Scottsdale is often ranked as one of America’s liveliest cities, with enviable architecture, sprawling golf resorts, and sunshine most of the year. It also has a food scene that surpasses many others – a more recent development, but unmissable nonetheless. The city is full of welcoming bars offering everything from wine tasting and country dancing to quirky and upscale restaurants serving a range of exciting dishes. The food here is a fusion of cuisines, with fresh touches of American classics and subtle Mexican influences permeated throughout. Whether you’re looking for a heartbreaking feast, a fresh and healthy vegan brunch, or a place to have a great night out, you’ll find it. Remember that when traveling to Scottsdale from the UK you will need to pay for your Esta (you can do this at this website.) Here are our best places to eat in Scottsdale…
What: First in our list of the best places to eat in Scottsdale is Diego Pops. Given its proximity to Mexico, you can’t travel to Scottsdale without sampling some Mexican-inspired cuisine. Diego Pops is one of those places that must be on your list as it breaks with the combined board of conventional Mexican restaurants, serving a range of unique and delicious dishes with a tropical and cosmopolitan twist. Sample classics like cheese quesadillas and chicken wings, but also be sure to try their grilled street corn and Brussels sprout nachos – a combination of flavors you wouldn’t imagine, but really! Take your time here to sip cocktails and enjoy the effortlessly cool decor and vibrant yet relaxed atmosphere.
Where: 4338 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
What: FnB was established in 2009 and since then has quickly gained recognition as one of Scottsdale’s most notable dining destinations in the heart of downtown. It’s a quaint space tucked away inside the charming and historic Craftsman Court and is run by Chef Charleen Badman and Front Desk Manager and Beverage Manager Pavle Milic. Their combination of knowledge and passion for the industry has resulted in a food and wine menu that you’d be hard pressed to beat. Charleen Badman has long been one of Arizona’s most famous chefs and is known as “the vegetarian whisperer” for her ability to extract the best flavor from locally grown vegetables. The dishes on the menu are seasonal and unpretentious, focusing on finding the best flavors rather than trying to be overly complex and lose sight of what really matters – taste. Savor fresh and hot pasta, crunchy salads, and plenty of intermediate dishes, each ready to take you on their own culinary journey. FnB is a place not to be missed.
Or: 7125 E. 5th Ave. Suite 31, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Farm and crafts
What: If you’re looking for healthy foods that are bursting with flavor, look no further than Far & Craft. With a focus on nutritious, sustainable food in a community-style atmosphere, this is the perfect place to eat when you want to treat yourself but don’t want to overload on calories. F&C offers a mouth-watering seasonal “wellness menu” that offers four paths to optimal health depending on what you are looking to improve in your diet and well-being. You can go for lunch or brunch with the girls, dinner with the other half, or just have a drink if that’s what you want. Make sure you make the most of their happy hour from 3pm to 6pm Monday through Friday if you’re looking for a great deal on food and drink.
Or: 4302 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, United States
What: For modern Latin cuisine, look no further than The mission, open for lunch, brunch and dinner seven days a week. The Mission is a sophisticated and relaxed blend of old world charm and modern elegance, serving up a delicious range of dishes that are sure to please no matter what you fancy. There are two Mission restaurants in Scottsdale and both are worth a visit on your culinary trip to this city. You can relax under the breathtaking glow of the Himalayan salt block wall, revel in the flickering candle light, and listen to mixed Latin and modern music – the perfect backdrop to your meal. Dishes include a range of salads, Mission guacamole, tostadas, and grilled street corn to start, before feasting on their main course. Enjoy Mission tacos made with hand-pressed corn tortillas, or main dishes such as marinated free-range chicken, chorizo porchetta and Pacific swordfish.
Or: Old Town 3815 North Brown Ave Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Ruze Cake House
What: If you are looking for mouth-watering desserts, then Ruze Cake House is an effortless choice. Mother / daughter company, Ruze Cake House is known for its fresh and innovative designs and commitment to better quality cakes and desserts in smaller quantities. Head for a milkshake, a delicious sweet treat, or a coffee – it’s the best way to spend an afternoon in Scottsdale.
Or: 7033 E Main St # 100, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
What: Crafts 64 is an artisan wood-fired pizzeria with 36 local Arizona craft beers on tap, a great selection of wines by the glass and a cozy neighborhood atmosphere. The restaurant sources its own produce, dairy products and meats locally and makes its own mozzarella cheese and fresh dough by hand every day. With a commitment to sourcing locally and with an emphasis on fine flavors, Craft 64 is a great option in our best places to eat in Scottsdale and it won’t disappoint.
Or: 6922 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
What: Crossing the threshold of Brat Haus you’ll be transported to the world of an urban European beer garden with festival lights and long, community-style seats. Choose from an unrivaled selection of German, Belgian and North American craft beers while enjoying handcrafted German-style pretzels, artisanal sausages and Belgian-style fries three times cooked with an array of sauces.
Or: 3622 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Citizen’s public house
What: Named one of the ten best places to eat in Scottsdale by USA today in 2016,Citizen’s public house continues to shine, offering upscale American cuisine in a relaxed and laid back environment. Chef Bernie Kantak and his team serve entrees like pork belly pastrami and grilled octopus and entrees such as seared scallops served on roasted sweet corn grits, snow pea leaves, bacon and gastric cola. Craft beers and classic and contemporary cocktails make this a must-see watering hole where the space is adorned with mahogany accents and leather booths.
Or: 7111 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
The Canals Club
What: The Canals Club, under the direction of Chef de Cuisine, Chris Castro, specializes in traditional American cuisine with a Cuban twist, with a studious wine list and inspiring handcrafted cocktails to complement your meal. The restaurant has a fully renovated dining room and lobby, infused with the colors and comfort of 1930s Havana aesthetics.
Or: 4925 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
What: Last but not least on our list of the best places to eat in Scottsdale is Hearth ’61. Home ’61 serves seasonal American cuisine rich in tradition. We embody the notion of authentic and honest cuisine and cook with heart in our superb show kitchen. Celebrity chef Charles Wiley draws inspiration from the beautiful flavors of local and organic ingredients, concocting delicious cuisine in its simplicity.
Or: 5445 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
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