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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Phoenix

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Phoenix? 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 Highball restaurant
4.9
4.9 (212)
$31 to $50
Cocktail Bar
Downtown Phoenix
About the restaurant
**Reservations are available up to 14 days in advance at www.Highballphx.com/reservations for parties of 10 or less guests. For parties larger than 10, please contact us via email, or at the Large Parties tab on our website.

Experience Highball, Downtown Phoenix’s award winning neighborhood cocktail bar & lounge, featuring a rousing collection of spirits and invigorating cocktails. Curated for the adventurous, cocktail forward and late-night revelers, industry folk, and everyone in between. Led by veteran bartenders and industry professionals, Highball’s programming is inspired by unifying avant-garde, playful ingredients and memory-jogging flavors, propelled by an inclusive community feel with something for everyone to enjoy.

Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards Regional Nominee "Best New US Cocktail Bar 2022", "Best US Bar Team" 2023, "Best US Cocktail Bar" & "Best US Bar Team" 2024

Top review
KimberlyPvip
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Loved this place as a first location on a night out in Phoenix. Solid cocktail choice and very nimble in terms of flexing for zero proof cocktails and old standards.
A photo of Chico Malo - Phoenix restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1774)
$30 and under
Mexican
Central Phoenix
About the restaurant
Chico Malo, a lively take on Mexican cooking, is located in the middle of it all at CityScape. These rebels are bringing the heat to DTPHX during lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with an array of flavor combinations from all over Mexico. Expect highlights including USDA Prime Carne Asada, Street Corn, Smoked Duck Breast Al Pastor and authentic favorites like Pozole and Green Chile Chicken. Diners can also enjoy fresh made guacamole to accompany a craft cocktail at the indoor/outdoor bar while soaking in the downtown views.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Definitely one of our top restaurants to go to in Phoenix. Love all the food and drinks and service was especially great with the birthday we were celebrating.
A photo of BARCOA Agaveria restaurant
4.7
4.7 (85)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Downtown Phoenix
About the restaurant
BARCOA Agaveria is a basement bar that celebrates the spirits of Mexico. Serving imaginative craft cocktails and a vast list of agave spirits, BARCOA is often described as "vibey," "sexy," and "the time of my life" (says some dude from Mesa). Agave spirits such as tequila, mezcal, bacanora, raicilla, and sotol, are the stars here, available as flights, neat pours, or however you like.

Reservations are only available for the basement bar. Please reference the Basement Bar Menu. Above BARCOA, check out the Cantina, a casual back-alley mezcal and tequila bar that serves affordable classic cantina cocktails, and the cheery patio, which features Provecho taco truck. Pop out anytime during your visit and bring food down to the basement.

BARCOA can be tricky to find. We're located on the southeast corner of 1st Avenue & Roosevelt, in the historic red brick building. Don't worry, you're not lost. It's just poor directional signage that the City refuses to fix.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Drinks were great, service was very good! Loved the ambience and they played great music. The mixologists & bartenders serve up great pours! Definitely will be back!!
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4.7
4.7 (522)
$50 and over
Japanese
Central Phoenix
About the restaurant
At Pyro, our obsession goes beyond the flame. With each spark from our wood burning hearth, we ignite the energy that flows through the doors and into your senses. Our diverse menu walks a fine line between Japanese Izakaya and American Bistro, and our chefs prepare dishes using open flame, live-fire cooking that allows the enhanced natural flavors of the ingredients to shine through. A refined yet inviting atmosphere is paralleled with a lush exterior patio, just as an elevated dining experience is matched with an intentionally energetic cocktail bar where the vibe flows through each pour and each beat of music. Flame-licked steaks and intoxicating energy will leave you yearning for a taste of more at Pyro.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 4 days ago
Food, drinks, atmosphere and service were outstanding.
A photo of Palma restaurant
4.6
4.6 (617)
$30 and under
Asian
Downtown Phoenix
About the restaurant
Engulfed in a nursery of palm trees, Palma is your own private gathering in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. At Palma, you’ll find no judgements, preferences, or labels - just damn good food, killer energy, and the constant beat of great music. Retreat to the palms and release your inner worries and daily stresses. Come as you are, let’s laugh by the fire and cheers to the good times.

