Finding a place to dine in Scottsdale, Az.

Do you enjoy the taste of a well prepared meal? How would you like to try some of the best food in the Southwest, so full of intense, aromatic flavors it will cause your mouth to water just reading the menu. If you truly enjoy trying new things, then you owe it to yourself to experience the pleasure of fine dining in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Well known for some of the best restaurants anywhere, Scottsdale is a must for any lover of real authentic southwest food. Picture yourself sitting down to a thick,juicy porterhouse steak, mesquite grilled over an open fire, so tender that it literally melts in your mouth, with a side of asparagus or blackened beans. How about some baby-back ribs with spicy-sweet prickly pear/ chipotle BBQ sauce and a cobbette of corn.

Maybe you are in the mood for a smoked chicken enchilada with red chili sauce, so flavorful your taste buds will be working overtime. Or how about a house specialty of coconut fried shrimp with a spicy cocktail sauce. Finish it off with a brownie topped with ice cream and chocolate sauce or maybe a dish of cinnamon swirl ice cream.

Pinnacle Peak Patio Steakhouse

Imagine walking back in time to an old west style dining hall. The moment you enter, you smell the sweet aroma of mesquite cooking over an open flame. Wood plank flooring provides that quaint down-home feel, beckoning you to come in and enjoy a nice homestyle meal. With a menu that includes barbeque ribs, chicken and of course steak, you’re sure to enjoy yourself. For those of you who are up to the challenge, Pinnacle Peak dares you to try their famous 32 oz Porterhouse steak. In true Pinnacle Peak Patio tradition, the waiters each carry a pair of scissors to cut off the ties of those unfortunate enough not to have left them at home. You will see the rafters lined with the ties of many others who met with the same dire fate. Pinnacle Peak Patio is synonymous with Scottsdale dining, having started in 1957 as a general store and rest stop for weary travelers. 


Originating in Austin, Texas in 1989, Z’Tejas specializes in true southwestern flavors from California, Arizona, Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. Open for brunch, lunch or dinner, Z’Tejas will provide that perfect compliment for a day out on the Scottsdale golf courses or just a break during a day of shopping. 

Don and Charlie’s

A true Scottsdale original, Don and Charlies has been a local favorite since 1981. Highlighted by walls of sports memorabilia, Don and Charlie’s boasts the largest collection of sports artifacts west of the Mississippi. But the ambience is not the only thing that is world-class. They specialize in a variety of some great American favorites including many type of steaks, fried calamari and even Frog’s legs.

Maggiano’s Little Italy

What would Scottsdale be without an Italian influence? With a menu of everything from crab cakes to veal picatta, you are sure to be pleased with the choices here. For those who enjoy pasta and other Italian dishes with a southwest influence, this is the place for you.

Olive and Ivy

If a lighter fare is more your style, Olive and Ivy specializes in Mediterranean foods in a marketplace environment. Enjoy a fresh Mediterranean salad with feta cheese, toasted almonds and oregano dressing or an entree of Scallops with mushrooms. Olive and Ivy was recently named as the best place “to see and be seen” in Scottsdale by 944 Magazine 1997. Dont miss this treasure of the southwest. 

No matter what you crave, you deserve to indulge in true southwest flavor cuisine at least once in your life. Here are 5 of the best restaurants in Scottsdale to give you that real southwestern dining experience.