The capital of the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona, Phoenix, is known for its warm temperatures and year-round sun. Surrounded by an area known as the Valley of the Sun, the sunny city boasts an array of championship golf courses, high-end spa resorts, award-winning restaurants, and vibrant nightclubs, so there is no end to the attractions and activities to be enjoyed. For date ideas, there are a wealth of restaurants, cafés, and dining spots to go for fantastic food and a romantic ambiance from prime steaks and fresh seafood at Buck & Rider; regional Latin American cuisine at República Empanada Restaurant; and sustainable, farm-to-table cuisine against beautiful garden backdrops at the Desert Botanical Garden. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Rusconi's American Kitchen
© Rusconi's American Kitchen
Located in Paradise Village Gateway, Rusconi’s American Kitchen is a bustling spot that serves wood-fired New American dishes in a chic, contemporary setting. Helmed by Chef Rusconi, the restaurant offers an ever-changing and seasonally-inspired menu of regional American cuisine prepared with fresh locally sourced ingredients and regional produce from the surrounding valley. Signature menu items are cooked to perfection in a wood-burning grill such as grilled beef tenderloin medallions, grilled loin of lamb with English pea risotto, roasted chicken salad with baby greens, and grilled sustainable salmon with fingerling potatoes. The cuisine is accompanied by a hand-curated wine list of casual wines and a spirited cocktail menu featuring classic and modern libations, as well as craft beers by the bottle and on tap. Rusconi’s American Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Sunday.
10637 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85028, Phone: 480-483-0009
© Steak 44
Steak 44 is a high-end steakhouse that specializes in gourmet steaks and prime meats, fresh seafood, and other classic chophouse entrées served in an elegant and refined setting. The restaurant boasts a comfortable dining room with cozy nooks and a crackling fireplace, a glassed-in exhibition kitchen where diners can watch the expert chefs at work, and a patio for outdoor alfresco-style dining. A 3,000-bottle wine vault provides an impressive selection of globally-inspired wines from around the world for pairing with dishes by the bottle or the glass, and a full-service bar offers an array of other libations such as craft beer, imported spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. Steak 44 is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
5101 N 44th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018, Phone: 602-271-4400
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3.Asi Es La Vida Restaurant
© Asi Es La Vida Restaurant
Asi es la Vida Restaurant is a bright, family-owned and operated Mexican restaurant that serves a variety of unusual regional specialties in a vibrant, homey setting. Housed in a bright pink historic house on 24th Street and Whitton, Asi es la Vida features a warm and welcoming dining space with colorful walls adorned with murals commissioned by local artists, and cozy, intimate seating. The menu features Mexican favorites like chilaquiles, tortas, enchiladas, enmoladas, and abodaba, along with a range of Mexican beers, tequilas and other spirits, classic cocktails, and casual wines.
3602 N 24th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016, Phone: 602-955-2926
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© Chelsea's Kitchen
Located in the charming Arcadia neighborhood, Chelsea’s Kitchen is a bustling, industrial-chic eatery that serves delicious American comfort fare in a laid-back setting with a patio overlooking the canal. Owned by LGO Hospitality, Chelsea’s Kitchen features 1970s-style Pueblo brick architecture, glass and panel doors, interiors of dark wood accents and cozy table and leather booth seating, contemporary light fixtures, and a sizeable front-porch-style eating area for alfresco dining in the summer. A small, bustling bar is usually packed with post-work professionals and serves a selection of 28 fine wines, craft beers and microbrews, top-shelf spirits and classic cocktails. Chelsea’s Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week and weekend brunch.
5040 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018, Phone: 602-957-2555
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© Christo's Ristorante
Christo's Ristorante is a cozy and unassuming Old-world Italian eatery that serves traditional Italian cuisine in a pleasant, relaxed setting. Located in a Phoenix strip mall on 7th Street, the family-friendly restaurant serves a veal-heavy menu with classic dishes of pasta and from-scratch sauces, wood-fired pizzas, prime beef, and veal plates, homemade soups, fresh seafood, and fresh salads and vegetables sourced from local farms and producers. The cuisine is paired with easy-drinking house wine, as well as global selections, handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, and imported spirits. Christo's Ristorante is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturday.
