The 10 Best Phoenix Restaurants

So you’re looking for the best Phoenix restaurants? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve rounded up a collection of our absolute favorite places to eat in the Valley of the Sun from burgers to pizza to tacos to salad. This isn’t an exhaustive list of all great Phoenix restaurants, but it is a list that every true foodie should work their way down. What’s your favorite restaurant in Phoenix? Let us know in the comments!

10. Mexican: Barrio Cafe

There are dozens (and dozens) of great options for Mexican food in Phoenix, but our favorite all-around sit down Mexican restaurant is Barrio Cafe. Don’t judge this restaurant by it’s lackluster location, the food here is delicious and unquestionably one of our favorite Phoenix restaurants. The tableside guacamole is a must and there is something for everyone when it comes to the menu. Favorite menu items include the pescado tacos (beer battered fish tacos), conchinita pibil (slow roasted, marinated pork) or the enchiladas suizas (chicken enchiladas with a tomatillo cream sauce).

Barrio Cafe

$$$$ Mexican, Cafes

1205, 2814 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006 602-636-0240

9. Burger: Paradise Valley Burger Company

There are a lot of places to grab a burger in Phoenix (some are better than others), but our favorite place for a delicious, unforgettable burger is Paradise Valley Burger Company. It’s a little on the outskirts of town, but rest assured that this is one of the best burgers you’ll find in all of Phoenix. Order the burger brûleè- fried egg, bacon, onion, burnt sugar, and havarti all on a juicy beef patty. It’s sloppy, juicy, and totally satisfying.

Paradise Valley Burger Company

$$$$ American (Traditional), Burgers

4001 E Bell Rd #102, Phoenix, AZ 85032 602-535-4930

 8. Authentic Tacos: Tacos Chiwas

For truly delectable tacos in Phoenix, look no further than Tacos Chiwas.  This is the place you’re coming to for an inexpensive, authentic Mexican meal in town. The asada taco is the taco of your dreams and if you’re into gorditas (which you absolutely should be), then the shredded beef gordita is a non-negotiable. Top whatever you’ve ordered with copious amounts of the caramelized onions.

Tacos Chiwas

$$$$ Mexican

1923 E McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85006 602-358-8830

7. Sandwich: Worth Takeaway

If you’re looking for a dang good sandwich in Phoenix, or perhaps a great spot to eat in the Mesa area, Worth Takeaway is one of our must-try Phoenix restaurants. The menu here is simple- they serve a dozen homemade sandwiches, breakfast options, and some choice sides and dessert. The crispy chicken sandwich is so satisfying, with crispy chicken breast, house-made pickles, lettuce, sriracha honey, and mayo on ciabatta. Get their house-made sea salt potato chips on the side and the banana cream pudding for dessert is a must. #worthit

Worth Takeaway

$$$$ Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches, American (New)

218 W Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201 480-833-2180

6. Breakfast: La Grande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria

La Grande Orange is basically on everyone’s list of the best Phoenix restaurants, and we wholeheartedly agree that this fan-favorite serves incredible food. You can come here at any time of the day for your breakfast, lunch, or dinner needs, but our favorite meal of the day here is breakfast. The Commuter Sandwich is one of our all-time favorite breakfast sandwiches, with perfectly cooked scrambled eggs, tomato, mayo, and bacon on the homemade English muffin of your dreams. The Local’s call it “LGO” but no matter what you call it, just make sure that you eat here.

La Grande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria

$$$$ Pizza

4410 N 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018 602-840-7777

5. Fancy Tacos: Taco Chelo

So you want tacos but you want a place that’s ideal for girls’ night or date night or just a nicer Mexican restaurant that serves absolutely killer tacos. Cue: Taco Chelo. Taco Chelo is one of the best Phoenix restaurants for downright amazing tacos. The tortillas are homemade (Don’t believe us? Just look the right of the register after you order), the chips and guac are fantastic, and the tacos are truly next level. There are only five kinds of tacos on the menu- divide and conquer with a friend!

Taco Chello

$$$$ Tacos, Bars

501 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 602-368-5316

4. Salad: Citizen Public House/The Gladly

We rarely find salads that are truly noteworthy, but if you want to have one of the best salads you’ve eaten in your entire life, then The Original Chopped Salad is a must! Located at two of our favorite Phoenix restaurants, Citizen Public House and The Gladly, this salad has the potential to make all of your dreams come true. With juxtaposing layers of smoked salmon, freeze-dried corn, arugula, couscous, and diced tomato, all topped with a homemade buttermilk dressing, it’s no wonder this salad has its own Facebook page. Fantastically delicious at both restaurants, and while you’re at it try other menu items too- some of our favorite places to eat in all of Phoenix!

Citizen Public House

$$$$ Gastropubs, American (New), Salad

7111 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-398-4208

The Gladly Restaurant

$$$$ American (New), Whiskey Bars, Venues & Event Spaces

2201 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016 602-759-8132

3. Pizza: Pizzeria Bianco

Chris Bianco started a pizza revolution decades ago that is still buzzing in Phoenix today. If you’re looking for the best pizza in Phoenix, then a visit to Pizzeria Bianco is in order. Thin crust, fresh ingredients, and the permeating flavors from the wood-fired oven are what makes this pizza so irresistible. Order the margherita for a classic pie that is sure to please everyone or for something truly “Bianco” get the Wiseguy pie, a pizza made with wood-roasted onion, house-smoked mozzarella, and fennel sausage.

Pizzeria Bianco

$$$$ Pizza, Salad, Tapas/Small Plates

623 E Adams St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 602-258-8300

Related Video: Is Pizzeria Bianco The Best Pizza in Phoenix?

2. Barbecue: Little Miss Bbq

While Phoenix is no mecca for barbecue, you can in fact order some of the best central Texas barbecue you’ll ever have at one of our favorite Phoenix restaurants. Little Miss BBQ in Sunnyslope is the place to be if you want the best barbecue in the state of Arizona. You’re here for the fatty brisket but get a little bit of everything (leftovers are never a bad thing) and make sure to get the jalapeno cheddar grits and coleslaw as your sides. Show up early to claim to guarantee your share of the fatty brisket or check out their new University location for less of a wait.

Little Miss BBQ

$$$$ Barbeque

4301 E University Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85034 602-437-1177

Related Video: The Ultimate Guide to Eating At Little Miss BBQ

1. Farm to table: FnB

One of the most memorable meals you’ll have in Phoenix is dinner at FnB, a noteworthy farm to table restaurant in the heart of Scottsdale and of one the best Phoenix restaurants to ever set foot in the entire valley. Perfect for date night or special occasions, the food at FnB is truly swoon-worthy with regularly rotating menu items capitalizing on seasonality. We recommend asking your server to help pick out favorites from each section of the menu, and whatever you do save room for dessert!

FnB Restaurant

$$$$ Gastropubs, American (New)

7125 E 5th Ave #31, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-284-4777

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