7 Romantic Restaurants in Scottsdale You Can Head to for Your Next Date

November 18, 2020
Food & Drink
jason wolfe

Stop By One of These Restaurants for Your Next Date Night!

Several months ago, none of us were able to enjoy a nice meal inside a restaurant. Thankfully, restaurants in Scottsdale have started to open up for indoor and outdoor dining! If you’re itching to get out of the house and enjoy a fine meal with your partner, you can finally do it. Scottsdale offers a wide variety of romantic restaurants that are perfect for spicing up your date night. Check out our top picks now! 

Looking to treat your partner with a little gift? Surprise them with a virtual GiftYa card! GiftYa cards can be applied to a number of different restaurants around Scottsdale, including the ones we featured below. Whether your partner is craving some fresh sushi or a hearty plate of lasagna, they can use their GiftYa card to enjoy their favorite dishes. 

1. Franco’s Italian Caffe

Bustling Italian restaurant that specializes in serving authentic Florentine food from Italy

Photo of Franco's Italian Caffe - Scottsdale, AZ, United States
Treat yourself to a special family dinner! Image courtesy of Yelp

4327 N Scottsdale Rd | Scottsdale | francosscottsdale.com

Have you been craving some authentic Italian food? Stop by Franco’s Italian Cafe! For years, Franco’s has served as a top destination for hearty and delicious Italian cuisine in Scottsdale. Inside, you will be greeted with a relaxed and laid back atmosphere filled with friendly servers ready to help you find a dish that suits your cravings. 

On the menu, you will find savory dishes like the Seafood Risotto and Grilled Pork Chop. You will also find a fine selection of white and red wines as well as champagne. If you managed to save enough room for dessert, we recommend trying the Governors’ Chocolate Cake or the Tiramisu. 

“We ordered prosciutto and melon, Cesar salad, lasagna, Fruitta de Mare, the veal chop and tiramisu. There aside of assorted Italian bread also thrown in. Plus we were able to buy a bottle of wine and the wine was 20% off. Everything was delicious, reasonably priced and perfect. Will be doing this again!” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Franco’s Italian Caffe. 

2. Marcellino Ristorante

Popular restaurant that earned the distinction for serving Word Class Italian Cuisine in Scottsdale by Premier

Pictured above is the Straccetti. This savory dish is filled with white pasta, handmade sausage, and truffle butter sauce. Image courtesy of Yelp.

7114 E Stetson Dr | Scottsdale | marcellinoristorante.com 

Marcellino Ristorante is another popular Italian restaurant in Scottsdale where you can enjoy high-quality dishes inside an upscale atmosphere. Inside, you will find a vibrant atmosphere filled with modern decor and mood lighting. If you sit at the Chef’s Island, which is a U-shaped collection of 16 seats, you will have the opportunity to watch the head chef cook up a savory meal with his wood-fired oven. 

Lunch and dinner are both served at Marcellino Ristorante. You will find delicious dishes including Grilled Jumbo Shrimp, Pollo al Rosmarino, and Insalata di Pera. Sweet desserts like the Chocolate Mousse and Homemade Italian Cheesecake are perfect for finishing off your meal!

“Out of quarantine and this place is rocking it. We came on a recommendation and we COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. Polenta and mushroom appetizer. Off the charts good. Soup of the day was lentil - YUM. Sausage ragu - Chunky tomatoes, crumbles sausage in a hearty tomato sauce. Lobster and mushroom pasta was perfectly done.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Marcellino Ristorante. 

3. Talavera

Romantic restaurant located in the Four Seasons Resort

The Mariscos PaellaPallela is one of the most popular dishes at Talavera. Image courtesy of Yelp.

10600 E Crescent Moon Dr | Scottsdale | talaverarestaurant.com

Located inside the Four Seasons Resort, you will find an upscale Spanish steakhouse. Talavera offers dishes made from traditional Latin ingredients. While the restaurant is temporarily closed, it’s definitely a place you want to keep your eye on. As you enjoy sizzling prime cuts of meat, fresh seafood, or vegetables tapas, you are treated with gorgeous views of the valley. Alongside your savory meal, you can also enjoy some Sherry or even create your own Gin Tonic. 

“The Talavera is a lovely place with a grand view of the valley especially if you're seated in their patio which sits a couple of levels higher than the surrounding areas. On my most recent visit (third in three months) I was again positively impressed with the quality of the fare.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Talavera. 

