PHOENIX RESTAURANTS ONLINE | The Best Restaurants In Phoenix

PHOENIX RESTAURANTS ONLINE | The Best Restaurants In Phoenix

Papago Brewing Company

Papago Brewing Company            $$

7107 E McDowell Rd (west of N Scottsdale Rd)
Scottsdale • (480) 425-7439

Making Thirst Worthwhile

“When you walk through the door of this casual neighborhood brewpub, located among the many shops and eateries of Papago Plaza, you’ll be greeted by a larger-than-life-sized statue of a portly, jolly monk. If you love beer – especially beer from Belgium, where monks make the good stuff — you should take that as a good sign. Along with several housemade varieties, there’s a great selection of international brews on draft, plus a big assortment of bottles in the refrigerated cases. And if you get hungry, there’s a full menu of pub grub, including sandwiches, wings, and pizza.”

Best Brew Pub, 2008 – Phoenix New Times


Rita’s Kitchen

Rita’s Kitchen             $$$

5402 E Lincoln Dr (east of N 56th St)
Scottsdale • (480) 948-1700

A casual, contemporary Southwestern flair reigns throughout Rita’s Kitchen. Adobe walls, terracotta floors and wood-beamed ceilings enhance the natural, earthy Southwestern feel. Wood, stone and copper accents and vibrant artwork enliven the senses.

The menu features home-style regional cuisine featuring favorites from north and south of the border, using locally grown, seasonal and fresh ingredients. Enjoy an authentic adobe setting or patio dining in the shade of a sprawling Ironwood tree.

BEST. Sunday. Brunch. Ever…All of the food is insanely delicious. –

At the Marriott Camelback Inn Resort



BOURBON STEAK             $$$$

7575 E Princess Dr
Scottsdale • (480) 585-4848

AAA Four Diamond Award Winner

Entice your palate at Fairmont Scottsdale. Award-winning Chef Michael Mina presents an upscale, contemporary American steakhouse like no other at our BOURBON STEAK restaurant. Indulge in a tantalizing menu with modern fare featuring the finest cuts of beef, poultry, and fish, all slow-poached in butter, grilled and finished over seasoned wood-fueled flames. The Scottsdale restaurant boasts three kinds of beef, from Certified All-Natural Angus Beef and American Kobe, to A-5 Japanese Prime Cut Kobe. Modern classic American side dishes complement a unique wine list and handcrafted cocktails.

Open nightly for dinner, this Scottsdale restaurant serves as a physical homage to both the Southwest region and the spectacular architecture that was inspired by the desert during the arts and crafts movement. BOURBON STEAK, with its sensual, warm nightlife appeal, ties together the purity of the desert, the crafts movement, and the steakhouse tradition.

At the Fairmont Scottsdale


AZ 88

AZ 88                $$

7353 E Scottsdale Mall
Scottsdale • (480) 994-5576

“Trendy, neo-boho watering hole/cafe that pulses with energy, and remains one of the most reliable late-night dining spots in town. When the rest of Scottsdale is yawning and rolling up the sidewalks, AZ 88 is going strong like a stud bull on Viagra. God bless ‘em. Edibles are mainly salads, burgers and sammies — nothing amazing, but there are some solid noshes to be had. For finger food, we dig the galettes, these little flatbread pizza thingees, and the Buffalo-style chicken salad with blue cheese and hot sauce goes well with a glass of Bass Ale. Check out the mirrored stalls in the restrooms: Guaranteed to trip you out.” – Phoenix New Times

“Since 1988, this bar/restaurant has been known for its beautiful clientele, cool music and serious cocktails. But that reputation can also be misleading, because AZ 88 is also a place to eat a big, delicious burger and out-of-this-world waffle fries.” –


BLT Steak

BLT Steak        $$$$

5402 E Lincoln Dr (off N Hayden Rd)
Scottsdale • (480) 905-7979

AAA Four Diamond Award Winner

BLT Steak is found at the newly-renovated Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Set amidst a beautiful desert landscape, the 307-seat restaurant’s dramatic fire pit and regional cacti complement priceless views of Camelback Mountain. In addition to Laurent Tourondel’s signature modern American steakhouse menu, weekly blackboard specials highlight southwestern flavors and are peppered with herbs from Camelback Inn’s on-site organic garden.

