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Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar, Scottsdale, AZ

Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar

4.5
4.5
597 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
"Experience a World-class Best Restaurant in Scottsdale, Driven by Passion and Storytelling. Revealing Unique Ingredients and Fine Whiskey, Making This the Backbone of the Second Story Dining Experience. Allow Us to Guide You Through a Thoughtful Look Inside the Art of Savory, Modern American Cuisine and Perfectly Crafted Cocktails."

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 14 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub, Global, International

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    (480) 945-5555

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Jordano Sessions

  • Catering

    We do private in home dinners for guests looking for a culinary experience.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer private dining options completely customized by our chef based on our guest preferences and party size. We also offer complete restaurant buy-out private buy-out options.

  • Private party contact

    Thomas Plato: (844) 448-2473

  • Neighbourhood

    Old Town Scottsdale

  • Cross Street

    Scottsdale Rd & 3rd Ave

  • Parking Details

    Private lot is behind our building as well as a 3 story parking garage across the street.

  • Public Transit

    Scottsdale Trolley Stop

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

What 597 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. Analisa

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The food was AMAZING!! But I did feel the cocktails were pricey. Smaller martinis were $20. They were good, but not even with top shelf vodka it was a bit pricey, even in comparison to a Mastros, where they are $22, but they are large and they leave you extra in the shaker. I would still go back but for happy hour as the food was excellent and a fair price for the quality!
  2. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish, our experience at Second Story was fantastic. Our server Nicholas, was friendly, knowledgeable, charismatic and efficient throughout the evening. The cocktails were well made and tasteful. We all ordered the tasting menu, and it did not disappoint. The biscuits with honey and jam are a “must-have” and easily the best i have ever experienced. The pomegranate oysters and yellowtail crude were equally delicious and flavorful. The jerk chicken and filet of bison were perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection. The pasta was full of incredible flavor and literally melted in your mouth. An absolute wonderful place and experience. Truly a hidden gem!
  3. TamaraP

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining here for my Sons Birthday, everything was great, loved the ambience , food was awesome . A bit disappointed that we spent over $500 for a Birthday celebration which was noted in our open table reservation, however there was no acknowledgement of it, most likely will not be returning for any special occasion in the future.
  4. Tiffany

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this place! Glad we tried it for Restaurant week. Bartender and our server were fantastic and fun. Food was great and we loved sitting on the patio. We will definitely be back!
  5. TheresaL

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Very overrated. Went to this place based off suggestions and reviews but it seems a new chef came to town or they lower their standards during restaurant week. Food was very underwhelming. The drinks were overpriced for taste value. I would not come back to this place. Their are too many places we’ve gone in Scottsdale to come back here. Id suggest Beverly for drinks and maple & ash for dinner
  6. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went during restaurant week for dinner, had reservation. Smaller location. Sat at high top inside. Busy but not noisy. Service was excellent and tan of staff helped up during entire meal. Started with biscuits that were great, buttery and flaky. Second course was Cesar salad, nice balanced dressing on it. Third course was mushroom Alfredo, mushroom taste was light which I liked. Fourth course was grouper the fruit salsa was very spicy. Tried my friend’s fried rice that was maybe the best thing I tasted. Cocktail presentation was excellent but I didn’t get a lot of the flavors that were listed. Will likely head back again.
  7. Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, visited for Spring Arizona Restaurant Week with friends. The “change your life” biscuits were really worth the hype. The crispy sushi rice and soy cured egg yolk were tasty, and the cast iron grouper was to die for.
  8. Wanda

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Decided to try Second Story for AZ Restaurant Week, the ambiance is very nice - dark, quiet, cozy, romantic. Our server, Nicholas, may have been new, he was a bit clumsy with a poor memory, needing to ask us several times throughout the evening what we ordered ! The staff made 1 serious slip up, one in our group of 4 is a recovering alcoholic and ordered a N/A beer. They served his beer and thankfully he checked the label to discover it was not N/A. Bar Server apologized, she comped us the one wrong beer and she brought a correct N/A. We also were surprised to learn that Second Story does not offer ice tea, mmmm unusual for a desert town! But then the food started to arrive and all was forgotten. All 4 of us loved our meals from the salads to the taster to the entree! We ordered Bison, Grouper and Jerk Chicken and not a single complaint. We passed on dessert to have Gelato at the downstairs parlor! I would return to Second Story just for the Bison and to sit on their patio when the weather is nice!
  9. SarahA

