Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Tempe

4.5
521 reviews
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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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Specials

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Come in for Cinco De Mayo and enjoy our special menu featuring Pork Carnitas Tacos, Smoked Chicken Nachos and our Spicy Grapefruit Margarita!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat mom to a delicious brunch with Fresh Berry Waffles and Passionfruit & Raspberry Mimosas this Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Treat dad to Brunch and Beer this Fathers Day. Enjoy brunch dishes such as our Breakfast Burrito, Huevos Rancheros and Fresh Berry Waffles. Plus half off flights!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

What 521 People Are Saying
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PZ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My waitress, Tiffany, could have been more attentive. I don`t care for the color of the new bar stools. What was wrong with the previous ones? I wish you'd bring back pizza.

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TM
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Upon waking in, I explained to the hostess I had reservation. Half of my party was already there waiting at the bar. She told me they were at the bar and said I’m more than welcome to sit there. I laughed a bit and said, wait but I have a reservation for a table. After looking utterly confused and annoyed she had someone else seat my friends and I. The service was ok, our server was nothing special and even copped a bit of attitude.

I actually used to work at this restaurant during my days of college. When I worked here, they believed in food running and putting the costumers first. Aka, you run the food and drinks to whatever table is up rather than just your own. It’s a team effort. I never once had another server carry a drink or food to our table. Obviously this place has changed a bit. Thank goodness the ambiance and food is still pretty good!

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SR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Victoria was our server and I thought she was professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. Because of her service I would recommend your Pub to others as a good place to meet for light business conversation. It's an easy location for access from Mesa, North Scottsdale, Central Phoenix. If people are coming from the various locales.

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W
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

Great customer service, but the food was lacking good flavor. We both had sliders. The pulled pork sauce was way too sweet, and the chicken was dry. The pretzel was a little scrawny compared to other restaurants at the same price. The pretzel dipping sauces were good, however. The music was a little loud and hard to hold a conversation over. Thirsty Lion needs a little help to keep up with other establishments that will certainly pull customers away.

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LP
New England
11 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

While the service was quite good, the food is just okay.

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M
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We were blessed to have such an excellent waitress, Savana! She recommended several dishes when asked what was good. (It was my first visit.) My date had a salad which she really enjoyed. I had the whiskey French toast dipped in crunchies. I very much enjoyed the flavor, but by the time I got to the last piece, the crunch was overpowering the flavor of the French toast. To suit my palate, fewer crunchies would improve it dramatically! We both felt the music was a bit too loud for easy conversation. Again, Savana was an outstanding wait person, as she cleared dishes when we were finished eating and brought fresh glasses of soda without being asked. Tremendous service at a fair price. I will definitely come back to try something else on the menu!

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WF
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Cactus League day but did have reservations for lunch. We were seated promptly but the room was so noisy that we could not hear each other. We requested to relocate to the patio and were relocated promptly once again. Smooth sailing after that with great service and good food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall I had a great time, food was really good. The only issue I had was that our waitress pretty much ignored us after our food was gone and we waited almost 30 minutes before we got our check and I had to ask for it. She walked past our table multiple times and didn’t even acknowledge us, but acknowledged the other tables she was working at.

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TL
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my friend's birthday. Our server was excellent & so was the food. We had the the potato pancakes - unbelievable. Crispy, but smooth on the inside. Our meals were just as good. We had the creme brulee & the chocolate s'mores desserts. My friend's brulee was comped for her birthday :) nice tough. Finished w a yummy Irish coffee. The patio was covered & the day was great - have fun trying out this great restaurant.

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Waiter was great. Music was a bit loud.

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W
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a great place with a great atmosphere. The service was outstanding and the food web outstanding as well.

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P
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we sat in the bar area so the the noise was not bad. But the overall experience was totally awesome

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NM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fantastic service, great food, but the drinks were a little overpriced and those prices were not on the menu

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MS
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, great atmosphere. It is a bit loud, but that's ok.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dakota was an amazing server- honestly the best we’ve had in a while. He was very attentive and kind.

