Historic Homes Turned Restaurants

By local contributor
Scott McGinty

Known for its charming atmosphere, downtown Scottsdale blends the Old and New West to make the most of the city’s historic past. Local restaurateurs have turned old houses into new ventures, creating intimate dining settings that are as warm and welcoming as your family’s home.

Old Town Tortilla Factory

Built in a 75-year-old adobe house, Old Town Tortilla Factory offers guests a historically Southwestern experience. Diners can enjoy one of the eatery’s famous margaritas inside the cozy restaurant or outdoors on the patio in the shade of lush, 100-year-old pecan trees. The gazebo bar also features more than 80 varieties of tequila in addition to traditional Mexican beers and liquors.

The House Brasserie

Tucked away in a shady corner of downtown Scottsdale, The House Brasserie is a nod to days gone by. The original home structure was built in 1939 and many of the original trees, including the original owner’s Christmas tree from 1946, still shade The House’s quaint patio. It’s the ideal setting for Chef Matt Carter’s exquisite take on re-imagined classic dishes. Don’t-miss specialties that include Chicken Meatballs & Gnocchi, shaved Pork Belly with Kimchee and Udon Noodles, and Beer-Brined Chicken.

Arcadia Farms

Visitors will feel right at home at Arcadia Farms. Nestled in Scottsdale’s downtown arts district, the restaurant is situated in an old cottage home and serves organic food inspired by the wine country. Guests can enjoy an intimate meal of healthy salads and sandwiches inside the restaurant’s inviting dining room or under one of the umbrella-covered tables on the patio.

Grazie Pizzeria & Winebar

Located in downtown Scottsdale, Grazie Pizzeria & Winebar brings a taste of Tuscany to the Sonoran Desert. Not your typical pizzeria, Grazie’s now-modern digs were once a typical Southwestern home. Enjoy the restaurant’s contemporary art, wrought iron design and stained glass while sipping one of a hundred of Grazie’s Italian wines. And the front patio is a great place to enjoy some must-see people watching.