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Ten great restaurants near Chase Field in Downtown Phoenix



Chase Field is convenient to many of downtown Phoenix's best restaurants. Just a short walk from the stadium you'll find Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, located at the stylish Hotel Palomar. Blue Hound specializes in upscale cocktails, shareable plates and Southern-inflected mains. Many dishes feature regionally-sourced ingredients. 

For a relaxing yet elegant night out, The Breadfruit is a little piece of Jamaica tucked away in downtown Phoenix. Classic island dishes like jerk chicken and beef oxtail soup feature fresh meats, cheeses and breads.

Some of the best pizza in town is located near Chase Field. For one of the most lauded-pizzas in the country, head to Pizzeria Bianco. Chris Bianco's pizzeria is well-known for its long queues, but even more famous for its celebrated wood-fired pizza. Many of the pizza ingredients are harvested at the restaurant garden, and the fresh-made mozzarella simply can't be beat. 

For wood-fired pizza in a relaxed and romantic setting, reserve a table at Cibo. The restaurant, located in a historic carriage house in the Roosevelt Row arts district, serves excellent pizza, lovely Italian small plates and gourmet salads. The restaurant is not within walking distance of Chase Field, but it's a short, convenient drive from the stadium. 


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The Arrogant Butcher


The Arrogant Butcher is a bustling downtown restaurant that's become a popular mainstay with the downtown business crowd. Located conveniently in the CityScape complex, the restaurant is part upscale eatery and part social hour coterie. You'll find good steaks, seafood, draft beer, wine and hand-crafted cocktails dished out in a lively downtown atmosphere. There are also plenty of delicious appetizers to snack on, including zucchini fritters, artichoke hummus and a basket of soft, chewy house pretzels served with provolone fondue. There's also a tasty selection of cheeses and charcuterie. For lunch or dinner, try the pork carnitas served with a sweet corn cake, tomatillo salsa and avocado.

Recommended for Restaurants near Chase Field because: If you're looking for a crowd-pleasing restaurant dishing out upscale burgers, salads and entrees in the heart of downtown Phoenix, head to The Arrogant Butcher.

Patricia's expert tip: Happy hour is Monday through Saturday from 3 to 6 pm. Don't miss the salted caramel pudding, a house favorite.

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The Breadfruit


A little slice of Jamaica is tucked away in downtown Phoenix at The Breadfruit, an award-winning restaurant specializing in modern Jamaica cuisine. The ambiance is casually elegant and vibrant, and the menu features locally sourced meats, cheeses and bread, wild-caught seafood and locally grown organic produce. Traditional island dishes include Jerk Chicken off the grill, beef oxtail soup and molasses fried lollipops. Start your dinner with the rum glazed prawns and roti flatbread, featuring saltwater prawns sauteed in rum, goat cheese over grilled roti. The Breadfruit is a great place to sample traditional Jamaican fare without having to leave the country.

Recommended for Restaurants near Chase Field because: The Breadfruit brings a taste of authentic Jamaican dishes to downtown Phoenix.

Patricia's expert tip: Don't miss the rum bar, featuring a collection of over 108 rums.

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Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails


Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails is a chic downtown Phoenix restaurant and bar specializing in Prohibition-era cocktails and creative, shareable plates. The bar has the city's largest selection of scotches, bourbons and gins. Craft beer lovers will also love the selection here. Cocktails are made using fresh juices, fruit purees and locally grown herbs. The kitchen menu features gourmet munchies, specialty salads, sandwiches, flatbreads and a small selection of entrees. Try the famous house tater tots - a grown-up version of the school cafeteria staple. The pot pie is also a winner. It's made with savory root vegetables, mushrooms and swiss chard.

Recommended for Restaurants near Chase Field because: Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails dishes out gourmet, creative small plates just steps from Chase Field.

Patricia's expert tip: For starters, order the tater tots. They feature smoked bacon, chives and romesco sauce. Very tasty.

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La Piazza PHX


La Piazza PHX is a tiny downtown Phoenix pizzeria that boasts true Neapolitan-style pizza (certified by the "Verace Pizza Napoletana" from the VPN association based in Napoli, Italy). In a city of great pizza, La Piazza stands out for its strict adherence to the traditions, ingredients and cooking methods of Naples. The mozzarella and dough are homemade, and the tomatoes are imported from San Marzano, Italy. The dough is light, the crust is crispy, and the sauce is delicious, simmering with the flavors of high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Along with great specialty pizzas, the restaurant also serves salads, panini, antipasti, pasta dishes and a small but delightful selection of homemade desserts. The restaurant also has another location in historic downtown Glendale.

Recommended for Restaurants near Chase Field because: The next time you're looking for delicious pizza near Chase Field, stop by La Piazza PHX near Chase Field.