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VW
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

I made reservations for 6, arrived on time with all of party present. Spoke with 3 different hostesses and got 3 different answers. Completely disorganized chaos. And it took 20 min to get my table and when we were walked there we walked by multiple empty tables?? That is inexcusable. Bathroom needed servicing

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P
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The online menu and write ups had me excited for the variety and ingredients, Food was just fair, Maybe trying to be too many things. Ahi Poke stack was mushy and mostly rice. Cubano wasn't flat grilled or on a ciabatta, as stated on menu, was on a French roll. Fried Cauliflower wasn't crunchy (also soggy). Best thing was my Basil and Grapefruit Martini. Nice drink

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ST
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 2

Asked for a table next to window, a quiet spot, but instead have us a table in the middle of the bar surrounded by talking ppl & running around waiters & waitresses. Not cool

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OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was good, it’s very loud in the main dining room and often hard to hear conversation. Food was good as usual.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our reservation was ready as promised our booth was roomy, service was excellent and the food was done to our expectations. We will definitely be back.

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OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great also the chicken Sliders Were exceptional

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JD
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Inside was very noisy so we requested outside seating and that was great. Food was good. Service was good considering how busy it was as it was during the holidays.

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RR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were outstanding, not your typical sports bar!

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CC
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great weekend brunch menu! Good place to go with friends and watch a game.

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SG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice restaurant for groups. A little loud, but a lot of choices for food.

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5
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside on a pleasant day. The meal was delicious...we both had burgers and fries. We sat for 2 hours and no on bothered us.

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The service was rated lower because there appeared to be only one server on duty and the place was packed. The server did her best and the low rating is on management squarely

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MA
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff
Great food
Great service
Can’t wait to go back again

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SG
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I had a southwest salad. It was flavorful. The restaurant was clean. The service was good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Food was not good, salmon overcooked, shrimp cold, chicken was bland.

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R
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, Excellent service and atmosphere!!

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DH
Phoenix
151 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Thirsty Lion never disappoints. We frequent here for their lunch salads.

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DJ
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

The lab burger special was excellent, really enjoyed that. Unfortunately the noise level was so high that it was almost impossible to carry on a conversation. The patio might have been a better choice to have any sort of ability to talk.

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LC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was very poor, the food was average. The Manager did accommodate us by taking the appetizers off the bill due to the poor service.

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TV
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The greeting by the hostesses was cordial, and I was promptly seated. The waitress was promptly to my table to take my drink order while I waited for my dining companion. This unobtrusive attentiveness was sustained throughout the experience - kudos to Melanie.

As for the food, I had the Thai Red Curry Chicken while my friend opted for the Ahi Salad. The temperature of my entree was perfect, and the aroma and flavor were authentic. One would expect to find this dish in a high-end Asian restaurant. My friend found her salad to be equally delicious. I don't get to Tempe often, but this venue will be a first pick.

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KK
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Party of 4 had a great dinner and super service. We’ve never been disappointed. Thank you.

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KK
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another outstanding experience at Tempe. Food was amazing as was Emily. Thank you.

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JT
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent wait staff. A little too cool, so manager went out of his wait to accommodate us in a warmer spot. Some of the best French fries around. Manager and wait staff went out of their way to make sure we had a good dining experience.

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JB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Good food,service was a bit slow and noise level was very loud and annoying. Will do lunch next time quieter and you can carry a conversation. Did not find The Gilbert location to have this type of noise level

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KL
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I will NOT be returning to Thirsty Lion! My trust is broken beyond repair. I have food sensitivities, and it is very important that I do not eat dairy or eggs. I called ahead and asked to speak to a staff member from the kitchen. I needed to verify that the impossible burger would not contain dairy or eggs, IF I ordered it without mayo, 1000 island dressing, or cheese. I was told that this was the case, and I could even have a pub bun as it fit with my dietary requirements. Thrilled, I made a reservation. When I arrived and was giving the server my order, she got a funny look on her face when I mentioned I cannot eat dairy or eggs. This made me question the ingredients of the impossible burger once more. This time, a manager came to our table and explained that all of their bread and buns DO contain eggs and dairy! Had I not asked a second time, I would have eaten the foods that upset my stomach and I would have spent the rest of the day feeling lousy. I trusted the info I was given over the phone, and invited 3 others to dine with me. I ended up hating the impossible burger, because they LIED to me and still charged me $15 for a tiny, too salty patty with 2 pieces of lettuce, 2 thin slices of tomato, and mustard!

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