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. 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

  • 2. House of Tricks

    $$$ | Contemporary

    There's nothing up the sleeves of Robert and Robin Trick, who work magic on their ever-changing eclectic menu. One of the Valley's most unusual...Read More

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Christo's Ristorante

    $$$ | North Central Phoenix | Italian

    Don't judge this book by its cover: cozy and unassuming in a Phoenix strip mall, Christo's keeps its tables filled with loyal customers who...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Olive & Ivy

    $$$ | Old Town | Mediterranean

    Tucked into the south side of the high-traffic, high-priced Scottsdale waterfront complex, Olive & Ivy is a pleasant surprise. By day the...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Christopher's

    $$$ | Camelback Corridor | French

    The creation of one of the Valley's premier chefs, Christopher Gross, the menu ranges from good-value wood-fired pizzas, outstanding burgers...Read More

  • 11. Havana Café

    $$$ | North Scottsdale | Cuban

    Tapas are marvelous at this cozy Cuban-style cantina. While sampling authentic Cuban creations like shrimp pancakes, ham and chicken croquettes...Read More

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