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Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Desert Ridge

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123 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Our mission is to evolve the gastropub business by combining the traditional values of European and American pubs, to create a place where friends and family can celebrate life and enjoy handcrafted food, beers and cocktails.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 123 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichaelC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great burgers!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Father’s Day on Sunday brunch day! The chicken and waffles was my favorite dish but everything we order was delicious. The chef was on point, the waiter although very busy was attentive, and he accommodated all our dietary special needs with pleasure, and the hostess sat us right away. We made a reservation on “open table” this visit but I have gone in for lunch with out a reservation a few times. Same great service and food each time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was great. Highly recommend the cauliflower appetizer! Yummmmm

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TripleL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience4

When booking on open table normally you get seated pretty much close to your reservation.

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RobertM
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Enjoyed the restaurant. Meal was something different which is why we go out to eat. The server was caught by surprise when we mentioned we were there for restaurant week but she quickly got herself up to speed. 5 star rating on making us feel the restaurant was safe healthwise. All procedures for safety were clearly being followed. Yes, we would come again if/when the opportunity would arise. Thank you!

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vipsherryshoes1
Phoenix
38 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious; salad prepared exactly as I has requested with sauces on side.
Service was a bit slower than expected, especially since the restaurant was no crowded at all when we were there. Server was very nice; just a bit slow. Would definitely return.

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vipsherryshoes1
Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food. Also brought out complimentary brownie dessert for my son's b'day, and it was delicious!

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CynthiaF
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for lunch on the patio and it was very nice. Clean, well shaded, well spaced tables. Food was delicious and well priced. They had a nice wine list by the glass. Will return!

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vipsherryshoes1
Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was good, but I had asked for dressing and glaze on the side, and they only brought one salad with dressing on the side, but had the glaze on it; and the other salad with dressing on it, and glaze on the side. Both of these sides were supposed to be on the same salad; not one on each.

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vipBrunchGuy
Phoenix
52 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Glad to see the restaurant open again. Was a great experience. Food was tasty, service was great.

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LindaM
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific food, service and menu. Went for happy hour with friends. Great to dine out again.

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DanielH
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to eat ............................

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Desert Ridge
Responded on June 1, 2020

Daniel, Thank you for this 5 star review. We appreciate it!

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WilliamR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed Thirsty Lion. The service was fantastic. Even when I ordered a specialty drink that was not on their menu, they accommodated my request and the drink tasted perfect! I had the orange chicken, and the breading on it was light and did not leave you feeling like you had overeating. Great service, fantastic food, and pleasant decor.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Desert Ridge
Responded on June 1, 2020

Thank you William for taking the time to review us. This means a great deal to our business as we are recovering. Looking forward to taking care of you again soon. Desert Ridge Management team.

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vipJoeR
New Mexico
15 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience all around. Our waitresses was amazing and made the evening.

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vipSharonN
Phoenix
23 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant staff delivered every single menu item we selected in a very appealing presentation. Beautifully done! And, every single menu item -- DELICIOUS!
Compliments to the kitchen crew!

On to the servers...my husband and I sat at the bar. We like the casualness of it all. Bianca answered all of our questions and provided amazing suggestions. She is a true asset to the Thirsty Lion team!! Bianca's friendliness and expertise in cocktail mixology impressed us very much.

Plus, the restaurant's General Manager served up our queso & chips and asked how we were enjoying everything. He was very polite and truly wanted to know our opinions. We could tell this restaurant and his staff matters to him.

We've already shared our experience with several friends. And, we'll be back to enjoy it all again.

Thank you. Much appreciation to you all!!

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Karen
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

To ensure safety we sat on the patio. Fortunately there was hardly anyone there so
I felt very comfortable. The music was a little loud to have a conversation and there were no misters. In Phoenix in the summer there should
Have been misters;I was there from 2-4pm.

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vipBoJangles
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going here since it opened and we like the food a lot, we always like the staff and we like the way its managed. And the Margaritas are good too ! :0

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SarahD
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food is great but its hot on the patio. There was no fans or misters.

