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.
623 East Adams Street
(between Seventh and Adams streets)
Gourmet wood-fired pizzas...
3815 North Central Avenue
Mediterranean-inspired dishes in a posh setting...
603 N. 5th Ave.
Urban wine café and pizzeria...
2814 North 16th Street
1 1/2 Blocks South of Thomas Road
Innovative Mexican dishes...
9120 North Central Avenue
Stand-out Mexican fare...
401 West Clarendon Avenue
Made-from-scratch Mexican food featuring fresh, local ingredients...
5200 East Camelback Road
(North side of Camelback Road)
Mediterranean food, Spanish ambiance...
2611 North Central Avenue
(south of Thomas Road on the east side of Central Avenue)
Phoenix's steakhouse institution on Central...
5532 North Palo Cristi Road, Hermosa Inn
The Hermosa Inn
Historic hacienda dining...
1202 East Mohave Street
(between 12th and Mohave streets)
A South Phoenix institution...
2320 East Osborn Road
Cheery French bistro...
4001 North Central Avenue
(East side of Central Avenue)
West-side hotspot for Mexican cuisine...
Hilton Tapatio Cliffs
(at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs)
Spectacular valley views...
13001 North Tatum Boulevard
(Village Fair North Shopping Center)
A taste of Mexico City...
5816 North 16th Street
(just south of Bethany Home Road on 16th Street)
Cozy central Phoenix cafe...
101 E Jackson St
Fun is the side dish...
3930 East Camelback Road
(North side of Camelback Road)
France meets the American southwest...
4225 E. Camelback Road
(at 40th Street)
Tastes of the tropics...
15414 North 19th Avenue
(at the corner of Greenway)
An international experience...
960 W University Dr # 103
A delicious twist on English comfort food...