Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Resort Living: Dining

You’re finally here! You made it to Scottsdale, checked in to your world class resort, and cleaned up a little bit. The next logical step is…find food! Luckily, the resorts around Scottsdale have some of the best dining you can find around town (not to mention some of the best dining views and patios as well). Pick out your favorite meal and prepare for an amazing culinary experience.


Fairmont Princess: The Princess offers six restaurants, each of which has its own personality and vibe. Here are some favorites.

The Grill at the TPC Scottsdale: There are certain things that come to mind when you visit Scottsdale. Desert, golf, resorts, and luxury are a few of them. The Grill at the TPC Scottsdale exemplifies all of those things. Owned and operated by the Fairmont Princess, quality is not an issue here. Chefs serve up some old time favorites like burgers, fries, and fish tacos, but also offer items such as crab cake BLT sliders. Great food with a view of a PGA tour golf course is hard to beat, making this one of the best resort restaurants in Scottsdale. Entrees range from $10-$20.

Bourbon Steak: If upscale steakhouses are one of your weaknesses, you’ve been warned. Chef Michael Mina, named Chef of the year in 2005 by Bon Appetit, dishes out some of the most delicious steak and seafood dishes anywhere. With traditional surf and turf meals, the selection is huge. For a more laid back meal, visit Bourbon on a “Fried Chicken Night,” where you’ll find some down-home, southern style cooking. Expect to pay anywhere from $30-$85 for your entrée.


Four Seasons Resort: The Four Seasons in Scottsdale is surrounded by the unique Sonoran Desert landscape, and provides views that are unmatched around town. Not to mention, the food is delicious.

Talavera: Dining at Talavera will be an experience you will never forget. Sitting on the patio next to the fire pit, looking out over the Phoenix valley on one side and mountains on the other, is what people dream of. The restaurant makes an effort to buy all food local, which guarantees freshness, and offers up some special dishes like Chilean Sea Bass and Wagyu Short Rib Ravioli. For a romantic night out, Talavera is the place to go. Entrées will cost between $30-$50.

Proof: Not feeling so fancy? Head over to the Four Seasons Proof, which is set up like an old-time diner along Route 66, with some modern touches. With entrées such as “Sometimes I Wish I Was a Maine Lobster Roll…” and “It’s Blackened…Not Burnt,” Proof provides a fun environment for the whole family, while still offering great dishes. Meals cost anywhere from $15-$30.


The Boulders: Located north of Scottsdale in Carefree, The Boulders has seven restaurants to choose from. All different cuisines make the dinner choice conversation tough, so here are our favorites.

The Spotted Donkey: The restaurant to go to for some Southwest flair is the Spotted Donkey. The restaurant itself has that Western vibe, and the menu carries that through your meal.  The Queso Fundido appetizer is a must order, which is great followed up with the Signature Tacos. That combo will give you a uniquely Arizona meal. Items will cost you about $15-$20.

Palo Verde: Not wanting to miss out on a chance to show off their views, The Boulders created Palo Verde. Situated on the 6th fairway of the South Course, Palo Verde offers diners a country club experience in the middle of unique boulders landscape. The American style cuisine features steak, ribs, and BBQ items. Meals will cost around $25.


Talking Stick Resort: Talking Stick combines high class luxury, activities, and views and wraps it all in one package to present one of the best places to stay in Scottsdale. Talking Stick has six restaurants to choose from, but here are two that you won’t want miss.

Orange Sky: Being on the 15th floor of the resort, Orange Sky is the highest restaurant in Scottsdale. That has its advantages. Scottsdale’s famous sunsets are best seen from this patio, and make for a viewpoint you can’t find anywhere else. As if the view wasn’t enough, the food is to die for. For one of the best steaks you’ll have, get the Orange Sky Market Steak.  You won’t regret it!  Pair your meal with the Apple Celery Root Puree for an interesting combo while enjoying the stunning views.

Ocean Trail: We’ll start off by saying, with only 19 seats in the restaurant, reservations are a must. Limiting seating restaurants have become more popular around the country, and perhaps the most complete menu of them all is Ocean Trail. With classic seafood meals such as New England Clam Chowder and Louisiana Gumbo, you’ll walk away from a cozy experience felling like you had more than a couple of bites for dinner.


Hyatt Regency: The Regency is a favorite among Scottsdale locals for its great food and interactive atmosphere. If knowing the chef who cooks your food is your type of thing, check out the “Wine Me, Dine me” at SWB, and the Noh Sushi Bar.

“Wine Me, Dine Me”: This interactive dinner will find you at the SWB, or A Southwest Bistro. The bar seating will put you right in front of the action where you can watch your Southwest meal being prepared. The chef will also pair the perfect tequila or wine with your food to complete the effect. The culinary team is sure to keep you entertained and well fed. Dinner is $70 per person.

Noh Sushi: If you want to talk about an exclusive restaurant, look no further. Noh sushi has six seats. That’s not even big enough to fit some families, so feelings may be hurt if you choose to go here. Tell the sushi chef exactly what you want, and watch it go from being rolled to your plate in a matter of seconds. Dinner is $70 per person.

With so many great dinner options available at the resorts in Scottsdale, it’s hard to choose from. If you’re interested in checking out the other resort restaurants, feel free to look at our resort dining guide.