BLT, or Bistro Laurent Tourondel, is the personal stamp of acclaimed chef and restaurateur Laurent Tourondel, named 2007 Restaurateur of the Year by Bon Appétit magazine. BLT Steak opened in Manhattan in 2004 as a revolutionary modern American steakhouse and was named one of Esquire magazine’s “best new restaurants in America” shortly after receiving a two-star review from The New York Times. At BLT Steak, Tourondel elevates the classic American steakhouse with his signature style, French training and all-around finesse.



Cielo                 $$$$

7353 E Indian School Rd (at N Buckboard Trail)
Scottsdale • (480) 308-1131

For travelers with a cultured palate, Cielo restaurant (pronounced “chee-EL-oh,” Cielo means “heaven” or “sky”) at Mondrian in Scottsdale, overseen by renowned international restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow, combines elements of Italian from all over Italy which is highlighted by handmade pastas and specialty created pizzas in a wood fire oven.

Chef Donald Lemperle is the man behind the menu items such as Conchigle al Parmigiano (Shells with parmesean cream, guanciale, leeks, pecorino and radicchio) and Tortelli di Manzo (Homemade braised oxtail tortelli, tomato sugo and parmesl). Cielo serves an innovative menu in its sleek-designed surroundings which gives off high energy, sophisticattion, but yet a relaxed environment.

at Hotel Theodore


Fogo de Chao

Fogo de Chao             $$$$

6300 N. Scottsdale Rd (south E Lincoln Dr)
Scottsdale • (480) 609-8866

Fogo de Chao is an authentic Brazilian steakhouse. In 1979, Fogo began sharing the gaucho way of preparing meat in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

The all-you-can-eat price of dining here includes a salad bar, side dishes, and up to 15 different cuts of meat served tableside by “gaucho chefs,” who roam from table to table wielding sword-like skewers of flame-grilled picanha, filet mignon, beef ancho, alcatra, fraldinha, costela, cordeiro, frango, costela de porco, lombo, linguica and more.

“Abandon your diet, if only for the night. Forget about moderation, too. To truly make the most of your dining experience here, you really have to unleash your hungriest inner carnivore.” – Phoenix New Times


Carlsbad Tavern

Carlsbad Tavern           $$

3313 N Hayden Rd (south of E Osborn Rd)
Scottsdale • (480) 970-8164

“New Mexico-style Mexican food served in a cave-like setting, complete with bats and gushing waterfalls. The kitchen sends out nothing but winners, from traditional favorites like carne adovada and blue corn enchiladas to nifty platters like pork osso buco and chicken breasts stuffed with sun-dried tomato, spinach, pepper and feta. First-rate margaritas, too.”
- Phoenix New Times

“Carlsbad Tavern has been dishing out spicy New Mexican fare for 13 years. Its cozy, cavelike ambiance suits legions of “batty” loyalists who’ve made this friendly watering hole a neighborhood favorite for happy-hour and late-night snacks as well as lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.” –


Scratch Pastries

Scratch Pastries          $

7620 E Indian School Rd (at N Miller Rd)
Scottsdale • (480) 947-0057

“Oh. My. God. … There are so many things to love about this sweet place you’ll hardly know where to begin. May I suggest standing in front of the pastry case?” – Phoenix Magazine

“Owners Duc and Noelle Liao have their own little piece of Paris at this inconspicuous strip mall patisserie/café, where the vibe is hip and low-key. Bring a friend (or grab a magazine), sip some fragrant Mariage Frères tea, and tuck into luscious traditional pastries, from croissants and butter cookies to fabulous confections. It would be tempting to just fill up on sweets, but the menu includes fabulous quiches and rustic sandwiches, too. Très délicieux!” – Phoenix New Times



Avalon                 $$$$

7707 E McDowell Rd (west of N 80th St)
Scottsdale • (480) 656-0010

Avalon – The upscale, culinary adventure in Contemporary Coastal Cuisine which features a distinctive menu inspired by the richness of onshore/offshore sea-bordering regions that is always fresh, deliberate, & thoughtful!

“Conveniently situated between downtown Scottsdale and Tempe, Avalon’s fresh cuisine concept is invigorating the scene with clean, bold, straightforward flavors. Executive chef Travis Watson trained with some of the world’s most notable chefs, including famed chef Jacque Paccard at the French eatery, Le Parisian. He crafted Avalon’s menu around local and regionally grown ingredients to the Western part of North America. Expect classy breakfast options – nothing that screams “diner” here – and tantalizing entrées at night.”
- Phoenix Magazine

Best Desserts 2009 – Phoenix New Times