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Alter Ego

4.3
82 Reviews
$30 and under
Unspecified
Alter Ego is a ground floor restaurant and bar where every day is about celebrating life and living in the moment. We are eclectic and adventurous yet timeless, and comfortable. We never take ourselves too seriously, yet are always prepared to rise to the occasion. We have an appreciation for the rich history and heritage of Tempe and will look to add a fun twist of flair to make room for new memories for generations to come. We are a little tongue and cheek, yet will always make you feel special.

Experiences

  • Arizona Restaurant Week Sept. 17th - Sept. 26th

    $44.00 per person

    Sep 17 - Sep 26, 2021

    Enjoy a 3-course meal in support of Arizona Restaurant Week. You will choose one from each category when you dine with us. A full menu with descriptions of each course can be found within the menu tab. Starters: Roasted Mushroom Flautas Masa Harina Croquetas Crow’s Dairy Queso Fundido Entrees: Seared Whitefish Pork Pupusas Jackfruit “Birria” Puffy Tacos Desserts: Fried Mazapan Ice Cream Orange Zest Churros Champurrado Pepita Milkshake

Offers

  • Wine Wednesdays

    Aug 18 - Dec 29, 2021

    Sun - Sat 3:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Every week from 5p-8p Enjoy select $5 appetizers $22 select bottles of wine $6 select glasses of wine $5 Grindz Menu: *House picked vegetables, grilled Noble bread and sweet preserve *Soft Pretzel Bites with Cuban mustard and house Pickles *Sweet and Spicy sticky Wings sesame ginger crumble *Togarashi Fries with Crows Dairy Quark and Green Onion *Chefs Ice Cream Flight (Three flavors, Chef's choice)

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 82 people are saying
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vipBrettH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We had a reservation at 5:30. We waited at the host stand to be greeted for over 5 minutes. We were finally sat around 5:38, but no one ever came back to our table. At 6:05 we got up and left.

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Jessi
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, drinks, and service. What more can yo ask for?!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was freshly prepared and made to order. Takes a little time but well worth the wait.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely hotel restaurant with an excellent menu!

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DawnE
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and exceptional service!

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Tango
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Was really looking forward to this dinner but to be honest it really fell short. For the price and how pretty the place was I was expecting a meal that blew me away - instead it was almost hard to finish. We ordered three appetizers; the mussels, the smoked salmon and the burrata. Out of those three the only I would think about ordering again would be the mussels but even then I probably wouldn't. The "smoked" salmon was pretty flavorless and undercooked, the buratta was severely overpriced and almost insulted buratta by itself and everything was served with like an entire loaf of bread so pretty much our $95 dinner was for bread. Service was excellent and the location was great I just wish the food matched in quality.

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Rapperette
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for Sunday brunch before a matinee play at Gammage. The food and service were excellent!

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vipSuzetteL
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

On the way to the airport and stopped in for a quick breakfast and a Bloody Mary. Great spot! Our waiter Luis was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, able to watch the football game peripherally on the tv behind the bar, cocktails were delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 would recommend!

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Snowbirds
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Right at the edge of ASU campus, the restaurant was surprisingly quiet on Friday evening. Menu included spicy or mild choices, good variety and something for everybody within a dozen or so entree options.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Perfect stop before Gammage. A little more upscale with delicious food. The chef even checked to make sure we enjoyed our food.

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Agrt360guy
Munich
13 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was exceptional and the surroundings were opulent. This is off the lobby of the Hilton and the view from the roof (we went after dinner) was fun.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was delightful from everyone we encountered with. The food was delicious. Thank you.

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RyanN
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I enjoyed this place and booked it because it had good previous reviews. The waiter was the bartender Raphel and he was awesome. The food was very good (5 stars) and it was priced right as well. This place is a must try for sure no disappointments.

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LoKal
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Ken Arneson is a master. And a showman! His vast knowledge of food and drink makes him a chef to trust with your tastebuds! Even if you aren’t adventurous, Chef Ken will never steer you wrong.

The event was Harry Potter themed, and perfectly done down to the last detail. Waitstaff was in costume, and pulled everything off without a hitch. Always friendly!

Valet parking is a nice touch, and the venue itself is just the right size.

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Renee
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The food and service is amazing!

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Haileyc
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and experience was amazing!! We went during Sunday brunch when there was live music and it was so nice. It's located inside a hotel and the ambience and decor is so nice to look at, we had lots of fun sitting around taking pictures, food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my birthday and it was great! Ribs and chicken katsu were yum and loved the chocolate tres leches cake. Would definitely go again.

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vipMegG
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had the worst service on a very limited brunch menu. I was surprised to see how many great reviews this place had. We had 2 tables leave around us because the servers were too busy talking with one another at the bar. After waiting 45 minutes to place our food order which we went up to the bar to do, the food took an additional 30 minutes. The restaurant was at ~30% capacity so there was no reason everything was so slow. On top of that, the menu is pricy. I ordered chicken and waffles for $20. The food was not good enough to be priced that high. I would avoid this place.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing. The ambiance is a 10/10. The service is a 10/10. The food was great. I cannot remember the last time I went into a restaurant and left as happy as I did here! Amazing for all occasions or regular everyday dining. HIGHLY recommend.

