The Top 7 Restaurants in Phoenix, Arizona

Kaitlyn Tatulli |

cactus with view of the city skyline of Phoenix, Arizona in the background Will you be in Scottsdale, Arizona from February 24-26 for the must-attend event for B2B sales and marketing practitioners, the B2B Marketing Exchange? The Aventri team is! When you're not speaking to the Aventri team at booth #209 about the critical relationship between events and marketing, you can be exploring the beautiful surrounding area.

Only a 28-minute Uber from Scottsdale to Phoenix, the hub of Arizona’s food scene. With globally acclaimed Mexican and Southern cuisine to Italian-American eats Jersey to wood-fired pizzas, Phoenix’s extensive food scene is just another plus of visiting the city with 325+ days of sunshine.

Check out the top 7 must-visit restaurants in Phoenix, Arizona.


If you’re looking for a unique, immersive, chic dining experience then Binkley’s is the place for you. Owned by Chef Kevin Binkley, Binkley’s showcases inventive New American meals made with carefully sourced ingredients. A guest's dining experience at Binkley’s Restaurant is typically 3.5 hours long and will take them through different sections of the restaurant—starting on the terrace adjacent to the garden, followed by moving to the intimate bar area, and ending at their table in the attractive dining room. Guests will experience a total of 19 to 28 courses throughout their time at Binkley’s! The menu features Japanese, French, Mexican and American ingredients and flavors, making a guest’s dining experience at Binkley’s very unique.

To read more about Binkley’s, check out our exclusive interview with Chef Kevin Binkley himself.

Chef Kevin Binkley of Binkley's in Phoenix, Arizona

Photo Credit: Binkley’s

2. Saint Pasta at Linger Longer Lounge

Originally a food truck, Saint Pasta is located at Linger Longer Lounge and is a carb-lovers dream restaurant. Owners Joe Cetrulo and Racan Alhoch opened Saint Pasta to deliver fresh, fast, and affordable Italian-American classics to Phoenix. Some of their dishes include Cacio e Pepe pasta, carbonara pasta, classic 12 in NY style pizza, chicken parm, fried pizza, zeppoles, and more. Jersey boys Joe Cetrulo and Racan Alhoch will convince your stomachs and hearts that Jersey-Italian food is the best.

Saint Pasta food truck in Phoenix, Arizona

Photo Credit: Saint Pasta Facebook

3. Elements at Sanctuary Resort

Experience the farm-fresh American-Asian twist cuisine that has the NBC Today Show inviting Iron Chef winner, Beau MacMilian back five times. Elements, which is located at the Sanctuary Resort, features an innovative menu that incorporates local, organic, sustainable, and hormone-free cuisine. This award-winning restaurant boasts beautiful views of Paradise Valley, innovative creations, vegetarian and gluten-free options, and impeccable service. No wonder why Elements is considers one of Arizona’s top, luxury dining experiences.

Elements at Sanctuary Resort in Phoenix, Arizona

Photo Credit: Sanctuary on Camel Back

4. Barrio Café Gran Reserva

Celebrity chef, Silvana Salcido Esparza opened Barrio Café Gran Reserva in 2016. Since then, the restaurant has been featured in Esquire Magazine, on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and more. The Mexican-American restaurant has been recognized as one of the best locations for Mexican cuisine in all of Phoenix. Some of Barrio Café Gran Reserva’s most iconic dishes include the Cochinita Pibil, Chiles en Nogada, and Chef’s tableside Guacamole. If you’re looking for some authentic Mexican cuisine, then this award-winning and highly recognized restaurant is a must-visit for you.

Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva in Phoenix, Arizona

Photo Credit: Barrio Café

5. Tarbell’s

Two-time inductee to The Arizona Hall of Culinary Fame, Mark Tarbell’s restaurant, Tarbell’s has been providing the area with classic, fresh comfort food since 1994. Tarbell’s menu features seasonal cuisine, like Roasted Butternut Squash and Parmesan Risotto, and “things that the seasons can’t change” like Mark’s Famous Spaghetti and The Meatball and Housemade Ribbon Pasta. Make sure you save room for dessert, like the Sticky Date Cake, the Housemade Apple Cobbler, or the Beloved Chocolate Mousse, which are all handmade daily. Once you experience the art-filled, upscale restaurant, you’ll understand how Tarbell’s has been a staple of Phenix’s culinary scene for decades.

Tarbells in Phoenix, Arizona

Photo Credit: Tarbell’s

6. Tacos Chiwas

Experience recipes that have been passed down for generations by visiting Tacos Chiwas in Phoenix. The menu features delicious tacos, like the carne asada and el pasto tacos, burritos, quesadilla, and more. This Chihuahuan-style family-owned, laid-back restaurant was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and when Guy tasted the smoked beef cheek Barbacoa Tacos, he said, “When I eat this, I’m tasting culture.” So, head over to Tacos Chiwas and experience the culture of Chihuahua.

Tacos Chiwas in Phoenix, Arizona

Photo Credit: Tacos Chiwas

7. Cider Corps and Myke’s Pizza

Cider Corps, Phoenix’s first cidery, underwent a 2,000 sq. foot expansion and teamed up with Myke’s Pizza to offer visitors fresh cider and wood-fire pizzas on the 40-person patio. The Cider Corps boasts Barrell Aged Pumpkin Pie cider, Mago and strawberry cider slushies’, and even sangria. Some of Myke’s most sought-after pizza creations include the Potato and Bacon pizza, the Salami pizza, and of course the Tomato pie. If you’re looking for a casual delicious spot to hang out, drink some fresh cider, and nibble of hand-crafted pizzas, then the new Cider Corps and Myke’s Pizza is a must-visit.

Cider Corps and Myke's Pizza in Phoenix, Arizona

Photo Credit: Phoenix New Times

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This Post was Written by Kaitlyn Tatulli

Kaitlyn Tatulli is a graduate from Fairfield University with majors in Digital Journalism and Psychology and minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Computer Science. Currently, she is receiving her MFA from Fairfield University. Kaitlyn...

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