6327 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014, Phone: 602-264-1784
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Set in a beautifully restored bungalow dating back to 1913 with hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, and a roaring fireplace, Cibo is a relaxed eatery that serves Italian staples. The charming bungalow exudes a homey ambiance with a cozy, fire-lit dining room and surrounding patio for alfresco-style dining beneath the stars. The menu features an array of delicious dishes with Mediterranean influences such as fresh salads, antipasto, artisanal wood-fired pizzas, and house-made fresh pasta, with signature plates of gnocchetti sorrentina, polpette, arancini, and straccetti. The cuisine is paired with easy-drinking house wine, as well as global selections, handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, and imported spirits. Cibo is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
603 N 5th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003, Phone: 602-441-2697
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7.Compass Arizona Grill
© Compass Arizona Grill
Located in the Hyatt Regency hotel, the Compass Restaurant is an elegant revolving rooftop restaurant with spectacular 360-degree views of the surrounding Valley of the Sun. The award-winning restaurant serves exceptional seasonally-changing menus of regional New American cuisine that celebrates the bounty of the region with prime steaks and chops, fresh seafood, locally sourced herbs, salads, and vegetables, housemade pasta and from-scratch sauces, and homemade desserts. The seasonal menus are accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, classic cocktails made with high-end spirits, and specialty coffees. The Compass Restaurant is open for dinner seven nights a week.
122 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: 602-440-3166
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8.Different Pointe of View
© Different Pointe of View
Different Pointe of View is an elegant award-winning eatery in the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort that has been providing unrivaled exceptional dining experiences against a backdrop of sweeping valley views for more than 35 years. The AAA Four-Diamond restaurant boasts floor-to-ceiling windows that embrace the dramatic panoramic views of the Valley's desert landscape and Arizona's magnificent sunsets, along with stylish indoor and outdoor seating for seasonal dining. The renowned mountaintop restaurant serves a menu of American cuisine with Mediterranean influences complemented by an acclaimed wine list featuring more than 500 selections from around the world. Different Pointe of View is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.
11111 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020, Phone: 602-866-6350
Durant’s is an upscale, old-school chophouse that has been serving traditional steakhouse fare for the past 50 years. The legendary restaurant features an elegant, intimate dining space with vintage red-velvet banquette seating, dark hues, and soft candlelight, and serves seasonal menus of prime steaks and chops, such as the signature Durant's 48-ounce porterhouse, fresh seafood, locally sourced herbs, salads, and vegetables, housemade pasta and from-scratch sauces, and homemade desserts. The seasonal menus are accompanied by a selection of fine wines from around the world, craft beers on tap and by the bottle, and classic cocktails made with high-end spirits from the lively bar. Durant’s is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturday and Sundays.
2611 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: 602-264-5967
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© Fuego Bistro
Tucked away in the courtyard of Central Phoenix’s Fountain Court Plaza on Seventh Street, Fuego Bistro is a small bistro-style eatery that serves Latin-inspired cuisine and housemade sangria. The hidden gem has an elegant rococo theme a brick-courtyard patio for alfresco dining and serves a creative menu bursting with a fusion of Latin-Southwest flavors. Dishes include Patrón-braised blackened prawns, Pernil Asado, Pollo Ajedrea and Tortilla-Crusted Tilapia, and the cuisine is accompanied by a hand-curated wine list of casual wines and a spirited cocktail menu featuring classic and modern libations. Fuego Bistro is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Sunday.
