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Alter Ego

4.2
4.2
192 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 17 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

  • 5 Course Marvel Dinner

    $114.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Aug 22, 2022 only
    Join us for our next themed dinner! Dress as your favorite Marvel Character. 5 courses and 5 drinks for $95 per person. Tax and gratuity is included in the final price. Prepayment is required. Start time is promptly at 6pm. No other times available. No additional payment in the restaurant in necessary.
  • Marvel Dinner Night 2!

    $114.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Aug 23, 2022 only
    We've added a 2nd night for our Marvel Themed Dinner! Dress as your favorite Marvel Character. 5 courses and 5 drinks for $95 per person. Tax and gratuity is included in the final price. Prepayment is required. Start time is promptly at 6pm. No other times available. No additional payment in the restaurant in necessary. Please note any food allergies or requests for non-alcoholic drinks in your reservation.

What 192 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • East Valley

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    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.
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. JG

    JenniferG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service, friendly, and great food choices.
  7. JT

    JTyree

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to visit for a drink or a great meal. Friendly staff, prices are pretty good considering the quality of menu items, love the downtown Tempe vibe. Check out the upstairs pool/lounge area at sunset!! Its a must.
  8. YE

    YES2JOY

    Atlanta

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    I use to LOVE + Crave the Katsu Chicken Sandwich so much that I would rave about it to anyone headed to Tempe for a meal. My 1st visit to PHX + the Canopy Tempe transpired in January '21 to which I was WOWED beyond words by my dynamic dining experience, extraordinary interaction with the chefs, my colossal, piping hot + mouthwatering Katsu Chicken Sandwich joined by some of the best fries I've ever eaten! My daughter + I enJOYed this experience twice more before departing PHX. We returned in July '21 + a repeat performance was gifted to us - WOWED Again!! After relocating to PHX in August '21, I treated some friends to my raved about Katsu Chicken Sandwich = everyONE was WOWED! Onward to my September '21 visit where my prized delight had diminished in size, new unfriendly chefs were visible + my familiar servers had departed. I discussed my disappointment with my server + was gifted with my usual fare. Onward, I'd visit monthly throughout '21 + experience the switch + bate size game. I'd watch other patrons receive the Katsu Chicken Sandwich in varying sizes, which I found perplexing. Why should I constantly remind my server about the portion variances + request continuously my proper portion? Why have my sandwiches depleted in stature vs. the grand-looking sandwich pictured on your website? Maybe I was dining consistently to much at Alter Ego, so I scaled back after December '21. On 7.12.22, my daughter + I were in Tempe for a meeting + decided to try the Katsu Chicken Sandwich again. The $16 sandwich was served hot + flavorful, yet the chicken was dismal in size - 1 deflated thin piece (didn't peak outside of the bun as illustrated) of chicken accompanied by a basket of broken (bits + pieces) fries. My daughter was famished + time didn't allow us to reverse the order - honestly, I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO!!!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I had a party of 12 at Alter Ego for brunch. The experience was extremely disappointing. The bar tender was our server. She labeled the guests as numbers and advised not to move seats. She explained this would help her keep track of who ordered what and billing. The bills came all individually which was fine but we were surprised to see that after being numbered they were still wrong. The food was also disappointing the breakfast potatoes, waffle and cinnamon rolls were all hard as a rock and dry. The burger, fries and breakfast flatbread were probably the best menu item ordered. I will not dine at Alter Ego again!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    I was not super impressed with this restaurant. First I could not find the hostess stand to check in for my reservation and no one greeted us when we first walked in. Secondly- we ordered drinks and got them after our appetizer ( fried rice-which was not fried and tasted like rice with soy sauce) and meal before we even got our drinks. The food was fine but nothing special and the service was not good. I really wanted to like this restaurant but sadly will not be returning due to the average food and poor service.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I was so excited to try this place, my salmon was good but the service left such an impression on me that I don’t think I’ll come back nor recommend this place. For starters, when you come in, there isn’t really a hostess desk, you kind of just wing it and stand wherever while ppl just walk past you in a hurried fashion “appearing” to be busy and in a rush but when we got there, the place was just about empty. We just stood there waiting for someone to acknowledge us. Other ppl we watched come in did the same thing, no one knew where to stand or be and they took forever to acknowledge them. They finally sat us and we just sat there, it took us forever to get service and menus. My friend had to have her meal remade (which ain’t the worst thing), my mom was given the wrong meal with overcooked meat but she was too nice to complain, her drink was awful but again, too nice to say anything. We were trying to look at the menus and the other server comes over and she tries to take it from us because they need it for another table, they only gave us 2 to begin with because they ran out. Everything felt extremely disorganized, hurried, and our being there felt more like an inconvenience rather than a desire. As if we were inconveniencing them for deciding to book a reservation there. I won’t again.
  12. NU

    NataliaU

    New England

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Wings were under cooked. Steak and chimichurri were both dry (not sure how that’s possible). And, there was an ant in my meal. Pear salad was good but the portion was laughable for the price. Martini and wine were good. Service was good.
  13. HN

