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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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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Happy Hour (21)
Bar Seating (15)
Fun (14)
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Live Sports (13)
Good for a Date (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Great Beer (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Casual (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Business Meals (7)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Authentic (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Late-night Find (6)
People Watching (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Romantic (5)
Healthy (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Cozy (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Scenic View (2)
Vegan (2)
Waterfront (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 2 days ago

Gastropub Burger was awesome!

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·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Late-night Find, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for a Date, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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·Dined 5 days ago

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

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·Dined on February 8, 2018

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

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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·Dined on February 4, 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!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on February 3, 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!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Romantic, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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 (Phoenix)·Dined 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).

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Live Sports, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great Beer, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Fun, Sunday Lunch, Live Sports, Bar Seating
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 (Seattle)·Dined 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

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fit for Foodies, Live Sports, Fun, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Casual, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 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.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour
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 (Phoenix)·Dined 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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 (Chicago)·Dined 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 11, 2018

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

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great service great food great overall place for date or group

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Kid-friendly, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Waterfront, Comfort Food, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Live Sports, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Portland)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Columbus)·Dined 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great food and great service!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Love eating outside by the fire pit . Food and service are always good!

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 29, 2017

My wife and I came back to Thirsty Lion AGAIN (Yes - we have been to your establishment 5 times in the last two weeks)! Many reasons for that: EXCELLENT FOOD / Wonderful service (server's are so pleasant and talkative / AND -- we are going to Europe and did NOT want to cook very much before we went.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR ESTABLISHMENT!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Great place, lunch was good, but seating location was poor even with a reservation made weeks in advance.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Bradley was an outstanding server. He was totally in tune with about 5 tables during a very busy lunch hour. Very impressed.

Tags: Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 18, 2017

Well, my wife and I VISIT your restaurant at least 2 to 3 times a month. We love the service, food, AND now that it is 'chilling' sitting outside to have our dinner meal!

The food is always excellent / The service is outstanding at our every visit! It is wonderful to have such a great meal with your pleasant, helpful, servers. UNFORTUNATELY -- we are going to visit family in GERMANY (son-in-law / daughter / 5 grandchildren) for the next two months.

PLEASE KEEP UP your excellence. We will be back in January -- about the 16 - 17th.

Michael McKinley

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Special Occasion, Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 10, 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 4, 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 3, 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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 (Phoenix)·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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 (Cancún)·Dined on October 23, 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 21, 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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vip
 (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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 27, 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 23, 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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 (Las Vegas)·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 22, 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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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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

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