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House of Tricks

4.4
4.4
1111 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
House of Tricks offers a blend of cultural flavors inspired by an international range of ingredients and spices. Guests in Tempe, Arizona can visit House of Tricks for seasonally rotating items that often include ahi tuna salad, herb braised lamb shank, New York strip steak, free range pork chops, corn bread BLT sandwiches, black bean burgers and more. House of Tricks offers a range of vegetarian, vegan and meat dishes to be enjoyed for lunch and dinner. Items on the menu are made using locally available ingredients and fresh imports made to order. Specialties are recommended by the chefs and include homemade meatloaf, grilled chicken breast, grilled salmon and teriyaki steak.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (480) 968-1114
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Kelly Fletcher
  • Private party facilities
    House of Tricks is a unique setting for meetings, receptions and all types of celebrations. Whether dining indoors with elegant turn-of-the century ambiance or outdoors on candlelit patios, your guests will be delighted by our gracious staff and mouth-watering cuisine.
  • Private party contact
    Janis Brown: (877) 487-5613
  • Neighborhood
    Tempe
  • Cross street
    Mill Avenue and University Drive
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    House of Tricks is located 2 short blocks from the Veteran"s Way Metro Light Rail stop. Just cross Fifth Street at Forest Avenue and head south to Seventh Street. Turn right on Seventh, and we are on your right. The Veteran's Way station is also the home of the Tempe Transportation Center and the hub of public transportation in Tempe.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,111 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.5Ambience

NoiseModerate

1,111 Reviews
  1. MarcoChavez

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Location, charm, and service were all there.. the only thing lacking was quality of food. The menu choices were appealing, but execution of the dishes fell short. Perhaps it was an off night, will try once again during another season to allow for change.

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  2. Kevin

    Phoenix

    54 reviews

    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    brought some friends who thoroughly enjoyed their meal as did we

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  3. tempegem

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love the restaurant; food is excellent; service superb!

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  4. amy7

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious beet, nut and shaved Brussel sprout salad with warm vinaigrette, great tenderloin, charming outdoor dining in the lit garden area.

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  5. booterno

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate outside on the patio at 7:30 PM. With the misters going it was quite pleasant, even though the outdoor temperature was over 95 degrees. We ordered an the smoked wild boar appetizer, and it was excellent. The combination of a tart slaw with the sweet potatoes and pork, piled on a tortilla was perfect. The pousson chicken and salmon dishes were also excellent; we finished them both, which is unusual for us. Our son had the Ahi tuna sushi style dish and, while he boxed up what was left, he ate it for breakfast the next morning and said it was just as good. The mark of high quality food is being able to take it home and have it be as good or better the next day.

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  6. Keita

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    House of Tricks is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is superb. The service is great and the atmosphere is charming. It's well worth the price!

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  7. Kevin

    Phoenix

    54 reviews

    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Have always been very happy dining here. Consistently good across the board. Too bad it was truly too warm to be outside.

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  8. JNewRiver

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 30, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    On a lazy Labor Day weekend, lunch at House of Tricks was a relaxing and delicious way to enjoy a late afternoon lunch. The menu is extensive and the items as good as they are described. The waitstaff was a pleasure with friendly, knowledgeable and excellent recommendations and attentive service. The ambiance is one of being at a country home but we are near the middle of downtown. That is something that can still happen in Tempe, AZ. We will be back.

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  9. LeonardW

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    House of Tricks is the dining preference in Tempe for that special occasion. In a word it is " Just right"

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  10. FormerNOLANative

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    House of Tricks is as wonderful as it has always been...since the day it opened. I've never been disappointed. The staffing is as outstanding as the food, too!

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  11. Almostfull

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The House of Tricks has a unique ambiance and provides a nice setting. The service was good, but the food was extremely underwhelming especially for the price. As an aside, I took my husband there for his birthday and they didn't even provide a complementary birthday dessert. I understand that they don't have to, but I don't think I've ever been to a restaurant that didn't (including those that are much cheaper and those that are much more expensive). Overall a disappointment. In talking to others, the consensus seems to be good atmosphere, lousy food (I should have talked to them before I went).

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    House of Tricks is a lovely setting with excellent service. Staff are attentive with a quick response to any request. Would definitely recommend for special occasion, date night or a pleasant setting for quality evening with family and or friends.

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  13. jbphx

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location, great atmosphere, great food, great wine and friendly service. Could not ask for more.

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  14. Antonio

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    So a great experience overall, second time we were there. Mussels and drinks fantastic, main entree tuna very disappointing. Split it. Too much rice, way too salty, wasabi cream has no wasabi, sweet and sour sauce nicely presented but strange tasting, not enough tuna. This dish needs to be fixed. Everything else exceeded expectations. Excellent spot for date night.

