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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in East Valley

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in East Valley? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Kai Restaurant at Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2241)
$50 and over
Southwest
Chandler
About the restaurant
Recipient of the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award and Forbes Five Star Award, Kai, meaning 'seed' in the Pima language, features a menu rich in creativity, history and Native American culture. Chef de Cuisine Drew Anderson incorporates the essence of the Pima and Maricopa tribes and locally farmed ingredients from the Gila River Indian Community to create unforgettable masterpieces.

Appropriate dinner dress, such as formal wear and smart business-casual attire is encouraged for all of our guests. Thank you in advance for respecting this as an elegant and discerning adults-only fine dining environment for guests over the age of 13.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
The food and service were fantastic. We came to celebrate a birthday and the entire staff made it a great evening.
A photo of Zu & Pocha restaurant
4.8
4.8 (108)
$30 and under
Contemporary Korean
Tempe
About the restaurant
A modern seafood eatery and drinkery with a Korean touch.
Top review
PhxDad
Dined on Jun 13, 2024
Return visit, and fast becoming a favorite. Every dish hits a home run. The beverages are exceptional. Service is incredible and personal. Come feel welcomed, enjoy great flavors, and be surprised by a reasonable check at the end.
A photo of Feringhee Modern Indian Cuisine restaurant
4.7
4.7 (497)
$31 to $50
Indian
Chandler
About the restaurant
Feringhee, literally translating “foreigner”, brings a true essence of diverse Indian
cuisine with modern gastronomy techniques, innovative culinary ideas and new
flavours to elevate the traditions of Indian culture in a foreign land. Feringhee
takes you on an exciting culinary journey covering the vibrant diversity of India’s
rich landscape through a transitional lens of a foreigner.
In a land of rocky terrain that is abundant in gigantic Saguaros, comes a place
with unassuming exteriors, draped in the herb of the sun to offer a taste of the
vivid landscape of India, with reimagined classics and haute presentations to
captivate the senses.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Went there with my wife for our anniversary and had an incredible experience. The food elevated many of the classics that we were used to from our trips to India, but without being pretentious. Each dish (Pani puri, Kasmiri lamb, biryani) was on par with the best that we had ever had. We will be returning.
A photo of Pescado Borracho restaurant
4.6
4.6 (94)
$30 and under
Mexican
Gilbert
About the restaurant
Contemporary Mexican restaurant featuring a seafood-focused menu, specialty margaritas, full bar & beer on tap.
Top review
SaraT
Dined on Jun 16, 2024
The food and happy hour prices were amazing!! It was really really warm which made it uncomfortable so they should really turn the AC up. Other than that so so good
A photo of The Craftsman Cocktails & Kitchen - Tempe restaurant
4.6
4.6 (129)
$30 and under
American
Ahwatukee
About the restaurant
The Craftsman was inspired by a simple, hardworking farmer who loved his family, the land, and working with his hands. His headstone reads, ‘A Craftsman’. Today, his traditions and the spirit of American craftsmanship live on.

Craftsman Distillers creates a wide range of high end, small batch, hand crafted spirits. We produce all of our products on a 300 gallon copper hybrid still built in Idaho. This hybrid still allows us to craft any type of distilled spirit we can dream up. Craftsman spirits are highlighted throughout our cocktail list.
Top review
JK64vip
Dined 6 days ago
Attracted to the craft cocktail experience and found good food, a friendly staff, and solid dining experience. Loved the uniqueness of the menu and use of local ingredients.
A photo of Alter Ego restaurant
4.4
4.4 (346)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Tempe
About the restaurant
Indulge in the exquisite flavors of modern Asian/American Fusion cuisine at our chic restaurant nestled in the heart of Downtown Tempe. Situated just steps away from the vibrant Mill Avenue on University, AlterEgo promises an upscale dining affair that ignites your taste buds for breakfast, Lunch and dinner. Savor expertly crafted cocktails at our stylish bar, where innovative mixology meets artisanal ingredients, adding an extra layer of sophistication to your dining experience. From tantalizing Weekend Brunch offerings to enticing Happy Hour selections and captivating monthly events, AlterEgo is your go-to destination for both leisurely meals and lively gatherings. Our menu caters to every palate, seamlessly blending easy-going vibes with culinary excellence, ensuring a memorable dining experience. Whether you're seeking casual relaxation or something fancy, AlterEgo can be both.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 7 days ago
Great service and no crowds, great salmon and flatbread.
A photo of Belly Kitchen & Bar - Gilbert restaurant
4.4
4.4 (205)
$30 and under
Southeast Asian
Gilbert
About the restaurant
A confluence of Vietnamese, Thai, and Japanese eating and drinking culture. Soulful small plates for sharing. Handcrafted cocktails and natural wine for sipping. Memories for keeping.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Such a cute place with a great, chill vibe! We ordered the KFC steamed buns and the spring rolls to share and we all got our own entrees. Incredible drinks, food and night!
A photo of Terra Tempe Kitchen & Spirits restaurant
4.3
4.3 (200)
$31 to $50
Southwest
Tempe
About the restaurant
Terra Tempe – Bask in the Spirit of the Land.

