Top 10 Restaurants in Scottsdale

If you want to dazzle your taste buds then you should definitely visit one of these top 10 Scottsdale restaurants. From amazing steaks, seafood and sweet desserts to Italian, Sushi and Thai food, these selected restaurants have it all. Scottsdale’s restaurant scene is vibrant and diverse, allowing residents and visitors to sample fine cuisine created by acclaimed chefs and methods from around the world. Whether you are looking for a romantic place to take a date, an excellent venue to enjoy good times with friends, or a great place for a business meeting, you will find it here in Scottsdale.

1. Fogo de Chão

6300 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 609.8866
http://www.fogodechao.com

Located in the heart of Scottsdale near the popular Scottsdale Fashion Square with its large cobalt blue tower and signature churrasqueira grill visible to passersby, The Scottsdale location of Fogo de Chão, an internationally famous steakhouse is among the elite in the diverse Scottsdale restaurant scene. Utilizing the Gaucho way of roasting meats over pits of open fire inspiring mouth-watering barbecues – a culinary tradition passed down generations for over three centuries – Fogo has established itself as a great place for family or business groups and gatherings. Complimentary valet parking or self-parking are offered at dinner.

2. Roaring Fork Scottsdale

4800 North Scottsdale Rd. Suite 1700
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480.947.0795
http://www.roaringfork.com

Inspired by the Old West tradition and style of food preparation by a simple wood fire, Roaring Fork’s Wood Fired Cooking captures the spirit of traditional and bold American cuisine, creating fresh flavors that crackle with a rugged touch. Selections include beef, pork, lamb, chicken and fresh fish entrees that are all expertly cooked via wood fire rotisserie, open flame grill or wood oven roasting. At Roaring Fork, they pride themselves on achieving an ideal blend of energy and intimacy within their dining atmosphere, complimented by top-notch service.

3. The Mission Scottsdale

3815 N. Brown Avenue
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480 636 5005
http://www.themissionaz.com

Sophisticated yet casual, The Mission Restaurant and Lounge serves modern latin cuisine signature dishes and hand-pressed cocktails. Inspired surroundings include the hearty glow of a Himalayan salt block wall and candlelight with sounds of mixed Latin and modern music blending old world charm with modern elegance with a diversity of seating options perfect for a any style of dining experience. The Mission’s head chef, artfully prepares modern Latin cuisine over pecan and mesquite wood, using a very hot, traditional “Plancha” style flat top grill with a curving cooking surface and an origin from Spain. This style helps in blending culinary influences from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America, to create an original combination of innovative flavor in each of their signature dishes.

4. Sapporo

14344 North Scottsdale Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
480.607.1114
http://sapporoscottsdale.com

Sapporo’s stunning exterior is highlighted with giant torches that light the Scottsdale sky, making it a landmark in itself to passersby on busy Scottsdale Road. The interior is equally breathtaking and includes an elegant elliptical bar where the passion-mango martini is a local favorite. Famous for its fresh, high-quality food and buzzing nightlife atmosphere, the trendy restaurant’s menu includes a variety of premium sushi and Teppanyaki along with contemporary Asian specialties. Additionally, Sapporo’s popular Happy Hour specials are available seven days a week from 3-7pm in the lounge and on the patio, highlighting the restaurant’s creative cocktail menu.

5. Cowboy Ciao

7133 East Stetson Drive
Scottsdale AZ 85251
480-946-3111
http://www.cowboyciao.com

With a restaurant as unique as it’s name, Cowboy Ciao features Modern American food with influences from around the globe, balanced by well over 3,000 wine selections offered by the glass, bottle or tasting flight. This colorful, Baroque style venue was originally conceptualized as an Old West roadhouse, appealing simultaneously to both a ranch hand and city lady, the décor is as much of a conversation as the inventive food, with furnishings and accents inspired from the theme of Italy meeting the Old West. One of their reviewers even dared to called them “Addams Family meets Old West bordello.”

