Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Scottsdale

4.3
229 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Casual
  • Fun
  • Pre/post Theatre
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, International
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Hours of operation
Mon-Thurs: 11am - 10pm
Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm
Sun: 11am-9pm
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Phone number
(480) 284-7292
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Scottsdale Rd
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet available.
Surface level parking lot and underground parking.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Have your next banquet or event at the Thirsty Lion. Whether your group is small or large, we can provide a great experience and value for you and your guests. We feature multiple options for your next event including a private event room, patio and bar.

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Reviews from verified diners
229 reviews
4.3 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
55%
Very Good
27%
Good
13%
Fair
2%
Poor
3%
4.2
food
4.1
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
value
Noise · Moderate
85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Phoenix
5.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always a pleasure eating there. the staff is wonderful, good choices on the menu

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J
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this restaurant. We are from Prescott and we were staying at The Scott Resort, which we would also recommend. We were surprised that it was not that busy, but our reservation was at 8:00PM on a Saturday so we may have missed the crowd. Met the manager and he was very knowledgeable and friendly.

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a birthday at Thirsty Lion with lunch & then being allowed to play games at the table was a real treat. We'd reserved a table "outside" in the mall corridor for lighting & quiet, which was perfect. Kat & Erica G were both friendly & attentive throughout the 3 hours we stayed & our group of 7 loved sharing a surprise complimentary birthday hot fudge sundae. A couple members were disappointed the food was all pretty spicy, but the rest of us enjoyed trying unique tastes (like the caramelized pear & prosciutto flatbread) & thought the portions were priced fairly. Another bit o' fun was reduced pricing of margaritas & Moscow mules when temps reached 105 (which happened)! A nice touch that the manager stopped by tables to confirm satisfaction. We'll be returning with spouses next time!

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Phoenix
4.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I received a very warm and friendly greeting upon my arrival for my reservation. My server Michael, was attentive and personable. The Cedar Plank Salmon, with Risotto, and Asparagus were delicious, along with my extra side of Brussel Sprouts. This restaurant is a bit on the noisy side, so is not for someone that wants a very quiet and cozy time. However, if you're not bothered by that, and want to have an upbeat experience, with terrific customer service, then I would recommend it. My food was served hot and fresh, as it should be. I will return.

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EG
Phoenix
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

GREAT FISH AND CHIPS!!

SAME GOES FOR THE SPINACH DIP

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CB
Chicago
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First timer. Went after a movie at Harkins Theatre in the mall. It's actually just up the escalator on the north side, and Thirsty Lion is at the south side -- extremely close!!! We sat at the bar and got great service from Brian. We were impressed with the menu. Happy Hour is from 3:00-6:00 every day of the week. Wish it went to 7:00PM during the week because it's hard to get there before 6:00 when you work. Will definitely be back, with or without a movie first.

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was outstanding, bartender made a great Oldfashion the true way and our server, Vinny was very attentive and always upbeat.
The only recommendation I have is that the noise level is quite loud, however, it was a Friday night...but I still give it 5 *.

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, hot fresh food.

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our wait was short, and our waiter was phenomenal even though he was swamped.

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OT
1.0Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 3ambience 2

Took forever to get our food and there was only a few TVs compared to the Tempe location

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Philadelphia
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Traveling from out of town, we typically will peruse Groupon for local restaurants and came across this little gem. What a great place! The Ahi tuna poke was probably one of my favorite appetizers I’ve ever had and we thoroughly enjoyed the rest of our food as well. The ambiance was nice, not overly crowded or loud. If in town, we will be back!

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WS
1.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Waited 20 minutes for our appetizer which was tuna poke... So it's raw fish. Then my appetizer came out and we were told the second one want ready yet. After about 2 minutes my wife's appetizer ( the same thing as mine) came from a different waiter., Who also has both of our meals with him as well. My wife's poke was so salty it was inedible. The main courses weren't too bad. After about 10 more minutes our waitress finally came back over to check on us and we were finally able to ask for drink refills and silverware so that we could actually eat our food. We got desserts to go. Mine was strawberry rhubarb cheesecake. There was no rhubarb in the cheesecake and on top of that is was burnt and inedible. And wife's smore's mousse was just chocolate pudding with chocolate chips mixed in. I would tell everyone to avoid this mess at all costs. As our dinner was over 100 dollars and I would have rather eaten off the dollar menu from McDonald's.

