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Discover the Best New Restaurants in Phoenix

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by The OpenTable Team
Updated October 23, 2019

While people have resided in the region for over 9,000 years, the new restaurants in Phoenix have recently turned the city into a foodie's paradise. Little more than a ghost town at the turn of the millennium, Downtown Phoenix now hosts innovative eateries and a burgeoning art scene. But when out for a delicious meal on the town, where do the savviest diners choose to eat in this desert oasis? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve scoured data from thousands of restaurants across the nation – gathered from OpenTable’s network of experienced diners – to highlight the best new restaurants in Phoenix. The melting pot of Native American, Sonoran Desert, Western American, and Mexican influences make new restaurants in Phoenix worth a try. Book a table to claim a spot today.

A photo of The Hidden House restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1939)
$31 to $50
American
Chandler
About the restaurant
With a large variety of craft beers, custom cocktails and a wine list with over 80 options, The Hidden House has all that it takes to be one of the most fun new restaurants in Phoenix. In addition to this impressive beverage list, they have a food menu that combines Asian, Spanish and Italian flavors with American favorites that everyone loves. Offerings include charred bone marrow, crispy duck breast, Baha striped bass and a delicious selection of salads and desserts. Located in a vintage 1939 cabin, no passerby can miss the iron gate and stone archway inviting them inside.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Menu was varied and reasonably priced though picky eaters may have limited choices as the selections are a bit aberrant. Dinner for 4 was slightly under $220 including two cocktails though my daughter only ordered the mac & cheese appetizer. Service was professional and timely - waiter was friendly. Just note that eating on the inner courtyard can be a bit noisy due to the misters but it is quite intimate. I would maybe elect eating on the front patio or in the "garage" if you prefer a quieter atmosphere. Parking is convenient as they have their own lot but it's quite small and fills quickly (even on a Wednesday night) so you may have to find alternate parking which isn't too difficult. Definitely recommend making a reservation. Overall a great choice for a special night out.
A photo of Sam and Luca Rustic Kitchen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (995)
$30 and under
Italian
Mesa
About the restaurant
Credited with offering "Old World charm and a New World vibe," Sam and Luca Rustic Kitchen guests are surrounded by aged plank walls, eclectic lighting, and barnyard doors that create an atmosphere true to the eatery’s name. This new restaurant in Phoenix specializes in simple-yet-fresh ingredients that create delicious classic Italian fare. Menu options include calamari fritti, chicken marsala, pork tenderloin, clams linguine and a variety of other offerings that diners simply can’t find at other eateries. Anyone trying to avoid chain restaurants will love this place.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Good food and service make sure to get the Carmel cheese cake for your date, you’ll thank me later😉
A photo of Culinary Dropout - Gilbert restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2251)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Gilbert
About the restaurant
The red metal sculptures hanging over the dining area at Culinary Dropout undoubtedly make the restaurant stand out. Of course, their impressive murals, focus on large parties and constant showcase of local bands doesn’t hurt their cause either. Those worried about getting lost in the Downtown Gilbert area will have no trouble finding this eatery thanks to the artistic exterior wall, blue hoop lighting and huge neon sign with corresponding arrow leading the way. They offer crowd favorites like pretzel bites, honey-drizzled fried chicken, 36-hour pork ribs and grilled steak tacos.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Great all around experience. For how busy it was service and food was very prompt and hot.
A photo of Downtown Chandler (DC)  Steakhouse restaurant
4.5
4.5 (2350)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Chandler
About the restaurant
Surrounded by some of Chandler's best art galleries and independently owned boutiques sits the DC Steak House. This area has been listed as a National Register Historic District and there's even a microbrewery nearby. They’ve maintained the historical flair on the inside with vintage-style murals, photos from the “good ol’ days” and lighting one would expect to find in 1950s fine dining establishments. Guests are treated to a huge wine and beer selection along with culinary favorites like BBQ ribs, New York strip, lobster tail and Wisconsin veal chops.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Always a great experience here. The atmosphere on the patio was perfect and food and service were great
A photo of The Phoenician Tavern - The Phoenician restaurant
4.5
4.5 (285)
$30 and under
American
Old Town Scottsdale
About the restaurant
Located in a luxury resort, the Phoenician Tavern is more than just one of the best new restaurants in Phoenix. It offers a place to relax after enjoying a round of golf, Camelback Mountain hike or bike ride around the resort lakes. The interior is packed with artsy pillars, televisions every few feet to enjoy the game, high-end seating and unique art displays. Guests are treated to dueling pianos every Saturday night, and the packed menu includes crab roll sandwiches, Angus NY strip, lamb burgers and several delectable desserts.
