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.

Grimaldi’s brings a Brooklyn tradition to Scottsdale with its unique coal-fired ovens and “secret” sauce. The simple menu offers salad starters, calzones and pizzas (kids will love the quarter-size slices of pepperoni).

This 75-year-old adobe home is now one of Scottsdale’s favorite Southwestern restaurants.

It’s all about the ice cream and gooey sundaes at the cotton-candy pink Sugar Bowl in Old Town. This old-school throwback to the 1950s soda fountain is a favorite with kids and grandparents.

The food isn’t fancy at the Buffalo Chip—grilled steaks and chicken, barbecue platters, baked beans—but this cowboy embodies radiates real Western charm, with live music, dancing and professional bull riding out back. Kids can even sign up for mutton busting (aka “sheep riding”).

The name says it all. Orange Sky restaurant was designed with the Arizona’s amber- and saffron-streaked sunsets in mind. Glass elevators whisk guests up the 15th-floor dining room, where floor-to-ceiling windows showcase 360-degree views of the desert, mountains and city.

Serious wine lovers will appreciate Kazimierz’s listing of 2,000 wines from around the world, which regularly earns recognition for its depth and value. Curl up on one the plush sofas, and pair an Arizona wine with a flatbread or charcuterie plate.

Travis Nass’ creative, yet not overly frou-frou drinks attract a cocktail-savvy crowd to the bar at The Heromosa Inn, a boutique hotel in the desert enclave of Paradise Valley.

Located in downtown Phoenix, Crescent is one of a handful of small venues in the city where you can see big-name acts and up-and-coming bands.

They just don’t make ’em like this anymore. Handlebar J bills itself as Scottsdale’s last “authentic Western-style steak house and saloon,” and it’s hard to argue with the assessment.

It’s all about handcrafted cocktails at this second-story speakeasy and restaurant. The changing lineup features reinvented takes on classic cocktails, including gimlets, martinis, old-fashioneds and retro punches.

The ever-changing lineup of drafts at O.H.S.O. feature a host of Arizona brews, including longtime favorites, such as SanTan Brewing’s Mr. Pineapple and Four Peaks Hop Knot IPA and the Scottish-style ale, Kilt Lifter.

This Mexican-Asian fusion restaurant and bar specializes blending exotic flavors, and its craft cocktails are no exception.

Arizona’s burgeoning wine county—located in the state’s southeastern grasslands—has gained of momentum in the past decade, producing an impressive lineup of reds and whites made from varietals from Italy and Southern France.

Just the mention of AZ88 to its devoted regulars brings the same response: Oh, the martinis! This place knows how to shake (or stir) a mean dirty martini. And they’re big—I mean double the size of your average cocktail.

The margarita is Arizona’s unofficial state cocktail, and with 10 salt-rimmed options to choose from at the Mission, you’ll understand why.