Olive & Ivy
Restaurant in Scottsdale
Mediterranean Restaurant, Bar & Marketplace
Putting the Scottsdale Waterfront on the map in 2007, the continued success of Olive & Ivy has cemented the evolving shopping, dining, business and residential development as Scottsdale destination for locals and tourist alike.
The expansive restaurant and marketplace boasts an equally impressive patio that overlooks the newly revamped canal (hey if it worked for Venice…). I recommend enjoying a pitcher of iced sangria with friends on the patio any tepid month of the year.
The rich textures of mahogany, paired with rust and gold tapestries, and incandescent lighting fixtures create a Mediterranean charm that makes one feel right at home. In addition, two private dining rooms are for hire, each with their own version of Old World glamour.
The Wine List
Olive & Ivy offers some 45 wines by the glass. Bottles from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, and France along with varietals from California and the Pacific Northwest, of which can been seen on shelves upon shelves in the immense glass wine cellar flanking the entrance to the restaurant.
The kitchen is incorporated into the dining experience as patrons can watch the brigade of chefs as they tenaciously prepare the Mediterranean cuisine. Olive & Ivy always starts you off with complimentary, and quite appetizing, focaccia bread and homemade pesto sauce as you peruse the menu. Offering brunch, lunch and dinner menus, the brunch crowd is a spectacle to be seen with mimosas served by the bottle and traditional fare such as eggs benedict and buttermilk pancakes with caramelized bananas and toasted almonds. For lunch the Mediterranean salad with rock shrimp is particularly popular, as are the flatbreads (pizza more or less). Dinner is a bit heartier, with pasta, fish, and meat entrées. Try the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with spaghetti squash and tomato agrodolce. For dessert the market serves gelato and coffee until 10pm.
Kendra Ford is a freelance travel writer based in Scottsdale, Arizona
|Reviewer's Rating||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
|Restaurant good for||Meeting up with friends|
|Cost per head||Medium|
|Dining Options||Brunch, Lunch, Dinner|
Bruschetta from $4; small plates from $7; Salads from $5; Flatbreads from $13; Sandwiches from $9; Entrées from $12. Sangrias from $7; Cocktails from $9; glass of Prosecco from $9; wine from $7, bottles from $27.
Last updated on 09-09-2013