7 Must See Waterfront Restaurants in Arizona

7 Must See Waterfront Restaurants in Arizona

All across the beautiful state of Arizona are breathtaking mountain views, desert landscapes and the most awesome sunsets you can find in the whole country. One type of scenery you might not be aware of is the waterfront views the state has to offer. There is everything from lakes to ponds and canals. The dining experience is also just as diverse. These are the must-see waterfront restaurants in all of Arizona.

ShipRock Restaurant

Location: 14011 N Bush Hwy #2, Mesa
Formerly Lakeshore Restaurant, the new ShipRock Restaurant has an updated menu, but still showcases spectacular views of Saguaro Lake. Show up with an empty stomach, especially for all-you-can-eat fish and chips on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Must try menu items: Besides their claim to fame fish and chips, the prime rib and catfish also make a splash on their menu. Don’t forget, they open early for breakfast (7am), so make a plan for an early stop to enjoy a morning meal with great views.

Papa Leone’s Pizza

Location: English Village St. #304, Lake Havasu City
A family owned pizza joint, Papa Leone’s has been serving Lake Havasu City for 30 years. They make pizza dough daily, use the freshest ingredients and have a large menu of options to choose from. Oh and the views of Lake Havasu and London Bridge also make this an excellent waterfront restaurant.

Must try menu items: You can’t go wrong with a hand tossed pizza topped with your favorite add-ons. The customers also rave about the salads, so enjoy a combination of both.

The Watershed

Location: 5350 S. Lakeshore Dr., Tempe
Dubbed as the Lakehouse in the city, The Watershed restaurant has fabulous food and fabulous views. It is the perfect spot to grab lunch on the lake, enjoy weekly happy hour specials or to catch a Packer’s football game.

Must try menu items: Go for the happy hour specials, but if you like fish, you must try out the Canadian walleye. Don’t forget to order cheese curds. Wisconsin natives know that the fried cheese curd is one of the best appetizers you can order.

El Encanto

Location: 6248 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek
Located in the heart of Cave Creek, the original El Encanto will give you all the sights, sounds and flavors of Mexico. Enter through a beautiful archway with old brick walkways, wrought-iron gates and beautiful furnishings. Most importantly, you can dine around the picturesque pond and enjoy the natural wildlife as you eat amazing authentic Mexican food.

Must try menu items: The mouth-watering pollo fundido is a very popular choice that stacks right up to the fish tacos. Wash it all down with a margarita and you just can’t go wrong.

Cress on Oak Creek

Location: 301 L’Auberge Lane, Sedona
A fine dining prix-fix culinary delight is what you will enjoy at Cress on Oak Creek. The food is delectable and the ambiance is like none other. The babbling brook of Oak Creek makes for an unforgettable dining experience. This restaurant is truly extraordinary.

Must try menu items: The Canyon City Farm Beef Top Sirloin is both sweet and savory. It is a menu item you will not want to pass up.

Dillon’s Bayou

Location: 40202 N 87th Ave., Peoria
Dine with a perfect view of Lake Pleasant when you visit Dillon’s Bayou. Feast on award-winning barbecue and get views of both the water and mountains. This is the 4th location opened by Dillon’s and it will not disappoint.

Must try menu items: You choose Dillon’s for the BBQ, so the brisket platter or pulled pork sandwich is a must try for your dining experience.

Tapas Papa Frita

Location: 7114 E Stetson Dr #210, Scottsdale
This waterfront restaurant is part of the Scottsdale Waterfront Experience in Downtown Scottsdale. The water is more of a canal, but the experience is rich and wonderful. You will want to visit when the weather is just right and snag a table in the outdoor seating area.

Must try menu items: Order any of the Paellas and you will not be disappointed. Be careful though, the Paella Diablo is not for the weak. Wash it down with a tasty sangria and you will be more than pleased.

Bottom Line

The best part about dining on the waterfront in Arizona is that there are a variety of menus, atmospheres and experiences to enjoy. You can indulge in luxury tapas or a prix-fixe menu or just enjoy Mexican food pondside. There is a style and budget for every person and family to enjoy in Arizona. Some restaurants even offer boat delivery service. You can get an amazing experience no matter how you slice it.