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Diners' Choice: Neighborhood gem restaurants in East Valley

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are the best neighborhood gems 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 Stone & Barrel restaurant
4.7
4.7 (983)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Chandler
About the restaurant
Stone & Barrel features carefully-crafted foods, wood-fired pizza and beers, wines and now cocktails on tap that combine for a memorable experience unlike any other in the southeast Valley.

Please note, Stone & Barrel is open to the public but is located within a gated community. The best way to get to Stone & Barrel is via one of our two public welcome gates; Riggs Road and EJ Robson Blvd (just west of Alma School) or Riggs Rd and Sun Lakes Blvd (East of I-10 exit).


Top review
jimovip
Dined 6 days ago
Great business lunch for two. Had burger and wrap. Great service.
A photo of Liberty Market restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1033)
$30 and under
American
Gilbert
About the restaurant
An unpretentious urban bistro lead by Chef David Traina, Liberty Market has been serving Gilbert since 1935. Wood fired pizza, sandwiches, salads, burgers, entrees, espresso bar, full service bar with house made cocktails, beer&wine. Serving Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week.
Passion for food, and serving from the heart.

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JenniferK
Dined 4 days ago
Everything was awesome. We always love the scones with the whipped sweet butter and the cheeseburger was great also. Waitress was very friendly.
A photo of Nello's Pizzeria + Italian Kitchen - Ahwatukee restaurant
4.7
4.7 (93)
$30 and under
Italian
Ahwatukee
About the restaurant
HOW IT STARTED
Four brothers and 30 years ago- a small Italian restaurant was born in Tempe, serving beef subs, Grandpa Cesare's sausage recipe, Grandma Cleone's spaghetti sauce, cheesecake, and our original deep dish pizza.

Our little Nello's grew into an award winning "Best of Phoenix" restaurant year after year, after year... after year. Family recipes, family genius and family drama all keep Nello's going 30 years later to new generations of pasta and pizza connoisseurs.

A FEW THINGS THAT MAKE NELLO’S AHWATUKEE UNIQUE:
We are the only Nello’s location to use a wood fire oven, which was imported from Italy.
Our pasta is made in-house daily.
We stretch our own mozzarella.
Some of our meats are smoked and cured in-house.
All desserts are made from scratch in-house.
We support local Arizona farms by purchasing their seasonal produce whenever possible.

Top review
Nino
Dined on May 12, 2024
The pizza is very good, and love the patio setting! Took a while to get a waitress at first but I'll let it go.
A photo of Cuisine & Wine Bistro - Chandler restaurant
4.7
4.7 (758)
$31 to $50
French
Chandler
About the restaurant
PLEASE NOTE: NIGHTLY DINNER MENU WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON 05/12/24. Chef Fabrice will be curating a 3 course menu that is available for viewing at cuisineandwinebistro.com. We can't wait to celebrate with you!

Cuisine & Wine Bistro debuted in March 2015 when Fabrice and Mairead Buschtetz purchased the former MWC Bistro in Gilbert. Just a year later, CWB Chandler opened its doors. This move let Fabrice work his culinary magic in the kitchen, delighting the palates of the bistro's ever-expanding and loyal customer base. Cuisine & Wine Bistro proudly garners Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence for the consecutive years '21, '22, and '23. This prestigious accolade reflects our exceptional wine program, expertly curated by certified sommelier Killian Buschtetz.


Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
We had an impeccable dining experience. This was our second time visiting this fine restaurant and everything was superb. We will be back!
A photo of The Craftsman Cocktails & Kitchen - Tempe restaurant
4.7
4.7 (123)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Great atmosphere, food and service. Highly recommend!
A photo of VinciTorio's Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (2024)
$31 to $50
Italian
Tempe
About the restaurant
For more than 20 years Mario and Ginger Vincitorio have captured the essence of a neighborhood Italian restaurant. With fresh pasta hand made daily and nearly 200 premier wines to choose from, Vincitorio's has established itself as the place to be to experience an authentic Italian tradition.

From our roots in the Apulia region of Southern Italy, Mario Vincitorio was born and raised in the ancient hilltop town of Rignano (ren-yahno). Vincitorio's believes in traditional Italian meals that inspire warm and enthusiastic conversation. Thank you for sharing in our rich history of food, family, and friends.

Top review
PollyW
Dined 7 days ago
Our favorite neighborhood Italian spot. Consistently good food with friendly attentive service.
A photo of Sam and Luca Rustic Kitchen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (996)
$30 and under
Italian
Mesa
About the restaurant
OLD WORLD CHARM. NEW WORLD VIBE. Simple ingredients creating the ultimate in fresh and classic Italian dishes. Family owned and operated creating the ultimate dining experience. We offer private group dinning that can cater up to 20 people with special group dinning menu options. Our small patio is the perfect place to enjoy our Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 3pm-6pm, 25% off bottled wine under $100 on Wednesday nights, Signature cocktails included our famous Limoncello Martini and much more!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
 Sam and Luca Rustic Kitchen restaurant is our recent discovery. We just love the variety food choices on the menu. The food is incredibly delicious and the service is always outstanding. We always look forward returning. 
A photo of Neighborhood Services - Tempe restaurant
4.6
4.6 (22)
$30 and under
American
Tempe
About the restaurant
Serving up honest food & drink in the American Tradition, Neighborhood Services will offer rotating daily favorites, house craft cocktails and more. This industrial yet approachable all day dining venue offers both indoor and outdoor dining, communal tables for reconnecting with friends after a busy day, and something new for every visit.
Top review
CindyinHampton
Dined on May 10, 2024
After a long day spent at ASU graduations the quiet friendly ambience here was so welcome!The food was fresh and delicious especially the tortilla soup! Going back tomorrow for brunch!!
A photo of Pizzicata - Mesa restaurant
4.4
4.4 (111)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Mesa
About the restaurant
Pizzicata Mesa promises to be a haven for food enthusiasts, offering a delectable array of authentic Italian dishes. The star attractions include Napoli-style pizza, a specialty known for its perfect blend of crispy and chewy crust, and their renowned Roman Pinsa, a type of pizza that's taken the local culinary world by storm.

This venture is not just about great food coupled with the perfect ambiance; it's also about the convergence of talent. Head Chef Viola, the driving force behind their culinary success, is joined by Italian Chef Matteo, who made a name for himself in the bustling food scene of NYC after moving to the US. Matteo brings his expertise in Napoli pizza, making Pizzicata Mesa the go-to place for an authentic Italian pizza.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
The food was very good and at a good price. We were very happy with our dining experience.
A photo of Belly Kitchen & Bar - Gilbert restaurant
4.3
4.3 (201)
$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
TMR01
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great food and great ambiance. It was busy due to Mother's Day so the service was a little slow.
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