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MorganR
Dined 1 day ago
The service was amazing and the food was not good I don’t think we come back
A photo of Parma Italian Roots - Scottsdale restaurant
4.5
4.5 (912)
$30 and under
Italian
North Scottsdale
About the restaurant
Few people have had the luxury of enjoying fine Italian fare combined with the cuisine style of Coastal California, but that’s exactly what guests at Parma Italian Roots experience. This new restaurant in Phoenix offers an expansive menu that includes everything from pan seared salmon and filet mignon to margherita pizza and pappardelle Bolognese. Happy Hour offers low-cost drinks every weekday, and guests can kick back and enjoy an atmosphere defined by blue velvet seating, intricate lighting, strategically placed televisions and hanging foliage for that extra touch.
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JaneP
Dined on May 15, 2024
It is a very nice little place. Food and service were great. Music was a little loud, but we decided to sit outside and it wasn't a factor. Will go back.
A photo of Maple & Ash - Scottsdale restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1766)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Old Town Scottsdale
About the restaurant
The fact that Wine Spectator called this eatery's wine list "one of the most outstanding in the world” isn’t what makes Maple & Ash potentially the best new restaurant in Phoenix. This accolade is definitely impressive, but it combines with a luxury atmosphere, unique menu and wood-fired dishes to really round out the experience. The candlelit tables, intricate lighting sculptures and fine dining atmosphere also stand out. With menu options like lamb chop lollipops, wood-grilled Spanish octopus, crispy pork Milanese and Alaskan King crab legs, though, it’s hard to identify the most impressive aspect of this eatery.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Love love love this restaurant. I’ve been coming here for years and will keep going in the future. The food and service is always excellent. The atmosphere is wonderful and energetic. The yellow tail is my absolute favorite and the best I’ve ever had.
A photo of Modern Oysterbar Chophouse restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1591)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
North Scottsdale
About the restaurant
Before it even opened, MODERN Oysterbar Chophouse was predicted to turn Arizona's dining scene on its head. It easily lived up to this hype by offering innovative and fresh seafood options like Alaskan halibut, whole grilled lobster and delicious seared scallops. The focal point of the eatery, however, is the expansive oyster bar. The large stone pillars outside make the establishment hard to miss, but the contemporary decor – ranging from vintage ceiling designs to log-style walls – make it hard to leave without feeling a bit of nostalgia.
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Scottsdalite
Dined 1 day ago
First time for dinner during restaurant week. We were wowed by the experience. Superior service by Alyssa, who timed it just right for the courses. The petite fillet was outstanding. Cooked just right at medium rare, you could cut it with a fork. Baked Potato just so so. Would have been more interesting if more than sour cream and butter were offered with it. Decent Caesar salad and better than average Keylime pie. Quiet, comfortable, booth, perfect Service. We shall return.
A photo of OBON Sushi + Bar + Ramen  at The Grove restaurant
4.4
4.4 (316)
$30 and under
Asian
Central Scottsdale
About the restaurant
A combination of modern and traditional methods ensure guests at OBON Sushi + Bar + Ramen get a complete Japanese dining experience that they’re unlikely to soon forget. Located in The Grove and surrounded by lush citrus trees, canopied paths and trellised gardens, this new restaurant in Phoenix has style in spades. The interior features stylish art, a "shrine" with over a dozen maneki-neko figurines and a marquee featuring specials that looks like it came out of a vintage theater. Enjoy delicious Japanese favorites like pork gyoza, shoyu ramen, modern nigiri options and a variety of sushi rolls.
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MeganHvip
Dined on May 11, 2024
Such an awesome meal… it’s always consistently good here — great waiter and service as well, thanks for making my birthday excellent !
A photo of Ocean 44 restaurant
4.9
4.9 (6452)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Central Scottsdale
About the restaurant
With seats near the glass expo kitchen, two dining bars, flexibility in private seating areas and a large bar for guests, Ocean 44 offers one of the most diverse experiences among the new restaurant in Phoenix scene. Its seafood is sustainably sourced, and many menu options come a la carte with a compound effect geared towards exciting guests’ taste buds. The menu includes fresh oysters, Maine lobster, crispy shrimp and steaks that are wet aged for nearly a month. Luxury globe lighting, expansive art, candlelit tables and a massive wine display round out the atmosphere.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
My wife had a wonderful time celebrating her birthday at Ocean 44. We definitely will come back to celebrate again!
