| Lists |

5 Best Restaurants in Downtown Phoenix Right Now

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of New Times free.

When it comes to the best restaurants in the heart of our fair city, there's something to appeal to just about every kind of diner.

Whether you're looking for world-famous eats from a James Beard Award-winning chef or just a place for a wallet-friendly lunch, you'll get your fill in downtown Phoenix.

The Larder + The Delta

Though it's just a food court stall inside DeSoto Central Market, chef Stephen Jones' The Larder + The Delta is a don't-miss destination for Southern food enthusiasts. From inside the tiny kitchen, Jones and his team produce bold, memorable flavors, including those found in the chef's popular cauliflower dish. Pieces of the often-overlooked veggie come battered and tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce, then paired with blue cheese and pickled celery for a familiar but elevated dish that's impossible to resist. Other favorites include the Kentucky fried quail, Hoppin' John, and Cheetos pig ears that come deep-fried and dusted in cheesy chip dust. 

Nobuo at Teeter House

Nobuo at Teeter House is a cozy but elegant spot tucked into an old home at Heritage Square. And though you might expect high prices from James Beard Award-winning chef Nobuo Fukuda, the lunch menu keeps things surprisingly affordable. For dinner, you'll want to explore the seasonal menu, which showcases Fukuda's talent for elevating Japanese cuisine. If you call ahead, you can request a multi-course omakase dinner, the chef's signature offering.

Welcome Diner

Though it's technically just outside downtown proper, Welcome Diner is a favorite dining spot and meeting place for downtown residents and visitors alike. Housed in a nine-seat Valentine diner, this place is anything but short on charm, with a large patio complete with twinkly lights and large community tables. Spread out and enjoy anything off the Southern-inspired menu, which includes everything from fried chicken and biscuit sandwiches to the well-loved PB&B, a burger topped with peanut butter, pickles, and bacon.

Pizzeria Bianco

You can hardly talk about dining downtown without mentioning Pizzeria Bianco, the world-famous restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Bianco. The legendary chef's dedication to using the very best ingredients accounts for part of the reason this place has become a veritable food pilgrimage destination. Take the Wiseguy pizza for example, made with house smoked mozzarella cheese, locally made fennel sausage, and wood-roasted onion. Of course, all the pizzas also come on Bianco's near-perfect crust — blistered in the wood-fired oven and yet perfectly chewy

Matt's Big Breakfast

Dining at Matt's Big Breakfast is pretty much a rite of passage for Phoenicians. Not only because the food is great, but also because waiting for a table on a Sunday morning is pretty much expected. And there's good reason you'll find so many people hungrily standing around outside the spot. The breakfast classics served here are top-quality, whether you're looking for go-to combo like the Hog and Chick (a pork chop and eggs) or one of the restaurant's giant waffles. Whatever you do, don't skip the legendary hash browns.

Originally published February 3, 2015. Updated February 8, 2016. 

Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Phoenix.