Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Scottsdale

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Our mission is to evolve the gastropub business by combining the traditional values of European and American pubs, to create a place where friends and family can celebrate life and enjoy handcrafted food, beers and cocktails.
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4.1
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4.1
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Phoenix
121 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful female server at the bar. Everything was great.

BQ
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Thirsty Lion's Happy Hour! Very generous on their drinks and food. I always have a good time at Thirsty Lion.

MM
Phoenix
30 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I like this restaurant. I made a reservation ahead but we were seated near the door to the mall despite another 6 table available closer to the center of a he restaurant. Our waiter treated us as though he was just trying to make it through his shift. It was very disappointing because we brought visitors with us.

ER
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I think we had an experience with Thirsty Lion that could be easily improved, which is why I'm giving it a fair/good rating. Our party consisted of 3 adults, 2 teens, and 3 kids. Our server seemed a bit distracted with multiple tables and it nothing we ordered came out together. One of the kids in our party ordered a grilled cheese/fries and it came out after I was almost done with my entree. The waiter recognized the delay, but seemed to avoid us one he knew we were waiting on food. There was really know explanation why a grilled cheese came out so far after a pizza, adult entrees and other kids' meals. My salad/chicken entree was fine, however, the flavor was more unique than the description on the menu and I felt could have been better described. The atmosphere was relaxed and fine for groups. In the end, we did not get charged for the late grilled cheese and I appreciated that, but the server did not notify us any changes in the bill.

l
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love Thirsty Lion. The food is always good, the service is great and friendly and they have plenty of drink and food selections. We will keep going back.

RW
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had to send one of our meals back three times before they got it right. There was an old calamari drowning in the ranch dressing that came with our french fries. Disgusting! Will not be returning.

RS
Chicago
65 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Menu always interesting and wait staff are great

JD
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Our server was pretty detached - didn't seem to care to much about our being there, and whether she could provide us good service. Had to ask for refills repeatedly, and once she got the payment, she stopped coming by the table. This is what happens when the management is invisible.

LM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

There was a huge delay with our food but the manager noticed and took care of us

NK
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

From lousy food to poor service, this mall restaurant did everything they could to make for an unpleasant experience. The appetizers (queso and chips) were okay but the entrees were awful. My wife ordered the Cuban pork sandwich. The pork was old and obviously the sandwich had been sitting under.a heat lamp. Our son’s hamburger was fairly inedible. And, the poor service was caused by my pasta dish- which slowed everything else down. When it arrived, it was a greasy mess (though the sausages in it were good). Awful manager came by well into the delay and said: “Is everything okay?” When I replied “Not really,” she said “I knew you’d be mad.”

RM
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out party of 7 had a wide variety of food ordered and everyone was happy with their choice. I had the Korean BBQ - very flavorful! Another guest had their orange chicken and sent raves around the table on that. There were also 3 salads, fish and chips and cheeseburger. There was only a partial salad to go home since we ate everything else! We will be back. Only downside is the noise that is all too frequent in restaurants - you basically have to shout at your dinner guests to hear them.

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Made reservations about 45 minutes before we planned on heading over. Arrived for our reservation time and hostess was clearly overwhelmed. Restaurant was not overly busy as there were many empty tables. Hostess didn't even ask us if we had reservations, just said would be 45 minutes to wait for a table. She offered the manager to come over and speak with us. She offered to sit us but that they were short staffed so the experience might not be the best. We agreed and were promptly seated. Waiter was busy but took our orders and drinks came out in good time, kids orders came out quickly as they were ordered with the drinks, the adults food took a little longer but totally acceptable, and exactly as ordered even with accommodations for allergies.

LL
Phoenix
57 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

For a general easygoing restaurant the food is actually consistently good and quite fresh. The servers are attentive; we always enjoy our meal here.

p
Phoenix
29 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Unfortunately our server wanted to be anywhere but at work. He must have been having a bad day. Didn't smile, grunted responses when we asked a couple of questions, & never brought more water for us. On top of that, one of our party got a major upset stomach from the food.

