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 at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain


elements Picture Perfect Patio

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.

 


Old Town Tortilla Factory


Tortilla Factory Picture Perfect Patio

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 at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale


Talavera Picture Perfect Patio

For panoramic desert and city views overlooking iconic Pinnacle Peak, head north to Talavera at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. The menu at Talavera offers a modern take on classic steakhouse cuisine, with unique steak and seafood pairings, seasonally inspired desserts and an outstanding selection of specialty sides and starters. For a special treat, try the three-course seasonal tasting menu complete with wine pairings.

 


LON’s at the Hermosa Inn


LONS Picture Perfect Patio

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


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


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.

 


Gertrude’s at the Desert Botanical


Gertrudes Picture Perfect Patio

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.

 


The House Brasserie


House Brasserie Picture Perfect Patios

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 Honest Craft


Virtu Picture Perfect Patio

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


El Chorro Picture Perfect Patio

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!