House of Tricks
House of Tricks

House of Tricks

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.houseoftricks.com/
  • Phone: 4809681114x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • 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 8774875613

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
House of Tricks reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (111)neighborhood gem (88)fit for foodies (83)romantic (79)special occasion (79)great for lunch (52)notable wine list (48)great for brunch (31)good for groups (28)hot spot (15)scenic view (11)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Not what we had expected
    AZfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Location, charm, and service were all there.. the only thing lacking was quality of food. The menu choices were appealing, but execution of the dishes fell short. Perhaps it was an off night, will try once again during another season to allow for change.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • House of Tricks
    tempegem
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Love the restaurant; food is excellent; service superb!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently good
    GobzafunVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    brought some friends who thoroughly enjoyed their meal as did we
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming and delicious
    amy7
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Delicious beet, nut and shaved Brussel sprout salad with warm vinaigrette, great tenderloin, charming outdoor dining in the lit garden area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent once again
    booterno
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We ate outside on the patio at 7:30 PM. With the misters going it was quite pleasant, even though the outdoor temperature was over 95 degrees. We ordered an the smoked wild boar appetizer, and it was excellent. The combination of a tart slaw with the sweet potatoes and pork, piled on a tortilla was perfect. The pousson chicken and salmon dishes were also excellent; we finished them both, which is unusual for us. Our son had the Ahi tuna sushi style dish and, while he boxed up what was left, he ate it for breakfast the next morning and said it was just as good. The mark of high quality food is being able to take it home and have it be as good or better the next day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    Keira
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    House of Tricks is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is superb. The service is great and the atmosphere is charming. It's well worth the price!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    GobzafunVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Have always been very happy dining here. Consistently good across the board. Too bad it was truly too warm to be outside.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A delightful getaway in Tempe
    JNewRiver
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    On a lazy Labor Day weekend, lunch at House of Tricks was a relaxing and delicious way to enjoy a late afternoon lunch. The menu is extensive and the items as good as they are described. The waitstaff was a pleasure with friendly, knowledgeable and excellent recommendations and attentive service. The ambiance is one of being at a country home but we are near the middle of downtown. That is something that can still happen in Tempe, AZ. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just the right amount of ambience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    House of Tricks is the dining preference in Tempe for that special occasion. In a word it is " Just right"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another A+++++
    FussyBarbie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    House of Tricks is as wonderful as it has always been...since the day it opened. I've never been disappointed. The staffing is as outstanding as the food, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not worth the money
    Almostfull
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The House of Tricks has a unique ambiance and provides a nice setting. The service was good, but the food was extremely underwhelming especially for the price. As an aside, I took my husband there for his birthday and they didn't even provide a complementary birthday dessert. I understand that they don't have to, but I don't think I've ever been to a restaurant that didn't (including those that are much cheaper and those that are much more expensive). Overall a disappointment. In talking to others, the consensus seems to be good atmosphere, lousy food (I should have talked to them before I went).
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  • 10th Visit and they still have "it"
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Love this place. Menu changes regularly. Food is always a great ride for the taste buds. Will definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    House of Tricks is a lovely setting with excellent service. Staff are attentive with a quick response to any request. Would definitely recommend for special occasion, date night or a pleasant setting for quality evening with family and or friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Outdoor Dining
    Harazona
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We loved the menu choices and the outdoor dining area. Service was very good as was our lunch. Everything was fresh well prepared. I would go back for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    jbphx
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great location, great atmosphere, great food, great wine and friendly service. Could not ask for more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All great except tuna
    Antonio
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    So a great experience overall, second time we were there. Mussels and drinks fantastic, main entree tuna very disappointing. Split it. Too much rice, way too salty, wasabi cream has no wasabi, sweet and sour sauce nicely presented but strange tasting, not enough tuna. This dish needs to be fixed. Everything else exceeded expectations. Excellent spot for date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salt killed it!!
    trubluaz
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This was our second visit here. First since they parted with their longtime chef Kelly Fletcher. We started with the Caesar Salad and Wild Boar appetizer. Boar was very appetizing. Cod special with the potatoes au gratin very flavorful and nicely prepared. I went with the Seared Ahi Tuna, Sticky Rice Cake, and Sesame Kale. Ahi was nicely prepared but when bit into the kale it was "OVERLY" salted ruined the entire dinner. Waitress apologized and took it off the bill offered to make another entrée my appetite was ruined by the amount of salt used. NO APOLOGY FROM MNGR OR CHEF??? Not the same place at all. Why is it so hard for a Restaurant MNGR or Chef to accept responsibility anymore? Shame was a favorite not anymore though.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Customer Dinner Spot
    Chrism
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Brought customers from Europe to House of Tricks for a business dinner recently. They really enjoyed the outside dining experience and found the meal and wine excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over abundance of ingredients
    Fresh
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Too much focus on how many ingredients can be put on one plate and not enough focus on preparation and presentation. I am really bored with servers taking a full minute to describe what's in a soup or two minutes to describe an appetizer. I have to order an extra cocktail just to get through the litany of ingredients in the specials. The service was mediocre. The noise level was like a college bar.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A good lunch
    Delt
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Decided to try this restaurant on a whim and it was a wonderful experience. Great find and a very nice atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Tempe landmark restaurant.
    JimyMac
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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  • Great food and experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Delicious
    MsVickiT
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely time
    Lovelynight
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    AZJamies
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The menu is delightful and the service was wonderful. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, nice ambience - a
    JanefromPeoria
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    A fun, relaxing place to enjoy with a friend for lunch. Good food, great service!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience at House of Tricks
    Spot
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a Foodie Favorite!
    MikieEats
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere, and great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Callie
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great restaurant! Wonderful menu and excellent food!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Outdoors - Weather Permitting
    LongTimeFansVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as always
    dotnetnate
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
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  • Have loved Trick's since it opened
    FussyBarbie
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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  • Outstanding
    DKWalserVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Unique
    Jeanniesthoughts
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Artsy decor & extraordinary food
    FlyingGirl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food, Great Service!
    Keira
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    House of Tricks is one of my all time favorite restaurants. The food is superb and the service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner & a show
    alpine3
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • chewy
    chewy
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic