Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe Restaurants

Just as the Valley of the Sun has attracted visitors from around the world, it has also been attracting a record number of worldly residents. Fortunately for everyone, many of those people are skilled chefs and/or restaurateurs who have opted to share their gifts with the public.

Phoenix and its surroundings have metamorphosed into a melting pot for every type of cuisine imaginable: northern to Tuscan Italian; mom-and-pop to Mexico City Mexican; low-key Cuban to high-end French- and Greek-inspired Southwestern; Japanese- to Spanish-style tapas; and kosher to American classics with subtle ethnic twists.

Eateries like La Grande Orange grocery are revolutionizing Phoenix's "fast-food" concept with gourmet takeout. Four-star cuisine, some concocted by celebrity chefs, also awaits all over the Valley, from Kai in Chandler to Scottsdale's Bourbon Steak, along with Binkley's and Cafe Blink in nearby Carefree. Dotted with massive strip malls, Phoenix’s outskirts are becoming a haven of corporate eateries, but don't worry, there's plenty of divine, independent dining for all tastes and all trends in between.

Many of the best restaurants in the Valley are in resorts, camouflaged behind courtyard walls, or tucked away in shopping malls. Newer, upscale eateries are clustered along the Camelback Corridor—a veritable restaurant row, running west to east from Phoenix to Scottsdale—and in Scottsdale itself. Great Mexican food can be found throughout the Valley, but the most authentic spots are in North Central and South Phoenix.

Restaurants change hours, locations, chefs, prices, and menus frequently, so it's best to call ahead to confirm. Show up without a reservation during tourist season (October through mid-May), and you may have to head for a fast-food drive-through window to avoid a two-hour wait for a table.

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  • 1. Binkley's Restaurant

    $$$$ | Modern American

    This upscale restaurant is a diamond in the Valley's last bit of rough. In a town of cowboy bars and gut bombs, chef Kevin Binkley puts together...Read More

  • 2. Chelsea's Kitchen

    $$$ | Camelback Corridor | American

    With its hip, Pacific Northwest–chic interior and a patio that feels more like a secret garden, Chelsea's Kitchen can easily make you forget...Read More

  • 3. Kai

    $$$$ | American

    One of the finest restaurants in all of the Valley, the prestigious Kai ("seed" in the Pima language) uses indigenous ingredients from local...Read More

  • 4. La Grande Orange

    $$ | Camelback Corridor | American

    This San Francisco–inspired grocery and eatery sells artisanal nosh and novelty items, along with a formidable selection of wines. Valley residents...Read More

  • 5. Matt's Big Breakfast

    $ | Downtown Phoenix | American

    Fresh, filling, and simply fantastic, the food at this itty-bitty, retro cool diner is a great way to start any day, especially when you have...Read More

  • 6. Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico

    $$$$ | North Central Phoenix | American

    Richardson's lures back locals with heat-filled dishes that test the limits of your palate—but not in a threatening way. This is fine New Mexican...Read More

  • 7. Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor

    $ | Old Town | Diner

    This iconic Scottsdale destination transports you back in time to a 1950s malt shop, complete with great burgers and lots of yummy ice-cream...Read More

  • 8. Beckett's Table

    $$$ | Camelback Corridor | Modern American

    With a menu full of comfort food far better than any Mom could make, Beckett's Table combines elegance with tradition. The menu changes frequently...Read More

  • 9. Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

    $$$ | Downtown Phoenix | Modern American

    Located inside the Hotel Palomar Phoenix, this restaurant is a great place for cocktails or appetizers before a show and, if you have the time...Read More

  • 10. Cave Creek Smokehouse

    $$ | American

    Some might remember this location as the Satisfied Frog, and while it keeps changing its name, locals still come here for beer, nachos, barbecue...Read More

  • 11. Citizen Public House

    $$$$ | Old Town | Modern American

    With its hip Scottsdale address, central see-and-be-seen bar, and—most important—its menu of modern twists on traditional favorites, this place...Read More

  • 12. Horny Toad Restaurant

    $$$ | American

    Cave Creek's oldest restaurant is a rustic spot for barbecued pork ribs and steak, but the real star is the fried chicken. The quirky menu features...Read More

  • 13. Lon's at the Hermosa

    $$$$ | American

    In an adobe hacienda hand-built by cowboy artist Lon Megargee, this romantic spot has sweeping vistas of Camelback Mountain and the perfect...Read More

  • 14. Mrs. White's Golden Rule Café

    $$ | Downtown Phoenix | American

    This plain yellow building has been the best place in town for true Southern cooking for more than 50 years. The humble lunch counter and few...Read More

  • 15. Phoenix City Grille

    $$$ | North Central Phoenix | American

    This North Central Phoenix neighborhood eatery has amassed a loyal following over more than 25 years. From burgers to pasta, all of the...Read More

  • 16. The Arrogant Butcher

    $$$ | Downtown Phoenix | Modern American

    The attention-grabbing name is intentional, as is the in-your-face decor and cuisine of this Downtown Phoenix not-quite-bar, not-quite-restaurant...Read More

  • 17. The Mission

    $$$$ | Old Town | American

    The food will take your taste buds to new levels at this dark and sophisticated space adjacent to a historic Catholic mission. Sit at the elegant...Read More

  • 18. Tonto Bar & Grill at Rancho Mañana

    $$$$ | American

    Old West ambience emanates from every corner of the Tonto Bar & Grill, from the hand-carved ceiling beams to the latilla -covered (stick...Read More

  • 19. Delux

    $$ | Camelback Corridor | American

    Everything exudes "cool" in this hipster burger joint. Delux serves delicious salads, sushi, and burgers made with all-natural Harris Ranch...Read More

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