713 E Palo Verde Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85014, Phone: 602-277-1151
Located sleek and low-slung building with a lively patio boasting tranquil water features, Hillstone is an upscale chain eatery that serves New American cuisine in stylish, spacious surrounds. The restaurant features warm interiors with wood accents, dark red dining booths, walls adorned with contemporary art, and an elbow-to-elbow packed bar, which serves a variety of libations ranging from casual and fine wines to craft beers and classic cocktails. A gorgeous patio with trees and a fireplace offers the perfect places for romantic wining and dining, and the menu offers traditional favorites such as tortilla soup, Danish barbecue ribs, wood-grilled artichokes, and Hillstone's famous French dip. Hillstone is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
2650 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, Phone: 602-957-9700
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© Kai Restaurant
Set within the Sheraton Grand Hotel at Wild Horse Pass, Kai Restaurant is a five-star, award-winning restaurant that serves elite interpretations of Native American fare. The elegantly appointed dining establishment features calming décor in warm earthy tones and floor-to-ceiling windows with spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding desert landscape. The restaurant specializes in using fresh locally sourced ingredients and regional produce along with rich Arizona-made olive oil to prepare sublime dishes with time-honored Native American techniques. Signature dishes include rack of lamb sauced with a mole sauce, corn, and avocado fry bread, and lobster tails. Kai Restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
5594 Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85048, Phone: 602-225-0100
13.L'amore Italian Restaurant
© L'amore Italian Restaurant
L'Amore Italian Restaurant is a family-owned and operated neighborhood Italian restaurant with a beautiful tree-lined patio overlooking the Phoenix Mountain Preserves that serves elevated Italian cuisine in a romantic setting. The menu features classic dishes of housemade pasta and from-scratch sauces, wood-fired pizza with gourmet toppings, fresh salads and vegetarian dishes using locally sourced ingredients, prime beef and veal dishes and fresh seafood. The cuisine is accompanied by a hand-curated wine list of casual wines and a spirited cocktail menu featuring classic and modern libations, as well as craft beers by the bottle and on tap. L'Amore Italian Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and dinner only on Saturdays.
3159 E Lincoln Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85016, Phone: 602-381-3159
14.Lon's at the Hermosa
© Lon's at the Hermosa
Lon's at the Hermosa is a highly-acclaimed secluded and atmospheric fine dining restaurant set within the elegant boutique Hermosa Inn surrounded by exquisitely landscaped grounds. Built in the 1930s, the historic building was once home to the cowboy artist Alonzo ‘Lon’ Megargee, whose works still art hangs on the walls and houses the romantic restaurant which serves award-winning Southwestern cuisine. Executive chef Jeremy Pacheco creates a menu of sublime dishes using humanely raised meats and fowl, sustainable seafood fish and herbs, heirloom fruits and vegetables grown on the Inn's grounds. Menu highlights include heart-warming butternut squash soup, Dungeness crab cake, and grilled beef tenderloin medallions, and the cuisine is accompanied by a hand-curated wine list of casual wines and a spirited cocktail menu featuring classic and modern libations, as well as craft beers by the bottle and on tap.
5532 N Palo Cristi Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, Phone: 602-955-8614
© Ocean Prime
Located in High Street, Ocean Prime is an award-winning modern American restaurant and lounge with a beautifully appointed dining room, an elegant lounge and sophisticated energy. Created by renowned restaurateur Cameron Mitchell, the upscale restaurant features stylish Art Deco-inspired décor, sleek finishes, and beautiful light fittings. The menu features classic steakhouse fare such as prime USDA steaks and lamb chops, fresh sustainable-caught seafood and catch-of-the-day fish, housemade pasta and sauces, and fresh locally sourced ingredients and regional produce. The cuisine is accompanied by a hand-curated wine list of casual wines and a spirited cocktail menu featuring classic and modern libations, as well as craft beers by the bottle and on tap. Ocean Prime is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
5455 E High St #115, Phoenix, AZ 85054, Phone: 480-347-1313
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© Postino Arcadia
Postino Arcadia is a classic Italian restaurant chain that serves an approachable menu of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, Italian bites, and casual wines. Sporting a sleek midcentury modern look, with large windows that flood the dining space with natural light, the 4,000square-foot restaurant is based on an old post office in Arcadia and features a lovely outdoor patio with a living wall of plant vines. The bar serves a wide selection of local craft beers and more than 30 wines by the glass and offers a classic weekend brunch with live music. Postino Arcadia is open for lunch and dinner every day and offers popular ‘bottle and board’ bruschetta specials on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
3939 E Campbell Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85018, Phone: 602-852-3939
Quiessence is a farm-to-table restaurant set on the beautiful 10-acre working The Farm at South Mountain outside Phoenix. Set in a historic home just south of Southern Avenue in the charming area of the South Mountain Village known as The Farm District, Quiessence delivers an authentic “farm-to-table” experience using locally sourced produce, meat, and wine. The restaurant serves a market-driven menu of locally sourced and organic cuisine such as artisan bread and cheeses, charcuterie meats, handcrafted pasta, and freshly harvested vegetables, edible flowers, eggs and herbs in a variety of options. An a la carte menu is served during the week, and a tasting menu is available on the weekends only featuring three different tasting menus with four, five or six courses with each dish crafted to order. An impressive wine list featuring American and Arizonan wines and an international reserve list is designed to pair with the cuisine.
