The Phoenix area has many amazing restaurants that let patrons enjoy beautiful views while dining on delicious entrees. Some of our favorite restaurants -- that are so much more than just restaurants -- are listed below. Keep in mind things may be slightly different due to Covid, so be sure to check the website or contact the restaurant for the latest updates.
elements, located on Camelback Mountain, features Asian-accented New American fare and sweeping mountain views through floor-to-ceiling windows or from the beautiful patio. The food incorporates local, organic produce, sustainable seafood, and hormone-free meat, plus vegetarian and gluten-free options. Try Two Buck Shuck Tuesdays every Tuesday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. for just $2 per piece.
5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley
2. Lon’s at the Hermosa
Lon’s is the former home of famed cowboy artist Lon Megargee and features a patio with gorgeous southwestern views and fire pits for cooler weather. Offers contemporary American cuisine with a touch of cowboy such as Himalayan Salt Seared Ahi Tuna and new items each week. Lon’s offers the wine aficionado a selection of outstanding wine choices and private candlelit dinners in their wine cellar.
5532 N. Palo Christi Road, Paradise Valley
3. Scorpion Bay Grill
Enjoy fresh food, cocktails and a 365-degree view of all the beauty Lake Pleasant has to offer at Scorpion Bay Grill. You’ll find seasonal favorites galore, including fresh salads, house made flatbreads, grilled burgers (including savory veggie burgers), sandwiches and decadent desserts. Choice of indoor or outdoor seating or you can drive your boat straight up to the restaurant for a to-go order! Private event charter available for 40 people plus captain and catering for full-, or half-day cruises, or remain docked at the restaurant.
10970 Peninsula Blvd, Peoria
It’s the Valley’s neighborhood wine café with multiple locations, but we’ll recommend the Phoenix location on Campbell Ave., a treat with fantastic outdoor ambiance. You’ll love the bruschetta board, particularly the burrata, bacon and tomato selection. Each Valley location does offer patio seating.
3939 E. Campbell Ave., Phoenix
You’ll find a special experience dining at Quiessence, inside the old house at The Farm at South Mountain, surrounded by mulberry trees strung with tiny lights. The farm’s organic garden provides fresh ingredients for meat, fish and vegetarian offerings. Breads are baked on an outdoor wood oven. Unforgettable, romantic atmosphere.
6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix
6. T. Cook’s
Enjoy Mediterranean-flavored dishes in the historic Royal Palms Resort near Camelback Mountain, now displaying a modern flair for younger diners. Notable wine list and ever-changing menu often offers roasted prawns, pappardelle, braised lamb and more. Don’t forget desserts such as chocolate mousse with caramelized banana or the chocolate praline torte.
5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix
7. Bourbon Steak
Splurge on prime steaks and seafood at Bourbon Steak in the gorgeous setting of the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort. It’s award-winning dining at its finest, with authentic recipes by world-renowned chefs, plus an extensive wine cellar.
7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale
8. Roaring Fork
So many choices at Roaring Fork! Select from top-notch lamb, pork, chicken, beef and fresh fish entrees, prepared on a wood fire. Choose your dining spot on the outdoor patio, private dining room or large dining area. It’s the ideal setting for a small dinner or a large event.
4800 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
9. Virtu Honest Craft
Featuring Mediterranean-American cuisine in Old Town Scottsdale, Virtu offers outdoor dining of the season’s best seafood, prime meats, fresh pastas and regional produce. Craft beers and exceptional cocktails encourage people to linger on the patio with a fountain.
3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale
10. House of Tricks
Nice patio dining in downtown Tempe, featuring shade trees, an outdoor bar and a fireplace by a 1920s bungalow. Their eclectic menu changes frequently, but you’ll often enjoy duck, salmon, pork, meatloaf dishes and more. Don’t forget to top of your meal with cheesecake!
114 E. Seventh St., Tempe
Share your experiences with friend and family as you try these restaurants. There’s no shortage of great outdoor dining in Phoenix, perfect for any time of year, but remember to check the websites for updates before you go.
Scorpion Bay is Arizona’s premier floating playground, offering everything from daily pontoon and ski boat rentals to slips for harboring your yacht (or dinghy). Come for the fishing or come for the frolicking—either way, incredible mountain views, fantastic dining and world-class marina services await less than an hour out of Phoenix. https://www.scorpionbayaz.com/