If you’re heading to Phoenix, there’s plenty to do and see. Whether you’re spending the day touring the several museums, heading North towards Grand Canyon national park, or checking out the food scene, you’ll need to grab a bite at some point.
There are some of the best resorts in the desert of Arizona, right near Phoenix, that offer you lovely places to stay, as well as some delicious restaurants on their property.
As the state’s capital, Phoenix has one of the most diverse food scenes in Arizona. There’s everything from your favorite Tex-Mex, Italian, American, Native American, and everything in between.
Choosing a restaurant can be challenging when you’re in a bind and can’t think about anything but food. Instead of filtering through hundreds of pages of restaurants, I’ve narrowed down where to find some of the best restaurants Phoenix has to offer.
Best Restaurants in Phoenix
- Pizzeria Bianco
- Glai Baan
- Binkleys Restaurant
- Barrio Cafe
- Steak 44
- The Parlor Pizzeria
- Kai Restaurant
- Lon’s At The Hermosa
- Welcome Diner
- Hana Japanese Eatery
- Kaizen PHX
- Restaurant Progress
- The Capital Grille
- Rusconi’s American Kitchen
- Phoenix City Grille
- Bobby-Q BBQ Restaurant and Steakhouse
- Chelsea’s Kitchen
- Seasons 52
- The Gladly
- Beckett’s Table
- POMO Pizzeria
- Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
- Hola Cabrito Birria De Chivo
- Carolina’s Mexican Food
Pizzeria Bianco didn’t get its start like many other restaurants did. This popular Phoenix pizza joint has its beginnings in the back of a local Phoenix grocery store.
Pizzeria Bianco has two locations in Phoenix, making it easy to enjoy some fantastic pizza regardless of where you are in town.
They have all your favorite classic pizza recipes, like cheese and pepperoni. If you’re looking to try something a little more unique, switching up your favorite pizza recipes by using a white sauce or adding prosciutto will be a memorable experience.
2333 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
If you’re looking to escape to Thailand without leaving the United States or Phoenix, for that matter, Glai Baan is the place to be over in the Hart Goede neighborhood.
When you stop into Glai Baan, you’ll notice that many of their dishes are meant to be shared. Now, if you want a dish all to yourself, no one will judge you. Something I enjoyed while visiting was the Kanom jeeb. It’s pork dumplings with scallions, ginger, and soy sauce.
You can’t go wrong with a side of sticky rice regardless of what you order. Something you’ll want to check out is their street food options.
2320 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Binkley’s is much more than a restaurant. It’s an experience. If you’re looking for a dining experience that will impress, you’ll want to make a reservation here. And yes, reservations are necessary when choosing this restaurant.
They serve a select handful of guests each night at a set price. You’ll be able to know the price per person or couple before arriving at the restaurant. The price includes a bottle of their finest wine and tastings of some of their best foods.
Something to keep in mind when making your reservation is any dietary restrictions. They do have vegetarian options, so you’ll want to state that while making your reservation.
1505 E Van Buren St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
If you’ve been in Phoenix long enough to try Pizzeria Bianco, you have to try Tratto. Tratto is another top-notch restaurant by the mind behind the famous pizzeria.
The restaurant is a chic farmhouse-style restaurant that serves seafood, chicken, and some of the best side dishes you’ll ever have. Tratto chefs collaborate with local farmers to ensure they use only the freshest ingredients for your meal.
Check them out in Eastlake Park on East Van Buren Street, less than a mile away from the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and the Arizona Science Center.
If you’re looking for some of the best and more authentic Mexican American food in town, you have to try Barrio Cafe. They have locations near Pilcher Place and in the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.
Since 2002, Barrio Cafe has been a local and tourist spot for some of the best food in the state. You can enjoy fantastic food seven days of the week and Wednesday through Sunday there’s live music too.
Everything is as authentic as it comes, and I couldn’t resist ordering their Mole enchiladas. Something the locals suggested I try was Nana’s chile Verde.
