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12 Best Places To Eat In Old Town Scottsdale

Here are the best places to eat in Old Town Scottsdale.

At night, Old Town Scottsdale smells like a backyard barbecue. Grilled meats and charred vegetables and strong beers take on the dark. But behind the smoky scented gauze of simplicity is a spread of innovation.

Scottsdale is a foodie city. You’ll find everything here, from upscale diner-style eateries to creative pubs.

Here are the most iconic places to eat in Old Town Scottsdale.

Best Cafes In Old Town Scottsdale

Berdena's in Old Town Scottsdale Cafe

Berdena’s

Just a few steps from Bob Parks’ bronze horse fountain is Berdena’s, an aesthetic specialty coffee shop. Think yellow print walls, drips of indoor plants, a glass display of fresh-baked pastries. You’ll want to order a muffin or scone and sit alongside the window overlooking the heart of Old Town.

General Info

Address: 7051 E 5th Ave suite i, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Cost: $$$

Cartel Coffee Lab

Cartel Coffee Lab is an Arizona area chain (coming soon to Palm Springs and Austin) known for its cold brews. It’s a hipster coffeehouse with latte-art driven drinks, lots of outlets, and an artsy vibe. The drinks aren’t sweet but are decent for a tourist-centered Old Town establishment.

General Info

Address: 7124 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Cost: $$$

Ruze Cake House

Instagram darling Ruze Cake House, a small brightly-lit Old Town bakery, is well worth the hype. Grab some macaroons (they have so many creative flavors, from French Fry Milkshake to Strawberry Lemonade) and drinks (cotton-candy swirled boba) to-go.

General Info

Address: 7033 E Main St #100, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Cost: $$

Best Places To Eat Breakfast In Old Town Scottsdale

Morning Squeeze open daily for breakfast sign

Arcadia Farms Cafe

Make breakfast in Old Town Scottsdale a formal affair at Arcadia Farms Cafe. This is a dress-cute to order Sunday brunch spot. Portions are small but the crab tower is worth a try.

General Info

Address: 7014 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Cost: $$$

Butters Pancakes

Butters’ made-from-scratch breakfast will have you drooling. The menu is beyond huge and the pancakes are amazing (you’ll find sweet takes on classics like Oreo Cookie S’mores and Berry Bliss). Portions are fit for two but you don’t want to skimp out on the sides (from the eggs to cheese grits). This is hands-down our top choice for breakfast in Old Town Scottsdale.

General Info

Address: 8300 N Hayden Rd f104, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Cost: $$

Morning Squeeze

A funky retro diner, Morning Squeeze is perfect for meat lovers. The options are standard American breakfast items – eggs your way, chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy. Our favorite is the Free Bird – crispy fried chicken, bacon (what more can we say?), fresh avocado, and a zesty aioli binding.

General Info

address: 4233 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Cost: $$$

Best Places To Eat Lunch In Old Town Scottsdale

Inside Sugar Bowl, one of the most iconic places to eat in Old Town Scottsdale

Simon’s Hot Dogs

For vegan bites near Old Town Scottsdale, head to Simon’s, an unfussy family-owned Colombian eatery serving up twists on Arizona classics. Order the Sonoran Cousin. You’ll get a no-meat thick-meat dog topped with refried beans, banana peppers, jalapenos, and onions. We were back for seconds in no time.

General Info

Address: 4280 N Drinkwater Blvd #200, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Cost: $$

Sugar Bowl

Established in 1958, Sugar Bowl still stands as one of the most iconic places to eat in Old Town Scottsdale. This dipped in pink ice cream parlor is kitschy but cute. Our experience (rude staff, underwhelming sandwiches, and sweat-soaked seats) was sub-par but the ice-cream was rich and creamy and felt like a step back in time.

General Info

Address: 4005 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Cost: $$$

The Mission

Located next to the historic Old Adobe Mission, The Mission (no relation aside from the name) is a Latin-inspired date-style restaurant. Chef Matt Carters pulls his travels across Central and South America into a menu designed to impress. Order the table-side guac. You won’t regret it.

General Info

address: 3815 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Cost: $$$

Best Places To Eat Dinner In Old Town Scottsdale

diego pops, one of the best places to eat in Old Town Scottsdale, corn with cheetos

Citizen Public House

Salad in Scottsdale is not a tough find. But a salad worth raving about? That’s Citizen Public House’s specialty. Citizen Public House’s Original Chop is a burst of texture and color. And it has a fan following (there are T-shirts. enough said) for good reason.

General Info

Address: 7111 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Cost: $$$

Diego Pops

Between its blue booths and pineapple wallpaper and neon signs, Diego Pops might be one of the most millennial places to eat dinner in Old Town Scottsdale. But it’s also our favorite. You’ll want to order the Brussel Sprout Nachos, a giant beast of an appetizer that’s a meal for two unto itself. If you’re not a Brussel Sprout fan, don’t worry, you’ll be converted after your first bite (who knew Brussel Sprouts could be so good?).

General Info

address: 4338 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Cost: $$

Virtu Honest Craft

Chef Gio Osso brings his Italian roots to Old Town Scottsdale at Virtu, an intimate dining spot nominated Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation (back in 2014). Osso himself describes Virtu as “Van Halen meets Mozart” and he’s right. The dishes, the kind that will leave you humming after your first bite, are exquisite. Get ready for an orchestra of flavors.

General Info

Address: 3701 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Cost: $$$

Did you find our list of the best places to eat in Scottsdale useful? What are your favorite places to eat in Scottsdale? As always, we love to hear from you.

2 Comments

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    Norma
    May 5, 2020 at 4:35 PM

    I ate Diego Pops after seeing it on Instagram and it was soooooo good. Definitely a favorite for me. Glad to see it on this list.

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    Carmen
    May 6, 2020 at 3:23 PM

    I want some breakfast from Butters Pancakes. Sounds delish.

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