Happy Hour

Isabella's Kitchen in Scottsdale: Happy Hour Report Card

Open and inviting, Isabella's Kitchen accommodates large parties as well as smaller groups.
Open and inviting, Isabella's Kitchen accommodates large parties as well as smaller groups. Rudri Bhatt Patel
Each week, we venture to a new restaurant to check out what the spot has to offer during our favorite time of day — happy hour. Whether it's affordable appetizers, delicious drinks, jaw-dropping deals, or none of the above, we'll check out the situation and report back.

The Spot: Isabella's Kitchen
8623 East Thompson Peak Parkway, Scottsdale
480-502-3100

The Hours:
 Happy hour runs Monday through Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m. for selected drinks and food.

Perfect for: Enjoying the outdoors with friends with scenic views and hearty happy hour food.

The Interior:
Isabella's Kitchen offers patrons several options to feel comfortable. Kick back with colleagues after work on the patio — you'll have a view of the sunset if you arrive at the right time and experience resort dining without the exuberant prices. If you're seeking privacy, there are four-tops and tables tucked inside. The vibe is casual, but the decor of empty bottles, wine barrels, and rusted steel gives the place an eccentric warm ambiance.

click to enlarge Enjoy the sunset on the patio, or if you want privacy, venture inside. Isabella's Kitchen offers both options. - RUDRI BHATT PATEL
Enjoy the sunset on the patio, or if you want privacy, venture inside. Isabella's Kitchen offers both options.
Rudri Bhatt Patel

The Food: There is no skimping on the cheese and meat plate at Isabella's Kitchen. Genoa salami and mortadella is served with cranberry bread, Brie, Pecorino, dried mangos, figs, walnuts, and house mustard. A rosemary sprig adds a special texture and color to the plate. Given its generous portions, the assumption is this board is expensive — think again. This plate is only $12 and a popular option for happy hour patrons. If you are looking for other food choices to share, Izzy's wings and the bruschetta plate offer sizable portions, too, or opt for traditional Italian fare, like a Margherita pizza.


click to enlarge The meat and cheese plate is undeniably decadent and a bargain for $12. - RUDRI BHATT PATEL
The meat and cheese plate is undeniably decadent and a bargain for $12.
Rudri Bhatt Patel

The Drink: Order a variety of beers for $4 or select wines for $7. During happy hour, cocktails are $8 and well drinks are $6. We opted for the Moscow Mule, their signature drink. This drink isn't light; the house-made ginger syrup, loaded vodka, and lime juice is a stealth combo. Isabella's Kitchen also features a Grapefruit Vojito, the menu's second-best seller and their version of a traditional mojito, substituting vodka instead of rum. The staff is attentive and eager to check on whether your drink is made the way you like.

click to enlarge The Moscow Mule is a stealth combo of loaded vodka, lime juice, and house-made ginger syrup. - RUDRI BHATT PATEL
The Moscow Mule is a stealth combo of loaded vodka, lime juice, and house-made ginger syrup.
Rudri Bhatt Patel


Conclusion: Great drinks, spectacular views, and excellent food makes Isabella's Kitchen the complete and satisfying happy hour experience. Whether with friends or family, this place will quickly become a go-to spot.

Don't Miss:
Generous food options for the price. In particular, the meat and cheese plate — you won't find a board like this anywhere else during happy hour.

Skip This: Sitting inside. The best way to enjoy Isabella's Kitchen is sipping your Moscow Mule while watching the sunset behind the mountains.


click to enlarge Enjoy 360-degree views of McDowell Mountain on the outdoor patio at Isabella's Kitchen. - RUDRI BHATT PATEL
Enjoy 360-degree views of McDowell Mountain on the outdoor patio at Isabella's Kitchen.
Rudri Bhatt Patel

Grade: A
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Rudri Patel is a lawyer turned writer and editor. She is the co-editor of the online literary journal The Sunlight Press and on staff at Literary Mama.
Contact: Rudri Patel