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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Scottsdale

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Scottsdale? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Cafe Monarch restaurant
5.0
5 (7513)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Old Town Scottsdale
About the restaurant
Welcome to a world of culinary elegance and sophistication you will not find anywhere else in Arizona. Named by Trip Advisor as a Top Three Fine Dining Restaurant in the Nation, this family owned and operated gem in the heart of historic Old Town Scottsdale has earned an illustrious reputation for its first-rate service, elegant ambiance, and five-star cuisine.

At Cafe Monarch the menu is always changing, bringing you an ever-evolving array of innovative culinary creations that feature nothing but the finest in premium fresh, local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients. The four-course prix fixe menus are meticulously designed to delight even the most sophisticated of palates.

Additionally, each server at Cafe Monarch is trained through the prestigious Court of Master Sommeliers program. *Dress Code: Collared Shirts and Long Pants Required. Dress Jacket Strongly Preferred. No T-Shirts, Hoodies, Shorts or Sandals. ***Children 10 and up only.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Nothing less than excellent. Food, as usual, was spectacular. Nuanced flavors from all four courses. Todd, our waiter, was outstanding as was the rest of the wait staff. Always a wonderful dining experience at Cafe Monarch and this evening was no different.
A photo of Orange Sky - Talking Stick Resort restaurant
4.7
4.7 (14)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Central Scottsdale
About the restaurant
Orange Sky is the signature fine dining restaurant at Talking Stick Resort with one of the best sunset views in Arizona and an award-winning wine list. Atop the 15th floor of the resort, Orange Sky has floor-to-ceiling windows that give you a sweeping view of Scottsdale’s beautiful orange sunsets. Our wine selection includes over 400 bottles and 30 wines by the glass, and received a 2016 Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator for being one of the most outstanding wine lists in the world.
Top review
MikeRvip
Dined 1 day ago
First time there. Nice restaurant on top floor of Talking Stick Casino. Nice secluded booth facing west for sunset view. Servers and ambiance were excellent. Food and value was not the same. Overpriced and underwhelmed. Felt a little queasy overnight and I usually have a strong stomach.
A photo of Reserve restaurant
4.9
4.9 (237)
$50 and over
Global, International
Old Town Scottsdale
About the restaurant
Reserve invites guests to experience a multi-course chef’s tasting menu in an intimate, outdoor setting. Food is expertly selected from all over the world, enhanced by wine paired by one of our advanced sommeliers, to create a memorable dining experience.

Located directly across the street from Café Monarch, Reserve, features the best the valley has to offer! The tasting menu features world cuisine consisting of world-class, premium ingredients, making us one of the best 5 star restaurants in Scottsdale. Sommelier selected wine, craft cocktails, and a full premium bar further enhances the experience. Seating is extremely limited, and reservations are required.



Top review
TeresaHvip
Dined on Jun 15, 2024
Reserve was phenomenal! Valets, greeter, service team and kitchen team were all excellent. Food was such an artistic and delicious journey. This restaurant is a dining experience…..Loved it!
A photo of Lon's at The Hermosa restaurant
4.8
4.8 (8820)
$31 to $50
American
Paradise Valley
About the restaurant
LON’s at the Hermosa is an authentic Arizona hacienda surrounded by spectacular scenery. Its elegant dining room melds homemade adobe and rustic ironwork with flattering lighting and carefully set tables. Enjoy award-winning Globally inspired Arizona fare on the spacious patio, or by one of the fireplaces throughout the lounge and dining areas, adorned with art pieces by Lon Megargee. The menus at LON’s offer a memorable culinary experience, which captures spirit, creativity and warmth using bold flavors and compelling combinations that reflect a contemporary take on the multitude of foods originating in the Western Hemisphere.
Top review
LuvAZ
Dined 1 day ago
The Dining Experience is always wonderful at Lon’s!! Eric and everyone took excellent care of us!! Thanks also to Brian the Sommelier for his knowledge and willingness to discuss all things “Wine” in the Valley!! We Love Lon’s and Wine Dinner in the Cellar is Wonderful, too!!
A photo of Shinbay Omakase Room by Tanaka Ken restaurant
4.9
4.9 (302)
$50 and over
Japanese
Old Town Scottsdale
About the restaurant
PLEASE NOTE: Our Omakase experience is centered around a curation of the freshest fish and seafood. As such, we are unable to accommodate shellfish allergies, gluten-free nor vegan/vegetarian diets.

