Best Restaurants in Scottsdale
Scottsdale is flush with amazing restaurants and bars and sometimes choosing a new place to check out is a daunting task. To help with your decisions here is a list of amazing restaurants, why they’re considered the best and when you should go. These restaurants are not just
As you know, there are plenty of good restaurants with bad service or that are too loud or never change their menu so this will help you navigate through the places that aren’t going to make you happy.
Locally Owned Restaurants Are Best
These restaurants are local favorites with a lot of creativity. Lots of places are great but they may not be great for you at that exact time. So to help you choose just what you’re looking for we’ve compiled this list of great Scottsdale restaurants and why we like them.
Scottsdale is a resort town. It’s not the foodie scene you will find in NYC, San Francisco or even New Orleans but it does have great places to eat and drink. We’re happy to see more foodie joints are popping up all the time. Stop visiting the same restaurants and try some new places. Local restaurants need your support!
1. Fat Ox
Located at Scottsdale Road and Lincoln, Fat Ox is a foodie’s restaurant. The ambiance is a reminder of a resort town in Italian with a modern twist, golds, blue and purple lights, clean lines, nice touches to make it inviting. But besides being a pretty place to eat, Executive Chef Rochelle Daniel creates some amazing combinations of flavors that are sure to delight. Their website and social media
What to try and when to go
The best time to go is Wednesday through Saturday. It’s an upbeat crowd, they open early for dinner (
2. Dominick’s Steakhouse (and Steak 44)
Dominick’s may be the best steakhouse in Arizona. If you’ve tried those steakhouse chains like Ruth Chris, Morton’s, Fleming’s – check out Dominick’s Steakhouse for a truly elevated experience. Now Dominick’s and Steak 44 have the same menu, owned by the same outfit and are both great. But if it’s the winter time and you’re looking for some serious ambiance, the poolside dining at Dominick’s is the way to go.
The steaks arrive at your table on a plate that’s heated to 550°, so that when the food gets to you, it’s still cooking. Their attention to detail is excellent, the wine list is amazing plus their sides are to die for (Corn creme brulee? Alaskan king crab and Rock Shrimp mac and cheese? HELL, YEAH). If you want a good steak both Dominick’s and Steak 44 are solid choices. The crowd at both places are 40+ so not quite the scene
When to go to Dominick’s
If you want a great experience and a chance to try a smorgasbord of
3. Zinc Bistro
Stroll into Zinc Bistro in the middle of Kierland Commons on Scottsdale Road and you’ll be transported to a space that makes you forget the outside world. With its super romantic garden courtyard to the quaint outside sidewalk tables, it’s just a different vibe than most Scottsdale restaurants.
The best time to go is weekdays between
What to try (besides everything)
Whether you are celebrating a business venture, need a glass of wine to recover from shopping or just want to unwind, Zinc is the place to do it. Champagne, cheeses, oysters, desserts, sandwiches, salads, steaks and wines galore.
If there’s one thing to try at Zinc (besides the wine) it’s hard to suggest just one thing but definitely check out the cheesecake just because it’s so unusual.
4. The Mission | Kierland & Old Town
The Mission isn’t Mexican food, per se, but they make the best
chipotle puree, cilantro, cotija and roasted pepitas, mix it all together to make the freshest guacamole you can find.
Make it your Mission to try the pork belly
The food at the Mission borrows flavors from Spain, Mexico, Central America and South America. You’ll have a hard time deciding what to eat but the other item on the menu that is an absolute must try is the crispy pork belly in a cola, lime, chiltepin, peanut glaze served with pickled red onion and iceberg lettuce.
Both locations are great. The Mission at Kierland opened in 2017, just over eight years after the Mission in Old Town.
Sushi or Tacos? Yes and yes. Beautiful place, beautiful people, beautiful food and beautiful vibes. SumoMaya located at Scottsdale Road and Lincoln is truly a unique experience with a blend of Far East, Mexican
Don’t miss brunch at SumoMaya
SumoMaya is a wonderful place to go and chill, have a lunch or dinner but when you absolutely must go is during brunch. This is where you and a group of friends go for the bottomless brunch! Keep your pants on, it’s the food and alcohol that’s bottomless. Churro waffle, pomegranate guacamole, sushi rolls, kimchee fried rice to name a few of the menu items that you can pair with bottomless
6. Hot Noodles & Cold Sake
Where is a good ramen place in Scottsdale? In a strip mall at Frank Lloyd Wright and the 101 next to the Irish bar Skeptical Chymist is an amazing noodle house called Hot Noodles & Cold Sake. Guess what they serve? Hot noodles and cold sake!
The ramen is what it’s all about
Hot Noodles & Cold Sake is a tiny place that serves amazing ramen. This is Chef Josh Herbert’s spot who has perfected his broth. One of the best soups to order is the Goma House Specialty with Char-Siu pork & broth, bok choy,
The cool thing about Hot Noodles & Cold Sake is that if you don’t feel like eating there, they will package the broth and ingredients separately so it travels well. Believe it or not, eating hot soup on a hot day does cool you down but this is also a great date night location.
7. Local Bistro
Nestled in a grocery store parking lot, this beautifully decorated restaurant is aptly named Local Bistro as it is certainly a local favorite. Local Bistro is a welcoming place to stop by any time for a drink and a bite to eat. Wood-fired pizzas, hand-made pasta, salads and their legendary drunk bread.
Getting drunk on the Drunk Bread
That’s right, “Drunk Bread” is on their happy hour menu made with white wine, Swiss fondue cheeses
The best time to go here is any. The bistro is a fun place to be any day of the week for lunch, dinner or late night happy hour.
This list is the first of many to help you choose the best restaurants Scottsdale has to offer. Visit these places and you will agree that Scottsdale has some great foodie spots whether it’s for brunch, happy hour, lunch dinner or reverse happy hour! When you go, tag us on Instagram we’d love to see what you eat! Our hashtag is #digscottsdale. DIG it!