This past year, Scottsdale clocked as the 30th ‘best city to live in America,’ according to Niche.com. Known for its luxurious shopping, high end resorts, and affluent neighborhoods, the towns of Paradise Valley and Scottsdale are sometimes referred to as ‘the Beverly Hills of Arizona.’ As you can imagine, such a title would not be bestowed upon a place with sub-par restaurants. While in some parts of the Valley, the area is disparagingly referred to as ‘Snobsdale,’ it cannot be denied that Scottsdale has some of the best dining options in the entire Greater Phoenix Area. From burger joints, breakfast spots, and happy hour bars to upscale steakhouses, see why Scottsdale is the culinary Mecca of the Valley.
8787 N Scottsdale Rd
From the made from scratch food and the always fresh ingredients to the award winning wine list, Village Tavern ranks among the top tier of Scottsdale eateries. Tucked away inside the Shops at Gainey Village, with the perfect ambiance paired excellent service, Village Tavern makes sure that your experience is one to remember. Whether you get the prime rib, the salmon or the Maryland crab cakes, you know you’re eating the best of the best that the Valley has to offer. Even sitting at the bar is made to feel like a fine dining experience.
6939 E 1st Ave
If you’ve ever wanted to take a trip to France but just can’t seem to ever book those flights, fear not, Scottsdale has you covered. Now you don’t have to be in the City of Love to have a romantic European style night out. Last year Trip Advisor rated Cafe Monarch the second most romantic restaurant in the US. Adding to the ambiance, each plate is hand crafted and the wait staff delivers each plate in a synchronized manner. Complete with a customized menu and a restaurant layout that prioritizes privacy, Cafe Monarch is the perfect place to go to treat your significant other to an elegant French-esque dinner. If you have a special occasion like a birthday or just want a big night out, few restaurants make a better venue.
4360 N Scottsdale Rd
For those who have always dreamed of living in the Hamptons or who watched Gossip Girl once and wanted to move out east, now you can enjoy the same Upper East Side vibes right here in the Arizona equivalent. While still fairly new to Old Town, The Montauk’s Hamptons style decor gives guests a sweet slice of New York. At the Montauk, they don’t have a happy hour, they have the ‘happiest hours’ Tuesday through Thursday from 3-6 and all day Monday. In typical Hamptons fashion, The Montauk offers weekend brunch featuring small plates, salads, sandwiches, and their ‘liquid brunch menu.’
The Twisted Grove
8220 N Hayden Rd
Rated one of Yelp’s top 20 restaurants in Scottsdale according to Phoenix Business News, this hot spot in S-Dale is not your typical Italian restaurant. As one of the more ‘trendy’ places in town, when the weekend comes the parking lot fills up immediately. The Twisted Grove does its best to be healthy, using all fresh-made ingredients, grass-fed beef, and free-range chickens. All the pasta is made fresh in-house as well. From the short rib with gnocchi to the stacked eggplant sandwich, there’s definitely something for everyone. The prime rib sliders, specialty pizza, cobb salad, and even the brussel sprouts all come highly recommended by guests. In an area with no shortage of italian dining options, The Twisted Grove ranks a tier above all the rest.
The Roaring Fork
4800 N Scottsdale Rd, #1700
The Roaring Fork in Scottsdale gives guests a nice ‘old western’ vibe with flame-grilled food and quality cocktails. Nearly everyone who goes says they enjoy a 5-star experience, even the hardest of judges to impress. Frequent diners swear by the happy hour, everyday starting at 4 pm. Choose from one of their three specialty margaritas or an adult arnold palmer before you feast on the sugar cured duck breast. If you’re unsure of what to order, you can’t go wrong with the Roaring Fork “Big Ass Burger,” served with poblano pepper, cheddar cheese, smoked pepper bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles, and a side of french fries. Roaring Fork’s atmosphere perfectly encapsulates the western style of Scottsdale with its high-end reputation to bring you one of the best restaurants the area has to offer.
Grassroots Kitchen and Tap
8120 N Hayden Rd, Suite E-100
Run by fourth-generation restaurateur Christopher Collins, Grassroots Kitchen serves traditional American cuisine with a heavy southern influence. With a vast wine selection at very affordable prices, Grassroots is a quality dining experience that treats guests to quality food and a great atmosphere. Bite into the The blackened red fish with cajun orzo or feast on the ahi tuna steak. Given that ‘tap’ is in the restaurant’s name, naturally Grassroots has a spacious bar area and daily happy hour from 3-6 pm. The drink menu features a number of draft beers, a large wine selection, and a nice assortment of signature cocktails including ‘mules of the world.’
7125 E 5th Ave
Charleen Badman is one of the top chefs in the entire state and the 2019 James Beard winner for best chef in the Southwest and is known among her peers as “the veggie whisperer.” In 2017 FnB was awards the 2017 readers choice best Locavore restaurant. It also received the 2017 award from Phoenix Magazine for most exciting wine program. With all that hardware, it’s only fitting they make this list. Badman’s culinary skill allows her to take local produce and produce elegant dishes that burst with flavor. Due to the seasonal nature of the restaurant the menu is constantly changing, but is consistently top tier. For that reason FnB easily ranks as one of Scottsdales best and most unique restaurants.
The Fat Ox
6316 N Scottsdale Rd
The second Italian restaurant on this list is The Fat Ox. Like the previous Italian installment, this is not your typical ‘spaghetti and meatball’ joint. The restaurant provides a charming ambiance with elements from Tuscany, the Mediterranean, and Sicily. One thing that pops out on the menu is the 40oz porterhouse steak. As one might suspect, The Fat Ox has an extensive wine list to go along with the entrees. For an even more luxurious eveningFat Ox also offers a sunset menu for $45 from 5-6:30 pm, offering guests a full three-course meal. In a city full of local Italian spots, The Fat Ox stands out as one of the premier Italian restaurants in the Valley.