SHINBAY is Arizona's first and only Omakase restaurant. This exotic, multi-course dining experience ignites all the senses and inspires guests to explore uncharted flavors. Dinner is $250 per person, not including beverages and tax. Please allow approximately two hours for the dining experience. Dress code is casual and comfortable. We offer two seatings each evening, at 5:45 pm and 8:00 pm. Due to limited seating capacity, we require a credit card number to guarantee reservations. Cancellation fees apply, see policy within credit card details. Increases in party size not guaranteed.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Outstanding food and experience! It was wonderful overall
A photo of Ocean 44 restaurant
4.9
4.9 (6581)
$50 and over
Unspecified
Central Scottsdale
About the restaurant
The Ocean 44 menu is designed with fresh seafood and quality ingredients in mind. The Mastros provide ultra-grade seafood, salmon, lobster, crab, oysters and more. Much of the menu is served a la carte, letting each guest personalize their experience. Ocean 44 is seafood reinvented in a vibrant upscale atmosphere specializing in world-class seafood & great steaks. Different than anything we have done in the past, the fine dining atmosphere blends dramatic and intimate settings. At the core of Ocean 44 is chef sourced, highest graded sustainable fresh seafood from around from the world, enhanced with unique and interesting appetizers and side dishes that go beyond the traditional seafood menu. Scottsdale's best seafood & romantic restaurant.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
This place never disappoints!!! We came here to celebrate our 25th anniversary! We make this trek from Gilbert each year because it always feels so cool and relaxed and almost as if we are no longer in the desert heat but in some cool out if the way resort!!! The food is great…. The service is excellent!
A photo of English Rose Tea Room restaurant
4.8
4.8 (847)
$31 to $50
Afternoon Tea
Carefree
About the restaurant
Situated in the heart of beautiful Carefree, Arizona, the English Rose Tea Room provides an exquisite “Afternoon Tea” experience. Try a scone with Devon Cream, or our Formal Afternoon Tea, or simply a delicious vegetarian quiche …there is something for every discerning tea lover’s palate. The interior of the Tea Room boasts sumptuous floral decor, bejeweled chairs and pink velvet banquette seating, crystal chandeliers and beautiful bone china tea sets. An extensive lunch menu, a beautifully appointed outdoor patio (with misters and/or heaters) and a gorgeous gift store, makes the English Rose Tea Room a “Must Do” when coming to Carefree, Arizona.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
This place was magical! So beautifully decorated with outstanding, friendly service. My daughter and I had a lovely time. We will be back!
A photo of The Capital Grille - Scottsdale restaurant
4.9
4.9 (4194)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Scottsdale Quarter/Kierland Commons
About the restaurant
Make it a day to remember. From birthdays and anniversaries to professional milestones, we aim to make every gathering special at The Capital Grille. Open seven days a week, The Capital Grille is best known for our expertly prepared steaks, which are dry aged in house for 18 to 24 days and then hand-cut by our restaurant's on-premise butcher. The Capital Grille's wine list features more than 350 selections, and its floor-to-ceiling wine kiosk regularly houses 3,500 - 5,000 bottles. Reservations are recommended but not required. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to delighting you.
Top review
RAMFRvip
Dined 6 days ago
From the moment we walked in the door, we felt welcomed and special. Great table and great service from Gina in the bar/lounge area. Love the Capital Grille.
A photo of T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort and Spa restaurant
4.8
4.8 (4365)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Central Scottsdale
About the restaurant
Tasteful in every sense, T. Cook’s brings creative cuisine to an elegant desert setting. Experience a Mediterranean menu with rotating selections that reflect the season’s bounty for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner in Phoenix. Enhancing the impeccable menu is the inviting ambience of rich earthen tones, high-vaulted ceilings, and a patio with views of the Royal Palms’ lush landscape and Camelback Mountain.

T. Cook’s serves hand-selected ingredients prepared in simple, yet sumptuous, dishes. Selections feature bold Mediterranean flavors, with notes of regional influences from Northern Italy, Greece, and Spain. Enjoy the offerings on one of two outdoor patios boasting views of Camelback Mountain with cozy fireplaces and blooming bougainvillea. Treat your senses to an unforgettable dining adventure during your stay in Phoenix at the award-winning T. Cook’s.

Top review
VitalSvip
Dined 3 days ago
Outstanding new menu for the summer. Great service.
A photo of El Chorro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6398)
$31 to $50
American
Paradise Valley
About the restaurant
We are delighted to welcome you to El Chorro Lodge.
**Please be advised that Sunday Brunch reservations are REQUIRED**
Please call us directly to book your holiday reservations 480-948-5170.
*No pets allowed - service animals welcomed*

Top review
kevincvip
Dined 1 day ago
Wonderful place you have dinner. Food always excellent and the service is fabulous as well.
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