10 Best Restaurants in Phoenix's Artsy Roosevelt Row Neighborhood

Roosevelt Row, or RoRo if you prefer, is Phoenix's premiere arts district. The neighborhood is adjacent to downtown Phoenix, which makes it easily accessible to most visitors. You'll find historic houses, art studios, and yes, plenty of fine dining establishments to enjoy during your visit to this vibrant corner of Phoenix. 

At the top of our list you'll find Carly's Bistro, an unassuming restaurant with ambiance in spades. Live jazz on the tiny stage, a huge selection of fine wines, and a simple yet well-executed menu makes Carly's Bistro a foodie destination. Start with one of the cheese plates on the appetizer menu. There will be no regrets.

If traditional vintage diners sound appealing, you won't want to miss Roosevelt Row's own Welcome Diner. Don't be fooled by the square footage and small kitchen. The cooks here mean serious business, crafting inventive revisions of American classics with serious panache.

Looking for a fine craft beer to enjoy with lunch or dinner? You'll definitely want to make a pit stop at Mother Brunch Brewing, a local microbrewery putting out quality craft brews and an expansive menu of creative pub fare. The small plates menu features house specialties like salty pork rinds and mussels steamed in the house-brewed beer. 



Moira Sushi Bar & Kitchen is located in the hip Roosevelt Row section of downtown Phoenix. The restaurant expands on tradition Japanese cuisine, integrating bold flavors, global influences and local seasonal ingredients. The menu is all...  Read More

A little slice of Jamaica is tucked away in downtown Phoenix at The Breadfruit, an award-winning restaurant specializing in award-winning modern Jamaica cuisine. The ambiance is causally elegant and vibrant, and the menu features locally sourced...  Read More

This ultra-hip, ultra-sleek central Phoenix restaurant is always making an appearance on local restaurant critics' lists of the Valley's best restaurant. The menu features American cuisine infused with the colors, fruits, and spices of the...  Read More

This local chain is a favorite with local foodies and health enthusiasts. The large, eclectic menu features wraps, salads, burgers, wood fired pizzas, and several delectable sides. Try the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus for starters, or dive right...  Read More

This Central Phoenix urban pizzeria is situated in a restored 1913 bungalow, making it the perfect backdrop for a leisurely lunch or romantic dinner. Exposed brick, hardwood floors, authentic stained glass windows and a working fireplace means...  Read More

What this tiny traditional diner lacks in square footage, it more than makes up in style and heart. The vintage diner ambiance and modern American menu of comfort food classics has made Welcome Diner a downtown favorite. The food menu includes...  Read More

This small, cozy bistro means serious business when it comes to good food. The kitchen at Carly's Bistro may be small, but the menu impresses with its dedication to locally-sourced ingredients and freshly made panini sandwiches, wraps,...  Read More

Paz Cantina is the place to go for Mexican food on Roosevelt Row. The neighborhood eatery features arty fare in a bright, comfortable dining room with a sprawling outdoor patio. Freshly made tortillas, homespun recipes and gourmet tacos make...  Read More

Once a humble downtown Phoenix food truck, Short Leash Hot Dogs is now one of downtown Phoenix's most-loved local eateries. The restaurant specializes in gourmet hot dogs - but these are not your typical ballpark hot dogs. They come wrapped in...  Read More

Mother Brunch Brewery is Roosevelt Row's resident microbrewery and gastropub, serving creative fare and craft beer. It's a win-win combination that elevates familiar ingredients into unexpected pairing. The small plates menu features stand-outs...  Read More


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