Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy Suite 1041
Tempe, AZ 85281Neighborhood:
NorthwestPrice: $30 and under
Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.thirstylionpub.com/tempe
- Phone: (480) 968-2920
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am, Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Northwest
- Executive Chef: Kody Harris
- Dress Code: Casual Dress
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
- Entertainment: Sports, music, videos and more.
A word from Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
Thirsty Lion is an entirely new pub experience. We offer a wide range of menu options, exceptional service and great music.Continued
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- Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
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Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since July 25, 2014
- Ambiance4Noise LevelEnergetic
good for groups (23)vibrant bar scene (19)great for lunch (16)hot spot (13)fit for foodies (8)great for outdoor dining (6)neighborhood gem (5)notable wine list (4)special occasion (4)late-night find (4)romantic (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
- Best salad ever!PhoenixDined on 10/30/2014I’ve eaten at the Thirsty Lion several times. I think their burgers are very good. But this trip I had the most amazing salad ever: Roasted Beet, Arugula & Grilled Chicken Salad. I substituted balsamic vinaigrette because I’m not a big mustard fan. The salad was truly amazing and I can’t say enough about how delicious it was. It had me talking about it to my friends for sure. Everything was fresh and flavorful. The only think I might do is have feta in place of the chévre cheese because I felt that it would extract more flavor but it’s such a small thing it barely warrants mentioning. The service is always outstanding here too. I can’t wait to go back now and have the same wonderful meal.Special Features:
- Excellent CelebrationfullandhappyDined on 10/26/2014I scheduled my Mom's 86th birthday celebration on a Sunday afternoon. The staff at Thirsty Lion made us feel they were anticipating our visit and ready to meet and exceed our needs and expectations. Our party of 5 received excellent attention and service from Steve, our waiter. He and every member of the Thirsty Lion staff that interacted with us made us feel we were their only concern when they were attending to us. The manager presented Mom with her birthday dessert, (along with 5 spoons). The food was superb. The Artichoke Spinach Dip and Garlic Sesame Edamame were a great beginning to our celebration. Everyone ordered an entrée to their liking. Thank you for contributing to Mom's 86th birthday celebration!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lunch at Thirsty LionThirstyatLunchDined on 10/24/2014Lunch was good...I liked that I could easily make a reservation and that it was followed up with a reminder.nwe got seated right away and away from the main noise. Great for a lunch with friends...but for a business meeting outside would be better. Food was good and reasonable and the staff didn't look at us funny when we ordered water.Special Features:
- JackVIPDined on 10/23/2014Fine place to grab a bite and watch the games. Thank you.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Seasonal MenulitebitesDined on 10/14/2014One of our appetizers and two of our entrees came off of the seasonal menu. Absolutely delicious.Special Features:
- Perfect this Fall!CoachDined on 10/13/2014Menu provides tasty variations of everyday dishes by adding a special seasonal application. The patio was comfortable and perfect for the experience!Special Features:
- Had a pleasant time with friendsBillandCookyDined on 10/12/2014Food was good, server was great, happy to have table where the sports viewing was great. Did not know what to expect with some of the noise reviews but it was fine. (This from a senior who likes to have a conversation when dining with friends.)Special Features:
- nightOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 10/10/2014Not my type of scene. I thought I stepped into a night club rather than a restaurant or pub. Music is way too loud, servers couldn't hear us and vice versa. Decor felt the same, a bit too flashy. I was psyched when I heard this was in Tempe I am from Oregon and was hoping to have the same experience. However, Arizona tried to posh it up and over price the food and beer. Also, they didn't have two of the beers I selected. Food was great, over priced, but great. Server, Rodrigo, was awesome!Special Features:
- Won't go backJJW1969Dined on 10/3/2014Service was great, food notvsomgood, and manager did nothing to rectify the problem.Special Features:
- destinationXDined on 9/4/2014The booth was private and comfortable, even with the loud cheesehead fans. A cool place to watch the games at. The menu and food is not your typical sports bar/pub food. They do offer a good selection of salads for lighter fare. I had the stacked/layered chicken enchilada and it was great. The selection of spirits, beer and wine was sufficient for Arizona. I've been here twice and I plan to go back soon.Special Features:
- Never dissapointedmltagrlDined on 8/23/2014I have been here several times and I have had great service and the food has been excellent each time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect Friday Dinner HangoutandyazDined on 8/22/2014Went for dinner with family on Friday night. Ordered one of my staples there, the seared Ahi tuna, and it did not dissapoint. Great beers too. Love the ambiance, very energetic. Overall just a great experience!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good for what it isTwoguysVIPDined on 8/13/2014This is a no frills sports bar sort of place, located in a large mall. The atmosphere is very basic: dark tables, low lights, loud music, big screens with sports events playing on them. The volume is HIGH. No rugs or tablecloths to absorb the voices and music. One must speak up a bit to be heard. In terms of food, the fish tacos were flavorful, a fried green bean appetizer was awesomely good, but the Cobb salad was very disappointing. The hot and dirty martini, with olives stuffed with jalapeño, was very tasty and I recommend it if you like spicy food or cocktails. Prices were a bit higher than expected, but service was attentive and efficient. If you are looking for a quick decent meal in a bustling atmosphere, this place is perfect.I would recommend this to a friend.
- EHAZDined on 8/13/2014Had to ask for a place setting . Would not serve my 23 year old daughter a beer even though she had a valid driver's license.Special Features:
- Always Great Food!MMckinleyVIPDined on 8/8/2014We have had the opportunity to eat at Thirsty Lion many times (different seasons of the year), lunch and dinner, alone or with friends -- and it is always great. Wonderful reception when we enter the establishment, attentive service, excellent food -- just a very 'fun place to go'! We look forward to our next visit.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fish n chipsFranklyDined on 8/5/2014I should have gotten something else but went for the fish and chips. The fish was greasy and fries were wimpy like they had been under a heat lamp for some time. I was really disappointed but never said anything because I was taking a coworker to lunch. The coleslaw was delicious though. As I looked around the room, the other food looked much better.Special Features:
- food quality poor this timeunhappyfreindsDined on 7/26/2014We dine here 2 to 3 times a month. This night we took friends because we always brag how great the food is. The 2 burgers were overcooked and one on the wrong bun.the mac and cheese chipotle sauce was scorched almost tasted burnt..this has always been my favorite dish.we will return. I m not to sure about our guestsSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Friday night dinnerDindinduoDined on 7/25/2014Great menu, very busy but service was good regardless...manager even rounded, prices were good, selection was good, noise left a little to be desired. Made reservations for 515 to beat the rush but that didn't work out as planned. Plan on trying a week night to compare the difference. Wouldn't recommend taking kids, at least not on a weekend...to many people and to noisy. Otherwise we plan on going back and taking friends.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 170 reviews are from the Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill reviews archive.
- Denver RevisitedOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 7/5/2014We first tried Thirsty Lion in Denver and wanted to see how the Tempe version compared to Denver. It was not quite as good, but still very good food and great selection of beers and ciders. Did not seem to have the same atmosphere as well, but overall it was still very good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wonderful ServiceMothersDayTreatDined on 6/24/2014There were 7 kids under 13, and they were treated very well. Service was outstanding, the menu was excellent, and the food delicious. My problem was that as a 71 year old, I felt it was too noisy. However, that's the nature of a sports pub.Special Features:
- Good Place for DateTKJBoilerDined on 6/22/2014It is a very good place and Value for food and drinks. Kind of loud but after soccer game the music did come down a little. I am glad I took the time to make the reservation, the staff did a very good job of getting table on time after US soccer gameSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great service!YvonneDined on 6/22/2014Kayla who was out server was phenomenal! She did such an attentive and thorough job when the entire place was loaded with World Cup fans! We always felt taken care of and attended to! Thank you!Special Features:
- DependableOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 6/21/2014Always good food and service at Thirsty Lion. Staff is great, beer is cold (with lots to chose from) and food is good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Thirsty lion reviewVeeleeDined on 6/15/2014The food was good, but the service wasn't that great. The waiter wasn't as attentive and slow.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great for girls weekendBvrhsnDined on 5/31/2014A group of 6 girlfriends down from Seattle stumbled upon this place, it was great. Lots of room, great food, great drinks! If we would have had more time we would have gone back in the same trip! Recommend the cherry seasonal drink, the Greek burger and the pizza on the seasonal menu!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great PlaceOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 5/31/2014Made a reservation here so I had somewhere to watch the basketball game. I stayed for the entire game and our waitress was great! The food was amazing and their Happy Hour was great!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIPDined on 5/19/2014Quality of food & service was not up to par this visit. We dine here frequently before a movie but this visit was lacking that special something.
