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Base PizzeriaBase Pizzeria
124 reviews
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Pizzeria | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Creative pizza menu, fresh ingredients and comfortable causal atmosphere. Definite repeat! More

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Steak 44Steak 44
3483 reviews
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Steakhouse | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

If I could give 15 stars for service it would, well done on every level! More

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Rusconi's American KitchenRusconi's American Kitchen
2453 reviews
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Contemporary American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Rusconi’s is always a delight. Great food well prepared. Excellent service. A large selection of wines are half price on Sunday and Monday nights. Highly recommended. More

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The Capital Grille - PhoenixThe Capital Grille - Phoenix
1325 reviews
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Steakhouse | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Dinner with the best wife ever.... More

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The GladlyThe Gladly
1212 reviews
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Contemporary American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Always live The Gladly. Brown Butter Tuna is simply delicious. As is the Chopped Salad. More

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True Food Kitchen - BiltmoreTrue Food Kitchen - Biltmore
582 reviews
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American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

This visit was for Easter brunch, but we have dined at True Food many times. It’s always an outstanding experience, the food choices (especially vegan) are delicious and plentiful. I wish I could eat there every day! More

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Vincent on CamelbackVincent on Camelback
478 reviews
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French | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

So, this is my first opportunity to visit Vincents. Not knowing what to expect, I was eager to find out if this restaurant was a true gem in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. Let me assure you that it was indeed. While the food was superb, the service was exceptional. From the time that we drove up, everyone that greeted us and served us and did their very best to do nothing but please us. What an incredible wine list. I had the Dover sole/halibut combination And she had the rack of lamb. Unbelievably well prepared and beautifully served - perfect. We followed with a mixed berry tart cobbler. This was the perfect ending to a perfect meal. I heartily recommend Vincent’s When in the area and based on my experience, you can be assured of a memorable evening. More

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North Italia – ArcadiaNorth Italia – Arcadia
1383 reviews
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Italian | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Great time, shane manager came by and gave us VIP experience More

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The Desert Oasis / The Artichoke GrillThe Desert Oasis / The Artichoke Grill
361 reviews
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Contemporary American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Great food and service. Look forward to the next season. More

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L'AmoreL'Amore
887 reviews
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Italian | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Absolutely outstanding in every way as always. More

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Doughbird - Pizza & RotisserieDoughbird - Pizza & Rotisserie
535 reviews
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Pizzeria | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Love the food and service. It is always perfect. Wish it was not so loud inside the restaurant. More

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The TavernThe Tavern
280 reviews
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American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Food and service were outstanding! More

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Wrigley Mansion - Geordie'sWrigley Mansion - Geordie's
1538 reviews
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French American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Wrigley Mansion brunch never disappoints! The variety and the type of food selections is fabulous. The staff is always friendly, helpful and polite. The view from the mansion is beautiful. Highly recommend! More

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Giuseppe's on 28thGiuseppe's on 28th
86 reviews
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Italian | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

A little gem in older part of downtown Phoenix within 15 mins drive from Airport. Impeccable service including a visit from Richard the Chef/owner. Delicious italian food at reasonable prices. Our table of 4 had Osso Buco, bolognese ragu, ravioli quartet with alfredo sauce and pasta al limoncello. Delicious!! Our total bill including appetizers, wine (4 glasses) and 2 beer, mains, 2 desserts and 2 amarretos with tip was $225. Only thing i would change is the background music. Disco dis not build the mood. More

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Quiessence at The Farm at South MountainQuiessence at The Farm at South Mountain
1742 reviews
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Contemporary American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Everything was Awesome! Definitely recommend it! More

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The Henry - PhoenixThe Henry - Phoenix
2387 reviews
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Contemporary American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Excellent food and I’ll Beyonce, Julia truth. Distinctively different and executes flawlessly😎 More

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Tarbell'sTarbell's
1979 reviews
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American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Our server Aaron was great, the food fantastic, and it all made for a most memorable birthday celebration. More

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Wright's at the BiltmoreWright's at the Biltmore
1025 reviews
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Contemporary American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

