The Definitive Eggnog Recipe You Need for the Holidays
Frank & Albert's
The BiltmoreAddress and Info
The Biltmore is one of Arizona’s most iconic resorts, and Frank & Albert’s is a clear reflection of that legacy. The modern, yet ornately decorated bar and restaurant embodies the creativity of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright and, most importantly, offers some of the best food in town. The restaurant is open for all three meals, and offers everything from cheesy, generously topped pizzas to seared, bacon-topped scallops. We also recommend checking out some of the signature cocktails -- the Biltmore mule is our favorite.
Relish Burger Bistro
The PhoenicianAddress and Info
Hotel restaurants and casual dining usually don’t go hand in hand, but sometimes we all just want a great burger and fries. Relish Burger Bistro remains upscale while offering some of the best comfort food around -- think gourmet Kobe burgers, perfectly browned tater tots, and milkshakes. The extensive beer menu is impressive as well, featuring everything from lagers to ciders.
Talking Stick ResortAddress and Info
Dubbed the “culinary jewel” of Talking Stick Resort, Orange Sky sits at the 15th floor of the hotel and offers a 360-degree view of the city. Many come to Orange Sky to experience the terrific views, but they return for the unbelievable food. The restaurant serves a variety of entrees (primarily steaks and seafood), and many of the ingredients are locally sourced, a growing trend in the area.
Sanctuary Camelback MountainAddress and Info
elements is a fusion restaurant developed by Food Network star Beau MacMillan -- think sweet corn raviolis with Thai basil fondue, or braised short ribs with Japanese yams and shiitake mushrooms. The restaurant incorporates local and organic ingredients to produce some of the most delicious, high-quality, unexpected, unique dishes in the Valley, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Some of our favorite summer entrees include the bacon-wrapped filet of beef, the sweet corn raviolis, and the Maine lobster udon. Plus, this summer, you can look forward to 50% off bottles of wine Sunday through Wednesday.
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at MonteluciaAddress and Info
Entering the Omni is like stepping into a beautiful Spanish palace -- it is, hands down, one of the most awe-inspiring resorts in the Valley thanks to its abundance of flowers, high ceilings, ornately detailed decor, and imposing columns. Fortunately, the fine dining lives up to the luxurious atmosphere. At Prado, guests enjoy locally sourced menu items that deliver a Spanish flair. Some of our favorite main courses include the potato gnocchi, Moroccan-style lamb shank, and the adobo spiced chicken. Additionally, the Omni often hosts spectacular culinary events, like its “Sip of Spain” wine tasting, so you’ll always have a reason to come back and try something new.
W ScottsdaleAddress and Info
Old Town Scottsdale
Sushi at a beautiful hotel in one of the hottest spots in the Valley? No, it’s not too good to be true. This trendy Asian spot offers creative menu items, like the salmon with Roku’s specialty BBQ sauce, without compromising taste, and still offers everyone’s favorite classics – such as the California and spicy tuna rolls. If sushi isn’t your style, but you still want to check out Sushi Roku, try the filet mignon or the grilled salmon.
Compass Arizona Grill
Hyatt RegencyAddress and Info
Compass Arizona Grill has been one of the Valley’s most popular restaurants for 40 years. The rotating restaurant offers a 360-degree view of the Valley, and you never even have to leave your chair (or food!) for a good gaze. The entrees are fantastic, but our favorite part of the menu is the starters -- especially the brie fondue -- and the delicious lineup of desserts, which includes a crème brulee trio and a plum cobbler.
Royal PalmsAddress and Info
For a fine-dining experience that’s second to none, T. Cook’s is the place to go. This award-winning Mediterranean restaurant is a favorite of food critics and known as one of the best restaurants in the Valley, with a romantic atmosphere and fresh fare that is often seasonal and locally sourced. From the more casual lunch options, like the sun-dried tomato grilled cheese and the pastrami Reuben, to the more lavish entrees such as sage-roasted filet mignon, every aspect of the menu is executed flawlessly.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Hotel PalomarAddress and Info
This upscale spot in Downtown is the perfect place to enjoy an elaborate cocktail and a hearty meal. The lounge-like space is intimate, beautiful, and perfectly complements the restaurant's atmosphere and menu. You can’t go wrong with any of the dishes or cocktails, but we do recommend you order a Lawless from the bar. Even if whiskey isn’t your drink of choice, we guarantee you’ll want to see how this signature cocktail is made, with a little bit of fire and a lot of smoke that gives it its unique flavor.
Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar
The CambyAddress and Info
The Camby is one of the Valley’s newest resorts, and its restaurant, Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar, is a must-try for locals and tourists alike. The ever-changing seasonal menu and locally sourced ingredients evoke a Southwestern feeling while still incorporating time-honored favorites like pork chops and steaks. For the summer, our favorite entrees include the diver scallops, which feature chorizo jam and roasted red peppers, and the duck tamales, which are topped with a delicious mix of green salsa and white chocolate mole.
