The Best Restaurants in Scottsdale
Often lumped into the same breath as Phoenix, Scottsdale is a rapidly expanding destination all its own, beloved for its mid-century cool and its exceptional food.
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Since 2009, Chef Charleen Badman has tirelessly cooked to show off Arizona’s farming and agricultural communities at FnB. In 2019, her efforts were rewarded with a Best Chef Southwest Award from The James Beard Foundation. Meanwhile, co-owner (and Los Milics wine creator) Pavle Milic works the floor to make FnB feel as homey and welcoming as possible. Pro tip: Don’t go here with friends who don’t like sharing, because anything that hits the table is fair game. Badman is a vegetable whisperer and will have you wondering how you ever ate squash without pumpkin seeds, mustard and feta, or why you don’t grill broccoli and serve it with pistachios and meyer lemon aioli more often.
Go to: FnB
Andreoli Italian Grocer
If you’re searching for a place like that gem you found while touring Italy, look no further than Andreoli Italian Grocer in Scottsdale. Grilled calamari, carpaccio and the best porchetta outside of Rome are on the main menu, while daily specials often feature pastas and fish (You should hope they have branzino when you visit.). The dining room doubles as a market for all manner of Italian groceries.
Go to: Andreoli Italian Grocer
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Citizen Public House
Start with bacon fat popcorn at Citizen Public House. Then get the locally made Noble Bread service with jalapeno jam and black-garlic butter. If you haven’t already, try The Original Chopped Salad (a salad so famous, it has its own Facebook page). Then it’s on to entrées like the Press Coffee-rubbed short ribs or pan-seared scallops with sweet corn grits.
Go to: Citizen Public House
Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar
Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar
Certified Pizzaiolo Gio Osso fuses the best of the Southwest and Naples, Italy, at Pizzeria Virtù in Old Town Scottsdale, where he prepares Neapolitan pies using Arizona- and California-sourced produce for combos like the chestnut-honey-topped Milano with pancetta, and the chile- and n'duja-spiced Calabrese. The Italian cocktails and small plates continue the feeling of escaping to the boot.
ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
Visually, ZuZu is a modern take on the classic, all-American 1950s hotel restaurant. And then you sit down to eat. Oxtail pappardelle with foie gras, forbidden rice with BBQ eel and pork belly, chorizo-stuffed and bacon-wrapped dates, and seared diver scallops with lobster butter — these are not the mainstays of yesteryear, daddy-o. They’re the culinary creations of talented chef Russell LaCasce, who balances out the bold menu with crowd pleasers like Kennebec chips with French onion dip.
Go to: Zuzu in the Hotel Valley Ho
Little has changed about Zinc Bistro in its two decades, and for good reason. At this authentic French bistro, co-owners Matt Carter and Terry Ellisor (both of The Mission and Fat Ox), strike all the right notes. Sit on the wrap-around patio and imagine Kierland Commons is Boulevard Saint-Germain (it takes couple glasses of Champagne for this to work), or head through the restaurant to the secluded garden patio. Then dig into Carter’s classic escargot bourguignon, chateaubriand for two, soul-satisfying bouillabaisse or a traditional onion soup with bubbling Gruyere. Snag a seat at the raw bar and you’ll be singing oui, oui, oui all the way home.
Go to: Zinc Bistro
There are two locations of The Mission — the original in Old Town and a massive homage to tacos and tequila at Kierland Commons. Known just as much for its weekend party atmosphere as its knockout menu of Latin American fare from Chef Matt Carter (Fat Ox, Zinc Bistro), The Mission is well worth a visit for its green chile duck confit, chicken thigh and ham hock tostadas, and the build-your-own pork-shoulder tacos for two. Tableside guacamole is a must.
Go to: The Mission
Virtù Honest Craft
Chef Gio Osso had an immediate hit when he opened Virtu in a then-unknown boutique hotel called the Bespoke Inn in 2013. Now, he’s practically a household name, as a James Beard Award nominee and frequent local, on-air cooking-segment chef. Start with sharable small bites, then move into a pasta course before digging into entrées like seared scallops, smoked duck or vermouth-braised short ribs.
Go to: Virtù Honest Craft
Hush Public House
The old adage you get what you pay for rings true on the highest of ends at Café Monarch, a palatial temple of decadence, and an invitation to live your best life through food and wine. Dinner for two can equal a month’s rent, but you’ll start saving up for the next visit faster than you can say "Hudson Valley foie gras." Do the four-course tasting menu with wine pairings and opt for an add-on like the three-ounce striploin of Japanese A5 wagyu because, hey, it’s only money.