6106 S 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85042, Phone: 602-276-0601
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© Seasons 52
Located in Biltmore Fashion Park, Seasons 52 Restaurant is an elegant dining destination that is renowned for its rotating menu of seasonal American dishes and an extensive list of globally-inspired wines and classic cocktails. The menu features made-from-scratch farm-to-table fare prepared using fresh locally sourced ingredients and regional produce and grilled on an open oak-fire or in a brick roast oven. Signature dishes include Florida Stone Crabs, Wild Alaskan Salmon, California Golden Beets, and freshly baked flatbreads, and the cuisine is accompanied by a hand-curated wine list of casual wines and a spirited cocktail menu featuring classic and modern libations, as well as craft beers by the bottle and on tap. Seasons 52 Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday.
2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, Phone: 602-840-5252
T. Cook's is a fine dining restaurant located in the Royal Palms Resort and Spa that serves delicious seasonal menus of farm-to-table cuisine in an elegant environment. Surrounded by contemporary décor and deluxe furnishings, roaring fireplaces, and blooming bougainvillea, T. Cook's is the perfect spot for a romantic candlelit dinner for two against a backdrop of scenic Camelback Mountain views. T. Cook's serves eclectic dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients and served in the striking brick dining room, complete with a crackling fireplace, or on one of the outdoor patios beneath the stars. The signature restaurant also offers a private dining space with high-beam ceilings and a cozy fireplace for secluded functions. T. Cook's is open for breakfast, brunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
5200 E Camelback Rd Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85018, Phone: 602-808-0766
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Striking a perfect balance between cozy neighborhood restaurant and fine-dining destination, Tarbell’s is an upscale restaurant and bar that serve contemporary American fare paired with global wines in a stylish setting. The Biltmore-area dining spot is helmed by chef Mark Tarbell who crafts beautiful modern American cuisine, such as Roasted Golden Beets with Red Beet Quark, Georges Bank Scallops, English Pea and Mussel Broth with Salmon and Halibut, and Housemade Burrata. An extensive and award-winning wine list is packed with casual and rare vintages, and other libations include handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, and imported spirits.
3213 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018, Phone: 602-955-8100
© The Gladly
Nestled within the Biltmore neighborhood and hailed as one of Phoenix's best new restaurants, The Gladly is a hip, contemporary eatery that serves flavorful new-American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Located in the heart of the Camelback Corridor, the bistro-style restaurant is helmed by local Chef Bernie Kantak who creates exceptional cuisine from locally sourced ingredients such as pan-seared scallops, duck meatloaf, grilled filet mignon, fresh oysters and lobster surprise, and ricotta risotto. The cuisine is boldly paired with an extensive beverage program featuring craft cocktails, local and imported whiskeys, artisan beers, and globally-inspired wines. The Gladly is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturday.
