Picture Perfect Patios

By local contributor
Scott McGinty

Patio dining is one of life’s greatest joys – feeling the sun on your shoulders, taking in a scenic view, discovering your new favorite dish. Make a reservation for one of these picture-perfect patios, then sit back, relax and prepare to be delighted!


elements Picture Perfect Patio


elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

Stunning sunset views of Camelback Mountain and the farm-fresh cuisine of Food Network star and Executive Chef Beau MacMillan are the hallmarks of elements. MacMillan’s menu of farm-fresh American cuisine prepared with Asian accents is complemented by an extensive wine list and handcrafted cocktails.


Tortilla Factory Picture Perfect Patio


Old Town Tortilla Factory

One-hundred-year-old pecan trees shade the patio of this expansive hacienda-style eatery in downtown Scottsdale. Order a specialty margarita made from one of the 140+ tequilas on hand, then savor Southwestern specialties like the Red Chile Pork Chop with ancho raspberry sauce or bacon-wrapped Sonoran Meatloaf with chipotle gravy.


Talavera Picture Perfect Patio


Talavera at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

For panoramic desert and city views overlooking Pinnacle Peak, head north to the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. The menu focuses on locally and regionally sourced cuisine, emphasizing prime cuts of meat, poultry and game from boutique purveyors. For a special treat, Talavera offers monthly Mash Up Dinners featuring local chefs and unforgettably creative menus.


LONS Picture Perfect Patio


LON’s at the Hermosa Inn

The tree-shaded patio is available any time, but it’s especially delightful during weekend brunch. Soak up the sun as you enjoy specialties like Short Rib Hash, Traditional Eggs Benedict and Durum Flour Pancakes with blueberries, house-made granola and Arizona honeycomb.


Sassi Picture Perfect Patio



Breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert and Pinnacle Peak are your dining companions on the patio at SASSI, which blends old-world architecture with the time-honored traditions, hospitality and cuisine of Southern Italy. Handmade pastas, prime meats and fresh seafood are complemented by a charming, old-world Italian villa setting and scenic vistas.


AZ88 Picture Perfect Patio



It will take a little extra effort to find this local favorite, but trust us – it’s worth it. Nestled on the western edge of Scottsdale Civic Center Park, AZ88 is known as much for its eclectic crowd, rotating art displays and sun-drenched patio as it is for its upscale pub grub and signature martinis. Try the AZ88 Chicken sandwich, grilled in Buffalo sauce and topped with sautéed celery and blue cheese dressing, or Burger Au Poivre covered in peppercorns and sautéed in a burgundy sauce.


Gertrudes Picture Perfect Patio


Gertrude’s at the Desert Botanical

Nearly everything on Gertrude’s menu is prepared from scratch in-house using locally sourced, sustainable and organic ingredients. While options rotate seasonally, you’re likely to find delights like the Blackened Scallops with Tabasco Hollandaise and Chicken Salad Wrap with BBQ mayo, apple and fried onions. The patio is surrounded by lush desert flora, creating an idyllic setting for lunch, dinner or weekend brunch.


House Brasserie Picture Perfect Patios


The House Brasserie

This downtown charmer is located in one of Scottsdale’s oldest historic homes. Reserve a patio table in the shade of a majestic pine tree (the original owner’s Christmas tree from 1946) and enjoy Chef Matt Carter’s menu of re-imagined American classics like the Beer-Brined Jidori Chicken or Crab Spaghetti.


Virtu Picture Perfect Patio


Virtu Honest Craft


Located on property at downtown’s luxury B&B, Bespoke Inn, Virtù boasts one of Scottsdale’s most romantic patios. For brunch, Virtù delights with specialties like Sweet Crepes with Nutella and strawberries and the Flat Iron Steak sandwich with caramelized onions and truffle mustard. At dinner, local favorites include the Grilled Octopus with lemon chick peas and the Prosciutto Wrapped Pork Rib Chop.


El Chorro Picture Perfect Patio


El Chorro

Iconic Camelback Mountain is the backdrop for El Chorro’s airy patio. Enjoy happy hour at the indoor-outdoor bar, or reserve a table under the blue umbrellas for a sunset dinner or weekend brunch. El Chorro’s dinner menu includes classics like Wild Salmon with purple “forbidden” rice and Roasted Pork Tenderloin bathed in a bourbon chile glaze. Be sure to save room for their signature sticky buns!