My husband and I along with our friend, went to Easter Sunday Brunch at Wright’s. The atmosphere was lovely & the food presentation was beautiful. We did have to wait a few times for food to be replenished on the buffet but everything was very delicious. Our waiter was very pleasant and accommodating to certain dietary needs. The cost was a bit high for a brunch but we were notified about the price about a week before our arrival, so it was not a surprise. All in all, it was a delightful day. More

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Salty Sow - CactusSalty Sow - Cactus
1236 reviews
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Gastro Pub | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

First, we enjoyed the best Old Fashioned in the Valley. Next, tasty entrees of salmon and fish & chips. Portions were just the right size. Our server Holly is the best! Conner the host was on top of his game. A true pro. I live close by and will be making Salty Sow a regular haunt. I suggest if you’re in the area to have a meal here. Five stars. More

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The MacintoshThe Macintosh
434 reviews
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Contemporary American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Great food great wait staff and we will return soon. I recommend MacIntosh highly More

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The Collins Small Batch KitchenThe Collins Small Batch Kitchen
325 reviews
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Contemporary American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Great restaurant! Service was great as was the food. We had a lot of fun. More

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Blanco Tacos + Tequila - Biltmore Fashion ParkBlanco Tacos + Tequila - Biltmore Fashion Park
311 reviews
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Mexican | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Outstanding service More

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Beckett's TableBeckett's Table
2449 reviews
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American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Wonderful meal and service for Easter dinner! More

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The Stockyards Restaurant & 1889 SaloonThe Stockyards Restaurant & 1889 Saloon
2154 reviews
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Steakhouse | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Classic steakhouse. Love the history. Expensive, but worth it for the experience. More

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KovoKovo
70 reviews
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Mediterranean | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Lamb chops were the best I can remember More

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AvantiAvanti
1149 reviews
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Italian | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Hands down, some of the best Italian food you will find this side of Sicily. The gnocchi were beyond amazing! The tiramisu was unreal! Service was impeccable (Sergio is the server extraordinaire)! The only thing is when you walk in, it looks a little “traditional” and maybe a little outdated but don’t let that fool you one bit. You really won’t find a better true Italian meal anywhere around. We will be back for sure! More

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Chico MaloChico Malo
246 reviews
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Mexican | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Everything was great the appetizers, drinks and food. Great place that was not to loud. More

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Tomaso's - PhoenixTomaso's - Phoenix
1143 reviews
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Italian | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Dining here is always consistent. For son’s birthday we had a fantastic meal. Tom, our server is the best! Looking forward to our next visit! More

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Seasons 52 - PhoenixSeasons 52 - Phoenix
3702 reviews
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American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

We’re pleased with the noise level. We could actually talk and hear each other. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. We’ll definitely be back and with friends! More

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Afternoon Tea at The Arizona BiltmoreAfternoon Tea at The Arizona Biltmore
94 reviews
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British | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Kevin was amazing, very kind and knowledgeable! The tea recommendations were perfect, the food was delish. The only complaint we had was the location, the tea area is connected to the front lobby, so it was quite loud the entire time. More

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Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar - PhoenixZinburger Wine and Burger Bar - Phoenix
114 reviews
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Burgers | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Love, love, love Zinburger!! Love the food, the servers are attentive and energetic (minus the hostess). I always love coming here. My only "con" is that I love the European way of dining, not pushing people off the tables (aka "turning the table"). Let us enjoy our dining experience!! More

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The Covenant RestaurantThe Covenant Restaurant
140 reviews
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American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Gabby’s service is the absolute best! Always been impressed with our dining experience 👍 More

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Gertrude's - PhoenixGertrude's - Phoenix
3218 reviews
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Contemporary American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Steak had great flavor but had some tough spots. More

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Burger Theory - Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Phoenix AirportBurger Theory - Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Phoenix Airport
9 reviews
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Burgers | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Outdoor dining on noisy street isn’t appealing but food and service fabulous. More

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Artizen Crafted American Kitchen and BarArtizen Crafted American Kitchen and Bar
233 reviews
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American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

We were seated immediately and chose to sit outside since inside was a bit chilly with the air conditioning. Our server came out immediately and our food was good. It was my husband's birthday and the server offered us free dessert, but were so full from dinner we declined the nice offer. Martini and wine were excellent. More

