Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Desert Ridge, AZ

4.4
466 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Support Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Desert Ridge, AZ during COVID-19

Experiences

  • Fall Arizona Restaurant Week September 17th - 26th

    $33.00 per person

    Sep 17 - Sep 26, 2021

    Choose one starter, entrée and dessert to complete your 3-course meal! Starter - choice of one Grilled Fresh Artichoke Spicy Shrimp Ceviche Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad Entrees - choice of one Wagyu Beef Burger Seared Atlantic Sea Scallops Tuscan Romano Chicken Dessert - choice of one Cask Iron Skillet Mixed Berry Crumble Crème Brulee Deep Dish Chocolate Porter Brownie For complete menu details, please visit https://arizonarestaurantweek.com/listing/thirsty-lion-gastropub-grill-desert-ridge/

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 466 people are saying
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vipAZNative
Phoenix
46 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food choices on restaurant week were great. I had caprese, scallops, and berry crumble. All terrific. Carly gave fabulous service - food was hot and very tasty. We came in for restaurant week but will be back often!

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Staz13
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is terrific. The happy hour has a great selection of app, wines and cocktails. Their menu is full of tasty entrees. The desserts are generous. Can't say enough about the service! All of the staff is friendly and attentive.

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vipDaveK
Phoenix
32 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have dined at the Thirsty Lion Gastrpub several times and had good service an great food Last night was not our best time. Service was slow, it took a long time to get our drinks. We ordered Sangria and it was awful, we squeezed our orange slice in the drink to help with the taste. This helped but had to ask the server for some sugar which made the drink, drinkable. I ordered fish and chips, which was over cooked to near burned. The wife ordered a hamburger and fries and she loved it. Not all was a loss. I noticed one bartender trying to take care of the entire restaurant.

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vipTammy
Phoenix
60 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal!! Great service. Restaurant week menu is simply fantastic.

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JohnG
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is really good and the service was excellent. I highly recommend!

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MatthewI
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday lunch for my husband. They even let him take his free bday brownie to go as he was too full from his meal. But the best part and really the most touching is they all signed a bday card for him!! It's little touches like that which put them in that brilliant, above and beyond category.

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vipTracyinAZ
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Courtney was a great server and easily accommodated my meal changes. The club sandwich (friend had that) was delicious. My Brussel sprout salad was very yummy (I sub avocado for the chicken- vegetarian). Kids meal menu has great options, too. Highly recommend!

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vipDavidB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

EXCELLENT service, good food, clean, nice, lots of TVs. I'll be back for sure.

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SharleneC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Restaurant week menu didn't have what I ordered, food bland...The TV screens outside had music videos and the inside had sports...The only bad restaurant experience we had after being in Phoenix for a week

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Enjoyeatingout
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice. We went there for Restaurant Week but will definitely return. We sat on the patio, it was lovely.

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ErnieF
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! Thirsty lion has turned into one of my favorite places! I highly recommend the white cheddar BBQ burger!

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AllanK
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was very good, everyone at our party of four liked what they ordered. It was a bit cool inside and its a fairly loud place even during the weeknights. The waitress was very good as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

I come to this establishment quite often and typically they’re always great across the board. This time, our server wasn’t as top notch as usual; however, the manager (Amy I believe) was amazing in saving the night.

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AimeeJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service

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vipsherryshoes1
Phoenix
47 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was as good as could have been expected, as they were busy and seemed a bit short on help. Food was consistently good.

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vipFOODIEDIVA
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute place, the food is always amazing. Large portions and yummy

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We are no stranger to Thirsty Lion Gastropub, it’s on our list of go to spots to get a quick drink and snack while we are on the go. We haven’t had a bad meal out of all the plates ordered aver the last few years. I suggest the “Scotch eggs” they’re amazing, they also make a great old fashion. Cheers!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great server! Kendal. He was great. The food is amazing! We can’t stop going back. So many great foods. Spicy Cauliflower. You must try it!

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PaschaDee
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to eat but bring a sweater, gets a little chilly inside for some of us.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet up with old friends.

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vip1216
Cleveland
19 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Our server was excellent. Always consistent service!!

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NatalieH
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food3service1ambience5

Service was terrible food was mediocre. Waitress should offer Happy Hour drinks to customers and instead of charging them for the most expensive liquor on the shelf.

