Kitchen 56
Kitchen 56

Kitchen 56

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://kitchen56.com/
  • Phone: 4809945656x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm

    ** Sunday February 3rd- Open 10-6pm**
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater food for lunches, dinner, and parties. We would be happy to talk over special menus and simply off menu selections. Call Ted Kundtz at the restaurant.
  • Entertainment: We have excellent LIVE MUSIC every
    Wednesday 5-7pm with Natalie Merrill
    Thursday 5-8pm with James Cowden
    Saturday 6-8pm with Teneia Sanders

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Indian School Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have our own lot and also the lot across the street on the SW corner of 56th Street and Indian School.
A word from Kitchen 56
Kitchen 56 is a friendly retro yet modern neighborhood restaurant set in a quirky and sleekly remodeled 1960’s Garage. With a spectacular panoramic view of Camelback Mountain the 360 degree full bar is open to the large comfortable patio with sparkling fountains.

Try the succulent house smoked pulled pork sandwich, a light salad of mixed greens with cranberries, candied pecans, bleu cheese and citrus vinaigrette. Happy Hours are everyday from 3-6pm with food and drink specials. This is an original restaurant owned by locals. Get the flavor of the neighborhood, it's casual but cool. Serving lunch and dinner daily starting at 11am.
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Kitchen 56 reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (11)great for outdoor dining (5)great for lunch (5)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (4)fit for foodies (4)special occasion (3)late-night find (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Pickyeater
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Nice patio dining. Fun upbeat decor inside. Very good portions and menu options. Cucumber basil lemonade cocktail was very refreshing. Brussels sprout hash was delicious. Will be returning.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Satisfied, but disappointed
    PhoenixDad
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Experience did not live up to expectations based upon other comments I reviewed before selecting Kitchen 56. First, there was a mix up with the reservation and the restaurant called after our online booking to say they had a special event and only had outdoor seating to offer that night, which I was convinced to accept. Despite 100 degree temperatures, no misters were on, but the shade made it tolerable. The staff was pretty slow to take our order - one of those where if you weren't ready the first time, wait 15 minutes before I come back. Then they did not put in one order of our 6, and that person's food came about the time the rest of us were done (and he only ordered a burger). Food was okay, but nothing special. Prices were OK.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!!!
    SeanVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food and great menu. Will be back for sure. Appetizers were fantastic, wings and edamame, burgers and pulled pork. Off the chain good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, service not so much
    lovetodinelocally
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The menu options were enticing and the food was good and the desserts fantastic. The service however left a bit to be desired. It was a Friday lunch and not terribly busy yet the kitchen seemed slow and there seemed to be only one server who also seemed a little overwhelmed. The staff was very friendly and it is overall an inviting place. I would go back but not if I had time constraints.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • scotkris45
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was excellent! I will plan on visiting this restaurant routinely for business lunch meetings throughout each month.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Flavor
    DanaNotmanVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Overall we had a good experience at Kitchen 56. Everyone at our table loved their meals, and my veggie firebread sandwich was to die for. The wood-fired flavor on the veggies was strong and incredible. I'd definitely have it again. Other than that, our drinks were just okay - nothing too special or outstanding about the cocktails, but drinkable - and our server wasn't terribly knowledgeable about the available liquors or flavor profiles of the drinks. But we did have a good time, and I think we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Good Experience
    AletheaVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Personally, I have been to Kitchen 56 several times, but this time I brought along a friend for the first time. As usual, I enjoyed all of my food. The Arcadia Salad, (although quite small for the price), is always delicious, as was my Ahi Tuna Entrée. My friend had the Calamari appetizer, and the Pork Chop Entrée, both of which he enjoyed. The Sunday entertainment on 7/27/14, was terrific. Please bring him back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We came to Kitchen 56 fir a surprise birthday dinner. The wait staff helped me pick a dessert to surprise our friend. Then, our server snuck up behind him with the desert while we sang. It was perfect! A++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    satisfied
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    When we went they were training a whole new kitchen crew so it was very slow but the food was done just as we ordered and there were several special orders at our table.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 8 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 67 reviews are from the Kitchen 56 reviews archive.
  • don't know how many times....
    teenVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    i have reviewed this restaurant! it's a FAVE of ours and consistently GOOD!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Read the notes
    PhxDadVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Dined here for a birthday lunch - which was noted when I made the reservation. There was no recognition. The "birthday girl" would have died had I been caught mentioning it to staff. A missed opportunity. Food and service was good. Will go back - and do recommend dining here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • visiting from out of state
