Occupying a historic 1929 building in popular Heritage Square, Pizzeria Bianco is one of the many establishments opened by celebrated chef Chris Bianco. As its name implies, the restaurant focus is pizza; with pies made with handcrafted mozzarella and topped with the finest produce from local sources. The restaurant has the classic Margherita or the slightly adventurous Rosa, made with onion, parmigiano, rosemary and AZ pistachios. The best time to visit is for lunch, because dinner service is usually crowded. If you are put on a list, head next door to Bar Bianco for a glass of wine and some crostini while you wait for your table.
If a big cut of meat and a trendy atmosphere are what you're looking for, head right over to Steak 44. The chic, black and white decor with cushy leather padded chairs sets the tone for what is sure to be a fabulous evening. As the name implies, steak is the most popular menu item at this restaurant, but even that has a good number of options including filet mignon, NY strip, ribeye and all the classic cuts. But in addition to the steaks, the menu also includes steakhouse favorites like veal chops, rack of lamb and a huge selection of sides. There is also an impressive wine selection that you might notice on display in cases throughout the restaurant.
William Wrigley Junior's dream mansion, the Wrigley Mansion is elegance personified. This magnificent 1932 mansion has hand-carved doors and a hand-painted rotunda ceiling which are a treat to the eyes. Apart from being a architectural marvel, the mansion also serves as a perfect location for anything from a dream wedding to an elegant event. Geordie's Restaurant within the mansion serves classic American fare and is the best place to host a classy sit-down dinner.
With a mission to provide comfort and nourishment to all, Café Monarch does not have an a la carte menu like usual restaurants. Guests can select their courses as per preferences and allergies, and these will be prepared fresh by the experienced chef. Known for its inviting ambiance, their patio area is a favorite among patrons. Mostly focusing on American soul food, this is one place where taste meets quality.
With a contemporary setting and opulent interiors, the Talavera is a classy dining venue. An upscale restaurant within the Four Seasons Resort, the location allows stunning views of the Pinnacle Peak. A fireplace at the center of the room, with a glass frame, immediately catches attention and you cannot help but notice the painted ceilings. Chef Mel Mecinas does a splendid job with his take on traditional steak and seafood offerings. The restaurant is big on local, farm-fresh ingredients and offers a weekly tasting menu for seasonal specialties.
Ukiyo-e inspired paintings, dim lights, candlelights, Japanese decorative elements and wooden fixtures set the tone of this teppanyaki and sushi establishment. Osaka Japanese Steakhouse is one of the best in town to experience the teppanyaki style of cooking where the chef grills food in an iron griddle. Catch the chefs in action at your table where you will be entertained by their culinary flair and tasty delights. Start off with a Garlic Edamame, Dragon Scales or Pepper Ahi Tuna. Sushi lovers can indulge in their specialties such as Fat Boy, Rockstar, Pokemon, American Dream, Golden Spider and Pink Lady. Meat, seafood and vegetarian variants are offered in their teppan dishes. Round off with desserts like Tempura Ice Cream, Mochi Ice Cream and Key Lime Pie. Tipple on happy hours over a choice drink and tasty bar bites.
Located in the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, Nook Kitchen offers an upscale menu of Italian classics in a casual setting. To begin, the Arancini, or fried balls of rice served in a Pomodoro (tomato) and balsamic vinaigrette are exemplary. The Bolognese in Pappardelle and Chicken Marsala are superb examples of these hearty comfort foods and although the menu does have plenty of items from the Italian kitchen, the restaurant has other options like lamb shank, Short-ribs, salmon, etc. For dessert, the Tres Leches Bread Pudding is one of the best desserts served in any downtown Phoenix hotel.
When the Japanese characters for 'Harumi' are defined in English, it roughly translates to 'Springtime Beauty'. Harumi is also a very popular girl's name in Japan, but despite the origins of the name, this sushi bar exemplifies fresh, springtime beauty on all its plates. The first thing diners will notice is that their favorite rolls use Black Rice, a much healthier version of the familiar white rice. The black rice when cooked subsequently turns a dark purple color, something which makes the rolls stand out on the plate. All of the familiar rolls are on the menu in addition to some signature ones like the massive Oh My God Roll which comes with perfectly smoked eel or the tangy Mango Crunch served with a soy glaze. The Chirashi here is also a good bet and if you order it, this seafood rice hodgepodge will definitely make you return.
One of Phoenix's downtown highlights, albeit a bit retro, is the revolving Compass Restaurant located high atop the Hyatt Regency Hotel. This favorite of Valley visitors offers regional American cuisine and a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city as the top spins at a slow three miles per hour. Recently updated, the dining area features upholstered banquettes and each one provides amazing views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. Decor is elegant contemporary and service is friendly and a bit formal. American favorites such as steaks, poultry, seafood are all prepared with a Southwestern spin.
Historic Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix houses some of the area's best restaurants. This popular place is nestled in one of the quaint old buildings which was formerly used as a Victorian-style tearoom. Today it is run by Japanese master chef Nobuo Fukuda. During the day, visitors can enjoy a relaxing, rejuvenating cup of their favorite tea, in an ancient ceremonial ambiance (chanoyu). At night, the place transforms itself into a busy izakaya, serving drinks and small plates. Nonetheless, day or night, this award-winning restaurant always offers an exciting new fusion of culinary tradition and innovation.
Moira is part izakaya, part sushi bar, where guests receive the utmost in service and food made with quality ingredients. On the izakaya menu, you have a choice of kara-age (fried chicken, seaweed and chili pepper), New Style Crudo which is a white fish in Ponzu and garlic-scallion oil or one of the delectable Poké combinations. The sashimi and makimono selections are just as varied and just as delicious as well, try the Jade made with soft-shell crab. One dish that merits attention all by itself is the Kurobuta Chaha which is Berkshire Pork Sausage, scallions, soy, veggies and a fried egg, the amalgam of flavors is quite remarkable.