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House of Tricks
House of Tricks

House of Tricks Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.houseoftricks.com
  • Phone: (480) 968-1114
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

    House of Tricks will be closed from June 29-July 23 for our annual summer break. Our regular business hours will resume on Thursday, July 24th.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Executive Chef: Kelly Fletcher
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: House of Tricks is a unique setting for meetings, receptions and all types of celebrations. Whether dining indoors with elegant turn-of-the century ambiance or outdoors on candlelit patios, your guests will be delighted by our gracious staff and mouth-watering cuisine.
  • Private Party Contact: Janis Brown (877) 487-5613

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mill Avenue and University Drive
  • Public Transit: House of Tricks is located 2 short blocks from the Veteran"s Way Metro Light Rail stop. Just cross Fifth Street at Forest Avenue and head south to Seventh Street. Turn right on Seventh, and we are on your right. The Veteran's Way station is also the home of the Tempe Transportation Center and the hub of public transportation in Tempe.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from House of Tricks
Welcome to award-winning House of Tricks restaurant, nestled in the heart of downtown Tempe near popular Mill Avenue, Gammage Auditorium and the ASU campus. Retreat to this charming oasis for mouth-watering cuisine, gracious service and a relaxed atmosphere that will leave you delighted and refreshed. Let us serve you on our sun-dappled patio, at our outdoor tree-covered bar, or inside one of our two historic bungalows. Perfect for a getaway lunch, intimate gathering, private business meeting, romantic dinner or happy hour celebration, House of Tricks has been a favorite treasure of locals and visitors alike for almost 25 years.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Decided to try this restaurant on a whim and it was a wonderful experience. Great find and a very nice atmosphere"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We don't come here as often as we did when we lived closer, but it is still a favorite. We chose to celebrate our anniversary here this year and it measured up to our expectations. Complementary champagne with our desert was a pleasant surprise."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "As usual our meal was outstanding the appetizer and delicious. We have been coming here for years and always enjoy our meals and the service is always outstanding."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We were seated in one of the cottages for lunch (it's too hot to eat outside this time of year). The wine specials are always a great value, as are all the lunch priced entrees. My husband had the burger special and I had the trout. I was worried that it might be too spicy from the description but everything was seasoned perfectly as was the portion size. At first I thought it might be too much, but it disappeared quickly with me feeling satisfied but not overly full (which I hate). I love this place."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My husband and went for our 15th anniversary. The food was wonderful and the staff was attentive and yet unobtrusive. It was a fabulous and meal and the perfect romantic atmosphere for our big night."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The menu is delightful and the service was wonderful. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "A fun, relaxing place to enjoy with a friend for lunch. Good food, great service!"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Before I had mostly gone to House of Tricks for a glass of wine or cocktail. This time I was heading to a party in Tempe and decided to have dinner there. What a phenomenal experience! Our waiter was superb, and the food was beyond compare. The entire hostess & wait staff were very warm and efficient. Overall a great experience!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "House of Tricks has been a favorite of ours for many years and our recent visit found the kitchen continues to do a wonderful, yummy job and the service is personable! The daily special salad was delightful, the seared fois gras on a tamale was sinfully rich, and the lamb rack was perfect. After starting with a couple of excellent mixed drinks (if you like Hendrick's gin, there are several concoctions featuring it), we enjoyed a bottle of Sean Minor pinot with the fois gras and the lamb. Given the heat we ate inside - the romantic choice - but with the misters the patio and bar would have been ok and as it cools off the patio is best for larger parties - and the patio bar is great for drinks & nibbles. Definitely recommended!"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere, and great service."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Great restaurant! Wonderful menu and excellent food!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "This was our first visit. We had heard great reviews about the relaxing and beautiful outdoor seating area. It definitely is as good as we had heard, but probably not for AZ monsoon/humidity season. The patio has plenty of shade, and the restaurant has misters to help cool things off, but despite that on this sticky day we should have asked to sit inside. Everything else about our experience was wonderful. The food was as visually appealing as it was tasty, service was excellent, and the menu had a great variety of brunch options. The wine list (more like a book) is comprehensive, and they offer a very good white and red special selection by the glass. This is a must-visit if you are looking for great food and atmosphere in Tempe."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Just had a business lunch on a surprisingly perfect day in the middle of summer in AZ so we sat outside. Nobody was around (perhaps they missed the "we're open after the summer break" memo) so it was dead quiet, not that it's ever obscenely loud for lunch. At any rate, I had the grilled chicken sandwich which was absurdly fantastic. A colleague had the PB&J which he raved about. Forgot what our third diner had since I was too engrossed in mine to really pay attention and was slightly envious of the PB&J."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Average sums up the experience at House of Tricks. My dinner companion and I had a fish dish, shared a salad and a scallop appetizer. All the food was good but not great considering the cost of the dinner. I requested indoor dining to avoid being bothered by bugs and during the whole dinner we were swatting away a fly. It was very annoying. I chose House of Tricks because of the reviews and proximity to Gammage Theater as we were going to see a show after dinner. It satisfied our hunger but the experience and food were unremarkable."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Probably 25+ years ago, Tricks arrived near ASU. I suspect more business has been conducted at Trick's than any board/bored room at the University! But it's perfect for Date Night, group celebrations, Girl Talk and Boy Talk. I have always loved Trick's (again, since it opened) and still do! They can handle any event that you can imagine!"