5101 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018
When you’re ready to take steak night to the next level, you need to visit Steak 44. Steak 44 is an upscale steakhouse in the heart of Phoenix in the Camelback Town Center near Village At Camelback Mountain.
They only serve the best grade steaks, and their 3,000 bottle wine vault is sure to impress everyone, including those who aren’t huge wine fans. Steak 44 redefines the fine dining scene in Phoenix.
The good news is that Steak 44 has some of the best steaks in the city, but they have plenty of other seafood, chicken, and vegetarian options for those who dislike or aren’t in the mood for steak.
The Parlor Pizzeria
1916 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
What started as a single wood-fired oven and a bright vision has expanded into The Parlor Pizzeria that locals and visitors love today.
If you don’t believe me when I say how delicious this pizza place is, The Food Network voted Parlor Pizzeria the best pizza in Arizona. The menu is the perfect selection of antipasti, pizza, pasta, and salad. They have all your favorite classic pizza recipes, but my favorite was their spicy florentine pizza.
Check them out on East Camelback Road, right across the street from the Camelback Colonnade and the Town and Country Shopping Center shopping malls near Phoenix.
This next place, Postino, has locations all over Phoenix, including the Tempe area, right across the street from the Sun Devil Football Stadium and the Desert Financial Arena. They have other locations near Scottsdale in the Highland area, Arcadia, and Central Park North.
My favorite thing to do when visiting Postino is to visit with friends and order a fantastic cheese board. Their delicious bruschetta charcuterie board allows you to pick four incredible different flavors. My top four favorites would be salami and pesto, smoked salmon and pesto, warm artichoke, and ricotta, dates, and pistachio.
2107 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85008
Something unique about Pa’La is how they cook the food you eat. Almost all of their food is cooked using wood-fired cooking techniques. They use wood-fired cooking techniques because they’re timeless and give all their food a great smokey flavor.
Pa’La uses Japanese, Mediterranean, and South American cultures to bring truly unique dishes to Phoenix. Not only do they derive a lot of their inspiration from these cultures, but they import specific ingredients from these areas of the world.
Most of their menu revolves around grains, seafood, and veggies which have flavors only the chefs at Pa’La can come up with. Since they use fresh ingredients, their menu constantly changes to ensure you’re eating the finest food.
5594 W Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85226
Whether you’re staying at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass or not, Kai Restaurant is a place you need to experience while in Phoenix, Arizona. Kai Restaurant is Arizona’s only AAA Five Diamond Award and Forbes Five-Star award-winning restaurant.
Along with the Sheraton Grand, the restaurant is rich in Native American culture that can be seen through the decor and atmosphere.
For your entree, desert mint duck breast or kurobuta pork prepared three ways are some of the best options on the menu. I love Kai because you can reserve a tasting where you get to sample some of the best Native American-inspired food with some of the best wines Arizona has to offer.
Lon’s At The Hermosa
5532 N Palo Cristi Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Located in one of the best places to stay in Phoenix, Hermosa Inn, you’ll find Lon’s. Hermosa Inn can be found in Paradise Valley in Phoenix and has been a top lodging choice for people since the beginning.
This four-diamond boutique hotel and restaurant is nestled at the bottom of Camelback Mountain. Lon’s is rated one of Paradise Valley’s top restaurants.
When you reserve your table and choose to sample the chef’s tasting menu, you’ll get a taste of some items that can’t be found on the traditional Lon’s menu, but they reflect the diversity of Arizona culture. The best part about Lon’s is that they offer breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner service.
929 E Pierce St, Phoenix, AZ 85006
If you love a farm-to-table restaurant, you need to pop into Welcome Diner when you’re in Phoenix and you’re in the mood for classic diner fare.
The best thing about almost every diner is that you can eat breakfast 24 hours a day. Welcome Diner is known for serving breakfast food during non-breakfast hours.
