10 Best Restaurants in Scottsdale's McCormick Ranch

When hunger strikes in Scottsdale's upscale McCormick Ranch neighborhood, fear not. This part of Scottsdale is teeming with excellent places to please your palate and fill your belly. 

One of the best Japanese steakhouse's and sushi restaurants in the city is located near McCormick Ranch. Roka Akor is know for its top-notch prime steak selection, which includes Australian Waygu and dry-aged beef. The restaurant also offers sashimi and sushi crafted from fresh fish, and a decadent "omakase"-style Chef's choice multi-course feast. 

If you're craving elevated comfort food in a stylish dining room, check out The Vig McCormick Ranch. This popular local restaurant chain is known as much for its delicious burgers and hand-crafted cocktails as it is for its ultra-hip ambiance. 

For modern Mexican food in the area, head to Blancos Tacos & Tequilas, a popular spot for killer guacamole, gourmet tacos and combo platters, and an impressive array of beer, wine, sangria and - what else? - tequila. 

If you're looking for a nice cafe for breakfast or lunch, swing by Noci Cafe, a quaint family-owned spot where you'll find healthy breakfast options (and some indulgent ones, too), pressed hot sandwiches, salads, burger, and even pasta dishes. This is also a good spot for gourmet coffee drinks. 


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, Belgian waffles and homemade hash browns. Lunch includes a menu of panini, salads, and Italian pasta plates. You'll also find a pastry counter filled with treats and gourmet coffee. Most items are priced south of $10, making this a good place to fuel up on wholesome, homemade fare, without having to break your dining-out budget.

Recommended for McCormick Ranch's Best Restaurants because: Noci Cafe is a nice, family-owned cafe, and a good spot for breakfast or lunch in the McCormick Ranch area of Scottsdale.

Patricia's expert tip: For breakfast, don't miss the homemade jams, hash browns and gourmet coffee.

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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. 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 McCormick Ranch's Best Restaurants because: When you're craving excellent diner fare, head to Butters, a Scottsdale favorite.

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

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You won't find greasy run-of-the-mill tacos at Blanco Tacos + Tequila. The menu blends fresh ingredients and authentic Mexican recipes for out-of-this-world flavor profiles. Start with the popular house guacamole. It's a creamy, spicy treat made with roasted poblano and Anaheim chiles, caramelized onion and cotija cheese. Entrees include traditional combo platters and a taco menu. The carnitas tacos are stuffed with pulled pork that is slow cooked and topped with fresh condiments, including chopped white onion, cilantro, salsa verde and a squeeze of lime juice. The menu offers many low-fat and gluten-free options for diners looking for healthy yet still-tasty fare.

Recommended for McCormick Ranch's Best Restaurants because: Blancos Tacos and Tequila delivers modern Mexican street food in a lively, fun dining room, just a short drive from McCormick Ranch.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the house guacamole - it's a winner.

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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 McCormick Ranch's Best Restaurants because: Chez Vous, a short drive from McCormick Ranch, offers delicious French classics in a lovely dining room.

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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Across the US, this popular chain tempts thousands upon thousands of taste buds. The inviting Scottsdale branch features booth seating, accent lighting, and dark wood paneling, along with mouthwatering veggie burgers, juicy steaks cooked over an oak fire, and plenty more. If you're too hungry to wait for a main course, try Houston's famous spinach dip - it's so good you may have to place a second order! After work hours, the bar attracts a crowd, so be sure to get there early if you don't want to wait for a table. There is also a fine menu of hand-crafted cocktails for after-work sipping and enjoying.

Recommended for McCormick Ranch's Best Restaurants because: Houston's is a reliable chain eatery that delivers great steak, seafood and a relaxing, upscale dining room.

Patricia's expert tip: Meat-lovers will appreciate the excellent ribs. Vegetarians, take note: the restaurant also has a great veggie burger on the menu.

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The wood fired cooking and classic American cuisine of the Roaring Fork makes this a favorite gathering spot for the Scottsdale lunch crowd. Inspired by the history and essence of the Old West, the Roaring Fork seeks to recapture and celebrate the simplicity of open fire cooking and the bold flavors of wood-fired cuisine. Choose from lamb, beef, chicken, pork, and fresh fish entrees, all cooked to perfection using wood fire rotisserie, open flame grill, or classic wood oven roasting. An inviting atmosphere and impeccable service make this a perfect lunch spot for fans of rustic, boldly-flavored Western American cooking.

Recommended for McCormick Ranch's Best Restaurants because: Roaring Fork is the place to go for hearty American fare featuring the irresistible flavors of wood-fired cuisine.

Patricia's expert tip: Come hungry - the plates here are famously huge.

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The Vig is a popular local restaurant chain and tavern known for its hip crowd, sleek decor and laid-back patio. Unique yet unpretentious, the menu dishes up deluxe American comfort food. From the burger menu try the Vigazz Burger made with grilled beef with bacon, smoked gouda, tomato, arugula, grilled red onion, spicy mayo and mustard on a toasted bun. Adventurous foodies take note: The Vig's special dishes menu includes unique plates such as the Carne Asada on a Potato Pancake, sliced carne asada on a potato pancake served with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, cotija cheese and tomato-garlic sauce. An extensive wine and beer menu have earned The Vig a reputation for one of the city's best happy hours.

Recommended for McCormick Ranch's Best Restaurants because: The Vig is a beloved upscale hang-out known for its gourmet take on comfort food and hip, modern dining room.

Patricia's expert tip: The Vig McCormick Ranch hosts a popular Happy Hour Monday through Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm.

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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 McCormick Ranch's Best Restaurants because: Grassroots offers an enticing menu of made-from-scratch classic Southern-influenced American classics in a gorgeous, family-friendly dining room.

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

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Roka Akor Scottsdale is not just a sushi restaurant. The venerable Scottsdale Japanese restaurant is a fine dining destination famous for its variety of prime steaks, all of which are served with complementary artisanal sauces and dressings. Some of the house sauces include a Wafu dressing (a soy vinaigrette) and a signature black truffle-infused aioli. The steak menu includes Australian Waygu beef and dry aged cuts, among others. Of course, this is also a well-known sushi house known to fly in fish overnight for the freshest cuts. Enjoy an expansive selection of sashimi, negri and sushi. For very special occasions, the restaurant offers a decadent omakase chef's table menu.

Recommended for McCormick Ranch's Best Restaurants because: Roka Akor is one of the city's best Japanese steakhouse and sushi restaurants.

Patricia's expert tip: For a special occasion, consider the "omakase," or "entrust the Chef" option - a multi-course feast specially prepared by the chef.

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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. For lunch, the restaurant offers a selection of unique bento boxes.

Recommended for McCormick Ranch's Best Restaurants because: You'd be hard-pressed to find better sushi rolls in town than the ones served at Hiro Sushi near the McCormick Ranch neighborhood.

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

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