There is a whole lot of lovely to celebrate in the Valley–and these local restaurants each celebrate local views, whether they be desert or twinkling city lights.
In the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, Talavera restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North showcases desert vistas (the patio is the best spot to take in views) and an amazing menu of meat or seafood. While soaking in the views, enjoy lobster and corn bisque, buffalo tenderloin and, for dessert, a tempting chocolate souffle. www.talaverarestaurant.com.
Orange Sky at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale boasts 360-degree views of the Valley and is one of the top spots to take in Arizona’s citrus-colored sunsets. The fine dining menu dishes up iced oysters, caviar, a plethora of steak plates, king crab and much more. www.talkingstickresort.com.
J&G Steakhouse (pictured on homepage) at The Phoenician not only offers some of the most gorgeous restaurant interiors in the Valley, but some of the prettiest panoramas as well. (Grab a seat at the alfresco fire pit to take in the sunset.) Enjoy one of J&G Steakhouse’se amazing tasting menus or order a fresh cut of meat from the grill paired with one of the fine-dining restaurant’s finger-lickin’ sides. www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com.
The views at this Phoenix resort restaurant are so memorable, the name reflects the views. Different Pointe of View (pictured) at Point Hilton Tapatio Cliffs shows off twinkling city-light views and lovely desert vistas–and the views have undoubtedly changed a bit in the restaurant’s 25-plus-year history. Order the lobster bisque–one of the best in the Valley. www.tapatiocliffshilton.com.
Grab a seat on the Wrigley Mansion’s wraparound patio (located in Phoenix’s Biltmore area) for first-row Valley views. Pop in for the mansion’s jaw-dropping Sunday brunch or savor a delectable dinner alongside one of the Valley’s best wine lists. www.wrigleymansionclub.com.
Compass Arizona Grill at Hyatt Regency Phoenix has been one of the Valley’s top restaurants with a view for more than 30 years. The revolving rooftop lounge allows 360-degree views of the Valley alongside a menu of high-end eats. http://phoenix.hyatt.com.
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Postino has long been a favorite for kicking back with a board of bruschetta and a bottle of red. And now the restaurant is offering up a slew of new "snacky things" options to its beloved menu; basically, they are small, shareable plates that can make a meal by themselves or enjoyed before a salad or sandwich.