- Awesome Restaurant!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/10/2014Our server was great! I would definitely go back to this restaurant. It was a great experience for a first time customer.Special Features:
- great for parties not quiet dateseventsgirlDined on 5/9/2014I went on a date there, it was okay, we sat outside. The outside seating isn't very comfortable, as the seats are just benches. But the food was good, service was sub-parSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Food, Service and Staff!TrestleGirls2014Dined on 5/9/2014We were greeted by several energetic staff members when we entered the restaurant. The hostess immediately brought us to our booth, where the server came right up and was very friendly and attentive through our entire lunch. This was our first time at the restaurant and we were very pleased at the service, restaurant scene and friendly staff. We will be back again soon and will definitely recommend this place to our friends.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- good overallKimcDined on 5/3/2014Overall great food and atmosphere. The only negative item was we felt rushed out when we would have rather stayed and had another drink.Special Features:
- DinnerDinnerDined on 5/3/2014Great place, we met some friends and had a great server!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 5/2/2014The food was excellent with a great variety if choices. My waitress always had my glass full. It made for a great night with friends I hadn't seen for a long time.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food but loudOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/2/2014This place was nice and had really good food. Although I found the music so loud. You could not hear the person sitting across the table from you. When asked to be moved outside, we would of had an additional 25 minute wait.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingbethlaurieVIPDined on 5/1/2014I had been to Thirsty Lion a couple of times for lunch. This was for dinner with friends. The hostess station was divided into groups. So if you had a reservation you had to talk to someone else than if you were a walk in. Seemed walk ins got more service. Drinks took forever from the bar, and we only had beers. French dip was dry and very disappointing. No one stopped by to give refills on water unless we asked. After paying our bill, though we chatted awhile, not a single server stopped by for water or anything. I will not go back.
- Awesome food!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 4/29/2014We just moved to the area and have now been in on three occasions over the last 3 weeks! Plan to make this a regular spot!Special Features:
- PALATE PLEASERPATLBAMDined on 4/14/2014TAKING GUESTS TO THIRSTY LION PUB & GRILL FOR LUNCH IS A JOY BECAUSE I AM GUARANTEED THAT EVERY PALATE WILL BE SURPRISINGLY PLEASED. THE VARIETY OF THE MENU IS THE BEST FOR THE MONEY, FLAVORS AND PAIRINGS. THANKS!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Service was great but foodNakiskaDined on 3/27/2014Service was great but food was not up to par...out of 8 four dishes were terrible...the mac, corn beef and cabbage, panini not warm, fish and chips...too much batter, rest okay...would not go back...Special Features:
- We have been here a lot .OpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 3/27/2014We have been here a lot . The food is awsome and the people that work here are great.Special Features:
- Sixth time is not the charm...am1209Dined on 3/22/2014I don't want to rate this restaurant to harshly, because this was our sixth time. I did rate those other five visits with 5 stars. Unfortunately, this visit was really horrible. First we always use open table to make a reservation, this restaurant really needs a hostess for the long line of walk ins and a hostess for the people with reservations. We ordered drinks which both came in dirty glasses, and we got a Blue Moon instead of the Hefewizen. The appetizer we ordered didn't show up until our dinner came out, and we mentioned the error, it was fixed free of charge. The fish tacos were excellent, the grilled skirt steak was dry and the entire dish was bland.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.