2201 E Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016, Phone: 602-759–8132
© Tutti Santi
Established in 1996, Tutti Santi is a family-run Italian trattoria that serves fine Italian cuisine, casual wines from Italy and further afield, and exceptional service in a warm and welcoming environment. Chef Nina Vincenti creates a seasonal menu of authentic fare with favorite dishes such as
Antipasti Freddi, Mozzarella Caprese, Carpaccio Di Bue, Calamari Fritti, Tortellini Panna Rosa, Pappardelle ai Porcini and Gamberi, and Veal Cannelloni. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including a variety of wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. Tutti Santi by Nina is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
7575 N 16th St Ste 5, Phoenix, AZ 85020-4625, Phone: 602-216-0336
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23.Vincent's on Camelback
© Vincent's on Camelback
Vincent on Camelback is a local landmark dining destination that is highly acclaimed for its chef-driven, upscale French and Southwestern fusion fare, an exceptional selection of fine wines, and elegant, intimate vibe. A favorite spot for romantic dinners and special celebrations for more than 30 years, Vincent on Camelback presents a unique blend of classic French recipes with Southwestern ingredients such as Maine Lobster with Housemade Basil Pasta, Macadamia Crusted Sea Scallops with Basil Bleurre Blanc, and Duck Confit with Pommes Lyonnaise and Cranberry Sauce. An award-winning wine list offers excellent selections to pair with the cuisine, and the restaurant is open for Tuesday through Saturday.
3930 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018, Phone: 602-224-0225
24.Wright's at the Biltmore
© Wright's at the Biltmore
Located in the luxury Arizona Biltmore Hotel, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, Wright's at The Biltmore is the resort's signature restaurant that serves high-end New American fare and fine wines from around the world. Surrounded by striking architecture that reflects the organic architectural style of world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and featuring a romantic outdoor patio where a sumptuous Sunday Brunch can be enjoyed, the restaurant is perfect for celebrating special occasions and intimate dinners for two. A full-service bar serves a variety of global wines and rare vintages, handcrafted cocktails, craft beers and microbrews, and imported spirits. Wright's at The Biltmore is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday brunch.
2400 E Missouri Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85016, Phone: 602-955-6600
25.Wrigley Mansion - Geordie’s Restaurant and Lounge
© Wrigley Mansion - Geordie’s Restaurant and Lounge
Geordie’s Restaurant and Lounge is an elegant restaurant based in the sprawling Italianate Wrigley Mansion that offers a unique fine-dining experience. The restaurant features a main dining room, an intimate lounge and several private dining spaces for special occasions and serves seasonal menus of thoughtfully infused versatile signature dishes created by Chef Christopher Gross such as fresh seafood and beautifully grilled steaks. Jamie's Wine serves well-curated wines, distinctive cocktails, and raft beers against a backdrop of panoramic skyline views. Geordie’s Restaurant and Lounge is open for lunch, dinner, and a vibrant Sunday brunch.
2501 E Telawa Trail, Phoenix, AZ 85016, Phone: 602-955-4079
25 Best Restaurants in Phoenix, AZ
- Rusconi's American Kitchen, Photo: Rusconi's American Kitchen
- Steak 44, Photo: Steak 44
- Asi Es La Vida Restaurant, Photo: Asi Es La Vida Restaurant
- Chelsea's Kitchen, Photo: Chelsea's Kitchen
- Christo's Ristorante, Photo: Christo's Ristorante
- Cibo, Photo: Cibo
- Compass Arizona Grill, Photo: Compass Arizona Grill
- Different Pointe of View, Photo: Different Pointe of View
- Durant's, Photo: Durant's
- Fuego Bistro, Photo: Fuego Bistro
- Hillstone, Photo: Hillstone
- Kai Restaurant, Photo: Kai Restaurant
- L'amore Italian Restaurant, Photo: L'amore Italian Restaurant
- Lon's at the Hermosa, Photo: Lon's at the Hermosa
- Ocean Prime, Photo: Ocean Prime
- Postino Arcadia, Photo: Postino Arcadia
- Quiessence, Photo: Quiessence
- Seasons 52, Photo: Seasons 52
- T.Cook’s, Photo: T.Cook’s
- Tarbell's, Photo: Tarbell's
- The Gladly, Photo: The Gladly
- Tutti Santi, Photo: Tutti Santi
- Vincent's on Camelback, Photo: Vincent's on Camelback
- Wright's at the Biltmore, Photo: Wright's at the Biltmore
- Wrigley Mansion - Geordie’s Restaurant and Lounge, Photo: Wrigley Mansion - Geordie’s Restaurant and Lounge
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