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "We went to the House of Tricks for our anniversary dinner. It was a perfect choice. For appetizers, we had the smoked salmon and the foie gras. Each was superbly prepared. We both enjoyed the roasted beet and shaved Brussels sprout salad. It had a well balanced pallet of contrasting textures and flavors. The entrees were also well prepared. I had the roasted beed tenderloin and my wife had the sea bass. Each was accompanied by nicely prepared vegetables and starches. My wife enjoyed the bread pudding for desert while I had the Mexican chocolate brownie. In between each course, we were allowed time to talk. Yet, we never felt neglected by the friendly wait staff."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We love the food at House of Tricks and the ambiance of the old house makes it a unique place to bring friends. Best Tuna Melt in the Universe. We also like to support family owned (not chain) businesses. We brought friends from Florida who own a huge restaurant supply business and they loved it. Believe me, they have restaurant experience."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "We visited for lunch on Saturday and had a lovely table indoors. The restoration of these historic homes is faithful without being dated and the artworks on the walls are outstanding, worth walking through the buildings to see. Our meals were creative and so tasty! I appreciate their super fresh ingredients and terrific food pairings."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "House of Tricks is one of my all time favorite restaurants. The food is superb and the service is excellent."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "Had an early dinner because we were going to see "Jersey Boys". They were sensitive to our time restraints. Offered a special on a wine we liked, which was excellent. Food was excellent. My husband said his beef tenderloin was the best he's ever had."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I have been many times and always look forward to it. The food is exceptional and it's close to the theaters. It's a cute little old house with old place settings (but nice)."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I have been eating here for years and chose it for our 28th wedding anniversary dinner this past week. The food was a disappointment. The cheese plate had burnt bread, the cheese did not taste very good, especially in a pool of sauce. The salad was fine. My husband said his serving was too little for his meal. It was a disappointment and I may not return. Given that it was a cheese plate for my meal, I was rather surprised it could be that bad! More variety of cheeses, in smaller pieces, crackers would work fine and perhaps put the sauce in a small bowl in case it is not wanted, rather than ruin the cheese with it. My brother in law is a professional chef and would have done a much better job."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Had brunch on Saturday and food was excellent. I selected the quiche and soup with fresh fruit and thoroughly enjoyed every bite. Close quarters inside so conversations tend to overlap . Great service."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This restaurant is so unique and full of character. The food and wine options are amazing. I hadn't been here for a few years and was so happy that it was as great as I had remembered it. Amazing!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "From the momet we entered The House Of Tricks we knew we found a gem! The food was amazing, and truly the Muessels will spoil you for life! We have enjoyed nothing their equal; the portion is so generous my husband made it his meal! I would also recommend the Salmon, and the Brussel sprouts perfection! Our waitress, Naomi, was the treat of the night. She had such positive energy, made excellent recommendations, and perfect timing! She made our dining experience memorable!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I have been coming to House of Tricks since they opened for business in the late 1980's. It is a very rare occasion for the food to disappoint. I have loved their garlicky Ceaser salad for years but the dressing tasted a little off this time. However the special of the day, a pork belly and caramelized onion stuffed chicken was the bomb. Amazing combination of favors assisted by a peach Bellini gastrique. The salted caramel apple bread pudding was moist and yummy. Service was attentive and waiter very well informed. Because of the heat we choice to eat inside which is never a good decision because of the cramped space. The beautiful patio is where you need to be to best appreciate House of Tricks."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I ve been to the house of tricks several times and ive been impressed before, but for some reason i wasnt impressed this time. I took my boyfriend for dinner, Ive been talking about this restaurant for months and now that we finally went, it wasnt that great. I loved the mussels, Fish of the day was extremely salty, short ribs were ok and the chocolate cake was dry and nothing special about it. I had this cake before and I remember that it was better last time I had it."