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Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Tempe

4.3
460 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Happy Hour
  • Casual
  • Great for Lunch
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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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 460 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

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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2.0Dined on April 5, 2018

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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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

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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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

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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1.0Dined on March 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Good food. Many varied choices. Good service. Very lively and loud. But lots of fun

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

I tried to reserve a table for 6 on OpenTable and could not. I called the restaurant and was told they didn't take reservations from 5pm to 8pm but that most 4-top table could seat six. I explained that OpenTable showw reservations available for four people and was told that OpenTable doesn't always match up to what they actually have available. I decided to game the system and do a reservation on OpenTable for four people at 530pm. When we arrived I let the hostess know that we had six people and she said the reservation, which did actually match up with OpenTable, said four people. I let her know the above information and she apologized and got us a booth for 6 people. She did a great job seeing to our needs unlike the hostess I spoke to earlier in the day. We love this place otherwise I would have said to heck with it and gone to another place. Food and service great as always!

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2.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Overall, the experience was hit and miss.

Ordered a signature drink and it was good. Ordered a second and was told they were out of the ingredients. When I questioned the server, she got snitty.
Service was lacking with plates and empty glasses remaining on the table even when staff had just been present.
Waited a long time just to order dinner and server did not check on us after it was brought to the table.
But....come check time she was front and center and seeping sweetness.

Might be my first and last time there!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

My wife and I visit Thirsty Lion often. We had not been to your establishment since late November (because we went on a trip to Germany! We LOVED the 'changes' on your outdoor patio! Way to go! We cannot wait to return (it will be soon).

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

First time here and we will be back. The food, drinks and service were excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great food! Always imaginative appetizers & entree. Can count on this place.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

I love this restaurant, except for the noise level. It is extremely hard to hear so people just yell louder! I can’t go here with a few of my friends who have a little trouble hearing and really find themselves out of the conversation. And that includes my spouse!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great food

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

The place was very but thanks to open table we avoided the wait. Great food and beer.

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2.0Dined on February 21, 2018

We were put in an area that was very dark and noisy.
We had a party of 6. They were eager to take our orders right away & didn’t give us much time to visit.
When food was served, the three men were served 1st & then someone else brought out women’s meals. I had to ask for dressing.
We were then forgotten about. Did not come around to refill drinks.
Never asked if wanted dessert. Just gave us our bills.
Have eaten here many times & this was awful in comparison. My salad was good, but many had complaints about their food.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Gastropub Burger was awesome!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I had a pretty decent time at this location. The food was amazing! Happy Hour items and pricing was outstanding! I did find the service to be lack luster. The Hostess were unattentive upon arrival. My friend and I were there for about 4 hours. Our waitress, Denise, came to our table maybe 3-4 times within those 4 hours. My friend and I had finished our drinks for at least 30-40 minutes before our waitress came to our table. I assume she was having a rough day. She didn't seem interested and wasn't vibrant at all! Because of of the company of my guest and and the food we ordered, I chose to overlook the poor customer service Friday night. Normally Customer Service is HUGE on my list. It definitely determines if I will patronize a restaurant again. Overall, a good experience.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Really great service, wonderful food, loved the atmosphere

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Optimal service and fresh tasting foods. We will return.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Old group Bible Study Reunion!Was great seeing everyone again in a Social atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2018

The waitresses aren't bad either. Let's here for Levi's

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

A nice "go to" place for outdoor dining. Food and service is consistently good and a nice wine list; I like the 9 oz pour option!

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Our time here was amazing! I came with my boyfriend for his 21st birthday and we both had a great time. Our waitress, Savana, was outstanding and made sure we had want we wanted/needed. We got ice cream and a wonderful handwritten birthday card that was signed by multiple staff members. Was definitely a great and memorable dinner. We will be back as the food, drinks and service are always good!

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3.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Service needs attention. Wrong drinks brought to table, replacement beverages forgotten and 35 minutes for food. Help Alexa!

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

It was a business lunch. I reserved a table for 6 and there ended up being 10 of us. They accommodated us no problem. Lots of choices on the menu. My meal was great (orange chicken).

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Had dinner there for my birthday. Food was good and the service even better!

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2018

The host staff was less desirable, but overall this place was a hit. Food was delicious and reasonable, I’ll be back

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

My Wife and I patronize this restaurant often. We always have excellent service, helpful attendants, and we very much enjoy the outdoor atmosphere.

We will return to this restaurant again very soon.

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Fun atmosphere, but the service was not the greatest. Our server had to be flagged down for things most of the time. My daughter ordered filet mignon and it was more like an Applebees quality dinner steak. I don't believe it was a filet. Good appetizers, but entrees not so hot. I had salmon, and it was very average. We decided to leave and not order another round of drinks after dinner and I think this irritated our server, as she almost threw, (just tossed as she was walking by) our bill onto the table.

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

Thw music was way too loud. Server was innatentive. The food was great, just wish the service had been decent.

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1.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Terrible service, food took over 45 minutes to arrive and was cold - server seemed uniterested in how satisfied we were.

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2018

Really good food! Service was slow but they were very busy.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food, great service, fun atmosphere. Overall wonderful experience.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Great service great food great overall place for date or group

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Service could have been better. I wasn’t too happy they said I didn’t make my reservation, I was there on time and seated.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

amazing happy hour amd amazing service

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2017

We sat outside so the noise level was good. Inside pretty loud because several games on. But that’s the fun with this place.
We also haven’t experienced any bad effects from having Celiac and ordering GF.

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