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. Pane Bianco

    $$ | North Central Phoenix | Italian

    Chef-owner Chris Bianco is known for his pizza-making skills, but it turns out he creates to-die-for sandwiches, too. This no-frills eatery...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Anita's Cocina

    $$ | Mexican

    A favorite for locals or those just passing through, Anita's Cocina serves reliable Mexican fare including fresh tamales for lunch or dinner...Read More

  • 4. Chalo's

    $ | Mexican

    A Globe mainstay, Chalo's offers just what you'd expect from a small-town Mexican restaurant: old-school dishes and very few frills. Fortunately...Read More

  • 5. Chez Vous

    $ | Central Scottsdale | French

    An authentic French creperie tucked into a Scottsdale shopping center, Chez Vous transports just enough Paris to make diners say "Merci" instead...Read More

  • 6. Curry Corner

    $ | Indian

    In the shadow of Arizona State University, Curry Corner serves some of the best Indian food in town. The naan is plentiful at this mom-and-pop...Read More

  • 7. Haji Baba

    $ | Middle Eastern

    This casual treasure is a hole-in-the-wall Middle Eastern favorite that gets consistent rave reviews. The reasonably priced menu includes hummus...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Pepe's Taco Villa

    $ | North Central Phoenix | Mexican

    The neighborhood's not fancy, and neither is this restaurant, but in a town with a lot of gringo-ized south-of-the-border fare, this is the...Read More

  • 10. Via Delosantos

    $$ | North Central Phoenix | Mexican

    The family-owned restaurant looks a little rough around the edges outside, but it's what's inside that counts—an accommodating staff, an enormous...Read More

  • 11. Gourmet House of Hong Kong

    $$ | Chinese

    Traditional Chinatown specialties like chow fun (thick rice noodles) are excellent at this simple, diner-style place; try the assorted-meat...Read More

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