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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Phoenix

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Phoenix? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Rusconi's American Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (5116)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Central Phoenix
About the restaurant
Rusconi’s American Kitchen offers a menu created by Arizona Food Pioneer Award Winning Chef Michael Rusconi. Chef Rusconis Contemporary American cuisine showcases strong local influences featuring a wood burning grill with an abundance of affordable items, bringing sophisticated and accessible fare to Valley restaurant goers. Chef Rusconi's menu frequently evolves and is reflective of the season. Expect a wide variety of your favorite dishes uniquely enhanced with ingredients native to the region. The signature menu items are cooked to perfection to create a savory and aromatic flavor profile you can only experience at Rusconi's American Kitchen. Come and visit us relax and & Enjoy the Moment.
Top review
Rachel
Dined 2 days ago
We have always love the food at Rusconi’s. The service is excellent
A photo of The Gladly restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2525)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Biltmore
About the restaurant
Est. 2013

Located on Camelback Road & 22nd Street in the Biltmore neighborhood, The Gladly is a contemporary eatery serving lunch, happy hour, and dinner. Local chef Bernie Kantak creates extraordinarily flavorful new-American cuisine that boldly pairs with an extensive beverage program featuring craft cocktails, 300+ whiskies & table-side ice balls.
Top review
Foodievip
Dined 1 day ago
Consistently, wonderful service and great food! Thank you!
A photo of Nook Kitchen - Phoenix restaurant
4.7
4.7 (432)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Central Phoenix
About the restaurant
Enjoy delicious American-Italian cuisine at Nook Kitchen. This modern restaurant serves dinner in an elegant space. Overseen by chef Nick LaRosa, the menu features appetizers, salads, pizza and a choice of entrees. Nook Kitchen also serves vegetarian and gluten-free fare. Diners rave about the restaurant's selection of delicious wood-fired pizza. Other menu highlights include the chicken masala, pan-seared salmon with liquor and glazed pork chops served with potato.Voted one of the best new restaurants in the year of its opening, Nook Kitchen is located in Phoenix, Arizona. To complement its meals, the restaurant offers craft cocktails and boutique wines. Cozy but inconspicuous, Nook Kitchen is a nice place to enjoy a meal and glass of wine with friends or family.
Top review
DesL
Dined 7 days ago
Nook Kitchen’s wood fired pizzas were quite delicious, and served as good sized portions. Highly recommend the pizzas!
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A photo of Anhelo restaurant
4.8
4.8 (941)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Downtown Phoenix
About the restaurant
We believe a dinner over amazing food should be an experience that brings people together. The desire to produce lifelong memories over a meal comprised of locally sourced (when possible) seasonal ingredients coupled with an internationally recognized wine program rarely seen in the US - excites us. These delectable dishes that are meant to be shared with family and friends is the conduit for building fond memories. We long for our guests to feel welcomed and relaxed with a casual-elegance that shines long after the last forkful and interesting sips.
Top review
KimberlyPvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
When I first walked it, I didn't think this place would be very good because there was hardly anyone there. I learned later that when it's 110 degrees outside, Arizonians stay in...kind of like when it snows in Seattle. But the intrepid staff sat us in their lovely dining room and waited on us like they were trying to win a prize for it or something which they did....our waiter mentioned something about an award for best service. I would vote for them too because every time they brought food or drink to us, it was a complete presentation. We mentioned that we were celebrating an occasion and before I knew what was happening, complimentary bubbly was coming my way. And it wasn't all show, the food was spectacular and very pretty, the waiter knew his wines like he was studying for the sommelier exam and the ambiance was peaceful and yet joyful. I loved this place and think it should be absolutely packed on a Friday night....go there please. We need more restaurants like this!!!
A photo of The Collins Small Batch Kitchen restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1743)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Central Phoenix
About the restaurant
The Collins Small Batch Kitchen is restaurateur Christopher Collins playground for creating his takes on classic American dishes. In the heart of Phoenix's Biltmore neighborhood, The Collins Small Batch Kitchen has a daily menu of favorites, along with a weekly rotating menu inspired by the season's freshest ingredients to create a dining experience that will have you returning often to this neighborhood kitchen.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Fabulous as always! Great service and food was delicious . Thank you.