A photo of Arrivederci Italian Cuisine - Pinnacle Peak Rd restaurant
4.4
4.4 (717)
$30 and under
Italian
North Scottsdale
About the restaurant
The owner and executive chef of Arrivederci was born in Sorrento, Italy, and he made sure to bring a true taste of Italian fare when opening this new restaurant in Phoenix. The brand has served guests for over 18 years, and during this time, they've perfected classic dishes such as calamari & zucchini fritti, lasagna al farno, vitello porcini and the ever-popular Melenzana Arrivederci. The booths resemble large and comfy loveseats where guests can enjoy their meals surrounded by fine art, beautiful lighting and contemporary glass dividers that provide a unique ambiance.
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dancerrsvip
Dined on Apr 18, 2024
Wonderfully delicious. Our local gem a must go to
A photo of Agave Del Scottsdale restaurant
4.4
4.4 (624)
$30 and under
Mexican
Central Scottsdale
About the restaurant
The owners of Agave Del bring the traditional cuisine of their ancestors – which include peoples from the Puebla, Veracruz, Mazatian and Yucatan regions – directly to the scene of new restaurants in Phoenix. Pink chandeliers, rustic dividing walls and an expansive display of spirits throughout make the eatery’s décor unique among its contemporaries. When added to the impressive menu items such as lobster chalupas, ceviche de atun, Soup Azteca and signature Mole plates, this is one Mexican restaurant that strives to surpass all others.
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craigwvip
Dined on May 12, 2024
Try the Filet Mignon with cheese. So good. Guacamole is great. However, queso fundido was not what I expected; it was just slightly melted. It's tasty, but we like the kind that is more of a dip. This one, you roll in a tortilla. If you order it, be sure to add the chorizo. It did taste great; it was just not what we expected.
A photo of Liberty Station - DC Ranch restaurant
4.6
4.6 (692)
$30 and under
American
North Scottsdale
About the restaurant
Diners can find BBQ anywhere in Arizona, but if they want something special, they should try out the regional-influenced fare at Liberty Station that comes complete with a few Bostonian touches from the owners. It certainly sounds distinctive on the surface, and the menu follows through with offerings like brisket quesadilla, tavern burgers, red bird fried chicken and Boston cod tacos. The uniqueness continues with classic Americana décor. And when guests hear about the 500-gallon Camelback Smoker onsite, they know they’re about to get a taste of real Southern BBQ.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
The server was attentive, atmosphere was pleasant and food was great!
A photo of Volanti Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1165)
$31 to $50
American
North Scottsdale
About the restaurant
One of the favorite new restaurants in Phoenix – Volanti Restaurant & Lounge – overlooks the runway at the new Scottsdale Airport and provides breathtaking views of the city and McDowell Mountains. They offer service to the private jets nearby, so their fare is first class all the way. This is evidenced by a menu that features Cuban ciabatta, Irish organic grilled salmon, exotic mushroom bruschetta and house-made hummus. Guests should grab a photo of themselves posed with the hanging biplane before they head out for the day.
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BruceK
Dined 4 days ago
It was a nice experience to take grandson to watch the airplanes and take off. Food was good as well along with the service.
A photo of Keeler's Neighborhood Steakhouse restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2498)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Carefree
About the restaurant
Although it’s a bit of a drive up the road, Keeler’s Neighborhood Steakhouse is still hailed as one of the best new restaurants in Phoenix. The upscale atmosphere includes luxury lighting, live music, vintage ceiling tiles and – for those who can’t miss the game – televisions at the bar. In keeping with its fine dining aesthetic, Keeler’s offers high-end fare ranging from filet mignon and lamb racks to diver scallops and prime rib au jus. Rooftop seating is available for those who want a beautiful mountain view while enjoying their meal.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Our server, Michael, was attentive, personable, and friendly. The food was excellent. Onion rings, Prime rib, crab cakes- all very good. The atmosphere was casual. Will definitely return!
A photo of Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse Chandler restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1247)
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Chandler
About the restaurant
Anyone who has not visited a churrascaria in Arizona would do well to choose Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse as their first experience. They have a menu with fresh seafood, juicy steaks and tantalizing desserts, but most guests come for the all-you-can-eat parade of meats that are served tableside. This includes up to 16 different options – ranging from ribeye and filet mignon to chicken and racks of lamb – for diners to enjoy before the gourmet table. All of this is enjoyed in a contemporary setting with the massive wine selection on display in the dining area – all coming together to make this one of the best new restaurants in Phoenix.
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TheDudeAbides
Dined 2 days ago
As usual, this restaurant offered a wonderful experience for my family. Food was fantastic and everyone there promoted an excellent dining experience. Even my picky father in law enjoyed himself!
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