Arizona’s hospitality industry is in the throes of its peak season, when the whole world descends on Grand Canyon State to enjoy our sun, spas, golf courses, restaurants, and restaurants. hotel complexes. Lucky for them, many of the region’s best beach resorts boast some of our greatest culinary skills. Here are some of Arizona’s best resort restaurants that set the standard for desert dining:
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With celebrity chef Beau MacMillan at the helm for decades, the items listed here should come as no surprise as this is one of Arizona’s top resort restaurants. But there are actually two big reasons beyond the Food Network darling why Elements continues to be a must-have for any foodie. Last year, the resort named James Beard Award nominee Samantha Sanz as a chef at both Elements and the Jade Bar. Its farm-fresh American cuisine with Asian and Latin accents amid some of the Southwest’s most breathtaking views must be on your bucket list. In addition to her, Sanctuary also hired Christiaan Röllich as a bar manager. He revived the resort’s cocktail program, adding everything from harissa-infused syrups to truffle oil washes.
Learn more: sanctuaryoncamelback.com
Chop, block and infuse
In 2018, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino opened Chop, Block & Brew in Maricopa. Rustic and laid-back but an upscale adventure for the taste buds, three of the many strengths: dry aging meats, allowing them to rest in a carefully controlled state to develop a deeper layer of flavor; the selected steaks are vacuum-packed, which produces a more consistent taste and size and ensures a more uniform temperature according to customer preferences; and many accompaniments ranging from lobster tail to butter master. The 3,454-square-foot restaurant also features Native American-inspired artwork and design elements that showcase the culture and traditions of the Ak-Chin Indian community.
Learn more: harrahsakchin.com
Steak Bourbon by Michael Mina
Of Egyptian origin, Michael Mina is a magician of flavors. The members of his team at Michael Mina Group, which currently has more than 40 high-end concepts around the world, are atmospheric artists. And the team of its namesake Scottsdale, located in the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess? They are masters in the art of making evenings unforgettable for everyone who dines with them. Considering the name, it goes without saying that the steak offerings will rock your world. However, dig deep into the menu a bit when you get the chance and explore other delicacies, including an ultra-chic version of a shellfish platter. Also don’t miss this glass wine cellar.
Learn more: scottsdaleprincess.com
The Forbes four-star award-winning Talavera, which features floor-to-ceiling windows and a dramatic fireplace that lines the interior of the entire restaurant, is the jewel in the crown of the sophisticated Four Seasons Scottsdale Resort Troon North. Spanish-influenced menus, including paella, jamón ibérico and a long list of world-inspired tapas, are quickly becoming a legend. Insider tip: In Talavera, there’s also a small cocktail bar called Gin Bar that specializes in gin tonics, which are much more aromatic and botanically avant-garde than traditional gin tonics. It’s the perfect way to start or end an unforgettable evening.
Learn more: talavera.com
When Mountain Shadows Resort reopened in 2017 after a complete re-imagining of every square inch of the property, Hearth ’61 made its debut. Blending American and Mediterranean flavors, Hearth ’61 prides itself on truly using the best, local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible. The menu changes at least once a month, with which is exquisite at the moment. McClendon’s Select, Two Wash Ranch, Duncan’s Trading Company, and Noble Bread are just a few of the restaurant’s local vendors.
Learn more: mountainshadows.com
Located at the Valley Ho Hotel, the whimsical restaurant is a tribute to ‘ZuZu’, which is the nickname given to famous cook and real estate icon Rosalyn Bennett Lyon, whose son Scott was a key member of society who developed the hotel. And you know if anyone names a restaurant after a mom; so that must be amazing. Russell LaCanse, who heads the on-site culinary team, is quietly one of the best chefs in the Southwest. He’s not afraid to be bold with the flavors, to have fun with the dishes, or to challenge guests to try something new. Of course, the place is also home to the Showstopper Shake, which is quickly becoming a legend. ZuZu’s pastry chef collaborates with LaCasce to deliver a whole new flavor every month, creating a new take on this classic 1950s dessert.
Learn more: hotelvalleyho.com
LON’s at the Hermosa Inn offers many romantic settings for an intimate dinner: an outdoor patio with magnificent flora and fauna, a flowing fountain and a huge fireplace; a ruggedly beautiful indoor dining room illuminated by candlelight; and an underground wine cellar for private dining. The cellar dining room is a particularly magical experience. Limited to just 12 guests in total, the winery is modeled after the tunnels that existed on the property during the Prohibition era to allow submerged guests to escape the sheriff if he made an unannounced visit. Although they were eventually devastated by fire, in 1992 the owners of the day took meticulous care in finding the tunnels and rebuilding them using steel and salvaged bricks. Today, the space celebrates Arizona history while helping you write your own chapter. It is also one of Arizona’s most acclaimed resort restaurants.
Learn more: hermosainn.com
ShadowRock + Table faucet
As much a social hub as a culinary hotspot, this indoor and outdoor dining adventure at the Hilton Sedona in Bell Rock celebrates the spirit of Red Rock adventure through a host of amenities including the front porch, large outdoor garden with fireplaces, water games, lawn games and panoramic seats. In addition to the restaurant’s inviting setting, guests and locals alike can enjoy a variety of creative seasonal activations and stunning seasonal menus that place the resort’s dining experience among the best in the Southwest. Insider tip: Visit now through the end of March, as the resort offers an igloo dining experience under the stars, including your own after-dinner foyer for s’mores.
Learn more: hiltonsedona.com
Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen
In 2020, Arizona and Culinary Institute of America and Hyde Park celebrity chef Dushyant Singh took over all culinary operations at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows, including the Weft & Warp Art Bar. Since arriving, Singh has worked with the culinary team to create a menu bursting with exceptionally bold flavors and focused on globally-inspired ingredients, especially his favorites from northern Italy, southern France, and the south of France. ‘Spain. The result is crisp, bold flavors, all with a view of Camelback Mountain.
Learn more: andazscottsdale.com
Nestled in Castle Hot Springs near the property’s one-acre farm and greenhouse which grows over 150 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, including 30 types of heirloom tomatoes, per season, Harvest strives to find the synthesis between each fruit, vegetable, herb and flower that make their way from the soil of Sonora to the plates of the diners. The menus change daily based on the actual performance of the on-site farm, with the aim of offering a kaleidoscope of freshness and flavor for breakfast, lunch and dinner, making this one of the resort restaurants. Arizona’s most unique.
Learn more: castlehotsprings.com