story-themed restaurant and bar is a unique addition to the Old Town Scottsdale nightlife scene. The restaurant and bar serves up a fun menu full of creative fusion dishes with an Asian twist. From the "Intro" appetizer meu, try the inside out caprese, featuring a creamy burrata and charred and juicy cherry tomatoes topped with a balsamic reduction, parmesan tuile, and crispy basil. For your entree (or, as its known here, the main plot), try the roasted ratatouille, served with savory white beans and cabbage rolls. The bar side of the venue features a long list of well-balanced cocktails. The head bartender, "Whiskey Man" John Christie serves cocktails with a side of storytelling.

Recommended for Late Night because: Second Story Liquor Bar offers a full menu of gourmet eats until midnight on the weekends.

Patricia's expert tip: Stop here for one of the best whiskey flights in the city.

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Carlsbad Tavern
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Carlsbad Tavern & Restaurant in Scottsdale embraces New Mexico-style Mexican food and culture, making for one of the most colorful, fun lunch and dinner spots in Scottsdale. Authentic New Mexican grub uses fresh New Mexico chiles in a variety of creative and delectable meals, such as the luscious Crab Stuffed Poblanos, two poblano chiles stuffed with crab, peppers, onions, and cilantro served with smoked cascabell and yellow bell cream sauce with sides of rice and black beans. Or try the inimitable Machaca & Tomatillo Chimichanga, slow cooked machaca beef with roasted tomatillo sauce and pepper jack cheese wrapped in a deep-fried tortilla.

Recommended for Late Night because: Carlsbad Tavern offers a special late night menu that's available until closing time at 2 am.

Patricia's expert tip: Hamburgers and other classic American fare is also a specialty here.

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Located in two-story, modernist-industrial building in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, this stylish gastropub is a popular destination for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night eats. There are 30-plus TVs so you can catch the game, or sit on the patio and enjoy some of the best people-watching in Old Town. The chefs at RnR have crafted a fun, innovative menu full of sharable small plates and modern takes on American comfort food. There is also a long menu of specialty cocktails, imported and domestic beers on tap, imported Italian coffee and a wine cellar filled with more than 1,8000 bottles.

Recommended for Late Night because: RnR is a great place to grab a late night meal in a lively downtown Scottsdale destination.

Patricia's expert tip: RnR is open until 2 am on Friday and Saturdays.

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Enjoy an authentic New York slice at Joe's New York Pizza in Scottsdale. Try one of the specialty 18-inch specialty pies. The Grandma Pizza is simple, fresh and always delicious. It's made with fresh mozzarella, marinara and basil. The White Pizza is quite good, too. It's layered with delicious mozzarella and ricotta cheese. For a Philly-inspired pizza, try Philly Cheese Steak pizza. It comes with mushrooms, onions, green peppers and, of course, Philly cheese steak. Joe's New York Pizza has lots of late night specials available from 11:30pm to 4:00am. Check out their website for coupons or to order online.

Recommended for Late Night because: Joe's New York Pizza is the perfect late night destination for an authentic New York slice.

Patricia's expert tip: Open late 7 days a week 9:00am - 4:00am (10:30am Sundays).

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This elegantly hip restaurant is famous for its burgers, sandwiches, and "galettes," a crispy flat bread topped with cheese, olives, bacon, and onions. Although the fare is simple, the preparation is perfection. Expect to be impressed by fresh ingredients, plentiful sides, and hamburgers that feature over a half pound of choice ground sirloin grilled to order. Located conveniently in Old Town Scottsdale at the Civic Center Mall, AZ88 provides rich ambiance with views of fountains and green spaces. Cocktails are served until 1:30 in the morning, while late-night dining continues 12:30 am. Perfect place for a relaxing nightcap with friends.

Recommended for Late Night because: AZ88 offers great ambiance, food and drink every night until 1:30 am.

Patricia's expert tip: Try AZ 88's famous martini with your lunch.

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It's hard not to love O.H.S.O. Brewery. The extensive kitchen menu features a huge variety of eats. For starters, try the yummy garlic pesto hummus. You also can't go wrong with the house pretzel board, featuring buttery-hot pretzels with a selection of peppered salami, corn nuts, pickles, IPA mustard, and a zesty, creamy green chile cheese dip. The entree menu is small but eclectic (and delicious). Try the kalua pork, served with roasted potatoes, asparagus, and a perfectly sweet pineapple glaze. There is a separate gourmet taco menu, as well as a selection of late night eats featuring gourmet burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, and crispy fries.

Recommended for Late Night because: The kitchen at O.H.S.O. Eatery in Scottsdale dishes out tasty eats until midnight.

Patricia's expert tip: Bring your pup! O.H.S.O. has a dog-friendly patio.

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FnB


Sophisticated yet down-home, FnB is the latest 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 to create unexpected and delightful pairings. On any given visit, you'll find succulent combos such as leeks and grilled broccoli, brussels sprouts with meyer lemon, chile, and mint, or roasted beets with yoghurt, oil cured olives, cilantro and pinenuts. Expect the unexpected at FnB, where the artful plates are served with locally crafted beer and native Arizona wine. FnB's new location also features a small wine shop and a bodega market.

Recommended for Late Night because: FnB dishes out great wholesome fare until midnight on the weekends.

Patricia's expert tip: FnB is a BYOB restaurant. Save the $15 corkage fee by bringing in an Arizona wine, which the staff will happily open and pour for free.

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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 Late Night because: Pig & Pickle delights with playful, creative and always delicious 'drankin' food' plates served until 2 am.

Patricia's expert tip: Happy hour 4-6 daily.

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EVO


EVO is a vintage-inspired Italian restaurant and bar committed to delivering timeless Italian cuisine and high quality drinks in a sleek, inviting setting. On the food side of the menu, EVO dishes out fresh appetizers and small plates, delicious specialty pizzas, house made pasta dishes, fish and meat dishes, and luscious desserts. EVO also has an extensive drink menu where you'll find handcrafted cocktails, draft beers, draft spirits, bottled beer, beer on tap, bubbles and wine by the glass. For a refreshing summery drink, make sure to try the Grapefruit Basil cocktail, made with three olives citrus vodka, fresh basil, grapefruit and lime.

Recommended for Late Night because: EVO dishes out gorgeous plates of fresh modern Italian dishes late into the desert night, in a convenient and inviting downtown Scottsdale location.

Patricia's expert tip: Looking for late night coffee and conversation? Kitchen is open until 1:30 am.

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