Nestled between the Sonoran Desert and Tonto National Forest, Scottsdale, is much more than a suburb of Arizona’s capital city. “A desert version of Miami’s South Beach” according to the New York Times, locals know it better as “The West’s Most Western Town.” Regardless of your preference, one thing is for sure – the city is chocked full of delicious food, beautiful vistas and a whole lot of character. Whether you are there for world-class golf and resorts, spring training baseball or the effortlessly distinct southwestern flavor, Scottsdale is a destination all its own.
As diverse as the city itself, North Scottsdale has a dining scene that includes everything from luxurious international foods to cozy local breweries and romantic wine bars. Whether you are looking for something family-friendly or fit for a date, there is something for everyone in Scottsdale. So, what are you waiting for? Dive in and take a tour of the neighborhood with our guide to great eats and drinks in North Scottsdale.
Talavera: A Signature Scottsdale Experience
A longtime favorite of locals and travelers alike, Talavera’s idyllic view of Pinnacle Peak and Paradise Valley is the perfect backdrop for their southwestern take on a modern Spanish steakhouse. At the flagship restaurant of the Four Seasons resort in Scottsdale, Executive Chef, Mel Mecinas, whips up inspired steak and seafood pairings. The menu also boasts vegetable tapas, handcrafted paellas, and locally sourced produce and meats. The Secreto pork shoulder with cherry mostarda, celery root, and green apple is an obvious favorite among visitors, while the seared scallops and Australian lamb rack are also sure to impress.
Sip the Night Away at Sorso Wine Room
Escape the hustle and bustle with your choice of over 150 bottles of fine wine at Sorso Wine Room in the Scottsdale Quarter. Knowledgeable staff members are always ready to offer a great recommendation to pair with small dishes for lunch and dinner. Relax with friends in the dining room or grab a bite and a bottle in the To Go Market, either way, you’ll be glad you stopped by.
Mexican Fine Dining at La Hacienda
One of Scottsdale’s most decorated restaurants, La Hacienda, is the place to be for spectacular Mexican food and tequilas. Start off with freshly made guacamole and small plates by patio fireplace, then grab a seat in their gorgeous dining room for exquisite enchiladas, fajitas, and tacos.
Chef Richard Sandoval is celebrated for his modern take on dishes like grilled trout with poblano cream, lobster tacos , nd chicken in a pistachio mole, which the restaurant pairs with over 200 different tequilas at nightly tastings and events celebrating southwestern culture and history.
Mesquite River Brewing: Nano-Brews with Big Flavors
One of North Scottsdale’s prized hidden gems tucked away in an unassuming strip mall, Mesquite River Brewing pours craftsmanship and adventurous spirit into each of their inspired brews. The neighborhood brewery offers a variety of brews made on site including their fan favorite Ole Number 6 Sour Ale, as well as an assortment of bar food and appetizers at the Hangar next door. Grab a flight of five beers for $10 to sample the local flavors before you grab a growler to go. Also, keep an eye on their website for live music and other special events throughout the week.
Parisian Nostalgia and American Classics Converge at Zinc Bistro
French classics – like the croque monsieur – meet burgers and fries Americana at Zinc Bistro. The restaurant is a perfect mix of modern European décor and nostalgic French ambiance in the Boulevard Saint-Germain-esque open dining room. It’s perfectly contrasted by the secluded, candle-lit garden patio perfect for an evening with your significant other.
Chef Matt Carter was born in Phoenix and schooled in France before returning to Scottsdale where his unique upbringing is brought to life. He features his talents in dishes like Crème brûlée French toast, duck confit and roasted salmon with grilled cucumber gazpacho and Campari tomatoes.
Authentic Italian Food and Fares at Andreoli Italian Grocer
With daily pasta specials, handmade pastries and more, Andreoli Italian Grocer has something for everyone to celebrate. Chef/owner and native Italian Giovanni Scorzo makes his own bread, pastries, mozzarella, sausage, salami and chocolates on site. He does all this in addition to adding his masterful touch to sandwiches, salads and entrees.
Beyond that there is a wide selection of specialty groceries, so you can bring the fun home with you. Widely known as a small slice of Italy in Scottsdale, Andreoli is not to be missed if you are looking for a true diamond in the desert.
Hiro Sushi: Fresh, Friendly, No Frills
What neighborhood would be complete without a fantastic sushi restaurant? Lucky for Scottsdale, there is Hiro Sushi, an unassuming mom-and-pop Japanese restaurant that has been serving fantastic sushi for years. Bucking trends and in favor of word of mouth notoriety and consistently great dishes, Hiro hides in plain sight in a strip mall much like Mesquite River Brewing and other Scottsdale hidden gems. What they lack in flash and pomp they make up for in quality, fresh ingredients and seasonal items that really pop. If sushi is high on your list, Hiro will fill your belly and then some.
There’s no doubt you could eat your way in and out of Scottsdale. Dining in this area is more than just casual, it’s a lifestyle. But for those trying to say swimsuit ready, don’t worry, there are tons of ways to stay active