Scottsdale, Arizona is a city that offers an impressive and sophisticated dining scene, with a variety of restaurants that provide a range of flavors and styles. From upscale gastropubs to modern Japanese cuisine, there's something for everyone in this vibrant city. Here are eight local Scottsdale restaurants that locals and visitors alike love:AZ88 - Located in the heart of the Scottsdale Civic Center, this upscale gastropub is renowned for its ever-changing art exhibits and elegant design. During the day, floor-to-ceiling windows and a sun-drenched patio offer stunning views of the park's lush gardens and public art installations.
At night, AZ88 transforms into a modern and artistic meeting place with DJ tunes to accompany its crowded cocktails. The menu features gourmet burgers and sandwiches, tasty chicken wings and farm-fresh salads. Don't miss Hell's Fire Chips, homemade French fries topped with crumbled blue cheese and AZ Gunslinger sauce.
Citizen Public House- This neighborhood restaurant offers homemade mozzarella, fresh produce from local organic farmers, and more than 30 Arizona craft beers on tap. I recommend starting with the Farmers Market salad of the day, an ever-changing mix of the season's freshest offerings.
Then, delight your taste buds with ají pizza, a mix of fennel sausages, sautéed onions, three types of cheese, and chili and jalapeño hot sauce served hot fresh from the wood oven. Pair it all with Craft 64 Rocky Point Blonde beer or Amber Schmamber red beer.
Sel- This intimate, family-owned restaurant is nestled among the galleries of the Old Town Art District. Chef Branden Levine's four-course, fixed-price dinners offer contemporary, progressive American cuisine brimming with bold flavors and culinary creativity. The menu changes regularly to reflect the freshest seasonal offers, so trips to and from Sel are a given.
FNB- At FNB, the wine list is as important as the dinner menu.
Beverage Director Pavle Milic works tirelessly with local wineries and chef Charleen Badman to create the best tasting and pairing experience for guests to enjoy. While the drink selection is impressive, Citizen Public House also has a varied menu of high-quality gastropub favorites, as well as high-quality main courses. Traditional popcorn with bacon fat is a must-have appetizer.
The Mission- Grilled scallops with sweet corn grits and a gastric cola are to die for at The Mission. This restaurant offers daring American cuisine that highlights wood-fired cooking.
Its rustic menu pays homage to an old Western style of cooking, allowing the smoke and intense heat of the wood fire to shine through the kitchen of each and every protein.
Marcellino Ristorante- This Italian restaurant offers classic Italian dishes made with fresh ingredients from local farmers markets. The menu features handmade pastas, wood-fired pizzas and traditional Italian desserts. Don't miss out on Marcellino's signature dish: osso buco alla Milanese.
Roka Akor- Roka Akor brings a modern twist to classic Japanese robotic cuisine. An elegant interior with local design elements mixed with deep wood tones and stylized lighting reflects the clean yet tasty kitchen style featured throughout the menu.
Guests are invited to see and interact with the highly skilled chefs who prepare their meals on the traditional robata grill in this one-of-a-kind dining room.