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Restaurants in Phoenix

Phoenix has a growing reputation for its excellent restaurants and eclectic menus, and the words 'fine dining' are no stranger to this city. You don't have to travel far through its centre to discover great options lining every street. The savvy traveller can enjoy a fabulous meal on a very reasonable budget.

The Phoenix restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over US$70)
Moderate (US$20 to US$70)
Cheap (up to US$20)
These Phoenix restaurant prices are for a three-course meal and the equivalent of one-half bottle of wine but a sales tax is extra. A tip of 15-20% for the waiting staff is customary and a service charge will be highlighted on the bill if added in advance.

Expensive

Binkley’s Restaurant

Cuisine: Fine-dining

Binkley's serves up one of the most unique and delightful dining experiences in Arizona. Service is limited to five nights a week (Wed-Sun) with room for just 24 people per night. At $160 a head, before tax and service charges, the experience doesn't come cheap but the set menu does deliver bang for buck with up to 22 courses in just one sitting. Restaurant founder and head chef Kevin Binkley often invites patrons into the kitchen at points during the evening for an even better taste of the action.

Address: , 2320 E. Osborn Road, Phoenix, 85016
Telephone: +1 602 388 4874.
Website: http://www.binkleysrestaurant.com

La Hacienda

Cuisine: Mexican

Think turn-of-the-20th-century, free standing Spanish ranch house, for this restaurant at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. White tablecloths, warm woods, large plush Spanish-styled chairs complement the excellent service and signature margaritas, and the restaurant holds a happy hour every Tuesday to Friday. Gourmet Mexican food is fused with European cooking methods to produce specialities such as mahi mahi ceviche or slow roasted shoulder of pork. Save room for desserts like cinammon churros – warm doughnuts with a chilli chocolate dipping sauce.

Address: Scottsdale, 7575 East Princess Drive, Phoenix,
Telephone: +1 480 585 4848.
Website: http://www.fairmont.com/scottsdale

Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse and Restaurant

Cuisine: Steakhouse

This classic and elegant steakhouse is designed as a private dining club, but has opened its doors to welcome mere mortals into its depths. The main dining room is small and intimate with crisp white linen and modern lighting, but a series of mirrors lining the walls gives the appearance of a much livelier atmosphere. The food here impresses. Specials include Alaskan red kind crab claws followed by an entree of live Maine lobster or a 48oz double cut porterhouse steak.

Address: , 6991 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale,
Telephone: +1 480 941 4700.
Website: http://www.mastrosrestaurants.com

Moderate

Delux Burger

Cuisine: Burgers

Award-winning, succulent burgers, sandwiches and freshly prepared salads are served at this small, but excellent eatery. It's a convenient and comfortable place to grab a lazy bite to eat. There's nothing pretentious about the Delux Burger, and it's simply an open kitchen with one long table and two rows of side tables. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed at this locals' favourite, open daily for lunch and dinner.

Address: , 3146 East Camelback Road, Phoenix,
Telephone: +1 602 522 2288.
Website: http://www.deluxburger.com

Sassi

Cuisine: Italian

Sassi is a slice of Italy in Scottsdale. This chic and trendy restaurant has a true Italian feel, and there's a fabulous outdoor terrace for some authentic al fresco dining. The menu is equally as exciting with dishes from every region of Italy. Sample the antipasti before moving onto clam pasta or marinated wood-grilled baby lamb chops. And don't forget the wine list which is straight from the best Italian vineyards.

Address: , E. Pinnacle Peak Parkway, Scottsdale, Scottsdale,
Telephone: +1 480 502 9095.
Website: http://www.sassi.biz

Wright’s at the Biltmore

Cuisine: American

Attentive service, an open kitchen, brick walls, white tablecloths and ceiling-to-floor windows add an extra element to the traditional American food and southwest favourites, including chilli-rubbed rib-eye steak or a bistro burger with blue cheese and bacon. There is a blazing open-pit fireplace on an outdoor patio in the evenings and Wright's Bar is perfect for a pre- dinner aperitif or an after-dinner drink.

Address: , 2400 East Missouri, Phoenix,
Telephone: +1 602 955 6600
Website: http://www.arizonabiltmore.com

Cheap

Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles

Cuisine: Chicken

Lo-Lo's is a fast food chain restaurant with a difference. If the only thing you feel like eating is chicken and waffles, then this is the restaurant for you. The atmosphere is loud, but strangely engaging, and you'll be amazed at how delicious southern-style chicken is.

