Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Desert Ridge

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American

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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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St. Louis
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food overall. A bit pricey for a simply burger.

D
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kenzie, the server, was absolutely fantastic. Super attentive and accommodating!

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food, good drinks. Our first visit, as we were in Scottsdale on business travel and found online, was close to hotel.

l
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Kendall, was awesome!! Patio was perfect!

SS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Parking was a huge challenge in a busy Saturday night. Not sure if I will go back.

CS
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful first experience! Service was a little slow but it was Valentines. Food was excellent, great menu and drink selection. Will definitely be returning!!

KJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Korean BBQ with Kimchi is a must! Ambience was relaxing and inviting. We were able to sit outside by the fire pit after our meal to enjoy an after dinner drink. It's our new date night spot.

MW
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The manager was very accommodating when we needed to add 2 people to our reservation. We had a wonderful birthday celebration for our son. Thank you!

OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Decent food with good service.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food. Wait staff seemed a bit unorganized. Drinks and food we didn't order kept coming and what we did order was sent to another table by mistake. Food was good. They make it on the spicy side but that's ok by me.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

TL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was good, but had to wait for 45 minutes from ordering.
Ambience was lively, but loud and hard to hear & talk with friends.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Loved the Social Hour variety of food. Wished a few of the mixed drinks were on Social Hour.

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Good food, service was horrible, took wait staff 15 just to take a drink order and we went early before dinner rush? The waitress only checked on us once and that took for ever, never came back to check on drinks and had to ask an alternate server to get our waitress to pay our check.

RC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, Reuben, best I've ever had. My friend had fish and chips and said they were amazing. Our server, Brielle was very accommodating without being too fussy, gave us time to enough our food, visit, etc.

FE
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We had a pleasant service experience here, kudos for taking reservations & having table ready on time. Server was attentive & food was delivered promptly once ordered on a very busy night. Food was good but not special. Atmosphere was pleasant but quite noisy. We'll probably give it another try sometime.

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there with friends and family. Had a great time. Our waitress was phenomenal. Very communicative and friendly

JC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The "Thirsty Lion" is well appointed and decorated--and it generates a lot of energy. Surprisingly, several menu items focus on Chinese-based meals, which is fine, but a surprise for a gastropub. In any case, our party of four did not find any of our orders (i.e., hamburger, main salad, veggie burger, and fish tacos) particularly memorable or outstanding. In sum, it's a fairly nice place and convenient to Desert Ridge activities and shopping, but the physical aspects of this gastropub outpace its culinary offerings.

SN
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This new restaurant opened next to my place of employment -- so we had to try it. Many of my guests have commented on how good the food is at Thirsty Lion. My husband and I, along with our friend -- after dining here for Sunday brunch recently -- absolutely agree. But, even better than the food is the customer service. Our waitstaff -- Katie -- provided extraordinary care and attention for our dining experience. She is friendly and so very attentive, plus she offered great menu suggestions. Thank you Katie! From the moment we entered the restaurant the hostess was very engaging and explained to us that the food served was all made from scratch. She praised the chef and the kitchen for the preparation of it all. Very nice touch and great information. We will be back!!

DP
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Sports bar with average food.

s
New England
21 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

We were seated appropriately. Had requested a booth but they ignored that initially. When repeated the request they accommodated us. Food was unexceptonal. My companions enjoyed their meal but not overimpressed, espcially with the shrimp and Thai noodles. I ordered the Pub burger and requested it to be rare. It came super well done. I did not want to upset my dining companions, so I did not return it. I would have had we not been with a guest and I wanted a smooth, seamless evening. The restaurant was extremely noisy. TVs, loud music and just so all over loud that we could not have any conversation. I don't think we'll go back there.

LM
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific new location at Desert Ridge. Excellent happy hour, great food selection and friendly service. Will be a regular favorite spot.

DO
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE dined on a Friday night and enjoyed quality pub grub, craft beer, and wine. Management has empowered each employee to be responsive to any guest. Each server carries an iPad-like device to place orders initially. And then any other server who happens by and is asked for help by any guest, can immediately check on your order, re-order drinks, etc. Very nice touch that other restaurants should emulate.
Burgers and sides were cooked just right. Prices are market and worth it. Will return.

OT
Omaha
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt welcome by a great greeting from the hostesses. Staff was friendly and service great. The manager was a hands on person. He was bussing tables t help staff seat customers in a timely manner.

P
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very solid dining experience, from check in to bar to reserved table through to dessert. The place was packed, 45 min wait for those without reservations. Our table was ready at exactly the time reserved. Food was good, choices solid and well prepared. Only improvement is to turn the music volume down a bit. Tough to have a conversation over the noise. Definitely coming back!

s
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ahi tuna bowl. Great combination of flavors.

H
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Loved this place
tons of high top tables and great ambience

OT
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks

OT
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience2

We had a reservation and were seated as soon as we got there! I would recommend a reservation because the wait would have likely been long. It was very loud in the restaurant because the music was so loud so it was difficult to have conversations. I loved the overall vibe of the restaurant though. The service was okay. Our waitress was very friendly, but the service itself was very slow. We were there for over 2 hours in total and were seated right away. The food was very good and the menu had a great variety of options. The brownie was delicious! And because we were celebrating a birthday, it was complimentary, and it came with a very nice card signed by the staff. I would still go back but maybe for happy hour or a less busy night.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Burger was very good, will order it again, like the way it's infused with various ingredients

JW
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger I ever had! Cooked to perfection with a butter-grilled brioche bun and creamy melted provolone! Amazing

PW
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A bit too loud to talk but good food. I would be reluctant to go with more than one person. :-)

OT
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was good. I had the ahi salad and my husband the Caesar salad with salmon. Both dishes were good and a good portion. Only complaint is that the water they served smelled and tasted funny.

j
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

3 of 4 entries were bad and not changed for

DW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Food was good; service was also. BUT....the noise level was deafening. I was touching my wife sitting next to me and we could not talk to each other. Insult-to-injury: they hd music video audio turned up also the painful level, not that anyone could clearly hear it over the din the restaurant in general. I'm sure the servers will all suffer permanent ear damage.

Why no Boston Beer products?? Sam Adams, Angry Orchard, Twisted Tea and the extremely popular spiked sparkling water, Truly.

No good reason to return.......

G
Phoenix
113 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Food was very good and service was good, but it was so noisy you had to shout across the table.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

May have been an off night. Fish and chips were good but Cuban sandwich was not great. Service was nothing extraordinary think everyone is pretty new. We will give it one more go after a while.

PW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Gluten Free option chosen (Celiac) still had issues .
Very Noisy
Would not return to many other options

KP
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time there and other than difficulty parking, everything else was great! Definitely a lively place to eat and drink!

BS
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were there twice in two days for Dinner Brunch. Service was excellent and the manager stoped by both time to make sure we enjoying our meals. Good selection of yummy food and god service.