Downtown Patio Dine-Arounds

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

Thanks to cooling misters and breezy fans, these Old Town restaurant patios are perfect for an evening dine-around any time of year.

Note: Capacities provided below reflect pre-COVID operating conditions. Please contact the individual establishments to see how their capacities have been impacted by current health and safety measures.

 


APPETIZERS


Brat Haüs

Max. Patio Capacity: 200
Brat Haüs’ roomy patio is the perfect backdrop for Sauerkraut Balls, Belgian-style fries with hush-hush sauce, and giant soft pretzels served piping hot with beer cheese fondue.


Barrio Queen

Max Patio Capacity: 30
The Queen’s signature tableside guacamole and Barrio Papas (seasoned fries with pork green chili, fresh corn and cotija cheese) are the can’t-miss apps here.


Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers

Max Patio Capacity: 65
Two words: Tot Chos. Yes, tater-tots get a tasty upgrade here. Choose from Original, with beef chili and roasted pepper cheese sauce, or Buffalo Chicken with bleu cheese crumbles and ranch.
 

LDV Winery

Maximum Patio Capacity: 30
Kick off your evening with a taste of the local terroir at LDV Winery’s Old Town tasting room. Plates of “little bites” are the perfect pairing for LDV’s acclaimed wines, which are produced from Rhone-varietal grapes grown at their Southern Arizona vineyard.

 


Main Course


Craft 64

Max Patio Capacity: 40
You can’t go wrong with Craft 64’s stellar menu of 36 local craft beers, fine wines and wood-fired pizzas. Try the Aji pizza (three cheese, fennel sausage, onions and jalapeño sauce) paired with the house-brewed Rocky Point Blonde lager.

 

The House Brasserie

Max Patio Capacity: 110
Set in a historic Old Town home with a spacious, tree-lined patio, The House offers a rotating menu of contemporary dishes like Jerk Berkshire Pork Chop and Linz Filet Mignon.

 

Old Town Tortilla Factory

Max Patio Capacity: 200
Dine in the shade of 100-year-old pecan trees at this downtown landmark. Favorite dishes here include the Red Chile Pork Chop and Achiote Ribs.

 

Marcellino Ristorante

Max Patio Capacity: 38
Seasonal ingredients and handmade pastas are the foundation of favorites like the Gnocchi Sorrentina in creamy gorgonzola sauce and Scialatielli alle Vongole with Manila clams and garlic.

 

Olive & Ivy Restaurant & Marketplace

Maximum Patio Capacity: 80
Olive & Ivy’s sun-dappled patio on the Scottsdale Waterfront is the perfect complement to its menu of fresh Mediterranean cuisine. Popular dishes here include the Pesto Chicken Flatbread, Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin and Sweet Potato Cannelloni.

 


Sweet Endings


The Mission

Max Patio Capacity: 55
The star of The Mission’s small-but-mighty dessert menu is the Pumpkin Bread Pudding with rich-and-creamy Scotch sauce, crunchy pepitas and tangy pomegranate seeds.
 

ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho

Max Patio Capacity: 100
Under the heading “go big or go home” is ZuZu’s Show Stopper Shake. Part milkshake, part artwork, and 100 percent deliciously decadent, this Insta-worthy dessert is a local legend. #zuzushowstoppershake

 

Farm & Craft

Max Patio Capacity: 45
When you're ready to splurge, Farm & Craft’s Flourless Chocolate Cake is a great choice. This dense, chocolately and delightfully gluten-free cake comes topped with coconut ice cream. Other splurge-worth options here include seasonal cheesecakes and refreshing gelato.


Sugar Bowl

Max Indoor Capacity: 40
Although they don’t have a patio, we’d be remiss not to include the Sugar Bowl, an Old Town favorite for nearly 60 years. Specialty sweets include the Dusty Road Sundae and Gosh-Awful-Gooey Banana Split.
 


Late-Night Sips & Bites


Second Story Liquor Bar

Max Patio Capacity 15
Best for small groups, Second Story is an intimate, upscale lounge with an ever-changing menu of creative cocktails. Small bites and infinitely memorable cocktails are available until 1 a.m. on weekends.
 

Bottled Blonde

Max Patio Capacity: 30
Located in the heart of the Old Town Entertainment District, Bottled Blonde is known for local craft brews, “loaded” beers, classic small plates and pizzas, and an open-air ambiance.


Blue Clover Distillery               

Max Patio Capacity: 70
Discover premium small-batch spirits created in the heart of Old Town. Stop in for a tasting of Blue Clover vodka, gin, rum and tequila, or try some of their creative cocktails and small plates.