Known for being the home of the largest campus of Arizona State University, Tempe has a flourishing culture of the arts and entertainment, with restaurants that cater to its vibrant community. Whether you’re looking for an exciting night out on the thriving bar scene or a quiet cafe to enjoy with friends, here are our top restaurants in Tempe!
Top Restaurants in Tempe
1.) House of Tricks
Where: 114 E 7th St, Tempe, AZ 85281
C21 Menu Favorites: Seasonal specials
House of Tricks, which is set in a renovated 1920s bungalow, is famous for its New American fare and cozy atmosphere. Its seasonally-inspired menus offer a variety of lunch, dinner, and dessert options, ranging from the affordable salads, sandwiches, and entrees of the lunch menu, to the “culinary adventures” of the dinner menu, which features savory soups and salads, delicious meats and fish, and tastes that will delight the pickiest of palates. This family-owned restaurant is surrounded by beautiful gardens inhabited by the owners’ adorable cats, so bring a date, friends, or family, and enjoy a great time with some great food.
Where: 1840 E Warner Rd #136, Tempe, AZ 85284
C21 Menu Favorites: Iced Caffe Cappuccino White Russian Mocha, Italian sodas
This Tempe coffee shop aims to bring Seattle’s thriving espresso/coffee culture to the Valley of the Sun. Seattle Espresso, Inc.’s goal is to provide customers with the “finest coffee experience available” while also striving to establish meaningful relationships with these customers. From standard espressos to specialty drinks like their White Russian mocha and Italian sodas, Seattle Espresso, Inc. serves delicious drinks in a relaxed environment, for those days when you just need a quiet place to work or enjoy.
Where: 699 S Mill Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281
C21 Menu Favorites: Award-winning sangria (Blanco), heirloom beet salad, margarita pizza
As La Bocca Urban Pizzeria + Wine Bar’s website says, “the name says it all” about this sophisticated yet casual Tempe restaurant. Featuring an extensive drinks list and foods made from locally-sourced ingredients, La Bocca is a prime spot for everything from business meetings, to intimate dinners, to simply enjoying late night dining and drinks. You’ll love their Mediterranean-inspired menu, featuring their famous hand-tossed pizzas and bruschetta planks, as well as sandwiches, salads, and entrees, and their decadent desserts. Whether a true wine connoisseur or a beginning consumer, La Bocca’s bar has a drink for everyone!
Where: 2240 N Scottsdale Rd #8, Tempe, AZ 85281
C21 Menu Favorites: Big WAC burger, coconut curry with house tofu, tahini coleslaw
This 100% vegan and vegetarian restaurant, which “masters all favorite comfort foods and celebrates vegetables,” makes vegan meals accessible and delectable to even the most enthusiastic meat-lovers. A 10-year dream of Chef Damon Brasch, Green serves up its all-veggie foods in a bright, multicolored space with eclectic artwork and furnishings, that keep the energy high and the atmosphere warm. From the chef’s specialty vegan soft-serve ice cream to the house-made veggie burger, all the delicious foods at Green are made with the highest quality top-shelf and organic ingredients. Green is a restaurant for everyone, so whether you’re a long-time veg-head or a curious carnivore, give Green New American Vegetarian a try!
Where: 530 W Broadway Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282
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Serving up traditional American fare in a casual, rustic spot, Boulders on Broadway is known for its huge selection of craft beers, as well as its patrons’ love of bicycling, rock climbing, and adventure! Featuring classic bar starters, burgers, salads, and pizza, Boulders’ food is best enjoyed in its relaxed environment, though they do offer takeout. This neighborhood pub also holds trivia nights, so bring your friends out for a night of fun!