Downtown Phoenix’s Best Restaurants

On the hunt for some great grub and atmosphere? Downtown Phoenix has you covered with a variety of cuisines to fit anyone’s palette.

We’ve been there- you’re all ready for your night out, but there’s just one problem. You don’t know where to eat. With so many fabulous options all over Phoenix, especially Downtown, how will you decide? We’re here to help you out- we’ve rounded up the top five restaurants in the area that locals and visitors love. From Italian to American gastropub to Asian, Phoenix has all the cuisines down. Read on for Phoenix’s best restaurants!

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Pomo Pizzeria

Pomo Pizzeria specializes in Napoletana style pizza, a classic Italian style so cheesy and delicious it will melt your heart. Image via Yelp.

705 N 1st St UNIT 120 | Downtown | 

Pomo Pizzeria looks like a regular pizza joint from the outside, but wait until you bite into a slice. Locals love the authenticity of the pizza as well as the restaurant’s variety of other options. From antipasti to gourmet paninis, there’s a lot more to this place than just spectacular pizza.

While the restaurant itself isn’t super big, Pomo has fantastic outdoor seating. It’s thus best to hit Pomo Pizzeria on a nice night, when the temperature isn’t too hot or cold, so you can enjoy the fresh air while chatting over a warm pie. The staff is known for being super friendly, and the pies come out in record time. Whether you want a night out with a date or want to bring the whole family, Pomo Pizzeria may be the perfect place for you.

“Onto why Pomo is so great - first off, of my Phoenix favs, it's the closest to Italian style pizza being the Napoletana style. The crush/dough is always perfectly made and I absolutely love their choices in flavor combos. ” - Yelp Review

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The Dressing Room

The Dressing Room puts a modern American spin on global cuisine. Adventurous eaters, this one’s for you! Image via Yelp.

220 E Roosevelt St #1951 | Downtown | 

In the mood for global street food, creative cocktails, and a huge list of beer on tap? The Dressing Room is an American-inspired take on grub from all over the world. If you’re an adventurous eater, put this place on your Downtown Phoenix bucket list. The menu may be small but its flavors are mighty and unique. 

The atmosphere is art-deco and roomy, and a bar with two patios provides endless seating options for smaller or larger parties. Locals love the experience of trying new plates in a comfortable, friendly setting.

“This place gets better EVERY single time I come in here. This is an extremely sensual place but also casual & you can bring family!!! Kudos to the Genius(es) that dreamt this Oasis of perfection. Great service. Eye candy. Comfort. Relaxing & entertaining all at the SAME time!” - Yelp Review

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CIBO is the place to be for a quiet, romantic night out. Grab your honey and order a thin-crust pizza to share- don’t forget to ask your server about their recommended wine pairings too! Image via Yelp.

603 N 5th Ave | Downtown | 

Downtown Phoenix sure loves its pizza. For our second pizzeria on the best restaurant list, we’ve chosen CIBO, a cute little bungalow specializing in wood-fired pizzas and perfect wine pairings. This pizzeria works best for romantic dates- it’s quaint, quiet, and homey. Perfect for long talks over artisanal pies.

The servers know everything about the CIBO menu, and can guide you in the right direction for white or red wine pairings with your order. A classic Italian feel, right in Downtown Phoenix.

“Hands down BEST GLUTEN FREE PIZZA I have ever eaten, anywhere. And I've tried dozens... hundreds maybe....

There are lots of great things about this place- great service, inviting atmosphere, quality food... but I cannot overstate how good their gluten free crust is compared to everyone else's!!! - Yelp Review

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Nobuo at Teeter House

If you love Japanese food, you must visit Nobuo. Locals call it the best Japanese they’ve ever had, and for good reason- the head chef is locally famous for his fun food pairings and wacky combinations of flavors. Image via Yelp.

622 E Adams St | Downtown | 

In the mood for Japanese? Downtown Phoenix’s Nobuo at Teeter House serves refined Japanese fare in a cozy, minimalist space. Their weekend tasting menu is a hit with locals and visitors alike, providing a fun way to try new flavors and cuisines. Functioning also as a teahouse, Nobuo is worth a visit any time of day.

If you’re down for small plates and cocktails, Nobuo is the place to be. The restaurant’s master chef is known for unique food combinations that always turn out wonderful, and are great for anyone trying to expand their food knowledge and tastes.

“Located in a park and facing the "famous " pizzeria Bianco, this restaurant run by chef Nobuo ( not to be confused with the ubiquitous Nobu) was fantastic : the service was excellent, the ambiance intimate and peaceful, with a limited number of dark wooden tables. The  multi course tasting menu for $80 was a bargain for the quality of the dishes and the ingredients.!” - Yelp Review

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Mancuso’s Restaurant

If you like to stick to foods you know, Mancuso’s is a safe bet. Serving both American and Italian favorites, Mancuso’s is comfort food reimagined in a modern space. Image via Yelp.

201 E Washington St Ste 201 | Downtown | 

For a casual night of American and Italian dining, head on down to Mancuo’s Restaurant. Is it Happy Hour? Even better- Mancuso’s happy hour is a huge draw of the restaurant, bringing people over to chat and drink after a long work day. With a variety of menu options specializing in classic American and Italian cuisine, there truly is something for everyone here. 

The atmosphere is roomy yet cozy, with seating options for both large and small groups of people. With an appetizer menu, an entree menu, a dessert menu- and, of course, drinks- you’ll be full and happy in no time.

“First dinner here and we enjoyed very much. Great menu, many choices but we were there for steaks. These are Black Angus midwestern grain fed, wet aged 28 days and hand cut in house..” - Yelp Review

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Did we miss your favorite Downtown Phoenix restaurant? Let us know in the comments!

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