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  15. trubluaz

    Phoenix

    32 reviews

    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our second visit here. First since they parted with their longtime chef Kelly Fletcher. We started with the Caesar Salad and Wild Boar appetizer. Boar was very appetizing. Cod special with the potatoes au gratin very flavorful and nicely prepared. I went with the Seared Ahi Tuna, Sticky Rice Cake, and Sesame Kale. Ahi was nicely prepared but when bit into the kale it was "OVERLY" salted ruined the entire dinner. Waitress apologized and took it off the bill offered to make another entrée my appetite was ruined by the amount of salt used. NO APOLOGY FROM MNGR OR CHEF??? Not the same place at all. Why is it so hard for a Restaurant MNGR or Chef to accept responsibility anymore? Shame was a favorite not anymore though.

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  16. Chrism

    Austin

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Brought customers from Europe to House of Tricks for a business dinner recently. They really enjoyed the outside dining experience and found the meal and wine excellent.

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  17. Fresh

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Too much focus on how many ingredients can be put on one plate and not enough focus on preparation and presentation. I am really bored with servers taking a full minute to describe what's in a soup or two minutes to describe an appetizer. I have to order an extra cocktail just to get through the litany of ingredients in the specials. The service was mediocre. The noise level was like a college bar.

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  18. Delt

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Decided to try this restaurant on a whim and it was a wonderful experience. Great find and a very nice atmosphere

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  19. JimyMac

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We don't come here as often as we did when we lived closer, but it is still a favorite. We chose to celebrate our anniversary here this year and it measured up to our expectations. Complementary champagne with our desert was a pleasant surprise.

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  20. CarlJ

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As usual our meal was outstanding the appetizer and delicious. We have been coming here for years and always enjoy our meals and the service is always outstanding.

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  21. Lovelynight

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and went for our 15th anniversary. The food was wonderful and the staff was attentive and yet unobtrusive. It was a fabulous and meal and the perfect romantic atmosphere for our big night.

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  22. AZJamie

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu is delightful and the service was wonderful. Can't wait to go back.

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  23. JanefromPeoria

    Phoenix

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fun, relaxing place to enjoy with a friend for lunch. Good food, great service!

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  24. Spot

    Phoenix

    101 reviews

    5.0

    101 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Before I had mostly gone to House of Tricks for a glass of wine or cocktail. This time I was heading to a party in Tempe and decided to have dinner there. What a phenomenal experience! Our waiter was superb, and the food was beyond compare. The entire hostess & wait staff were very warm and efficient. Overall a great experience!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere, and great service.

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  26. Callie

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant! Wonderful menu and excellent food!

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  27. LongTimeFans

    Phoenix

    59 reviews

    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This was our first visit. We had heard great reviews about the relaxing and beautiful outdoor seating area. It definitely is as good as we had heard, but probably not for AZ monsoon/humidity season. The patio has plenty of shade, and the restaurant has misters to help cool things off, but despite that on this sticky day we should have asked to sit inside. Everything else about our experience was wonderful. The food was as visually appealing as it was tasty, service was excellent, and the menu had a great variety of brunch options. The wine list (more like a book) is comprehensive, and they offer a very good white and red special selection by the glass. This is a must-visit if you are looking for great food and atmosphere in Tempe.

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  28. dotnetnate

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just had a business lunch on a surprisingly perfect day in the middle of summer in AZ so we sat outside. Nobody was around (perhaps they missed the "we're open after the summer break" memo) so it was dead quiet, not that it's ever obscenely loud for lunch. At any rate, I had the grilled chicken sandwich which was absurdly fantastic. A colleague had the PB&J which he raved about. Forgot what our third diner had since I was too engrossed in mine to really pay attention and was slightly envious of the PB&J.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2014

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Average sums up the experience at House of Tricks. My dinner companion and I had a fish dish, shared a salad and a scallop appetizer. All the food was good but not great considering the cost of the dinner. I requested indoor dining to avoid being bothered by bugs and during the whole dinner we were swatting away a fly. It was very annoying. I chose House of Tricks because of the reviews and proximity to Gammage Theater as we were going to see a show after dinner. It satisfied our hunger but the experience and food were unremarkable.

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  30. FormerNOLANative

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably 25+ years ago, Tricks arrived near ASU. I suspect more business has been conducted at Trick's than any board/bored room at the University! But it's perfect for Date Night, group celebrations, Girl Talk and Boy Talk. I have always loved Trick's (again, since it opened) and still do! They can handle any event that you can imagine!

