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Best Phoenix/Scottsdale Outdoor Dining


Enjoy dining al fresco?  Let yourself be romanced by the sidewalk sounds of a big city or pampered by the peacefulness of a patio garden. Flock to the terrace, deck or boulevard table and share a bite, under the sun, an oversized patio umbrella or the stars. Be it a brunch in the breeze, sunset supper or long lunch, all of it tastes best outside. Visit a few of these top airy hot spots for the best outdoor dining in Phoenix/Scottsdale.


 

View the Top 10 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in Phoenix/Scottsdale

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Phoenix

Bistro 24 French
13/20
Dining Room at Bistro 24, Phoenix, AZ The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix
2401 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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Tucked away in The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, this elegant but utterly charming sleeper looks and feels like a French bistro, with great bistro food to match. More...

Christopher's Restaurant & Crush Lounge French
15/20
Dining Room at Christopher Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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Contemporary French food three ways: in an upscale but casual bistro, in a wine bar and in a high-end restaurant. More...

Postino Italian
12/20
Dining Room at Postino, Phoenix, AZ 3939 E. Campbell Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85018
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This friendly wine bar has everything going for it. More...

Quiessence Contemporary
13/20
Dining Room at Quiessence, Phoenix, AZ The Farm at South Mountain
6106 S. 32nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85042
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Take a stroll through the gardens and have an apéritif on the lawn before going inside for sophisti-comfort, garden-driven cuisine. More...

Roy's Hawaii Regional
14/20
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, Phoenix
5350 E. Marriott Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85054
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Celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi brings Hawaiian-Fusion cuisine to the not-so-common man at this trendy, tropical outpost, specializing in seafood. More...

T. Cook's Modern American
15/20
Dining Room at T. Cook Royal Palms Resort & Spa
5200 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018
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One of the finest restaurants in The Valley of the Sun, T. Cook's features seasonal New American food. More...

Vincent Guerithault on Camelback Southwestern
15/20
Dining Room at Vincent Guerithault on Camelback, Phoenix, AZ 3930 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85018
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Still considered the granddaddy of Southwestern cuisine, Vincent Guerithault also offers specialties inspired by Provence. More...

Wright's at the Biltmore Contemporary
15/20
Dining Room at Wright Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa
2400 E. Missouri Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85016
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The formal dining room at Phoenix's luxurious Arizona Biltmore, Wright's is highly regarded as a special-occasion spot. More...

Scottsdale

BLT Steak Steakhouse
14/20
Dining Room at BLT Steak, Scottsdale, AZ Camelback Inn, A JW Marriott Resort & Spa
5402 E. Lincoln Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

A branch of chef Laurent Tourondel's modern American steakhouse bolstered by blackboard specials highlighting Southwestern flavors and organically-grown fresh herbs. More...

Bourbon Steak Steakhouse
14/20
Dining Room at Bourbon Steak, Scottsdale, AZ The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
7575 E. Princess Dr.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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Expensive but first-rate steaks and seafood from chef Michael Mina. More...

Eddie V's Prime Seafood Seafood
15/20
15323 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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When you're hungry for fresh fish prepared in sophisticated ways, try this upscale restaurant. More...

Roaring Fork American Regional
15/20
Dining Room at Roaring Fork, Scottsdale, AZ Finova Building
4800 N. Scottsdale Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Sophisticated fare based on the ingredients and traditions of the American West. More...

Other Communities

Binkley's Restaurant Modern American
16/20
Dining Room at Binkley 6920 E. Cave Creek Rd.
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
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Chef-owners Kevin and Amy Binkley bring classically influenced Modern American cuisine to the cowboy town of Cave Creek. More...

Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House Steakhouse
13/20
Dining Room at Cartwright 6710 E. Cave Creek Rd.
Cave Creek, AZ 85331
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Cartwright's proves that local cowboys have gone urban, having polenta and risotto with their steak, elk and buffalo. More...

elements Contemporary
14/20
Dining Room at elements, Paradise Valley, AZ Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
5700 E. McDonald Dr.
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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Japanese design elements, spectacular sunset views and Asian-accented contemporary American cuisine. More...

House of Tricks Eclectic
11/20
114 E. Seventh St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
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Converted cottage in downtown Tempe offers a romantic setting and an inviting patio. More...

Palo Verde Southwestern
12/20
Dining Room at Palo Verde, Carefree, AZ The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr.
Carefree, AZ 85377
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This pretty but casual restaurant is best enjoyed from the patio. More...

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