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  1. Distance: 1.48mi
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About Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Tempe

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.

2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy Suite 1041
Tempe, AZ 85281
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, Contemporary American, International

Hours of Operation:
Lunch and Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 1:00am, Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
McClintock

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(480) 968-2920

Website:
http://www.thirstyliongastropub.com/

Entertainment:
Sports, music, videos and more.

Parking Details:
Ample.

Public Transit:
Metro services the Tempe Marketplace Mall.

Executive Chef:
Kody Harris

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.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill – Tempe Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (9)
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Comfort Food (8)
Fun (8)
Good for Groups (8)
People Watching (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Authentic (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 2 days ago

I have never had a bad meal at Thirsty Lion. The presentation is great, the taste is amazing and there are plenty of choices both regular and seasonal.

We arrived early for our reservation but they still had the table ready for us. We sat down and we're immediately greeted by our waitress who took our drink order. After bringing our drinks, she took our appetizer order, which was lost by the kitchen staff. Upon noticing this, the manager came over to our table with our appetizers and apologized for the delay, taking care of them for us.

We then gave our dinner order and everything was brought out timely and tasted great. Our drinks were kept filled and the staff was friendly.

Great place to have dinner. We will continue to visit Thirsty Lion in both Tempe and Gilbert.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 11, 2017

My wife and I have been to this restaurant many, many times. We decided to do a 'Friday Night Out'! We requested an outside table (because it is so WONDERFUL at this time of the year!).

PLEASE NOTE! Our server was outstanding. Her name is Victoria = HAT'S OFF TO HER FOR HER EXCELLENT SERVICE!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Overall it was just an ok place to go dine. The bacon mac n cheese was very bland and not good at all. The cheese on the pizza had a funny aftertaste so it wasn't the best. The kung pao chicken was delish. We only saw our server twice and we had to ask another server to go find her to refill our drink that had been empty for more than 20 minutes.

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I was able to combine my party with my sisters table of 4. We had an amazing time, DJ was an awesome server who took care of us as if we were the only table he had. Food was fantastic, my first time dining and my new go to spot.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, People Watching, Romantic, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Live Sports, Fun, Hot Spot, Scenic View, Seasonal, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Food wasn't bad, service was terrible and the music was way too loud. Had to basically yell so the server could hear us.

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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Terrible sound level and not appropriate for my knitting group. Bad experience with the coffee ever dinner drink, but the manager was helpful in his resolution of the situation. Food was tasty.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We arrived a little early and were seated right away. A little high noise level but a big soccer game viewing party was going on. Great waiter,Steve, very attentive and knows his job well. Awesome food and service. My daughter enjoyed her birthday.

Tags: Disabled Access, People Watching, Seasonal, Business Meals, Tasting Menu, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Was good Nice central location with excellent food.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Very disappointed in this service. Order the steak just okay. The cheddar potatoes didn't taste like they had cheddar in them. Ordered a pretzel appetizer only got one pretzel. They're better dining options out there.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

The food was amazing! I had the salmon with risotto and asparagus. Simply fabulous, so creamy and decadent. We were there during dinner time and it was extremely loud. Service was excellent and very attentive.
All in all, Iwould highly recommend this restaurant

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 26, 2017

Enjoyed having a reserved table for five during a busy lunch hour. Food and service were great and we were able to conduct our meeting without interruptions.

Tags: Casual, People Watching, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Good food and good service. But, it is loud in there.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great food, cold beer. We dined before the ASU Sun Devils game.

Tags: Great Beer, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 23, 2017

I brought all of coworkers here and I was embarrassed on how poor the service was. Between the lack of service, waiters kept forgetting our drinks and waitress forgetting to put some of our food in. We definitely wouldn’t return. When we complained to our waitress about not getting our food, she blamed it on kitchen staff saying “a fly was found in your meal so that was the delay”.

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·Dined on September 17, 2017

My party and I enjoyed the lively atmosphere and good food!

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Only stopped for a drink. He ordered some chicken started I sampled, was dry but Okay flavor. Not a place for any conversation or dates. Noise level was like an over-crowded cafeteria. Staff was friendly.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 7, 2017

A great menu of options that seems to expand towards a lot of different cuisines: pub grub, pizza, salads, sushi and plenty to drink. Each item does have a unique twist to the traditional. Good spot for business lunch and happy hour, for sure.

