Best Places to Eat in Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale, Arizona is experiencing rapid growth and an ever-expanding restaurant scene with something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a fun night out, a romantic date night, a family-friendly dinner, or the perfect place for brunch, there’s a restaurant to love in Scottsdale. While some people lump Scottsdale into the greater Phoenix area, Scottsdale has a restaurant scene all its own with places that would draw even the most particular foodie. Here are just a small handful of the many great options for eating out in Scottsdale.
With a fun and modern vibe, Fat Ox describes itself as a chef-driven restaurant putting a modern spin on classic Italian dishes. Their housemade pasta is the showstopper of the restaurant, along with their tableside Caesar salad. Perfect for a romantic date or elegant night out, you’ll love the menu, the ambiance, and the service.
Many people think of Mexican cuisine when they think of Arizona, but SumoMaya puts a fun spin on it with a Mexican-Asian fusion. Food Network has called SumoMaya one of the most inventive dining destinations in Scottsdale. With a tapas style menu, SumoMaya is the perfect place to try something new in a fun setting. Whether you want a romantic table for two or a large company dinner, SumoMaya won’t disappoint.
If a steakhouse is what you’re looking for, you’ve got to try Maple & Ash. A Chicago-based new take on the classic steakhouse experience, Maple & Ash is great food and entertainment combined. They describe themselves as a blend of a modern aesthetic with classic service and food. One of their must-try menu items is the fire-roasted seafood tower, which many recommend you follow with tableside pasta and butter. For an indulgent, extravagant experience, try their chef-selected tasting menu.
For a gourmet pizza experience, check out Pizzeria Virtu. The chef prepares Neapolitan pizza with Arizona and California sourced produce, for a positively delicious outcome. Don’t forget to try the Italian cocktails and small plates while you’re there.
For over 60 years, Sugar Bowl has been a family favorite in downtown Scottsdale. You’ll find pink and white decor and swivel booths at an old-fashioned ice cream counter, with all the charm and classic menu items you’d expect from an old-school ice cream parlor. A mini arcade and gallery of original artwork from Family Circus artist Bil Keane, Sugar Bowl offers an entire experience for a fun afternoon or evening out with the kids.
In Old Town Scottsdale you’ll find Daily Dose, open for breakfast and lunch daily. More than your typical diner, the menu includes fun and gourmet riffs on classic brunch favorites, like banana bread french toast or PB&J waffles. For healthier fare, try their protein bowls, steel-cut oats, or omelets. And don’t forget to try something from their large coffee menu (including spiked options for the 21 and up crowd).
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