Restaurants in Phoenix
From casual taquerias to award-wining fine-dining rooms, Phoenix restaurants cater to a myriad of tastes. A trip to the Southwest wouldn't be complete without a little south-of-the-border flavor, available in spades at popular Phoenix restaurants such as the Barrio Cafe. Here, diners can enjoy guacamole made tableside, coffee sourced from Chiapas and more than 250 types of tequila.
Standout restaurants in Phoenix are also at home at many of the area's resorts. Famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten operates J&G Steakhouse out of The Phoenician Hotel, offering expertly prepared steak, seafood and live jazz entertainment. Its neighbor, Il Terrazzo, also at The Phoenician, serves up Italian-American dishes sic has lasagna, beef carpaccio and minestrone. Plus, diners can dine al fresco on its desert-side patio.
Many of the best restaurants in Phoenix call its downtown area home. Visitors can find slices with a national reputation at Pizzeria Bianco in Heritage Square, all prepared with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.
Take heed: the motto for this Phoenix standard is “Some like it hot.” From the green and red salsas served with homemade tortilla chips to every dish on the menu marked with a warning star, you may well work up a sweat here.
Once a general store and rest stop, Pinnacle Peak restaurant now serves good "cowboy fare", like a two-pound porterhouse and mesquite-grilled ribs.
They used to make and sell the pizza at La Grande Orange out of a little market, but the pies became so popular that they opened a full-size restaurant next door.
Situated in Old Town, this indoor-outdoor cantina is a casual party spot that serves traditional Mexican fare along with affordable margaritas and beers. In fact, Dos Gringos claims to sell more Corona than any other restaurant in the country.
Located in the Biltmore Fashion Park, Christopher’s is outfitted with a wood-plank ceiling, white walls with bright orange accents, and plush brown chairs. Seating is also available at the chef’s table and kitchen bar, which offer views of chef Christopher Gross and his team at work.
Located in North Scottsdale at the base of Pinnacle Peak, Sassi resembles a sprawling Italian villa and offers uninterrupted views of the 600-foot granite summit.
Mrs. White may not consider herself a gourmet cook, but patrons of her Phoenix restaurant come for gourmet of a different sort. One of the state's longest operating African American-owned businesses, her Golden Rule Café has been serving down-home soul food for more than 40 years.
The chefs at Olive & Ivy blend the flavors of the Mediterranean with contemporary California cuisine to offer fresh, updated versions of slow-cooked classics like bacon wrapped pork tenderloin.
Opened in 1983 in Paradise Valley, the French restaurant Voltaire is owned and operated by the Antonelli family; David heads the kitchen with classic fare while his father Martin runs the dining room.