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JenniferL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The restaurant was super loud, like you had to nearly shout to have a conversation. It was really cold at first so we asked our wait staff if they could turn off the air. And they did. So that was a positive. Food was fine, nothing special but good. A little expensive. And once our waiter got to our table, he was good! Not a place I’m dying to go to next

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vipJoJo
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Work luncheon/baby shower. Great menu selection, first time visit for a few of us. All enjoyed our meal and will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food and good service. This was our first time to the Thirsty Lion and we will definitely be back!

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CaleK
Western NC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent takes in fan favorites like my Reuben; and great twists on things like their cauliflower appetizer. Great beer selection, too.

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nobody3
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

There was 2 out of 6 meals that were barely warm & none of the 3 waffles were warm enough to melt the butter on them. We've been in here five or six times on the weekends since you've opened and never had this problem before.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Scooter friendly with ample space between tables. Outside seating available. Food and service exceed expectations at the Thirsty Lion.

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SueR
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Good food for all- from salmon, cheeseburgers, fish tacos and fish and chips. Fries not to my liking- didn’t like the coating. Everyone else enjoyed them! Good beer too. Why do these kind of places find it necessary to drown out everyone’s conversation- noise level crazy high indoors and out. For that reason not going back again. 😢

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great burgers, I'm pretty fussy about my burgers 😉 gourmet is the way to go and Thirsty Lion knows how to serve up a delicious burger

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vipFoodguru
Kansas City
358 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Pretty good choices but disappointed with the fish tacos. The French dip was very good. Service was excellent.

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SherryS
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Too much food choices with bacon or pork or beef for people who don’t eat that
People waiting when so many empty tables
Very noisy can barely talk
No ice for water?
Not same size portions
Nice manager when fries were too crispy

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ShonaF
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed out meal, the service was very good and our waitress very helpful and friendly. The only thing we didn't enjoy was the loudness.

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rong
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

A little pricey,but it is Desert Ridge
$8.50 for a shot of Rump?
Ridiculous

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vipTracyS
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The music was too loud so could not take with the people we went out with to have a good time. Club sandwich was good

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DrewB
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Poor service. Food was very average. Ok if you see just going for a bar scene

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TripleL
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

When we arrived it was not very busy however it did get busier but our server was not available throughout the evening. This was my second visit and my friend's first visit. The first time the service was excellent however this time it was not very good. We had to keep asking other staff for what we needed. Also when we ordered more drinks it took forever to receive them as well. Disappointing in regards to the service. The food was good.

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vipLoud
Phoenix
69 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and drink. Healthy, innovative salads.

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JasonS
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

He’s solid experience overall, however is rather disappointed to show up around 45 minutes early for a reservation, only to be seated about five minutes after our reservation time. I realize there is a longer wait on a Saturday night, however I felt like if we walked in having a reservation we should at least be put into the line with the rest of the people who have been waiting right after us. Overall the food was excellent, the service was decent, however they did not seem to be enough bus staff on site. It was nice that everyone we interacted with was fairly friendly, however the hostess when we arrived was less so. Our server and the manager who seated us were both exceptional.

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vipFoodguru
Kansas City
358 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great KU Watch party place. Outdoor seating was excellent. Great brunch and bloodies.

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JohnP
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We have been to other Thirsty Lion's, This one seems to be way louder than others. Just regular conversations in the restaurant were deafening. It is a very nie place, just the ambient noise was too much.

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vipsherryshoes1
Phoenix
39 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was good but food is very inconsistent. Have ordered the same thing three times in a row and it’s been prepared differently every time!

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TwinMomEsq2012
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at this location. We had a great table on the patio with attentive service. I had a delicious salad, and others in my party enjoyed their various food and drink choices. Would definitely go back!

FAQs

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Desert Ridge does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Desert Ridge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (480) 555-1212.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Desert Ridge is rated 4.4 stars by 123 OpenTable diners.

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