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Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ

4.4
4.4
916 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, International

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch and Dinner Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch and Dinner: Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (480) 968-2920

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Keith Castro

  • Private party facilities

    Have your next banquet or event at the Thirsty Lion. Whether your group is small or large, we can provide a great experience and value for you and your guests. We feature multiple options for your next event including a private event room, patio and bar.

  • Private party contact

    Alyssa Shelton: (480) 968-1358

  • Neighborhood

    Tempe

  • Cross street

    McClintock

  • Parking details

    Ample.

  • Public transit

    Metro services the Tempe Marketplace Mall.

  • Entertainment

    Sports, music, videos and more.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Offers

  • Daily Happy Hour 3-6pm!

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM,Mon - Wed - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM,Thu - Fri - 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM,Sat - 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Meeting up with friends after work for drinks is what it’s all about! Join us for Happy Hour every day from 3-6 pm. $1 off pints, $6.95 cocktails, wine, and a food menu starting at $6.95.

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What 916 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East Valley

    Great for Brunch

  • East Valley

    Great for Lunch

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  1. DD

    DominicD

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Calamari was cold and overcooked chicken tenderloin was decent. Great ambience great sound level and great waitress. Just that the calamari could have had better temperature, cooked right, and I've tasted a lot better with better badder.
  2. JR

    JenR

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a group of 8, 1st time there. The service and food was good. We'd totally come back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food1service1ambience4
    Subpar food with almost nonexistent service
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our business lunch was great from a cheerful greeting to the immediate seating and great service. The food was hot and tasty and delivered very quickly. It’s a place we come back to as we experience quality food and great service each time we visit
  5. e

    ecuman1

    Tucson

    53 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Service was horrendous. You guys need a floor manager that understands how to run a service staff. They are totally clueless and wandering around aimlessly. Drink order doesn’t take 20 minutes dude. I could pump your alcohol sales in my sleep. It’s disappointing to pay $35. / per person for terrible service.
  6. CD

    CindyD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Busy, but good service for a Saturday night it was a good idea we had reservations
  7. PM

    PMorri

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience3
    It is very cold in the restaurant. I spent most of our evening shivering. They were out of most things on the menu. Very disappointing.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    For whatever reason, our drinks took >20 minutes to get after ordering. Our group ordered several rounds, but they all took a significant amount of time before our server brought them out.
  9. BK

    BlakeK

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    I would describe the noise level of the music being played as far too loud and obnoxious, rather than "energetic." Nearly impossible to carry on a business conversation. Our server was wonderful and attentive. The chicken in the cobb salad had zero flavor, like it came out of a microwave pack, it was gross. The rest of the salad was very good, a nice mix of ingredients. My friend's burger was well cooked and she said it was delicious. I have mixed feelings about recommending this restaurant to others.
  10. JC

    JasonC

    Charlotte

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We visited based off a second hand recommendation and glad we did. We had 2 large groups which they sat on the patio for us and we all very much enjoyed our meals and beverages. The perfect meal and location to wrap up a fun weekend with friends.
  11. EF

    ErikaF

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    After being seated to our table it took 40 minutes to get our drinks. Ordered the food and my fried chicken sandwich was cold, the my fries were stale and old tasting. The waiter never came back to check on us he was suppose to bring ranch with my sandwich that never happened. The fried chicken was also dry and hard to eat…so with poor service and mediocre food I will not be returning. Noticed on Yelp reviews that many people have had this same issue going back almost a year and the management acknowledges it but doesn’t seem to fix the problem. Oh well.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Food was good, however when booking this I requested a regular table but we were seated at a high top. Also we were given a seasonal menu in addition to the regular menu, however apparently they were out of every single seasonal beer listed in the seasonal menu.
  13. f

    foodie

    Phoenix

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I was so excited to see the Bacon Wrapped Dates on the Seasonal Menu. I have missed those being on the appetizer menu. The bacon was a little to overcooked, but it was still tasty. My MIL reluctantly tried one, not sure if she’d like it and ended up splitting the order with me. I could have easily eaten all four, but I was happy to share. The pork roast with cherries was as good as ever, also on the seasonal menu. Service was good and food was hot. If you aren’t already a member, join their rewards dining program to earn discounts.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant
  15. WP

    WorkPeeps

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good choices for a variety of people in our party. Everyone we satisfied. Service was very good - friendly and quick.
  16. LR

    LynetteR

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Need to have more options with the wine. The wine I requested they were out of and the next wine I requested was only sold in bottles. Very unsatisfied with that. The waitress was wonderful and try to be very sweet about everything
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining with friends outside. Great meal.
  18. BA

