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Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Desert Ridge

4.4
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168 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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 168 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HeatherC
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Service was very slow, food menu is now limited due to Covid, very loud and crowded. No longer a favorite place to eat out.

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DomP
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came with my GF's family, we all loved it and Angie (not sure of the spelling) was terrific!

Will be back again and again.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience. Was there catching up with a long time friend and our server was amazing and let us be but kept the service up to excellent standards.

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ReasonableExpectations
Phoenix
44 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

This is a young peoples meet and great and is very loud. The food is alright but for a very senior couple it isn't worth the 25 minute drive.

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vipBretH
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Mom’s Birthday. Great Food, terrific service. Had a nice time

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vipGregH
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I’m a retired professional restaurateur and enjoy late afternoon dining at the bar. This restaurant was spot on. I seldom give 5 stars.

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MaryannL
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

It could have been better had the waitress had a little personality.
The food was good. The steak was great. I reserved a table for husbands birthday. It was never mentioned. The table was in a back corner. 😩

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AnneW
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were there for happy hour on the patio. We had the spicy chicken sliders and carnitas tacos. The tacos were very spicy but good. The sliders terrific. Just perfect for 2.

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vipAnnaMarieH
Palm Springs
78 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great fried chicken sliders and brussel sprouts. This is always my go to chain so I was so happy there was one close by to my hotel.

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StephanieO
Cincinnati
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating here but definitely not the last! Wonderful establishment! We had to wait longer than expected for our drinks but it was not an issue for us. Food was outstanding and we highly recommend the Spicy Cauliflower!

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MarciaB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at the Thirsty Lion - other than the noise level (too loud) we enjoyed ourselves.
We will return.

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DanA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, highly recommend! Food came out quickly and hot, service was amazing.

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kellyp
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, our go to local spot a few times a week!

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jaylien1
Nashville
21 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a very friendly and accommodating staff.

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DebbieM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was delicious on the patio, service was great.

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abossyItalian
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

First time at Desert Ridge location (2nd at Thirsty Lion overall). Our server was delightful, super friendly with a sweet personality. Restaurant was not at all crowded at our mid-afternoon Saturday visit, but was starting to pick up a bit as we were leaving. The service was much better than the food. My friend's Cobb salad looked absolutely delicious, and an average portion size. Honestly, it seemed a bit overpriced at almost $17. I think $13 would be better. The happy hour appetizers were ok, good value, but a little flat in taste. The artichoke spinach dip could have used a bit more seasoning, more garlic, more salt and pepper. The calamari was alright, a little on the chewy side, and the coating was uninspiring. The best part of the calamari was the 2 sauces, a lemon aioli and a spicy mayo-type sauce. I don't think I'll be back. On 2 visits to 2 different locations, I left both times with that feeling of "meh...it was ok".

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DarlaF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely Love this place. Something for everyone. Service has always been great.

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BethA
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great customer service! Also, witnessed the GM handle a very rude and mouthy man who had too much to drink. Security was called in because the man was being such a jerk. But the GM handled it great, despite the fact that the guy was swearing at him. I think half the restaurant was ready to jump on the guy if he’d laid a finger on the GM!

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PatriciaM
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Many patrons cued up right outside the front door as they had no reservations and were waiting to get in. Inside patrons were nicely spaced.

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vipBryanS
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to eat. Lots of options. Service was good and friendly.

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FelixK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Gastropub burger was out of this world, get it medium, so it is juicy. Cocktail selection is terrific, we love Blood Orange Cosmo! Overall, this place is great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and service was fantastic

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nancyp
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience1

We love this place for brunch or lunch.
We met friends for dinner, the music was so loud that we had to shout at one another. Not a pleasant evening.

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vipXavier
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Good images; spicy tuna roll was the best part. Great sounding menu with wonderful pics to boot but the final product is somewhere in between Friday's and Olive Garden: salt laden, heavy sauces. Good for a like a quick drink and appetizer after work; for a real dinner explore other options.

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vip1216
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service!! Will be back for sure

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vipWendyM
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time ever at The Thirsty Lion. I was impressed by the ambiance and the transformation of the interior inside. Our table was in accordance with the social distancing guidelines, clean with comfy leather seats. I ordered the the green chili chicken avocado sandwich with the staffs recommendation. The chicken was cooked perfectly and I loved all the spicy flavors. My husband and I are looking forward to coming back for the brunch menu, my only criticism is the drink menu is a bit overpriced.

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TripleL
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The calamari and sliders were really good.
The pretzel was okay. Not that good. Kind of hard and did not seem fresh. Chicken tenders were delicious as always. The marquarita was weak. More sweet and sour not very much Tequila.

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vipsherryshoes1
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I always tend to order the same salad, and it was prepared exactly as I specified. Good food, good service.

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vipJacciD
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I’ve eaten at the TL in downtown a Denver and Tempe. Tonight I went to Desert Ridge Location. Portions were WAY smaller (my Ahi Tuna Salad was not only tiny but not seared with the special blackened herbs like I had at Tempe Marketplace).
So disappointing. I’d been craving this salad since I had it less than a month ago. Won’t go to that location again.

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Gene
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the restaurant , but it is almost impossible ,even at the virus level of occupancy to carry on a conversation i appreciate this is a bar and sports area ,but way to noisy

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RandyA
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Even though we've been to a Thirsty Lion before, we didn't realize what a great bar selection there is. Also, we love the menu variety--it caters to many tastes.

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vipGuest
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great place. Will go back.

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vipsherryshoes1
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My ahi salad was good and came as I ordered with dressing on side.
My friend's calamari was not crispy at all.
Service was good once our server came to our table; it just took quite awhile for her to initially get to us.

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Elle
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time diners. Two of us-both ordered brunch and both really enjoyed our choices., Chilaquiles and one of the egg dishes. The menu has variety but not overwhelming. You can eat in the restaurant and not be outblasted by the TVs/sports, but also seems like a good spot to catch a game which we will do next time. During Covid, spacing was more than adequate and staff was attentive to rules and we observed lots of cleaning so it felt safe to be there.

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vipKyle
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and brittany is awesome

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TamaraB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Thirsty Lion....
Prefer to go during Happy Hour, as the value for the prices are much better.

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vipKyle
New Mexico
21 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good is great !!

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DebbieB
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Had a couple bloody Mary's that were very good. Food was decent nothing fantastic, we each had one of the 2 eggs benedicts. Could have been warmer and potatoes were on the hard side. Service was bad which was surprising because it was slow and they had lots of employees standing around... It was disappointing since we went there because of great reviews.

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Potter
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I tried a new dish - the Tuscan Romano Chicken - and it was fantastic! I will definitely be getting it again. This restaurant consistently serves excellent, made-from-scratch dishes. Love it!

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vipMcTheny
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great - service was great - following rules for Covid distancing

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 168 OpenTable diners.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Desert Ridge does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.thirstyliongastropub.com/GIFTCARDS.

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.