Scottsdale’s Dining Scene
Discover one of the most buzzed-about culinary capitals in the Southwest.
Striking that perfect balance of natural splendor and the sweet life, Scottsdale is perhaps best known for its luxury resorts, rejuvenating spas, and myriad outdoor activities. But this cool desert city has also earned its culinary chops with an impressive roster of celebrity chefs and innovative restaurant concepts—not to mention some of the tastiest tacos around.
Near the diverse hiking trails of the Mcdowell Sonoran Preserve, which winds through lush cacti forests and rugged rock formations, The Vig Mcdowell Mountain is a local pick for outdoor meals. The menu features creative salads like an avocado cobb or sunny kale and quinoa, as well as burgers and other fresh bites.
FARM FRESH CUISINE
There’s corn growing on the roof and squash on the patio of Old Town’s Second Story Liquor Bar, a chefdriven eatery and cocktail lounge, where the menu is inspired by sustainable agriculture and botany. For another elevated spin on farm-fresh American cuisine, head to elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa.
From legit street tacos to serious tequila bars, top-notch Latin American cuisine is a mainstay of the local dining scene. Channeling a full showcase of distinctive Central and South American flavors, Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar offers unfiltered views of the 18th hole at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium course.
Relax and enjoy the onset of evening at these popular restaurants:
Take in the 360-degree panorama of Paradise Valley at this sophisticated eatery surrounded by cacti at the base of Camelback and Mummy mountains. Local tip: Be sure to try the legendary sticky buns.
The House Brasserie
Choose a shady seat under the patio's pine tree, which was planted in 1943, and enjoy the old-school elegance of this charming eatery in Old Town. Local tip: Try the citrus-brined
Jidori chicken. For more on Scottsdale’s dining scene, visit absolutelyscottsdale.com.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
The House Brasserie