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

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By Patricia Escarcega, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson Local Expert

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. 

10. Postino Arcadia
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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 cooperates. The stylish mid-century style is replete with artisanal touches, plenty of open, communal spaces, and even a hand-carved wood wine wall. The menu is rustic and flavorful, defined by bruschettas, paninis, antipasti, and salads. Knowledgeable servers are happy to help with wine selections, which hail from across the world and are available by glass and bottle. Great for couples or groups.

9. O.H.S.O. Eatery & NanoBrewery
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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 selection of peppered salami, corn nuts, pickles, IPA mustard, and a zesty, creamy green chile cheese dip. The entree menu is small but eclectic (and delicious). Try the kalua pork, served with roasted potatoes, asparagus, and a perfectly sweet pineapple glaze. There is a separate gourmet taco menu, as well as a selection of late night eats featuring gourmet burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, and crispy fries.

8. 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 chicken is a specialty, and mouthwatering Dixie pan-fried chicken and roasted chicken with spaetzle showcase it beautifully. Other attractions include tuna tartar with guacamole, Chelsea's short ribs, and the Howie burger, with gruyere and caramelized onions. Ask for a table on the patio for the best vantage point. The hip atmosphere makes this a great destination to impress a date or enjoy a night out with friends.

7. Buck & Rider
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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 stylish design, though, are the restaurant's great views of Camelback Mountain. The restaurant features an impressive raw bar, where you can enjoy a fresh platter of oysters, shrimp and crab. From the "Provisions" menu, enjoy creative small plates like harissa shrimp and chorizo skewers and spicy tuna tostada. Gourmet salads, surf and turf plates, and most surprising of all, sushi, round out the menu.

6. La Grande Orange Pizzeria
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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 schreiner's sausage, shaved fennel, roasted peppers, premium cheese and red sauce. Craving a spicy pie? Try "The Rocket Man," featuring spicy red fresno chiles, broccolini, roasted peppers, roasted garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. You can even create your own specialty pizza from the wide selection of fresh veggies, meats and cheeses. "LGO," as it is known to locals, is quite popular, so be prepared for a short wait.

5. The Henry
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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 restaurant and bar has become a premier brunch and happy hour destination in the leafy Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix. The menu is modern New American fare, with an emphasis on bright chopped salads, hearty burgers, and upscale bistro items like steaks and fish. There is also a gourmet coffee and fresh-pressed juice bar, along with a great cocktail bar. Come here for a relaxing and casually upscale neighborhood vibe that's full of color, quality ingredients and seamless execution.

4. The Vig
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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 grilled beef with bacon, smoked gouda, tomato, arugula, grilled red onion, spicy mayo and mustard on a toasted bun. Adventurous foodies take note: The Vig's special dishes menu includes unique plates such as the Carne Asada on a Potato Pancake, sliced carne asada on a potato pancake served with guacamole, pico de gallo, sour cream, cotija cheese and tomato-garlic sauce. An extensive wine and beer menu have earned The Vig a reputation for one of the city's best happy hours. Two locations.

3. Ingo's Tasty Food
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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 - perfect for an outdoor dining feast, or for gourmet take-away that won't break the bank. The menu features some of the best grass-fed beef burgers in Phoenix, as well as specialty salads, sandwiches, and even a juicy steak-and-salad combo. The drink menu features a small but excellent selection of wine, blush sangria, and three craft draft beers. Everything on the menu is available to go.

2. Nook
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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 cafe fare to hearty Mediterranean dinners. For starters, try the excellent poutine house fries, served with beef gravy and mozzarella curd. The restaurant also serves a variety of unique bruschettas, including a short rib variety featuring a mushroom duxelle and port demi reduction. Dinner entrees include a savory filet, savory halibut tacos, and a creamy pasta crepe. Gourmet pizzas, excellent desserts, and a winning wine menu make this the perfect destination for a special occasion dinner or date night.

1. Crudo
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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 ingredients and mouth-watering culinary juxtaposition. The menu is cleanly divided into signature sections, including crudo (raw), cotto (cooked), mozza (mozzarella-centered plates), griglia (grilled), and lati (sides). For cold/raw creations, the crudo menu features fresh seafood plates include the albacore (served with apples, truffles, and black garlic) and the ahi tuna (delightful with smoked olives, egg, and lemon). When you're craving something hot, choose from the hot cooked plates from the cotta menu, including gnocchi, dumplings, and mushrooms. Try the uniquely savory risotto, made with squid ink, tuna, chili, and tomato. For a hearty plate, pick from the griglia menu, which includes pork belly, short ribs, and rolled veal breast made with apricots and rosemary and cooked over the restaurants custom-made wood fire grill. Lovers of high quality Italian cheeses will revel in the mozza menu, where plates of mozzarella are served with fresh herbs, oils, meats and vegetables. Diners are invited to sample the menu with a three, four, or five course meal.