Located inside The Westin Tempe, Terra Tempe Kitchen & Spirits cleverly combines the bold, rustic flavors of Arizona and the Southwest with inspired, elevated cuisine. Led by Executive Chef Mario Ventura, the local ingredients from the surrounding area of the Salt River and its rich history provide a healthy and all-natural reflection of the “land of Tempe.”

Terra Tempe features a menu rich in history, indigenous ingredients from artisanal producers and the best local products that tell Tempe’s story with the blend of Spanish, Native American, Mexican, and early American pioneers. The bar features a wide array of signature nature-infused craft cocktails, local beers and an inspired wine list, catering to those that appreciate a break from the status quo.
Top review
Wangolian
Dined 2 days ago
The ambience is decent to good with good soft lighting for a hotel restaurant on the lobby/ground floor. But the food was amazing and the server (Lukas) was friendly and helpful. Especially the roasted garden appetizer, the gnocchi, and the Chilean sea bass which we order were fantastic. About the only thing that may need more work is the dessert menu as it could use more variety and options. A hidden gem in plain sight.
A photo of P.F. Chang's - Superstition Springs restaurant
4.2
4.2 (149)
$30 and under
Chinese
Mesa
About the restaurant
We are an Asian & Chinese restaurant offering dine-in, takeout, to-go, delivery, and catering. Make a reservation online to dine in. Order Asian and Chinese food delivery, takeout, and catering online or through the P.F. Chang's mobile app. Let us cater the perfect feast for you - corporate office catering menus are also available. P.F. Chang's offers a variety of signature Asian, Thai, Korean, Japanese, Mongolian, and Chinese food dishes including Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Chicken Pad Thai, Signature Lo Mein, Fried Rice, Mongolian Beef, Chang's Spicy Chicken, and Pork and Shrimp Dumplings. Order online for sushi delivery and takeout. Many gluten-free and vegetarian menu items are available. Try our seasonal cocktails and seasonal menu items.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
We celebrated our anniversary. Great dinner with an even better wife. She’s been my unwavering partner for 44 years. Our server did a great job and was very accommodating.
A photo of RA Sushi Bar Restaurant - Mesa, AZ restaurant
3.5
3.5 (333)
$30 and under
Japanese
Mesa
About the restaurant
Everyone has an adventurous side and RA Sushi is the place to explore and find yours. At RA, we're all about lively music, an energetic atmosphere, inventive cocktails and out-of-this-world sushi. Where else can you enjoy happy hour every day of the week? You know when you're in the RA because there's no other place like it. Order up the best sushi in town and prepare to be blown away by our signature rolls and amazing Japanese cuisine. Whether you're a sushi aficionado or just looking to explore new flavors, RA is your go-to destination. So bring your friends and grab a table or hit up our patio, either way, you're in for a great time.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 6 days ago
Nomin was great. She was covering a lot of the tables and seemed like they needed an additional server or two. Nomin didn’t let that slow her down, she communicated with us, worked to make sure we were taken care of and provided us with a great experience.
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