We accept a limited number of reservations for parties of up to 6 for indoor and outdoor dining. We do not accept reservations for our firepits or lounge areas at this time! The rest of our seating is available for walk-in parties. Please respect a 2-hour dining limit given our limited space.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 30, 2024
As always at Palma, the food was incredible and the service was top notch. The hostess, waitress, bartender - all are so accommodating and friendly. The drinks were perfect for a hot day, and food hit the spot.
A photo of POMO Pizzeria Napoletana - Biltmore restaurant
4.5
4.5 (143)
$30 and under
Pizzeria
Biltmore
About the restaurant
Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana, in the Biltmore Fashion Mall, dishes out Authentic Napolitan-style pizza in an intimate and inviting restaurant. The extensive pizza menu bulids from a base of tomato sauce, fresh basil and mozzarella. With the dietary needs of their guests in mind, Pomo Pizzeria can make any pizza vegan or gluten-free. Oven-baked pastas, fresh soups and salads are also great choices at Pomo, as are mouthwatering appetizers, like eggplant parmigiana, handmade meatballs and tasty bruschetta. With its mastery of fresh ingredients and handcrafted fare, it is easy to understand how Pomo Pizzeria's delicious Authentic Italian dishes and pizza have delighted fans of both simple and fine Italian cuisine.
Top review
DanaRvip
Dined 7 days ago
We just absolutely love the pizza and Ricky took great care of us!
A photo of Copper Blues (Desert Ridge Marketplace) restaurant
4.4
4.4 (374)
$30 and under
American
Desert Ridge
About the restaurant
Copper Blues was one of the first destination sites for live entertainment in downtown Phoenix over a decade ago, and now it’s coming to the Desert Ridge Marketplace! Don’t miss the best in local live music 7 nights a week while you enjoy an elevated pub fare menu for happy hour, dinner or late night!

Located next door to the Desert Ridge Improv and adjacent to Barnes & Noble

Top review
TraceM
Dined 6 days ago
A nice place to go to see live music in Phoenix. The only complaint that I have is that as extremely warm inside and I need to turn down the air conditioner
A photo of Copper Blues (Downtown) restaurant
4.2
4.2 (511)
$30 and under
American
Downtown Phoenix
About the restaurant
Welcome to downtown Phoenix"s greatest hotspot! Featuring live music on a stage bar, over 60 beers on tap, truly elevated American comfort food, and an inspiring patio view over Cityscape into the heart of the downtown skyline. Come join us as we make good times a description no longer reserved for the past! From lunch to late night, and everything in between, come feed your souls with goodness.
Top review
JJinAZvip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Friendly and attentive service. Aaron Loveless playing guitar was great. He took requests from audience and really knows his music. Aaron is really fun.
A photo of Guy Fieri’s Downtown Phoenix Kitchen + Bar at Caesars Sportsbook restaurant
4.2
4.2 (133)
$30 and under
American
Downtown Phoenix
About the restaurant
The newest addition to the DTPHX food scene. Celebrity Chef, Guy Fieri's first full-service restaurant features scratch-made American fare, signature and classic cocktails, and an extensive beer and wine list. The menu also features a combination of new recipes and Fieri’s personal favorites, including the world-famous Trash Can Nachos and award-winning Bacon Mac ‘n’ Cheese Burger. Located right outside of Chase Field and steps away from Footprint Center.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
Trash can nachos were okay… had higher hopes after reading reviews but the chips tasted a little stale. Strawberry margarita was good!
A photo of BackYard  - Desert Ridge restaurant
3.9
3.9 (41)
$31 to $50
American
Desert Ridge
About the restaurant
Now Open at Desert Ridge Marketplace!

Meet your friends at Backyard, where the game is always on! Park it in front of one of our massive TVs or challenge your friends to a game of your own in our open-air playground. Dog-friendly (dog park opening soon!) and fun-driven, Backyard is comfortably familiar, while keeping things exciting on a daily basis! So grab your furry (and non-furry) friends and swing on in for a good time.

Top review
GregOvip
Dined 6 days ago
We were very pleased with the quality of the food. A step up from the normal sports bar. Drinks were good, too. We’ll be back!
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