Trendy / Hip Restaurants
5063 E Elliot Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044
$$ Recommended New Editor's Pick Outdoor Seating
Caffe Boa, founded by Scott Rennard in 1995, has been a long-time Valley favorite with numerous positive reviews and awards. We offer only the highest quality of food with an emphasis on fresh, organic, and locally grown produce. Caffe ‘Boa’ in Portuguese means ‘Good.’ We strive to give you the best possible dining experience with exceptional food and service. We provide a full-service menu along with a wide selection of wines, beer on tap, specialty martinis, great bar happy hour Monday through Fridays 3:00-6:00 pm at our bar and much more.
11051 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85029
Pappadeaux in Phoenix is a one stop destination for traditional and contemporary Cajun cuisine. Pappadeaux has a loud, fun, and fast-paced environment in a setting similar to a turn-of-the-century jazz bar, and the menu is complete with dishes seasoned in flavorful spices with unbeatable prices. Know for their seafood, Pappadeaux also has a variety of Cajun food that you don’t always find on your typical menu. Fried alligator? Yes indeed. Step inside the French Quarter of flavors and you might find what your taste buds have been looking for.
6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250
Named by Phoenix Magazine as one of the 25 Top New Restaurants, Blue Wasabi Sushi and Martini Bar stands out as a hip place to grab a bite and a drink or two. With a menu boasting original, clever and appetizing traditional and signature sushi rolls, such as the Red Hot Chili Pepper roll and the Badda Bing roll, Blue Wasabi Sushi and Martini Bar is also known for their cocktail menu, complete with signature drinks, wine by the glass and premium sake, warm or chilled. The interior is dimly lit with a magnificent glass light wall, similar to a ...
5040 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85018
Located in the stylish meets traditional district of East Phoenix’s Arcadia, Chelsea’s Kitchen perfectly personifies it’s neighborhood’s dedication to quality and diversity. Head Chef Jay Boginske has created a menu that boasts intensely flavored dishes varying from mouth watering, but healthy Swordfish Tacos to Braised Short Ribs, better than your mama ever made. The restaurant solidifies it’s place in Arcadia’s always posh night life with it’s cozy but modern chic ambiance, featuring glowing candlelight, warm woods, and well chosen, new age artwork, all brought together seamlessly with contemporary furnishings, and edgy music.
15024 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254
For a taste of California with Arizona style, The Greene House is the place to go. Known for using farm-fresh, seasonal and premium ingredients, the menu options here are well priced and cleverly crafted for a taste that has elements of both Southwestern styles with contemporary, Californian flare. Named after architects Charles and Henry Greene, who designed this restaurant, The Greene House takes the form of a California bungalow, providing an intimate, one-of-a-kind dining experience. What draws people back is the simplicity in design and décor, the flavor of each individual dish, and the extensive list of high-quality wines. For ...
623 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Notorious for their long lines and long wait, customers keep coming back to Pizzeria Bianco for their famous pizzas, salads and brews. All pizzas are oven roasted, and even though there are only 6 selections to choose from, each option is eager to please, more notably their popular Rosa Pizza with red onion, parmigiano reggiano, rosemary and Arizona pistachios. Pistachios on a pizza? Full of surprises, the modestly simply Pizzeria Bianco will leave your belly satisfied.
3815 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012
In the heart of central Phoenix lies FEZ, an ultra sleek and urban center for Mediterranean and Moroccan infused American cuisine. FEZ, an Award Winning restaurant in Phoenix, combines one-of-a-kind spices and fresh ingredients to create tempting and flavorful selections that can satisfy your cravings. In addition, FEZ hosts special events for both music and food, complete with a life DJ for late night parties. Fans rave about their signature Pomegranate Martini and FEZ burger, and alongside their full bar, lustrous lounge and spacious outdoor patio, FEZ is the ideal place for trendy, upscale bar food with a Middle Eastern ...
