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 focuses on traditional and modern takes on Spanish classics, emphasizing prime cuts of meat from boutique purveyors, a variety of seafood and vegetable tapas, hand-crafted paellas and locally sourced produce.


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.


Olive & Ivy Restaurant + Marketplace

Sassi Picture Perfect Patio

Old World meets new at Olive & Ivy, where the flavors and timeless elegance of the Mediterranean blend with contemporary chic. Grab a seat on the spacious, sun-drenched patio and enjoy a variety of small plates, flatbreads, salads and pasta while soaking up to Scottsdale Waterfront views.



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 Seasoned Scallops with Red Beet Molè and Smoked Salmon Salad dressed in a Caper-Dijon Vinaigrette. 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 Citrus Brined Jidori Chicken or Dungeness Crab Fried Rice.


Virtù 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 chickpeas 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 Honey Glazed Bacon Pork Tenderloin with chipotle banana polenta and Fire Roasted Jumbo Tiger Shrimp Pasta. Be sure to save room for their signature sticky buns!