A photo of The Macintosh restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1620)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Central Phoenix
About the restaurant
The Macintosh is your new favorite neighborhood hangout in the heart of Phoenix. The Macintosh features restaurateur Christopher Collins' take on modern American cuisine for the perfect place to sip and linger with friends and loved ones knowing you'll have an amazing dining experience. Inspired by the family of restaurants at Common Ground Culinary, The Macintosh features sharing plates, salads, handhelds, and entrees for a diverse menu of American classics. All paired with an expansive menu of whiskey, beer, craft cocktails and wine.
Top review
Chasvip
Dined 4 days ago
a very nice lunch with an old friend. had to wait a bit for our requested booth, but wait staff very patient as we were in no hurry. great food and environment. I’ll be back.
A photo of The Henry - Phoenix restaurant
4.7
4.7 (6215)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Central Phoenix
About the restaurant
Welcome to the greatest neighborhood restaurant, a place where you can always count on a warm welcome from baristas, servers and bartenders who know your order by heart. A fusion of industrial and classical influences, our open dining spaces are bursting with charm and energy. Come and go with ease for your morning coffee, enjoy lunch with a colleague, gather the family together for dinner, or treat yourself to a post-work drink at the bar. For craveable eats and downright delicious cocktails, look no further than a place where you'll always be among friends, a place that feels like home: The Henry.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Great food and our server Mia was fantastic! Enjoyable night in a relaxed but upscale environment.
A photo of Wren & Wolf restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2155)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Downtown Phoenix
About the restaurant
Welcome to the Downtown Phoenix hotspot blending craft cocktail bar and chef driven kitchen into one distinct dining experience. At night, gather your pack and experience a vibrant dinner setting full of striking design, rich materials and taxidermy. Located in the middle of bustling downtown and just steps away from AZ Federal Theater and Footprint Center, Wren & Wolf is the perfect destination for a pre game gathering or big night out before a show. For the early birds, make grabbing your morning coffee and fresh baked pastry a part of your daily ritual or join the Valleys other movers and shakers for a power meeting during breakfast or lunch. From inventive steakhouse fare to thoughtfully elevated comfort food, Wren & Wolf is redefining dining in Downtown Phoenix.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Nice room! Cool furniture. Good food. A stylish and trendy place.
A photo of The Vig - Arcadia restaurant
4.7
4.7 (191)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Central Phoenix
About the restaurant
Friendly, high-end and unique are just some of the things people say about The Vig Restaurant and Bar. It is an upscale tavern that has indoor seating as well as a patio area for guests to relax at and enjoy great food and service. The Vig Restaurant and Bar also offers live DJs and music to further enhance the atmosphere, and there are even games of bocce ball from time to time.The menu at The Vig Restaurant and Bar has items for brunch, lunch and dinner, and the menu is varied enough that there's something for nearly every taste. There's steamed edamame, blackened shrimp arugula salad, turkey sandwiches and short rib tacos. There is also a dessert and kid's menu, making The Vig Restaurant and Bar an ideal spot for families.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
It was a great experience. The only negative was it was so loud it was difficult to hear other members of our party while talking.
A photo of Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Desert Ridge, AZ restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1172)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Desert Ridge
About the restaurant
Offering gastropub fare and from-scratch cooking with a culinary commitment to local and seasonal ingredients, the food is both craveable and bold. At the bar, a wide range of local craft beers are available, an option for every palate and plate. Craft cocktails are made with fresh fruit purees, juices, and premium liquors, while wines come in 25 varieties. Enjoy your lunch, dinner, daily happy hour or weekend brunch craft brew while watching the game on one of the flat screens amidst an open kitchen, central bar and a patio that soaks up the sun. Whether it's a cozy dinner for two or lunch with the whole office, Thirsty Lion is the perfect destination for any party size, including large groups and events.
Top review
RobBvip
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Food and service here is always great! Pretty noisy though.
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