With its proximity to Old Town Scottsdale and Tempe, South Scottsdale is a busy part of town with plenty of good dining options.
Foodies won't want to miss FnB, one of South Scottsdale's most popular and well-reviewed restaurants. The seasonal menu features local ingredients full of unexpected culinary pairings, and there's a large selection of craft beer and native Arizona wine.
Another foodie haven is Cowboy Ciao. This artful restaurant is a favorite with locals, who stop in to soak in the unique Southwest-meets-Old World ambiance. The menu is full of surprising and delightful twists, such as the classic Pig n' Pudding. This pulled pork dish is drenched in a zesty chipotle and balsamic barbecue sauce and served with a sprinkling of cotija cheese.
For a special night out, head to Olive & Ivy. This casually upscale dining destination melds modern California cuisine with classic Mediterranean ingredients for fresh, flavorful flair in a beautiful setting.
Another special occasion destination in south Scottsdale is Cafe Monarch, where a beautiful outdoor patio sets a palpably romantic mood. The seasonal, four-course menus are legendary here.
For light yet delicious fare on the go, check out Noodles Ranch on McDowell Road. The small, family-owned eatery delivers a fragrant, savory pho, along with many other Vietnamese specialties.