4316 E. Cactus Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85032
If you’re looking for a little hidden treasure among Phoenix’s fine dining options, you might have to search in unexpected places to find what you’re looking for. Tucked away in a strip mall, Yasu Sushi Bistro is a little taste of Japan right here in Phoenix. Yasu is known for a few of their specialties, including Bacon-wrapped Scallops, Shrimp Fondue and Foie Gras with Japanese Eggplant. Alongside a tempting cocktail menu, Yasu also specializes in sumibiyaki, grilled fish, meats, and vegetarian options. Though the interior is small, this attributes to a cozy but intimate dining environment. Yasu is open seven ...
6300 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Authentic Brazilian churrascaria barbeque meets chic and contemporary décor at Fogo De Chao, in Scottsdale. This fulfillingly festive steakhouse presents guests with the awesome opportunity to not only see their prime-cut meats and other specialties cooked table-side, but also savor as much of it as they like. Like a speedway of culinary delight, your signal of the green sign on the table instructs the dishes to begin coming – and they don’t stop coming until you signal ‘red.’ Accompanying their delectable spread of 15 different meat options is a similarly impressive gourmet salad bar. And don’t forget to wash it ...
7133 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
At Cowboy Ciao, the Old West meets the old world, with a setting and a menu that blends the best of Modern American cuisine with global influences. Executive Chef Bernie Kantak turns out wonderfully inventive dishes like the “Pig n’ Pudding,” featuring pulled pork in a chipotle balsamic barbeque sauce served with creamy polenta, toasted pumpkin seeds, cotija cheese, and dried cranberries. The menu is accompanied by a diverse and intriguing wine selection, with over 3,200 wines to choose from. The warm, rustic setting, gracious hospitality, and overall creative flair make Cowboy Ciao a worthy destination for any occasion.
3118 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
Named for its north of Camelback location, NOCA is owner Eliot Wexler and Chef Chris Curtiss’ adventurous brainchild. Serving unpretentious American fare with flair, they are steadily building a reputation among foodies and non-foodies alike as innovators in creative cuisine. Meals commence with a crafty amuse bouche, and a puff of cotton candy serves to cleanse the palate between entrees and dessert. Curtiss is an expert at using the freshest ingredients on the market in a harmonious fusion of the senses. Coupled with a sparse yet comfortable dining room and impeccable service, this experience is not to be missed.
61 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201
$$ Recommended New Editor's Pick
Upscale, Independent, & Different Our venue combines imaginative, upscale cooking techniques to deliver you tastes and flavors that you typically won't get at home or even in an evil, soul-killing, chain restaurant. Set in a beautifully remodeled space, we are a ferociously independent operation. We pride ourselves in delivering our customers a dining & drinking experience that is decidedly different, fun, & memorable. We are located in the original Mesa square mile at the intersection of University Drive and Centennial right next to the Amphitheater and Mesa Marriott.
816 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Established following the renovation of a house built in the 1900s, The Roosevelt Tavern is located in the heart of Phoenix’s art district. This house turned restaurant and bar features a full kitchen and bar along with couches and tables which contribute to the homey feel. This tavern serves American style cuisine and offers a substantial variety of beers, brewed locally and nationally, in addition to wines. The décor is sharp, savvy, minimalist, and contemporary. Lighting is provided by an array of candles and chandeliers. They even have happy hour pasta night every Thursday and wine and beer specials.
7114 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Marcellino is one of many restaurants internationally owned by Chef Marcellino, and this new Phoenix location brings its own specialties! Housemade pastas, antipasti, carne and pesce plates grace the coveted menu, and Chef Marcellino has recently presented his original Pizza recipe as well. Along with the masterful regular menu, he has also prepared a Chef’s Personal Tasting menu, a Three Course Tasting menu, and Private Party menus. Live music in the form of Opera Nites is presented once a month by the Phoenix Opera Company, allowing guests to enjoy immaculate food and exquisite entertainment!
7122 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Conveniently located in North Scottsdale’s Kierland Commons, Bobby's restaurant and lounge is the place to go if you want a cosmopolitan dining experience encompassing live music, futuristic decor, and delicious cuisine. With nightly jazz music, contemporary Mediterranean fare, a tantalizing wine menu, and a touch of humor - see the photos of the musicians named “Bobby” on the north wall - it is sure to delight all five of your senses. Don’t leave without checking out the upstairs lounge and changing color wall.