If you’re in the Scottsdale area, North Scottsdale is the place you go if you want a day of boutique shopping or a trip to the spa. It has everything you could want in a high-class shopping area.
But the thing I like most about North Scottsdale is the food. There’s something for every taste, from steakhouses to bars with live music. Each time I visit, I have a hard time picking where to eat because there are just so many choices.
- Coconut’s Fish Cafe
- The Capital Grille
- Grassroots Kitchen & Tap – Scottsdale
- True Food Kitchen
- Roaring Fork
- Roka Akor – Scottsdale
- The Americano Restaurant
- North Italia
- Culinary Dropout
- Paul Martin’s American Grill
So, I thought I’d make things a little easier on you by highlighting some of my must-visit restaurants in North Scottsdale.
Coconut’s Fish Café
Coconut’s will always top my list for seafood in North Scottsdale. Its flagship location is in Maui, so it brings the fresh taste of the islands straight to landlocked Arizona. Coconut’s is a top choice for locals, and for a good reason.
There are actually two Scottsdale locations, but the Coconut’s in North Scottsdale is convenient if you’re spending the day strolling the boutiques.
When you stop in, I highly recommend the Coconut Shrimp appetizer. The house-made chili pineapple sauce is to die for.
And of course, a trip to Coconut’s isn’t complete without trying what they’re famous for–the Fish Tacos. They’re loaded up with Ono, Mahi Mahi, and all the essential fish taco fixins’ you could ask for.
16489 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
For fine dining in North Scottsdale, The Capital Grille is the place to go. If you’re ever visited the Washington D.C. location, you’ll know The Capital Grille is famous for its dry-aged steaks and old-fashioned ambiance.
But where you’ll get a view of the White House in D.C., the North Scottsdale location provides a stunning view of the Frank Lloyd Wright spire.
Ordering a steak at the Capital Grille should go without saying. My steak of choice is the Filet Mignon.
As far as apps, you shouldn’t leave without trying the Prosciutto-Wrapped Mozzarella with Vine Ripe Tomatoes. It doesn’t take much for me to love a cheesy appetizer, and this one really takes the cake.
8120 N Hayden Rd E-100, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Southern cuisine might be a bigger weakness for me than cheese, so Grassroots Kitchen & Tap was a welcome sight.
Conveniently located on the corner of Hayden Road and East Via de Ventura, Grassroots offers up a taste of the South that you wouldn’t expect to find that far west of the Mississippi.
I’ve been to Grassroots a handful of times since it opened in 2011. The second I saw Louisiana Red Beans and Rice on the menu, I was sold.
The Carolina Baby Backs and jaw-tingling cole slaw cemented this restaurant as one of the best Southern-style eateries I’ve experienced.
If you’re not a fan of Southern cooking, though, don’t worry. There are plenty of options if that’s not your thing.
15191 N Scottsdale Rd #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
The moment you walk up to True Food Kitchen and take in its flourishing green space and wall garden, you’ll never want to leave.
Founded by a doctor of integrative medicine, TFK offers up locally-sourced dishes that are hand-crafted to energize and nourish. Plus, it’s right next door to the Landmark Theater, making it a perfect stop before taking in a show.
One of my favorite things about True Food Kitchen is the ever-changing menus. Sure, I’ve been bummed out once or twice to find a favorite that wasn’t on the menu anymore.
But I always, and I mean always, can find something new. Come winter, and I always try out one of their soups and a salad.
4800 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
If you need a place to grab a bite for Happy Hour, the Roaring Fork is perfect. Located right down the street from Fashion Square, the Roaring Fork has a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
In addition, the dinner and Happy Hour menus are extensive enough that you won’t have any problem finding something to nosh on.
There are a ton of apps that are great for sharing, like the Queso con Puerco and RF Nachos. But if you want something all to yourself, go for the Shrimp Cocktail.
It comes with a radish cilantro salad and chipotle cider dressing that taste just as delicious as they sound.
7299 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Sushi lovers, rejoice. Roka Akor has the best sushi in North Scottsdale and offers a great dining experience all-around.
Not only is the menu fabulous, but when you make your reservation online, you get to take a quick tour of the dining room to pick your table.
In addition, it’s in a more residential area of North Scottsdale, so you won’t have to deal with crazy traffic when you visit.
I could list a ton of menu items to choose from, but I’m going to skip that. Instead, I’ll just recommend you to order the Omakase.
This chef-tasting meal will give you the best mix of rare and hand-selected items to give you a one-in-a-million dining experience.
17797 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
The Americano is probably one of the coolest restaurants in Scottsdale just for interior design alone. The atmosphere perfectly complements the Italian-inspired dishes, making it one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the North Scottsdale area.
Although it’s a simple dish, I love the Americano Wedge as an app.
Instead of the standard iceberg wedge, you get a slab of butter bibb combined with marinated tomatoes, crispy chunks of bacon, and buttermilk blue cheese dressing.
It’s the perfect starter for the Short Rib Ravioli, which is unlike any ravioli I’ve ever tasted.
15024 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Located in Kierland Commons and smack in the midst of some great shopping, North Italia is another fabulous Italian eatery in North Scottsdale.
It offers more traditional Italian dishes, so if you’re looking for a taste of the Old World, definitely give it a shot.
The best thing about North Italia is the fresh pasta. My favorite dish is the Strozzapreti, a delicious mix of chicken, mushrooms, and spinach topped off with crunchy pine nuts and a creamy parmesan sauce.
I like to get a side of spicy broccolini to add more veggies to my meal.
6113 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85250
A date night in North Scottsdale calls for the intimate ambiance of Houston’s. They cater to smaller parties, so if you and your significant other want to go someplace with a romantic vibe, check out Houston’s.
I consider the food at Houston’s upscale bar food. They offer some classic bar standards, like burgers and French dips, but the selection of entrees is top-notch.
I like The Hawaiian; a rib-eye smothered in a killer pineapple, soy, and ginger marinade. It comes with a loaded baked potato, but I usually add a side of broccoli, too.
15125 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
If live music is on your must-do list, Culinary Dropout is the place to go. This restaurant isn’t the spot for a quiet, romantic dinner.
Instead, you can rock out with a local band, sip a drink while you watch the football game, or just hang out and enjoy the pretzels and fondue.
I’m all about the finger foods at Culinary Dropout. The BBQ Pork Belly Nachos are heavenly alongside the Gochujang Brussel Sprouts and Prosciutto Deviled Eggs.
If I’m planning to share, then a pizza is definitely in order. I like the Black Truffle Mushroom the best.
6186 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Sandwiched between multiple shopping destinations, Paul Martin’s American Grill is an excellent spot to take a breather between shops.
The All Day Menu has a ton of dishes to choose from, so whether you want a quick bite or a full meal, you’ll be in luck.
The Duo of Dips and Seafood Tacos will do the trick for a light lunch.
When I’m in the mood for something more substantial, I skip to the House Specialities and go for the Braised Short Rib or Southern Fried NY Strip. Both are classic dishes with a deliciously modern flair.
North Scottsdale has it all. As a shopping destination, you can’t go wrong. If you’re looking for some fabulous eateries, you won’t find any shortage.
Whether you want sushi or classic Italian, there’s something for everyone in this posh area of Scottsdale. So, did I forget a restaurant? Tell me where I should go next in the comments!
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