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was my 2nd visit to 2nd story. The 1st visit I came in for the Wednesday oyster special but unfortunately, they had run out. I didn't have a reservation but was seated right away on the patio. Blonde host with long hair was very welcoming & friendly & accommodated a table switch I requested. I don't recall the servers name (long haired brunette) was very friendly & gave good recommendations, but the service was very very slow & it was not busy. I went inside once to use the bathroom & a second time to ask for the check. Both times she was standing at the kitchen window talking to other employees. Both visits we enjoyed the mussels, the broth is delicious. 2nd visit we came in for restaurant week & were able to enjoy the oysters. They were fresh & the pomegranate vinaigrette had a good flavor. Both salads were fresh & flavorful. The mushroom fettucine was absolutely the best dish & I hope to go back and have a full-size portion soon. The restaurant week menu is a tad confusing & had a few errors. I.E., yellowtail crudo was listed but we were served yellowfin tuna. We mentioned to the server, she notified a manager (bearded / tattooed gentleman) he came over apologized & said we would not be charged for the upgrade. Alyssa was our server, she was personable, informative, & attentive (everything I want in a server). We were celebrating a birthday & they brought out the tastiest & cutest charcuterie dessert board. It was a very nice touch. I love the giant chandelier & the dark, moody ambiance. The patio is also cute w/ string lights & good spot to people watch. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite spots & is definitely a hidden gem in old town.
  10. Gr84Brunch

    Seattle

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I dined here last night with my husband for Arizona Restaurant Week, which was $33/person. The space has dark, loungey “speakeasy” vibes, which was different than most places in Old Town we’ve been to, soa nice change of pace. We enjoyed the ambiance a lot. I had a delicious dirty martini off their happy hour menu. My hubby ordered a Manhattan ($25!!) but he said it was good. We started with their “change your life” biscuits, and they were the highlight! Pay the extra $ for them if you do the AZ Restaurant Week menu. Literally every single dish on the menu was so delicious. You can taste the fresh ingredients in every bite. We had the melon and burrata salad, Caesar salad, the crispy sushi rice, chili fettuccine Alfredo, the jerk chicken, and the grouper. My grouper was raw in the middle, and I HATE complaining or sending things back, but when our server asked how everything was, I couldn’t lie. The manager was great about it and got me a fresh one right away. VERY good! I would definitely come back here, even just for happy hour at the bar!
  11. TedM

    Phoenix

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cocktails were very good. Service was impeccable very polite and professional. Answered all of our questions. A very good dining experience. On concern was seeing the menu because of limited lighting even for early dinner. Highly recommend for intimate dining.
  12. PaulD

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    We tried them for Az Restaurant Week. We enjoyed all the dishes we tried (biscuits, Caesar salad, burrata and melon, jerked chicken and grouper). There were two negatives: One, the stairway up to the second floor was so dark you can barely see (until your eyes adjust) and this was complicated by groups of people trying to go both up and down. We all felt the need to wash our hands before being seated. Two, granted it was Friday night and the dining room was packed, but we could not hear each other speak. I think we will eat there again. But maybe on a non-weekend night.
  13. MicheleS

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed outdoor seating where we could people watch along Scottsdale Rd. We came for AZ Restaurant Week because it was such a great deal, knowing we would spend more than the $33/person. Our server, Rachel, was awesome, although everyone works together as a team, which is always nice to have at a restaurant. Our food was amazing - loved everything we chose. Definitely made a good decision starting with the biscuits and honey.
  14. James

