First-timers to raw bars need not be squeamish. Oysters and quahogs can actually be quite delicious, especially when you taste what the magic some Phoenix chefs can work on them. And that’s even separate from the many addictive cocktail sauces served alongside. Try these Top 5 raw bars and then see if you’ve had a change of taste buds.
The kitchen and dining areas at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa were renovated earlier this year to make way for two new venues, Praying Monk and XII, but elements received a number of shiny new updates, too, including an expanded menu with new vegetarian and gluten-free dishes as well as in-house smoked meats and a raw bar with iced shellfish and sashimi. Everything is good here, and the seafood as fresh as it can be in the middle of the Sonoran. Plus, nestled into the side of Camelback Mountain, Sanctuary may have the best view of any restaurant in town.
5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 480.948.2100 web
2 Mabel's on Main
At Mabel's on Main in Downtown Scottsdale, enjoy oysters Rockefeller, Bluefin tuna carpaccio with blood orange and yuzu, bites of filet with horseradish cream and other tantalizing raw creations. Wash these specialties down with one of Mabel's many vintage yet inspired cocktails while sitting at the swanky, dark wood bar or relaxing in the plush oversized booths.
7018 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480.369.3665 web
3 Wildfish Seafood Grille
Wildfish Seafood Grille's oyster bar serves North Atlanta oysters, North Pacific oysters and sashimi sliced to order, along with Gulf shrimp cocktail on ice with sauces and atomic horseradish sauce and chilled avocado and crab cocktail with spicy remoulade. Additional items that can be cooked to order include sauteed jumbo scallops with roasted sweet corn pico and cilantro creme fraiche, crispy cashew calamari with fine cut vegetables, ginger and soy, Pacific ahi tartare served with sliced avocado, citrus fruits and toasted sesame crisps, and more.
7135 E. Camelback Road, Suite 130, Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480.994.4040 web
4 Metro Brasserie
Metro Brasserie at SouthBridge offers a selection of oysters from both the East and West Coasts, available by the half dozen and dozen. Or, create your own plate, choosing from oysters, clams on the half shell, shrimp cocktail and crab maison. Other dishes along the same theme include steamed clams with garlic, white wine, pastis and a toasted baguette; jumbo lump crab with lemon and aioli; escargots bourguignon; bay scallops; and a number of other innovative meals for one or for two.
7114 E. Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480.994.3663 web
5 Ko'Sin Restaurant
Ko'Sin is a unique restaurant located inside the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, serving custom quail egg omelets, Native American-inspired salads and an iced raw bar, including oysters, smoked salmon, smoked trout, Lion's Paw diver scallops and exotic fruits and cheeses. We recommend taking advantage of everything the restaurant has to offer during Sunday brunch, served until 1:30 p.m. Pair it all with bloody marys and mimosas.
5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85226 602.385.5726 web