Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ

4.6
760 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.

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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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 760 people are saying
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SpencerMcD15
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great time. Our server was fantastic. Prices are a little high but the food is good so it all balances out

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vipmichaelt
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good service
Food was tasty but small portions

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AmandaA
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love thirsty lion! They have amazing happy hour specials, delicious food and a great atmosphere. Perfect for a ladies night, guys night, date night or anything else you want to celebrate

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KimB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is really good! The waitress there she is so nice and friendly. Definitely a good place for family / friends get together

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LILI
New England
18 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service
A great variety of menu items. Get the giant soft pretzel
You won’t be disappointed

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StephanieG
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great - second plate took a bit, but still great!
Bartender was awesome!!!

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Lori
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Food quality poor. Went to watch football -not really a good place for that.

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KeithB
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The only thing I didn't like was the making a reservation process. I called the restaurant and she told me everything was full and I couldn't make a reservation. I hung up with her and made a reservation online with no problem. when we got there, there were plenty of tables available all through the restaurant. We even got in early. That was disappointing. The online booking asked if there was a special occasion. We were celebrating a birthday, I thought something would happen but it didn't. Other than that everything was good, the waiter kept bringing us warm water to drink, we had to finally ask for a glass of ice. The food was good for the price. Nice selections to choose from, Nice atmosphere.

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JaneT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was extremely busy, but service was still good. Our waitress answered all of our questions and gave great recommendations. Food was excellent!

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Ashley
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great! Went above and beyond for my gluten allergy and was very helpful and knowledgeable. Food was ahmazing! 10/10 we will go again.

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seeker
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed the Thirsty Lion on a Friday evening before the Eagles concert. I had the fish and chips which I enjoyed. The fish was very good. It was seasoned well with a crispy coating and it was tender inside. The fries weren't bad but they were very unremarkable and not as hot and fresh as I would have liked. If you like Hefeweizen beer I highly recommend SanTan.

My wife had the pork carnitas tacos and she really enjoyed them. I also had a bite and I thought they were very good. The blackbeans were seasoned well.

The only drawback for me was that this is a busy, crowded, and noisy place. However, I have to admit that I am getting a little older and busy and crowded might bother me more than it used to. Prices were good.

I would recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Went for restaurant week. The scallops were horrible, not cooked. Let the server know and the manager gave a discount but really was not discounted. Charged us regular prices instead of special restaurant week meal price. When asked he took off 6$ and charged us reg prices for everything.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Overall the food and service was good; however, the fish tacos had one little piece of shrimp, so was missing the fish. That was exceptionally disappointing. Also the bill was split, and one person was double charged. It was corrected, but you do need to pay attention to the check.

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foodforyouandme
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Our server was excellent. This is a bar and grill so expect a vigorous noise level, not fine dining. Our entre was very good for restaurant week-scallops. Both appetizers could be improved. My Caprese salad was good but not exceptional. They had left the core in the green salad part and had not put any dressing on the green part of it.. The artichoke app of my friend was half good. Half was good and the other was dried up with no artichoke to eat. Dessert very good, brownie and fruit crisp.

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CynthiaB
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. The staff was super friendly and willing to work with a food allergy, and the bar staff knew their stuff.
We will definitely dine here again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided on the restaurant week menu and everything was delicious. Our server was fantastic too.

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JanetP
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Very loud. I don’t recall it being extreme loud music in the past. The menu was great and we tried the fixed price 3-course menu. Very good.
My one dislike is the use of main server contact and then numerous runners who bring items to the table. Total disconnect. The runners just dump your stuff - never know who gets what etc. not certain why restaurants think this works. Very impersonal.

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good waitress the food was fine plenty of time to eat before she came by.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had a great double date here, food was amazing and drinks were very good as well!

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vipStyron
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite place and never disappoints!

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FoodLover
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Wish they had better social distancing in place.

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IlianaT
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Would recommend & definitely eat there again.

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KaciCL
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was good except my husbands ramen tasted more like vegetables then pork

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RonA
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Service was great. We dined on the patio due in part, to the noise inside. We each seemed to enjoy our meal.

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GrantM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience4

The service was not good. 4 or us went to Lunch. 4 specialty salads with water so really simple ordering. Really slow service and the waitress disappeared when we wanted to pay our bill and leave. Didn't see her for 25 or more minutes. When it was time to pay the bill the 4 of us wanted to have separate checks. We were told they could only split the bill evenly between the 4 or us. OK, fine. Instead of having a printed invoice listing the items that we ordered like other place do, we were told that we had to pay on a handheld credit card scanning device brought to our table. There was no way to see what we ordered to check if it was correct and there was just a total for each of us to pay. Because of time constraints for waiting so long for our bill, 3 or the 4 had to leave immediately to get back to work. The total split 4 ways for the bill was way too high to be accurate but we had no invoice to look at. I stayed behind to check on the bill as it seemed completely wrong. It turns out that the waitress had added in numerous drinks and appetizers to our bill that we didn't order or receive and then split the amount where we couldn't verify anything. After talking to 2 different managers, one in person and one that I had to call later in the day they finally billed us the correct amount. These credit card scanner devices really make it a detriment to paying a bill as they don't show what items were ordered and only have a dollar amount to pay. Almost too convenient if someone wants to run a scam on you. I cannot recommend going to The Thirsty Lion because of all of the added time and effort it took just to get an accurate bill. I wasted an hour of my time waiting for someone to help me resolve the issue and then talking to 2 different managers to get it fixed. A huge fail on many levels. The food itself was tasty but policies of billing without listing what you ordered along with either a lazy waitress or short staffing ruined the experience.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ
Responded on September 4, 2021

Thank you Grant for providing us with this feedback. I am so sorry to hear this was what you experienced on your recent visit. The General Manager Sean is following up with the team about this experience. We clearly had a training issue with this team member and we apologize. We are following up to ensure this server has more training as it is normally simple to split checks. Sean would like to reach out off line to apologize. If inclined, please email me at adubois@ceghospitality. Thank you

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vipStephanieM
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We stayed longer and once did not order anymore drinks server stop coming by to check on us. We were thinking of staying a little longer and order another drink but server never came back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Fun place - pub burger was delicious

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vipkarenf
Salt Lake City
24 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

We went for breakfast, and asked if they had fruit bowl. We were told yes, apples, mango ,etc. The “fruit” bowl we were served was canned mandarin oranges and a few pieces of orange. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service!!! Yummy food!

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Jaan
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Really good food, large selection of beers, swift service, hygienic! Have been there several times, will go again as well. The background music is on quite high volume and the ceiling is high, resulting in some echo, so the noise level indoors is definitely noticeable. I think it depends on personal preferences, whether it is a pro or a con. Certainly ambience is very lively!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was good! Birthday treat was awesome. Quite a lot of people so service was a little slow.

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QuentinG
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, great food drinks and atmosphere. Will return back

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RobD
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great!

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SteveM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food but it was a bit warm and noisy with lots of wining kids around us.

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NeilA
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pretty good food, broad selection. Very good service at this location. It was a little loud for a business lunch; I had to strain a bit to hear my client sitting across from me.

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KennedyB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall4food1service4ambience3

Ordered the Mac and cheese and it was not very good in my opinion. It had a weird soapy after taste to it I’m not sure why. But the staff was very nice and understanding about it, probably won’t go back though not good enough quality for the cost, we paid $10 for cheese curds and only got like 7 curds.

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vipRetirementdinner
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my birthday and what a wonderful experience. Our server was awesome. We will continue to celebrate special occasions at Thirsty Lion. Tempe market Place the San Tan.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Too loud to hear each other

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TiffanyH
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great restaurant with a fun and interesting menu, both for food and drinks. It can be a little loud, so maybe not the best destination if you're having a work meeting. Their mac-n-cheese dishes are to die for, but the fish and chips and the shrimp tacos are amazing as well!

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TimothyR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed and had a great server with Jessica! We will be back!

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You can order delivery directly from Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ using the Order Online button. Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (480) 968-2920.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ is rated 4.6 stars by 760 OpenTable diners.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, 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.