4. Cafe Monarch

Stunning restaurant featuring a spacious outdoor patio for dining

Treat yourself to an upscale meal for your next date night. Image courtesy of Yelp.

6939 E 1st Ave | Scottsdale | cafemonarch.com 

Want to enjoy an unforgettable fine dining experience with your partner? The Cafe Monarch offers savory dishes made from fresh ingredients inside an upscale atmosphere. When you walk in, you will be greeted by romantic lights, gothic decorations, and a professional staff ready to help you enjoy a fine dining experience. 

The Cafe Monarch offers an extensive four course dinner menu. Soup, salmon, pork belly, Maine diver scallops, and more are featured on this elegant menu. If one of you is a practicing vegetarian, you can try their four course vegetarian menu instead. Wine, specialty cocktails, and premium cocktails are available to enjoy alongside your meal. 

“This place is always top notch, definitely the best restaurant in Scottsdale. It was our first time there since the pandemic and they took safety very seriously. We sat outside and were very comfortable. Thanks for making our night special, Monarch staff!” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Cafe Monarch. 

5. Maple & Ash

High-end restaurant serving inventive dishes in a stylish atmosphere

Reserve a table for you and your partner to enjoy a special night out. Image courtesy of Yelp

7135 E Camelback Rd | Scottsdale | mapleandash.com

Known as one of the most innovative steakhouses in Scottsdale, Maple & Ash offers a dining experience like no other. While there, you need to try a wine from the restaurant’s wine list, which was named “one of the most outstanding in the world” by Wine Spectator. Along with its extensive dinner and brunch menu, Maple & Ash also offers Oyster Happy Hour. From 5pm to 6:30pm, you can purchase $2 oysters, snack on fresh seafood dishes, or try some signature cocktails. 

“One of the best brunch meals I have had in awhile. Maple & Ash started their Brunch Preset Menu this past Sunday, and oh boy were my friends and I pleased. For the price of $55 you have a choice of multiple delicious entrees and also included for the table are bacon, pancakes, and country potatoes.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Maple & Ash. 

6. Roaring Fork

Pizza, grilled fish tacos, chili, and more can be found at this popular restaurant

Share a large pie with your partner! You can pack up the leftovers to enjoy for lunch tomorrow.  Image courtesy of Yelp.

4800 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 1700 | Scottsdale | roaringfork.com 

At Roaring Fork, you can find delicious and innovative American cuisine prepared by a wood fire rotisserie, open flame grill, or wood oven roasting. You have an impressive selection of appetizers to choose from, such as the Kettle of Green Chili Pork or the Smoked Chicken Wings. If you want something on the lighter side, you can order a Caesar Salad or Steak Tenderloin Salad. As for the Roaring Fork Specialties, you are treated to an appetizing selection of foods. From the Rotisserie Spit-Roasted Half Chicken to the Cedar Plank Salmon, you are sure to enjoy all of the delicious dishes Roaring Fork has to offer. 

“Came to this place pre-covid for happy hour with friends and loooved it! Great food, drinks and atmosphere. We ordered a lot of different foods from the menu and enjoyed everything. The drinks were great as well. Definitely will be coming back!” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for the Roaring Fork. 

7. Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar

Upscale restaurant known for its large alcohol selection and authentic cuisine

Whiskey, craft cocktails, and delicious dishes await you. Image courtesy of Yelp.

4166 N Scottsdale Rd, Suite 102 | Scottsdale | secondstoryliquorbar.com

Located in Downtown Scottsdale, the Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar is an upscale cocktail lounge offering a wide array of drinks and dishes. Featured on the main menu are savory dishes like the Kentucky Fried Cauliflower and Fun Guy Burger. As for the drink menu, a comprehensive selection of cocktails, sprits, and whiskeys are available to enjoy alongside your meal. 

“We ordered the charcuterie board and the cauliflower. So fresh with a farm to table feel and very delicious. We also had a couple of cocktails which were perfect. The staff was amazing and constantly attentive but not overbearing.” - Yelp Review

Purchase a GiftYa card for Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar. 

Sometimes, you need to get out of the house and spend a special night with your partner. Thankfully, there are numerous restaurants in Scottsdale where you can have a romantic date night. Where are you heading to for your next date? Let us know in the comments!

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