Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ

4.6
751 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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  • Fall Arizona Restaurant Week Sept. 17 - 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, visit https://arizonarestaurantweek.com/listing/thirsty-lion-gastropub-grill-tempe/

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 751 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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CynthiaB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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
3 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
5 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
22 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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vipRetirementdinner
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal. I thought music a little loud but I’m a senior now.. our server Gloria was awesome. Thank you

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AidanO
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

really great service and food was quick to come out even though it was very busy....food was amazing.

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amanda
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food waa good minus the artichoke dip and calamari. I didn't like that a high top for 6 people had 10 plus people around it allowed when we're trying to enjoy dinner and a playoff basketball game. They took over the views of thw tv which was so annoying

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for the Suns playoff game and the atmosphere was amazing. Definitely will go back… service was good despite it being packed. Loved it.

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DebbieM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch was awesome as always!! The Whiskey French Toast is the best!! Bloody Mary's too!!!

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vipWaterPurveyor
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service followed by good food, what's not to like!

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience1

Way too loud

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Airtax
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Disappointing. The table we were assigned was towards the back of the shop and adjacent to a large party - an extremely loud party. I have been in less noisy airports. Companion and I were almost shouting at one another to be heard. Our waitperson was pleasant but AWOL most of the time. Took over 15 minutes for him to bring my orange juice and when I ordered a coffee, no spoon or sugar at first. Another 10 minutes before he returned and I asked him for both. Also, in this era of heightened concern over sanitation, our table was rather dirty (encrusted food from a prior customer). The Lion would not be my first choice in the future.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ
Responded on June 29, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to provide us with this feedback. We are disheartened to hear it was a less than great experience. The General Manager would like to reach out to you personally and apologize. If inclined, please email me at adubois@ceghospitality. Thank you and we appreciate the opportunity to fix this and welcome you back for another visit.

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Reunion
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server Jessica was so kind and attentive. Food was very delicious. It was slightly hard to talk do to noise level, but we did have a wonderful time in spite of that.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ
Responded on June 29, 2021

Thank you for choosing to dine with us for your special occasion and for providing the details. We will share this with Jessica and our staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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JeanneH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We spent Father's Day at the Thirsty Lion and were not disappointed. It was a fun way to celebrate, watch the Sun's game (which was a big hit with Dad!), and enjoy a nice lunch. The food was good. I wouldn't rate it as great, but overall it was good. The drinks were generous and our waitress was fantastic. The mood in the place was upbeat as well. My only concern is that if you are sitting on the side with the pizza oven, it was pretty darn warm inside - particularly on a hot Arizona day. I was glad we were at the far end of the restaurant where it was really pleasant inside. Overall, our experience was good and we enjoyed the special day!

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ
Responded on June 29, 2021

Thank you Jeanne for joining us for Father's Day and this detailed review. Unfortunately, we did suffer that weekend with ac equipment troubles. It is not usually that warm as it was that weekend. We look forward to having you back soon for a much cooler visit. Thank you again!

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jennifers
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Seemed understaffed. Server wasn’t overly attentive, albeit, it was Father’s Day - but not super busy yet

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ
Responded on June 29, 2021

Thank you Jennifer for this feedback. We really do use this to help us improve. We look forward to providing you with a 5 star experience next time!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
17 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fathers day

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ
Responded on June 29, 2021

Thank you for joining us for Father's day and providing us with this 5 star review!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day brunch was delicious! Best French toast ever! Great experience. We will be back.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ
Responded on June 29, 2021

Wow thank you for this wonderful review. We really appreciate it! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit, and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Amy

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ValentinN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service
Great food and service
Great food and service

Thirsty Lion Gastropub – Tempe, AZ
Responded on June 29, 2021

Awesome! Thank you ValentineN for this great review. We will share with the team.

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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 751 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.