Where to eat: fine dining in Arizona
Collected by Joseph Cyr, AFAR Local Expert
Enjoy the abundance of taco-truck and hole-in-the-wall offerings throughout Arizona, but when you want to sit down in style, there's plenty of fine dining. The dress code may be more casual than in the coastal cities, but Arizona's chefs' palates are no less educated, and they're eager to share their recipes in their adopted Southwestern home. Dining in the desert doesn't have to mean leaving civilization behind.
5501 N Hacienda Del Sol Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718, USA
The Grill is the only restaurant in Arizona to receive the “Award of Ultimate Distinction” from Wine Enthusiast. History, quiet service, and the most romantic dining in Tucson are all here. For the best dinner-with-a-view, ask for a table in the...
375 S Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA
Casa Vicente is an institution in this desert city—Tucson's outpost for tapas a la española. Just south of the downtown core, a couple of blocks from the neo-Baroque façade of the Cathedral of San Agustín, this restaurant also features live music...
110 E Pennington St, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA
No, you don't have the wrong address—this is indeed a downtown office building and parking garage. But don't be alarmed. Walk through the door, and Café Poca Cosa's stylish interior tells you immediately that this is no boring strip mall Tex-Mex...
#140 Scottsdale 85254xaX, 15034 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
A, 2221 I-19 Frontage Rd B102, Tubac, AZ 85646, USA
Tucson is predictably well-endowed with Mexican restaurants...But it's still worth driving about an hour south to the little town of Tubac for a meal at Elvira's. Upon entering the cool space, you won't be surprised to learn that the chef/owner...
771 AZ-179, Sedona, AZ 86336, USA
After a hard day of hiking the myriad trails through Sedona's gorgeous red rock country, my friend and I earned a dining experience where calories did not count. Everyone recommended Elote Cafe. Thank you, everyone, for one of the finest meals...
5532 N Palo Cristi Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, USA
LON’s at The Hermosa Inn is our favorite in the Scottsdale area because the outdoor patio dining has a genuine vintage Southwestern feel. The indoor dining experience is superb, but for the ultimate romantic atmosphere try to reserve a spot on the...
6936 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
If you like Zinc Bistro, the House has the same great chef, Matt Carter. This has terrific drinks and food, but the ambiance just can't be captured in a photo. Ask manager Tony for the cider shandy. Opened in late 2012, the restaurant inside is...
3815 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
You will want reservations to get into this place. The Mission Restaurant and Lounge serves modern Latin cuisine in a fantastic bar restaurant with a wonderful outdoor back patio (seen here). The chef is Matthew Carter, also known for the House...
3930 E Camelback Rd #204, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
The Bistro is adjacent to Vincent's well regarded fine dining restaurant. The Bistro is both indoors and outdoors and has excellent casual dining for a bargain price. This wonderful little spot is for locals, and the Bistro is hidden from the...
7575 E Princess Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA
Acclaimed celebrity chef Michael Mina is showcasing contemporary American steakhouse cuisine at his Bourbon Steak restaurant inside the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The dry-aged beef, U.S. fish, and poultry are prepared in butter, poached and...
400 N Toole Ave A, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA
Maynard's Market & Kitchen is a great place to experience some of the best that downtown Tucson has to offer, with a host of locally sourced products, as well as a considerable wine selection. The bar is a cool spot for an informal meal and a...
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