Sexy meets scrumptious at elements at Sanctuary on Camelback. Chef Beau MacMillan dishes up American plates with Asian accents that you have to see (and savor) to believe as presentation is as much a part of the allure as the taste. Settle in for Chilean sea bass or wagyu New York strip before popping next-door to jade bar for some of the area’s tastiest creative cocktails. The restaurant also happens to house one of the most luxe private dining rooms in the Valley.
In a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 1920’s cottage in Tempe is House of Tricks, an incredible restaurant that has topped local best-of lists for the past 30-plus years. On any given night, you’ll find revelers clinking bubbly-filled glasses on the vibrant patio under twinkle light and couples cozying up with foie gras poutine in the art-filled interior space. Tip: House of Tricks is a perfect pre-show dinner if you’re headed to Gammage.
Different Pointe of View (pictured)
Nothing says “date night” quite like Different Pointe of View at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs. The Valley city-light views, the upscale eats, the first-class service, the must-attend winemaker dinners—the AAA four-diamond restaurant has made its mark in local dining history for more than 35 years. There is a reason why weddings are hosted here on the regular.
Recently, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North revamped its fine-dining outpost, Talavera, into a Spanish steakhouse where diners can dig into indulgent paella and wallet-busting-but-worth-it jámon ibérico de bellota. One of our favorite additions is the Gin Tonic Bar that churns on cocktails as pretty as they are tasty. The resort’s welcoming Proof, an American Canteen, takes down the decadence and kicks up the casual—in a good way. We can’t get enough of Proof’s buttery pretzel knots or crazy-good milkshakes.
Kai at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass holds the distinction of being the only AAA Five Diamond/Forbes Five Star restaurant in Arizona. The menu is rich in creativity, history and Native American culture, and we recommend booking a Journey tasting menu (which can go up to more than a dozen courses) to truly immerge yourself in the Kai experience.