The city of Phoenix is perhaps not one of the first cities that comes to mind when you think of America’s biggest attractions. Yet, it may surprise you to learn that it’s the fifth-most populous city in all of the USA and the only state capital nationwide with more than a million people. As the main population center for the state of Arizona, it’s a bustling metropolitan and cosmopolitan delight with plenty to see and do. Great hikes to its national parks such as Papago and South Mountain Park offer incredible views of the city. In the city itself, there are excellent shopping opportunities and sights to see such as the Arizona Capitol Museum and Navajo Code Talker memorial. You’ll never run out of things to do here, and if you’ve walked yourself to a standstill, it’s worth taking the chance to enjoy a bit to eat in one of these fine restaurants with a view in Phoenix, Arizona. Check them out below.
1. Different Pointe of View
This stunning restaurant is found at the Tapatio Cliffs Hilton, and it overlooks the stunning panoramas of the Arizona valleys from the top of North Mountain. Alfresco diners will be given the opportunity to taste such classics as Coffee Brown Sugar Seared Local Pork Tenderloin, or seafood specialties such as Poached Maine Lobster or Seared Swordfish Steak. If you’re in the mood for dessert, then your options include a delicious Caramel Apple Cheesecake, while gluten-free diners can enjoy a stunning Pecan Praline.
Different Pointe of View
Address: Tapatio Cliffs Hilton, 11111 North 7th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85020
Average price for two: 70 - 100 USD
Website: Different Pointe of View
2. Orange Sky
The signature restaurant at Scottsdale’s Talking Stick Resort, you’ll love Orange Sky’s delightful ambiance and views over the rolling hills of the resort. The menu itself is based around good, wholesome steaks and classic cuts of meat, with Wagyu Striploin particularly popular, and the intriguing choice of Elk Loin with ancho currant preserves, pictured above, among the many treats for a gastronome to sample. The starter menu is also full of intrigue, with Crab and Corn Fritters and Foie Gras among an eclectic list of options.
Address: 9800 East Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Average price for two: 30 - 60 USD
Website: Orange Sky
Visitors to Camelback Mountain’s Sanctuary resort will be rewarded with splendid views out over the Paradise Valley and by the eclectic menu on offer here at the resort’s signature restaurant. An emphasis on American food with an Asian accent drives the choices on offer, which include a world-class Veal Osso Bucco and fine vegetarian options such as a Roasted Carrot and Quinoa Ravioli. If you’re also having a starter, then there are some mouthwatering choices on offer here, too. The Fiery Calamari is particularly recommended, while the Golden Beet and Citrus Salad, is popular.
Address: 5700 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Average price for two: 70 - 100 USD
Surf ‘n’ Turf is the order of the day - and night - at this superb restaurant located at Scottsdale’s fashionable Four Seasons resort. Backed by stunning mountain views in this splendid Sonoran desert location, you can take your pick from a menu which offers the finest steaks and seafood, along with a tapas menu that includes delights such as Spiced Lamb Meatballs and Gambas al Ajillo. The steak menu includes small, tender filets on one end of the scale and a hearty 20 oz. ribeye on the other. Diners can share larger plates, too, including a tender Iberian Pork Shoulder with tangy pickled squash
Address: 10600 E Crescent Moon Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85262
Average price for two: 90 USD
5. Chart House
Lake views await you at one of Scottsdale’s premier seafood restaurants - this is one place where you’ll really get the best from alfresco dining as you relax by the water with excellent dishes such as a Cedar-Wrapped King Salmon that has to be tasted to be believed, or Coconut Crunchy Shrimp. For those who aren’t into seafood, there are meat options, including Chicken Marsala and a delightful Filet Mignon with a range of seasoned butter for taste.
Address: 7255 E McCormick Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85258
Average price for two: 80 - 100 USD
Website: Chart House
6. Compass Arizona Grill
In the heart of Phoenix, you will find Arizona’s only revolving restaurant, offering you a new view of the city every time you look out the window. The stunning panoramas are enhanced by windows from the floor up, while the menu is full of variety, down-home options such as the Bacon Cheeseburger side by side with Seared Hokkaido Scallops. Using locally-sourced ingredients, freshness is a major consideration for the chefs here, and you’ll taste it in every mouthful.
Compass Arizona Grill
Address: 122 N. 2nd Street, Phoenix AZ 85004
Average price for two: 35 - 60 USD
Website: Compass Arizona Grill
Kai - the name means “seed” in the language of the native Pima tribe whose home is nearby - is Arizona’s only restaurant to have secured AAA’s prestigious five-star rating. A themed menu allows you to choose your meal, served to you in the form of a short story or a journey, or you can simply choose the dishes as they come. In keeping with the theme of the restaurant, dishes such as Great Plains Bison and Grilled Tenderloin of Tribal Buffalo are particular favorites among the clientele. Great views over the Wild Horse Pass resort provide a super backdrop.
Address: 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd Phoenix, AZ 85226
Average price for two: 90 USD
8. Lincoln Restaurant
Few restaurants on this list will capture the essence of Phoenix better than this Marriott-owned steakhouse with an outdoor fire pit and views of the mountains on all sides. With a simply fantastic ambiance, you can dine in style from a menu with starters such as Corn and Bacon soup, and mains including hearty steaks from local farms. You could, alternatively, enjoy a perfectly seared Tuna steak “au poivre” or a rack of Colorado Lamb. Sides include creamy, buttery mash and a splendid Green Chile Mac ‘n’ Cheese.
Address: 5402 East Lincoln Drive · Scottsdale, Arizona 85253
Average price for two: 100 USD
Website: Lincoln - A JW Steakhouse
9. J&G Steakhouse
Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account
Views of the Camelback mountain are one of many treats in store for you if you choose to dine at Scottsdale’s J&G Steakhouse. The menu is full of classic American staples with a fine dining twist - a superbly tender Brisket Cheeseburger awaits you here, while the Entrees include Black Truffle cheese fritters. For a small extra cost, you can have additional meats and cheeses on the side of your plate, a chance to have an extra-filling meal in a wonderful setting.
Address: 6000 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Average price for two: 60 USD
Website: J&G Steakhouse
Phoenix: A city to suit all tastes
The city of Phoenix is, without a doubt, a delight. There are fun things to do all over the city, plenty of history to absorb, and stunning natural scenery; there are also opportunities for day trips to important local conurbations such as Scottsdale and Mesa. After all of this, there are the above options for fine dining and tasty bites in a setting that will live long in your memory. With this great food and these stunning views, you’ll fall in love with Phoenix.
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