Patricia's expert tip: Don't miss the dessert menu, which features authentic and homemade treats like ricotta cheesecake, tiramisu and cannolis.

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The Dressing Room


The Living Room is a relatively new addition to downtown Phoenix's Roosevelt Row food scene, but don't be fooled by its limited square footage. This "micro-restaurant" features a small but satisfying menu that's described as "food from streets, beaches, carts, and trucks." This translates to casual and creative globally inspired fare that includes burgers, tacos, and salads. The house RoRo Burger, a saucy, well-cooked burger squeezed into an English muffin, is deliciously dressed in a sweet-spicy Russian sauce. The Peruvian ceviche salad, meanwhile, is texture-rich and delicious. Don't leave without trying the restaurant's signature dessert, a churro ice cream sandwich featuring vanilla ice cream cemented between two freshly fried churros.

Recommended for Restaurants near Chase Field because: For a laid-back spot with unfussy yet delicious food near the stadium, head to this stylish Roosevelt Row spot.

Patricia's expert tip: Happy hour happens daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Gallo Blanco Cafe


After a well-received stint at mid-town Phoenix's Clarendon Hotel, Gallo Blanco Cafe has moved to its own standalone spot in downtown Phoenix's historic Garfield neighborhood. Chef Doug Robson's menu features delicious tacos, tortas and classic Mexican street snacks like elote callejero and notable fresh guacamole. A strong starter is the huarache campechana, a flat, sandal-shaped tortilla layered with marinated meats, including al pastor and longaniza. Don't miss the daily roasted chicken special and the selection of fresh-baked goods. For brunch, you'll find strong renditions of classic Mexican desayunos (breakfasts) like huevos rancheros, an indulgent take on chilaquiles, and fresh-made flapjacks with cajeta caramel.

Recommended for Restaurants near Chase Field because: Gallo Blanco Cafe is a stylish Mexican cafe located not far from Chase Field in the historic Garfield District just east of downtown Phoenix.

Patricia's expert tip: Happy hour featuring discounts on drinks and food happens daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and 9 p.m. to close.

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You would think that finding authentic Neapolitan-style pizza would be a challenge in the Arizona desert. If traveling to southern Italy in search of great pizza isn't feasible right now, you can satiate your appetite for great pizza with a visit to Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana. The pizzeria features thin-crust pizzas made according to the ancient pizza-making traditions of Napoli, in an oven imported from Italy. The expansive menu runs the gamut from the classic Margherita to savory specialties like the quattro stagioni (four seasons), which is loaded with sausage, mushrooms and salami. The menu also features antipasti, pasta dishes, and salads.

Recommended for Restaurants near Chase Field because: 'Pomo Pizzeria Napoletana makes some of the most authentic Neapolitan pizza in town.

Patricia's expert tip: Start with the delicious and ultra-fresh caprese.

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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 the best pizza destinations in the country. Each and every one of the masterpieces served is made from scratch with the finest ingredients. The only drawback? You may have to wait for a great pizza because the place is no secret. Reservations accepted only for parties of six or more. The good news is that Bianco and company recently opened up a second location at the Town & Country Shopping Center.

Recommended for Restaurants near Chase Field because: Pizzeria Bianco is a nationally recognized pizzeria convenient to Chase Field.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the Rosa pizza, featuring Arizona-grown pistachios.

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Nobuo at Teeter House


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 cuisine. By day, nosh on the elegant small plates and light, impeccably constructed salads, sandwiches and bowls. In the evening, the dinner menu is divided between appetizers, cold dishes and warm dishes, all featuring seasonal ingredients, fresh fish and always-unexpected pairings. The real star of the show at Nobuo is the omakase (chef's choice) menu, extravagant, reservations-only multicourse affairs that take place on the weekends.

Recommended for Restaurants near Chase Field because: Nobuo at Teeter House serves some of the most elegant and delicious Japanese food in the city.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the irresistible okonomiyaki, traditional Japanese bar food featuring a crispy exterior and eggy interior that resembles a cross between a pancake and omelet.

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Cibo


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 that you'll have much to admire while you nosh on your salad, antipasti, made-from-scratch pasta or artisanal pizza. Each pizza is made-to-order and hand-tossed by Chef Guido Saccone, a native of Sicily, and then topped with a delicious drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Don't miss the new "stuzzichini" happy hour menu, served Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 6 pm. It features small bite specialties like arancini, Arborio rice deep-fried with a center of mozzarella.

Recommended for Restaurants near Chase Field because: Cibo offers excellent wood-fired pizzas and gourmet salads in a historic carriage house in downtown Phoenix.

Patricia's expert tip: For a gourmet delight, try the Procida, topped with mozzarella, prosciutto Crudo, Asian pears, chopped arugula, goat cheese and black pepper.

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Patricia Escarcega works as a writer and editor in Phoenix.

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