Ro­man­tic Restau­rants

Ro­mance is in the air—and on a plate—at these Val­ley restau­rants. Tastes tan­ta­lize taste buds while the set­tings se­duce with el­e­ments like cozy niches, flick­er­ing fire­places, scenic views and per­fect pa­tios.

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LON’S AT THE HER­MOSA A lo­cale known not only for its su­perb glob­ally in­spired Ari­zona fare, but for its set­ting in a beau­ti­fully re­stored ha­cienda. Dine in­doors or on the stun­ning pa­tio on such fare as braised beef short­ribs, pecan grilled let mignon or pap­pardelle pasta. The ever- chang­ing menu in­cludes in­gre­di­ents from the on-site gar­den. Her­mosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Par­adise Val­ley; www.her­mo­

DIF­FER­ENT POINTE OF VIEW Its lo­ca­tion at the top of North Moun­tain pro­vides din­ers with stun­ning views of Phoenix. Watch the sun set from the pa­tio, or take in the dra­matic views through the oor-to- ceil­ing win­dows in­doors. En­trées in­clude duck con t risotto and le­mon EVOO but­ter poached Maine lob­ster. Pointe Hil­ton Ta­p­a­tio Cli s Re­sort, 11111 N. 7th St.; www.tap­a­ti­o­cli

SONATA’S RESTAU­RANT Con­tem­po­rary meets Old World with a wel­com­ing warmth, and rus­tic touches add to the over­all ro­mance of the set­ting at this new spa­cious yet cozy-feel­ing Scottsdale restau­rant. En­joy foods strongly in uenced by East­ern Europe’s avors, cul­ture and tech­niques. Menu op­tions in­clude borscht, chicken Kiev, wood grilled let mignon, and pork shank. The Shops at Gainey, 10050 N. Scottsdale Road; www.sonatas­restau­

T. COOK’S En­joy a can­dlelit din­ner on a pa­tio with scenic moun­tain views, cozy re­places and bloom­ing bougainvil­lea, or dine in­doors in a vi­brant Old World-in­spired space at this restau­rant lo­cated at one of the coun­try’s most ro­man­tic re­sorts. In­gre­di­ent- driven en­trées in­clude se­lec­tions such as New Zealand John Dory, Colorado lamb rack and let mignon. Royal Palms Re­sort & Spa, 5200 E. Camel­back Road; www.tcook­spho­

TALAVERA Dra­matic vis­tas of the Sono­ran desert abound at this North Scottsdale restau­rant, a clas­sic take on a mod­ern steak­house. A re el­e­ment sep­a­rates the in­door din­ing room from the out­side pa­tio, fram­ing stun­ning sun­sets. Choose dishes such as ba­con wrapped bu alo ten­der­loin, Mex­i­can jumbo prawn and adobe braised lamb shank. Four Sea­sons Scottsdale Re­sort at Troon North, 10600 E. Cres­cent Moon Drive; www.ta­lav­er­arestau­

COUP DES TARTES Find this 21-year- old French bistro-style restau­rant in a his­toric home that was then ex­panded and ren­o­vated. Mul­ti­ple rooms with home dé­cor and a menu that changes sea­son­ally con­tinue to draw ac­co­lades. En­trée op­tions in­clude Chilean sea bass and duck a l’or­ange. 1725 E. Os­born Road; www.nic­

SASSI The Old World Ital­ian villa, set amongst the Sono­ran desert in North Scottsdale, will make you feel like you’re in Italy. City views beckon as the restau­rant plates Ital­ian dishes of hand made pas­tas and Se­condi op­tions such as Wagyu at iron steak. 10455 E. Pin­na­cle Peak Pkwy.;

EL­E­MENTS Food Network star Chef Beau MacMil­lan presents in­no­va­tive sea­sonal menus of farm-fresh Amer­i­can cui­sine with Asian in uences at this lo­cale at Sanc­tu­ary at Camel­back Moun­tain. Views of Par­adise Val­ley below set the scene for dishes such as foie gras and wild mush­room risotto. Sanc­tu­ary at Camel­back Moun­tain, 5700 E. McDon­ald Drive, Par­adise Val­ley; www.sanc­tu­ary­on­camel­

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