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10 Best Restaurants Near Salt River Fields in Scottsdale



Many of the most popular restaurants near Salt River Fields in Scottsdale happen to be chain eateries and fast food joints. But you don't have to travel too far without bumping into a good restaurant. 

Grassroots Kitchen and Tap, a restaurant with a menu full of seasonally-inspired, Southern-inflected dishes, offers a casual spot to eat, drink and unwind after a day at the ballpark. 

If you're craving Italian, be sure to plan a pit stop at Andreoli Italian Grocer, a cozy deli and cafe dishing out well-crafted Italian food in town. Chef and owner Giovanni Scorzo makes all the breads and pastries from scratch, including luscious cannolis and tiramisu.

Pizza lovers take note: Il Bosco has some of the best gourmet pizzas in Scottsdale. Not a bad dinner idea after an afternoon at the ballpark. 

Los Favoritos Taco Shop is a local chain with a location that isn't too far from Salt River Fields. It may not be gourmet fare, but the restaurant's down-home assortment of tacos, burritos and combo platters really hits the spot. 

For change of pace, head to Tandoori Times Indian Bistro, which offers refined and calm airs, plus an expansive menu of familiar staples like chicken tikka, palak paneer, and delicious garlic naan, plus specialties like tandoori wraps. On the weekends, the restaurant puts on belly dancing shows. 


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SumoMaya


SumoMaya Mexican-Asian Kitchen is a unique Scottsdale restaurant and bar with a menu full of intriguing small plates. The menu playfully blends the bold flavors of Latin America and Asia to deliver one-of-a-kind plates. The kitchen recommends selecting between three to five dishes to enjoy the menu's range of flavors. The eclectic, creative menu features four kinds of guacamoles, various ceviches, soups, sandwiches, salads, rice and noodle dishes and gourmet tacos. There's also a full menu of hand-crafted cocktails, as well as a special brunch menu that's available on the weekends. The colorful, living dining room complements the artful dishes.

Recommended for Restaurants near Salt River Fields because: SumoMaya's stylish and distinctive take on Japanese and Mexican cuisine is worth the short drive from Salt River Fields.

Patricia's expert tip: For leisurely, all-you-can-eat brunch, check out the weekend bottomless brunch menu.

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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. Butters is also open for lunch, with the kitchen dishing out tasty burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads, and classic deli sides.

Recommended for Restaurants near Salt River Fields because: Butters Pancakes & Cafe is a homey cafe serving above-average diner fare.

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

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Los Favoritos Taco Shop is a local Mexican food chain that is well-loved for its selection of unpretentious, flavorful Mexican fare. The menu is replete with combo platters, and the selection includes down-home staples like hard shell tacos, carne asada available in both street tacos and bulging burritos, cheesy enchiladas, tamales and other specialties. You won't find much in the way of ambiance, but eating here generally scratches the itch you might have for flavor-rich Mexican grub that will definitely not break the bank. Burritos are very popular, thanks to the restaurant's use of thin, stretchy and buttery flour tortillas.

Recommended for Restaurants near Salt River Fields because: Although far from gourmet fare, Los Favoritos is indeed a favorite spot for cheese-laden, Mexican comfort food in Scottsdale.

Patricia's expert tip: The breakfast burrito is a highlight of eating at Los Favoritos Taco Shop.

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Veneto Trattoria is modeled after the traditional trattorias of Northern Italy. The menu features fresh dishes prepared with the best ingredients. The healthy, satisfying flavors used at Veneto Trattoria are lightly prepared for a satisfying meal that is never heavy or greasy. The ambiance here is warm, friendly and casual. Try one of the hand-crafted pastas, such as the fresh gnocchi or luscious risottos. Traditional Northern Italian dishes frequently feature balsamic vinegar seasoning, and Veneto Trattoria is no different. Only the highest quality balsamic is used in the restaurant's house dressings and to add sweetness to certain dishes without having to resort to fatty butter.

Recommended for Restaurants near Salt River Fields because: Veneto Trattoria is an unpretentious lunch spot serving authentic Northern Italy-style sandwiches and pastas.

Patricia's expert tip: For an even healthier meal, ask your server about whole wheat pasta substitutions.

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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 Restaurants near Salt River Fields because: Fans of Roka Akor will want to make the short trip from the stadium to enjoy a meal at this swanky Japanese spot.

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. Great for a business lunch or casual night out with friends.

Recommended for Restaurants near Salt River Fields because: Hiro Sushi is one of Scottsdale's most beloved Sushi restaurants, well-regarded for its sushi, sashimi and inventive bento boxes.

Patricia's expert tip: A good rule of thumb is to order from the specials menu.

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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 Restaurants near Salt River Fields because: Grassroots Kitchen & Tap is an approachable yet refined Southern-inspired restaurant featuring farm-fresh comfort food favorites.

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

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Il Bosco's pizzeria has become one of Scottsdale's favorite pizzerias. Starting as a mobile catering truck, this highly regarded pizza shop graduated to a bricks & mortar operation in the spring of 2012, quickly establishing itself as one of the city's best places to enjoy a well-made pie. The philosophy at Il Bosco's is simple: quality ingredients and hand-crafted pies. The pizza chefs at Il Bosco let the dough rise naturally, form the mozzarella by hand, and fire up the pies in a traditional wood-fired oven. The pizzeria has 40 seats and a very busy take-out window. Along with a selection of specialty pies, the menu also has salads, antipasti, desserts and a wine menu.

Recommended for Restaurants near Salt River Fields because: Il Bosco blends great, gourmet pizza and consistently good service for a winning combination.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the Biagga, featuring prosciutto, figs, and goat cheese.

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Andreoli Italian Grocer

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, cannoli, and even hand-made chocolates. Daily specials include Italian specialties like rosticianna (grilled pork ribs), pasta e fave (pasta and fava bean soup), bistecca alla Fiorentina (Florentine-style T-bone steak), and other homemade specialties. There's also a well-stocked deli counter where you'll find high quality imported meats, cheeses, and olives. Just try to resist the bakery counter, which is filled with cookies and pastries.

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