Phoenix and Scottsdale Restaurants With Scenic Views

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    Arizona Restaurants With Scenic Views

    Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix
    ••• Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs in Phoenix, AZ. © Judy Hedding

    We have many wonderful restaurants in the greater Phoenix area. Steakhouses, seafood, ethnic foods, Southwestern cuisine, Native American fare -- you name it, and we probably have it. What we don't have is a coastline. That is certainly limiting for people who might crave an ocean view while they dine. Add to that the fact that there are very few skyscrapers (or none, depending on your definition), so there aren't many dining spots on the 70th floor. As a matter of fact, we don't have any 70th floors in Arizona!

    If you are searching for a dining experience with a scenic view, you aren't totally out of luck. Whether it is a romantic evening out, a special occasion, a wedding dinner or just a desire to feel that atmosphere of something bigger and greater than the dining room, you have several worthy options in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas. Many of these restaurants are considered upscale, and there may be a dress code. Most restaurants with a view are in either Phoenix...MORE or Scottsdale, but there are a few others featured here as well.

    The restaurants with a scenic view on the following pages are presented in alphabetical order. Have you tried one or more of these? Let us know what you thought of it and tell us, which is your favorite restaurant in the Valley of the Sun?

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    Flourish - Fountain Hills Restaurant With a Scenic View

    Flourish at CopperWynd
    ••• Courtesy of Flourish

    Nestled high on a mountain ridge above Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, offering 360˚ views of the Sonoran Desert and mountain vista with floor-to-ceiling glass panels and outdoor seating.The Chef uses fresh and local ingredients to create new, healthful and fun selections. Flourish pairs each meal with sweeping vistas of Scottsdale, Fountain Hills and the distant Four Peaks wilderness.

    Flourish Address:
    13225 North Eagle Ridge Drive
    Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

    Call for information or reservations: 480-333-1880

    Visit Flourish online.

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    Compass Arizona Grill - Phoenix Restaurant With a Scenic View

    Compass Arizona Grill
    ••• Compass Arizona Grill. Courtesy Hyatt Regency Phoenix

    Long time Phoenix residents are sure to still call Compass Arizona Grill by its former name, The Compass Room. It opened in 1976 and is the only revolving restaurant in Arizona. Your 360° view of the Valley of the Sun takes less than an hour, and, weather permitting, you'll be able to see the entire downtown area and beyond from the 24th floor of the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. This award winning restaurant features Contemporary American cuisine with Southwest flair. It is within walking distance of the Phoenix Convention Center, Symphony Hall, Herberger Theatre, Comerica Theatre and other downtown Phoenix entertainment venues. You can get there using Valley Metro Rail, closest to the 3rd Street & Washington Street / 3rd Street & Jefferson Street stations. Those are split stations.

    Compass Arizona Grill shed the dark decor of the 90s with a bright, modern transformation. The menu also received a makeover. There aren't many selections, but seasonal menus include creative and...MORE beautifully presented dishes. It is an obvious choice for a special occasion dining experience. Be prepared for crowds when there are big downtown events. 

    If you want to enjoy the sunset from your table, make your reservations for at least 30 minutes before you expect the sun to go down to get the full show and to have your first glass of wine from the award-winning wine list already in hand! The premium tables are the ones nearest the windows. You will, however, feel the motion there more than at the outside row of tables, where you can still enjoy the view. One full rotation of the restaurant takes less than an hour, so for a nice, multicourse meal you'll enjoy the full view at least twice; this is not a place to dine in a rush. If two of you are seated by the window, you might want to position yourselves side-by-side, both facing the direction of the forward rotation. 

    Compass Arizona Grill is open for dinner every evening.

    Compass Arizona Grill Address
    Hyatt Regency Phoenix
    122 North Second Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Call for information or reservations: 602-252-1234

    Visit Compass Arizona Grill online.

