The 9 Best Restaurants In Phoenix, Arizona

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Helen Armitage

A popular southwest foodie destination Phoenix, Arizona boasts a vibrant dining scene with a focus on contemporary American cuisine and ethical food cultures such as local and seasonal produce, farm-to-table fare and head-to-tail cookery. We list some of the best dining spots to experience local cuisine.

1. Different Pointe of View

Restaurant, American

Different Pointe of View
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Different Pointe of View is a stunning AAA Four Diamond restaurant that sits atop of Phoenix’s North Mountain and is renowned for its stunning panoramic views of the cityscape and surrounding desert valley. Different Pointe of View offers guests an extra special dining experience with its Insider’s View Dinner series; intimate dinners that team the restaurant’s chefs with top winemakers from across the world.

2. Beckett’s Table

Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan

Beckett’s Table is a stylish, inviting restaurant specializing in hearty, seasonal American fare that first opened its doors in 2010 and since then has been wowing patrons and critics alike. Beyond Beckett’s Table’s main dining room with its dramatic exposed beams and signature 18-seat community table is a 13-seat brick-lined bar where guests can relax with a selection from its extensive wine list or a locally brew beer.

3. St Francis

Restaurant, American, Contemporary, Vegetarian

Man cutting pork ribs on the barbecue in restaurant, close up
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© JAY MID / Alamy Serving contemporary seasonal American fare, St Francis is a warm and welcoming family-owned neighborhood restaurant that specializes in wood-fired dishes with an urban, rustic edge. The restaurant is located in the beautifully renovated former office of a local architect, who designed the building in 1955.

4. Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails

Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Cocktails

Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails
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Based in CityScape, Phoenix’s downtown entertainment hub, the Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails is a stylish gastro lounge established in 2012 offering a contemporary, seasonally informed menu alongside a range of handcrafted cocktails and artisan beers. Blue Hound’s smart, urban interior is full of natural woods and arty lighting – the perfect setting in which to enjoy innovative dishes from the creative menu.

5. Quiessence

Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free

Italian meal outside on a patio with wine
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Located on The Farm at South Mountain, Quiessence offers diners a truly authentic farm-to-table dining experience with cuisine based around produce harvested on-site and from other surrounding local farms. Situated down a picturesque country lane that allows guests to take in the beautiful surrounding farmlands, Quiessence offers contemporary rustic food.

6. Steak 44

Restaurant, American, Steakhouse, Gluten-free, Seafood

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Steak 44, is a restaurant specialising in steak, though this restaurant is a cut above the average steak joint. The upscale American steakhouse features a beautiful interior with rich handcrafted woodwork, stylish lighting and an exposed show kitchen complete with a chef’s table, adding an extra element of gastronomic showmanship to any meal at Steak 44.

7. The Gladly

Bar, Restaurant, American

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Established by the owners of the successful Citizen Public House in neighbouring Scottsdale, The Gladly is a contemporary, urban restaurant serving modern American comfort food. Located in the Camelback Corridor neighbourhood, an affluent area with breath-taking views of Phoenix’s Camelback Mountain, the restaurant’s chic and minimalist interior features comfy banquette seating and arty lighting, while dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows give the space an open, airy feel.

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