- Prado (pictured)
At Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Prado dishes up incredible wood-fired Spanish-inspired eats in a beautiful fine-dining atmosphere. The restaurant brought in fall with a fresh Tapas Bar experience alongside a new menu of signature dishes. For a casual dining experience that allows you to taste a little bit of this and a little bit of that, take a seat at the Tapas Bar and watch the chefs grill lamb chops, and other small bites, on the open flame with a glass of Spanish wine in hand. (The albondigas and shrimp cazuela are other favorites.) For a heartier offering, dig into Prado’s new menu of Casablanca lamb tagine with baby vegetables, dried fruits and saffron risotto, and roasted sea bass with fingerling potato, caper berries, spinach and goat cheese cream, among other delicious dishes. omnimontelucia.com.
Super-stylish with innovative cuisine and a Food Network personality at the helm, elements at Sanctuary on Camelback remains one of the top spots in the Valley to see and be seen (when you want the meal of a lifetime, that is). Come dinnertime, enjoy creative dishes like hoisin-braised short ribs and softshell crab steamed buns—with a side of those Camelback Mountain panoramas. Post-meal, grab a drink at the next-door jade bar for an unforgettable nightcap. sanctuaryoncamelback.com.
- Virtú Honest Craft/Nico Heirloom Kitchen
Chef Gio Osso has found a winning combination in his two outstanding Valley restaurants: Virtú Honest Craft makes for the ultimate date night with an intimate setting and some of Scottsdale’s most remarkable dishes (his charred octopus is what dreams are made of) while Nico serves the same quality eats at a slightly lower price point in a comfortable, more family-friendly setting (it was named after Osso’s young son, after all) to accommodate its Gilbert-area crowd. virtuscottsdale.com; nicoaz.com.
- Different Pointe of View
The longest-running Four-Diamond restaurant in the state, Different Pointe of View (it’s been around for more than 32 years) also proffers some of the most gorgeous mountain and city-light views. Located at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, which just completed a multi-million-dollar renovation, the super-romantic spot dishes out such decadent eats as the Valley’s best lobster bisque and porcini-crusted pork tenderloin. tapatiocliffshilton.com.
- Quiessence at the Farm
One of three restaurants located at Phoenix’s The Farm at South Mountain, Quiessence at the Farm comprises a farmhouse among towering trees and a beautiful patio (where you will find dreamy firepits and twinkle lights). Guests gather for a menu of ever-changing farm-fresh eats (with ingredients from local purveyors like McClendon’s Select, Danzeisen Dairy and Two Wash Ranch), complemented by top Arizona wines. qatthefarm.com.