A Midday Feast: Best Lunch Spots in Scottsdale

Whether your aim is to nosh on a gourmet burger, or fill up on classic Italian deli, the busy Scottsdale lunch scene has you covered.

 Zinc Bistro, with its popular oyster bar, remains a favorite with foodies with a taste for fine French cooking.

Craving Mexican food for lunch? Try Tacos Jalisco, where the kitchen pushes out tasty tacos, burritos and combo platters in a flash. 

You won't go wrong with lunch at Hiro Sushi, a small Japanese eatery with a long sushi bar. The restaurant offers an excellent lunch combo special that comes with your choice sushi rolls, teriyaki, tempura and other items. 

For a smart business lunch or friend date in a relaxed yet refined setting, try Franco's Italian Caffe, situated conveniently in Old Town Scottsdale. 

For marvelous Italian deli and pastries, try Andreoli Italian Grocer. If you're looking for a colorful spot in a central Scottsdale setting, check out Diego Pops, a style-conscious yet casual Mexican spot where you can kick off happy hour early. 



If you're looking for a break from the conventional Mexican restaurant combo platter, head over to Diego Pops. The stylish diner is home to a unique menu of modern Mexican fare served with a tropical and cosmopolitan twist. The botanas (snacks)...  Read More



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



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



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



Butcher paper-topped tables, wood-framed mirrors, and a sleek, zinc-capped bar give Zinc Bistro a distinctly modern and luxurious feel, making it the perfect place to enjoy a special lunch with friends or business associates. Chef Matt Carter...  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



There's no use trying to resist the pull of Rehab Burger Therapy. The restaurant, which is located in the heart of downtown, is almost always filled to capacity. One look at the menu - and one bite of their burgers - and it's easy to see why:...  Read More



Native Florentine and longtime Valley restaurateur Franco Fazzuoli brings fresh, upscale Italian flavors to Scottsdale at Franco's Italian Caffe. The restaurant, located in downtown Scottsdale, offers Florentine Italian dishes like Filet Mignon...  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



Owner and chef Giovanni Scorzo, a native of Calabria in northwest Italy, delivers authentic Italian masterpieces at this charming Italian grocery and cafe in Scottsdale. Scorzo makes all his own breads and pastries, including the house tiramisu,...  Read More


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