There’s one thing for sure: downtown Phoenix has something for everyone. Whether you love historic districts and cultural attractions, shopping, or taking in entertainment, this area has all that and more.
I recently indulged in a Phoenix vacation and I filled my days with all the most popular attractions, as well as some lesser-known finds.
I explored Roosevelt Row, a historic neighborhood, took in musical performances at Arizona Federal Theater, met the locals at Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market, and more.
And of course, I spent a lot of my downtown Phoenix stay enjoying delicious meals at local restaurants. Check out my list of the best downtown Phoenix restaurants below!
2 E Jefferson St #22-213, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Breakfast Club is exactly what it sounds like: it’s all about breakfast! And super-tasty breakfast, at that. I heard about this well-known spot soon after getting to downtown Phoenix.
I went there for breakfast the next day, and I had the delectably sweet French Toast. No matter what kind of breakfast you prefer, there is something for you at this local institution.
Some examples of popular dishes include the Breakfast Burrito, Eggs Benedict, Huevos Rancheros, and French Toast.
You can also have lunch at Breakfast Club. Breakfast Club is conveniently located less than a mile from Chase Field, an iconic sports stadium.
7 W Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Have you ever had a Cornish pasty? If not, you’re in for a legendary experience. This unique establishment is all about authenticity.
The aptly named Cornish Pasty Co is Cornish-owned and operated, and it’s been around since 2005. I adored Cornish Pasty Co’s traditional British pub atmosphere.
The restaurant offers an abundance of tasty dishes, including Chicken Pot Pie, Bangers and Mash (a traditional British favorite), and Guinness Stew.
And, of course, there are the pasties. Lots and lots of them! Check out the Signature Pasties, Premium Pasties, and Vegan & Vegetarian Pasties sections of the menu.
You’ll discover Cornish Pasty Co on West Monroe Street, near North Central Avenue.
603 N 5th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003
CiBO Pizzeria is one of Phoenix’s must-visit attractions if you love pizza. And who doesn’t? It’s definitely one of my favorite foods.
The restaurant has a unique location, housed in a historic bungalow. It was built way back in 1913. Wood-fired pizza is CiBO’s specialty.
Some scrumptious offerings include Margherita Pizza, Gluten-Free Pizza, Wood-Fired Pizza, Spicy Salami Pizza, and White Pizza. You can also have pasta dishes at CiBO, but only if you visit after 5 pm.
They’re well worth the wait, though! I tried the Cappelletti Alla Panna, which is cappelletti (also known as tortellini) and a delightfully smooth cream sauce, adorned with peas and more. You’ll also appreciate CiBO’s convenient North 5th Avenue location.
901 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
You’ll remember I mentioned Roosevelt Row earlier, a historic area in downtown Phoenix. Well, The Churchill is one of the best spots in this area.
But this establishment goes far beyond just a restaurant. It’s exactly how it describes itself, a gathering space.
It includes four, yes four, individual restaurants, as well as two bars and a wine shop. It even boasts a few retail shops. All The Churchill’s businesses share a courtyard, to ensure a sense of community.
The Churchill is all about collaboration and fun. There’s a cool and laid-back atmosphere, and you’re sure to see and meet lots of locals here.
45 W Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Monroe’s Hot Chicken brings classic Nashville eats to downtown Phoenix. This is a family-owned and operated business, and you’ll discover it on Jefferson Street within a reasonable distance of South Central Avenue.
There are countless mouth-watering dishes here, such as the Fried Chicken Sandwich, Hot Chicken Sandwich with Mac n Cheese, and Popcorn Chicken.
Others include the Honey Bun Hot Chicken Sandwich and Hot Chicken Belgian Waffle Sandwich. I went with the Honey Bun Hot Chicken Sandwich. Wow!
I hope I get to have one again soon! No matter what you choose, you’ll have an unforgettable meal at this local eatery. There’s even a vegan option available, the Vegan Chicken Sandwich, so keep that in mind.
2 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Talk about an intriguing name! And the name isn’t the only fascinating thing about The Arrogant Butcher, not by a long shot.