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    Different Pointe of View - Phoenix Restaurant With a Scenic View

    Different Pointe of View
    ••• Courtesy of Pointe Hilton

    Different Pointe of View is a distinct and unforgettable dining destination that over its 25 year history has evolved into a culinary experience just as memorable as its stunning views atop North Mountain in Phoenix. Guests of this renowned, mountaintop restaurant are treated to an innovative and bold menu in a fine dining experience poised 1,800 feet above the Valley of the Sun. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the dramatic panoramas of the Valley’s desert landscape, the city's twinkling lights and Arizona's breathtaking sunsets. The Terrace Room patio feels like an outdoor living room with one-of-a-kind city views. An eight-foot-tall, hand-forged iron arbor frames a cliff-edge fountain creating an ideal photo opportunity for weddings and celebrations. A nine-foot outdoor fire pit adds magic to any evening under the stars.

    If you are considering a special adventure in dining at one of the most romantic restaurants in Phoenix, you might want to try a Winemaker Dinner at...MORE Different Pointe of View. Wonderful!

    Different Pointe of View is open for dinner only and is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

    Different Pointe of View Address:
    Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
    11111 North 7th Street
    Phoenix, Arizona 85020

    Call for information or reservations: 602-866-6350

    Visit Different Pointe of View online.

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    elements - Paradise Valley Restaurant With a Scenic View

    elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
    ••• Courtesy of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

    elements restaurant is the heart of the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain food and beverage operation, offering farm-fresh American cuisine with Asian accents that is simple and elegant. Fresh, local ingredients are procured from a network of artisans and organic farmers for menus that change monthly to reflect seasonal harvests. Food presentation at elements is as compelling as the ruggedly beautiful landscape that surrounds diners through floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides of the restaurant.

    elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain serves breakfast and lunch every day but Sunday. Brunch is offered on Sundays. Dinner is served every day.

    elements Address:
    Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
    5700 E. McDonald Drive
    Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

    Call for information or reservations: 480-948-2100

    Visit elements online.

    Read my review of Sunday brunch at elements.

    Planning a wedding or romantic getaway? Read a review of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa.

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    Geordie’s Restaurant at Wrigley Mansion - Phoenix Restaurant With a Scenic View

    ••• Courtesy of Wrigley Mansion

    Enjoy dining at Geordie’s Restaurant and Lounge within The Wrigley Mansion. Geordie’s offers a dining experience that is anything but ordinary. With breathtaking views of the city and a choice of casual or upscale dining, you are guaranteed to have a memorable experience. Geordie's describes their dinner cuisine as a fresh, new, artful American menu.

    Geordie’s Restaurant serves dinner Wednesday through Saturday evenings, lunch Wednesday through Saturday and offers Sunday brunch. Geordie's Lounge also has dramatic views, and is open Wednesday through Saturday evenings. Check online or make a reservation first, since Geordie’s makes seasonal changes to the schedule.

    Wrigley Mansion Address:
    2501 E. Telawa Trail
    Phoenix, AZ 85016

    Call for information or reservations: 602-955-4079

    Visit Wrigley Mansion online.

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    The Grille @ Eagle Mountain - Fountain Hills Restaurant With a Scenic View

    The Grille @ Eagle Mountain
    ••• Courtesy of Eagle Mountain Golf Club

    Located in Fountain Hills, on the slope of Eagle Mountain, The Grille @ Eagle Mountain offers a panoramic view of Scottsdale and the East Valley. The Grille is associated with the Eagle Mountain Golf Club.

    The Grille is open daily for breakfast, lunch and late afternoon appetizers. A special buffet dinner is offered every Wednesday evening. Check online for occasional Gourmet Wine Dinners and Dinner & a Movie nights. Of course, they can arrange weddings and other special evening events.

    The Grille @ Eagle Mountain Address:
    14915 East Eagle Mountain Parkway
    Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268

    Call for information or reservations: 480-816-1248

    Visit The Grille @ Eagle Mountain online.

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    J&G Steakhouse - Scottsdale Restaurant With a Scenic View

    J&G Steakhouse
    ••• Courtesy of The Phoenician

    You'll find J&G Steakhouse on the penthouse level of the award winning Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona. Floor to ceiling windows showcase sprawling desert vistas in the main room, while two offset private dining areas provide a more intimate experience. Outside, two oval banquettes surrounded by blazing fire pits dot the terrace. As for the food, premium meats and a global selection of fresh fish are the backbone of the menu, including the highest quality raw items from the east and west coasts.

