Top Restaurants in Phoenix and Scottsdale
Collected by Katarina Kovacevic, AFAR Local Expert
Dinners served at long tables set up in the desert, pizza that some critics claim is the best in the country, a bountiful and somewhat surprising flow between local farms and restaurant kitchens, Phoenix and Scottsdale offer visitors everything from tacos and fry bread to sushi and seafood places that coastal cities would envy. In formal dining rooms and at farmers' market stands, you can taste craft beer, great bagels, barbecue, chocolate bacon caramel corn, or fine local wines and mesquite-grilled filet mignon, or Indonesian curry noodle soup.
1205, 2814 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006, USA
There are a handful of chef Silvana Salcido Esparza's Barrio restaurants around Greater Phoenix, including an outpost at the airport, but the original Barrio Café location on 16th Street (Calle 16) is the one you can't miss. Since 2002,...
8015 E Roosevelt St, Scottsdale, AZ 85257, USA
It may be in a random stretch of south Scottsdale, but Chula Seafood is definitely worth the drive. What started as a family wholesale business now includes a small kitchen and retail space where you can get delicious Hawaiian-style poke...
7111 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
A contemporary take on a traditional pub, Citizen Public House is known for its craft beers, classic and modern cocktails, and interesting pub grub. Snacks include bacon-fat popcorn and a beer fondue made with the local Kilt Lifter brew. Main...
6434 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283, USA
The only thing better than chef-owner Azhar Began’s brick-oven pizza is his delightfully unexpected wine list. It’s packed with varietals from lesser-known international growing regions like Croatia, Bulgaria, and even...
6922 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
Grab a spot on the backyard patio, and order up some wood-fired pizza and your choice of 36 different Arizona beers. Craft 64's rotating beer selection changes daily, and its signature Smooove Hoperator, brewed on-site, is regularly...
6316 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253, USA
Fat Ox is a recent venture from chef Matt Carter, the same Phoenix-born culinary genius behind other area hot spots like the Mission and Zinc Bistro. The restaurant dishes out modern takes on the hearty recipes of rural Italy—think...
Brown & Stetson Business, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
The owners of FnB—James Beard Award semifinalist chef Charleen Badman and front-of-house manager Pavle Milic—were early champions of Arizona wine and produce, curating a wine list that includes lots of Grand Canyon...
3000 E Ray Rd #7, Gilbert, AZ 85296, USA
Garage East, owned and operated by a former Gilbert Fire Department battalion chief, is a self-proclaimed "farm winery" in the community of Agritopia. The staff blend and barrel their own wine using grapes sourced from Dos Cabezas WineWorks...
15205 N Kierland Blvd Suite 150, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
The Queen Creek Olive Mill is a local, sustainable farm that produces some of Arizona’s best olive oil. Oils & Olives by Queen Creek, situated in Kierland Commons, allows you to shop local when you visit the region. Sample...
6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85042, USA
An oasis sits under a canopy of pecan trees in the heart of Phoenix: the Farm at South Mountain. Arrive for a home-style breakfast at the farm's Morning Glory Café, and hang around all day until it's time for a rustic,...
7120 E 6th Ave #19, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
Super Chunk Sweets & Treats is the brainchild of husband-wife team Sergio and Country Velador. They describe it as "small-batch, handcrafted confections with a slant toward traditional American flavors using unique ingredients and creative...
3815 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
The Mission is a rechanneling of chef Matt Carter’s traditional French culinary training into a restaurant and menu that dishes out some serious Latin flair. The tableside guacamole—with toasted pepitas and a light dusting of...
3701 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
At Virtù Honest Craft, a rotating menu features locally sourced goods alongside handcrafted cocktails and craft beer. Chef Gio Osso, a longtime Scottsdale favorite, has run the kitchen at some of the city’s most highly acclaimed...
6114 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253, USA
You’ll want to press your face up to the glass of the exhibition kitchen at Weft & Warp to watch the culinary masterminds create their beautiful dishes. Check it all out and then kick back at a cozy corner table and order up some charred...
15544 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260, USA
In a way, Zen Culinary’s fusion menu is the perfect metaphor for the eclectic foodie wolf-pack behind the restaurant, a trio of restaurant veterans with roots in Thailand, Korea, Japan, and the Philippines. The modern and sprawling...
3603 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
Soon after opening, Crudo received an almost unheard-of 4.5-star rating from the tough-to-impress food critic at the Arizona Republic, the state’s largest newspaper. Years later, the Valley mainstay still tops local and national foodie...
4301 E University Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85034, USA
The crew behind Little Miss BBQ got its start as a competitive barbecue team. Now they run this small but highly sought-after joint where lines often wrap around the block (and yes, it’s completely worth the wait). As with all quality...
623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
This place always has a wait (though reservations are available for a party of six or more). Thankfully, the bar across the street makes waiting a little easier, and when you taste the pizza, you'll know why Pizzeria Bianco has...
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