Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Tempe

4.5
494 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Gastro Pub, International
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Hours of operation
Lunch and Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am, Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(480) 968-2920
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Kody Harris
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
McClintock
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Parking details
Ample.
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Public transit
Metro services the Tempe Marketplace Mall.
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Entertainment
Sports, music, videos and more.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Entertainment, 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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What 494 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on November 2, 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
1 review
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 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

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

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

Excellent food, Excellent service and atmosphere!!

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DH
Phoenix
147 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 25, 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
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 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 16, 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
21 reviews
Dined on October 8, 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
22 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 29, 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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J
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It is a lively place. Lots of people watching sports and some overly rowdy (not drunk, just one loner who was loudly cheering). Good atmosphere, nice service and the food is always great.

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L
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Seated quickly with reservation with many waiting. Quick service. Food was very good although fries were way too salty. Manager stopped by to check on our meal; mentioned the fries and was willing to rectify which was appreciated but not necessary. Recommended next time to ask for low or no salt which we will do.

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MI
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service, good location. It is loud and maybe not the best spot for a date if you don't want to scream at one another, but it is fun and tons of TVs for all you sports fans.

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CB
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has a good pub atmosphere and the option of an affordable beer flight. Fairly typical but good food (at least for what I had) and decent selection to choose from.

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NW
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We thought we would try something new when planning to meet with a friend and we were impressed. The manager went over and above for a gluten allergy which we greatly appreciated!

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RM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Yes, the restaurant was busy, but we waited ONE HOUR before our food arrived. Not worth the wait!

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SB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love to come here and watch a game or hang out with friends. We have gone their for date night and have enjoyed ourselves. The food is always great and the beer is always cold. We highly recommend this to anyone that comes to town and visits us.

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OT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

On this occasion we had a good experience. However I made a reservation for this past Friday that was very disappointing. At noon I made a reservation for 12:30. Our party showed up and were told that there was now a 30 minute wait and we shouldn't have been able to reserve for that time slot. We were then placed at the end of the waitlist. Not to mention Open Table's feature that notifies you when a reservation isn't possible did not do so, so our reservation should've been honored. The staff notifying us of THEIR error made no apologies for the issue and seemed to infer that it was our own fault for making the reservation close to the seating time. I am leaving this review on my prior reservation date because when we decided not to wait my reservation was considered cancelled so I cannot review. We still love the food and atmosphere of Thirsty Lion but our customer service experience this day was awful.

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SM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

I would go back to this restaurant but this particular experience was NOT a good one! Our server forgot about us and I had to wave her down to ask her to take out order after 20 minutes. I asked for no avocado and no tomato on my sandwich and it had both which I had to take off (scrape off the avocado) and my french fries were cold. They server was friendly after all of this and she brought me a new plate of fries that I said wasn't necessary. My smoked turkey sandwich with maple bacon would have been great if it didn't still taste like avocado. The blood orange cosmos were amazing!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were visiting AZ from Connecticut and had a wonderful Outdoor dining experience. The staff was friendly and prompt and the menu was expansive. The tuna poke was amazing (and quite large!) and my husband really enjoyed trying different beers through a beer flight. We hope to get back someday!

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CC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun place to grab a drink. Good variety of menu items.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Our party ordered the Salmon & Asparagus Risotto, Korean Fried Chicken, and The Ribeye Steak. Everything was delicious and the portions were generous. The music was a little loud but we were still able to enjoy conversation.

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BE
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food,great atmosphere, personable and attentive staff..very enjoyable experience!

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JC
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The menu is varied and suits all tastes. The food is fresh, appealing and nicely prepared. The beer selection is always fun. We had the bacon-wrapped dates as an appetizer . . .delicious. Prices are reasonable too. We'll be back!

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a
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Overall great experience. Food wait time and waitress attentiveness could have been a bit better though

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

Great experience great food great service especially from Vinny he was a great server great personality and he knows how to pour a Guinness

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LW
Phoenix
50 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were introducing our Beloved Cebella to THR THIRSTY LION‼️‼️. We live near and frequent the SAN TAN MARKETPLACE Thirsty Lion 🦁
We selected your Tempe location as a MIDWAY for us meeting for our 12:15 OPEN TABLE Reservation.
The outside temperature had dropped that morning so we asked to be moved away from the door to patio service. Once relocated the waitress appeared as we were getting the baby settled into his chair, to ask us what we wanted to eat‼️‼️. She did take drink orders which arrived 18 minutes later. She didn’t return again for 20 minutes. Our baby who is 2 1/2 was STARVED. It’s now 1:15 and no food. Every order was wrong/ missing ingredients except mine 1 out of 4 is not acceptable.
Needless to say, TL Tempe didn’t make a POSITIVE and OUTSTANDING IMPRESSION‼️‼️

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OT
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

I made reservations through Open Table and received confirmation. I got there early and said I had reservations and asked to be seated on the patio. I was out there over 1/2 hour and my friends hadn’t arrived (I thought). One of my friends called and said they were seated inside and was I almost there. They were told there was no reservation under my name. Needless to say we weren’t happy. It was a halfway point to meet at for us, but we will definitely find another restaurant.

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DC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place! Something for everyone! Definitely make reservations. Otherwise u Will have to wait for a table.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Everything was amazing, however every time we’ve ate at the Thirsty Lion, the drinks take quite a while for them to arrive to the table.

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KV
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Food was okay but really you can't do much to mess up a salad. I'm sure the place is great for happy hour but it's so loud that you can't hear yourself think.

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LC
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the best server. She was very attentive and seemed like she truly enjoyed her job.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, nice variety and great service. Way too noisy inside, but nice outside once they shut the bar windows.

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AW
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sat at a high top, not our first choice but nothing else was available. Very busy because it was before a Cubs game. Service was efficient . Fish and chips were excellent but my friends burger was cold.

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KD
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Drinks were slow to come out. Food took even longer and was cold when we got it... all 4 of us. 2nd round of drinks took a long time too. Asked if we could talk to a manager server said she would send them over... No one showed. Probably won't go back.

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EL
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Had to send back the drinks because they were terrible. Bar manager actually argued with us about how accurate the bartender's measuring is. I know my drink, and this was awful. Friend ordered a drink at the same time, they totally forgot hers. we asked 20 mins later and it showed up immediately.

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