Tempe Marketplace is one of the best spots to walk around and enjoy a perfect day in Tempe, Arizona. There’s outdoor fireplaces, water features, and comfy sitting areas meant to make your shopping experience unique and leisurely. You can find almost every store that’s in your basic mall and then some. There’s even a movie theatre at one end, meaning you can really spend your whole afternoon here. I think it’s the Tempe Marketplace restaurants that really set it apart from other spaces in town. There are so many options for everything from date nights to family dinners to quick lunches. Check out this list of some of my favorites.
Best Tempe Fine Dining
If you’re looking for a place to meet up with friends for dinner this is the perfect Tempe Marketplace restaurant. They’ve got great vibes whether you choose to sit at the bar or in the restaurant. They are known for their American classics like their burgers and sandwiches, with a little bit of Arizona inspiration. You have got to try one of their handcrafted martinis too, after all it’s what they are known for.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub and Grill
Looking for a bit of an upscale twist on your typical bar food? This is just the right place, but don’t worry you’ll still have the chance to view every sporting event you could possibly want. More than that they focus on seasonal favorites and scratch recipes to always keep things interesting.
Kabuki Japanese Restaurant
From poke bowls to Philly rolls, Kabuki caters to all your sushi cravings. They’ve also got tasty ramen and teriyaki chicken if that’s more up your alley. They’re known for their great service and expansive happy hour menu.
Four Peaks Restaurant
Four Peaks is well known amongst Arizona natives for being one of the best breweries in the state, and they’ve got a pretty great restaurant too! While this spot isn’t quite in Tempe Marketplace, it’s a quick drive and well worth a visit. They also have brunch on weekends meaning you can fuel up before your shopping adventure. If you visit for lunch make sure to give their veggie beer bread sandwich, it’s stacked with fresh veggies and smothered in mozzarella and pesto.
The Keg is a delicious steak and seafood house and with their upscale yet cozy atmosphere you’ll never want to leave. Not to mention they’re known for having great service and being super accommodating, especially if you’re gluten free. It’s a great place for any kind of special occasion. For a steakhouse, they even have a really great kids menu with everything from chicken strips to mini sirloins.
Best Tempe Restaurants for Quick Bites
Any place where I can create a giant salad with all the toppings you could possibly think of, is my kind of place. Mad Greens makes all their toppings in-house from scratch, so they’re fresh and yummy. They’ve also got wraps and juices. It’s so nice to have quick service restaurants you can still feel good about eating.
If you haven’t tried Smashburger yet, their Tempe Marketplace location is a great spot for a first visit. There’s a reason this restaurant has become popular across the US so quickly. While their burgers are obviously most popular, their chicken sandwiches are even more delicious in my opinion.
It’s All Greek to Me
Fast service Greek food isn’t always my favorite but this restaurant got it right. They’re reasonably priced and have tons of options from plates to wraps, and they have a kids menu with corn dogs and chicken tenders making it easy if you’re shopping with little ones. Give in and try some of their Greek fries, so worth it.
Noodles and Company
My kids would probably consider themselves Mac n Cheese connoisseurs, and this Tempe Marketplace restaurant is one that meets their standards. Don’t fret though, they’ve got all kinds of noodles from Pad Thai to Spicy Korean Beef noodles and all the Italian classics. It’s a great spot to grab a bite and take a break from shopping.
Create your own pizza restaurants have become hugely popular in the last few years, and Mod is one of them that is consistently good. You can get as many toppings as you’d like for one flat price. It’ll be a great addition to the Tempe Marketplace restaurants.
Other Great Restaurants to Check Out around Tempe
Daily Jam – Right across from “A” Mountain, this would make a good post-hike stop for breakfast or lunch. Their red velvet waffles have been voted best in the state.
310 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
Original Chop Shop – Located next to campus, serving salads, sandwiches, smoothies and protein bowls
222 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
The Chuckbox – This place is legendary in Tempe. It’s as unpretentious as you can get, with furniture made from barrels, inexpensive burgers and fries made right in front of you and a fixins’ bar. It’s been open for decades and continues to be beloved. It’s cash only.
202 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
Morning Squeeze – Great spot for breakfast and lunch, with a large patio, larger than life pancakes and great coffees.
690 S. Mill Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
Pedal Haus Brewery – They have expanded their menu to include gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options along with their long-time favorites: burgers, pizza, pretzels, a delicious chicken sandwich and some of the best fries in town. Save time to play a round of cornhole here.
730 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
Social Hall – This locally owned spot has a beautiful patio, free games and a menu inspired by Southwestern cuisine. It also has an iconic mural, “Get Together Tempe” by Morgan Delaney that is a popular photo spot.
715 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
Barrio Queen – Locally owned, Barrio Queen serves authentic Mexican food on one of Tempe’s largest patios. It’s located at Tempe Marketplace.
31 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281
Slickables – The best deal in town for delicious ice cream sandwiches
699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281
1537 W. Broadway Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282
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