Waterfront Dining

Wherever water occurs in this desert, there’s often a restaurant patio capitalizing on the view. The Arizona Canal in downtown Scottsdale can be admired over wine and Parmesan risotto on the patio of Olive & Ivy (7135 E. Camelback Rd., 480.751.2200), or a turkey-and-pear sandwich at The Herb Box (7134 E. Stetson Dr., 480.289.6160). Camelback Lake north of downtown Scottsdale is flanked by Piñon Grill (Southwestern; The McCormick Scottsdale, 7401 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480.991.5572) and the Chart House (seafood; 7255 E. McCormick Pkwy., 480.951.2550). El Encanto in Cave Creek serves enchiladas and rellenos alongside its own duck pond (6248 E. Cave Creek Rd., 480.488.0024). And the bi-level Dolly Steamboat offers twilight dinner cruises on Canyon Lake in the Tonto National Forest (prix fixe; Hwy. 88 northeast of Apache Junction, 480.827.9144).