This is a cool and popular restaurant in downtown Phoenix. You’ll find it on East Jefferson Street, quite close to South Central Avenue.
The Turkey Pastrami on Pretzel Brad was one of my favorite sandwiches in Phoenix. Other fan-favorite creations here include the Beef Short Rib Stew, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, New York Strip, King Crab Legs, and Crispy Shrimp.
Want to go all out? Order the Filet Mignon. There are cocktails and craft beer on offer here too, so wash down your meal with a refreshing beverage.
40 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Hanny’s is an essential part of the craft cocktail scene in downtown Phoenix. The cuisine here is aptly described as chic-casual.
Go ahead and find this legendary spot on the southwest corner of 1st Street and Adams. This restaurant is found in a former department store, and that historic store went by the same name.
Hanny’s is all about preserving heritage in a laid-back way. I loved the eclectic atmosphere here. There are plenty of menu items here to pair with your drinks, including various entrees, pizzas, and salads.
Hanny’s is situated near iconic Phoenix locations, such as The Herberger Theater, Symphony Hall, and Chase Field.
50 W Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Have dinner at Chico Malo any night of the week. You can also have brunch here on the weekend. This well-known downtown Phoenix restaurant focuses on delicious Mexican cuisine. You can also enjoy craft cocktails here.
There is a wide range of tempting dishes here, such as the Elote, Grass-Fed Carne Asada, Trio, Chimichanga, Green Chile Chicken, Chicken Quesadilla, Shrimp Ceviche, and Pozole.
I enjoyed my meal at Chico Malo, and this is definitely one of downtown Phoenix’s must-visit restaurants.
The dining room has an eclectic style and the staff are warm and welcoming. Remember to enjoy at least one of this location’s refreshing cocktails!
50 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Dust Cutter is located at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Where did this restaurant get its name?
It takes its name from one of its cocktails. Beware! It’s a strong one! This establishment describes itself as a “modern urban saloon,” and I think this is particularly apt.
It brings in edgy elements of contemporary style. For a meal, head to Dust Cutter for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
I had the Bistro Burger. This plentiful meal includes short rib and brisket grind and American cheese, as well as fancy sauce, pickles, and shredded lettuce. It’s served on a challah bun and comes with french fries.
101 E Washington St A, Phoenix, AZ 85004
I discovered Ingo’s Tasty Food near the Hyatt Regency Phoenix. It’s conveniently located on Washington Street in downtown Phoenix.
I love the chic style and atmosphere here. The waitstaff are welcoming, and Ingo’s Tasty Food is an essential part of the Phoenix culinary experience. Don’t miss out!
Ingo Tasty Food has an exciting menu. Examples of main dishes include the Crispy Chicken Sammy, Fish & Chips, Bistro Steak Salad, Farmer’s Daughter Burger, and White Fish Club Sandwich.
I ordered the Paris Texas Burger, which boasts domestic grass-fed beef and hickory BBQ sauce, with Wisconsin cheddar, dill pickle, and lettuce. I certainly recommend it!
202 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Centrico is situated within downtown Phoenix’s historic San Carlos Hotel. This restaurant is an essential destination for anyone who loves traditional Mexican cuisine. That certainly includes me!
You can get delicious cocktails here, too. In fact, Centrico focuses on hand-crafted mezcal and tequila cocktails, many of them herb-infused.
There are lots of popular meals here, such as the Fish Tacos, Chile Verde, Shrimp Tacos, Carne Asada Tacos, and Chicken Enchiladas.
I tried the Tacos Gobernador at Centrico. They were a rare treat, with shrimp entomata, crema, cabbage, and Oaxaca cheese with corn tortillas. Yummy! Add on a side of rice, too. It’s excellent.
So, are you excited yet? You should be. Downtown Phoenix is a hip and happening place to be. Are you a sports fan? If you’re visiting Phoenix in the summer, go to an Arizona Diamondbacks game at Chase Field.
And of course, dine out at downtown Phoenix restaurants. While you’re still in Phoenix, check out our list of great Korean BBQ restaurants right here.
Did we leave a restaurant out of this list of the best restaurants in downtown Phoenix? Make sure you leave us a comment and we’ll check it out!