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Alter Ego

4.3
4.3
226 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 6:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (602) 612-7871

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Timothy Salgado

  • Neighborhood

    Tempe

  • Cross street

    University Ave and S. Myrtle Ave.

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking only available at property. Complimentary for the first two hours with validation. Entrance is off of S. Myrtle Ave.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • Chefs Dinner - Holiday Movies

    $121.69 per person

    Prepaid

    Dec 19, 2022 only
    Join us for the ultimate holiday feast! 5 courses and 5 cocktails inspired by your favorite holiday movies! Cost includes all tax, fees, and gratuity so nothing is required of you when you are done with your meal. Start time is promptly 6pm. Please note that if you have food allergies, you will need to note them in your reservation. We try our best to accommodate all requests, but it's not always guaranteed. Kids are welcome. Please note "non-alcoholic" drinks should you need them.

What 226 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Valley

    Scenic View

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Waiter was accommodating and attentive. Restaurant was a bit chilly as there was a draft at out table. Interesting menu. Food was good.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience2
    My son and I had the kargie chicken sandwich and neither of us finished it. It was not good at all. Very disappointed
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Friends Themed Dinner was amazing I took my sister for her birthday and we are both Friends Fans. The food was absolutely delicious and the drinks were incredible. The chef provided an excellent description of the courses and was in tune with the theme. We were very impressed. We also loved how the chef complimented the staff. I look forward to the next dinner experience for my moms birthday.
  4. EC

    EricC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great job by our server Cole. Food was outstanding too.
  5. A

    Anthony

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Just okay. Menu talks a big game but doesn’t back it up.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Food was good! A little disappointed that they only serve brunch menu on weekends & do not allow orders from the breakfast menu as well. Make reservations because it was pretty busy.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Unfortunately this was the absolute worst dining experience I've ever had. I work in the service industry and understand short staffed situations but this was a whole new level. First, we couldn't find the front entrance. Nobody could so people were wandering around trying to get seated. I asked a few people, nobody could tell me where to go. Sat at the table they directed me to for 15 minutes and didn't see anyone serving. Lots of food runners just standing by the service area not doing anything. We eventually moved to the bar and we got served. She was lovely enough but still service took over 30 minutes to get water and our drink order in. It just went like that the whole time even after it emptied out. Nobody seemed in charge, or nobody seemed to be offering great service. It was a big mess. I'd definitely not come back after that.
  8. S

    Superb

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Group of 6 discussed business operations and enjoyed lots of tastings from the menu. Service a bit slow.
  9. MM

    MadisonMom

    Milwaukee

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our meal at Alter Ego so much. The staff were super friendly without being overbearing at all. It was fun talking to them and they were so kind telling us about activities in the area. Our waitress, Julie, was especially kind! And the food was fantastic. We had the smoked salmon board and the Korean omelette - the portions were perfect and everything was so fresh and tasty! We will go back for sure!!!! Highly recommend!
  10. J

    Julius

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My guy Carl was great. The food was delicious and very chill spot.
  11. g

    gourmay

    Phoenix

    472 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    472 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Alter Ego is the hotel restaurant at the Canopy by Hilton. We chose it because we were going to the Gammage and it would be close to that, and would have easily accessible parking. The food was good and well prepared, the service was generally good, although we had to wait quite a while to order after being seated. There is virtually no atmosphere - very plain tables and decor.
  12. AB

    AdamB

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite spots to go. Great drinks, love the chef tables. Super Friendly staff that you can tell likes working together.
  13. BC

    BevC

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and interesting and tasty food and drinks. Interesting menu and great ambiance
  14. HA

    HeidiA

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    It was a cool place in terms of decor, ambience. The service was excellent. The food was fair.
  15. PM

    PhillipM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Attended the Harry Potter event and it exceeded all my expectations! It was very well organized and we were not having to wait between courses.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Harry Potter experience dinner was absolutely magical!
  17. NS

    NatalieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was the most amazing experience and my husband and I were extremely pleased by the outstanding food and setup that went into the event. We are so thankful! Can’t wait to recommend and tell our friends!
  18. BC

    BrianaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was amazing. Loved the theme. Loved the staff. Will go again
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We did the special Harry Potter night and for the price the food and drinks simply weren’t the best. Over $100 a person and your drinks were the size of a shot and the food was mediocre. Loved the atmosphere and the ambiance, but my husband and I were definitely disappointed in the food and drinks for the cost of the event. We saw the last Harry Potter event was almost half the price with much better proteins and courses and the drinks were bigger (our main course was two frog legs meh). Fun experience though.
  20. MM

    MarcM

    Exclusive

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great service and food. Would definitely go back. We had a wonderful time.
  21. MR

    MRedmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food! Really loved the smelt appetizer, the pork chop for the main course, and of course the orange olive oil cake was to die for! Oh! And don’t forget the delicious margarita. 10/10 would go again
  22. JG

    JenniferG

    San Diego

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food a hit over priced for what you get
  23. C

    Carline

    Phoenix

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    The place apparently thinks that it is some random dive diner or something. A real identity crisis. When you enter the restaurant there is no greeting (host) or indication of welcome! Finally, you get a random person that comes and tells you to sit anywhere. After looking at multiple dirty tables we finally found a semi clean one to sit at. No menus provided. The service is Burger King level. Sticky menus brought over; had to ask for drink/wine list. Then server wanted to take order immediately. Food was good for the most part. But wold not go out of the way to come here. This is nothing more than another hotel cafe. It's too bad, because it could be a really great place in Tempe.
  24. AM

    AllisonM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The charcuterie plate and olive oil cake were out of this world not to be missed. The entrees were boring and lacked flavor or nuance. The best parts overshadowed the disappointing parts and made it a memorable and worthwhile dinner.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Arizona restaurant week!
  27. GR

    GuadalupeR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went over restaurant week, Food was excellent, Chef Tim came over and described the Menu , Cocktails were delicious, Elmer was an amazing Server, Thank you so much we’ll be back for sure ❤️❤️
  28. WD

    WillD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time at Alter Ego. Friendly staff, imaginative and delicious food and a great atmosphere too. What else could you ask for? Oh, and don’t forget to check out the view from the 14th floor after your meal. Fantastic!
  29. NG

    NicoleG

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Amazing food and awesome staff
  30. N

    Nick

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Marvel Alter Ego dinner was an amazing experience! The food and drink pairings were thoughtful and delicious. I appreciate how much the Chef came around to each table to connect and check in on how we enjoyed the food! He and the staff brought amazing energy
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    The food was disgusting, it took fine dining to a whole new different level and not in positive way. The idea was cool and my first impression was excitement as I got greeted with free comics. However, it all changed when the food came. The cocktails were good but the food again was a let down. I was optimistic considering the reviews and buzz I’ve heard of the establishment. But each entre was definitely not delivering. The noodles and mussels were nothing but bland and didn’t make sense. It seemed like an afterthought and the sauce that was supposed to be the highlight was flavorless. I can say my glass of water had more flavor. Finally came the main entree of the night. The moment I was waiting for and keep in mind I still kept an open mind/stomach. The lamb dish was a huge letdown! My lamb was cold to the touch and my dates was raw. The lamb must have been sitting out for quite some time I believe. I can say overall that the only positive thing of this dinner was the cocktails. The desserts were subpar and the final time stone Tres leches inspired cake was literally a sponge cake or biscuit that I can get from the local Panadería drenched in a raspberry coulis. It was a difficult dessert the cake was dry and the raspberry coulis just sat on the bottom as a dipping sauce and truthfully made no difference on the dryness of the cake.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Very poor service and average food.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    No options nothing like what you find on the website
  34. JR

    JRuss

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    The restaurant and the food were average, the real problem is the inability to serve the tables. We waited 15 minutes to be seated for our reservation, another 20 minutes to have anyone (turned out to be the bartender) stop by to take our order. I understand staffing is very difficult these days, but bottom line I would not return to this restaurant due to the service.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We went to Alter Ergo based on a friend’s recommendation. The place itself was great in ambiance; however, we had higher expectations regarding the food. I asked for a Steak Salad and it was quite disappointing price-quality speaking. 70% of the bowl was lettuce and the rest was steak, avocado, etc.
  36. AR

    AnneR

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Meh. The menu looked good and the ambiance was hip but food was mediocre at best. Appetizer of pickled vegetables and Noble bread consisted of what tasted no better than a jar of pickled odds and ends from the grocery store and each piece of bread was burnt. Tofu salad was ok but bland and my companion’s burger was overdone not medium rare as requested. Won’t be back
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was such a wonderful experience! We did the Disney Dinner and I have allergies and they were so accommodating and wonderful! The food was delicious and the service was extraordinary! It is a must do experience!
  38. B

    Brittany

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire staff did a fabulous job with the themed Disney Dinner! The food was delicious and creative and the drinks were so fun. You could really feel the excitement and the heart and work that went into crafting such a fun dining experience.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came for Disney theme and let me tell you it was such a wonderful vibe
  40. JG

    JenniferG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, friendly, and great food choices.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

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 226 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Alter Ego

108 E University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281

Additional information

  • Cross street

    University Ave and S. Myrtle Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Tempe

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 6:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking only available at property. Complimentary for the first two hours with validation. Entrance is off of S. Myrtle Ave.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ+, Women

  • Executive chef

    Timothy Salgado

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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