Sign up here for our daily Phoenix email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in town.
1. Frank & Albert's2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix
2. Relish Burger Bistro at The Phoenician Resort6000 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale
3. Orange Sky Restaurant9800 E Indian Bend Rd, Scottsdale
4. Elements5700 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley
5. Prado Restaurant at Montelucia Resort & Spa4949 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale
6. Sushi Roku7277 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale
7. Compass Arizona Grill24th, 122 North 2nd Street, Phoenix
8. T. Cook's5200 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix
9. Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails2 E Jefferson St, Phoenix
10. Artizen2401 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix
Located in the iconic Biltmore Hotel, Frank & Albert's features American comfort food with a Sonoran influence, as well as a fully stocked bar that dishes out craft cocktails in a classy setting. It embodies the creativity of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright and, perhaps more important, offers some of the best food in town. Open for all three meals, the restaurant dishes out everything from pizza to scallops. Be sure to wash your meal down with one of their signature cocktails, particularly the Biltmore mule.
When you hear "hotel restaurant," you don't necessarily think "casual dining." But with Relish Burger Bistro, you get a relaxed, à la carte eatery. It still has an upscale feel to it, but serves up some of the best comfort food in town, including gourmet Kobe burgers, crispy, golden tater tots, and luscious milkshakes. This spot also offers one of the state's largest tequila collections, so be sure to pair your burger with a margarita.
Located at the Talking Stick, this high-rise spot is considered the resort's "culinary jewel." Orange Sky lives on the 15th floor of the hotel, giving its patrons a sweeping 360-degree view of the Valley. The view alone is reason enough to check out this space, but it would be a crime not to mention the exquisite meals you could have, too, most of which center on tender steaks and fresh seafood.
Food Network star Beau MacMilan is behind Elements, an American-Asian fusion restaurant that produces some of the best dishes in the Valley, including vegetarian and gluten-free options. Some favorites? Go for the bacon wrapped filet of beef, the sweet corn raviolis, or the main lobster udon. You'll also be treated to gorgeous views of the Valley, which complement just about everything on the menu.
You'll feel as though you've entered a gorgeous Spanish palace when you enter the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa. If you can pick your jaw up off the floor, you'll want to check out its fine dining restaurant, Prado, which only extends the elegant atmosphere. The menu offers fresh dishes with a Mediterranean flair, including the Moroccan-style lamb shank and the abodo spiced chicken. The Omni also hosts spectacular culinary events, so you have a great excuse to come back and try something new.
Sushi Roku builds high-quality, creative rolls that don't sacrifice taste for presentation. You'll find all the familiar Americanized rolls like California and spicy tuna, plus signature (also Americanized) ones like baked lobster with miso sauce and truffle tempura. The food here isn't authentic Japanese, but you're not here a traditional sushi experience, you're here for a trendy fusion one.
The Compass Arizona Grill inside the Hyatt Regency Phoenix is unforgettable for its 360-degree views of the city, and has wowed guests for more than 40 years. The restaurant rotates, so you never even have to leave your chair for a good gaze, lazy. While the entrees are top-notch, the starters are the real standouts on the menu, particularly the brie fondue. There's also an incredible lineup of desserts that includes a crème brulee trio and plum cobbler.
Housed inside the Royal Palms Resort & Spa, T. Cook’s is a second-to-none fine dining restaurant serving fresh, flavorful cuisine with Mediterranean influences. It's established itself as one of the best restaurants in the Valley thanks to plenty of praise from food critics, and as a perfect spot for a romantic evening thanks to its chic decor. When it comes to the menu, you'll find casual lunch options like a sun-dried tomato grilled cheese and a pastrami reuben, and lavish dinner entrees such as sage-roasted filet mignon.
When you're feeling fancy, head to Blue Hound, an upscale spot in downtown where you can enjoy an elaborate cocktail and a hearty meal. You'll want to get comfortable in the lounge-like space that's as beautiful and decadent as the restaurant's menu, which features dishes like shrimp and grits (with andouille sausage, tomatoes, green onions) and a braised pork shank. Any of the cocktails are sure to impress, but consider going for the signature whiskey-based lawless.
Situated in the Camby Hotel, Artizen Crafted American Kitchen & Bar, is a chic space outfitted with blue walls, crown molding, and stylish light fixtures. The menu has a Southwestern feel to it, while still keeping things trendy. Dishes run the gamut from shareable bites like KBBQ cauliflower to a small plate of duck tamales to diver scallops as an entree. You'll want to order one of the signature cocktails, too -- among them are a fresh berry bramble and an Artizen margarita (forteleza añejo, lime, agave nectar, and grand marnier).