Address: , 1220 S Central Avenue, Phoenix, 85004
Telephone: +1 602 340 1304.
Website: http://www.loloschickenandwaffles.com

Matt's Big Breakfast

Cuisine: Breakfast and brunch

This small, brick café in the very heart of Phoenix cafe serves up eggs in more ways than you'd think they could be cooked, as well as hearty lunches of burgers, chilli and a selection of family favourite salads. This is a cheerful little place to get a pleasant meal without the fuss and finicky finishings of the top-end eateries.

Address: , 801 North 1st Street, Phoenix,
Telephone: +1 602 254 1074.
Website: http://www.mattsbigbreakfast.com

Pizzeria Bianco

Cuisine: Pizza

The New York Times and Oprah Winfrey have dubbed this pizza some of the best in the country. Mozzarella is fresh and the pizza is cooked in a wood-burning oven. But you need a little patience to get the Pizzeria Bianco experience. Huge lines form way before this small, unimpressive-looking little brick house opens. Waiting times can be as long as three hours, as bookings are not accepted except for groups of six or more (and even then, reservations must be made at least six weeks in advance). Bar Bianco, the watering hole next door, is the place to hang out until your name is called. We say: worth the wait.

Address: , 623 East Adams Street, Phoenix, 85004
Telephone: +1 602 258 8300.
Website: http://www.pizzeriabianco.com

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The Saguaro Scottsdale

Vibrant colours, handcrafted Mexican furniture and two outdoor pools help give this trendy hotel in Oldtown Scottsdale the va-va-voom factor.
Recently renovated, the hotel boasts 194 guest rooms, each furnished with a pillow-top mattress and 42-inch flat screen TV. Outside, a tropical garden sits between two outdoor pools and a margarita bar, stocking more than 100 varieties of tequila.

The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

This luxurious desert retreat's backdrop is in the dramatic McDowell Mountains, and has pools, fountains, falls and lagoons in its own grounds. A plaza and courtyard have a Mexican village style. Rooms are spacious, with a southwest theme and either a patio or balcony. Casitas include butlers. Amenities include a free kids’ club, golf concierge for its famous golf course, five restaurants, five pools, water slides and an indoor/outdoor lounge with live entertainment.

Four Seasons at Troon North

Everything you expect from a luxurious Four Seasons resort. The lobby is a living gallery of desert art. Accented with a desert motif, the spacious rooms include a fireplace and a balcony, often with picture perfect views. Marble bathrooms have deep soaking tubs. Accommodation is in casitas, small villas. Excellent cuisine is accompanied by sweeping desert views at Acacia, a contemporary steakhouse, and the southwest-flavoured Crescent Moon. Amenities include a spa and fitness centre, and two lounges.

The Phoenician

With US$25 million worth of art (there is a self-guided tour), this hotel is opulent. The grounds have a large cactus garden, nine pools (some shaped like grand pianos) and a golf course. The hotel's restaurants range from epicurean, with a wine list of 4,500, to an ice-cream parlour and tea court. Airy rooms feature Berber carpeting, Irish linens, as well as rich and oversized Italian marble bathrooms. Not to be missed is its plush spa with a complete treatment menu, and the unusual addition of Tarot card readings.

Orange Tree Golf Resort

This hotel complex, on one of Scottsdale's popular golf courses, offers plenty of luxury for the discerning guest with a slightly less discerning budget. The décor is newly renovated and modern, and has 160 suites, all with a balcony or patio. The facilities include fitness and sports centre, swimming pool and golfing lessons. The poolside bar serves lunch and the golf restaurant is an alternative destination for dinner.

Arizona Biltmore Resort

Since 1929, this has been the place for celebrities, dignitaries and presidents. Spread over 16 hectares (40 acres), structures are interspersed with gardens, nine pools (the Catalina was Marilyn Monroe's favourite) and Irving Berlin wrote White Christmas here. The grounds include: tennis courts, lawn chess, croquet and two championship golf courses. Guests will find earthy-toned, spacious accommodation, large marble bathrooms and excellent service. Light meals are available at a café in the hotel's plaza.