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House of Tricks

4.4
1409 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining (2838)
  • Neighborhood Gem (2150)
  • Special Occasion (1971)

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

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Phone number
(480) 968-1114
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Kelly Fletcher
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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.
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Private party contact
Janis Brown: (877) 487-5613
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Mill Avenue and University Drive
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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, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Smoking Area, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.2
service
4.5
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAZfoodie (Milwaukee)
3.0  Dined on September 5, 2014

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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tempegem (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 5, 2014

Love the restaurant; food is excellent; service superb!

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vipGobzafun (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on September 5, 2014

brought some friends who thoroughly enjoyed their meal as did we

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amy7 (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2014

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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booterno (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2014

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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Keita (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2014

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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vipGobzafun (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on August 30, 2014

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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JNewRiver (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 30, 2014

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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LeonardW (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2014

House of Tricks is the dining preference in Tempe for that special occasion. In a word it is " Just right"

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FussyBarbie (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 29, 2014

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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Almostfull (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on August 26, 2014

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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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2014

Love this place. Menu changes regularly. Food is always a great ride for the taste buds. Will definitely return again.

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 23, 2014

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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Harazona (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on August 23, 2014

We loved the menu choices and the outdoor dining area. Service was very good as was our lunch. Everything was fresh well prepared. I would go back for lunch or dinner.

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jbphx (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2014

Great location, great atmosphere, great food, great wine and friendly service. Could not ask for more.

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Antonio (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 22, 2014

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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viptrubluaz (Phoenix)
2.0  Dined on August 22, 2014

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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Chrism (Austin)
4.0  Dined on August 20, 2014

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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Fresh (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 19, 2014

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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vipDelt (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 19, 2014

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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JimyMac (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 16, 2014

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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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2014

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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MsVickiT (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 15, 2014

We were seated in one of the cottages for lunch (it's too hot to eat outside this time of year). The wine specials are always a great value, as are all the lunch priced entrees. My husband had the burger special and I had the trout. I was worried that it might be too spicy from the description but everything was seasoned perfectly as was the portion size. At first I thought it might be too much, but it disappeared quickly with me feeling satisfied but not overly full (which I hate). I love this place.

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Lovelynight (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on August 14, 2014

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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AZJamie (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2014

The menu is delightful and the service was wonderful. Can't wait to go back.

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JanefromPeoria (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2014

A fun, relaxing place to enjoy with a friend for lunch. Good food, great service!

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vipSpot (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 9, 2014

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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MikieEats (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on August 8, 2014

House of Tricks has been a favorite of ours for many years and our recent visit found the kitchen continues to do a wonderful, yummy job and the service is personable! The daily special salad was delightful, the seared fois gras on a tamale was sinfully rich, and the lamb rack was perfect. After starting with a couple of excellent mixed drinks (if you like Hendrick's gin, there are several concoctions featuring it), we enjoyed a bottle of Sean Minor pinot with the fois gras and the lamb. Given the heat we ate inside - the romantic choice - but with the misters the patio and bar would have been ok and as it cools off the patio is best for larger parties - and the patio bar is great for drinks & nibbles. Definitely recommended!

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OpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2014

Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere, and great service.

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Callie (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 2, 2014

Great restaurant! Wonderful menu and excellent food!

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