It was very noisey and hard to hear people at you table.

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vipYummy
Phoenix
97 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good—drinks and service were decent. Noise level was intolerable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

The food was good but the service was definitely lacking. It took 20 minutes for someone to come over to take our order.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought the family here for my birthday and we thorough enjoyed our experience! Only negative I’d say was the waitress not acknowledging my birthday whatsoever even though it was notated on the reservation. Aside from that, the food was great and service was quick! I love the $20 bottle of champagne for mimosas which is a brunch special, and the blood orange juice was a fantastic option! Everyone enjoyed their food. My daughter ordered the kids Belgian waffle, and while the waffle was a normal size, it would have been nice to have a side like eggs or bacon/sausage. My son has the cheeseburger and my husband ordered the breakfast burger. Both said their burgers were cooked perfectly and full of flavor. I ordered the spicy chicken sandwich. I’d say that it honestly is not spicy at all, but does have good flavor due to the added chipotle Mayo. I even added some cholula for extra heat. We will be back for sure!

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vipMurphyW
Phoenix
28 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We've visited Thirsty Lion many times before, but this visit was a bit lackluster. Food was good, service was slow. It took approximately 15 minutes for us to get our drinks, then it was quite a wait before our server checked to take our order. We sat at a high-top in the bar area. Next time, we'll sit at the bar where the service is much more attentive and friendly.

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JustinJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and drinks! I had the fried chicken mac and cheese and the person I was with had the Gastropub Burger. The mac and cheese was good but I would get the Gastropub Burger next time as well. Also, had the large pretzel with dipping sauces that were really good. Additionally we both had drinks, Old Fashioned and Blood Orange Margarita which were both really good! Can be a bit loud but to be expected for this type of restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Hostess were super friendly and accommodating to our request for a booth. The ambience and seating was fantastic. After our first initial order of drinks, our server was kind of MIA for a good 25 mins. So it took a bit to get an appetizer started and drinks and water refill. Once she did come back and we got our appetizers and dinner entrees placed with her, it was smooth sailing after that. The seasonal burger was delicious! The artichoke dip was good but the ratio of chips and dip was off. I had more chips than the dip portion. The flights of beers were great. Overall, I would definitely come back again and recommend.

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Maddog
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drink selection, good happy hour specials and top shelf treatment from Karlie. We will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice selection of items, great service

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JillS
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Food was average in taste. I got fish tacos, my husband got rib eye, and my boys got mac n cheese. The pretzel we ordered as an appetizer came after the food, so we were given an appetizer voucher, which was nice. It was very loud, difficult to have conversations.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional! Had to change our reservation twice because more people joined us; hostess was kind and accommodating. Server Jennifer was amazing. 10 different orders and kept everyone happy. Food was great. Management helped bring out food. It’s a great place. If I lived here I’d be there a lot.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

-it took a long time for someone to acknowledge us after the hostess sat us (we had a reservation)
-the appetizer came out late
-the drinks were incorrectly made
-the server never asked us how things were and rarely came to the table

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vipArtnpen
Tallahassee
35 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a slow start. It took Dillion a little while to acknowledge our presence he nailed our visit.
The food was cooked to perfection and we were able to watch football while enjoying our time.
The managers at this location have everything clicking on all cylinders.

We’ll be back

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vipFOODIEDIVA
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Happy Hour apps were really good. Service was a little slow but it was super crowded

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Sherryl
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience4

We ate out in the patio, it would have been phenomenal if the mister near us had been working. There was no water coming out and it appeared as though the water line was not working,

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CaitR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and it was great! We each got the pepper bacon cheeseburger and it was delicious! The soft pretzel was also amazing. Our waitress was very attentive and was welcoming. Would highly recommend!

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vipCoriW
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pub breakfast and bloody Mary’s were amazing!!

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Sparkytay
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for lunch. Had a pleasant time. Good service.

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You can order delivery directly from Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Desert Ridge, AZ using the Order Online button. Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Desert Ridge, AZ also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Desert Ridge, AZ also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (480) 419-5070.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Desert Ridge, AZ is rated 4.4 stars by 466 OpenTable diners.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Desert Ridge, AZ 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.