    BradA

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    They didn’t have enough help for us to dine on the patio as requested. And the burger was a bit dry. Otherwise everything was fine.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It’s a great place to celebrate birthdays. This is my second time celebrating my birthday here.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Emily was awesome! Our food took a long time to get to our table but it was great! Managers were helping which I love seeing. Busy but good.
  21. MM

    MadMex

    Phoenix

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great as always. Our server Claire G was awesome and made sure our first was well taken carebof.
  22. S

    Stevel

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was very good, but the service was just average. The restaurant was noisy.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Margheritas were not consistent. One burger had a grey hair in it. The other burger was still so raw in the middle it looked like it could still be walking on the F-in ranch. They compensated by giving us one appetizer for free. The manager was great at responding to it all. The server was nice. The next batch of food that came out was really delicious though. So they made up for it.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful happy hour menu. Amazing customer service. Perfect date night ambience.

    Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZResponded on October 12, 2022Thank you for this great review!

  25. N

    Nick

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service e was excellent too!

    Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZResponded on October 12, 2022Thank you for this great review!

  26. CC

    CharlesC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food, great service! Had a great time, just a little loud.

    Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZResponded on October 12, 2022Thank you for this great review!

  27. RM

    RobertM

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    During happy hour, I had to ask and convince our server that it was happy hour and that the restaurant did in fact have a happy hour (meanwhile their tv screens all advertised as much). After a long wait, we finally were given the menu. The beers are all printed as if they are permanent, yet none have a fixed price. The beer I asked about was then the only beer that had a different price than the others...it was all very questionable and suspicious...it was as if we were being lead astray from the happy hour menu and accurately priced beers to increase the total of our bill.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The best thing was our attentive server Ryan. She was amazing. Happy hour appetizers were great. Burger meat was meh. Will be back bit won't be ordering a burger.
  29. R

    Retirementdinner

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner celebrating our friends birthday. Josh was a excellent serviced. He was very kind and attentive. Thank you Josh Janice Lopez Roska
  30. N

    Nana

    Salt Lake City

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a great place for a party of 15. Very accommodating. Thank you.
  31. V

    Vicki

    Phoenix

    44 reviews

    3.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Good food, good value. VERY noisy. It appeared that server had a big section and was stretched too thin. Food came out quickly after ordering. Took a long time to settle check.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for lunch or happy hour
  33. k

    killroy

    Tahoe

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great place with good food and excellent service but not a place for a business meal where you need to hear each other talk. Great place for a get together or just a good drink and meal. I will be back again but not for business as it's too loud.
  34. l

    location

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent, service was ok, a little slow and ambiance was nice. It was very loud, hard to have a conversation
  35. C

    Cheesecake

    Phoenix

    33 reviews

    2.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Great place for a social gathering. Nice ambience. But the food is really bad. I am not a food snob but seriously, the kitchen needs to be overhauled. Nothing but inferior food came out of the kitchen. I treated my department of 6 people to lunch and none of us were happy with our food. I won't go ever again.

    Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZResponded on October 12, 2022Cheesecake, We are disheartened to hear about the food issues you and your guests experienced. Tim Carlos the General Manager would like to reach out and personally apologize. That is not the normal experience and we are very sorry. If inclined, please email ma at adubois@ceghospitality in order to connect. We would truly appreciate the opportunity. Thank you

  36. S

    Sharon

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server Emily was great! The hostess was nice and helped accommodate us. Food was good. We appreciate happy hour until 6pm.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    Very loud. Service was great. Restroom dirty
  38. L

    Lovestoeat

    Phoenix

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Artichoke spinach dip was more spinach-y than artichoke. The Caprese Chicken sandwich is delish- I ate it open face without the top bun. So is the Gochujang BBQ pork- My husband ordered this and I had multiple tastes- yum. I will order them again.
  39. DH

    DianaH

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food and service were very good. Noise level was extremely high. We would go back, probably when it is cooler and we can sit outside.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Surprisingly great breakfast options. I really didn’t even think they had breakfast but it was great! Had the spinach and feta omelette and my boyfriend had the gastropub breakfast. 10/10

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

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 4.4 stars by 916 OpenTable diners.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ

2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy Suite 1041, Tempe, AZ 85281

Additional information

  • Cross street

    McClintock

  • Neighborhood

    Tempe

  • Hours of operation

    Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch and Dinner Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch and Dinner: Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Ample.

  • Public transit

    Metro services the Tempe Marketplace Mall.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Keith Castro

  • Entertainment

    Sports, music, videos and more.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (480) 968-2920

  • Private party facilities

    Have your next banquet or event at the Thirsty Lion. Whether your group is small or large, we can provide a great experience and value for you and your guests. We feature multiple options for your next event including a private event room, patio and bar.

  • Private party contact

    Alyssa Shelton: (480) 968-1358

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