Locally Owned Restaurants

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

One of the joys of visiting a new city is seeking out those one-of-a-kind, locally owned restaurants that will give you an authentic taste of the town. Here are six home-grown Scottsdale gems that are loved by locals and visitors alike.


  • 10 Locally Owned Restaurants FnB

    Award-winning Chef Charleen Badman and front-of-the-house phenom Pavle Milic are the dynamic duo behind this downtown gem. The menu, crafted from locally sourced organic ingredients, changes regularly and features specialties like Creekstone Farms Ribeye with chimichurri sauce, Risotto with chanterelles and pesto, and Badman’s award-winning Braised Leeks topped mozzarella and a fried egg.

  • Don & Charlie’s

    Combining a casual atmosphere with delicious prime steaks and barbecue, Don & Charlie’s has been a Scottsdale tradition since 1981. The restaurant also houses one of the largest privately-held collections of sports memorabilia in the nation – a passion of the restaurant’s owner and namesake Don Carson.

  • Virtú

    Located on property at downtown’s Bespoke Inn, Scottsdale’s only luxury B&B, Virtú dishes up contemporary Mediterranean fare by Chef/Owner Gio Osso. A local favorite almost from the moment it opened, Virtú was named one of Esquire magazine’s best new restaurants for 2013. The menu, which changes regularly based on seasonal ingredients, is known for elegant shareable dishes.

  • POSH

    The first thing you’ll notice about POSH is that there’s no menu. That’s right – a restaurant with no menu. Instead, you’ll be handed a list of ingredients that Chef Joshua Hebert has on hand. Simply cross off anything you dislike and from there Hebert will create a five-, six- or seven-course “improvisational” meal (with wine pairings, if you choose) just for you.

  • The Mission

    Chef and restaurateur Matt Carter has a serious taco habit – and we’re glad he does! What began as a fondness for authentic Mexican street food evolved first into epic backyard pig roasts for friends and family, then eventually into the concept for The Mission, Carter’s culinary venture in Old Town Scottsdale.

  • AZ88

    Tucked away in the heart of Scottsdale Civic Center Park you’ll find this upscale gastropub known for its changing art displays and sleek design. By day, AZ88’s floor-to-ceiling windows and sun-drenched patio provide gorgeous views of the park’s lush lawns and bubbling fountains. By night, AZ88 transforms into a hip, artsy hangout with DJ-spun tunes to accompany their award-winning cocktails.