6. Grimaldi’s Pizzeria

4000 N Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-994-1100
http://www.grimaldispizzeria.com/arizona/scottsdale-az

Situated in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale on Scottsdale Road and 1st Ave, this Grimaldi’s Pizzeria locations is the flagship location to their Arizona-based chain. If you’re looking for the ideal coal-fired brick oven, New York-style thin crust pizza in town, you’ve come to the right spot. Grimaldi’s has been artfully hand- tossing their world famous pies locally for the better part of a decade, offering over 100 years of pizza-making traditions. They also tantalize guests with their signature calzones baked to perfection in coal burning oven, which gives all their creations a unique flavor with a crisp crust that isn’t possible from other cooking devices or methods.

7. Culinary Dropout

7135 E Camelback Rd, Suite 125
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 970-1700
http://www.foxrestaurantconcepts.com/culinary_dropout.html

A day-drinking and late-night destination with two-thirds of the menu dedicated to beer, wine and unique cocktails, Culinary Dropout aims to break all the rules with its uniform-free staff and relaxed, hearty atmosphere. Complete with rustic wood flooring and stylishly worn, overstuffed leather benches, chandeliers and patterned velvet chairs this lounge and restaurant boasts a comfy scene at the popular Scottsdale Waterfront area nearby Old Town Scottsdale. Patrons can partake in outdoor patio seating with live music performed several nights a week on their small stage. Patrons will discover delectable, high-voltage, pub-type appetizers, sandwiches, salads and entrees, along with a unique Antipasti Menu showcasing scrumptious rare meats, cheeses and vegetables.

8. Kona Grill – City North

5310 E. High Street
Phoenix, AZ 85054
480-289-5707
http://www.konagrill.com/restaurants/phoenix-az.aspx

Offering fresh sushi, cocktails and full service dining, Kona Grill at City North is located in the North Scottsdale area just off the 101 east of Desert Ridge Marketplace. Guests and regulars both enjoy their unique front patio for happy hour and dining while larger groups have ample room to function on their spectacular back patio. Our friendly staff is ready to make your visit a memorable experience. Kona Grill is so popular in Scottsdale, they boast a second location at Fashion Square, further south in the Old Town Scottsdale area as well.

9. Olive & Ivy

7135 E Camelback Rd, Ste 195
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 751-2200
http://www.foxrestaurantconcepts.com/olive_ivy.html

Blend ting the decadent flavors and excellence of the Mediterranean with modern California chic, this Old World meets new concept provides a unique, upscale venue to the Scottsdale Waterfront area in Old Town Scottsdale. With a lounging and laid-back atmosphere, Olive & Ivy has become a popular destination for great food, drinks, and conversation as a popular pre-party spot. They have an enticing menu that offers a selection fresh flavors from the Mediterranean and can accommodate parties of up to 30 for special occasions and business meetings within two private dining areas. They showcase over 45 wines by the glass with Old World wines from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, and France combined with a Old World varietals from California and the Pacific Northwest. The late-night crowd is encouraged to visit the bar or pick a patio space with fireplace to enjoy unique specialty drinks, wines and a solid selection of appetizers and tasty desserts.

10. Picazzo’s Organic Italian Kitchen

7325 Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 990-2212
http://picazzos.com

Picazzo’s pizzas and other dishes are derived from all organically grown ingredients and hormone- and nitrate-free meats, with many of their ingredients being locally grown. Additionally, gluten-intolerant guests can enjoy a menu that is over 90-percent gluten-free, including desserts and beers with nearly every item on their menu having a gluten-free version available, including all their pastas, breads, and croutons being gluten-free. Locally owned, Picazzo’s now has ten locations including North Scottsdale, providing the originally conceptualized delicious and nutritious meals. They also encourage patrons to enjoy their happy hour specials daily from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

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Eric Twohey

About Eric Twohey

A North Valley Resident, Eric Twohey loves to experience new places. He enjoys painting and is inspired by nature and traveling. He loves to experience new restaurants and Scottsdale area venues. Eric earned two degrees from CSU Sacramento, where he served on the University's student government board of directors.

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