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House of Tricks
House of Tricks

House of Tricks Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.houseoftricks.com
  • Email: dining@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Was visiting friends in Mesa which mostly has restaurants in strip malls. Found House of Tricks via TripAdvisor and Chowhound who recommended going to nearby Tempe. I was very surprised at the quality of food and service level. We ate outside in the lovely tree shaded patio. Attentive service. Inventive food (I had the foie gras, duck confit and sweet corn masa tamale. It was absolutely delicious. Tom's grouper was also excellent. The shredded Brussels sprout salad with poached egg was reminiscent of frisee avec lardon salads which I love to get in Paris. All in all a wonderful meal. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "House of Tricks was our first dinner date, ten years ago. Fantastic then, great now. The fact that it was a special night for us was passed on to everyone who waited on us. Great wine list: We ordered a Rochioli chardonnay (Russian River) that was refined...not a hint of anything negative...soft, smooth, not acidic nor too sweet...just a work of art from an obviously skilled winemaker. For outdoor dining under the trees (uncommon in Phoenix), House of Tricks is among the best in central Arizona. If you just want to stop in for a drink and appetizer, you can sit at the elevated bar with trees growing up through (the bar and deck were basically built around the existing trees)...a refreshing change from a mostly concrete and adobe city."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "The garden patio at House of Tricks is lush and well shaded, making it a perfect spot for an outdoor lunch on a beautiful Arizona spring day. The restaurant is located in a historic house, and co-workers and I sat on the open porch and it was lovely. I ordered the Albacore Tuna Melt and it came with a side salad. It came on grilled sourdough with tomatoes and bacon. Very yummy. My co-workers are all men and they LOVED the food. There was a green bean salad in a mustard sauce that drew rave reviews around the table. Entrees ranged from $9 to $13 on average and I believe it was well worth the money to enjoy this kind of ambiance."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Tricks has been one of our favorite restaurants for over 22 years. We never get tired of it!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We were both celebrating Birthday's (and they knew). The atmosphere was nice, had a great table outside & didn't feel like we were having conversations with others. The sourdough bread could've been great if it was warmed, especially if we could have spread the rock hard lemon butter on it. We ordered a starter to split of mussels, they had a great sauce but mussels themselves were tiny. Finally got our bread plates with the starter which was a good thing because we needed something to put the mussels on (a bowl to hold sauce would have been less messy). DO NOT order steak, they have no knowledge to prepare. For our Birthday, they put two candles on an empty saucer (SERIOUSLY? Spent $190 with a tip and they can't spring for dessert?"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great outdoor dining with an old Tempe feel under the trees. Always experience excellent service and great food. We dine here every time we're in Tempe! Make reservations."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The atmosphere was relaxing and décor casual but inviting. Each one in our party of four loved the salads and starters. The main courses as expected. Our server was a little slow in clearing the table between courses and in providing drink re-fills and a desert menu. She didn't seem to pay close attention to our table. Good experience. We'll return again when we're on this side of town."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We had been to House of Tricks several other years on our annual AZ vacation and were anxious to go again. It was about March 22 and the weather was beautiful for us northerners so we sat outside -- the best part. Food was good. Our server was not very helpful. I had to ask him what was the soup du jour as he didn't offer it, just jumped to wanting to take our order. Later, I overheard a server at another table mention they had a special dessert that night. Lo and behold we had to ask our server what it was as he didn't tell us, just left the dessert menus. I expect better service from a restaurant like this."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "This is a lovely spot with lots of trees and many tables outdoors. The menu is unique, many unusual things to choose from, well prepared."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Took a friend for the first time and she raved about her daily special lunch which had a Mexican modern flair and oh so tasty. The spring day helped with the ambiance in this shaded patio. I was surprised to see so many men dining together so it's no ladies luncheon only place. House of Tricks goes out of their way to be creative with blending of different ethnic spices. They are creative but not so egotistical as to be so cute for their own good which I think is what is turning people off on some of these "revamped menu" restaurants who have forgotten about the customer. House of Tricks aims to please in great food and service."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "So much to write, so little room. Will be concise. Fish, very good. Pork belly, excellent. Short ribs, very good, but fairly fatty. Rack of Lamb, not worth the money...almost all fat. Have had much better Creme brulee. It was not memorable, other than to say I would not get it again. Not bad, but not that good. Server was informative, but busy....not his fault, he did what he could. Setting outside was wonderful, and not loud...as most outdoor venues are. It was a pricey evening...and a nice evening. I will say that I have had better food...the setting does help to tip the scale."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "I work at a hotel bar in downtown Tempe and I we (the main bartenders, which I am not, and myself) recommend the House of Tricks all the time to guests staying at our hotel. If a person asks me what a good place to go in Tempe is the House of Tricks is at the top of my list, and only by merit of its reputation until the other night. It was mine and my girlfriend's second anniversary so I took her to the House of Tricks. Not only were the food and drink and service phenomenal but the ambiance of the patio, the excellent location in tempe providing both the view of mill and the quite of the late night not-quite-mill district. We had an excellent time and I will continue to recommend the House of Tricks whenever I am able."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Had a wonderful dinner. Had a fish I had never had before and thoroughly enjoyed called cobia. It was prepared perfectly and was truly delicious. I highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Really enjoyed House of Tricks. The only negative is it was a bit pricey and no soup or salad is included."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Took a young lady to House of Tricks for a first date. The staff and service are stellar. The food is outstanding. Put this one on your bucket list!!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We went there for our 11th Anniversary dinner and had an excellent meal. Prior to seating we had a drink at the bar. Once seated our server was excellent and had even helped create one of the drinks on the menu (which I tried)."