10 Best Phoenix Restaurants in Arcadia: Exploring the Valley's Foodie Hotspot

The Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix is known for great shopping, world class resorts, and some of the best restaurants in town.

Although it can be challenging to narrow down a list of the ten best eateries in the area, it's easy to recommend Nook, a small 50-seat eatery tucked away in the Gaslight Square shopping center. The trattoria delivers excellent light-Italian fare that hits all the right notes. 

Another top Arcadia foodie hot spot is Chelsea's Kitchen, a casually upscale neighborhood restaurant has earned a high reputation locally for its commitment to organic ingredients, creative American cuisine, and excellent ambiance.

Also high on our list is Crudo, featuring a one-of-a-kind menu that marries Italian cooking with sashimi-inspired small plates. The results are simply inimitable: sophisticated, surprising and always delectable.

If you're looking for a sophisticated spot that won't break your eating budget, head towards Postino, one of the city's first wine cafes, and still one of the best. Don't leave without trying a couple of their signature bruschettas. 

If socializing with friends over a craft beer is your goal, head to O.H.S.O. Eatery & NanoBrewery. Not only will you find a huge selection of local brews, the kitchen offers a late-night food menu with gourmet takes on comfort food classics like burgers and grilled cheese. 



Adapted from what used to be a neighborhood post office, this trendy wine bar is awash in candlelight, earthy colors, and dark wood furniture. It's also distinguished by a glass garage door that blurs interior and exterior space when the weather...  Read More



It's hard not to love O.H.S.O. Brewery. The extensive kitchen menu features a huge variety of eats. For starters, try the yummy garlic pesto hummus. You also can't go wrong with the house pretzel board, featuring buttery-hot pretzels with a...  Read More

Chelsea's Kitchen
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Occupying a canal-side brick building, this decidedly popular, neighborhood-casual restaurant is part of a local dynasty. The enterprise appeals to upscale families and maintains a solid menu that capitalizes on premium ingredients. Organic...  Read More



Buck & Rider is a stylish seafood parlor in Phoenix's fashionable Arcadia neighborhood. The dining room boasts comfy tufted booths and chandeliers, mixed with the clean, spare design of a modern, industrial dining room. Even better than the...  Read More



La Grande Orange Grocery and Pizzeria is one of Phoenix's most popular grocery, cafe, breakfast bar and pizzeria. The pizzas here are sumptuous and unique, hand-crafted with the freshest ingredients available. Try "The Fallen Angel," made with...  Read More



The Henry likes to bill itself as one of the best neighborhood restaurants in Phoenix, and fortunately for us, it's not just empty boasting. The Henry really is as charming and stylish as it looks from the outside. The sleek Fox Concepts...  Read More



The Vig Uptown is a popular local restaurant and tavern known for its hip crowd, sleek decor and laid-back patio. Unique yet unpretentious, the menu dishes up deluxe American comfort food. From the burger menu try the Vigazz Burger made with...  Read More



Ingo's Tasty Food is an Arcadia original. The foodie hot spot features a menu that is as delicious as it is unpretentious. The restaurant, which describes itself as "a gourmet food stand," features an eating counter and picnic garden seating -...  Read More



Nook evokes images of a cozy place to sit back and relax with a hearty plate of comfort food. Fortunately, that's exactly what you'll find at this Arcadia eatery, tucked away in the Gas Light shopping center. The menu has everything from light...  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


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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.

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