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Frank & AlbertsFrank & Alberts
870 reviews
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American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Lovely time as always. The atmosphere, food and service were perfect. More

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Black Angus Steakhouse - Phoenix MetroBlack Angus Steakhouse - Phoenix Metro
649 reviews
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Steakhouse | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

I had revived their ad with the campfire Feat coupon in the mail. When Joe and I had finished some computer projects Saturday we decided to go out for dinner at Black Angus. As usual the food was superb. It was a quiet Saturday night and we probably didn't need to reserve in advance but did so anyway. Our waitress was attentive and we thoroughly enjoy the meal. More

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Bar PesceBar Pesce
732 reviews
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Italian | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Food was outstanding and CE’s service was great. My mom and I went for dinner at 6:30 on a Friday and were surprised to find ourselves the only ones there. However, our service was impeccable. C. E. helped answer any questions we had and made suggestions based on our stated preferences. All of his suggestions were wonderful. The swordfish crudo was my favorite dish of the evening. Our wine was lovely. Other tables came as the night went on, and it was clear they received the same level of wonderful service. The lighting and decor is well done on the inside, though we had some confusion finding the place originally because the building is still marked as “Crudo” on the signage. Wonderful meal. I would go back the next time I’m in Phoenix More

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Lou's Bar and Grill - Papago Golf CourseLou's Bar and Grill - Papago Golf Course
23 reviews
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American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Venue was terrific. We were disappointed that some items online were not on the menu. And the website says to turn on Moreland but it’s been renamed Karsten. The website could use some updates for sure. More

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Red Lobster - Phoenix - 28th Dr.Red Lobster - Phoenix - 28th Dr.
1 review
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Seafood | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Red Lobster welcomes you by offering PRIORITY SEATING to reduce your wait time in the restaurant, so you can spend more time doing the things you love. Or, come enjoy a drink at our bar and a Tasting Plate while you wait. Red Lobster is the world's largest and most loved seafood restaurant company, offering high quality, freshly-prepared seafood, sourced in a way that is traceable, sustainable and responsible. We offer lunch and dinner daily, featuring classics like our Ultimate Feast®, Garlic Shrimp Scampi and Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp, and feature limited time flavors and preparations during events like Lobsterfest®, Crabfest® and Endless Shrimp®. And, who can resist our famous warm and cheesy Cheddar Bay Biscuits®? To learn more visit www.redlobster.comMore

GreekfestGreekfest
206 reviews
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Greek | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Have been going for over 20 years and this has literally set the bar for us in fine Greek cuisine. Sadly, this has made it hard for us to eat at any other Greek restaurant. Our favorite dish is pita bread with taramasalata (only one made with *fresh carp roe* in the States, it feels like). Can’t even find it in Manhattan—and I’ve tried. We typically order/love the calamari, which is light and lemony; and the Greekfest ravioli, which is also lighter than its Italian version, and I can taste lamb in it. And we’ll order a new dish each time. I wish this was back east where we are, but until then, we always make this a destination at the end of our cross-country flight. More

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Omaha Steakhouse - PhoenixOmaha Steakhouse - Phoenix
147 reviews
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Steakhouse | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

I Have Celiac. Thanks to Kelvin in the Omaha Steakhouse I was able to eat when the regular complimentary breakfast area was not able to accommodate me. Because of his ability and discussion we decided to make a reservation for dinner that evening at Omaha Steakhouse. It was a wonderful dining experience. Great service, great food and really comfortable eating there with my dietary restrictions. We will return and tell others about the fine dining experience. More

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The MARKET by Jennifer's RESTAURANT+BARThe MARKET by Jennifer's RESTAURANT+BAR
170 reviews
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Contemporary American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

You cannot beat the food at Jennifer's. We enjoyed dinner on the first night of their new Spring menu! Perfect and delicious! More

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Arcadia TavernArcadia Tavern
5 reviews
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Sports Bar | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

The food and service was great. The only negative was the noise of the road traffic. More

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Arizona Grand Resort & Spa | Lobby GrillArizona Grand Resort & Spa | Lobby Grill
46 reviews
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American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Love the AZ Grand! Customer service is always top notch! Outdoor seating is so scenic! Wine list is a bit overpriced but the food is lovely! More