RM
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here before and will be coming back again. Service and food was fantastic. There were four in our group and we all ordered something different - risotto, salad, pizza and lamb burger. Enjoyable atmosphere but you do need to speak loudly due to noise of restaurant and TV's going.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Eaten here twice and food is average. This latest visit the nachos were a bit burnt. A bit of confusion seating me and had to find another hostess, but worked out. Good beer selection, and decent sports bar

M
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Waitress was so nice

RC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service! Will definitely eat there again!!

j
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

We go to this restaurant all the time at Fashion Square we have a couple favorite servers there
dragon is one of them
on this visit he did not serve us the server listen to exactly what we said put it into his computer
we ask for non pepper bacon And egg whites
I ordered the French dip sandwich there all the time is great but this time it did not have extra yet which I had ordered it was overcooked when I asked to server about that he said he would fix it
the way the kitchen fixed it was by bringing me a plate of burned off meat with my sandwich back
to summarize our experience nothing we ask for Was done by the kitchen got the manager he fix that but when my sandwich came back to me
you could tell it was the same meat reheated three times now because those bits of the cheese that are burned off inside it at that point we just left and paid the bill
not sure if we'll ever go back

MZ
Phoenix
61 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy the food. Thirsty Lion has a varied menu. Everyone can find something to their liking.

BH
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

shopping center location not easy to park

food just ok

TN
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Server was polite and cheerful but hard to find at times

C
Phoenix
44 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a fabulous dinner with family. Food and service were perfect!

SC
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I went for brunch, and was amazed by the menu: a little bit of everything, it all sounded amazing. The server helped me select two items, and they were both delicious. The Mamosa was tasty, and the price is very reasonable. A great weekend brunch

s
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place for lunch. Had a chicken chopped type salad and it was delicious. We tried the giant pretzel and it was really good too. We would definitely go back when we are in Scottsdale.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great wait staff!

s
Phoenix
121 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the portions are very big, think about sharing your sandwich and fries, taking some home. i love eating here, manager always checking on tables on the floor, great service too. A++ here

s
Phoenix
121 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a late lunch, great burger with a side of mac cheese, huge! Great service, handsome waiter, friendly manager and hottt bartender too.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service in the bar area. Took good care of us.

B
Phoenix
162 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We usually go before a movie they have good food service and ambience.

OT
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Finished tests at Mayo Clinic with tickets to Downton Abbey. Good meal, good drinks, relaxing.
Ahi Poke Bowl had large amount of tuna along with fresh veggies! Tasty!

JD
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant in the mall to have a date meal. We shared a Shrimp salad following some wonderful sliders for an appetizer. The service was perfectly attentive and we only had to walk down the hall to Harkin's lovely theater. Highly recommend.

LD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Our server acted like it was a burden to serve us. She was slow, and annoyed every time we asked her for something. The food was just ok.

OT
Phoenix
84 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Servers seemed to lack training....were not attentive for a party of 8. We has to continually order basic items and refill of chips, etc.

BL
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best margarita i’ve ever had!!!!!!! great restaurant, great food. love their happy hour deals. definitely going back!! 10/10

ML
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I came here for my 25th birthday and I had the best time. Food was delicious, our waiter and the bartender were AMAZING!

LP
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Noise at this location in way too loud. Normally frequent in Tempe. Temperature in the bar was sauna like. Not sure why the windows open this time of year.

D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Highly recommend. It was my first time here. I will definitely be back!

GS
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Service and food was good. Waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. However, for a bar and grill that boast great beer selection, it was very disappointing. We try tried two flights of beer (12 small glasses of various beers). All of the beers were flat and flavorless. Clearly, something is wrong with the beer taps. We were looking forward to some good beers while we watched the game, but walked away disappointed.

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