10 Best Restaurants in Phoenix: Foodie Havens Worth Discovering

The best restaurants in Phoenix all have one thing in common: passion for quality ingredients and flawless execution. Looking for the best pizza in the country? Some would argue that you'll find it in Phoenix, at Chef Chris Bianco's Pizzeria Bianco, where the lines still form around the corner for the rustic yet impeccably fresh, delicious wood-fired pies. For classic Arizona dining (and some of the best tortilla soup in the city), head to Frank & Albert's, the iconic dining room at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort. Visitors will want to indulge in a long lunch on the outdoor patio, or enjoy a leisurely dinner in the dining room, where upscale revisions of American classics such as pork chops with caramelized apples are served with grace and flair. Traditional French cuisine is infused with Southwestern flavor at Vincent's on Camelback, another long-standing Phoenix favorite, where luscious lobster is served alongside fresh avocado and corn salsa. Speaking of Southwestern favorites, Gallo Blanco Cafe, tucked away in a corner of the hip Clarendon Hotel, dishes out some of the city's best and most creative Mexican dishes. Try any of the street tacos, stuffed with fresh vegetables and succulent meats and topped with fresh Mexican cheese.

Vincent on Camelback has been a Valley favorite since the 1980s, when Chef Vincent Guerithault pioneered his unique brand of Southwestern-inflected French cuisine. Chef Vincent boldly marries traditional French techniques with indigenous...  Read More

The motto at Tuck Shop is "neighborhood comfort shop." Tucked away in a central Phoenix neighborhood, this popular restaurant serves carefully crafted comfort food in a small, intimate dining room. The menu, which changes frequently, features...  Read More

Il Terrazzo is the fine dining centerpiece of The Phoenician Resort, and a good bet if you're looking for upscale Italian fare. The restaurant offers a traditional fine dining experience with a few unexpected twists. The Sunday brunch, for...  Read More

Pizzeria Bianco

Chris Bianco's celebrated pizza evokes memories of Naples. A wood-fired brick oven and a passion for quality make Bianco's traditional Neapolitan pizza crust a work of art. The restaurant was famously short-listed by New York critics as one of...  Read More

Sushi sensibility meets traditional Italian flavors at Crudo, Phoenix's hip Italian cafe specializing in sashimi-style seafood. Fresh, simple and always-intriguing, the Crudo ("raw" in Italian) menu emphasizes seasonal and locally-sourced...  Read More

Beckett's Table is the brainchild of Chef Justin Beckett, who wanted to create a restaurant that celebrates the values of farm-to-table cuisine in a friendly, communal setting. The interior at Beckett's Table is industrial chic, with concrete...  Read More

Quiessence at The Farm at South Mountain offers a unique fine dining experience in a bucolic slice of South Phoenix. The restaurant, located inside a historic home at the end of a pecan tree-line path at The Farm, features excellent...  Read More

This bustling central Phoenix restaurant offers charm in spades. The stripped-down aesthetic is married with modern loft design, making this one of the more inviting and interesting dining rooms in the city. The food is just as interesting....  Read More

A Different Pointe of View stands out as one of the most distinctive Phoenix fine dining destinations. The restaurant is situated atop a mountain in north central Phoenix and offers incredible city and desert views. Diners sit nestled around...  Read More

This Asian-style teahouse was an immediate sensation at its debut back in 2010, famous for the artistic sensibilities of local superstar chef Nobuo Fukuda. The chef-artist is a critical darling for his iconoclastic take on traditional Japanese...  Read More


Meet Patricia Escarcega

Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.

She received her MFA in Creative...  More About Patricia

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