Restaurants in Arizona

This house-turned-restaurant in the Coronado neighborhood is owned by architect and first-time restaurateur DJ Fernandes.

Shell Shock, a modern izakaya (Japanese tavern), combines the talents of James Beard Award-winning chef Nobuo Fukuda and native restaurateur Peter Kasperski. Expect Asian dishes, like katsu burgers and tempura squash blossoms.

The simple, flavorful dishes (many of them vegetarian) won’t break the bank

Sit at the counter for a beer and the spicy, lemony Seven Seafood Stew.

Chef Kevin Binkley's eponymous restaurant looks unassuming in its strip mall location, north of Phoenix and Scottsdale.

Tuck into a rib eye with béarnaise sauce or garlic-crusted halibut. The restaurant has views of London Bridge and a fairly respectable wine list.

Chef Vincent Guerithault was trained in French haute cuisine, but since 1986 he’s been blending his classic experience with influences from Mexico and California, and serving it all up in a rustic, elegant setting of several small rooms w

Unlike most Scottsdale restaurants, Atlas Bistro really does have a bring-your-own bottle of wine policy. Why? Because this tiny bistro sits right next door to AZ Wine Company, which carries more than 2,000 bottles.

The restaurant serves good home-style grub—breakfast kielbasa-and-potato omelettes, pot roast, and yes, wonderfully juicy burgers.

Chef Peter Kasperski gets credit not only for overseeing excellent cooking, but also for having a sense of humor.

A glass-walled deck provides stunning views of the city’s famous red rock formations at this two-story Mexican cantina, also outfitted with adobe-style walls, terracotta floors, and tables painted with brightly colored Southwestern motifs.

Among the 25-plus rotating varieties try the vegan-friendly spinach and wild mushrooms, or a fiery slow-roasted sirloin.