Sushi Roku (pictured)
Do yourself a favor when dining at the super-chic Sushi Roku in Scottsdale—just go ahead and order half of the menu. And save the other half for your next visit. Kick things off the with simple yet scrumptious kimchee cucumber sunomono salad before letting the chefs craft your ultimate sushi vision board via the ume (six pieces) or matsu (eight pieces). Don’t forget to cap of your meal with one of Sushi Roku’s amazing cocktails.
A true historic hot spot. El Chorro was reopened in 2009 and has since become a local favorite for celebrating special events, hosting desert weddings and nibbling on those famous sticky buns. Diners dig into traditional dishes like shrimp cocktail, fried chicken and beef stroganoff on the P.V. restaurant’s spacious patio.
Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak/La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess excels in everything it does—and dining is no different. Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak is a modern fine-dining mecca with some of the finest cuts of beef and fanciest digs in the state (and the duck fat fries are heaven on earth). La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval is currently undergoing an extensive renovation that will touch on every part of the beloved restaurant. Though diners can expect some of their favorite dishes to stay on the menu, the bill of fare will see can’t-miss newbies like a larger-than-your-face pork chop. Come see the fresh dining destination this fall.
Gaining national acclaim as the first restaurant to curate an Arizona-only wine collection, FnB at the historic Craftsman Court in Downtown Scottsdale is a culinary treasure for more reasons than one. Owners Chef Charleen Badman and front of house manager and beverage director Pavle Milic join forces to combine a menu of thoughtfully prepared, locally inspired dishes with the perfect selection of beverages. Serving seasonal, new American cuisine, this upscale gastropub offers entrées as diverse as Peruvian chicken spring rolls, gilfeather rutabaga with ginger crème fraiche and guinea hen and pork terrine. FnB is best experienced at sundown or later when a warm glow of light floods the restaurant, illuminating the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Just south of Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, Roka Akor is a swanky Japanese restaurant serving steak, sushi and seafood. A contemporary style gives off electric vibes at this Scottsdale hot spot, from the glowing bar to red backlighting at the bar-style seating in front of the kitchen, where guests can watch the chefs at work. Dishes are just as aesthetically pleasing as the restaurant itself—we’re talking ornately crafted fresh seafood and shellfish plates with various adornments exuding a rainbow of colors. And Roka Akor is known for killing it when it comes to excellent steaks, including bone-in and dry-aged cuts, as well as premium domestic and Australian wagyu beef.