Scottsdale is known for its nightlife, resort options, and amazing local restaurants that really elevate your vacation to the next level. With the overwhelming number of options at your disposal, choosing the right restaurant can be difficult. We always recommend that you try and eat local before visiting the big chain restaurants. We’ve put together this list of the top five local restaurants Scottsdale has to offer to help narrow down your choices.
Hush Public House
Hush Public House is a small but incredible space just south of the shopping district called Kierland Commons which features one of the most freewheeling menus in town. Their aim is to make the best food possible that is just brimming with flavor. Their menu starts with amazing appetizers like their grilled slab bacon, chicken liver mousse, and perfectly cooked peas with strawberries and ricotta. Choices shift seasonally and get rounded out by specials like beef heart carpaccio with grainy house-made mustard. Just about every single plate at Hush Public House seems to be a winner as soon as it’s put on the menu.
Chula Seafood is an upscale poke and seafood hangout where everything tastes like island fare. Their poke is amazing thanks to the ultra-fresh fish options and complementary add-ins like smoked pineapple that really bring the flavor. Chula is a local favorite and supports other local businesses as well; their bread comes from the local bakery Noble. You will not want to miss this amazing seafood utopia on your tour of the top restaurants Scottsdale offers.
Andreoli Italian Grocer
This locally owned Italian shop is full of amazing treats, snacks, and delicious meals. Up front, a glass case displays a parade of glorious sweets, eye-catchers like cannoli, pistachio cake, torrone, and brown triangles of sfogliatelle. The pizza at Andreoli Italian Grocer is sneakily good. So is the bread, especially when part of a panini in the classically minimal Italian style of little more than meats or vegetables and cheese. With handmade meats and ingredients, you must try it if you are an Italian food fan.
FnB restaurant is one of the local restaurants Scottsdale has that focuses on seasonal and local food. The James Beard award-winning chef turns simple, local produce into amazing fare that is at its simplest comfort food. Drawing inspiration from international cuisine, Chef Charleen Badman creates a menu that changes almost constantly but often includes dishes such as perfectly roasted locally raised chicken, Swiss chard falafel, and Badman’s well-loved braised leeks, topped with mozzarella, fried egg, and mustard bread crumbs.
Mercado Y Carniceria Cuernavaca
This small shop in south Scottsdale is the perfect way to enjoy great Mexican food. Here you can stock up on Mexican grocery staples, fresh tortillas, and marinated meats. The tiny shop’s far corner is home to a kitchen with a deep menu. A mesquite-grilled chicken brings value and flavor. You can make it a meal with beans, tortillas, and a deliciously creamy rust-orange salsa that packs whole seeds and an absolute wallop of heat.