Phoenix Restaurants

Phoenix has grown fast into its big-city identity in the past decade, and no where is this more evident in the breadth and diversity of the Valley's restaurant scene. Here you'll find everything from ultra-modern eateries specializing in fresh, organic dishes, cozy Mexican food cafes, and old-school, Old West steakhouses.

Our top pick is Pizzeria Bianco in downtown Phoenix. What's so special about pizza, you say? The long line outside Pizzeria Bianco on any given night should offer a clue that something special is going on inside the small, unassuming house with the imported, wood-fired brick oven. The restaurant's simple, thin-crust specialty pizza, with most herb toppings grown on-site, was famously named the best pizza in the country by a notable New York food critic. Since then, Pizzeria Bianco has become Phoenix's designated foodie spot, with many visitors making a stop just to see if the famous pizza is as good as they say.

Mexican food-lovers will rejoice in the number of reliably delicious cafes serving up Sonoran-style dishes. The Barrio Cafe offers inventive, fresh takes on Mexican classics, while Via Delosantos in the north part of town dishes up down-home favorites like enchilada plates and savory chile rellenos. For a gourmet take on Mexican City street food, the Gallo Blanco Cafe, located at the Clarendon Hotel, is a welcome addition to the Valley's culinary scene.

Where to go in Phoenix for top-notch dining? T. Cook's at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa frequently tops lists as one of the Valley's best and most romantic dining spots, and the award-winning Mediterranean-inspired menu definitely warrants a splurge if you're seeking the best in local fine dining. Lon's at the Hermosa in Paradise Valley, located at the Hermosa Inn, serves inventive American Continental dishes in an unforgettable, lush desert setting.

Pizzeria Bianco

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623 East Adams Street
(between Seventh and Adams streets)

Gourmet wood-fired pizzas... read more

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3815 North Central Avenue

Mediterranean-inspired dishes in a posh setting...
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Cibo Urban Pizzeria Café

603 N. 5th Ave.

Urban wine café and pizzeria... read more

Barrio Cafe

2814 North 16th Street
1 1/2 Blocks South of Thomas Road

Innovative Mexican dishes... read more

Via DeLosantos

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9120 North Central Avenue

Stand-out Mexican fare... read more

Gallo Blanco Cafe & Bar

401 West Clarendon Avenue

Made-from-scratch Mexican food featuring fresh, local ingredients... read more

T. Cook's

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5200 East Camelback Road
(North side of Camelback Road)

Mediterranean food, Spanish ambiance... read more

Durant's

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2611 North Central Avenue
(south of Thomas Road on the east side of Central Avenue)

Phoenix's steakhouse institution on Central...
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Lon's at the Hermosa

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5532 North Palo Cristi Road, Hermosa Inn
The Hermosa Inn

Historic hacienda dining... read more

Carolina's Mexican Food

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1202 East Mohave Street
(between 12th and Mohave streets)

A South Phoenix institution... read more

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Sophie's - A French Bistro

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2320 East Osborn Road

Cheery French bistro... read more

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Macayo's Mexican Kitchen

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4001 North Central Avenue
(East side of Central Avenue)

West-side hotspot for Mexican cuisine... read more

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Different Pointe of View

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Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
(at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs)

Spectacular valley views... read more

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La Parrilla Suiza

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13001 North Tatum Boulevard
(Village Fair North Shopping Center)

A taste of Mexico City... read more

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Phoenix City Grill

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5816 North 16th Street
(just south of Bethany Home Road on 16th Street)

Cozy central Phoenix cafe... read more

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Alice Cooper's Town Sports Bar & Grill

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101 E Jackson St

Fun is the side dish... read more

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Vincent on Camelback

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3930 East Camelback Road
(North side of Camelback Road)

France meets the American southwest... read more

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Havana Café

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4225 E. Camelback Road
(at 40th Street)

Tastes of the tropics... read more

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Chino Bandido Takee-Outee

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15414 North 19th Avenue
(at the corner of Greenway)

An international experience... read more

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Cornish Pasty Co

960 W University Dr # 103

A delicious twist on English comfort food... read more
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