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The 10 best restaurants in Scottsdale

Dining at the best restaurants in Scottsdale, from brewpubs to fancy eateries, is an experience. Are you ready for it?


Scottsdale’s food scene isn’t just restricted to cowboy steaks and Southwestern fare. Across the 400 or so restaurants in the city, you’ll find tons of different cuisines excelling at what they do, from family-run Italian gems to modern Latin tacos, empanadas and more. 

Our favourite is Talavera at the Four Seasons, where you’ll find perfectly executed tapas dishes, from paella to octopus in mojo picón, which has been slinging out Spanish delights since 2008, but got two new additions to their team in February 2023. You won’t be disappointed. For all this and more, here are the best restaurants in Scottsdale right now. 

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Best restaurants in Scottsdale

1. Talavera at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

Helmed by executive chef Chuck Kazmer, this picturesque restaurant serves creative Spanish-rooted dishes and then some. Dine al fresco on the beautiful patio in view of Pinnacle Peak or gather inside at convivial community tables for paella de mariscos, charred octopus with mojo picón and guajillo chile, or global specials like duck prosciutto with toasted sesame crema, strawberry-rhubarb mostarda and pistachios. For the full experience, plan pre-dinner tapas and gin tonics (served in goblets as they are in Spain) in the Gin Bar tucked away inside the restaurant.

2. FnB

Pride for local bounty takes center stage at this acclaimed establishment with an all-Arizona wine list. It’s the home of four-time James Beard award nominee Charleen Badman, aka the "veggie whisperer.” A lovely patio and dining room are the perfect setting for savoring seasonal plates such as soft shell crab perched on sweet corn, peach and almond salad gilded with basil aioli, or roasted carrots transformed with North African accents of harissa and dukkah spice. If you’re lucky, you’ll snag one of the eight seats at the adjacent FnB Bar for a pre- or post-dinner drink.


3. Fat Ox

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This sleek eatery draws its name from Fiera del Bue Grasso (Fair of the Fat Ox), a Piedmont cattle festival. Naturally, that means juicy steaks such as a hefty 40oz. prime porterhouse anchor the menu, along with seafood grilled over mesquite wood and chicken under a brick—but that’s not all. Order fantastic pastas such as cresto di gallo with huckleberry, duck sausage and dandelion greens, or agnolotti stuffed with an impossibly silky parsnip and taleggio cheese filling. As you may have guessed from it’s name, Fat Ox has a fantastic selection of animal offerings – so those longing for vegan fayre are better off searching elsewhere.

This is one of the city’s rare BYOB restaurants. The best part? They serve fine dining cuisine. Gather your wine-loving friends and reserve the six-top formal dining table in the adjacent wine shop with full service from the restaurant. If you’re dining at the eatery, choose between three to four dishes for each course from a prix-fixe menu of beautifully composed and delicious plates, perhaps a ragout of locally-foraged mushrooms with poached egg and brown butter hollandaise, or butter-poached lobster with parsnip risotto and lobster bisque.


5. Sel

This chef-owned gem is located in a former art gallery on Main Street with a patio perfect for people watching. Chef Brandon Levine showcases his contemporary, finessed dishes with a prix-fixe menu that changes every three weeks. The creative prix-fixe menu is something you should experience at the changing of each season. Fall may bring rabbit confit ravioli with smoked ginger butter and yuzu vinaigrette, while summer may offer crispy squash blossoms stuffed with smoked lobster on a bed of roasted corn puree. Excellent cocktails and a well-curated wine list add to the experience.

6. Franco’s Italian Caffe

Step in the door and you’ll be warmly greeted by Florence native Franco Fazzuoli. With an acclaimed restaurant history that stretches back 50 years from New York City to Scottsdale, Franco’s is a well-loved favorite serving traditional dishes such as bistecca Fiorentina and pappardelle with wild boar ragu. There’s been a long history of delicious Italian food in the US and at this comfy spot, Tuscany meets Scottsdale. Don’t let the relaxed vibe fool you, the food is elegant and served with care, making Francos a great choice for family dinners. Besides, like so many restaurants with a family legacy, there’s a developed menu that you just don’t get at a chain. Our advice? Don’t leave without ordering a dessert that, thanks to Franco’s grandmother, you won’t find anywhere else: merenghata, a heavenly layered cake of crispy meringue and amaretto semifreddo.


7. Craft 64

Set in a 1930s-era bungalow, Craft 64 isn’t your average brew pub. You’ll find hand-pulled mozzarella daily farmers' market specials here. Bonus: almost 90% of the ingredients are sourced locally. Expect over 30 Arizona beers on draft, 200 wines, artisanal pizzas from a 900-degree wood-burning oven and a made-from-scratch menu. Order a Craft 64 beer flight to taste four of the eight brews (Smoove Operator is their flagship IPA) and pair it with the Aji pizza layering spicy jalapeno sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, fresh spinach and fennel sausage, made by a local butcher per chef Josh's recipe and smoked in-house over hickory wood.

8. Andreoli’s Italian Grocer

This is more than a well-stocked Italian shop and deli. Bread, pastries and salumi are made in-house and the order-at-the-counter menu includes porchetta sandwiches, beef carpaccio and pillowy gnocchi. Embark on an authentic trip to Italy via Scottsdale strip mall. Take a seat on the grapevine-framed patio or inside where one of the tables might be filled by chef-owner Giovanni Scorzo and his Italian-speaking friends sipping espresso or watching soccer. Grab a bottle of wine and splurge on one of the white board specials such as pasta with Ligurian octopus flown in from Italy.


9. The Mission

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A modern Latin restaurant right in the heart of Scottsdale’s Old Town. Enjoy Scottsdale’s beautiful weather on the patios or take a seat in a sultry dining room lit by a glowing salt rock wall. Modern Latin means your pork tacos will come on hand-pressed corn tortillas folded around confit pork shoulder with a pineapple-habanero-chipotle glaze and your empanadas will be stuffed with duck confit and foie gras.

10. Hash Kitchen

Open seven days a week for breakfast and brunch, expect a wait on weekends at this hip gathering spot where a DJ adds to the lively atmosphere. Scottsdale’s largest Bloody Mary bar, mimosa flights and playful breakfast dishes are all draws. Drink up with boozy cereal cocktails or the scour the impressive Bloody Mary bar, lined with 30 different garnishes (fried ravioli anyone?). But, of course, it’s not all about the beverages. A large menu entices with Italian-inspired specialties such as prosciutto eggs Benedict on crispy ciabatta and decadent cannoli pancakes stacked with chocolate chip-studded sweet ricotta cream.

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