10 Best Restaurants in Scottsdale for Romantic Dining

If it's romance you're seeking, Scottsdale's food and drink scene rarely disappoints. 

Some of the best sunset dining views in Scottsdale can be found at elements, the restaurant at Scottsdale's posh Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain Spa Resort. Food Network veteran and Executive Chef Beau MacMillan creates dishes crafted from local organic produce, sustainable seafood, and hormone-free meats for a fun, Asian-inspired menu. The restaurant affords stunning mountain and city sunset views, so be sure to time your romantic evening meal just right.

Deseo, Spanish for "desire," has romance written right in its name. The restaurant's bold colors and even bolder flavors - ceviche bar, anyone? - make this a fun, hip date night destination. 

Downtown Scottsdale is full of romantic Italian restaurants. When you're in the mood for late-night romance coupled with Italian food, head to Old Town Scottsdale for dinner at EVO. Franco's Italian Caffe is another reliable mainstay for romance in Old Town. Looking for a romantic yet also lively outdoor patio? Check out Marcellino Restaurant








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



Sel is a small fine dining outpost situated amid the art galleries and shops of Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale. Chef Branden Levine, who has appeared on Food Network cooking competitions, offers a four-course prix fixe menu of contemporary...  Read More

Lon's at the Hermosa


Lon's pays homage to Arizona's rustic Southwestern cowboy history in a surprisingly elegant way - the ambiance is strikingly different from what you would expect. The decor suggests cowboy, but the menu and staff dress it up and give the whole...  Read More



Hand-crafted Italian cuisine is the star of the show at Marcellino's Ristorante in Scottsdale, where Chef Marcellino creates classic Italian dishes with a fresh and modern twist. Some of the stand-outs on the hand-crafted pasta menu include the...  Read More



As you'd expect in a sumptuous resort setting, Talavera delivers exquisite cuisine, well-considered wine pairings, and a truly spectacular view. While the menu is partially comprised of upscale New American fare, juicy, well-prepared steaks,...  Read More



Asian-inspired place settings and touches of black and white provide a clean, minimal backdrop for elements' glorious mountain views, the restaurant's true centerpiece. While the dinner menu has an Eastern bent, breakfast options are decidedly...  Read More



Bold, bright colors and an attractive open kitchen make Deseo an appealing prospect. Secure a much-coveted seat at the ceviche bar, where you can watch the preparation of your dish and scope out the kitchen. Seafood dominates the menu; sample...  Read More



EVO is a vintage-inspired Italian restaurant and bar 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...  Read More



How about a late morning breakfast in a sun-drenched patio, which gracefully transforms into a candlelit oasis in the evenings? Sound too good to be true? Fortunately, Cafe Monarch in Scottsdale is a very real place. Experience a very romantic...  Read More



Tucked away in the Bespoke Inn in Old Town Scottsdale, Virtu Honest Craft is a charming cafe with a world-class menu. After only a few months in operation, the small eatery made a big splash by appearing on Esquire Magazine's annual Best New...  Read More


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