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The Vig McDowell Mountain Review: Exploring the Desert Oasis

Matty Thomas December 18, 2023 Restaurant Reviews

Pricing: $$

Ambiance: Casual, Fun

Food: American, Steak, Chicken, Salad

Drinks: Craft Cocktails, Wine, Beer

Overall Rating: 3.6/5

Nestled in the heart of the Arizona desert, The Vig McDowell Mountain beckons with its captivating outdoor ambiance, delectable cuisine, and well-crafted drinks, making it a must-visit dining destination in Scottsdale.


The Vig McDowell Mountain offers a delightful outdoor patio surrounded by Arizona’s iconic boulders and lush desert foliage, making it the perfect spot to unwind after a scorching summer day. The atmosphere is lively and inviting, especially during Happy Hour on Fridays, when live music fills the air.


My grilled Brussels sprouts and salmon salad was a delightful surprise. The lettuce was beautifully wilted, the veggies crisp, and the seasoning just right. Topped with scrumptious pecans and served with dressing on the side, it maintained its crispness perfectly.

The hot honey spicy chicken sandwich, whether on a bun or lettuce wrap, pleased the palate with moist chicken and a well-balanced blend of spice and sweetness. The eggy and moist bun only added to the delight.

The grilled hangar steak, enjoyed by some in our party, also earned its share of praise. As for the starters, the fried calamari and chips with guacamole were both tasty additions to our meal.


The Vig McDowell Mountain boasts an impressive drink menu. During our visit, my husband savored a Huss Brewing Scottsdale blond ale, while I enjoyed a perfectly crafted margarita. The drinks hit the spot and paired wonderfully with our meal.


The pricing here is reasonable, considering the quality and portion sizes. Starters range from $8 to $14, while mains range from $14 to $28. Happy Hour offers even better deals, making it an excellent time to visit.

External Reviews

  • Yelp: On Yelp, The Vig McDowell Mountain has a solid 4-star rating, with patrons praising its outdoor patio and happy hour atmosphere.
  • Google: Google Reviews also reflect the restaurant’s popularity, with a 4.2-star rating and many positive comments about the food and service.
  • TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor reviewers have rated The Vig McDowell Mountain 4.5 stars, with special mentions of the great outdoor seating and live music on weekends.

In conclusion, The Vig McDowell Mountain is a must-visit for those seeking a taste of the Arizona desert in a relaxed and inviting setting.

With its excellent food, well-crafted drinks, and enchanting ambiance, it’s a gem in the Scottsdale dining scene. Whether you’re looking for a place to unwind after a long week or celebrate a special occasion, this desert oasis has got you covered.

Address: 10199 E Bell Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85260

Phone: (480) 935-2949



If you’re looking for more restaurants in the area, be sure to check out our list of the best eateries that North Scottsdale has to offer.

Matty Thomas December 18, 2023 Restaurant Reviews