The Most Fun Restaurants in Phoenix

The OpenTable Team

Welcome to the capital of Arizona and our exploration of the most fun restaurants in Phoenix. The Valley of the Sun hosts amazing festivals (including a cider festival and an annual pizza festival), expert chocolatiers and an astonishing range of vegan and vegetarian food. East Valley has some hidden gems, including New American fare served in a unique setting where literally every seat is different. West Valley boasts eclectic eateries combining classic American standards with a European flair, plus upmarket comfort food. But in this land of scorching deserts and outdoor adventure, where are the most exciting places to eat? Welcome to the Tastemaker 20. We’ve scoured twenty of the best restaurants in Phoenix and found the fun for everyone. Let our list get those bellies rumbling and book at one of the most fun restaurants in Phoenix right now.

Restaurants:Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain, Nobuo at Teeter House, Amuse Bouche
Price Range:$$ - $$$$
Cuisines:Contemporary American, Japanese, American
Neighborhoods:Central Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix, Glendale / Peoria

Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Central Phoenix
1,932 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Fancy dinner in a beautiful, historic home? That’s what’s on the menu at Quiessence at the Farm, a restaurant taking the term Farm-to-Table to new levels. The restaurant is down a Read more
94% recommended
Notable Wine List in Phoenix / Arizona
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Nobuo at Teeter House

$$$$·Japanese·
Downtown Phoenix
825 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
Phoenix is full of history, and that’s never more evident than when dining out at Nobuo. This innovative restaurant is in an early 19th-century bungalow, with wooden floors and winRead more
92% recommended
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Amuse Bouche

$$$$·American·
Glendale / Peoria
353 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Brunch
  • Good for a Date
West Valley is home to a bistro-style restaurant run by a team with literally decades of culinary experience. Casual and relaxed by day, classy and upmarket by night, Amuse Bouche Read more
100% recommended
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Cafe Monarch

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Old Town Scottsdale
4,561 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List
Sometimes, a good night out is all about a bit of luxury and elegance. Café Monarch is full of ornate mirrors, wrought iron, plush, studded seating, and even a stunning fountain. ARead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Phoenix / Arizona

The Hidden House

$$$$·American·
Chandler
468 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
With a name like “The Hidden House”, guests might expect something a little special. They’re never disappointed. The House is a 1939 cottage, elegant yet simple. The restaurant proRead more
96% recommended
American in Phoenix / Arizona
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Sel Restaurant

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Old Town Scottsdale
654 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Set on the bustling Main Street of Scottsdale, Sel is a restaurant based around the concept of its name: French for salt. Simplicity is the key, focusing on excellent ingredients aRead more
95% recommended
Notable Wine List in Phoenix / Arizona

Vogue Bistro

$$$$·French·
Surprise
1,733 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
The most fun restaurants in Phoenix tend to be the ones that aren’t afraid to play with their food. That means exciting flavors, unusual presentation, or something a little bit speRead more
94% recommended
Best Overall in West Valley
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OBON Sushi + Bar + Ramen at The Grove

$$$$·Asian·
Central Scottsdale
81 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Happy Hour
  • Great for Lunch
The Scottsdale Quarter is a luxury lifestyle center, so it’s no surprise that it’s the home to one of the most exciting sushi restaurants in town. OBON is a venue famed for excelleRead more
92% recommended
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Stone & Barrel

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Chandler
430 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Neighborhood Gem
An Iron Oaks Taphouse, this East Valley hotspot is a favorite outdoor eating spot and a neighborhood treasure. This is one of those fun restaurants in Phoenix where everyone can gaRead more
98% recommended
Scenic View in Phoenix / Arizona

Volanti Restaurant & Lounge

$$$$·Continental·
North Scottsdale
339 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for a Date
Airport food just got classy. This upmarket venue overlooking the runway at Scottsdale Airport and the McDowell Mountains isn’t just about the incredible views. The Airport locatioRead more
95% recommended
Scenic View in Phoenix / Arizona

Raven's View

$$$$·Wine Bar·
Cave Creek
396 reviews
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Scenic View
  • Neighborhood Gem
Raven’s View is right on the edge of the Desert Mountain Golf Course, just near Cave Creek. Billed as a wine bar, this is one of the most dramatic restaurants in the Phoenix area, Read more
98% recommended
Scenic View in Phoenix / Arizona

Culinary Dropout - Gilbert

$$$$·American·
Gilbert
880 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Great for Lunch
Diners who want to experience the true gastropub experience need to go to a British style gastropub for the real deal. Culinary Dropout has managed to emulate that feel; quirky andRead more
90% recommended
Best Overall in East Valley

The Breadfruit & Rum Bar

$$$$·Caribbean·
Downtown Phoenix
1,014 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Local Ingredients
  • Pre/post Theatre
When diners visit this restaurant in Downtown Phoenix, one of the things they notice first is the huge sign outside proclaiming, in large letters, “RUM”. That’s a big focus here, iRead more
100% recommended
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Galeto Brazilian Steakhouse Chandler

$$$$·Brazilian Steakhouse·
Chandler
451 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
The Brazilian steakhouse is a phenomenon that has hit America right in the taste buds, and Phoenix now has its own version- Galeto. The concept is churrasco: a traditional way to cRead more
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Tempo Urban Bistro

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Buckeye
269 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Heading out to eat shouldn’t always be about the food- although that’s important. The atmosphere, the décor, and even the location can create one of the most fun restaurants in PhoRead more
93% recommended
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Soul - Modern AZ Cuisine

$$$$·Southwest·
North Scottsdale
839 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Modern Arizona cuisine: That’s what’s promised at Soul, in the heart of Scottsdale. The chef here keeps her finger firmly on the pulse of what’s hot in the Southwestern scene, and Read more
91% recommended
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The Social on 83rd

$$$$·American·
Peoria
140 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Located just east of the New River in a trendy and happening part of Peoria, The Social is exactly what it says: a vibrant and glitzy place to meet, enjoy food and share a few drinRead more
89% recommended
Best Food in West Valley
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Rusconi's American Kitchen

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Central Phoenix
3,213 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Tatum Acres is home to plenty of great eateries, yet Rusconi’s manages to always stand apart from the crowd. Enticing wine flights, fun dishes and a menu based around the heartiestRead more
99% recommended
Best Food in Phoenix / Arizona

Clever Koi - Phoenix

$$$$·Asian·
North Central Phoenix
323 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
This cutely named restaurant has won a bucket full of varying awards, both for the quality of the food and drink plus the knowledgeable and friendly service all diners receive. VisRead more
98% recommended
Best Value in Phoenix

Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva

$$$$·Mexican·
Downtown Phoenix
592 reviews
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
Barrio Café Gran Reserva is right on West Grand Avenue, offering some of the best views across Downtown Phoenix. Even better than this, this elegant and welcoming restaurant also oRead more
90% recommended
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