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Autumn Court Chinese RestaurantAutumn Court Chinese Restaurant
19 reviews
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Chinese | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

We had a large group of 11 people. Unfortunately seems the restaurant staff all called out the night of our reservation because there was only one waiter for the entire restaurant. We ended up spending 3 1/2 hrs mostly waiting for orders to be taken/delivered and lots of forgetting items ect. Despite the frustrating lack of service due to call outs the food was on point and they didn't mind our silly shenanigans while we waited. We arrived 20min early and they had tables reserved for us. Thoroughly fun birthday celebration. We will definitely be back. This was my second time visiting and my first experience was fast friendly service and amazing food. More

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Royal Palms | Holiday BrunchRoyal Palms | Holiday Brunch
3 reviews
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Mediterranean | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Great brunch! Food was excellent. Service was excellent. But with only one alcoholic beverage each, the brunch cost $225 for 2 people. A little too pricey for the spread. More

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Rico's American Grill - Pointe Hilton Squaw PeakRico's American Grill - Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak
54 reviews
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American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Easter lunch at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort Restaurant Rico’s AMERICAN Grille! Great food, service and ambiance made for a relaxing brunch after going to church services at Impact Church! More

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Central Phoenix Diners' Choice Winners

Central Phoenix's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Base PizzeriaBase Pizzeria
124 reviews
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Pizzeria | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Creative pizza menu, fresh ingredients and comfortable causal atmosphere. Definite repeat! More

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Steak 44Steak 44
3483 reviews
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Steakhouse | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

If I could give 15 stars for service it would, well done on every level! More

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The Capital Grille - PhoenixThe Capital Grille - Phoenix
1325 reviews
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Steakhouse | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Dinner with the best wife ever.... More

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Rusconi's American KitchenRusconi's American Kitchen
2453 reviews
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Contemporary American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Rusconi’s is always a delight. Great food well prepared. Excellent service. A large selection of wines are half price on Sunday and Monday nights. Highly recommended. More

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The GladlyThe Gladly
1212 reviews
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Contemporary American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Always live The Gladly. Brown Butter Tuna is simply delicious. As is the Chopped Salad. More

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North Italia – ArcadiaNorth Italia – Arcadia
1383 reviews
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Italian | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Great time, shane manager came by and gave us VIP experience More

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L'AmoreL'Amore
887 reviews
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Italian | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Absolutely outstanding in every way as always. More

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Vincent on CamelbackVincent on Camelback
478 reviews
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French | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

So, this is my first opportunity to visit Vincents. Not knowing what to expect, I was eager to find out if this restaurant was a true gem in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. Let me assure you that it was indeed. While the food was superb, the service was exceptional. From the time that we drove up, everyone that greeted us and served us and did their very best to do nothing but please us. What an incredible wine list. I had the Dover sole/halibut combination And she had the rack of lamb. Unbelievably well prepared and beautifully served - perfect. We followed with a mixed berry tart cobbler. This was the perfect ending to a perfect meal. I heartily recommend Vincent’s When in the area and based on my experience, you can be assured of a memorable evening. More

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Doughbird - Pizza & RotisserieDoughbird - Pizza & Rotisserie
535 reviews
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Pizzeria | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

Love the food and service. It is always perfect. Wish it was not so loud inside the restaurant. More

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True Food Kitchen - BiltmoreTrue Food Kitchen - Biltmore
582 reviews
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American | Central Phoenix, Phoenix

This visit was for Easter brunch, but we have dined at True Food many times. It’s always an outstanding experience, the food choices (especially vegan) are delicious and plentiful. I wish I could eat there every day! More

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Discover Phoenix

A sprawling city in the heart of the desert southwest, Phoenix fares brilliantly when it comes to food. Of course you’ll find Mexican favorites like chili con carne, pozole and tamales. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can nosh on cactus fries pre-rattlesnake course. (True story.) Breweries, Asian restaurants and new American cuisine can all be found in spades, too. The nearby suburb of Scottsdale is host to a number of elegant eateries and old world golf clubs, like the Art Deco Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Biltmore Hotel.