The weather is starting to cool down, but the kitchen is heating up at these top spots. Whether you're craving Japanese, Mexican, Italian, or just a spectacular view, these are the essential places to eat in Greater Phoenix during Fall Arizona Restaurant Week. From September 20 - 29, over 150 restaurants are offering three course meals for just $33 or $44 per person. Time to release your inner foodie.
Since 1982, this spot has wowed diners not only because of the food, but because of the view as well. The AAA Four-Diamond spot, located in the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, has sweeping panoramas of the surrounding desert landscape and the city. Options include lobster bisque, grilled pork tenderloin, and espresso cheesecake.
11111 N. 7th Street, Phoenix
Tucked between the Camelback and Mummy mountains, El Chorro has been a quintessential Arizona dining experience since the 1930s. Its ARW menu, which includes filet mignon and ginger beet cake, are sprinkled with ingredients grown in the garden, which sits on the 14-acre desert property. Pro tip: get the housemade brownie, purely for trying the infamous sticky bun.
5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
The Gladly is one of the more recent concepts from local favorite Chef Bernie Kantak, full of new American dining options in a posh and modern setting. Try Kantak's most famous concoction, the chopped salad, as well as the duck meatloaf and creamy cheesecake.
2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
This spot, located in the Mountain Shadows resort, gets its name from its main cooking tool, which Chef Charles Wiley uses masterfully. Munch on charred octopus taglatelle, artichoke hearts and chocolate panna cotta in this sleek dining space.
5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale
The Henry is branded as "the greatest neighborhood restaurant," but it has become much more than that. The massive and Instagram-friendly space is also the headquarters of restaurant mogul Sam Fox, who conceived of the concept, which is offering bites like King Crab toast, braised short rib, and croissant bread pudding.
4455 E, Camelback Road, Phoenix
Renowned local Chef Matt Carter brings Latin American food to the height of luxury at The Mission, an almost-overwhelming space themed around a cathedral. Grab some blue corn quesadillas, pork cured in Negro Modelo, chile, and coffee, and some espresso churros.
James Beard Award winner Nobuo Fukuda has been wowing diners with his personalized take on classic Japanese dishes for a while now at the historic Teeter House, built in 1899, in Heritage Square. Enjoy some Japanese antipasto and a refined bento box during ARW.
622 E. Adams Street, Phoenix
Though this midtown restaurant is only a few years old, it's become a focal point for local dining. The design of the space, mixed in with a chef's farm and desert flora, are just as impressive as the menu. Choose from unique options like the burgundy snails to classics like wood fired beef ribs.
3243 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix
A staple in the Phoenix food scene, The Parlor is a great stop for Italian food in the luxurious Camelback corridor. Grab some bruschetta and mushroom risotto, and finish off with an apple cream cake.
1916 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
The Stockyards opened in 1947, and since then it's focused on one of Arizona's "Five C's": cattle. This historic spot has beef galore, all corn fed and aged well. Start with a tenderloin chili, go big with the 12 oz. prime rib of beef, and finish off with a pecan pie.
5009 E. Washington Street, Phoenix