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Service great, food great, will be back. Grandson loved it too.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 3, 2017

We went here for drinks and appetizers before the Phoenix Rising game since they have a free shuttle. Highly recommend this, but make sure you have a reservation! We tried another time before a game without a reservation and there was about an hour wait. Service took longer than other times I've been here, I think because of how busy they were. Our table this time was in an odd location because there was a line of long thin tables set up where the customers were all sitting on one side facing the TVs... but the TVs happened to be behind us, our table was in between, so they were basically watching us eat. Kind of awkward!

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Thirsty Lion was a great choice for a night out - lively crowd, ample seating, great food and service. We tried different appetizers, drinks and beers. All were presented tastefully and were delicious. Would definitely recommend for an after work get together, date night or a night out with friends.

Tags: Great Beer, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 27, 2017

They were great. We had a reservation for 6 during a busy time of the day where there was a 45 to 60 minute wait. Our reservation was honored and we were seated right away.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Our server was very quick, giving us plenty of time to enjoy our meal and make it back to the office in time for our next meeting. We all had salads which were delicious.

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·Dined on August 20, 2017

First experience was as expected. Easy parking, table ready when we arrived, wait staff attentive. Food was enjoyable and affordable for what they offer. Enough tvs to enjoy the game at every turn.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Although the food and drinks are pretty good, service is a bit slow. I've come here several times for lunch and dinner and both times, it took so long to get service. One occasion during lunch, it took almost 2 hours from the moment we sat down, get our food and check out. Not good if you are on an hour lunch break.

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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Great food, great service, but the restaurant is so loud that it is hard to hold a conversation.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Live Sports
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Another sad example of what has become of customer service. My friend and I ordered four small shareable dishes. We sat there for hours with empty dirty plates pushed to the end of the table and empty drink glasses. We were completely forgotten about. We finally had to flag somebody down to get our check. We had to flag them down again to pay. The entire time sitting there with dirty plates and glasses.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Alex, the bartender, was informative and responsive. I was on a date so my main focus was on her, I loved how Alex chimed in only at the times he was invited in the convo. He recommended all his favorite items. An outstanding experience I would recommend to anyone.

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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Food was not very good. All four meals below average. Seems like it would be fine as a place to meet for drinks and that's about it.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Decent food but WAY TOO loud! You couldn't hold a conversation even when yelling.

Tags: Live Sports, People Watching, Bar Seating
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Excellent food! Meals are perfectly sized! Great value!

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Great good, fun atmosphere! The seasonal drinks were really good. It was my friend's birthday and the manager came over and wished her happy birthday, gave her a card signed by the staff and comped her dessert!

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Live Sports, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 7, 2017

There were six of us, our meals came out quickly; however one member of our party got the wrong soup and salad. Service was awesome, they apologized, offered to make it right, etc.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Wait staff friendly and polite. They were very efficient. Had a great French dip sandwich with a side salad. Side salad was so fresh and crispy. Companions all enjoyed their sandwiches. Only small complaint is that one friend wants a daiquiri and the bar isn't equipped with a blender.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fun, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Everything was good and my date and I thought the food was awesome. The thing I didn't like about my experience was how dirty everything was. I couldn't sit across from my date because the seats were covered in food but I guess that was ok because if I was to have sat across from her we wouldn't have been able to hear each other. I know you think that it was probably a busy time but half the tables were empty. I think that's because they were covered with dishes. Hell I walk by an hour later and my dishes were still on the table where we left them. Overall food was great service was good and the place was a mess. May try again sometime.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 1, 2017

A little too loud if you actually want to talk and hear the conversation . Definitely bar ambiance. Took a while to get food, but the food is good especially the ahi tuna.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Great food. Been there before. Would go again. But Spotty service.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Seasonal
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 24, 2017

It was horrible they lost our food order ..manager came by and apologized said hexwoul bring out personally which he did not. No compensation was given or even offered we had to ask for siverware refills w
It was so dark we could not see our food we had salads supposedly with chicken which was nowhere to be found. WORST DINING EXPERIENCE EVER

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Nice place. It was out first time. They got us in right at our reservation time. Service was great. Food was great

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Live Sports, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined on June 21, 2017

I was brought here with a coworker six months ago, now every time I am near the Tempe area I make it a go to location.

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Lunch, Live Sports, Great Beer, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Wait staff was overwhelmed during happy hour. Food was good but nothing really spectacular. Very noisy and crowded between 5-7pm.

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