The 12 Best Scottsdale Restaurants
Looking for the absolute best Scottsdale restaurants? This can be nothing short of a challenge considering Scottsdale’s 15 freeway exits (yes, fifteen) and dozens of places to eat! We’ve done all of the hard work for you and compiled a list of the very best Scottsdale restaurants including hidden gems, popular staples, brunch, dinner, and local favorites. Scottsdale restaurants are notorious for being on the higher end when it comes to cost, but our list has a little bit of something for everyone with the goal of highlighting the most delicious food as our top priority. A more micro-focused post on the best Old Town Scottsdale restaurants coming soon!
12. Kodo Sushi Sake
This restaurant may not look like anything special on the outside but that’s not the case once you step inside. The food at Kodo Sushi is so fresh and the sushi is made at the front of the restaurant for you to see. The rolls very reasonably priced and come in ten slices for each order. At .Kodo Sushi they aren’t afraid of mixing things up with purple sticky rice and unique rolls. The Phoenix roll is our favorite roll with fresh ingredients including spicy salmon, avocado, cucumber and topped with seared salmon, cheese, spicy mayo, and eel sauce. In the mood for something a little more glutenous? You can’t go wrong with their deep-fried Vegas roll.
11. The Root and Soul (PERMANENTLY CLOSED)
The Root and Soul has made its way onto the list of the best Scottsdale restaurants by bringing a piece of the south to Arizona. Owner and Chef Christian Buze has helped his grandmother (owner of Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Café in Phoenix) with cooking since he was a kid. He has added his own flair with flavors and cooking methods to create his own delicious menu. The Shrimp Po Boy has the perfect kick of spice, and the fried chicken and waffles are to die for! The waffle batter is made daily and infused with maple sugar and their Jambalaya is made to order. Chef Buze has really taken the art of southern cooking to heart and it shows!
10. Postino Wine Café
If you live in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area then you have definitely heard about Postino’s. This chic place is always a local favorite and one of the best Scottsdale restaurants. They serve up sandwiches, salads, and soup but are known for there bruschetta boards. One order will get you four types of bruschetta on a wood board from a large selection on the menu. The bruschetta is definitely big enough to share or even have as your own meal. You can’t go wrong with the original tomato, mozzarella, and basil but our favorite is the brie, apple, and fig spread. Hands down.
9. Andreoli Italian Grocer
Andreoli’s is a step outside of Arizona! The restaurant truly feels like a deli/grocery store in the heart of Italy. Many ingredients are imported from Italy and are approved by Chef Giovanni and his family. They make their burrata, potato gnocchi, meatballs, and more all in the restaurant. You can order anything from a 10 dollar sandwich to a 70 dollar T-bone Steak. No matter the price, the meals are both filling and satisfying. Inside the restaurant, you will find a few display cases of meats, cheese, and our favorite, dessert! They have cakes, croissants, cookies, and a crowd favorite, Sfogiatelle, a flaky Sicilian pastry that is the perfect ending to a perfect meal. Andreoli’s can be a casual gathering with kids and friends or a romantic evening with your date and everyone is welcome.
8. La Fonda Del Sol
La Fonda has become a local favorite over the years. It’s a little hole in the wall restaurant right off of Shea Blvd. La Fonda serves amazing Mexican food by staff that is very welcoming! If the restaurant isn’t too busy they’ll let you pick where you would like to sit. Every meal starts with hot chips and two different types of delicious homemade salsa. Entrees come out of the kitchen in a timely manner and everything on the menu full of flavor. The carnitas burrito is simple but perfect, with tender meat and a sauce compliments the flavor of the meat perfectly. The nachos are an appetizer but are big enough to split as a meal for two! Super reasonably priced and delicious food.
7. Butters Pancakes + Café
Butters will give you anything your hungry appetite desires and can satisfy any sweet or savory craving. They are known for their light, fluffy, and perfectly sweet pancakes. You can keep it simple with classic pancakes, or mix it up with berry, chocolate chip, banana cream pie, berry bliss, Oreo smores, or (our personal favorite) the cinnamon roll pancakes. Butters isn’t just for breakfast though. Their lunch menu has delicious sandwiches, salads, and juicy burgers that don’t get the attention they deserve, including the bacon cheeseburger is just phenomenal. It comes with fries that have just the right amount of saltiness and crunch. Even with the big menu, Butters puts effort into every single dish that they serve, making it one of the best Scottsdale restaurants.