    Lookn4goodfoodVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Been in Phx a week working on project so I used Open Table to review available local resturants. Kitchen 56 looked like a good local choice. Beer and apps @ 1/2 price. Very varied drink selection but I went with a new beer - which was cold and tasty. Portion size of wings could have been a meal. Spicy but a little dry. Very tasty dipping asuce. Really disappointed in baby rack ribs which waitress told me was on of their specials. Very tender but too much sauce so I couldn't taste the meat. Sides of mashed potatoes and cabbage made for interesting chioices
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Happy Hour Pricing!
    MAKG
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We love the $5.56 food & drinks! Creative drinks and always great food! Love the atmosphere and setting. One of our favorite places!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun place, great service
    Bruno68VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Fast and friendly, and the food was very good. Love this neighborhood gem. Great happy hour choices and prices too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gray flatbread?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Wings were awesome! Had lunch there before and was good. But ordered chicken flatbread and thought was a pizza kind of dish and was a sandwich. On gray flatbread- like they purposely burned it. At first glance I thought it was a mushroom.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Over Priced drinks
    TMTTMT
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Everything was at least good except for our adult beverages. We had 3 different speciality drinks each over $13 and they were all barely drinkable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We found Kitchen 56 on YELP and thought we would try it out for Easter lunch. We were so glad that we did! It was so nice to sit outside on the patio and eat the tasty food. They have a smaller menu, but it was still hard to chose what we wanted. The burger was fantastic - so full of flavor, but the green mac & cheese was out of this world! We will definitely be back to try other menu items!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Easter Brunch
    filmgreg
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Our first time here, we really enjoyed the outdoor dining area, my daughter especially liked the water fountains. The meals were excellent, wait staff was prompt & friendly, and the Bloody Mary station was first rate. Will definitely be going again!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • belfast1boy
    belfast1boyVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Kitchen 56 is a wonderful neighborhood eatery - its clientele is from all age ranges and this creates a very relaxed friendly atmosphere. Our party of six shared edamame beans covered in a wonderful light sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts and chicken wings (they were a bit dry) to start. Our entrees were superb with the burgers a strong favorite. Our server was very knowledgable about the menu and attentive to our needs. We had a great experience and would highly recommend Kitchen 56 to anyone who wanted a relaxed night out with great food in a friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal at Kitchen 56
    JustinH
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This visit was actually my second trip to Kitchen 56, and it was just as good the second time around. We started with a few drinks at the bar which was busy but not overcrowded. The drinks were different and tasty - one friend's long island was a bit strong. We then had an appetizer and a couple of entrees - everything was fresh and tasted great! The wait staff was attentive, answered questions about the menu but didn't interrupt conversation. Water glasses were regularly filled. We had a great time - and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it again.
    pkfoodies
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    It was our third time at Kitchen 56 and we were not disappointed again. Food good, atmosphere great, live music on Saturday night. Try the pulled pork corn cakes. Yumm!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 56 Issues
    Beno
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    Great turkey burger and wonderful fries! Veggie plate sparse - really could be more creative. Service a bit sluggish. Noise level moderately high.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This secret will not last
    JulieYoungVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I happen to dine and entertain in this area 5 times a week and know all the places between 24th Street/64th Street and Lincoln/Indian School. On a Friday night during prime season, I had family in town and had not made reservations, so took a chance with Kitchen 56 because I could confirm a reservation through Open Table. My guests and I had a wonderful time, the food was great as was the service. Thank you to Kitchen 56 and Open Table for making me look like a hero to my guests. This secret will probably not last, and then next time I neglect to plan ahead I will need to wait an hour.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Twice In One Week
    AletheaVIP
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    I enjoyed it just as much today, as when I went four days ago.....LOL. Tried a new item this time. The "Happy Hour" Garlic Cilantro Wings, were the best. Great flavor, and a nice spicy kick!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh innovative tasty
    LMB66
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Glad we found K56 after a stressful day. Relaxed, great food, full bar. One wierd touch: blue cheese stuffed olives in a Martini. Sent it back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Little Neighborhood Find
    AletheaVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I dined at this establishment for the first time on a Sunday afternoon. The food was very good, as well as the service. I really enjoyed the Arcadia Salad. The "Happy Hour Menu" Fish and Chips, was very tasty, and not greasy like at some other restaurant establishments. I will be back to try other menu items. Portions are a bit small, but that is my only complaint.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great indie find
    NuXperiences
