Tryst Cafe
Tryst Cafe

Tryst Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.trystcafe.com/
  • Phone: (480) 585-7978
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 7:00am- 2:30pm
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Our eclectic fresh menu is also available for catering and feature breakfast, lunch and dinner. Boxed lunches or buffet platters are commonplace for corporate meetings. Continental or hot buffet breakfasts can be prepared for a variety of settings. Hot and cold appetizers are perfect for any social setting, open houses, parties and more. More elaborate lunch or dinner entrees are available for more formal or special occasions and events.
  • Entertainment: The first Monday of the Month features a rotation of performers typically acousitc guitarists playing a variety of genres.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 101
  • Public Transit: About 100 yards away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plaza Parking. Handicapped parking available.
A word from Tryst Cafe
According to the dictionary, a “tryst” can be a little bit sinful. So how do you turn a tryst in something healthy? Tryst Café in north Phoenix has a few ideas. Open for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, the menu combines sinful flavors with natural, organic, antibiotic/hormone free proteins and even gluten-free food and drink. The eclectic fresh cuisine is served up in an energetic, contemporary urban environment. Tryst has received numerous accolades including Best New Restaurant, Best Breakfast, and "Best" recognitions for a variety of menu items including the fresh squeezed orange juice, sweet potato tots, beer battered green beans, Hawaiian breakfast, Monte Cristo, Gluten Free French toast and more. The full bar features organic liquor, beer, and wine. A rotation of local wines are available. Keep an eye out for scheduled wine tastings and try the organic tequila flight while you’re enjoying your meal. Live entertainment is available on the first Monday of the month. Free WIFI!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Tryst Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (13)great for lunch (10)great for outdoor dining (9)great for brunch (8)fit for foodies (6)good for groups (2)kid-friendly (2)notable wine list (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Top Notch Brunch without attutude & high cost.
    STFRANCIS
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    We were hard pressed to find a good brunch/breakfast spot in the North Valley near Union Hills. Tryst Cafe was super. After revieiwing restaurants in the zipcode.we decided on TRYST; It allow us a reservation for 6. IT proved perfect for our informal, reunion brunch with friends long missed. The food was fresh, flavorful, organic and even offered GL.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    JulieVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was just average and our waitress, though nice, was inattentive. She was only serving a couple of tables and we had to ask for her twice, plus got assistance from another waiter or busboy in her absence. We couldn't even get our tab for a good 15 min after we were done, asking another server to please go get her, then waited awhile again for her to run the credit card and bring it back for signature. While we were eating our meal, she was cleaning up near where we were seated and stacking chairs on tables, even though there was still over two hours of dinner service until closing time. She must have been in a hurry to get home! Also saw her hanging out inside at times, and at the bar (we were on patio) not doing much of anything.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Food
    Celebration
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Love this spot. The food is fresh and service is excellent. The servers are knowledgeable about the menu and accommodating to special requests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tryst 8.31.14
    peanut95
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We enjoyed the food as we always do. Service was good and our server was very nice, but could have been a little more attentive. Noise level was good, but people with children just need to be more aware of the noise level of their children and how it affects other diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The other reviews are right
    Tony
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Food was great. Even dinner was great unlike so many other people said. What was terrible? The service. Wow, was it bad. We say down for nearly 15-minutes with no water. I finally had to yell for a server inside a restaurant that wasn't very busy. Had to do that a second time for refills. The food was great, however. Fast too, like any other restaurant. I would recommend this place if your fine flagging down a waitress, which I am.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast
    DaveHVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    On my first visit to Tryst, we came for breakfast. They were friendly and accommodating, but overall the food was just so so. They specialize in organic and gluten free, which is both a novelty and refreshing. The gluten free bread is very good albeit a bit try, but very tasty when slathered with butter. The omelets are very dry with not enough cheese to make up the difference and the biscuit under the sausage gravy was golf ball hard. I did observe a plate of pancakes that a neighboring table were devouring with gusto and the Hawaiian breakfast was strongly recommended by our server, but I prefer going low carb for breakfast. The menu is interesting and well worth a try. I will give it another go for their happy hour.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time wont be my last
    Cher
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Amazing food and service. I had lunch and the SW chicken salad was so flavorful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch Meeting Place
    CraigsAZ
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I love the food and service of this place, but most definitely the fact that I can talk and hear people when we have lunch, it's become my favorite place to have meetings!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    MssybrittyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    The service and our breakfast was amazing! Our waitress was fantastic! Tryst is one of our favorite places for breakfast
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast
    MssybrittyVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    I had the kale omelette. It was fast and fresh! I would recommend this to everyone
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • glutenfreegal
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Lots of Gluten free options and wait staff is very careful to make sure it is celiac safe! Make reservations for larger groups as both the dining room and patio are small, but they are great at accommodating groups.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 74 reviews are from the Tryst Cafe reviews archive.
