Pa'La Downtown

4.6
32 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Pa’La means “for-the…” and it is forged in a passion to deliver food and wine that is inherently approachable and human to our community of people. It is a vision that originated in San Sebastian Spain by restauranteur Omar Alvarez and Chef Claudio Urciuoli while enjoying a local Tempranillo and pintxos overlooking the Bay of Biscay. Drawing from coastal cultures of the Mediterranean and South America, ingredients are sourced locally with wild caught seafood, organic grains, and vegetables. Much of the menu centers around a hand-built wood burning oven, with a rotating menu of daily specials. Our wines represent small, family owned vineyards from around the world with a personal story behind each winery. Our draft beers are exclusively selected from local hand crafted breweries. It is Pa’ La’s commitment to bring a unique and unforgettable experience to the people of Phoenix and beyond.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 32 people are saying
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JenniferM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pa’La DTPHX is a gem! The staff is always warm, friendly and welcoming. They recognize me when I come in and I appreciate that.

The food is on point every time. I love the special features menu that changes all the time.. lots of new and fun and seasonal options to try. I also enjoy the small plates they offer because it’s fun to order a variety for the table so everyone can try a bit of everything… it my favorite way to eat.

The location is perfect because you can walk to a theater, a club or the stadium easily.

Highly recommend this spot!

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vipBoGaskinz
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a flawless experience all around. The hospitality matched how delicious and creative the food was. We are now hooked and Pa' La will be our go to restaurant downtown. Really great small plates so you can taste every wonderful dish they have to offer. The mussels are beyond flavorful, you could put that broth on anything. Thanks to Jason, Dalaney, and the rest of the crew for a memorable night out.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service from our waiter. Food was both beautiful and tasted delicious.

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vipexploreaz
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food and a fun vibe. Absolutely will return.

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TomM
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pa'la is what you would expect from Claudio Urcioli. Food meticulously chosen and prepared, staff that was knowledgeble and welcoming and a good wine list at reasonable prices.
One thing that stood out (aside from the menu) was the staff. They worked together seamlessly. Not once did someone come to the table and ask if we needed anything; they sensed it and brought. More water, another basket of bread and olive oil, cocktails...that skill is rare in most restaurants.
Since the pandemic, we've not been downtown in ages; how impressive Phoenix can be when it puts its nighttime clothes on! You'll love Pa'la...I did.

JB
vipJenniferB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner at this restaurant. The food was excellent and I can't wait to go back.

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vipajcenac
Phoenix
58 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is fantastic, but small plates are best options. Throw in some pizzas. Order the Margherito or Carola for awesome drinks. Enjoy the energy and vibe.

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Nottooshabby
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Food was cold and unimpressive. Service was very bad.

JM
JohnM
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We were a party of 3 for Restaurant Week. The 6 PM res was at the beginning of the rush. By the time we were finished most every table was occupied. We were able to order the entire RW menu between the three of us. Starting with three cocktails, Cetriolo Rep (5⭐️), Margherito 3.5⭐️) & Pink Med 5⭐️). The food was really good and creative. They do error on the side of spicy, particularly in the Italian sausage they use from Arcadia Meat Market. All the dishes were really well prepared and presented.
I think our server may have been new. A few miscues and some delays. For example, I had the beverage pairing which didn’t work out when the wine got to the table after we were finished with the course. No biggie, they took it off the bill, but it would have been to try it with the dish.
The rest of the menu looks too good to pass up. We’ll be back.

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GwenDo
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience4

I really wanted to like this place but am sad to say that I was pretty disappointed. The ambiance was nice, the service was good and most of the food was tasty, but honestly nothing was memorable and several things were under or over seasoned. The main problem is that the prices are completely unreasonable for how small the portion sizes are. $18 for 2 scallops. $32 for a steak that is just barely 6 ounces. The steak was served with no sides and drenched in a chimichurri that tasted mostly of vinegar. The pizza had a nice dough but the sauce was too sweet and the cheese was not salted, it general just lacked a depth of flavor. Like I said, I’m sad that Pa’la didn’t impress, since it seemed like a great addition to the Phoenix food scene. One of the great things about this town is being able to go out for exceptional culinary experiences at an affordable price, and Pa’la was anything but that. I don’t appreciate the attempt to elevate restaurant prices to that of New York or San Francisco. Keep Phoenix unique, delicious and affordable.

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OpenTable Diner
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

In town for a conference. Three of us booked a time for dinner. Actual menu was limited from web presentation. Choose a thin crust pizza. Presentation was as expected had good flavor.

Co works had featured special (trout) portion was small. Otherwise ok. Good selection of beer and wine.

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vipLvfdtvl
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time at Pa'La. We tried five different dishes and all were fabulous! The service was awesome as well. We will definitely be back!

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Scottsgirl
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good! The menu seemed small on line but they had lots of specials once you were in the restaurant. We had apps, pizza and dessert, everything was amazing. The service was great too. Highly recommend

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BillS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fantastic space, staff, location and menu. Lunch was amazing!

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DHer
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A…mazing, everything was so fresh and delicious. The best customer service, they describe everything and give great suggestions. Great experience!

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vipBill11021
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pricy but worth it. Impeccable service. Creative menu. A legitimate five star addition to downtown.

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Catwoman2
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Servers very helpful in selecting food. Portions not very large and pricey. Must order multiple selections to feel full, although they are advertised as a "Tapas" restaurant.
Would return in the future.

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vipNathanielG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The restaurant had a great vibe. The wine list was excellent. The food was fine, nothing too special.

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Harvey
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Out to dinner with friends (table for four). Every course was a delight to view and was delicious. Everyone in our party was very happy with their drink selection. I cannot wait to return.

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vipJane
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food ! Great atmosphere and service.
Very accommodating chef.

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vipNPfoodie
Minneapolis
42 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! Service staff was amazing. Next time I’m Phoenix Will visit

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and experience!!

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SLCD
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good and drink served by a friendly waitress. Made for a pleasant evening.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pa’La Downtown was fantastic. Everything was delicious and I loved the ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great

OT
OpenTable Diner
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food!

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SandraP
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Service was phenomenal, food was excellent quality, perfectly seasoned and beautifully presented.

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vipChris
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally different from the original Pa’la Kitchen experience. Still serving wonderful food, elevated and in a much more upscale environment. Still has that home cooked, authentic feel. Caught off guard in the best way. My daughter enjoyed the anchovies and tuna crudo, my wife and I loved the bone marrow special, and the orecchiette with gulf shrimp, the steak and the halibut. Pizza was perfect. Fantastic flavors and great service!! Can’t wait to come back.

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vipAZfoodie
Phoenix
55 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the new Pa’La Downtown. Fabulous fabulous fabulous!!

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vipalexascooking
Phoenix
58 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this new location. Great food, service and ambiance. Can’t wait to go back. Worth the drive downtown.

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vipmsmdgreen
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience5

The menu is small, even for tapas. Seafood included a 2 piece shrimp option, a 3 small scallop option and octopus. The margarita pizza was basically crust and sauce with one or two small pieces of mozzarella. It was awful. We actually went to Blanco across the street after we left because we were still hungry after spending $60 here. If you want a snack it’s probably fine, but if you want dinner don’t go.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We tried just about the entire menu. Everything was delicious. Anything with octopus will be fantastic, the pizzas are the perfect balance and texture. The cocktails are tasty too.

FAQs

Pa'La Downtown offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (602) 368-3052.

Pa'La Downtown is rated 4.6 stars by 32 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.