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RG
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My friends and I went to this place during restaurant week. We all enjoyed it. Food was great!

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was an amazing experience. Everything was delicious!

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AM
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really like both the Scottsdale & Tempe locations.
The food is good. My favorite is the french dip sandwich. It’s just a nice place.

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Phoenix
2.0Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Restaurant is extremely loud inside. Would recommend sitting outside if possible. Had the Chicken and Risotto plate. Very little chicken, and just a bunch of rice. Food was kind of bland.

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C
Chicago
3.0Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Food is decent but service has been declining lately, even when they’re not busy.

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service on the patio,the waitress was great,and the food was so yummy!!!!

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YY
Chicago
5.0Dined on March 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed this place on our vacation. We want to return.

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VM
Portland
3.0Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was average. The service was slow. Waitress did check on us after we got our food in a timely manner. My husband had a soft drink. When it was just about gone the waitress asked if he wanted another. We were shocked when we saw a charge for 2 soft drinks. She should have said they don't have free refills and there would be a charge. To be charged for refills is so unexpected.

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OT
Chicago
2.0Dined on March 23, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Waitstaff was disorganized. Waitress we ultimately ended up with was brain dead.

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MB
5.0Dined on March 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met friends from the Midwest at this location and had a wonderful meal. Staff was very accommodating to our needs and kept our glasses full. They were willing to explain about menu items if needed. The atmosphere was wonderful and the entry, with the huge palm trees wrapped in lights, made the warm night air almost magical.

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KE
San Diego
1.0Dined on March 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

One of the worst dining experiences I've had in a while! The food was so-so, the service almost non-existence and the noise level so high we had to practically scream across the table in order to have any kind of conversation. I will not dine here again and would NOT recommend this dining experience.

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AK
Phoenix
4.0Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

DO NOT put cilantro in your slaw. Not everyone likes cilantro ;I don't have a nice side dish other than fries.

Mike was a fantastic server.

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l
Minneapolis
5.0Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fun happy-hour early dinner. Service and food were great!

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G
5.0Dined on March 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for business meals; staff is very helpful and willing to work within individual business requirements/constraints.

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JD
Phoenix
5.0Dined on February 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Thai shrimp salad was superb. Ambience is excellent. Highly recommend.

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very diverse menu, something for everyone, moderately priced. My wife had one of the salmon dishes, said it was excellent. This was our third visit, all servers are excellent as well. Our server this time was Dragan, very attentive, relaxed, easy to talk to.

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JS
San Diego
3.0Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was OK and service was good. However, when I order a martini and its delivered in a martini glass half full I always wonder what happened to the rest of my martini. My manhattan was good but again, for the price fill it up!

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C
Portland
3.0Dined on February 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Mediocre food!

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AB
Minneapolis
5.0Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 16 that was easily accommodated by Thirsty Lion. Service, food quality, delivery and price was all excellent...thank you!

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OT
Phoenix
5.0Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My Uncle that I haven’t seen since 2009 was passing through town. Catch up dinner.

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Phoenix
3.0Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was not very good. The French Dip didn’ taste right. The meat was fatty and curly. Service was good but I would not go back.

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OT
Chicago
5.0Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The is the perfect spot for after the movie. The menu is varied enough so there is something for everyone.

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Phoenix
5.0Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was good. I recommend this place to anybody.

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San Antonio
4.0Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Poor service. It was late, no one in the restaurant... had to go to the bar for my own soda refill, waitress poorly described the food for my wife who is a weight watcher... food was very good. Burger was great. A little pricey for Phoenix.

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Phoenix
3.0Dined on January 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice overall and convenient to the beautiful Harkins theater andFashioed Square shops. However terribly noisy inside and a bit depressing on the “patio” in the shopping center itself.

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HF
Phoenix
4.0Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Apps were delicious, steak salad was very bland. Service was very slow.

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JD
Phoenix
5.0Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was concerned about parking, but there is an underground parking area directly in front of the restaurant. Atmosphere was really nice and the restaurant was quiet. My date and I spent the entire night talking and never had an issue with the noise level. Food was good and the beer menu was good too. Overall good experience.

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NG
Phoenix
3.0Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed a selection of appetizers, entrees, and desserts. Appetizers were our favorite part. Entrees met with mixed reviews...but overall good. We were all a bit disappointed in the flavor elements of the desserts. All 3 were a bit bland.

We were seated near the door, and it was quite chilly.

I can't say enough about the amazing service!

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