Their biscuits and gravy are some of the best you’ll find in the city, but if you’re looking for something that’s not breakfast, their peanut butter bacon burger is worth a try. Whether you order breakfast or lunch, their French fries need to be on your ticket.
4130 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013
Valentine is a spot in Phoenix just west of Steele Indian School Park that you could eat at any time of the day. They offer breakfast, mostly pastries, lunch, dinner, and even brunch services on the weekends, probably the most fun you can have on a Sunday.
They even offer a delicious selection of coffee if you’re dining in or ordering pastries to go, plus hand-crafted cocktails. If you’re planning on getting there bright and early for pastries, their menu changes daily due to what they have available and what’s been freshly baked.
If you’re feeling a bit hungrier, the elote pasta is by far one of the best dishes you’ll have when you’re in Phoenix. It’s a dish with house-made pasta, romano cheese corn, and Arbol flake.
Hana Japanese Eatery
5524 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013
When I was in Phoenix, I was craving Japanese food. Luckily, if you’re wondering where to eat in Phoenix that will have all the best flavors of Japan, you need to try Hana Japanese Eatery.
Hana is open every day except Monday for dinner service, and they have all your favorite Japanese dishes. From more classic rice and noodle dishes to nigiri, Hana Japanese Eatery has everything.
If you plan on getting the ramen for your entree, you may want to try their pork or veggie gyoza instead. The best part about this restaurant is the sushi roll selection. All the fish they use is the freshest possible, and you can tell.
4115 N 19th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85015
Owners and chefs Maria and Kevin Lebron decided to open Pachamama off of North 19th Avenue, across from Food City. They create tasty and inspiring dishes without all the processed meats and other harmful ingredients.
When you eat at Pachamama, you’ll be eating ingredients that are locally sourced. Maria and Kevin enjoy visiting local farmer’s markets to pick the finest and freshest ingredients for their dishes.
While the dishes are plant-based, they’re inspired by the vibrant flavors of Latin America. The menu is on the small side, but it’s one of the most flavorful plant-based joints in the entire city.
515 E Grant St #100, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Kaizen is a Japanese fusion restaurant in Phoenix that is the perfect place to pop in for a nice meal. Check them out on East Grant Street, within walking distance to Chase Field and Footprint Center.
The chefs at Kaizen specialize in omakase dishes of fresh sushi and sashimi.
I recommend the ceviche mixto, it’s a combination of Japanese red snapper, scallops, prawns, yucca chips, and avocado. If you can make it between 4-6 p.m., their happy hour specials are great. They have great drink deals, and many of their sushi rolls are only $5.
702 W Montecito Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85013
As the name may suggest, Owner TJ Culp wanted to open a restaurant in Phoenix that was the epitome of progress.
One of the best parts about dining at Restaurant Progress is that they have perfected the art of pairing wine with their dishes. Their menu is rather elegant, with plates of caviar, oysters, beef tartare, and quail egg shooters.
If you’ve ever wanted to be a little more adventurous while dining, Restaurant Progress is the perfect place to do that. I loved the French onion soup dumplings and the roasted two-wash ranch chicken.
The Capital Grille
2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Located inside the Biltmore Fashion Park shopping mall is The Capital Grille, a widely known name in the fine dining industry that very rarely disappoints. They’re also right across the street from the AMC DINE-IN Esplanade 14 and the Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Biltmore.
The steak here is always unbelievably tasty, but there are so many other menu options to choose from that you can also get seafood and chicken as well. My favorite, however, is the dry aged NY strip with a side of lobster mac and cheese. That’s my own personal way of doing surf n turf here at Capital Grille.
Rusconi’s American Kitchen
10637 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028
Rusconi’s American Kitchen is up next and they were far and away one of the best restaurants near me while I was staying at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Scottsdale. They were just over a mile away from me in the Paradise Village Gateway shopping mall.
