Scottsdale, Arizona offers a plethora of upscale dining choices. Whether you are lodging in the traditional area of Old Town or exploring the contemporary atmosphere and design of North Scottsdale, you will discover a dining establishment that provides a perfect blend of atmosphere and flavor – even if it comes at a high price.
6939 E 1st Ave
In 2022, Cafe Monarch was recognized by Trip Advisor as one of the top three fine dining restaurants in the country. It’s easy to understand why once you step through the doors. Situated in the charming Old Town Scottsdale, the restaurant exudes a classic, vintage atmosphere with its elegant white tablecloths, intricate decorations, sparkling chandeliers, and flickering candles.
This place gives off a similar vibe to being in Bordeaux, France, perhaps at an extravagant wedding. Remember, the dress code mandates collared shirts for men and prohibits children under 10 from dining here, so these are important details to consider.
Cafe Monarch boasts a top-notch cuisine, featuring a rotating four-course dinner menu that offers a variety of options such as tuna, pork belly, lamb, duck, and an array of seafood dishes that will satisfy any seafood lover. However, the highlight of the dining experience is the wine selection, with each server undergoing training in the prestigious “Court of Master Sommeliers” program.
In the years 2018 to 2022, the restaurant received the “Best of Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator. They also offer wine dinners that are customized according to a particular wine or beer supplier, featuring a seven-course meal complemented by carefully selected wine pairings for your pleasure.
The House Brasserie
6936 E Main St
Located in Old Town Scottsdale, there is a charming white house surrounded by a picturesque picket fence. Despite not being a popular choice for fine dining in the city, this hidden gem is definitely worth a visit. Constructed back in 1939 by the Mowry family, the house still maintains its original exterior.
One can observe an original rose bush, once owned and planted by Mrs. Mowry, which has been relocated to the Hotel Valley Ho for the purpose of preservation.
The Victorian aura of The House’s dining room is undeniable, however, my preference lies with the outdoor patio which offers the opportunity to observe people and bask in the pleasant climate.
The menu at this restaurant is heavily inspired by French cuisine and offers a “Chef’s Choice” section. However, the options are not predetermined, giving customers the freedom to pick from a variety of appetizers, salads, entrees, steaks, sides, and desserts. For a perfect Surf and Turf experience, try the “Linz Umami 28-Day Dry Aged Ribeye Steak” and complement it with a “Dungeness Crab Cake – Oscar Style.”
7044 E Main St.
The ownership of Sel restaurant belongs to a married couple, Chef Branden and May Levine. They offer two options for a tasting experience – the innovative Chef’s Tasting or the Vegetarian Tasting, both priced at $120 per person. For those interested in wine, there is an option to add on a wine pairing for an extra $100. After all, who can resist a good glass of wine?
The Tasting menu by the Chef is constantly evolving and consists of four courses and a dessert. Presently, the choices consist of a crudo made with scallops, a loin of rabbit, grilled tiger prawns, and a selection between Spanish octopus, salmon, filet mignon, and a lamb chop.
Sel’s seasonal Sunday brunch is worth trying out. It takes place every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and offers a three-course menu for $65 per person. Please note that drinks are not included in this price.
When it comes to brunch options, the “Braised Pork Belly Tostada” with a side of coconut jam or the “Korean-style Beef Short Rib Steam Buns” caught my attention. However, for those feeling luxurious, there is also the option of adding an “Imperia Royal Ossetra Caviar” dish as a supplementary course.
15169 N Scottsdale Rd
The Mastro family, known for their luxurious steakhouses in the Scottsdale area, also brings you Dominick’s. Their presence on this list is notable, being mentioned twice. However, what sets this spot apart is its rooftop seating with a view of Scottsdale Quarter and a rooftop pool.
Swimming is not permitted at this location, however, it does enhance the overall experience of enjoying the breathtaking Arizona sunset. For added bonus, try to secure a table during sunset. Indulge in the “45-Day Dry Aged Bone-in Ribeye,” “Alaskan King Crab and Shrimp Mac and Cheese,” and Brussels sprouts for a luxurious dining experience.
The Brussels can be substituted with a Dominick’s caesar salad that includes a warm poached egg, creating a unique combination. Enhance your dining experience by pairing it with a bottle of wine from their thoughtfully selected collection, and you’ll have a memorable date night.
Please be aware of the dress code when scheduling your visit, as it does not allow for athletic wear, graphic t-shirts, baseball caps, or exposed undergarments.
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17797 N Scottsdale Rd
The United States has two Americano locations – one in Scottsdale and another in Atlanta, Georgia. The atmosphere at both places is contemporary and has a unique blend of dark and lively elements, with hints of gold and neon adding flair to the understated furniture.
The restaurant features an open-style kitchen that allows diners to observe the chefs’ culinary skills and offers a special “VIP” experience. Led by Chef Scott Conant, this steakhouse takes inspiration from Italian cuisine. Along with top-notch steak dishes, guests can also enjoy homemade pasta or a Mediterranean-style seafood dish.
Choose from a selection of 200 labels of wine, all sourced from either Italy or the United States. What sets this fine-dining establishment apart from the others on this list is their offering of a happy hour. From 4-6 PM daily, guests can enjoy a $9 glass of red, white, or rosé, carefully curated by a sommelier, in the bar and lounge area. Additionally, patrons can also indulge in raw oysters, salmon tartar, or a small portion of mac and cheese.
As much as I would like to include more, I must keep this list brief. However, I feel compelled to mention a few other noteworthy restaurants:
Maple & Ash