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    I’ve been coming here for years but haven’t been in about 3 years since before Covid. They got very proud of their menu. The prices are pretty high for mediocre product. The cocktail menus prices were all $20 and $25 (which isn’t online and the online menu has outdated drinks). We can go to Ocean 44 and get cocktails for less and they leave the shaker with you. Even if we go to some of the best cocktail bars like bitter and twisted or little rituals cocktails aren’t $20. The food was just okay. The menu seems confused, there is Japanese, Italian and steak? No apps sounded great so we went straight to entrees. Mussels were okay and the short rib pasta had no flavor (we had to ask for salt and pepper). Other reviews say everything was too salty so maybe the over corrected. Long story short, there are so many other restaurants in old town at this price point that deliver on the quality and value. Sad to see them miss the mark so bad, if you have prices like this you really need to deliver.
  15. MikhailV

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    You can get the same or better tasting food and cocktails within walking distance for a better price. My cocktail tasted a bit strange. Excellent service was on the same level as other 4 star restaurants in the area. Would come back again if I can't get into my other favorites in the area.
  16. ScottsdaleRhody

    Phoenix

    20 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall2food4service4ambience4
    Last night my wife and I took our Nephew, who was visiting from CA, to dinner at this restaurant. He is a Bourbon fan so we thought this would be a good choice. The Server was very good. The food was good. The atmosphere was very nice. We had a couple appetizers, the special pasta and the chicken. My nephew had two bourbon drinks, my wife had 3 Greygoose martinis and I had 2 Hendrick martinis. I don't write a lot of reviews even though my wife and I eat out 6 nights a week and the reason I was motivated to write this was mostly based on the value. The martinis were 16 and 18 dollars with a $5 surcharge I assume for a call liquor and it wasn't a heavy pour. The bourbon drinks were $25 with a $5 surcharge for one he got smoked. Our bill was $300 and over half was for the cocktails. I guess I have to look at the same martini at Mastros which we pay $21 & $22 for that has 3 times the content. I don't think this restaurant warrants the price at all and was shocked at the end of the dinner. I guess if you want to go and have one drink or don't drink I can recommend this restaurant but "liquor" is in the name. Before we got the bill I was looking forward to going back often but unfortunately that was my last time.
  17. Susi

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was again wonderful 👍👍👍 great food, great servers, great seating. Overall success, we will be back 🍸
  18. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    A couple years ago someone recommended this place to to us and we finally made it this evening. We sat at the bar. The entire place was empty. The bartender was less than welcoming but we looked past that and just wanted a positive experience. We ordered drinks and several different small plates. When we got more food, the quality wasn’t good. Too much salt and just not good. When bartender asked us what we thought, we were honest. At the time of cashing out, we got our bill and were surprised he charged us for all the food we did not eat because it wasn’t good. In our experience, If this is the case, most people will comp SOMETHING. This wasn’t about money at all! When we asked the bartender, he got super defensive and then asked if we wanted the food that was not good, taken off the bill. We said yes. He proceeded to take our card and then threw the receipt and card at us in disgust that we even asked. Horrible service. We asked for a manager. No manager. So we asked for the chef. He came out and came at us with the exact same attitude. The only reason I give 2 stars is because the girls working were lovely. Even at one point 1 girl came to grab our dirty side plates to which the bartender said we were fine with. I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone, especially if you’re looking for high quality service and food.
  19. Swestgal

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great ambience, fantastic service. Will definitely be back!!!
  20. foodiedr

    Phoenix

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second story and reimagined their menu while maintaining their excellence service, unique ambiance and good value. A must destinaron for Scottsdale dining
  21. BeckyG

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I used to love this place but hadn’t visited since pre-COVID. The food used to be amazing. Well it has gone way downhill. Service was pretty terrible, everyone looked annoyed to be working. Food was on the verge of inedible (SO salty!), and very overpriced for what you get. If I go back it will only be for the bourbon selection.
  22. Msvperez

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time there and I really enjoyed myself. The oysters were very tasty. They don't carry tabasco sauce but they provided us with their own sauce and it def. gave it the kick I was looking for. I will be returning soon.
  23. JennyF

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great happy hour food and prices. The mussels were amazing!
  24. Suki

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    I went with a friend who I haven’t been able to see for awhile so we wanted to catch up. We chose Second Story because of our love for oysters and how many people on Instagram loved it here. The food was outstanding! I definitely want to come back for the food. However, I feel like our server didn’t really want to serve us and was just doing the bare minimum and then rushing us to end our meal so we could leave.
  25. ScottM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and the best meal I have had for years!!
  26. BarbaraM