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  31. DKWalser

    Phoenix

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to the House of Tricks for our anniversary dinner. It was a perfect choice. For appetizers, we had the smoked salmon and the foie gras. Each was superbly prepared. We both enjoyed the roasted beet and shaved Brussels sprout salad. It had a well balanced pallet of contrasting textures and flavors. The entrees were also well prepared. I had the roasted beed tenderloin and my wife had the sea bass. Each was accompanied by nicely prepared vegetables and starches. My wife enjoyed the bread pudding for desert while I had the Mexican chocolate brownie. In between each course, we were allowed time to talk. Yet, we never felt neglected by the friendly wait staff.

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  32. Jeanniesthoughts

    Phoenix

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the food at House of Tricks and the ambiance of the old house makes it a unique place to bring friends. Best Tuna Melt in the Universe. We also like to support family owned (not chain) businesses. We brought friends from Florida who own a huge restaurant supply business and they loved it. Believe me, they have restaurant experience.

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  33. FlyingGirl

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited for lunch on Saturday and had a lovely table indoors. The restoration of these historic homes is faithful without being dated and the artworks on the walls are outstanding, worth walking through the buildings to see. Our meals were creative and so tasty! I appreciate their super fresh ingredients and terrific food pairings.

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  34. Keita

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    House of Tricks is one of my all time favorite restaurants. The food is superb and the service is excellent.

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  35. alpine3

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an early dinner because we were going to see "Jersey Boys". They were sensitive to our time restraints. Offered a special on a wine we liked, which was excellent. Food was excellent. My husband said his beef tenderloin was the best he's ever had.

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  36. ChrisD

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2014

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I have been eating here for years and chose it for our 28th wedding anniversary dinner this past week. The food was a disappointment. The cheese plate had burnt bread, the cheese did not taste very good, especially in a pool of sauce. The salad was fine. My husband said his serving was too little for his meal. It was a disappointment and I may not return. Given that it was a cheese plate for my meal, I was rather surprised it could be that bad! More variety of cheeses, in smaller pieces, crackers would work fine and perhaps put the sauce in a small bowl in case it is not wanted, rather than ruin the cheese with it. My brother in law is a professional chef and would have done a much better job.

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  37. Flowers

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Had brunch on Saturday and food was excellent. I selected the quiche and soup with fresh fruit and thoroughly enjoyed every bite. Close quarters inside so conversations tend to overlap . Great service.

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  38. jenswen

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant is so unique and full of character. The food and wine options are amazing. I hadn't been here for a few years and was so happy that it was as great as I had remembered it. Amazing!

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  39. Manero

    Indiana

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2014

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the momet we entered The House Of Tricks we knew we found a gem! The food was amazing, and truly the Muessels will spoil you for life! We have enjoyed nothing their equal; the portion is so generous my husband made it his meal! I would also recommend the Salmon, and the Brussel sprouts perfection! Our waitress, Naomi, was the treat of the night. She had such positive energy, made excellent recommendations, and perfect timing! She made our dining experience memorable!

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  40. Yaya

    Phoenix

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2014

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    I have been coming to House of Tricks since they opened for business in the late 1980's. It is a very rare occasion for the food to disappoint. I have loved their garlicky Ceaser salad for years but the dressing tasted a little off this time. However the special of the day, a pork belly and caramelized onion stuffed chicken was the bomb. Amazing combination of favors assisted by a peach Bellini gastrique. The salted caramel apple bread pudding was moist and yummy. Service was attentive and waiter very well informed. Because of the heat we choice to eat inside which is never a good decision because of the cramped space. The beautiful patio is where you need to be to best appreciate House of Tricks.

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House of Tricks is rated 4.4 stars by 1111 OpenTable diners.

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114 E. 7th St., Tempe, AZ 85281

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Mill Avenue and University Drive
  • Neighborhood
    Tempe
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Public transit
    House of Tricks is located 2 short blocks from the Veteran"s Way Metro Light Rail stop. Just cross Fifth Street at Forest Avenue and head south to Seventh Street. Turn right on Seventh, and we are on your right. The Veteran's Way station is also the home of the Tempe Transportation Center and the hub of public transportation in Tempe.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Kelly Fletcher
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (480) 968-1114
  • Private party facilities
    House of Tricks is a unique setting for meetings, receptions and all types of celebrations. Whether dining indoors with elegant turn-of-the century ambiance or outdoors on candlelit patios, your guests will be delighted by our gracious staff and mouth-watering cuisine.
  • Private party contact
    Janis Brown: (877) 487-5613
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