Scottsdale is well-known for so many things: its breathtaking desert hiking trails, its world-class resorts and spas, its shopping districts – and of course, its food. With so many culinary options in this city, it is almost impossible to go wrong when picking a restaurant. But some of these establishments stand out from the rest because of their unique ambiance, their world-class culinary concepts, or simply because of their beloved trademark dishes. Whether you are a tourist seeking a uniquely Scottsdale dining experience or a native Arizonan planning your next reservation, you don’t want to miss any of these top 10 Scottsdale restaurant picks.
1. Hash Kitchen
This turntable-spinning, hip North Scottsdale restaurant should be your next brunch destination. Hash Kitchen boasts the “largest Bloody Mary bar in Arizona,” with the option to build your own Bloody Mary or try a flight of signature mimosas. You can even order a “cereal shooter flight” with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Fruity Pebbles cocktails. Enjoy your morning meal accompanied by upbeat songs from a live DJ. Serving everything from cannoli pancakes to breakfast sliders, Hash Kitchen is the perfect spot for a fun, lively brunch with friends.
Located in Old Town Scottsdale, FnB is one of Scottsdale’s most upscale restaurants, and for good reason. In 2017, the James Beard Awards nominated FnB for Outstanding Wine Program, and in 2019 the Awards recognized Chef Charleen Badman as Best Chef of the Southwest. FnB uses fresh ingredients from the best local farms for its menu, which changes daily. Drink fine wine sourced locally from Arizona and taste some of the freshest heirloom tomatoes in town. If you have a more refined palate and are looking for a memorable, rare fine dining experience – or if you are simply a lover of delicious vegetables – search no further than FnB.
There is only one place in Scottsdale where you can find a traditional Neapolitan pizza pie made exactly how the Italians make it. Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana has a certification from Italy’s very own Verace Pizza Napoletana for their traditional pie-making methods, so you can rest assured that their pizzas are as authentic as they come. With three different locations throughout the Valley, including one on Scottsdale Road, Pomo is one of the busiest and most popular restaurants in town for locals. The best way to enjoy Pomo’s offerings is to take a few friends and split a variety of their trademark pizzas. If you’ve never tried one of Pomo’s hallmark pies before, you’re missing out!
4. The Mission
With locations in Kierland and Old Town, The Mission is an elegant Latin restaurant ideal for special occasions and celebrations. The dim, intimate dining room is stunningly decorated with ornate chandeliers and a giant illuminated cross, while the outdoor patio is perfect for larger gatherings. You can’t leave without trying the tableside guacamole, the sangria, or one of the 100 types of tequila the restaurant has on hand. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, The Mission will captivate you with its beautiful decor and delicious Latin flavors,
A favorite of countless locals, Rehab Burger Therapy is one of the best burger joints in town with unbeatable prices. The restaurant was founded by three friends who believed everyone could use a little therapy in the form of delicious burgers and time spent with friends, and since then people have been “checking in” for this kind of rehab for years. Relax in this casual environment with beach-themed decor and enjoy a massive menu of American food, from sandwiches and salad to chicken wings and pasta. Of course, the burgers are the main event, with all kinds of unusual flavor combinations available: try the PBJ & Bacon burger, the Hawaiian burger, or the Spicy Mac-N-Cheese burger. Located in Old Town, Rehab Burger Therapy is a great, affordable option for families with young kids or anyone searching for a fantastic burger.
This charming cottage with a garden patio in Old Town is the quintessential brunch spot of the city. With its cozy decor, Arcadia Farms Café will make you feel right at home whether you decide to dine for breakfast or lunch. What sets this cafe apart is its delectable daily bakery items, from homemade coffee cake and fresh strawberry scones with jam to cinnamon and pecan rugelah. If you’re having lunch, save room for dessert and try one of the bakery’s signature baby cakes. If you’re in a rush, the Marketplace next door is perfect for grabbing fresh pastries, coffee, or a sandwich on-the-go. Nothing beats the organic dishes, fresh bakery items, and homegrown atmosphere of Arcadia Farms Café.
You might think it would be hard to find good seafood in the heart of the desert, but Chula Seafood offers some of the freshest fish in the state. In fact, this establishment was named the Best Seafood Restaurant by Phoenix Magazine. All fish is delivered straight from the family-owned FV Chula boat in California, which uses sustainable fishing methods. At this small and casual restaurant, you can purchase fresh fish by the pound, enjoy a curated fish entrée, or try any of the daily fish specials. Chula Seafood might be one of Scottsdale’s best-kept secrets, and if you love fresh seafood, you need to check it out.
With its southern-influenced cuisine, Grassroots Kitchen & Tap offers the kind of irresistible, home-cooked dishes you wish you knew how to make at home. Try the shrimp and grits, pork belly, barbecue brisket or Louisiana red beans and rice to get a little taste of the South here in the Valley. There is an extensive list of craft beers and wines, as well as eleven signature cocktails to choose from. You can’t say no to a daily social hour from 3-6 with an affordable menu of some of their tastiest dishes and drinks. Founded in 2011 and located on Hayden Road, Grassroots Kitchen & Tap is a classic family restaurant that has earned the Scottsdale stamp of approval.
Heralded by locals as the best Italian food in the Valley, Franco’s Italian Caffe in Old Town is a must-try if you’re craving pasta even a little bit. The restaurant founder, Franco Fazzuoli, hails from Florence, Italy and is proud to serve nothing less than “authentic Italian Florentine food” for all diners. Enjoy the low lights, romantic atmosphere, and fine dining during a night out or a special celebration with friends. You’ll probably have trouble choosing between all the delicious pastas, such as the capellini tomato basil or the classic lasagne. In any case, Franco’s Italian Caffe is a staple Italian favorite in Scottsdale that you should add to your list.
10. Roka Akor
Located on Scottsdale Road near McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, Roka Akor is an upscale Japanese sushi and steak restaurant known for its outstanding service. In the chic indoor dining room, you can enjoy sake at the bar during happy hour or watch chefs prepare your maki rolls up close at the sushi bar. On balmy spring and fall nights, head outside to relax on the outdoor patio. Treat yourself to the highest-quality Wagyu steak or try any of Roka Akor’s sushi rolls for the full experience. If you want to taste fine Japanese cuisine in a sophisticated and modern atmosphere, make Roka Akor your next stop.
Your stomach is probably rumbling after reading this. If you’re salivating now, just imagine what this food will taste like in person. Whatever your mood, price point, or craving, Scottsdale has a wealth of wonderful restaurants in every corner of the city. The next time you’re in town or searching for a new favorite spot, try one of these restaurants – and come hungry.