5 Best Restaurants in Scottsdale Right Now

The grilled octopus starter is a simple but don't-miss dish on Virtu's menu.
The grilled octopus starter is a simple but don't-miss dish on Virtu's menu.
Lauren Saria

Drive down Scottsdale Road and you'll come within reach of many of the restaurants that have helped put the Valley's dining scene on the map. Old Town Scottsdale is, of course, a destination for both tourists and local food lovers, but look just beyond the confines of that crowded dining scene and you'll find some of the neighborhood's real gems. From a restaurant that embodies the spirit of the local and seasonal dining trends, to a sleek spot for some of the very best Japanese food in the Southwest, Scottsdale's best restaurants are sure to impress.

The pork belly pastrami has been a staple of the Citizen Public House menu for years.
The pork belly pastrami has been a staple of the Citizen Public House menu for years.
Lauren Saria

Citizen Public House

Whether you're looking for the perfect salad, excellent meatloaf, or scallops that will have you swooning, Citizen Public House in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale delivers. This upscale gastropub from chef Bernie Kantak takes American classics and gives them a modern, creative twist to create instant classics, including pork belly pastrami that's smoky, salty, and just the right amount of luscious and a chopped salad that's so famous it has its own Facebook page. The restaurant offers a comfortable but stylish dining room centered around the four-sided bar, behind which Citizen's talented bar team creates some of the Valley's best cocktails. For date night, late night, or just a few drinks, there's hardly a better destination in Scottsdale than this. 

Chef Shinji Kurita's Tsukuri Six is an adventure of flavor and textures.
Chef Shinji Kurita's Tsukuri Six is an adventure of flavor and textures.
Lauren Saria

ShinBay

Shinji Kurita's James Beard Award-nominated restaurant, ShinBay, is a temple of elegant Japanese cuisine. Located a few miles north of Old Town, this sleek restaurant blends natural decor with modern sensibility, with the focal point of the space being the 12-seat sushi bar behind which Kurita works. Diners can choose from a five-course omakase Chef's Tasting Course or go for a preset multicourse meal such as the three-course ShinBay Course ($60) or the four-course Yu Course ($80). No matter which you choose, you're guaranteed a stunning parade of dishes that can include delicate deep-fried soft shell crab, a rainbow of nigiri sushi, or the chef's signature Tsukuri Six, or seafood bites.

Brunch at Virtu is served every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Brunch at Virtu is served every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lauren Saria

Virtu Honest Craft

Since opening in 2013, chef Gio Osso's Virtu has wasted no time become a local and national dining destination. It popped up on Esquire's Best New Restaurants list just months after opening, and then snagged a James Beard Award nomination in 2014 for Best New Restaurant. The food is simple but inspired, with the menu generally taking a Mediterranean slant. Osso turns pristine ingredients such as Spanish octopus and locally-grown produce into plates that feel truly elegant. For brunch, which the restaurant serves every day, count on delicate crepes, cast-iron frittatas, and Benedicts made with luxurious ingredients such as duck confit and mortadella.

No meal at FnB is complete without a serving of chef Charleen Badman's butterscotch pudding.
No meal at FnB is complete without a serving of chef Charleen Badman's butterscotch pudding.
Lauren Saria

FnB

Though "seasonal" and "local" have become culinary buzz words for many restaurants, Scottsdale's FnB restaurant embodies the spirit of these movements. Chef Charleen Badman turns simple, local produce into fare that's at once comforting and novel. Drawing inspiration from international cuisine, she creates a menu that changes almost constantly, but often includes dishes such as perfectly roasted locally-raised chicken, swiss chard falafel, and Badman's well-loved braised leeks, topped with mozzarella, fried egg, and mustard bread crumbs. The service is always friendly, and the restaurant's Arizona-focused wine list gives diners an opportunity to explore the state's offerings.

On Tuesday nights, you'll find Posh full of diners slurping down bowls of chef Josh Hebert's excellent ramen.
On Tuesday nights, you'll find Posh full of diners slurping down bowls of chef Josh Hebert's excellent ramen.
Lauren Saria

Posh

Chef Josh Hebert brought improvisational dining to Scottsdale with Posh, located on the northern edge of Old Town Scottsdale. At the restaurant, Hebert and his team of talented chefs craft menus based on diners' preferences, using top-quality ingredients to stun their guests with plates that look and taste like perfection. And though the improvisational dining experience is certainly worthwhile, you can also experience Hebert's talent on the cheap thanks to the restaurant's Tuesday ramen nights. On these weekly occasions, the chef gives diners a concise but excellent menu of Japanese street foods including several styles of ramen and okonomiyaki, a savory Japanese pancake.

Originally published March 18, 2015. Updated April 13, 2016. 

Use Current Location

Related Locations

miles
Posh Improvisational Cuisine

7167 E. Rancho Vista Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-663-7674

www.poshscottsdale.com

miles
FnB Restaurant

7125 E. 5th Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-284-4777

www.fnbrestaurant.com

miles
Virtu Honest Craft

3701 N. Marshall Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-946-3477

www.virtuscottsdale.com

miles
ShinBay - Closed

7001 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85258

480-664-0180

www.shinbay.com

miles
Citizen Public House

7111 E. 5th Ave. Ste. E.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-398-4208

www.citizenpublichouse.com

miles
Original ChopShop Co.

7158 E. 5th Ave.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480-794-1536

www.chopshopco.com

From Our Sponsors


Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >