Arizona is a year-round destination for vacations and honeymoons, thus we have endless options for “date-night” restaurants. To help you choose where to go, here are some of the most romantic restaurants in the Valley.
elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa serves farm-fresh American Cuisine with Asian accents presented by chef Beau MacMillan. They feature innovative seasonal menus that incorporate local, organic produce, sustainable seafood, and hormone-free meat. The food is fabulous and reason enough to dine there, but the views of Paradise Valley through the floor to ceiling windows is what makes this a truly romantic setting. Elements is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Reservations can be made at sanctuaryoncamelback.com or by calling 855.245.2051.
The move into a new, larger location has not diminished the quality at Cafe Monarch. They continue to earn “best of” awards both locally and nationally, thanks to the combination of cuisine, atmosphere and one of the most professional service staffs in Arizona. They remain family-owned and operated and operate in an ultra-romantic setting. The four-course menu is altered weekly by Chef Gus Lewkowicz, using only seasonal and local ingredients and all servers are trained and certified sommeliers with extensive wine knowledge. Cafe Monarch is open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner. Reservations and the current menu are available at cafemonarch.com.
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale has the power to make you feel like you’ve left the hustle and bustle of your daily life and have been transported to a European vacation. This magical ability makes their restaurant, Prado, a great setting for a romantic, elegant evening. Featuring a festive and communal atmosphere, Prado is a picturesque restaurant reminiscent of an old-world dining room with indoor and outdoor seating with views of Camelback Mountain. Offering seasonal Spanish-influenced fare for an approachable American palate, Prado reflects the unique flavor and heritage of Spain’s Andalusian region, while utilizing the finest and freshest local ingredients made available by Arizona’s vast farming community. Prado is open daily from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 480.627.3020 or visiting omnihotels.com.
Virtù Honest Craft
For over five years, Virtù Honest Craft and chef/owner Gio Osso have garnered high praise from restaurant-goers, local and national media, and industry heavyweights like the James Beard Foundation. Nestled inside the Bespoke Inn in downtown Scottsdale, Virtù’s intimate, welcoming setting and regularly rotating menu (but ALWAYS order the polpo) create an ideal evening for fawning over the Mediterranean cuisine and, hopefully, each other. Virtù is open daily for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 480.946.3477. For more information, visit virtuscottsdale.com.
Different Pointe of View
Sitting atop North Mountain in Phoenix, Different Pointe of View is an iconic restaurant that is part of the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the dramatic panoramas of the Valley’s desert landscape, the city’s twinkling lights, and Arizona’s colorful sunsets. Whether seated indoor or out, you feel like you’re on top of the world. The menu is as innovative and bold as the breathtaking views. Different Pointe of View is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday. For reservations, call 602-866-6350. To view the full menu, visit tapatiocliffshilton.com.
A backdrop of Pinnacle Peak and a view that overlooks the Desert Foothills can make anyone swoon. Add in the Spanish Steakhouse menu that focuses on prime cuts and features a wide variety of other traditional and modern dishes, and you have all the ingredients for a successful date night. Save room for a treat from one of the most ambitious dessert menus in the Valley and pair it with a port or sherry. Talavera is open for dinner from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. To view the full menu or make reservations, visit talaverarestaurant.com.