Restaurant of the Week: Santé

After making its grand debut this winter, Santé, a new elevated dining experience in North Scottsdale, offers its visitors a health-conscious menu that boasts organic options regardless of one’s dietary restrictions, including fare that is vegan, paleo, low-FODMAP and gluten-free. It’s perfect for those dining with someone who has a limited diet but still loves to get a good bite to eat.  

With its vibrant botanical life, Santé offers a green biophilic design with bursts of neon pink textures and wooden accents throughout its interior. The dining space is expansive and airy, with large bay windows looking out to the Sonoran landscape and a soft breeze blowing through the air. A DJ can be found in the corner setting the perfect mood into the atmosphere, and an open layout allows guests to venture onto the outdoor patio (when the weather is forgiving) for a more intimate dining experience with chic, pastel furniture. 

Santé focuses on providing healthy fare that allows its guests to “eat to live and live longer to eat.” Its menu offers globally-inspired meals that have been handcrafted with organic, locally-sourced ingredients. Each plate is customizable to fit one’s dietary needs including gluten- and nut-free meals, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, low-FODMAP and more. Your wait service is highly knowledgeable and will happily answer any questions and make any accommodations needed. The menu also allows guests with different dietary needs to share a plate without having to worry about the other being unable to enjoy the dish, like the cheese board, which offers both vegan and traditional shareable meats and cheeses. 

Shishito Pepper Cornbread

The innovative menu is offered daily for lunch and dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. and brunch on the weekends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you’re dining for brunch, we highly recommend trying the shishito pepper cornbread to start, with raw cow milk cheddar, whipped maple butter and spicy shishito peppers served up in a sizzling cast-iron skillet, or the fresh, daily oysters with triple-vinegar mignonette. For the main course, the crab cake benedict is to-die-for and features jumbo lump crab, poached egg, asparagus and jalapeno hollandaise. 

For dinner, expect an assortment of fresh, wild-caught goodies, like the Pacifico striped sea bass, pan-seared to perfection with wild mushrooms and a creamy, Meyer lemon butter sauce, or the Joyce New York steak with roasted tomato, wild mushrooms and a bright, fig-red wine reduction. If you’re looking for a more veggie-focused plate, the raw chilled zucchini lasagna with tomato chutney and cashew ricotta or the charred rainbow carrots with lentil hummus, orange-chive yogurt and a pistachio dukkah is perfect for you. 

Joyce New York Steak

Unlike many spots in the Valley’s dining scene, Santé has a mocktail menu for those who like the taste but don’t want the alcohol. Some local favorites include the Non-Collins, a refreshing glass with Dhos non-gin, cucumber, rosemary shrub and lemon, or the Smokey Apple Cider, a twist on an Old-Fashioned with Smoky No. 56 For Bitter For Worse, apple, dill and lemon. In addition to mocktails, the dining spot offers local draft beers and bottles, sparkling Champagne and specialty cocktails like the Margarita de la Rosa (tequila, rosewater, grapefruit quince and sparkling botanical) and the Dandelion Mule (Four Roses Bourbon, dandelion ginger beer, sparkling botanical, lime and honey). 

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