  • Great food
    MssybrittyVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Always like this place for breakfast. This was our first time for dinner, it was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Better for breakfast
    nforkner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had been to Tryst before for breakfast after a 5k and loved it, so my wife and I decided to go for a date night dinner. We got the Southwest Chicken Salad, which was good, and the fideo, which was OK. Overall, we felt like the dinner menu was overpriced for what you got. We'd still recommend Tryst for breakfast or brunch, but probably not for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a healthy choice
    RickAZVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We enjoy the Tryst Café before attending evening events @ the MIM.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unsatisfactory
    PittJonesVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We had happily been to Tryst many times for breakfast and lunch and decided to try dinner before a concert at MIM. We told the hostess we had the concert and asked to be promptly served. However, once seated, we were ignored for 15 minutes (no water, drinks, etc.). Once we were noticed and placed our order, the results were decidedly mixed. Ribs came out before the kale wraps; no wet towel provided for the ribs and no salad ever served (though ordered) and the side vegetables were not good--had an odd taste and were unimaginative. The kale wraps were tasty enough but should have been accompanied by fruit (as stated on the menu) instead of side salads (resulting in greens overload). All in all, a disappointing experience to say the least.
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  • Great food; fantastic service
    lauriebatt
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We dined at Tryst Cafe as it's a good middle spot for friends from the east valley and west valley to meet for a meal. Whenever someone mentions Desert Ridge, I mention the Tryst Cafe. Organic food, great selection of gluten-free options, nice wine list. It's a little tough to spot from the road, but once you find it, you'll keep on coming back. And Kayla was a fantastic service person! She kept her cool no matter what we asked her. Kudos to Kayla and Tryst!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great spot
    mikiejlew
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    we where here for dinner once and had to return for breakfast. (we heard it was great ) everything was terrific ! service was spot on.could be our new go to place
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Organic & Gluten Free
    Matildee
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Loved the gluten free options and the advice of the waitress. Very friendly and extra helpful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • glutenfreegal
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    This is a great spot for a girls' day out! Great healthy food with lost of gluten free options!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New menu additions for brunch
    AustinVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    They have a pretty good selection for brunch and have several new additions to the menu for breakfast and lunch which feature Kale.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ok
    GoodEats
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    There were many things wrong with our order and our server was not very attentive. Service was quite poor.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for gluten free
    BizGal
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Tryst is a great place to eat, especially for those with gluten issues. They have a wide variety of dishes and some very tasty wines. We celebrated a birthday with friends. They have a great patio dining area to add to the main restaurant. One tip, if you make special requests in your reservation, call and verify that the restaurant received them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best find this year!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We recently came here because of my health concerns eating out. Found it to be right on target with my desires! I didn't see any musicians, maybe we were too early. I was shocked it wasn't full but then we dine early about 6 to7 ish. The only thing that bothered me is all the overflow energy from the next door neighbor pizza place. The ambiance is not pretty, the chairs uncomfortable, tables wobble. Maybe some hanging baskets or something. Pretty dingy but it was clean. Maybe they need a sparkling location to go with the great menu! My husband was impressed and he hates it when we go somewhere healthy. Now we can both be happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mikiejlew
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Great little find, good food & service ! Next time we're going for breakfast , heard it's the best
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tryst Again
    peanut95
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Tryst is a neighborhood gem. We have been coming here for years. We really enjoy the breakfast selections, especially the Hawaiin Breakfast and the Huevos Rancheros. The anaheim chili sauce is amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local favorite
    Pepper46
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Good, sustainable ingredients, combined in a tasty and appealing way. Organic when possible...bison burgers and kale salad, rock!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nutritious and fresh foods
    Patti0252
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    This restaurant is situated in a strip mall and is not that attractive looking...however the food was fresh and flavorful. The spring rolls were delicious and the freshness and crunch of the veggies was delightful! So nice to have a a hot night in the desert! I had the wild salmon. It was good but it was overcooked. My husband had the pork taco which was very good but needed alittle spice...however once he tasted the ranch dressing that it came with he was pleasantly surprised how good it was...not your typical ranch dressing. The restaurant does need to update the chairs....they had rips in them which made them uncomfortable...especially on bare legs. Yes...I would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Diet Friendly
    Pegville
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Great food. Lots of options that come standard Gluten-free/low-carb etc. All the "specialties" that other places normally tack on $3-$5 just to "make it like that" Tryst does it for free!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite!
