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“Not exactly as it appears, in a good way!”
Review of AZ 88

AZ 88
Ranked #75 of 1,323 Restaurants in Scottsdale
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar Scene, View
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch
Neighbourhood: Downtown Scottsdale
Reviewed 3 July 2014

This restaurant is more approachable than it seems at first glance. It looks sleek, trendy, expensive, someplace I would save for a special occasion. It is sleek and trendy, but it's mostly good sandwiches at reasonable prices! And on a Wednesday night there was a DJ playing really good music! There was no dancing, and the DJ was partially hidden and never spoke, and the music was not too loud, just upbeat happy music! The service was friendly and good. The kitchen is open later than many other places, which is how we ended up there in the first place. There is a pretty big patio, which would be very nice in the cooler months.

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1  Thank Sherry H
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Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

When I arrived at this restaurant, I expected that the artwork and trendy vibe would overshadow the dining experience. Happy to report that I was wrong. One of the best club sandwiches I've ever had was the "7353 Club" (add the optional hard boiled egg and havarti), and the St Petersburg chips were unique and outstanding. My son's burger was cooked perfectly and was enormous.

Be aware that if you follow a GPS to the restaurant, you'll end up in a dead-end alley in Old Town Scottsdale. Park in the public garage and walk around/behind it to find AZ88.

2  Thank xylograph
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

Came here as part of a food tour and loved the ice cream sundae! The service was great, and the cocktails were also excellent. I would definitely come here again!

Thank kmw278
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

We have been enjoying AZ88 since we moved to Scottsdale in 1994. They opened in '88, thus the name. They have redecorated multiple times, some designs have been better than others. My favorite was when the pony walls were glass, filled with broken Martini glasses. It was very unique and people still talk about it. They have added outdoor dining, but if smoke bothers you, stay inside. If you are ever going to drink a Martini, this is the place to do it. If you love Martinis you will be in heaven! The menu has grown, but the original items that made the place popular are still available. (I hate when places get rid of your favorites.) The 6 huge Shrimp Cocktail appetizer is delicious. The AZ88 Salad and AZ88 Grilled Chicken Sandwich (think Buffalo chicken wing sauce) are tops. Upgrade a side from fries to Hell Fire Chips, they are homemade potato chips topped with hot sauce and blue cheese crumbles! Yummy! You can split a sandwich and each get normal full size sides for just $3 (you each choose your own side) and it is already divided, no mess. One chicken sandwich has 2 grilled chicken breast halves on it, plenty to split for us. Plus you can save room for dessert. You cannot go wrong with the Key Lime Pie and their fabulous coffee. The service is great, be generous with the ASU student servers, they are working for their education. For politically correct diners there are 3 bathrooms, She, He and She/He. It has been that way forever and it hasn't been a cause for protesting yet. Everyone just enjoys a well-managed, non-chain, Old Town Scottsdale favorite!

Thank Paula G
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Reviewed 27 June 2014 via mobile

Honestly we've walked by this place a hundred times. The patio is sleek and modern; in fact the whole place looks very trendy- and expensive. It wasn't! Average prices for Scottsdale this place is a real fun gem! We sat on the patio and were able to enjoy the free Sunday afternoon concerts that were going on in the park. Very fun/festive atmosphere. Cocktails were great, servers were very informed and friendly. The appetizers are excellent, funky, different takes on snacks that I'm sure you've never had, but will enjoy. The water chestnuts, gallets and wings are superb. I had Steak au poivre- easily one of the best burgers I've ever eaten, it's not a classic burger so don't expect that. Also had the Bonfire Chicken- excellent and key lime tart. This is a great happy hour spot, great to people watch on the Scottsdale Civic Center area, great for late nights as they are open till 1:30am. The bathrooms are interesting, hard to find, and a bit space-age modern inside. Great spot to take friends from work, have drinks, laugh and eat. A bit of NYC or San Fran right here in Old Town. Don't walk by, try it!

Thank Rabbott1
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