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Rough Rider, Phoenix, AZ

Rough Rider

4.7
4.7
454 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Located in the thriving area of Phoenix's Roosevelt Row, Rough Rider offers a Modern American menu accompanied by unique cocktails inspired by recipes of the late 1800's. Venture down our private elevator and be transported back in time to a presidential lounge filled with delectable dishes and unforgettable libations fit for Teddy himself.
Enter the lobby through the glass doors located in the alley to the northeast and down the middle elevator to the basement.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (602) 675-0439

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Private Event accommodations available - contact: events@roughrideraz.com for more information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Phoenix

  • Cross street

    Central Ave & Roosevelt Ave.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 454 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Best Ambiance

  • Phoenix / Arizona

    American

  • Phoenix

    Best Ambiance

  • Phoenix

    Late Night Find

  • Phoenix

    Romantic

  • Phoenix

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Phoenix

    American

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  1. DB

    DonB

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Very nice place; the food was very good, the service was outstanding.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bone in pork chop is to die for!!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING!!! I loved this place so much ♥️ we’ll definitely be back…
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very interesting quaint place, we went at 330 right after they opened so there wasn’t to many people in there. Food was outstanding. From drinks to the crab dip and steak it was all fantastic. Little expensive but it’s a very cool place and a little chilly being underground.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Server was great! She forgot one of our orders but adjusted it for us. Overall the experience was amazing and a perfect date night
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best experience in the whole universe known to mankind!
  7. KD

    KristinD

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and drinks…go try for yourself!!
  8. BW

    BrentW

    Phoenix

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best experiences we have ever had. Great food! Great service! Great drinks! Great atmosphere!
  9. IE

    IEFI

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really awesome I thought getting to the actual restaurant was super cool and then getting down there was like going back in time to a speak easy. It was great food was delicious service was amazing and drinks were fantastic. We had an awesome time for Father’s Day my husband loved it.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Music is very loud and difficult to carry on a conversation, even with reseating to a “quieter” part of the restaurant. I see from previous reviews that this is an ongoing issue. The staff are amazing and the food is wonderful. Love the location and ambience. I would have given 5 stars if it wasn’t for the incredibly loud music in such a charming location.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and so was the service
  12. LV

    LorenzoV

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Love the food and cocktails
  13. EC

    ECWA

    Anchorage

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food3service4ambience5
    Great oysters, shrimp cocktail and ALL cocktails are amazing!!! The rest of the food is okay. But We keep coming back for the three I mentioned above!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had date night at Rough Rider on Friday. Our server was amazing and had great cocktail recommendations. We ordered oysters and dinner and a couple cocktails each. Everything was OUTSTANDING. We will definitely be returning!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most incredible experience at Rough Rider! Our server was exceptional, she gave us wonderful recommendations and was extremely knowledgeable about their food and beverages. She was able to recommend a few different cocktails to my husband and I based on what we like and they were all killer! Management came by and said hi, Heather was extremely welcoming and made us feel like vip guests during our visit. We started with oysters, then had the fried cauliflower and roasted potatoes & artichokes, and the pork chop and half chicken. I can confidently say that they are all must try dishes! Every bite was incredible. We will definitely be back to visit soon!
  16. NB

    NickB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rough Rider was an off the beaten path, speak easy feel which I only discovered because someone referred me. In the basement of a building in downtown, the old themed environment was awesome. Food portions were large, and the quality was excellent. Drinks were amazing, and our waitress was hysterical. Couldn't have asked for a better time.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun experience, our server was fantastic, cocktails and food came out quickly. Unfortunately, the music was SO LOUD it made it difficult to carry on a conversation. We probably won’t be back for a nice dinner , but will be back for cocktails.
  18. J

    Jacey

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our first experience!!! Kylee was our server and was very professional and helpful with the menu. She checked in at just the right times to see if we needed anything. The only minor complaint I had was the volume of the music, and that is only to find the slightest of anything wrong. We loved every part of the food and drinks and loved the feel/ ambiance. We will certainly be back with some friends!
  19. GC

    GandC

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    On the plus side, the decor/theme was incredible. However, the music was so loud that you could not enjoy your conversation or even hear the server. It reverberated through the whole area and was over the top. It felt more like a nightclub than a speakeasy. The music did not match the theme and it was overpowering. Had the music been at a more soothing level where it complimented the space versus taking over the space, this would have been a really enjoyable experience.
  20. MW

