Epicurean Journey to Enjoy the Best Dining in Scottsdale
Scottsdale loves to eat, drink, and socialize. The number of fine Scottsdale dining venues in this desert city continues to increase, and the bar on award-winning cuisine keeps getting higher. Here are a few highlights to start you on your epicurean journey of fine dining in Scottsdale.
Day 1 – Café Monarch
Start your tour off with a Scottsdale tradition, Café Monarch, perfect for a romantic dinner, special occasion, or just an extravagant night out. Their four-course prix fixe menu varies weekly to reflect local, organic, and sustainable premium ingredients. For the ultimate romantic dinner, ask to be seated on the tree-filled outdoor patio. Café Monarch is consistently voted one of the top 100 restaurants in the country; come see if you agree.
6939 E 1st Avenue
Day 2 – Fat Ox
For a modern twist on Italian classics, head to the Fat Ox. With seasonal ingredients and fresh house-made pasta, you can indulge in both classic Italian dishes and more adventurous, creative Scottsdale dining. Pair your dinner selections with a wine from their extensive wine list. Their slow-roasted meats and seafood are cooked over a pecan wood-fired grill for amazing flavor.
6316 N Scottsdale Road
Day 3 – Dominick’s Steakhouse
Dominick’s Steakhouse has two floors of dining experiences just waiting for you. Dine in the elegant first floor dining space, or head up to the second floor for a more modern Scottsdale dining experience at the tables surrounding the rooftop pool. The featured menu item is steak—all cuts and sizes and toppings. There is a raw bar, too, with oysters on the half-shell and iced Alaskan king crab, but this place is all about great steaks.
15169 N Scottsdale Road
Day 4 – Sel
Chef Branden Levine is at the helm of Sel, a small, chic restaurant nestled in between the art galleries and boutiques of Old Town. Sel offers a four-course prix fixe menu of contemporary American cuisine (also available a la carte) that is constantly changing to reflect the seasonal ingredients available. Chef Levine has appeared on Food Network cooking competitions and brings all his skill and flair to this Scottsdale dining establishment.
7044 E Main Street
Day 5 – Elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
A short drive from Scottsdale, elements’ Food Network star Chef Beau MacMillan offers innovative seasonal menus using local, organic produce and hormone-free meat. Sit on the patio overlooking the pool and watch the sunset behind the surrounding mountains as you enjoy an award-winning meal at elements.
elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain
5700 East McDonald Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ
Day 6 – Roka Akor
At Roka Akor, the center of the contemporary-style dining room is the robata grill, the heart of the restaurant. Voted one of the top ten sushi spots in the US by Bon Appetite, Roka Akor also is known for its steaks. The menu varies according to season but will always offer prime cut steaks and seafood with a Japanese twist, and of course, sushi and sashimi. Try the Chef’s Tasting Menu for an amazing Scottsdale dining experience.
Roka Akor Scottsdale
7299 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Day 7 – FnB
Award-winning FnB’s vegetable-forward menu changes frequently to reflect local seasonal ingredients, and their wine program highlights Arizona’s local wineries. Locally known as the “veggie whisperer,” Chef (and co-owner) Charleen Badman has been a “Best Chef Southwest Nominee” by the James Beard Foundation every year since 2014. Located in the historic Craftsman Court in downtown Scottsdale, FnB offers farm-fresh flavors and creative, unexpected flavor combinations.
7125 East 5th Avenue, Suite 31