Arizona Restaurant Week

September 21-30

text by Denyse Martin

Above: The Seasonal Chef’s Board Appetizer, Olive & Ivy.

The Arizona Restaurant Association’s Fall Arizona Restaurant Week ( ARW) is just days away. Channel your inner foodie and book reservations at some of the Valley’s premiere restaurants. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a dinner out, schedule a long overdue get together, revisit a favorite spot or finally try that restaurant on your wish list.

The 2018 Fall Arizona Restaurant Week will kick off 10 days of dining, from September 21 through September 30. This year marks the 11-year anniversary of this culinary tradition.

Participating restaurants are known for their exceptional cuisine, pleasing atmosphere and superior service. About 200 restaurants will showcase three-course prix-fixe meals for just $33 or $44 per person.

In a press release, Arizona Restaurant Association president and CEO Steve Chucri says, “Arizona Restaurant Week gives Valley diners a unique opportunity to try some of the state’s finest and most popular restaurants featuring special menus designed to let their culinary staff shine. We are proud to have contributed to the interest, development and support of the local culinary scene for the past 11 years — and counting.”

Participating restaurants include SumoMaya, Marcellino Ristorante, Fat Ox, Seasons 52, The Canal Club, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Artizen, MATCH, Nobuo at Teeter House, ZuZu, Olive & Ivy, Mowry & Cotton, elements, Roaring Fork and The Capital Grille (Phoenix and Scottsdale) among many others.

Several of our staff writers reviewed ARW menus and selected their five favorites. See below. A complete list of participating restaurants and ARW menus can be found at


5445 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley

CUISINE: Contemporary American

PRICE: $44 per person

From the creative mind of renowned chef Charles Wiley, Hearth ’61 believes in ingredient-driven cuisine made with time-honored flavor pairings and cooking styles rich in tradition. Serving seasonal fare that’s delightful in its simplicity, the setting offers gorgeous desert scenery.

First course selections include Roasted Beet Salad, Wood Roasted Hawaiian Prawns or Berkshire Pork Cassoulet. 

For the entrée, choose Pan-Roasted Ora King Salmon, Sweet Corn Agnolotti or Niman Ranch Prime Tenderloin of Beef.

Dessert selections include Flourless Chocolate Cake with Bavarian Cream, Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bar with Banana Brulée or Peach & Sun-Dried Cranberry Bread Pudding with Cinnamon Ice Cream.


3717 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix

CUISINE: American

PRICE: $44 per person, beverage included

Chef Justin Beckett invites you and yours to gather around his kitchen to indulge in a hearty assortment of seasonal, American dishes. This Arcadia neighborhood restaurant is a safe haven for sophisticated foodies and families alike. 

Appetizers include Southern Rail Dirty Rice Balls, Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup or Seasonal Veggie Chop Salad.

The entrée choices are Fork-Tender Short Ribs, Shrimp, Sausage & Chicken Jambalaya, Seasonal Vegetable Enchilada or Grilled Ahi Salad.

Dessert selections are either Coconut Pudding or Flourless Chocolate Brownie with Whipped Peanut Butter.

Choose white wine, red wine or draught beer.


1100 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix

CUISINE: Contemporary American

PRICE: $44 per person

MATCH is downtown Phoenix’s go-to restaurant and lounge. Through the magic of his wood-fired oven, Chef Alex Stratta transforms locally sourced ingredients into savory global street cuisine, perfectly designed for sharing.

Appetizer choices include Butternut Squash Ravioli with Wild Mushrooms, Spanish Meatballs or Smoked Salmon Dip with Toasted Bread.

Main Course choices are Roasted Sea Bass, “Orange Peel” Duck Breast or Herb-Marinated Chicken Breast. 

The dessert selections include Strawberry Cheesecake, Warm Date & Pistachio Cake with Cardamom Whipped Cream or Spiced Apple Crisp with Bourbon Sour Cream.


7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

CUISINE: Japanese   

PRICE: $44 per person

Roka Akor features Prime steaks, seafood and Wagyu Beef, cut in-house and grilled to perfection over an open flame on a traditional Robata Grill. Recognized by Bon Appétit as one of the “Top 10 Sushi Spots” in the U.S., the magazine praises the restaurant for their beautifully prepared sushi and sashimi platters.

Starters include Butterfish Tataki, Flame-Seared Salmon Nigiri or Hamachi Serrano Maki.

Entrée choices are Prime New York Strip with Truffle Aioli, Chicken Teriyaki or Salmon Teriyaki. All are served with either Crispy Eggplant or Mushroom Rice.

Dessert selections include either a Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream or Ube Pôt de Crème with Exotic Fruit.


6114 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale

CUISINE: Contemporary American   

PRICE: $33 per person

Offering the finest cuisine in an innovative desert setting, Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen turns dining into a unique culinary experience.  With a view of Camelback Mountain, Weft & Warp combines tradition and innovation.

The First Course selections are Sweet Corn Soup or Chopped Gem Salad.

Seconds are Seared Scallops, Grilled New York Steak in Mole Sauce or Chorizo Bone-In Pork Chop.

Dessert choices are either Mesquite Tart with Chocolate Coffee Custard or Burnt Honey Flan.