10 Best Restaurants in Surprise: Taking a Bite of the West Side

Surprise is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Phoenix Metro area, so it should come as no surprise that the city is filled with an eclectic selection of great restaurants. For great sashimi, sushi and other traditional Japanese fare, check out Uni Sushi & Steak, an elegant eatery serving quality, always-fresh and artful Japanese fare. 

If Mexican is what you're craving, stop by the Rio Mirage Cafe, a popular neighborhood eatery known for its savory Sonoran-inspired plates. The restaurant also offers a smattering of American classics, so this is a good pick for larger groups. The menu has a something for everyone. 

For a special date night, or gathering with fellow foodies, check out Vogue Bistro. The stylish contemporary American bistro features French classics like escargot, duck confit and - for lunch - the classic Parisian sandwich, Croque Monsieur. Check the menu for seasonal specialties. 

Another good option for French-inspired cuisine is Amuse Bouche, where the eclectic dinner menu entices with a duck breast, beef short ribs and rich Jambalaya. 

Craving a quick lunch or dinner that doesn't skimp on flavor? Plan a pit stop at CheezHeadz, where you can enjoy mouth-watering pizza pies, hot subs, wraps, salads and great sides. If you're looking for a great cheese steak sandwich on the west side, this is the place to find it. 



Babbo means "daddy" in Italian, and that sums up the food philosophy at Babbo Italian Eatery: warm, homespun Italian cuisine designed to make you feel as if you're dining with family. The expansive menu features gourmet salads, appetizers,...  Read More



This family-owned restaurant is the west side location of the popular central Phoenix Mexican take-out market that has been feeding local Mexican food lovers since the 1970s. The Surprise location delivers the same homespun flavors and comfort...  Read More



If hot, savory comfort food grub is what you're craving, you won't go wrong with a visit to CheezHeadz. This neighborhood eatery has earned a loyal following for its consistently tasty eats and treats. The menu consists of specialty pizzas...  Read More



Big Buddha in Surprise offers a family-friendly spot on the west side for tasty, made to order Chinese classics. The huge menu has something for even the pickiest eaters. For starters, you'll find homemade pot stickers, juicy skewers of beef,...  Read More



The Haymaker Restaurant is a family-owned restaurant making some of the tastiest burgers on the west side. The kitchen uses 100 percent Angus chuck to craft big, juicy burgers. The Haymaker is also famous for its slow cooked ribs and pulled pork...  Read More



Vogue Bistro stands out as one of the most refined dining destinations in the west Valley. The Surprise bistro describes itself as an American restaurant with French influences. Indeed, the menu offers up continental classics with a contemporary...  Read More



Luscious plates of Mexican food classics fill the menu at Rio Mirage Cafe, a family-owned eatery on Phoenix's west side that delivers big flavors and hospitality. The house motto here is "Not fast food, not fast paced," so settle in for...  Read More



This casual bistro offers a dining experience that is casually upscale and contemporary, with dishes inspired by rich culinary tradition of France. The cafe is tiny, which lends the dining room with a cozy and romantic air that is ideal for...  Read More



UNI Sushi & Steak is one of the best-loved sushi restaurants on Phoenix's west side. Uni (pronounced oo-nee) is the Japanese name for sea urchin, a sushi delicacy reserved for the highest quality sushi. The thoughtful menu offers a range of...  Read More


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