Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Tempe

4.5
729 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 729 people are saying
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JeanneH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We spent Father's Day at the Thirsty Lion and were not disappointed. It was a fun way to celebrate, watch the Sun's game (which was a big hit with Dad!), and enjoy a nice lunch. The food was good. I wouldn't rate it as great, but overall it was good. The drinks were generous and our waitress was fantastic. The mood in the place was upbeat as well. My only concern is that if you are sitting on the side with the pizza oven, it was pretty darn warm inside - particularly on a hot Arizona day. I was glad we were at the far end of the restaurant where it was really pleasant inside. Overall, our experience was good and we enjoyed the special day!

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jennifers
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Seemed understaffed. Server wasn’t overly attentive, albeit, it was Father’s Day - but not super busy yet

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fathers day

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day brunch was delicious! Best French toast ever! Great experience. We will be back.

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ValentinN
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service
Great food and service
Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Very slow service, salad had a glob of Caesar bidding under the lettuce instead of mixed. Burger was dry and covered in sauce which I asked for meat and cheese only.

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MichaelD
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steven, our server was excellent.....quick, witty, and very professional. The food is outstanding.....It can be a bit noisy at times.....but hey it is a sports bar with excellent food

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Eric
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time back in a few weeks! Great place!

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ScottS
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

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Elizabeth
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Too much noise but very good experience. Thanks much.

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vipDaveH
Phoenix
187 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Thirsty Lion is a great choice for lunch. They offer a variety of salads and sandwiches and the staff understands the need to return to work after eating.

We had two of their salads, the cobb and the ahi tuna. Both were served in bowls that were manageable and not ridiculously over filled with lettuce. The variety of substance was incredible as was the freshness The spicy teriyaki on top of the ahi added a good bit of needed heat.

Overall, a great lunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

great happy hour selection

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Tempe
Responded on June 11, 2021

Thank you for this 5 star review!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Melaoue server truly went above and beyond- amazing experience!!

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Tempe
Responded on June 11, 2021

Thank you for this wonderful review. We look forward to having you back soon.

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tonib
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

It will be too dark. You will be denied a light/lamp. If you demand a light/light 4 times, they will comply. THEN, you will have enough light to see your food and your guest. Have the waiter repeat your order multiple times. When the food comes, the food is delicious and the portion sizes are fantastic. You may get the wrong order. The wrong order won’t be delicious.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Tempe
Responded on June 11, 2021

Tonib, We are sorry to hear you had a less than perfect experience. We appreciate you taking the time to provide us with this feedback. We will use it to improve and we hope you will allow us another opportunity.

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sarahsauce
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

We had a reservation for the Restaurant Week menu. The food was delicious. I had the Moroccan meatballs, Korean ribs and kimchi rice, and finished with the apple crumble. Unfortunately the restaurant did not have any more BBQ prawns which was a disappointment for my meal partner who is lactose intolerant and had limited meal options. However, the service more than made up for it. The manager Shawn personally came to our table to make amends, and also offered to comp my friend's next order of BBQ prawns. I noticed that tables were being cleared more slowly than usual and that servers were taking a while to make it to us on the patio; turns out they were slammed with Restaurant Week diners and were understaffed for the influx. I totally understand this and appreciate that everyone was doing their best. Lastly, I would suggest not sitting underneath the misters on the patio because they do drip a bit after they turn off.

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BobbyB
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a very nice experience. Paulina was very attentive and did a great job. The food was very good. We will be back!

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LarryF
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Easy parking. Great atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Retirement celebration.

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melissaf
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service was very good, drinks were yummy, ambiance was nice.

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HeidoH
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour had good options , drinks were great and Main course was excellent . Wait staff very responsive

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vipMaureenV
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My kids just moved to Tempe in January, they visit this restaurant often and we look forward to eating here every time we come to visit...my favorite dish is the pork and cornbread Benedict for brunch. Everything has been consistently delicious.

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ernieh
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thirsty Lion has become our “go to” spot for casual gatherings with family and friends. The atmosphere is comfortable, the staff understands how to make your experience fun and satisfying while not being intrusive, and the food is always prepared perfectly.

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eveningfunforall
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun environment, well spaced and accommodated a larger group for dinner. Enjoyed it very much and will do it again!

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SMWS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Seems like a nice place and very big. We thought the food was over priced and not that great. Beef in the French dip was tasteless. The salad was the worst I've ever had and tasted bitter. Server was very good but because of price and quality of food we won't go back.

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ElizabethA
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was good except my husband and I split a sandwich so we should’ve only been charged for one sandwich and the waitress had two sandwiches on our bill. My husband told her and she took care of it right away

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service3ambience3

Birthday

Took to long in between visits from our server.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time there for most of the group. Enjoyed everything.

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saw999
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food above average
No one addressed us when we entered had to ask her to check our reservation and seat us

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Nahrungsmittelkenner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Standard American faire with good service and enough interesting items on the menu to allow for a diverse set of pallets. I’m Adan of the pork ramen bowl.

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JeffreyJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Thirsty Lion several times. Always consistently good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Was good but the service was slow like the waitress forgot about us or had to many tables to attend to

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DarleneB
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great service and ambiance!

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DaveC
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The people at our table ordered 4 different meals, no one liked their choice. Pretty much everything had zero taste, very disappointed. I had a salad with a side of blue cheese, the dressing was watery thing like it was a vinaigrette with zero blue cheese flavor!!

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LindaM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food never disappoints, service is polished and professional, and for lunch (when we always go) it's the perfect atmosphere.

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vipJonW
Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The staff was excellent. The food was good and portions were generous. Plenty of room and seating options.

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Lindsay
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

no comment. I do not wish to make any further comments. All was good.

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OpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Second time here. Had same dishes as first visit but food was much spicier. Didn’t like nearly as much. Service good.

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LaurynM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Usually visit the Santan location..ordered the usual...my fried cauliflower was mushy and my "lightly" breaded chicken tenders were heavily breaded and burnt. I won't be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere. Service was not great. Took a long time for drinks. Asked for water three times second round of drinks one was forgotten and then took a long time to get. Again, great food but our service tonight was not great.

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JandD
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our meals were great. The only disappointment was that they didn't have Easter specials and that the brunch ended at 2 instead of 3 as advertised (our reservation was at 2).

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Tempe using the Order Online button. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Tempe also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Tempe also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (480) 968-2920.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Tempe is rated 4.5 stars by 729 OpenTable diners.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Tempe does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.thirstyliongastropub.com/GIFTCARDS.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.