When you get here, I highly recommend the chardonnay steamed mussels, it was one of the best dishes I’ve ever had. If you need something a bit more substantial, for those with a larger appetite, I recommend the braised beef short rib. The only thing more impressive than the cuisine here at Rusconi’s is their enormous wine selection.
3213 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
This next place is called Tarbell’s and they’re located over on East Camelback Road inside Camelback East Village, right across the intersection from the Biltmore Plaza Shopping Center.
What I love about Tarbell’s is that it’s an American restaurant, but they have cuisines of all different cultural influences. Even more convenient, Tarbell’s will happily accommodate all dietary restrictions by recreating many of their dishes to be vegan, vegetarian, or even gluten free!
My go-to orders from Tarbell’s usually include dishes like the house-made ribbon pasta, the pan seared Chilean sea bass, or the Moon Ranch ribeye.
Phoenix City Grille
5816 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016,
When you want some contemporary American fare in a mellow, sophisticated atmosphere, Phoenix City Grille is the way to go. PCG’s eclectic menu is packed full of dishes to suit all tastes and preferences.
One thing I recommend you order from Phoenix City Grille is the smoked prosciutto wrapped pork tenderloin. It comes topped with an unreal bacon vinaigrette alongside fingerling potatoes, baby green beans, and cherry heirloom tomatoes.
If you’re looking for great deals on food and drinks, just head to PCG after 4:00 PM on Saturdays for drink specials and food deals that can’t be beaten!
2611 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Just north of the Heard Museum on North Central Avenue is Durant’s, a fine-dining steakhouse that does things the old-school way because, as the saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Probably the best thing on their menu is the slow-roasted prime rib. Pair that with a glass of cabernet sauvignon and I’m in heaven.
Don’t worry, they have plenty of other options in case you’re not such a steak lover. Some other great dishes I recommend are the double cut lamb chops and their Florida stone crab claws. Pretty much everything they serve at Durant’s is bound to please.
Bobby-Q BBQ Restaurant and Steakhouse
Bobby-Q BBQ Restaurant and Steakhouse has everything a carnivore could ask for, really. Not only do they have authentic southern barbecue in addition to steak, but there are several convenient locations around Phoenix, so you’re never too far away from delicious meats.
My absolute favorite menu item from Bobby-Q is the platter of smoked jumbo texas beef ribs. When you see jumbo beef ribs on the menu, that’s how you know you’re at a real barbecue restaurant.
One of the greatest Bobby-Q locations, if you ask me, is the one off of North 27th Avenue, just a little ways south on Arizona Veterans Highways from Castles N’ Coasters amusement park.
5040 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018
If you happen to be hiking the Arizona Canal Trail near the Northbank business center, be sure to stop in Chelsea’s Kitchen on your way once you work up an appetite and grab some classic comfort food.
They have everything here from steak to tacos, chicken sandwiches and so much more. They even have an amazing black bean vegetarian burger that I found to be really tasty, and I’m not even a vegetarian!
My highest recommended menu item from Chelsea’s is definitely the smoked turkey french dip sandwich, but a close second is the ahi tuna taco platter.
2502 E Camelback Rd Suite 140, Phoenix, AZ 85016,
Seasons 52 is a high-end chain that frequently makes our lists when we’re talking about great places to eat no matter which city we’re in. This one, in particular, is located off of East Camelback Road inside the Biltmore Fashion Park mall.
The menus here at Seasons 52 are… seasonal, so depending on what time of year you visit, you can try different dishes that may not have been available previously. I had the pleasure of dining during summer, so I tried their cedar plank-roasted salmon and it was honestly some of the tastiest fish I’ve ever had.
2201 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Next up, head over to the Anchor Centre on East Camelback Road, just southwest of the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, and look for a place called The Gladly. It’s totally ideal for going out to dinner in Phoenix after 18 holes.
I have never seen such an extensive whiskey collection in my life before coming to The Gladly. They even have some whiskeys that have been aged for 30 years, so if you’re a dark liquor connoisseur, this is the place for you.
