Scottsdale has over 800 restaurants in the city centre alone and has gained a reputation as one of the best foodie destinations in Arizona. Throughout the city, you'll find a mix of stylish upscale and lively low-key restaurants offering flavours from around the world.

    Since almost every day is sunny in Arizona, there are plenty of options for outdoor dining. Grab a bite to eat at one of their fun modern restaurants or enjoy an intimate date night at a fine-dining establishment. Discover the city’s best culinary scene with our handy guide to places locals love to eat in Scottsdale.


    The Mission

    Stylish lounge serving modern Latin cuisine

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    The Mission is an upscale Latin restaurant at the corner of 2nd Street and Brown Avenue, right in Scottsdale’s Old Town. Choose from alfresco dining in its unique garden or dine inside to experience hints of Latin culture that make the space pop with an authentic feel.

    The Mission’s menu features a mix of flavours from Spain, Mexico, Central and South America. Known for its house-made tortillas, sauces, salsas and tableside guacamole, dining here is a unique and delicious dining experience in Scottsdale.

    Location: 3815 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA

    Open: Monday from 11 am to 9 pm, Tuesday–Wednesday and Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 9 pm, Thursday–Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm and from 4 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 480-636-5005


    Karsen’s Grill

    Enjoy classic pub food at this neighbourhood sports bar

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    Karsen’s Grill, a neighbourhood bar in downtown Scottsdale, has only a few tables but locals love to come here for its American pub grub. Located near the corner of East 1st Street and North Brown Avenue, it’s an awesome place to grab a quick bite to eat in Old Town.

    The bar’s menu is jam-packed with pub food classics, though it specialises in decadent burgers, hot dogs and wings – all served in huge portions. Stop by for a beer, catch a game or people-watch – all are great ways to spend the afternoon.

    Location: 7246 E 1st St #101, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to midnight, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 1 am

    Phone: +1 480-990-7660


    Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana

    Naples-style pizzeria with house-made pasta

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    Pomo Pizzeria is an Italian restaurant that serves classic recipes from all over Italy. Located just 5 miles north of downtown Scottsdale, it offers 4 different cooking styles for their pizzas. Choose from the classic Neapolitan style with a blistered crust, Rimini style for a thin crisp crust, Pinsa style with a delicious light focaccia base, or pizza Romana for a rectangular, thick crust option.

    If you're not craving pizza, Pomo Pizzeria’s pasta is all made in-house. It also has a large selection of salads, soups, and appetisers. It’s a good idea to drop in early to snag a spot at their pizza bar – you can watch pizza chefs in action as a somewhat dinner-and-show experience.

    Location: 8977 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 480-993-1366


    Butters Pancakes & Café

    A laidback brunch spot famous for creative pancakes

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    Butters Pancakes & Café is a local favourite, low-key restaurant for breakfast and lunch in Scottsdale. You’ll find the original outlet northwest of the city, just a short drive off Highway 101. This kid-friendly café offers a brunch menu for kids and classic breakfast and lunch menus for adults.

    Enjoy your tasty breakfast with fresh-squeezed juices or grab a drink from their well-stocked coffee bar. Butters Pancakes & Café is a great place to satisfy your sweet tooth, thanks to its delicious pancakes, waffles, French toast, and crepes. The café is usually packed, so make sure to call ahead to get on the waitlist.

    Location: 8300 N Hayden Rd f104, Scottsdale, AZ 85258, USA

    Open: Daily from 6.30 am to 2.30 pm

    Phone: +1 480-629-4333


    Café Monarch

    Fine-dining contemporary American restaurant

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    Award-winning Café Monarch is a staple in Scottsdale’s local food scene. It’s consistently rated as one of the top restaurants for both fine dining and a romantic night out. Located in the Old Town near the corner of East Indian School Road and North Goldwater Boulevard, it’s easy to get to from anywhere in Downtown Scottsdale.