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We were very happily surprised by this place (since it was an auto repair shop in its former life, we weren't expecting it to be so nice). Read the reviews on here and took a chance for Valentines dinner. Got there early and was seated right away. We ate on the patio which has some water fountains but they weren't noisy or distracting to our conversation. Had a choice of the full menu or special V Day menu. We chose the latter. Delicious!! Patio also had a guitarist who sang the usual pleasant middle of the road songs. Overall a very nice experience. We will go back. I am happy to support another indie restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Never think that because you are a "regular" that it's important to this restaurant. They will still treat as expendable. Well, this will be the last time we go here - and we will share the info with all our Arcadia neighbors and friends.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food in a Former Garage
    gleecady
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    You know those charming places you see on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives? The ones where a building has been re-purposed into a restaurant. This is one. You can imagine the former garage bays where tables now sit with the concrete floors polished to a high sheen and a grand photo, wall-sized of how-it-used-to-be, on one wall. The service is fine and there are several really interesting items on the menu. Green chili-mac-and-cheese is good. The calimari appetizer is served with an Asian-peanut slaw. Unusual but very good. At our table this time, we had the pulled pork baked potato and the asian salad with grilled chicken. The potato was rated excellent. The salad and pizza were fine -- just what was wanted at the time. Try it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food in a cool renovated bldng
    luvlocalfood
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Kitchen 56 is located in a cool, renovated gas station. The ambience is nice, with a choice of inside or outside seating. Our party of 4 went on a Thursday around 6:30. The restaurant wasn't crowded, (which I liked), but seemed to have a steady stream of customers. We started with drinks - the Apple Spice Margarita being the standout. Also good was the garlic bread appetizer with San Marzano dipping sauce. The Giant Baked Potato and the Mac 'n Cheese with Bacon also got rave reviews. The "petite salad", was very good, but not so "petite". In fact, all of the portions were generous and reasonably priced. However, it was the service that really stood out. Our server was charming, funny, cheerful, and responsive. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice lazy sunday afternoon
    jules
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    we had a party of 6 people who came in for a late happy hour which transitioned into dinner because we were having such a good time. the patio was wonderful, music was pleasant but not too loud, and we could easily hear each other from across the couches on the patio. the service was excellent (Shawn!) and we were well taken care of. we then decided to stay for dinner and were able to get a table inside easily. the food was very good, and the calamari is definitely something special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome!
    ChartyVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    Eclectic place with a great view of Camelback.. Great menu- nothing disappointed and can't wait to get back to try more of it.. Great service- our waiter was informative, and attentive and nice to talk to .. Will definately be back..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small menu with unique dishes.
    NomNomNom
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We loved our food, the waiter knows the menu well and was able to work around my dietary restrictions easily. We were not greeted for 15 mins which I feel probably is not the usual. Overall very good and an interesting cocktail list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing special
    Hiexpectations
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Read the reviews and expected more. The service was wonderful. Ashley was a great server. The food was ok, nothing bad, but I was still hungry when finished. The quantity was minimal, the quality was ok. Nothing bad, but nothing to rush back for. The atmosphere was cute....I was hungry.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh..
    LauraC
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We drove 40 mins to try out this place. Not worth it for the prices. Decor is a little boring. Our server was great and attentive. But overall a bland and boring dining experience :(
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A true favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    This is our #1 work lunch location and great for HR.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Group dinner was a success
    aps123VIP
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    I brought 10 friends here for dinner and most of them live in the neighborhood but hadn't eaten here. They all loved the food and are excited to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We like it because its close.
    aps123VIP
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    We continue to eat at Kitchen 56 because it is close to our house... The food is pretty good but they just can't seem to get the service part of the restaurant business. The wait staff is very friendly but we always have to wait a long time to be waited on. It takes forever to get a drink. If you live close I would eat here.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun and delicious
    SuZen
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Saturday night live music. Cocktails are unique and delicious. Everything our party ate that night tasted great. Will definitely go here again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Was great until....
    jilibn73
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    I wold give this place a 4.5 cuz the food was pretty darn tasty and the ambiance was funky and cool. The reason it lost stars is because of Riis our server. He was good at the beginning. Then, toward the end of our meal, he went to ask his manager something and literally (we timed it) disappeared for 20 minutes. We were sitting there with no water, food was done, and ready to pay and leave. There was one other server and only 5 tables total. It was seriously the weirdest thing ever. He just vanished. And then salt on the wound...when he finally reemerged, he didn't even acknowledge that he'd been gone for eleventy bajillion minutes. So, I found that to be irritating, disappointing, and just totally unprofessional.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.