Restaurants in Scottsdale Arizona are found in clusters which makes an electric energy among Scottsdale restaurants and gives restaurant patrons options should their first choice be on too long of a wait.
Old Town is on the south edge of Scottsdale just a few miles before Scottsdale Road runs into Tempe. The Pink Pony steak house is an institution which has been standing nearly 30 years. Bandera next door has about a 15 year history of casual quality American food-and a parking lot! Buca di Bepo across the street from these two serves family style Italian in a festive format. The original RA sushi is also on this corner across from a popular Happy Hour spot called Salty Senorita. The original Oregano’s Pizza offers great outdoor seating to match the great pies and salads. Village Whiskey is the latest Scottsdale creation to capitalize on the demand for whiskey recipes and offerings.
Fashion Square Mall:
Fashion Square Restaurants have received a face lift in recent years with the redevelopment of Scottsdale and Camelback Roads. The original P.F. Chang’s is still there but is now surrounded by great restaurants like Wildfish, Grand Lux (which is owned by and very similar to The Cheesecake Factory) and Olive & Ivy from Sam Fox. Sam’s other Italian creation; Sauce is an option for quick Italian is in the Mall. The Nordstrom Cafe is a consistent choice when shopping and allows the diner to stay inside-skipping the heat. The Keg is an option for a steak like Drinkwaters next to the mall.
The Borgota and Hylton Village:
Just north of Fashion Square are two dueling centers with plenty of restaurant choices. Hylton Village has been home to a Houston’s for nearly two decades and the center now sports Blue Wasabi for sushi and Humble Pie for a hipster pizza experience. The Country Glazed Ham Co offers excellent salads and sandwiches. The Borgata had a recent face lift (no Scottsdale pun intended) and added a J. Alexander’s and Blanco Tacos as the top billing restaurants.
Gainey Ranch is home to some nationally known favorites like upscale seafood McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Place and American grill, Village Tavern. The Kitchen brings a market style environment with sit down counter service or full service options. Regional American restaurant Bloom by Sam Fox counts Gainey Ranch as its second location, the first is in Tucson. A Pei Wei from P.F. Chang’s offers quick service Chinese and Asian dishes. The restaurant was inspired from the noodle houses in San Francisco.
Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard:
This intersection is home to a handful of well know restaurants like a second Oregano’s Pizza, the area’s only Dunkin Donuts, Martini Ranch, Claim Jumper and Mrs. Butterfields for breakfast.
Kierland is the premier shopping outlet in upper Scottsdale. With the shops are a host of great restaurants. The Cheesecake Factory and P.F. Chang’s act as the entry way to dining choices which include Tommy Bahamas, RA Sushi, Italian concept North, the very upscale Ocean Club and French inspired Zinc Bistro. The Green House next to North has California fare and Chloe’s Kitchen offers breakfast and lunch in a counter or carry-out space.
Located at Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard, The Promenade has the city’s only In-n-Out Burger. Also available here are a Capital Grille, Maggiano’s Little Italy and the sports bar Fox Sports Grill. Across from the Promenade a Charleston’s and Carraba’s Italian Grill are in a center with hot happy hour spot Sushi Brokers.