    If you're looking to dine under the stars, reserve a table at Café Monarch’s intimate and stylish courtyard. You can opt for its elegantly designed dining room for a sophisticated dining experience. All dishes use sustainably and locally sourced ingredients, and the menu changes frequently so you’ll find something new on each visit.

    Location: 6939 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 5.30 pm to 10.30 pm, Friday–Saturday from 5 pm to midnight (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 480-970-7682


    Franco’s Italian Caffe

    Family-owned authentic Italian restaurant

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    Franco’s Italian Caffe is a must-visit for authentic Italian cuisine and wines in Scottsdale. Located just steps from the busy corner of North Drinkwater Boulevard and North Scottsdale Road in Old Town, this family-owned trattoria offers a peaceful retreat even though it’s in a busy part of town.

    Known for its menu of Florence-style cuisine, Franco’s is a great place to enjoy Italian hospitality at its finest. The owner himself loves to work at the restaurant – you’ll see him regularly visiting tables and checking on guests. This restaurant gets crowded, so make sure to make a reservation if you’re going on a busy night.

    Location: 4327 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 5 pm to 9.30 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +1 480-481-7614


    Virtu Honest Craft

    Upscale intimate eatery with seasonal menus

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    Virtu Honest Craft is a James Beard-nominated restaurant within the Bespoke Inn on North Marshall Way, in Old Town Scottsdale. Serving incredibly thoughtful dishes in an intimate, stylish environment, the eatery is known for its constantly changing menu of Mediterranean flavours.

    Its unique recipes include seasonal produce from local farmers throughout the region, as well as seafood, prime meats, and fresh pasta. After a filling meal, you can enjoy beautiful Arizona nights under the stars on Virtu Honest Craft’s outdoor patio while sipping a craft cocktail.

    Location: 3701 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA

    Open: Monday–Friday from 11 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 9 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 480-946-3477


    The Hot Chick

    Game bar serving fried chicken and pub eats

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    The Hot Chick is a retro bar on North 75th Street, just west of Old Town Scottsdale. An awesome counter service game bar with a fun throwback vibe, it’s one of the best places in the city for enjoying ice-cold beer, classic arcade games and a delicious meal.

    The Hot Chick serves fast-casual comfort food, with a menu built around fried chicken. Order the traditional fried chicken by itself, on a sandwich or with waffles for a Southern-style meal. If you’re looking to have a fun afternoon, grab one of its board games, play a nostalgic arcade game like Super Mario Bros and Pac-Man, or take part in one of its nightly events like bingo or trivia.

    Location: 4363 N 75th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA

    Open: Daily from 3 pm to midnight

    Phone: +1 480-550-7819


    Diego Pops

    Modern Mexican restaurant featuring tacos and tequila

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    Diego Pops is a modern Mexican restaurant with a lively atmosphere. Located in Old Town just 1 block from the Arizona Canal, its prime location is easy to access from anywhere in Downtown Scottsdale. A must-try is its delicious tacos, which you can order a la carte with a variety of fillings or in a bowl if you’re going for a heartier meal. 

    Diego Pops has an excellent happy hour deal every day, offering both drink and food specials. Its outdoor fireplace, with brightly coloured chairs, is a local favourite hangout spot.

    Location: 4338 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 12 am

    Phone: +1 480-970-1007


    DeFalco’s Italian Deli

    Family-run Italian deli and market

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    DeFalco's Italian Deli is a casual but excellent joint on North Scottsdale Road, about 2 miles south of downtown. Family-owned and operated, it specialises in imported Italian grocery items and classic Italian dishes.

    Standouts include the centurion calzone, linguine with white clam sauce, and gnocchi with pesto. If you're heading for a hike nearby or just looking for a tasty meal to enjoy on a picnic, stop by DeFalco's Italian Deli and grab a freshly made sandwich or salad for the road.

    Location: 2334 N Scottsdale Rd a133, Scottsdale, AZ 85257, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 480-990-8660

    Victoria Zelefsky | Contributing Writer

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