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "I have dined at House of Tricks several times over a 10-year period, and each time has been as good as I remember the previous experience to be. It is one of those gems just off of the beaten path - consistently rated as one of the best restaurants in the Phoenix Metro while facing stiff competition. Just some of what I love about this place is excellence without pretention, delivering a great meal with outstanding service in a romantic outdoor setting. The Tricks do it right. Always."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "I have eaten there only three times but hope to make it many more. Everyone is so friendly, the food is fresh and very, very good! The menu varies which is nice. Everyone I have taken there loves it and promises to return: who knows if they do but I KNOW I will. Superb bloody Marrys!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We had a wonderful experience and we're from LA and hard to please. But Tricks met eery expectation from appetizer to dessert."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We have been to Tricks for dinner and enjoyed it throughly but decided to meet friends for lunch. The food was fabulous with a great menu. The setting, on the patio, almost reminicent of a California home. Albeit with tons of tables on the patio. It's covered with shade trees and they tend to mask the sounds of the city (Tempe) even though you are right in the middle. Our waitress was great she noticed when we needed something but left us alone to talk as long as we wanted."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "House of Tricks is a real gem for lunch. The menu is varied - something for all tastes and diets. It is inventive and the presentations are well thought out and beautiful. There are some items that are favorites. We love their salmon salad which is delicious. Nicely grilled salmon on a polenta cake over greens with avocado and other goodies. The reuben is excellent. Their appetizers are beautifully presented and good for sharing - the cheese & fruit plate or hummus plate are great. Usually the service is attentive. This time our waiter seemed to be distracted despite the fact that the restaurant was empty due to our late lunch, but usually it is also outstanding."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Highly recommend this place! Everything was excellent!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant, and the servers and kitchen are really on top of everything. Only regular issue is doing a reservation by phone, so I am glad to use open table. Called from the car a couple of times and the female on the phone says no tables available till after 9pm. Looked on open table and it said res was available but could not complete with mobile app. Called back told her open table showed openings, she said sorry nothing available. Went to computer and made reservation with open table no issue. At dinner restaurant was only 1/2 to 2/3 full from 5:30 to 8:00pm. This is second time for this. Tried fig infused bourbon, pretty good. Ate lamb shank, broiled salmon, chicken salad all were fine. Nice wine selection."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We brought our daughter and son in law before we dropped them off at the airport and they loved it as much as we do. We had a relaxing, wonderful lunch in the garden. The food was great and consistently good. We ate there last week on another airport run, and it was just as good this time as last. That is the sign of a good restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Wonderful ambiance, interesting menu, great diverse wine selection, great cocktail selections!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It was a beautiful garden setting that was perfect to have dinner with friends and be able to hear what they were saying without shouting! The food was very good and presented beautifully - and our waiter Eric was attentive and very nice and excellent at serving us in a timely fashion.we will be back and will also recommend it to our friends."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "House of Tricks is a consistently good choice when in the Phoenix area. We always make it our go-to place on our way to or from the airport. The food, no matter what we have ordered, is always beautifully presently and delicious. A favorite of mine is the salmon salad. It is a blend of great flavors and never disappoints. Their raspberry iced tea is so refreshing on a hot day. Their garden setting is lovely."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Great food. A little crowded inside sitting at a small table."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "All of the reviews from friends came true. This spot was amazing. I mentioned that my beef was a bit salty and they countered by offering a free dessert. Perfect service, amazing food, everything was great. Thank you."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Once againa wonderful experience, great restaurant,,"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Al fresco dining at its best and enhanced by amazing food, drinks and service!"
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "We read such great reviews, and wanted to try this restaurant based on the food and the description of the outdoor patio. The food was good, but our service was poor. She took our order, didn't ask if I wanted to order a drink, then left us. When someone else dropped off our food, I ordered a glass of wine from that person. Our waitress stopped back once, then I had to find her inside the building (we sat ourside) to ask for our check. I'd like to try it again - maybe it was just an off night."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "One of the things I really enjoy about the house of tricks is that one can have a variety of experiences here based on where you are seated. Seating in the bar offers a more lively experience, while sitting out on the patio offers a quiet, beautiful dining experience. Because my husband and I last visited the restaurant for our 20th anniversary, we chose a table for two that was somewhat secluded for a more intimate dining experience. The food was delightful and our waitress was pleasant."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Four of us had four different meals, and all were very good. We were lucky to have a table outdoors, where it is likely quieter than inside, and we were able to carry on a conversation! We had called the restaurant to make a reservation, but they said they couldn't seat us until later than we wanted to eat. Then I went on Open Table and we had our choice of times!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I can't imagine a nicer place in the Phoenix area to enjoy lunch outdoors on a beautiful day."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We went there for our anniversary and the service was excellent! We were given 2 complimentary glasses of champagne. The waiter was very helpful when choosing a meal and the food was amazing! The wine list was extensive. It was a beautiful Arizona evening and the ambiance was very cozy and romantic!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The brunch menu was on target to be one of the best we have tried. We will return for more dining experiences in the future."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The House of Tricks is the best restaurant in Arizona at this price range that we have experienced thus far. We have lived in the Phoenix area since 1995."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Always is one of top 5 favs in PHX area. Seasonal menu changes makes it different everytime you go. They work well with allergy issues. Chef is so creative and turns out great food everytime. The wonderful patio and historic old house in a beautiful tree lines garden setting is an oasis of the desert."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "The food was scarce and overpriced for what you got. The waiter was amazing and compensated the extremely long wait for our food. Outside seating is great. Happy hour is short and at the bar only."
    Dined on 3/20/2014