Restaurants in Scottsdale
Families that visit Scottsdale should make sure to take a trip down 5th Avenue and Goldwater for the Food Truck Caravan event on Saturday evenings. At least fifteen gourmet food trucks line up along the promenade, featuring dishes from all over the world. Spending at least eight dollars at any truck will get you a discount card to over twenty-five merchants in the Scottsdale area. This offers an excellent opportunity to get a feel for the city and take a break from the typical sit-down restaurants in Scottsdale.
For an upscale splurge, try Sassi, (adjacent to the Four Seasons at Troon) which resembles a sprawling villa and offers delicious Italian cuisine with uninterrupted views of the 600-foot Pinnacle Peak. Zinc Bistro is another lip-smacking choice with Parisian-inspired fare and an oyster bar.
Looking for a rollicking good time? Hit Dos Gringos, which claims to sell more Corona beers than any other bar in America—let that speak for itself. This Mexican joint spits out burritos and margaritas just as quickly as the cervezas.
Located in North Scottsdale at the base of Pinnacle Peak, Sassi resembles a sprawling Italian villa and offers uninterrupted views of the 600-foot granite summit.
The chefs at Olive & Ivy blend the flavors of the Mediterranean with contemporary California cuisine to offer fresh, updated versions of slow-cooked classics like bacon wrapped pork tenderloin.
Located in the Kierland Commons shopping center, Zinc Bistro serves classic French fare alongside inventive French-American fusion dishes.
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.
Situated in Old Town, this indoor-outdoor cantina is a casual party spot that serves traditional Mexican fare along with affordable margaritas and beers. In fact, Dos Gringos claims to sell more Corona than any other restaurant in the country.
Part of Scottsdale-based Eddie V’s restaurant chain, Roaring Fork follows a Southwest theme in both its decor and cuisine.
At the multilevel Estate House you can go formal in the champagne-and-caviar bar, or head to the more casual lounge upstairs for small plates and live jazz.
Opened in 1983 in Paradise Valley, the French restaurant Voltaire is owned and operated by the Antonelli family; David heads the kitchen with classic fare while his father Martin runs the dining room.
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.
Once a general store and rest stop, Pinnacle Peak restaurant now serves good "cowboy fare", like a two-pound porterhouse and mesquite-grilled ribs.
Located on the north side of town, Andreoli Italian Grocer is both an Italian restaurant and a store selling imported Italian specialty items. Chef, owner, and Italy native Giovanni Scorzo offers an authentic menu of Italian classic dishes using family recipes.
Located atop The Phoenician hotel, J&G Steakhouse serves steakhouse classics interpreted by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.