Starlite BBQ

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Barbecue
Starlite BBQ Scottsdale is a casual neighborhood restaurant with a full service bar offering specialty cocktails, craft beers and wine. In addition to a wide variety of smoked and grilled meats, Our specialty is ribs, hot fried chicken and brisket. Starlite offers vegetarian, vegan and healthy choices as well. We support local organizations and use local vendors. Arizona Prime Beef, organic produce from McClendon’s Farm, fresh breads daily from Mj Bread, we use local pecan and mesquite woods native to our desert.
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J
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! Really good food and fun atmosphere

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was great! I tried the porky fries and the hot fried chicken and everything was solid. Service was great, staff convinced me to try one of the cocktails with egg whites in it ( I was skeptical, but it was GREAT!) Cant wait to go back and see what else they have up there sleeves, they mentioned some changes to the menu coming up in the next few weeks :-)

C
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was brought out in a nice presentation however they seemed to burn everything which the waiter said was normal and how it was supposed to be. Food did taste good. Place is smaller than i expected. Waiters were too casual, not your usual customer service.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely delicious! Fantastic whiskey selection, great but unique BBQ in a relaxed setting. Highly recommend!

KL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely perfect for our group dinner! Very relaxing, great menu, and service

TB
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great grits!

c
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool local whiskey and bbq spot with a lot of healthy options too.

RA
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We anticipated BBQ and it is an attempt to modernize BBQ..... looks great....food presentation is a 10...especially for BBQ.... the Whiskey selection is outstanding and the ambiance is hip and feels very nice.... that said the food tastes below average. we did a sampler of several dishes...examples...
Brisket was grilled/seared and so when served very dried out..
St. Louis Ribs were cooked well but sauce was mostly sugar... and boring
the Mac and Cheese was very solid and tasty...
the sweet potato was cold in the middle and not cooked properly..
Baked beans were so so....wings were very solid and the Cauliflower was different and good.
The signature Can Can Pork Steak is WAY overrated. It is different and interesting but wouldn't order again...
the fountain drinks were flat.... so please partake of the bar...very nice....
lastly the sauces were very average... or just plain... although the Mole version was an interesting alternative and give them a nod for trying... but the others wouldn't be allowed in Oklahoma/Texas/Kansas/Missouri/Tennessee....

this place reeks of an establishment trying to find itself.... my advise to the owner is get the basics rock solid and then and only then present them well...

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Greens were the best I’ve ever had! BBQ chicken and brisket were really good too. Beans were bland! Service was also very good.

OT
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great BBQ, I’ve always loved their sister restaurant Ocotillo so it’s nice having a different concept!

OT
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

Birthday and business annual event

HS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a date or hang out spot with great mixed drinks and delicious BBQ food.

R
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Their porky fries are a must try!

MG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food, nice place, my son didn't like the beans, but the rest food was very good.

V
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

My husband enjoyed his meal he had ribs. My brisket was cold and the sides were not good.

JK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place just does it right. Great food, great staff and fun environment. Love the hot fried catfish, beef rib, corn pancake and chicken, crispy rock shrimp, brisket and grits....I could go on and on. All their homemade bbq sauces are legit, but the spicy and mole are my favorites. Overall if your craving bbq and are looking for a bit more sophistication then traditional bbq check this place out.

SB
Tucson
12 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Best bbq around.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the subtle flavoring if the buffalo and mole wings. Brunch was great. I had the green chili dish on top of Frito’s (seriously delicious despite the visual).

C
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hostess was very gracious and helpful. Server was right on it and friendly. Menu was varied southern bbq and tasty. Generous portions. Very enjoyable.

AR
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It is a good place just small so can get loud. The cornbread is amazing

CK
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was great - baby back ribs fell off the bone.. Didn't realize the place was so tiny, but that didn't matter. Great cocktails too.

BL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot with excellent food and killer booze selection. While not big, we did manage 10 there in the "booth" for a BBQ-ish Easter and thoroughly enjoyed.

Y
Phoenix
61 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hour menu til 6p. Food is fantastic and good value. Service was good too.

J
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Unique place, appears parties of five or more must sit outside, inside seating limited to two-four, bar and drink selection is impressive. Food was great, wings, cauliflower appetizers were tasty, entrees (brisket, fried chicken) were outstanding. Service was great, owner bused tables, introduced himself to those dining. Got very busy at around 7:00pm. Highly recommend.

C
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Never been disappointed!!!

Y
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve gone to Starlight several times now and each time is a good as the last.
Great food, excellent cocktails and on point service by the friendly staff.

L
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Solid BBQ joint. We sat outside and it was perfect for our family. Service was great and we had a great time. Would definitely recommend.

FT
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

During our first visit we loved the food. The portions were generous and we were excited to come back. During our 2nd visit the portions were significantly smaller and both the corn bread and Mac & cheese were burned.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food, craft cocktails, and friendly service. Roasted cauliflower was amazing!

IR
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Overall not bad. Fun little cozy spot, easy parking and access. Food just so so. Cauliflower appetizer fresh and flavorful. Rock shrimp...pass - chopped pieces and breaded ok but sort of lost in the grits. Baby back ribs were really just ok. Nice and tender but a bit overcooked and had that gamey pork flavor. ?The mustard seed that accompanied the ribs as well as the onions were a nice touch but the house bbq sauces were all kind of watery but flavorful. Overall I will go back for the service and the ambience and hope the food improves.

O
Indiana
21 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The pulled pork was tough! Lots of gristle.

AC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ribs are decent. Shrimp and grits were underwhelming: tiny shrimp fried hard and watery unflavored grits. Mac and cheese are good. Very loud environment.

OT
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place is amazing. Patio is super chill. Food is amaze balls and service was great as well.

CC
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Glad I had reservation at one of three community tables on the patio on a perfect March night. Our server was great and made a point to put our food order in before the table of 12 that was next to us. Good selection of mains, wonderful sides to share and good cocktails. We will be back often!

OT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Starlite!!! Food is excellent, sauces are amazing! Everything has a twist ( a good twist ) too it! Whisky selection is top notch! Love the cozy “city tavern” feeling. Service was attentive, fast, and never pushy... super friendly place.... AND they take reservations! Wow!

c
Philadelphia
114 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

El stinko!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t come come here because I want this place to myself! The food here is delicious, they have a great bartending staff, everyone was excellent, and the vibe of this place is superb.

MP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice spot. Ribs were to die for

JM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The cocktails and food were fantastic!

C
Louisville
22 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual, always a favorite!!!

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