If you’re planning to do some holiday shopping in Old Town Scottsdale or at Scottsdale Fashion Square, you’ll also have plenty of options for wining and dining when you’re feeling peckish.
Several hot spots from Los Angeles made their way to Scottsdale for their Arizona debut in recent months. And from chic brunch spots to high-end steakhouses, Scottsdale Waterfront has enough options for those who would want to spend the whole day eating — just check for dress codes on some of the fancier spots.
Here are nine restaurants and bars that opened this year around Scottsdale Fashion Square:
Across the bridge from Scottsdale Waterfront, this restaurant and tiki bar in Old Town Scottsdale serves up mai tais, sushi rolls and Polynesian-inspired burgers and plates.
Standouts from the menu include:
- Pu Pu Platter with Bali bottle rockets, chicken, shrimp, spicy teriyaki ribs, pork pot stickers and Mexi-Poly street corn.
- Crispy Spicy Crab Dynamite with baked spicy crab claw mixed with house spicy aioli, sweet soy drizzle and jalapeño.
- New Guinea Grilled Chilean Sea Bass served with asparagus, sesame honey mustard and garlic mash.
Details: 7133 E. Stetson Drive, Suite #1. 480-699-8454, thedrunkmunk.com.
Kazimierz Wine and Whiskey Bar
Whiskey lovers, head here. Technically this one is a reopening, and one that came with great relief to fans of the Old Town Scottsdale mainstay. The high-end, speakeasy-style bar and restaurant, formerly known as Kazimierz World Wine Bar, reopened under new ownership as Kazimierz Wine and Whiskey Bar.
The name change reflects an updated drink selection with less wine and more whiskey, although 100 different wines isn’t exactly a small selection.
Details: 7137 E. Stetson Drive. 480-946-3004, kazbarscottsdale.com.
Maple & Ash
The fancy surf-and-turf restaurant from Chicago brings American Wagyu steak, rib eye caps, caviar and a fire-roasted, double-decker tower of seafood. Trust the chef’s choice? Try the “I Don’t Give A F*@k” tasting menu.
Food & Wine named chef Danny Grant, a Michelin-starred chef and former Scottsdale resident, one of the nation’s “Best New Chefs” in 2012.
Details: Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road. 312-944-8888, mapleandash.com.
When he’s not making music with Tool, frontman Maynard James Keenan likes making wine. The rock star opened a tasting room for his northern Arizona wineries, Merkin Vineyards and Caduceus Cellars in Old Town this year.
The tasting room, located across the bridge from Scottsdale Waterfront, also features wines from Four Eight Wineworks, the wine cooperative Keenan owns and founded in Jerome. For bites there’s a selection of Italian tapas.
Details: 7133 E. Stetson Drive. Suite #4. 480-912-1027, merkinoldtownscottsdale.com.
This swanky seafood and steak restaurant at bills itself as “a coastal dining experience in Scottsdale.” While the raw bar, wood-roasted shellfish and fresh seafood are the main stars, the restaurant also serves steaks for those who prefer read meat.
Some highlights from the menu include:
- Maine Lobster Escargot consisting of chick lobster covered in truffle Mornay sauce and caviar.
- New Bedford Sea Scallop Gnocchi with browned butter, bread crumbs, parmesan, scallop mousse and truffle.
- Jumbo Alaskan King Crab Claws with house-made cocktail sauce, butter horseradish and creamy mustard.
Details: Scottsdale Fashion Square, 4748 N. Goldwater Boulevard. 480-867-0044, ocean44.com.
Prep & Pastry
Tucson brunch favorite Prep & Pastry arrived in the fall, bringing its French toasts, breakfast sandwiches, freshly-baked pastries and extensive mimosa selection.
The restaurant is known for its Southwestern influences that show up in the eggs Benedicts and skillet entrees. The menu also includes vegetarian options, such as the chickpea scramble with seasonal veggies, cherry tomatoes, avocado, prep’s potatoes and jalapeño-tomato jam.
Details: Scottsdale Waterfront, 7025 E. Via Soleri Drive, Suite #175. 480-477-1502, prepandpastry.com.
Another California restaurant made its debut in the Valley with Toca Madera. Serving an upscale version of Mexican food, diners can expect a chic dining experience.
Along with the raw bar, taco options and fish of the day, diners can choose from a menu that includes:
- Scallops Amarillo featuring pepper-crusted, pan-seared scallops, garlic roasted pepita seeds and yellow tomato salsa.
- Mole de Olla featuring slow-baked shredded organic free-range chicken breast in Oaxacan mole negra with pickled onion, roasted sesame seed, micro cilantro, house-made blue corn tortillas.
- Tiger Shrimp served over hot lava stones with sweet chipotle, onion, poblano pepper with a side of pico de gallo, tortillas, rice and beans.
Details: Scottsdale Fashion Square, 4736 N. Goldwater Boulevard. 480-478-0157, tocamadera.com.
Not every meal in Scottsdale has to cost more than $10. Neighboring its sister-concept Toca Madera, Tocaya Organica features a more affordable, health-conscious menu that has plenty of options to accommodate vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diets.
The menu includes a variety of salads, tacos, bowls and burritos that diners can customize and the restaurant claims all its protein choices are free of hormones, steroids and antibiotics.
Details: Scottsdale Fashion Square, 4712 N. Goldwater Boulevard, Suite 1210. 480- 681-4100, tocayaorganica.com.
Coming soon, this Los Angeles-based cafe and wine bar is scheduled to open December 2019. Diners can expect French fare including chocolate croissants, tartines, steak frites, and charcuterie and cheese plates.
The Euroepan-style eatery aims to mimic the “escapes found in the South of France, Italy and Spain where guests can start with a cup of coffee and end with a glass of rosé,” according to a press release.
Details: Scottsdale Fashion Square, 4712 N. Goldwater Boulevard, Suite 110. lezinque.com.
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