10 Great Restaurants to Grab a Bite Near Phoenix Municipal Stadium

Phoenix Municipal Stadium is perfectly situated at the crossroads of Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe, which means you won't have to travel far to find a great meal.

Our top honor goes to Gertrude's, which is located just north of the stadium at the Desert Botanical Garden. The lovely setting - the outdoor patio overlooks the main garden courtyard - is complemented by a winning menu of modern American entrees, carefully constructed using vegetables and herbs grown on-site in the kitchen garden. If you can, reserve a table for the Sunday Brunch, which is one of the best in town.

If you don't have time for a leisurely meal, stop by Sami's Gyros, a casual eatery dishing out tasty Mediterranean staples like falafels and gyros. It's also a great spot to find Chicago dogs.

Sports fanatics will want to head just west of the stadium to grab a booth or bar stool at Draw 10 Bar & Grill, a lively, longtime sports bar and restaurant where you'll find juicy specialty burgers, sandwiches, and house favorites like the green chile mac 'n cheese.

For something a little more urbane, head south to neighboring Tempe, where wood-fired pizzas and fine wine are served at the sophisticated La Bocca Urban Pizzeria and Wine.

Since 1989, the Indian Delhi Palace has been preparing and serving fresh, authentic Indian food in Phoenix. This is one of the city's original Indian food restaurants, and still remains one of the most popular with hungry diners craving curries...  Read More

Little Miss BBQ isn't located in one of Phoenix's trendy dining districts – the barbecue destination is located on an industrial stretch of University Drive on the Phoenix-Tempe border. But just because it's not in a trendy dining corridor...  Read More

This small, unassuming eatery serves up big flavors. The menu at Sami's Gyros is full of Mediterranean and Chicago classics, including many options with the healthy eater in mind. Lunch and dinner favorites include the Mediterranean Chicken...  Read More

Defalco's Italian Grocery

DeFalco's Italian Deli and Grocery is an award-winning, traditional, and family-owned Italian grocery and delicatessen. This small but always-busy store and restaurant has been repeatedly named one of the best lunch spots in town by several...  Read More

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria & Wine is located in the heart of downtown Tempe, a short stroll away from the metro light rail station. The Mediterranean-inspired menu specializes in creative hand-tossed pizzas, specialty salads, bruschetta planks,...  Read More

Cafe Lalibela

Cafe Lalibela is an award-winning Tempe Ethiopian restaurant. Casual yet elegant, the cafe elevates the standard lunch and dinner meal into an exotic culinary experience. The menu features a large selection of authentic Ethiopian cuisine with...  Read More

Two fireplaces, antique furnishings, and tables positioned to offer the utmost privacy adorn various rooms at House of Tricks, evoking an inviting, home-like ambiance. Dining on the terrace is a delightful experience, thanks to tables set under...  Read More

Savor the joys of an authentic Cornish pasty (pronounced pass-tee) without even having to jet off across the pond. The Cornish pasty is a traditional English comfort food featuring a variety of meats, veggies and cheeses, all stuffed into a...  Read More

Stockyards Restaurant
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This traditional American steakhouse has been grilling some of the best steaks in Phoenix since 1947. In 2004, a dedicated team of workers lovingly restored and revitalized the restaurant, which was recently included in the City of Phoenix...  Read More

Located inside the Desert Botanical Garden, this stylish restaurant delivers farm-to-table cuisine in an enviably beautiful setting. The menu of 'Modern American Cuisine' entrees is - not surprisingly - seasonal and garden-fresh. With high...  Read More


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