AZ Insider’s Guide 2024: The Best Patio Dining in Phoenix

Photo: Different Pointe of View

Discover your new favorite patio dining spot.

This story is from our special edition IN AZ 2024 issue. Read the full issue online here for more inside intel on where to stay, dine and everything in between IN AZ this season and all year round.

Different Pointe of View 

Photo: Different Pointe of View

Located inside the Hilton Phoenix Tapatio Cliffs Resort, Different Pointe of View is an award-winning mountaintop restaurant. The bold and innovative menu features a fusion of American cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Popular dishes include Lobster Bisque, Braised Pork Belly and Smoked Pork Chops. With a superb patio view, guests can enjoy panoramic views of the Valley’s desert landscape, the city’s lights and Arizona’s spectacular sunsets. It is the perfect destination for a romantic dinner or after-work drinks. The restaurant’s dress code is elegant-casual. Advanced reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made on OpenTable.

elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa

Photo: elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa

elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa, offers creative seasonal menus that feature fresh, local ingredients. elements focuses on farm-fresh American cuisine with Asian accents. Guests can indulge in culinary delights and spectacular views of Camelback Mountain and the surrounding desert. elements’ seasonal menus incorporate local, organic produce and sustainable seafood. The restaurant serves breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch and dinner.


Photo: Ocotillo

Ocotillo is a casual dining spot located at the corner of Third Street and Flower in Midtown Phoenix. Inside the restaurant, guests can enjoy a full-service bar, dining room and high-top wine area. Outdoors, customers will find several unique spaces, like the Chef’s Ramada, Third Street Patio, Beer Garden, Lucy’s Lawn and Sidecar Cocktail Lounge. The restaurant focuses on New American seasonal cuisine with local Arizona influence for brunch and dinner. Some popular dishes include smoked salmon, beef ribs and brunch chimichanga. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.  


Photo: Palma

Palma (part of the three-in-one concept on Roosevelt Row that also includes Ghost Donkey and Châm Pang Lanes) is an islandlike oasis in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The restaurant offers elevated food, an amazing ambiance and great music. Guests can enjoy an outdoor brunch, happy hour at dusk or dinner near the fire pits. Here customers can find fresh sushi options, innovative fried chicken dishes and elevated shareable plates ranging from chili garlic noodles to a tuna poke tower, bulgogi beef nachos and Thai curry fries.

Talavera at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

Photo: Talavera at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

At this modern Spanish steakhouse, guests can expect to have dinner with a high-desert view of mountains, cacti and sunsets. Specialties include paella, dry-aged steak, jamón Ibérico, fresh seafood and a flavorful selection of tapas, accompanied by a selection of more than 500 new and Old World wines and craft cocktails.

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