A Local’s Guide to the Best Restaurants & Entertainment in Scottsdale & Cave Creek

olive and ivy

A Local’s Guide to the Best Restaurants & Entertainment in Scottsdale & Cave Creek

One of our favorite U.S. destinations to send travelers is Scottsdale, Arizona. Here you’ll find amazing restaurants including some of the best Mexican joints in the Southwest, plus fun little shops to explore in their Old Town area, and more. Read on for our recommendations of the best places to eat and play in Scottsdale and the surrounding areas, based off of our most recent trip there last week.


Old Town Scottsdale Restaurants

Old Town Scottsdale is a large section of the city with streets full of bars, restaurants, shopping, and more. We spent a majority of our time exploring and eating in this area. It is a great place for families, couples, and very popular with bachelor and bachelorette party groups. Whether you want to dine at a trendy brunch spot or an authentic Mexican eatery, we’ve got you covered. Check out some of the restaurants we sampled in Old Town last week, below.


olive and ivy

Olive & Ivy

Olive & Ivy may have been my favorite restaurant that we dined at during our recent visit to Scottsdale. It is set right on the picturesque river, with a gorgeous patio complete with twinkling lights above you and a relaxed elegant vibe. This Mediterranean restaurant promises to transport you to the relaxing French Riviera, and we think it really delivered! We ate here for lunch and everything we ordered was delicious and fresh.

For lunch, we started with the Seasonal Chef’s Board, which includes prosciutto, spicy salami, artisan cheese, roasted veggies, preserves, marinated olives, pistachios, and toasted bread. We also sampled the Tuna Salad sandwich was divine and only $11! I highly recommend pairing this with their fresh potato salad.

We also sampled the Pastrami Reuben and of course we can’t forget about the drinks! I tried the White Sangria, which was refreshing and not too sweet. We also tasted the White Cranberry Cosmo which came highly recommended and rightfully so.


the montuak

The Montauk

The Montauk is a casual, chic eatery in Old Town that will transport you to to a summer on the East Coast. We started with the deviled eggs that were delightful with bacon and truffle oil, plus some Watermelon Mule to wash them down. These were some of the tastiest and most refreshing drinks we had on the trip, with real muddled watermelon mixed with Tito’s vodka, lime, and ginger beer.

For our main meal, we sampled the Warm Lobster Roll (also available cold but our server suggested the warm option and we were glad she did!), as well as the kale salad, house burger, and Honey Jalapeno Chicken Sandwich.


old town tortilla factory

Old Town Tortilla Factory

Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale in the charming art district, Old Town Tortilla Factory is built from an historic 75-year old Scottsdale adobe home. It exemplifies the charm and laid-back vibe of the Southwest. The best part is the 1400 square foot flagstone patio surrounded by lit-up palm trees and gardens, plus 100 year old pecan trees.

The Tortilla Factory offers over 120 premium tequilas and a great selection of margaritas.

We had the Chorizo Fundido, a pepperjack cheese dip made with Chorizo and Rajaz to start. Then, we sampled the Green Enchiladas and the Old Town Tacos. We washed it down with the Platinum Margarita made with Casa Amigos Silver Tequila, Cointreau and fresh citrus.


Cave Creek

Cave Creek is about a 40 minute drive North from the Old Town Scottsdale area, but it is worth the trip. Here you’ll find the spirit of the Old West. The small desert town offers great shopping, dining, and gorgeous desert scenery.


buffalo chip saloon

Buffalo Chip Saloon

We just spent one evening in Cave Creek and we headed to Buffalo Chip Saloon. We went on a Wednesday night so we could catch the bull riding. They also hold this on Friday nights. We opted for the VIP tickets for some of the best seats in the house, plus an unlimited barbecue buffet.

We took a break from the bulls to check out some of the live country music. This was probably my favorite part of the trip. Picnic tables and twinkling lights surround the stage and create the perfect relaxing vibe. It’s also right by the mechanical bull, so you can enjoy live music while watching people ride.


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