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I love Tricks ....and I needed a good spot for a first date in the Tempe area and they did not disappoint. I had the Mediterranean platter this time and a few glasses of wine - the hummus was some of the best I've ever had. My only complaint was that the main hostess seemed a little frigid....but maybe she was having a bad day. Our waiter was pretty awesome - he could tell we weren't in a hurry - checked on us but gave us some space."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "House of tricks never disappoints. The food is outstanding and the presentation is artful. The staff does most everything in their power to make you content, happy and satisfied. The setting is great. If you are indoors in one of the old houses or outside on their extensive patio you have the sense that the whole staff cares about you. No matter where you sit you can be guaranteed that your experience will be outstanding. Must have: the bread pudding. Short ribs melt in your mouth. Salmon is to die for!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Friendly, excellent service. Waitress was knowledgeable regarding menu and wine list"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "House of Tricks is always an excellent dining experience. The food is delicious and beautifully presented."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "House of tricks is nestled in between all the hustle and bustle of ASU and downtown Tempe, and offers a sense of peace and tranquility. Sitting outside under the trees dressed in white lights made for a magical experience. Be aware that during some seasons the trees may offer their buds to you in the form of sprinkles in your drinks or on your food. The service was terrific-very friendly, attentive, and knowledgable. The food was full of flavor-fresh ingredients, mouthwatering. The mixed drinks were on the stronger side but what's the point of a drink if it doesn't have a little kick? The list of house made concoctions provided many options to choose from. Great wine selection for those who are interested. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Food was exquisite. Service was professional, warm and very attentive. This place is world class. Romantic and nestled just one short block from the upbeat and vibrant Tempe/ASU nightlife district."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The food and wine were lovely. The ambiance was very peaceful."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I celebrated my girlfriends 50th birthday at the House of Tricks and was very happy with the meal, service and ambience."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "You can always count on a great meal at House of Tricks. I especially like eating there when the weather is nice so that we can eat on the patio. The raspberry tea is a favorite. The chef changes the menu often which makes it a new adventure every time we dine there. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "I got the Salmon and it was delicious! If you're really wanting to have a quieter experience, eat outside. Inside can get a little loud because of the size restraints of beings house. Other than that you'll be hard-pressed to have anything to complain about. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We happened on to this little find and have loved it ever since. We are always happy with our service, food, & atmosphere. The food choices are always unique and worth trying and the service has been consistent every time we have been to the restaurant. "
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "We were greeted by a friendly hostess, who seated us immediately. Approaching the table, she noticed a dirty customer napkin on floor and apologized. I proceeded to sit on a wobbly chair, which I immediately traded out with a more sturdy one. The view was nice, over-looking the garden area, until my wife noticed how dirty the windows were. The server continually referred to his notes, perhaps he's new or lacking confidence? He was polite, but not particularly engaging. The bread was good, the soup de jour was excellent, but my Caesar salad was dry & under-dressed. My wife's salmon was over-cooked and very dry. My lamb rack was cooked unevenly. Drink prices were reasonable, but food portions were small. Poor execution overall & OVERPRICED! "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "House of Tricks has been a favorite of mine for more than 10 years. Their is a ton of flavor and just the right portion. Never has the wine, food or service disappointed me or any guests I have brought. Including my friends from Italy and France. They have always been happy and asked to go again on their next visit. Keep it up! Yummy!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014