Although Arizona is a desert, you can still enjoy a refreshing dinner and lovely view at the water’s edge. We located several delightful restaurants where you can enjoy calming views of lakes, rivers and creeks or even drive your boat right up to the restaurant! Try one of these seven sweet options the next time you’re hungry for food with a view.
1. Scorpion Bay Grill at Scorpion Bay, Lake Pleasant, Peoria
Scorpion Bay Grill at Lake Pleasant in Peoria is just 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix and has stunning views year-round with fresh, seasonal food cocktails and a 365-degree view of all the beauty the Sonoran Desert has to offer. Enjoy the new seasonal menu featuring fresh salads, house-made flatbreads, grilled burgers, sandwiches, seasonal desserts and a new vegetarian menu. Enjoy indoor and outdoor seating or drive your boat straight up to the restaurant for a to-go order!
2. Rainbow Room, Page
Located in the Lake Powell Resort and Marina, the Rainbow Room has some beautiful views of the red rocks surrounding the lake. Start your adventure in Page with a nice breakfast buffet filled with fresh fruit, pastries, pancakes and eggs. Or, at the end of the day, try their entrées ranging from fresh fish to flame-broiled beef and a good selection of vegetarian fare. Reservations recommended.
3. Olive and Ivy on the Waterfront, Scottsdale
Inviting and relaxing, yet sophisticated, Olive and Ivy is inspired by the French Riviera. Dine on Mediterranean food while sipping on sangria by the waterfront. Try shareable treats like Bacon Wrapped Dates and move on to the Shrimp Scampi Risotto or other tempting dishes from the abundant selection of food and drink.
4. Dinner Bell Cafe, Prescott
Nice little restaurant with back patio seating that gives you a view of a small creek and tall trees. Fantastic waffles (try the banana pecan waffle), homemade granola and a full expresso bar. Try the huevo rancheros and homemade cinnamon rolls.
Address: 321 W Gurley St, Prescott
5. Cress on Oak Creek, Sedona
Located on the banks of gorgeous Oak Creek in Sedona, Cress is Part of the fancy L'Auberge de Sedona hotel and offers New American/French cuisine with a fantastic view of the creek. Nice for romantic dinners and special occasions. Features scallops, lamb chops, beef tenderloin and more.
6. The Watershed, Tempe
The Watershed is Tempe’s lakeside kitchen, patio and bar, situated on a human-made, 52-acre lake with over 4,000 square feet of lakeside patio. Enjoy dinner or brunch with lovely lake views. Features Modern American cuisine with twists on familiar classics— everything is made from scratch and to order. Enjoy burgers, fish and chips, ribs, wings, bruschettas, croquettes, gumbo, shepherd’s pie and more. Fully stocked bar. Great for corporate/holiday functions, receptions/weddings, showers, reunions, birthdays, etc. Open weekdays from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., (closed Mondays for private events), Saturdays 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sundays, 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Check website for upcoming booked dates.
7. Lakeshore Restaurant, Mesa
Located right along Saguaro Lake, this casual restaurant features breathtaking views of the lake and traditional American meals—seafood entrees, hearty sandwiches, BBQ ribs and fresh salads. A great spot to start or end a day of hiking, boating or scenic driving. Wednesdays and Fridays are All You Can Eat Fish and Chips.
Scorpion Bay is Arizona’s premier floating playground, offering everything from daily pontoon and ski boat rentals to slips for long-term live-aboard lifestyles. 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/