Something guaranteed to go great with your scotch whiskey is their mouth-watering Commander Burger with their signature Commander Sauce all over it.
3717 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Beckett’s Table is another one of my favorite Arizona restaurants to visit when I’m in town near Suncrest Estates and I’m on the hunt for some creative craft cocktails and unique fare.
One of the most impressive things about Beckett’s table is that they offer some dishes you really won’t find anywhere else in the city. When I went there, I saw that they offered pan-seared barramundi which is a fish native to the Indo-Pacific region of the world, near Australia. As surprised as I was, I simply had to order it, and it was delectable. I highly recommend it to any seafood lover looking for something different.
POMO Pizzeria – Authentic Italian Food
705 N 1st St UNIT 120, Phoenix, AZ 85004
If you’re looking for restaurants in Downtown Phoenix, then you should definitely try POMO Pizzeria. They don’t only do pizza, though, and they also serve lots of Italian food classics that we all know and love.
They specialize in traditional Neapolitan pizza here at POMO, but some other things they do exceptionally well are paninis and homemade pasta dishes.
If you’re a pizza lover, I strongly recommend trying their Margherita pizza because that’s usually my go-to, but if you’re in the mood for pasta, definitely go for the lasagna. Nothing on the menu here will let you down, though, that’s for sure.
3243 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85012
Ocotillo is another one of my favorite places to eat in Phoenix because they only serve locally sourced ingredients in their cuisine. This extra step in the process really makes a huge, noticeable difference in the quality of the food, if you ask me.
I love coming here for lunch on the weekends, but during the week they only serve dinner. One of the best things on their menu, I think, is their buttermilk fried chicken sandwich that comes on a buttery brioche bun with coleslaw and pickles.
They also have a huge selection of beers on tap as well as a long list of signature cocktails that are sure to quench your thirst.
Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
11051 N Black Canyon Hwy, Phoenix, AZ 85029
Next up is Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen located over off of North Black Canyon Highway near Lake Biltmore Village, right next to Cave Creek Park Cholla, and just north of Metro Square.
Pappadeaux takes cajun seafood to another level in the best possible way. This place will make you feel like you missed your exit and ended up in Louisiana with a big plate of blackened catfish.
Speaking of which, the Mississippi catfish opelousas is what I ordered during my visit to Pappadeaux, but the next time I think I’m going with the Texas redfish and jumbo shrimp. Both of these options were on the Chef Selection menu.
Hola Cabrito Birria De Chivo
4835 S 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85040
This next place is called Hola Cabrito Birria De Chivo and they are an unbeatable Mexican restaurant when it comes to both authentic Mexican food as well as Tex-Mex favorites, two things Phoenix has plenty of.
As their name implies, birria is what they do best, and if you’ve never had birria before, then it’s time to change that. Birria is a traditional stew or soup from the state of Jalisco and it is one of my all-time favorite things to eat, especially birria tacos.
If that doesn’t sound like your thing, then don’t worry. Hola Cabrito also features dishes like tacos, quesadillas, tortas, and much more.
The Carolina’s Mexican Food
1202 E Mohave St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Wrapping things up is The Carolina’s Mexican Food, an authentic Mexican restaurant that everyone should try during their time in Phoenix. They have burritos, tacos, tamales, enchiladas, and so much more.
You can even come here for a delicious breakfast anytime you want. I am a huge fan of breakfast burritos, especially when they’re filled with delicious chorizo sausage.
Be sure to get some of their homemade tortillas to go, as well. They are so much better than anything you could possibly buy in a grocery store. They’re like soft, fluffy blankets that make you want to wrap yourself inside of one and eat your way out.
The best part about traveling to Phoenix is that you get to experience a beautiful landscape with plenty of places to fill your stomach. There’s a little bit of everything in Phoenix, and you’ll be able to find a restaurant that’s sure to please anyone you’re traveling with.
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