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Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse - Scottsdale

72 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Top Tags:
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem

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Bootleggers Modern America is an eatery in Scottsdale, AZ that is extremely popular for a number of reasons. It has a fantastic and welcoming atmosphere, great lighting, a bar and plenty of fantastic food on the menu.

Bootleggers Modern America has some great starters on the dinner menu. You can try the deviled eggs, smoked chicken wings, smokehouse mussels and the guacamole. Bootleggers Modern America also offers pork belly, brisket, smoked prime rib, pan seared Scottish salmon and smoked turkey breast. Sandwiches and burgers are available, too. For dessert, you can enjoy the seasonal fruit cobbler or the Jack Daniel's brownie.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Comfort Food, Barbecue, American
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Hours of operation

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Phone number
(480) 404-9984
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Rick Phillips
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Private party facilities
We can offer anything from a our intimate dining room, to our sexy bar/lounge to our beautiful covered outdoor patio.
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Private party contact
Biannca Dominguez: (602) 687-0993
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From 1 to 1,000 ribs, there is no event too small, or too big. We can customize our wildly popular menu to tailor your needs. We can even show up at your event with a smoker and cook right on site! Please contact Biannca Dominguez for more information and pricing. 602.687-0993, or via email at—
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Cross street
Scottsdale Rd. and 1st St.
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Parking details
Street Parking and Garage Parking available at Brown and 1st St.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Jeff (West Virginia)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2016

Immediately told us they didn't have any reservation. When I showed them the email, they said they no longer accept open table reservations. They did seat is since they had capacity, however could have been a mess for a table of 8.

ForeverFeminist (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on November 24, 2015

Like the rustic western-like decor - and the seating is comfortable. Menu is terrific! Best Barbecue I've had since leaving Chicago. Lived here 8 years now, and have been to Bootlegger about five times since it opened. I take visitors there, family and friends… and they rave about the food and the service.

Definitely a Scottsdale five-plus star restaurant!

AlDeepCreek (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on November 1, 2015

John (our server) was funny and very helpful but he neglected to tell us that the burger which sounded good on the menu was actually a delicious messy monster - not for the dainty :). Much laughter and many napkins later we finished dinner with apple pie moonshine. A delightful evening in old town Scottsdale.

ForeverFeminist (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2015

Have dined at Bootleggers for lunches, dinners, and special occasions with guests - and everyone has raved about the food and service. Always a "let's go back to Bootleggers" when we plan our next lunch or dinner out! A place you can take family, friends and clients. As far as I'm concerned, Bootleggers is the best barbecue spot in Downtown Scottsdale!

vipSrqchristine (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on October 10, 2015

Great experience. We shared the combo platter and loved it!

vipMisterandmrsB (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on October 3, 2015

We decided to try Bootleggers after finding the Saturday special, featured on the web site menu, was beef ribs. When we got to the restaurant we learned beef ribs were not available at all. Overall the meal was good, the service very good. It was a little loud for us. In the future we will go for beef ribs elsewhere.

OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on September 26, 2015

This place is amazing! The deviled eggs were out of this world! And the dumplings, to die for! I'm not sure if these is much on this menu that would be disappointing! It's not just a bbq, it's a foodie paradise that serves bbq. Can't wait to return again and soon when visiting Phoenix. Moonshine drinks were also very yummy.

vipAZTraveler (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2015

Love this place. The menu is creative and is what modern BBQ should be like...great beer list and cocktails....I highly recommend the happy hour menu and to share the mix meat dinner. Really great find!

vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on July 2, 2015

The food was ok. My companions liked there's a bunch. I may have just ordered the wrong thing. The owner/manager was a super nice guy. Took good care of us.

vipKenady (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on May 28, 2015

We came here for a long lunch on Thursday, enjoyed a few beers (they have my favorite, Mamas Pils, on-tap!), the food was absolutely outstanding. Every bite was wow-worthy. "it's like I haven't eaten in days and this is the first meal." I enjoyed the panko-fried chicken sandwich and my partner had the bbq lunch special with brisket and pulled pork. Very, very good food. We will definitely be back.

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on May 15, 2015

Our first visit to Bootleggers, Old Town Scottsdale location. It was Friday afternoon and arrived during happy hour which ended up being $2-3 dollar discount off of regularly priced drinks. The drinks were awesome! We shared the chili appetizer. The only down side to this was that we wish we had each ordered our own. It was so good!
I had the small order (6) baby back ribs and took three home with me. They were tender and delicious. I would order some extra BBQ sauce on the side the next time. The cole slaw did not make it into the to go box since I consumed every morsel. Home made and delicious. My boyfriend order brisket, which is available lean or fatty, your preference. He loved it.
The service was wonderful. There when you needed them and friendly, but not overbearing.

harleyjade (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on April 18, 2015

great drinks and apps, if you are looking for authentic or real BBq tho not so much but fun atmosphere

Vicwebb25 (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on April 11, 2015

We came here after we heard about this place from the burger battle! Let me tell you, this place is amazing! I highly highly recommend this place!

vipSamantha (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on March 26, 2015

this place is a solid place to dine after a giants spring training game. good, not great service. food was solid bbq.

Elis (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 14, 2015

Service was really poor when we were there - we had more interaction with the busboy than our actual waiter - but the drinks were good and I liked the general feel of the restaurant. Food was good, though not amazing. I recommend the apple pie moonshine!

ranger (Phoenix)
1.0  Dined on March 8, 2015

There are to many very good restaurants I would rather go to get a much better value for my dollar. The brisket had to much fat, and extremely small portions. It was tasty, but I should have got at least 2 to 2.5 times a more meat for the money. The prime rib was not bad, but no au jus, therefore a little dry. No salad, it was way to dark to read the menu, and the cheap metal chairs were not at all comfortable. I would never go back. This was my first and last visit.

Mark (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 24, 2015

Ate in the patio area. Very pleasant, nice fireplace. Unfortunately the food was not good. The bacon board sounded great however some of the bacon was bland, dry, or overcooked (hard). The pork belly was not overcooked and tasteless. The best item on the bacon board was the duck con fit -- very good. I also had the beef brisket and pulled pork. Both were overcooked -- dry -- and tasteless. If not for the BBQ sauce I would not have been able to eat either dish. Overall a disappointment.

vipAzdiningduo (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on February 21, 2015

One of our new places in Scottsdale to go for good BBQ. The BBQ pork is delicious and served in a cast iron skillet, so are the potatoes, which are also delicious, but don't touch the skillets, they are hot! This is a good thing since everything stays warm from beginning to end. BBQ Pork, Beef, and chicken and you can't go wrong with any choice.

OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on February 20, 2015

We all loved it

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2015

My husband and I went to Bootlegger for a date night. We sat outside and it was a lovely atmosphere. The menu sounded great but they did not have the tofu dish we wanted. We each had a salad and they were delicious. After that we had to wait a loooooong time to get the rest of our food. The table next to us received much better service than we did and they kept getting their food way before we did even though they were seated after us. My husband had to wait a long time to get a second beer and by the time he received it, it wasn't the one he wanted, then our waiter went to get him the right one but the keg was empty so the waiter just picked out another and gave that to my husband. By that time we were just ready for the check. To his credit our waiter was very friendly. Perhaps Bootlegger was understaffed that night...