    MatthewW

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Going down to a happening, vibrant "hidden" basement with a refined 19th century library ambience, dark and cool , on a hot hot Phoenix summer evening, is a true escape, not unlike the Rokerji in Uptown. When the food (that roast chicken so surprisingly delicious, perfectly executed and so satisfying!) and service (handles issues with grace and willingness, showing a sincere passion for good drink and food) is this high level on top of all that, it becomes a highly valued standout experience. Its not a secret anymore, the place was packed by 6:00 PM on a Saturday, plenty of people know how good Rough Rider is and the reputation is well-deserved.
  21. M

    Melissa

    Phoenix

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ate was absolutely amazing. Cocktail selection was also incredible. Things were a little on the expensive side, though.
  22. R

    Regina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was such a good experience dining and drinking here. Our server was super knowledgeable about the food items and drinks. I loved it so much I had to come back for a 2nd time during the same week with more of my friends. This is probably my new go-to spot in Phoenix.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time!! Food and drinks never disappoint.. The restaurant family always makes you feel welcome and take time with you and creating a great experience.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the basement locale!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Go for the cocktails skip the food.
  26. RS

    RussellS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks. Wonderful service and pretty easy access.
  27. A

    Allison

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a cool restaurant! We took our family here for the first time & everyone absolutely loved it & their food (literally the best chicken I've ever had in my life!!). We'll definitely be back for a date night!
  28. LD

    LisaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, drinks and atmosphere. Waitress was amazing!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding!
  30. BM

    BrianM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic drinks and a well thought out menu.. What else could you want? cool old school ambience, décor and quiet place to enjoy it all... look no further...
  31. KK

    KatK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great drinks, delicious food! Highly recommend.
  32. MJ

    MelissaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place to take my husband for his birthday. The food and drinks were exquisite and the ambiance and decor were perfect!
  33. K

    Krew

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    It was very loud, only four of us but could just barely hear the person next to you. The food was ok, but really expensive. I don’t mind paying for good food but at this prices it should have been better. The prices are comparable to Hillstone, but without the taste! The service was ok, again for the price and the type of place they are trying to set out to be, I would expect it to be better. Just my opinion. The best part about this place is the ambiance, it was worth going for that, but go for a drink and then leave, I honestly wouldn’t go back! Also you will have to pay for parking. It wasn’t an issue finding a decent place to park, just be aware of that to include it into your visit.
  34. SP

    SweetP

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant came as a recommendation. It is located in the office building at the northeast corner of Roosevelt and Central Ave. You can park in the garage adjacent to the building, but it will cost you. Not sure if Rough Rider validates. It cost us $9.00. When you enter the building you are directed to the middle elevator. The inside of the elevator is pretty cool with its wood finishes. You are then taken to the basement where you step out into a speakeasy vibe. We asked for a seat at the bar when we made the reservation. Make sure you sit there. If you do, you will entertained by the bartenders as they make magic with alcohol. They were all very friendly and willing to answer questions. We started with the Brussels Sprouts, they did not disappoint. They sit atop a yummy whipped cheese concoction. With that we had the charcuterie board. Tons of meat, cheese, noble bread, nuts, dried fruit and pickles. We enjoyed four hand crafted cocktails as well. An entree was in the plans but too full. Next time for sure. A great place for a date night or a night with friends. Staff super friendly and courteous. Great value for the money. Make sure to make a reservation. Restrooms are located on the main floor of the lobby. Cheers!
  35. K

    Katie

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’re expecting baby number 1 and needed a date night! We love exploring the downtown new spots and this did not disappoint!! The bartenders made me a delicious mocktail with burnt orange and rosemary and the cheeseboard/charcuterie was the best I’ve seen in YEARS!! Fried cauliflower and sea bass were out of this world. Such a fun and unique rustic hidden gem. We will definitely be back!
  36. B

    Barbi

    Phoenix

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service ! Great food ! Amazing ambiance!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! Service, food and ambiance were all A+. Best place I’ve been to in a long time!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was AMAZING! The food was phenomenal, although not a whole lot of options but great food. My husband is a big steak eater and this was the best steak he's had. Everything was awesome.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wanted to check out this bar for a minute. My boyfriend and I like to sit at the bar to chat with the staff and ask their recommendations. They killed it, I would tell them drinks I enjoy and they would offer up suggestion. We also requested good pairings for wine and food, also a big win as I now have found a new fav wine! Thanks to Sal and Phoebe for wonderful suggestions and conversation. The environment was so lively (not loud) and friendly we made conversation with several people passing through, really great experience. Check it out!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love itttt!!!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Rough Rider is rated 4.7 stars by 454 OpenTable diners.

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 20 times today
Google Map for Rough Rider

1001 N Central Ave Phoenix, AZ 85004-1935

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Central Ave & Roosevelt Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Phoenix

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 3:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (602) 675-0439

  • Private party facilities

    Private Event accommodations available - contact: events@roughrideraz.com for more information

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