    Pepper46
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Tryst Cafe uses sustainable ingredients, and organic and local when ever they can. This is the reason I went there in the first place. The food is always good, and the ambiance is great, considering it is a cafe. I like the fact that they take reservations, so the wait isn't long. Parking is a challenge, but it's worth the effort. I go back frequently and took my daughter and son-in-law there for Easter Brunch.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Breakfast
    wellnessrnVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    My Mother and I ate there on Sunday, April 6th prior to a shopping excursion. It was great that we could make reservation and get quick and friendly service. Our waitress was Liza was very sweet and attentive. I drink my coffee black and hate most restaurant coffee, even Starbucks but I must say their coffee was very good and what was nice the cup was always kept full. We both had pancakes which we enjoyed. I got the multigrain with blueberries and candied walnuts. They were delicious and huge. My mom just got the plain buttermilk and she said they were very good. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • nice low-key spot for a casual meal
    DaveAZBC
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Four of us went to Tryst Cafe before a concert at MIM (it is very close!) and we had a pleasant experience. We caught the last 30 minutes of Happy Hour and several appies and drinks were reduced in price. Service was friendly and quick, as Tryst was not very busy. We had breaded green beans and chicken skewers as appies and they were fresh, hot and delicious. Then we had entrees and they were also very good. This is a small 'storefront' style place, so don't expect a luxurious fine dining experience. When we first entered, it was nearly empty and didn't seem very appealing, but the service and food won us over - we would go again for a quick pre-concert meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The healthy choice
    RickAZVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Fresh wholesome meals prepared and served with care. Try it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It is a wonderful place hiding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    It is a wonderful place hiding in the Desert Ridge mall area. Great people and great ambience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Desert Ridge spot!
    Caisey
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We loved our brunch experience at Tryst! The ability to make reservations (we're a family with a baby) was super convenient. The food was delicious and fresh. The server was pleasant and attentive. We can't wait to come back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was slow. We were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Service was slow. We were all finished eating when the last person at our table fnally got their food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Green Beans
    RecEaterVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    The beer battered green beans were worth the trip to Tryst Cafe. Delicious. The BBQ bacon was also very good and we topped off our meals with the turtle cheesecake. A very enjoyable dining experience. Wait staff was very attentive and helpful in making our selections. Looking forward to going back and trying some other menu items.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tryst Cafe
    peanut95
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    We have enjoyed Tryst for as long as it has been in business. We love the food, and the servers are very attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An unexpected treat
    phinicky11
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    This was a first visit for a group of five friends who appreciate well made food, particularly if it is also healthy. Service was friendly and prompt and the wait staff was patient while we took some time with our decisions. The food was great, beautifully plated. Portions are quite large. We have already made a date for a return luncheon here in a few months.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome with great food
    Mazd
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I was looking for a spot where I could get some quality food and found it here. Great little spot with great service and awesome food. I would definitely go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Place
    SunCity
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Organic foods....good eating. Worth the drive and effort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.