By Gretchen Pahia
Photos courtesy of Arboleda
In the bustling culinary hub of Scottsdale, an abundance of Mediterranean fare is at your fingertips. Yet, it is Arboleda, nestled in the vibrant Scottsdale Quarter, that truly stands as an unrivaled gastronomical titan in the region.
Upon stepping into Arboleda, you are greeted by an ambiance that is as delectable as the dishes they serve. The space is a harmonious blend of comfort and elegance, a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Every detail, from the beautifully arranged tables to the mesmerizing interior decor, is meticulously curated, making it an ideal venue for any occasion – be it a boisterous brunch, a leisurely lunch, or a divine dinner.
The culinary wizardry at Arboleda is led by the acclaimed Executive Chef Evan Gotanda, under the guidance of restaurateurs Björn Kock and the Rosenthal brothers, Mitchell and Steven. Their shared vision is to craft a unique dining experience that tantalizes the taste buds while fostering a warm, welcoming atmosphere for guests.
The menu at Arboleda is a love letter to Mediterranean cuisine, bursting with authentic flavors and innovative twists. Their signature dishes include an ethereal whipped foie gras cone, succulent charred Portuguese octopus, the intriguing squid ink fettuccine, the tantalizing coffee nut glazed duck breast, and a sumptuous 32-ounce Flannery 28-day aged ribeye, fondly dubbed as “el Jorege.”
Brunch at Arboleda is an affair to remember, with comforting classics and innovative delights. From freshly baked pastries and house-made buttermilk biscuits to indulgent eggs benedicts and robust steak and eggs, the menu leaves no craving unsatisfied. To add a touch of wholesome decadence, don’t miss out on their Greek yogurt dish, generously topped with almond brown butter granola.
Beyond the classic brunch staples, Arboleda also offers a range of tapas, salads, and pasta. To wash down these Mediterranean marvels, their cocktail menu presents a medley of brunch-time favorites like bloody Marys, mimosas, and mint juleps. The thoughtful addition of non-alcoholic drinks, like the passion fruit mojito, prickly mule, and matcha match maker, ensures there’s something to toast to for everyone.
Arboleda is more than just a dining spot – it’s a culinary adventure that promises to delight. Whether you’re planning a lively brunch with friends or a romantic dinner date, Arboleda offers a memorable feast that will keep you coming back for more.
Find your way to this Mediterranean gem at 15345 N. Scottsdale Rd., in the Scottsdale Quarter. Their operational hours vary each day, so make sure to visit arboledaaz.com for up-to-date information. They’re open seven days a week, with brunch available only on weekends, a weekday happy hour, and lunch from Wednesday to Friday. For more information, call 480-701-1007.