Planning to take a night off from the kitchen and a night out to indulge in the Phoenix dining scene? The culinary masters behind the Devour Phoenix coalition of restaurants cook up a wide variety of cuisine that is sure to satisfy any palate. Ranging from Asian-inspired comfort food in a modern setting to house-made Italian pasta in a historic bungalow, there’s a dish and restaurant out there to fit every event! But, don’t worry about narrowing down all your choices on your own…
No one knows eating out better than our Devour Phoenix chefs, so we’ve asked them for some help. Considering the restaurant’s menu, atmosphere, and price range, the chefs have voted among themselves to select the most appropriate dining spots for every occasion. Take a tip from the professionals and try out one of these restaurants for the perfect dining experience!
Special Occasion Dining
Extravagant. Delectable. Memorable. Those are just some of the words you’ll be using to describe your experience at one of these special occasion restaurants. The unique dining experience offered at Binkley’s Restaurant starts on the terrace, moves to the bar, and ends in the dining room with a sequence of seasonally driven dishes curated by the chef that day. For a more relaxed- though by no means less impressive- dining experience, Tuck Shop serves up a modern twist on American comfort food alongside their Spring-inspired cocktails from their chic neighborhood hotspot. If you can’t decide between something casual and something upscale, Christopher’s Restaurant and Crush Lounge provides the best of both experiences through their contemporary French-inspired American fare, expansive wine list, and expertly prepared cocktails. Whether it’s a birthday, a holiday, an engagement, or any other event, dining at one of these special occasion restaurants will give you another reason to celebrate.
Nothing says you care about someone like treating them to a delicious meal in an intimate setting. Split a made to order wood-fired pizza or a bowl of fresh house-made pasta (Lady and the Tramp style, of course) underneath the twinkling lights of Cibo Pizzeria’s* quaint outdoor dining patio. In the case that you’re going for more of an urban feel, visit The Gladly, a stylish modern American bistro with a diverse menu of globally inspired cuisine. If you’re really looking to impress your special someone, take your date overseas and immerse yourself in the spirit of the Caribbean at The Breadfruit and Rum Bar, where the tropical atmosphere feels as authentic as the Jamaican-based menu. From a first date to an anniversary, there’s no better way to set the mood than visiting one of these restaurants for date night.
Girl’s Night Out
The latest gossip and newest beauty products are only as good as the food that they’re discussed over during girl’s night out. You may be too busy eating to even chat while you indulge in the tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and margaritas at Joyride Taco House*, but just remember to order one of their elevated Mexican desserts. If you’re not in the mood for Mexican, surprise your palate with the flavors of Polynesia at Hula’s Modern Tiki*, an urban twist on the classic tiki bars and restaurants of the ‘50s. No girl’s night is complete without a glass of wine, in which case there’s no excuse to not try Postino Winecafe* for a mouthwatering combination of approachable wines and locally grown fare. You can start your night out at any of these scrumptious spots as long as you end the night with picture perfect pastries from Tammie Coe Cakes. Whatever the excuse, we’re sure you’ll think of a reason to plan another girl’s night out soon at one of these restaurants.
Guy’s Night Out
A good guy’s night is about more than just cold beer. The Vig’s* combination of live music, bocce ball, and upscale pub food make this neighborhood tavern one of the best spots to unwind with your friends. For a more rustic backyard dining experience, meet up with your friends at The Parlor for handmade pastas, pizzas, and pastries prepared from seasonal ingredients grown at the restaurant’s neighboring garden. If you’re in the mood for a little trip, let your taste buds take you on a nostalgic journey through the south aboard Southern Rail’s menu of all-American hand-crafted offerings, local wines, and craft beers. You’ll be sad to go home after gathering for guy’s night at one of these restaurants.
You won’t have to choose between a sophisticated menu for mom and dad or buffet style dining for the kids next time the family goes out. Enjoy casual bar food and a selection of beers on tap while the kids fill up on all natural house-churned ice cream at the best neighborhood restaurant and ice cream shop, Windsor* + Churn*. Beckett’s Table offers seasonal cooking with unique twists on American comfort food amid a warm, hospitable atmosphere that’ll make the whole family feel at home. You can never go wrong with pizza for dinner, and parents and kids alike will delight over the selection of pizza, sandwiches, pasta, and salads at Federal Pizza. With free food for children twelve and under, splurge on some drinks and dessert for the adults when you dine at St. Francis. Let the food from one of these restaurants add to the fun of your next night out with your family.
Even if you don’t have an occasion to eat out for, trying one of our Devour Phoenix restaurants is reason enough!
*Plus, don’t forget about your best friend at home. Next time you go out, bring your dog along to some of these top pet-friendly restaurants as marked above.