6. Olive & Ivy Restaurant + Marketplace
Olive & Ivy is a Mediterranean restaurant that’s keeping things fresh, unique, and delicious. The restaurant is set up right next to the river that runs through Old Town and it’s one of the best Scottsdale restaurants. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy fresh seafood, pasta made in house every day, salads, and other delicious meals. A crowd favorite is the Natural Chicken- chicken thighs that are cooked in a citrus jus and placed on top of a bed of Yukon puree with crimini mushrooms, topped with a juicy chicken breast. Once you have finished your meal head on over to the market where you can get gelato/sorbet to top off a perfect evening. We recommend the coconut sorbet if they have it!
5. Slanted Rice Vietnamese Bistro
Slanted Rice is a mixture of traditional and modern Vietnamese food served inside of a cute bistro atmosphere. All of the food is made to order and the dishes are so simple and so delicious. They have a few signature dishes, but our favorite is the Crispy Rice Clay Pots. We love savoring the outside layer of the crispy rice cooked in the pot with various toppings including vegetables and a meat of your choice. Chicken is our go-to meat selection- it has the perfect amount of char from the grill and is always incredibly tender. Other favorite menu items include the famous spring rolls and pho.
4. Yo Pauly’s New York Pizza Co.
Yo Pauly’s has been flying under the radar for quite some time, but it’s no doubt one of the best Scottsdale restaurants. Their New York-style pizza is doing New York justice right here in Arizona. The pizza crust is a super thin and fluffy at the same time. Every pizza is made with their signature sauce and topped with cheese and your choice of toppings. Our favorite thing to order here is a simple cheese pizza. The ratio between pizza, sauce, and cheese is simply perfect. Go with a couple of friends and order a New York Giant style pizza, which is a 24″ pie. If you can’t commit to any style of pizza, grab some pizza by the slice at the register. We’re also here for the amazing staff, who you can constantly hear behind the counter bickering, laughing, joking, and interacting with the customers. Eating inside is a real treat plus all dine-in customers get complimentary old-school garlic knots.
3. Citizen Public House
If you’ve had a peek at our post on the 10 best restaurants in Phoenix, you know that we’re over the moon for The Original Chopped Salad, served at two sister restaurants in town, one of which is Citizen Public House. Made with smoked salmon, freeze-dried corn, arugula, couscous, and diced tomato, all topped with a homemade buttermilk dressing, it’s the salad of your dreams and worth visiting Citizen Public House alone for. Don’t stop just there though, there are lots of incredible menu items here and some of our favorites include the fondue appetizer and pan-seared scallops.
FnB exceeds our culinary expectations on so many levels and is unquestionably one of the very best Scottsdale restaurants. In the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, FnB is a quaint and cozy restaurant that only serves delicious, fresh food capitalizing on seasonal produce. FnB’s menu items may even change daily depending on what ingredients are available. We recommend trying at least a few appetizers and an entree so that you can experience a variety of their unique flavor profiles. Favorite past concoctions include the roasted asparagus with cauliflower puree or the homemade ricotta toast with beets. FnB is the perfect place for a romantic night out, with classical music, cozy and dim lighting (but not too dim that you can’t read the menu or enjoy the beautiful plating), and outstanding service.
1. Defalco’s Italian Deli & Grocery
We can never eat at Defalco’s too many times because everything on the menu exceeds our expectations every single time. Don’t worry about avoiding certain menu items here- everything is just that good. From sandwiches to calzones to pizza, and pasta, we . have sampled everything and guarantee a delicious meal here. The sandwiches come on your choice of bread with crunchy veggies and freshly sliced meat- the perfect Italian sandwich in our book. The pizzas and calzones are made with homemade dough and fresh mozzarella- delicious and hard to resist. Along with the food at Defalco’s they have a grocery store where you can pick up authentic Italian ingredients and freshly made bread to take home. It is a must-try and at the top of our list of the best Scottsdale restaurants!