Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Phoenix >
Aug 18, 2009 04:11 PM

Going to be in Scottsdale/Phoenix 2 days, Sedona too. Restaurant Recs?

My Boyfriend and I are going to be on a vacation in Arizona shortly.
We will be in Scottsdale/Phoenix for 2 days and sedona/grand canyon for 3 days.
I'm in my mid 20s, boyfriend very early 30s.

We love all kinds of food so nothing is off limits (we just love GREAT food).
Anything really - American, French, Bistros, Italian, Sushi, Indian etc...

Would appreciate any and all breakfast/lunch/dinner/Brunch recs!

Thanks :)

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Stacey, you'll get a better response if you let us know where you'll be, on what days of the week. Be specific, to get neighborhood recs. It sounds like you'll have a car, but, you might get tired of driving, and want to eat close to where you're staying.

    3 Replies
    1. re: johnseberg

      For Scottsdale, We are going to be there on a Friday & Saturday night (1st week in Sept). We are staying near East Camelback Road/ N Scottsdale Rd (Close to the Scottsdale Fashion Square).

      In Sedona, we're staying near Oak Creek. We'll be there Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Probably will have to drive to eat around there though, I'd imagine.

      Appreciate the help :-)

      1. re: Staceyy

        Sedona is one of my favorite places to visit although for the most part most restaurants go through the motion as they are geared for the tourist traffic.

        I'd recommend Elote as a must - get there early as they only take reservations for parties of 6 or more - they are closed a couple nights a week so you should check their schedule as you are only there a few nights.
        Excellent authentic Mexican fare with great margaritas - the blood orange is my favorite, they have an outdoor deck with great views!

        Lunch (or breakfast) at Enchantment Resort in Boynton Canyon has some of the best views of the red rocks and the food - particularly their spa menu is very creative if not pricy. You need to make reservations or you'll be stopped at their guard shack and turned back. Don't go for dinner as once the sun sets you see nothing but black!

        I'd stay away from any of the restaurants on the main street in downtown/old town Sedona - you'll get lost in the tourist traffic and most likely be disappointed in the very pedestrian fare.

        Kurt's Cafe or Grill(?) in West Sedona in a funky old building in front of a motel but the food is fantastic - with a southwest flavor, great wines by the glass. Kurt is the chef/owner and he's always there.

        I think Dahl and Liduca is over rated but its very popular - an off the beaten track Italian alternative is Joe's Bistro next to Tlaquepaque - great value and red sauce.

        Oak Creek brew pub in Tlaquepaque offers hand crafted beers and a casaul dining room with pizzas, sandwiches and wood fired entrees. Stay away from Rene's in Tlaquepaque its a dinosaur!

        Fork in the Road in Oak Creek Village - which is a scenic 10 minute drive from Sedona is another chef owned restaurant. The menu seems to change frequently - I have enjoyed several dinners there but have to say the noise level of the restaurant can be pretty loud.

        While at the Grand Canyon avoid the fast food and high traffic tourist traps, treat yourself to an elegant and affordable lunch at the El Tovar dining room, very formal service, old world setting takes you back decades in time.

        Have a good trip!

        1. re: ratuetuate

          You couldn't ask for a better Sedona & GC summary than that!

          I thought we'd done a Phx/Scottsdale one of these recently, but since I don't see it ...

          Start with this excellent thread ...

          You can find much discussion of these elsewhere on this board. A starting short list, focusing on things that you might not have at home, includes:

          -- Binkley's - fabulous, high-end but not frou-frou; get the tasting menu
          -- Noca - excellent quality, good vibe for your ages
          -- Dick's Hideaway / Rokerij -- sisters to the much beloved Richardson's (which recently had a fire) big southwest flavours

          Other interesting possibliities:
          -- The Mission - Old Town Scottsdale; has some really tasty stuff, & a very hip vibe, especially on weekends
          -- Cowboy Ciao - eclectic menu
          -- Atlas Bistro - excellent food; technically, it's a BYO, but there's a very good wine store immediately adjacent, which gives you an amazing selection (I'm thinking the alcohol laws in Ontario are about the same as in BC -- "limiting" to say the least)
          -- Razz may be back from summer hiatus by the time you're here - he's an adventure in himself :-


          In early September, we're just barely starting to come out of "summer mode" -- a lot of the brunch offerings won't be back up yet. And some of the interesting places only do lunch during tourist season.

          Cowboy Ciao
          7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

          6920 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331

          Dick's Hideaway
          6008 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

          Atlas Bistro
          2515 N Scottsdale Rd Ste 18, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

          6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016

          Razz's Restaurant & Bar
          10315 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

          3118 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

          The Mission
          3815 North Brown Avenue, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    2. I too will be in the Phoenix / Scottsdale / Sedona / Grand Canyon region and am looking for some great restaurants. I'm very adventurous when it comes to food but my gf is not. We're looking for some New American and European restaurants in Phoenix / Scottsdale / Sedona on the week (Tuesday and Wednesday) following labor day. We're also suckers for brunch and will drive hours for food if it's worth it. Thanks!

      1 Reply
      1. re: josekin

        ratuetuate's recommendations are all right on. El Tovar used to do a Sunday Brunch and Enchantment still does. I like to suggest true local places for visitors to Phoenix/Scottsdale. You'll find plenty of info on this website on each of these:
        Over Easy. Breakfast. 40th St. south of Indian School. They have been on the Food Network so avoid weekends unless you want to wait forever.
        Barrio Cafe. Upscale Mexican food on 16th Street which has become Phoenix' Mexican restaurant rwo.
        Phoenix Ranch Market is a must for lunch. 16th Street and Roosevelt.
        Gallo Blanca in the Clarendon Hotel in uptown Phoenx.
        NOCA on Camelback Road at 32nd street.

        And for two completely different Mexican food adventures; Carolina's on Mohave just west of the airport car rental faclity (lunch, although breakfasts are good too) and America's Taco Shop on 7th street just north of McDowell for Carne Asada Tacos.

      2. Love Elote Cafe in of the best at the Kings Ransom Hotel
        Yavapai at Enchantment Resort forBreakfast/ Lunch is really good..the stunning red rock views are beyond gorgeous...make sure you get reservations, so the guard will have you on the list to let you in.
        Garland's Lodge is also a wonderful place to have dinner...Cowboy Club is fun too.
        Coffee Pot or Wildflower Bread Company for breakfast..

        Scottsdale/Phoenix area..I love Durant's and Binkley's in Cave Creek..Carolina's for Mex.

        1. Cowboy Ciao, Rokerij, Razz's amazing. Love them.

          I lived in Sedona for 3 years in my distant youth, and loved The Coffee Pot restaurant for breakfasts. It's nothing fancy, kind of tourist-y, but they have something ridiculous like 101 omelets - good to fill up before you drive up 89A to Flagstaff (go through Oak Creek Canyon on the way up to Flag, take I-17 back!)

          1. Suggestions to minimize the wait for Pizzeria Bianco on a Friday or Saturday? Prefer eating later.