    HollyN

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Been here several times and always been happy, last nights server was the slowest, seemed lost and confused, honestly not deserving of a 20% tip I left on a large bill. Won’t likely return. Even though the food was excellent, you can’t expect people to continue to pay high dollar tickets with subpar service.
  14. T

    Travler

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The layout and atmosphere is awesome. The seating arrangement is private enough for intiment moments.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went on a double date with friends and it was an amazing time! The staff there are so polite and we sat by the chef who explained meals to us as well. We’ll definitely be back the food and drinks were fantastic!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Free 2 hr valet Parking Sat down immediately - outside with misters Elmer our waiter was awesome Food well presented and delicious Don't forget the flight of house made icecream😋
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good is great love the atmosphere they had live music at brunch was really lovely
  18. LH

    LynnH

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Looking forward to going back! Had a great experience!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    My husband and I celebrated our anniversary with dinner at Alter Ego. We were immediately greeted with the most amazing scent white tea and thyme scent that all of the Hilton’s use in their properties. The menu for restaurant week was fantastic and our server Raphael was very friendly! We will definitely visit again :-)
  20. DP

    DonnaP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good Spirited wait staff!! Loved the lobby vibe. We had the Best experience for the Spring Restaurant Week! The food selections were fantastic!!! Chef Tim was the absolute BEST. We also had great service from Stevie, and Bailey😀
  21. g

    greta

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place is an unassuming restaurant located in the lobby area of the Canopy Hotel but don't be fooled by the small space. This restaurant knows what they're doing! The meal we had was seriously INCREDIBLE. I mean, I would have licked the romesco sauce from the bowl if I wasn't wearing a fancy dress and you know, in public. Our absolute favorite of the night was the creamed corn. Just the most beautifully decadent rich corn perfectly paired with the scallops. With how much corn we ate, it was surprising we weren't tired of it by the end. Each dish presented a new twist on corn and it was delightful. I'd highly recommend anyone try this place. Especially their restaurant week menu. You won't be sorry!
  22. TD

    TempeD

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    Located in the hotel lobby. Not the best ambiance. Food was ok but overpriced. Bar prices were stupid pricey. The whole meal was rushed by the staff, resulting in this less than stellar experience. We will never be back.
  23. C

    Chris

    Poconos

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend this lovely Breakfast / Brunch place. The watermelon mimosa's were to die for. Everyone in our party ordered something else. All was delicious! Highly recommend the Chicken & Waffles. Very good and fulling. The live singer was a bonus!
  24. N

    Noogie8

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Good food. Musician was good, mellow spot. Ambiance is nice.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    We were there on Mother's Day and for the price of $72 per person we were disappointed. The food was good. We asked for coffee and didn't find out it wasn't included until we got the bill.....$8.00 for each cup. Plus over $50.00 extra for tips etc. Our waitress seemed to forget about is as they became more busy. It just wasn't worth it.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Couldn’t find the right entrance, staff just watched without saying anything then when asking for the special after waiting 20 mins, they said it was upstairs. Went upstairs and waited 10 mins before trying to get helped at the bar which we were then ignored there as well. Left without ever even talking to ANYONE that worked there.
  27. RR

    RyanR

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for Star Wars night and had an incredible experience. Everyone that works there is great and we loved Tim.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For our birthdays I treated my person to a Star Wars themed dinner. Adam adored it and had a wondering time! It was such a great value the drinks and theme were so creative. It was a wonderful night full of great memories!
  29. B

    Bradley

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience! Great menu! Everyone went above and beyond. Please do another Star Wars night!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Events are their best dining options
  31. NA

    NiecyA

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was very good, service was good, location in downtown Tempe was good. I appreciated the complimentary 2 hour free Valet parking. What I didn't know is that this is a lobby restaurant, you basically sit in the lobby. There is some outdoor dining but the street noise is loud. It was relatively quiet in the lobby when I was there but the ambiance, though the surroundings are very nice, wasn't great. I probably won't go back but I wanted to check it out, and, did I mention, the food was very good!
  32. Q

    suzieQ

    Los Angeles

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Steak salad was tasty but the meat was tough and grisly. Fries excellent. Salmon was also very good. Sat on patio and traffic noise including many sirens was too much. Recommend indoors
  33. SD

    ScottsdaleDiner

    Phoenix

    58 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We both had the steak salad - which we've had before - it was excellent. Our waiter, Elmer, has served us before, and is a great guy. We normally come for dinner before a show at Gammage.
  34. H

    Heidis

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    My family enjoyed their meals. Good flavors. After initial flawed greeting, service and food was great.
  35. M

    Mark

    Phoenix

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great new University restaurant, try the burger and chicken sandwich
  36. T

    Tara

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed Easter brunch. Sat on the patio, tried a little of everything (and it was all amazing), nice music.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easter Brunch was OUTSTANDING!!!!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food, service, ambiance and musi, but the music was a little loud.
  39. HB

    HollyB

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Modern, clean vibe space serving food that was very tasty, with fresh ingredients!
  40. KP

    KristinP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    So tasty!!! Drinks were on point. The chicken sandwich is SO GOOD. Will be coming back! It’s gorgeous and very peaceful inside.

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 4.2 stars by 192 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 17 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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