Nearby Dining

It’s fine to bring drinks into The Pen but we ask that you consume the food offsite or outside

Restaurants on our block

Craft 64Craft 64

6922 E Main Street 480.946.0542

3-7 PM Happy Hour every day with $7 small plates and $6 wines

Artisanal pizzas, 35 beers on tap, wine list, charcuterie, and a killer kale/pear salad. Very small, tucked in next to The Tortilla Factory.   The best BLT in the Valley!

Pizzeria Virtu

6952 E Main Street 480.663.9797

5PM -10PM

celebrated Scottsdale, AZ chef and restaurateur Gio Osso of Virtù Honest Craft opens a casual yet elegant spinoff concept called Pizzeria Virtù right down the street from Virtù Honest Craft in Old Town Scottsdale. The focus of Pizzeria Virtù is Neapolitan pizza, and the menu will also feature Italian small plates and a selection of salads, as well as Italian cocktails and wine. The pizzas will be authentically Neapolitan, as Osso is a certified Pizzaiolo by the Accademia della Pizza Napoletana – a denomination of control (DOC) established by the Italian government – a legal entity able to give special designation to individuals who meet strict requirements that respect the tradition of the art of Neapolitan pizza making. At Pizzeria Virtù, Osso channels his Italian heritage and frequent travels to the region to offer diners a true taste of Naples in the Southwest.

the houseThe House Brasserie

6936 E Main Street 480.634.1600

11 AM-10PM (closed to July 23 for a remodel)

A vintage chic, cozy old house. Full bar. Small plates and regular entrees.

The Cornish Pasty (south from The Pen)cornish pasty co

3800 N. Goldwater 480.945.1220

11AM – Midnight

Informal. Well priced and filling. Vegetarian pasties, bangers and mash, soups, salads. Beers and a bar. Service can be inattentive so pay attention. Our staff’s go-to for eating in or takeout back to The Pen.

cafe monarch Café Monarch (for devoted foodies… across the street.  Excellent, but expensive.)

6939 E First Avenue 480.970.7682

5:30-8:30 PM Tues.-Sat. (Thurs.-Sat summer)

Quaint, romantic fine dining. Appears to be a set menu of 4 courses so times may be difficult.

TortillaFactoryThe Tortilla Factory

6910 E Main Street 480.945.4567

5-9 PM

Outdoor patio is fun in cooler weather. Lots of tequila drinks. Can be crowded with parties. Inside dining and an inside bar as well as the patio.

Restaurants within easy walking distance

Arcadia Farms

Arcadia Farms (half a block east from The Pen)

7014 E First Avenue 480.941.5665

8 AM-3 PM

Reservations a must. Valet parking but you can stroll up the half block from The Pen. Delicious salads. Killer desserts. Halve the guilt by having a salad and splitting a dessert (the cookies are outstanding, but it’s hard to beat the rich individual cakes). Perfect for our weekend afternoon events and weekday browsing (when we are not doing teas at The Pen) They also have a grab and go next door with half priced cookies after 2PM.

Cafe ForteCafeForte

7032 E Main St, Scottsdale AZ 85251

M-T 11am-3pm, Wed-Sat 11am-10pm, Sun – closed

Bistro offering New American-Italian comfort food & wine in a terra-cotta room with a small patio.

Malees on Main Thai BistroMalee01

7131 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

M-W  11am-9pm,  Th-Sa 11am-9:30pm, Su 4:30-9pm

Longtime favorite of the PP staff.  Casual restaurant serving Thai standards and wine in an art-adorned space with hardwood floors.   Excellent food and terrific ambiance.


Hula’s Modern Tiki Scottsdale

Happy Hour 3-6pm. An easy walk from The Pen with a fun vibe and quick service.

They’re menu is extensive and is a fusion of Polynesian and American flavors. Try them once, you’ll be hooked.


7213 E 1st Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251



3701 N Marshall Way 480.946.3477

Reservations advised. (Reopens July 16 from summer break)

10AM-2PM Brunch (check summer open days) 5PM-10PM Dinner

Menu changes. The octopus and the asparagus appetizers are basically a meal. Has a mixologist for creative drinks. The chef keeps one wine just for me, but his list is excellent. The restaurant is on the east side of Marshall Way south of Second Street, tucked inside the BeSpoke Inn. Usually easy parking on Marshall Way. 2 minute drive from The Pen.

Zuzu at the Hotel Valley HoCafe Zuzu

6850 E Main Street 480.421.7997


Full bar adjacent. Terrific version of Parker House Rolls. Small plates as well as entrees. Good service, patio lunch and dinner as well as inside seating. You can order small plates at the bar, too: the cheese plate is delicious.

Restaurants Nearby


AZ 88

7353 Scottsdale Mall (west side, close to Brown) 480.994.5576

11:30 AM – 12:30 AM daily

Chic contemporary. Martinis! Small plates and entrees. Big patio looks out of the Civic Center Mall. Has a hot vibe, can be a little noisy. The restaurant is catty-corner to Distrito, a cozy but cutting edge cuisine outpost from Jose Garces and is located inside the Saguaro Hotel. 480.970-4444; Reservations at Distrito recommended.

Barrio Queen

The Barrio Queen

7114 Stetson Drive 480.656.4197

11AM-11PM Mon-Thurs, 11AM-Midnight Sat, 11AM-10PM Sun.

Mexican food. a full bar, a patio with efficient misters, Dia de los Muertos décor (fun photo ops). Parking is scarce; try the underground garage you enter just to the restaurant’s left off Stetson, free for 3 hours, elevator to street level.

Citizen PubCitizen Public House

7111 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251  (480) 398 4208

Open Daily 4pm – 11pm (open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays)

Upscale gastropub turning out creative New American recipes complemented by craft beers & cocktails.  Try the famous chopped salad!

MarcellinoMarcellino Ristorante

7114 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, 85251

M-Thu 4-10pm, Fri Sa 4-11pm, Su 4-9pm

This classy bar/restaurant with wood accents & brick walls features high-end Italian cuisine.

The Mission

The Mission

3815 N. Brown Avenue 480.636.5005


Reservations advised. Can be noisy inside, patios are wonderful in cooler weather.

Modern Latin cuisine. Excellent margaritas. Fabulous tableside guacamole. Outstanding bread pudding—and the mahi mahi tacos are irresistible. Parking lot across the street on Brown, can fill up.

Tapas Papa FritaTapasPapaFrita

7114 E Stetson Dr #210, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

A varied tapas menu, paella & sangria are served in this chic space with a patio & flamenco shows.

A bit further afield but still close:

LosSombreros2Los Sombreros

2534 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Reservations recommended.   Great local destination spot.  Creative Mexican Cuisine with a varied, inspired menu.   Patrick recommends this place highly!

Good service and a nice patio.

Nearby Coffee Houses

Cartel Coffee Lab

Cartel Coffee Lab

7124 E 5th Ave 480.269.3172

7AM-9PM (11PM Fri-Sat)

Coffee, tea, & beer. They have a delicious chai, try it dirty with a shot of espresso.

Echo coffee

Echo Coffee

2902 N 68th St #135 (North west corner of 68th street and Thomas) 480.422.4081

6AM-10PM Daily

Their mint green tea is very refreshing in the summer heat.


Sip Coffee & Beer House (also Tea)

3617 N Goldwater 480.625.3878

7AM-9PM  (11 PM Fri-Sun)

Offers sandwiches and “healthy” food

Starbucks 4032 N Scottsdale Rd 480.947.4578