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TammyV
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Appetizers were the best! They were out of the lau lau, which I would have gotten. The pork in my pata entree was charred and I hardly could get a piece of it to eat. My boyfriend’s katsu was delicious! The value for restaurant week was good for what we got!

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JennaL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both great! They were also very friendly to my dog, who was able to stay with us in the outdoor seating area! I would be back again!

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Prisca
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mother, husband, and I visited Alter Ego during Restaurant Week to try their special menu and I am so glad we did! My mother is extremely picky about her food but she enjoyed it so much that she raved about the broth that came with the crispy pata and jokingly wished that she could have a cup of it to bring home and enjoy. Our server, Javier, actually brought her two cups of it and she was thrilled! We enjoyed being able to watch our meal being prepared and the kitchen staff was friendly and so flawless in their performance. We had the Takoyaki, Fried Hearts of Palm and Broccolini appetizers and each one of them I would happily order again and again! We had the Lau Lau and Crispy Pata entrees and we devoured them with gusto! The noodles with the crispy pata were perfectly done, springy and with the perfect chewiness that should come with ramen! And the black cod in the Lau Lau was sweet and buttery and utterly moist. Again, I would be happy to order those dishes every time. The desserts were light and very refreshing, just perfect for the end of a perfect meal.

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TeeaR
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

It’s a cool style, but they didn’t execute their recipes well. Great creative ideas, but just fell flat.

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vipFida
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Great service. Interesting food. Nice space. The main problem here is the ice cubes. They taste horrible and mess up anything that includes them. Easy to fix: filter the water!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Picked the spot for Restaurant Week. Food and ambience was good but the service and the attention at the table was poor. Hardly saw the server. For the high tab for what we got, it was not worth the experience.

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Renee
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience with the tequila school. Food and beverages were fantastic

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MichaelD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is exemplary. Would go back again.

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vipTiki
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rafael (server) never disappoints! Love his energy! Food was delish!

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vipsherryw
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

We had reservations on mothers day and arrived about 15 minutes prior. We were told to wait - however, most tables were open. We then were told that they had a special $65 per person brunch menu we were unaware of. When I asked further they said that we could get something off the regular menu if we ordered in the next 15 minutes. I said fine and then they seated us at a indoor table near the hostess stand. When I asked if we could move to the table next to us that was against the wall and not as close to others walking in, she said it was reserved. Of course I too had a reservation. We ordered and finally received the our breakfast with the wrong eggs on our skillet (they had switched our orders). They took it back and remade it. Once we finally got to eat the food was very good.

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Gulli5
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to an early dinner so we had the place almost to ourselves. We sat outside and they opened the garage style door next to us so we felt part of the bar area also. It was wonderful on the porch. We enjoyed our food and the waiter was really warm and welcoming. We went up to the rooftop after dinner for the sunset. Awesome evening.

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Abby
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went out to celebrate my birthday. The waiter and manager were both wonderful and very polite. The specialty house-made ice cream was amazing.

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vipTiki
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best decision EVER for Easter Brunch! The food and desserts were amazing, and our server: Rafael was such a joy!

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Aleaxandria
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server (Rafeal) I believe that was his name was fantastic. The atmosphere was great except the patio got very hot...maybe the misters would have helped or having some kind of shade come down two of us left burnt on the left side of our body from the sun beating down on us. The only other suggestion maybe would be for the servings to be smaller on the all you can eat brunch menu (the food was good, but different) so we wanted to try everything, but felt so wasteful. I went to a brunch place in Dallas that brings out a serving of every option for every person at the table this way everyone gets to try everything, but the portions aren’t unmanageable sizes. This may also allow the prices to be a tad cheaper.

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vipNancy
Philadelphia
72 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. The food was outstanding - both the pepperoni flatbread and the pear and apple salad with salmon. They were both well prepared and a little unique. Both the wine and beer were good compliments. Service was very good.

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DDkay
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Service was slow and food was subpar

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The interior is so cool, very photogenic. The live music was not too loud by any means and the singer Adam had a really nice voice. Our food was insanely good and we each got multiple drinks. Will definitely be coming back!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saturday brunch was very nice

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vipLeahV
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our visit to Alter Ego was superb. Our waiter was immensely helpful in his suggestions and was very timely. Our drinks were tasty and on happy hour special! Every dish we had was incredibly flavorful from the guacamole to the white bean dip to the elote to the mesquite cauliflower to the gemelli pasta. We passed on dessert, but I have no doubt that it too would have been unique and flavorful. Parking appeared somewhat limited, but we arrived plenty early so had no problem finding parking ourselves. I highly recommend giving this place a try!

FAQs

Alter Ego offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (602) 612-7871.

Alter Ego is rated 4.3 stars by 82 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.