Somehow it happens: after a busy day and last minute plans to meet, a dinner party scrambles to find somewhere to enjoy a late-night meal. Thankfully, Phoenix is full of restaurants that offer late night menus—fast food takeout is not the only option. Fine dining and great service await those who know how to step into the after-hours scene to satisfy their hunger.
Canal Downtown Scottsdale is the newest craze for shopping and socializing. However, not all the new upscale eateries offer late night menus like Canal. And not all come with on-scene entertainment! This unique restaurant entwines food with fashion as diners enjoy runway shows, fashion clips on the media wall, a nightly DJ, and VIP lounge. The food is contemporary American with a selection of flavors from around the globe. If you go, just be sure to dress a step above casual. The late night menu is offered from 10pm to midnight.
7144 E Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Tapino Kitchen and Wine Bar For lighter appetites on a sultry night, Tapino beckons to local patrons with a taste for ethnic flavors. This venue offers the quiet comfort of billowing white curtains and comfortable couches. Low tables offer guests the opportunity to converse over global tapas that are perfect for sharing—mix and match a variety of appetizer-sized dishes. Enjoy from over 250 hand-selected wines or try one of the wine flights. Finally, be sure to notice the restaurant’s greatest architectural highlight: a climate-controlled wine wall that artfully curves around the main bar and showcases over 1,000 bottles of bubbly. The menu is available until 2:00 am Thursday through Sunday only.
7000 E Shea Blvd. #1010, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
5 & Diner For hungry diners who are looking to stray from expensive menus, this find is a classic. The 5 & Diner is reminiscent of the days of bobby socks and rock n’ roll. This fun little spot is the perfect place to get typical 50’s fare: a juicy hamburger with all the fixings, a meatloaf sandwich, fries, or a malt. Diners listen to oldies on an authentic juke box and are encouraged to drop in a dime to pick their own tune. Neon, chrome, and vinyl are all in style at the Diner and meals are served in a flourish with a smile. The 5 & Diner is open 24 hours a day.
5220 N 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Ticoz Resto-Bar Craving Latin cuisine and a laid back atmosphere? Ticoz offers a classic urban ambiance, where efficient service is offered both inside and outside on the lighted patio. This Spanish stop serves a leisurely meal, and the social hum resonates as diners linger over margaritas and mojitos. Menu options come in generous portions and include dishes as diverse as tacos, tropical curry rice, Argentinian chimmichurri pork chops, and chico burgers. This local eatery is convenient to metropolitan Phoenix and plates are generous enough to feed big appetites. Dinner is served until 11:00 pm weekdays and until midnight Fridays and Saturdays.
5114 N 7th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014
Salty Senorita The concept for this Mexican restaurant is based on a mystical story of a Spanish sailor who encounters an enchanting mermaid, “the Salty Senorita.” Inside each of the four Phoenix-area locations, the festive atmosphere relishes a thriving fiesta spirit and the kitchen serves Mexican fare late into the night. The late night menu is available from 11:00 pm until 2:00 am and offers $5 simple dishes such as tacos, chicken skewers, and juicy mini burgers. The beverage list offers over 50 margaritas and over 100 varieties of tequila. The Salty Senorita has locations in North Scottsdale, Old Town Scottsdale, Mesa, and Peoria.
Old Town Scottsdale location:
3636 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Gus’s New York Pizza Cravings for hot sub sandwiches and crusty, hand-tossed pizza don’t have to be ignored—even after the dinner hours have crept into morning. Located in the college district of downtown Tempe, Gus’s serves piping hot 10- to 18- inch pizzas with a long list of fixings. Popular pies include the “Manhattan,” “Bronx Bomber,” and “Veggie Explosion.” Each selection is made to order with fresh ingredients. Doors stay open until 5:00 am.
933 E University Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281
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