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.
The outdoor terrace | Courtesy Different Pointe of View
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.
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.
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.
Image courtesy of Blue Hound Kitchen and Cocktails
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.
Christopher’s proffers contemporary American cuisine combined with classic French bistro food. The upscale menu features tempting appetisers like wild mushroom soup with foie gras and mouth-watering mains like the smoked, truffle-infused filet mignon, while the extensive wine list will complement any dish.
Bar, Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
Quiessence's garden | Courtesy Quiessence
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.
Serving up hearty regional American cuisine created from seasonal produce, Rusconi’s American Kitchen first opened its doors in 2012 and has been wowing guests ever since with its chic, urban interior and mouth-watering meals. Go on Sunday for brunch and fill up on food like steak and eggs with spicy hollandaise sauce or seasonal berry and citrus pancakes.
A stylish, modern gastro pub cooking up hearty, tasty American farmhouse fare, Salty Sow was opened in early 2013, following the success of the original Salty Sow restaurant in Austin, Texas. Firm believers in using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients and head-to-tail cuisine in which all edible parts of livestock are used.
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.
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.