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great birthday celebration! We had an amazing evening celebrating my birthday. The food recommendations were spot on, the egg yolk nigiri being our ultimate favorite! Laurie took an excellent care of us, thank you! The chocolate mousse and prosecco combo to end the evening was the best - thank you so much! We are definitely planing to come back soon!
  27. Steve

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice eclectic restaurant great drinks. It's loud though so if you're looking for a venue for a quiet conversation this is not the place
  28. Ronnies

    Phoenix

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2023

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Wait staff and greetings were warm and professional. Took a little longer than we expected to get our drinks, but the drinks menu was varied and the quality was good. Not much to choose from on the food menu, but we had the special it was spicy and tasty, except for a few bones that we weren’t expecting to be there.Server was great about getting us our check so we can make our planned engagement nearby. I would probably go there again for drinks however, you have to speak loudly, because so much noise..level is pretty intense if there’s more than four tables full.
  29. Jess

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Cocktails were a little on the pricey side but the atmosphere made up for that. Our server Maya was amazing!!! Will visit again.
  30. KeithL

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    We've enjoyed Second Story a few times and generally enjoyed it each time. Our compliments to the Chef's as the food is always outstanding. We are also Scotch drinkers, and they have a deep menu of different types of Scotch to try and enjoy. Prices at Second Story are comparable to anywhere else in Scottsdale. Ambiance? It's nice. Later in the evening they dim the lights which is what you'd expect or want on date night. It's a little small so the noise level is a bit louder, but that's just us and should not reflect on Second Story. Service? We went on a Saturday night, early. There was not a large crowd in the establishment. As such we thought we'd get better service. When you have to ask a number of times where is our order or drink? That's bad. The wait staff was nice but left us waiting for items at least three times over a 2-hour period. So, you could do better, much better on the service side.
  31. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our dinner and drinks, server was great, sorry I don’t remember her name
  32. JFoster

    Phoenix

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and drinks! Cool vibe! Highly recommended.
  33. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    There was a pricing issue with “add protein” to one friend’s salad. The restaurant needs to clarify their pricing for adding protein to a salad.
  34. Yeahhhhbuddy

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great. No one had a single bad thing to say. Will go back
  35. NatalieK

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Entrees were extremely average. The short rib ragu was virtually flavorless. The grouper was just ok. Biscuits were incredible. Cocktails were ALL each $20. Overpriced!
  36. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Loved our server. Thought the food was good, but may be a little over priced for what it was. a bit loud for normal conversation. Excellent bartender and selection of cocktails.
  37. ChristinaP

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love just getting together for a Weekday evening and especially for the cocktails and food.. nice ambience and Nicholas(our server) was very attentive and so nice!
  38. Diner1

    Phoenix

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dishes are unique and creative, and the service is excellent.
  39. JeremyS

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Dinner for 4. Great little place, suggest reservations as it is smaller than we expected and I could see walk ins struggle. We really enjoyed the Bison Filet and the Chef's pasta special during our visit. The Bison stole the show though. We also had the Jerk Chicken and thought it was ok but wish there was more spice, the crispy skin was great.
  40. AnitaH

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Obsidian is the best and most attentive bartender!! Thank you!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (480) 945-5555.

Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 597 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 14 times today
Google Map for Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar

4166 N Scottsdale Rd #102, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Scottsdale Rd & 3rd Ave

  • Neighbourhood

    Old Town Scottsdale

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Wed, Thu 4:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American, Gastro Pub, Global, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Private lot is behind our building as well as a 3 story parking garage across the street.

  • Public Transit

    Scottsdale Trolley Stop

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jordano Sessions

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wine

  • Phone number

    (480) 945-5555

  • Catering

    We do private in home dinners for guests looking for a culinary experience.

  • Private party facilities

    We offer private dining options completely customized by our chef based on our guest preferences and party size. We also offer complete restaurant buy-out private buy-out options.

  • Private party contact

    Thomas Plato: (844) 448-2473

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