Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe Restaurants

Just as the Valley of the Sun has attracted visitors from around the world, it has also been attracting a record number of worldly residents. Fortunately for everyone, many of those people are skilled chefs and/or restaurateurs who have opted to share their gifts with the public.

Phoenix and its surroundings have metamorphosed into a melting pot for every type of cuisine imaginable: northern to Tuscan Italian; mom-and-pop to Mexico City Mexican; low-key Cuban to high-end French- and Greek-inspired Southwestern; Japanese- to Spanish-style tapas; and kosher to American classics with subtle ethnic twists.

Eateries like La Grande Orange grocery are revolutionizing Phoenix's "fast-food" concept with gourmet takeout. Four-star cuisine, some concocted by celebrity chefs, also awaits all over the Valley, from Kai in Chandler to Scottsdale's Bourbon Steak, along with Binkley's and Cafe Blink in nearby Carefree. Dotted with massive strip malls, Phoenix’s outskirts are becoming a haven of corporate eateries, but don't worry, there's plenty of divine, independent dining for all tastes and all trends in between.

Many of the best restaurants in the Valley are in resorts, camouflaged behind courtyard walls, or tucked away in shopping malls. Newer, upscale eateries are clustered along the Camelback Corridor—a veritable restaurant row, running west to east from Phoenix to Scottsdale—and in Scottsdale itself. Great Mexican food can be found throughout the Valley, but the most authentic spots are in North Central and South Phoenix.

Restaurants change hours, locations, chefs, prices, and menus frequently, so it's best to call ahead to confirm. Show up without a reservation during tourist season (October through mid-May), and you may have to head for a fast-food drive-through window to avoid a two-hour wait for a table.

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  • 1. Binkley's Restaurant

    $$$$ | Modern American

    This upscale restaurant is a diamond in the Valley's last bit of rough. In a town of cowboy bars and gut bombs, chef Kevin Binkley puts together...Read More

  • 2. Nobuo at Teeter House

    $$ | Downtown Phoenix | Japanese

    The creations chef Nobuo Fukuda arranges on your plate might look too beautiful to eat, but it’s okay—feel free to devour them. These Japanese...Read More

  • 3. Deseo

    $$$$ | North Scottsdale | Latin American

    Tucked away in the Westin Kierland Resort, this gem, designed and inspired by Douglas Rodriguez, the founder of Nuevo Latino cuisine, serves...Read More

  • 4. Phoenix City Grille

    $$$ | North Central Phoenix | American

    This North Central Phoenix neighborhood eatery has amassed a loyal following over more than 25 years. From burgers to pasta, all of the...Read More

  • 5. Rancho Pinot

    $$$$ | Central Scottsdale | Eclectic

    The attention to quality here makes this one of the town's most lauded dining spots. The minimalist cowboy decor and almost secret-handshake...Read More

  • 6. Christopher's

    $$$ | Camelback Corridor | French

    The creation of one of the Valley's premier chefs, Christopher Gross, the menu ranges from good-value wood-fired pizzas, outstanding burgers...Read More

  • 7. BLT Steak Scottsdale

    $$$$ | Steakhouse

    Chef Laurent Tourondel's mini-empire includes this stylish dining room at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. A knowledgeable waitstaff...Read More

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