    J&G Steakhouse is open seven days per week for dinner.

    Read my review of J&G Steakhouse.

    J&G Steakhouse Address:
    The Phoenician
    6000 East Camelback Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85251

    Call for information or reservations: 480-214-8000

    Visit J&G Steakhouse online.

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    Kai - Chandler Restaurant With a Scenic View

    Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
    ••• The patio of Kai restaurant at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. Courtesy of Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

    Enjoy sweeping views of Sierra Estrella and South Mountain ranges while you take in a majestic Arizona Sunset gazing westward at dusk in Kai Restaurant. Kai, the Pima word for “seed”, has great relevance to the people of the Gila River Indian Community: a connection to their past, their reverence for all of nature, and the belief that the land provides them with everything they need. Located on the Gila River Indian Reservation, Kai has become one of Arizona’s most celebrated dining experiences. Kai offers a contemporary approach to Native American cuisine, and is the only AAA Five-Diamond/Forbes Five-Star dining experience in Arizona. This is the first time for any Native American owned restaurant to receive this exclusive combination of awards. The essence of the Pima and Maricopa tribes are incorporated into the menu and restaurant décor.

    Kai is open for dinner only, and is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

    Kai Address:
    Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa
    5594 West Wild Horse Pass...MORE Blvd.
    Chandler, AZ 85226

    Call for information or reservations: 602-385-5726

    Visit Kai online.

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    Piñon Grill - Scottsdale Restaurant With a Scenic View

    Piñon Grill
    ••• Courtesy of Millennium Hotels and Resorts

    Piñon Grill features Sonoran contemporary cuisine in a relaxing and intimate atmosphere surrounded by Camelback Lake, golf course vistas and the McDowell Mountains. The lakeside terrace offers enchanting views and reflections of spectacular sunsets. Piñon Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days per week. Check the restaurant's calendar for special events and happy hour deals. Our beautiful sunsets happen during during happy hour!

    Piñon Grill Address:
    Millennium Resort Scottsdale
    7401 N. Scottsdale Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85253

    Call for information or reservations: 480-367-2422

    Visit Piñon Grill online.

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    Talavera - Scottsdale Restaurant With a Scenic View

    ••• Courtesy of Four Seasons

    Enjoy panoramic city and desert views from Talavera. Talavera features contemporary American cuisine with an emphasis on prime cuts of meat, poultry and game from boutique purveyors, as well as fresh seafood and other specialty dishes. The central focal point of Talavera is a dramatic fire element framed by glass positioned for both indoor and outdoor diners to enjoy.

    Talavera is open daily for dinner.

    Talavera Address:
    Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
    10600 East Crescent Moon Drive
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85263

    Call for information or reservations: 480-513-5085

    Visit Talavera online.

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    Top of the Rock - Tempe Restaurant With a Scenic View

    Top of the Rock in Tempe
    ••• Top of the Rock. Courtesy of Marriott

    Ceiling to floor windows offer a spectacular valley view while you dine in this upscale restaurant with a menu often referred to as New American Cuisine. Beef is the highlight here, although a few other seafood and other entrees are offered. Top of the Rock is open only for dinner.

    Top of the Rock Address:
    2000 Westcourt Way
    Tempe, AZ 85282

    Call for information or reservations: 602-225-9000

    Visit Top of the Rock online.

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    Orange Sky - Scottsdale Restaurant With a Scenic View

    Restaurant With a View in Scottsdale - Orange Sky at Talking Stick
    ••• Courtesy of Talking Stick Resort

    Orange Sky is an award winning restaurant featuring steaks and seafood utilizing locally sourced ingredients where possible. Located on the 15th floor of the Talking Stick Resort, Orange Sky is enclosed in floor to ceiling glass windows affording sunset, mountain and golf course views from the lounges as well as the dining room. Check the dress code and make a reservation.

    Orange Sky is open for dinner every evening.

    Read my review of Orange Sky.

    Orange Sky Address:
    9800 E. Indian Bend Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85256

    Here is a map with directions to Talking Stick Resort

    Call for information or reservations: 480-850-7777

    Visit Orange Sky at Talking Stick resort online.