If you keep an eye on everything that the hipsters around you (no shade, we promise) are into, you’ll probably find that in one to two years, those very things will become pretty mainstream - and even trendy. When it comes to choosing a restaurant, it can be hard to determine what the best new place to try out might be. Do you go for the one with longevity and the most solid record or the one that everybody can’t seem to stop talking about?
Regardless of what you decide on, there’s no denying that sometimes the trendy restaurants are trendy for a reason. If you’re looking for places that have all the funk and spunk and good vibes you could possibly want in a restaurant, then look no further. Below, we’ve put together a list of some of the trendiest restaurants in and around Phoenix - and you’re going to love them!
The only real trouble with trendy restaurants is that they can reasonably charge you a bit more than the typical restaurant might, simply because they are so popular. While that may be enough to deter some guests from indulging, we don’t think you should have to. At GiftYa, they believe that exceptional dining experiences are something that everyone should get a chance to have. That’s why they’ve teamed up with some of the trendiest restaurants near you to provide e-gift cards for a chunk out of your final bill. Order one for someone who really needs to jump on a new Phoenix trend today!
1 N 1st St, Ste 108 | Warehouse District | thekettleblackpub.com
If there’s one thing we can be pretty sure of, it’s that Ireland will probably never go out of style for people throughout the United States. That being said, Ireland isn’t exactly super accessible when you have to take a minimum of a twelve and a half hour plane ride just to get there from Phoenix.
Instead of plotting out a detailed (albeit expensive) trip that will lead you to the authentic experience you can only have in an Irish pub, why not stick closer to home so you can save yourself any added expenses. Not only do they have an endless supply of Guinness, but their menu is also packed with authentic Irish eats including soda bread and bangers and mash.
The only real things that separate this restaurant from what you might find in an Irish pub is that it’s right in your city and you might just be able to spread out a bit more than you usually would in a real Irish pub. You’ll definitely want to run to see why people love this place so much.
“I LOVE the pub atmosphere! This place is good for taking our kids, a date night, or meeting up with friends. They have a great bar menu and their drinks are always on point.” - Yelp Review
6560 N Scottsdale Rd | Scottsdale | sumomaya.com
We’re gonna let you in on a little secret: the best trendy restaurants bring a little spice to every table they serve up their best-of-the-best food to. And if you’re looking for a restaurant that really packs a punch when it comes to both the different flavors they include in their dishes and fun experience they provide to you, SumoMaya is an absolute must.
While you’ll have to drive a little bit out of the city to make your way to Scottsdale, you’ll definitely see why it’s worth the hype once you get there. In a unique twist, they’ve curated a new kind of fusion restaurant that you probably won’t find anywhere else near Phoenix - and maybe even all of Arizona - Asian and Latin American cuisine.
Whether you’re in the mood for fresh sushi, enchiladas, or even some classic churro-style bites served up alongside an Asian-influenced sauce, they’ve got a little bit of everything for you to try.
They also believe in providing you with the best possible experience while you’re here - which means you can expect exceptional service and maybe even some witty banter with their staff while you enjoy your meal.
“Always an excellent choice for a local AZ Asian-Fusion favorite. Incredibly friendly staff, uniquely refreshing cocktails and a menu with a little bit of something for everyone that you've probably never had before.” - Yelp Review
5538 N 7th St | Uptown | facebook.com
While we’re already talking about restaurants with menus hailing from different parts of the world, we thought we should introduce you to a trendy place that will almost feel familiar when you walk through the front door. Now, Phoenix natives already know that living so close to the border comes with its perks.
And one of those perks is most definitely locals’ favorite taqueria: REVOLU - which also doubles as a bar that will show you and your friends one of the best dining experiences in all of Phoenix. Whether you’re specifically in it for the tacos or you’re hoping to branch out into something a little less familiar (hello, brunch!), REVOLU has something for everyone.
While you’re here, you’ll probably take note of just how lively the atmosphere of this restaurant is all-around. They love to have a good time here, and they’ve made it their mission to make sure that your experience is just as great as their own - and the food they bring to your table will definitely deserve an Instagram photo!
“By far the best tacos I've had in the six months I've lived in Phoenix. The potato tacos are an excellent vegetarian choice. The Carnitas and carne asada are out of this world delicious. I highly recommend this place.” - Yelp Review
5040 N 40th St | Arcadia | chelseaskitchenaz.com
Would it really be a “trendiest restaurants” listicle if we didn’t pay homage to at least one restaurant that celebrates the kind of food that’s native to Arizona itself? Chelsea’s Kitchen is a trendy modern steakhouse that’s been set up inside an old dance hall - and they’re highlighting traditional southwestern fare using only the freshest ingredients.
Located in an old adobe brick building, Chelsea’s Kitchen is the perfect bridge between the old and the new. While the exterior may remind you of a lot of the older architecture you’ll see around Phoenix, the interior ties together everything you never really knew you needed in a trendy restaurant to bring about a chic, polished look.
They like to source all of their ingredients locally at this restaurant, which means you can be 100% sure that everything that’s being placed in front of you is really going to leave you feeling just as good as you did when you first walked through the doors. Don’t be afraid to ask about some of their signature cocktails while you’re here!
“Alexandra recommended the queso appetizer which was to die for, our entrees came out in perfect time and were perfectly cooked! We were taken care of the whole night and all around enjoyed our time, can't wait to go back!” - Yelp Review
2 E Jefferson St | Warehouse District | lustrerooftopbar.com
Could we really call this a list of trendy restaurants if we didn’t feature a rooftop bar on here at least once? After all, what’s more trendy than enjoying a drink and some delicious bites to eat as you stare out over the city from one of the best views?
Lustre Rooftop Bar is located in the perfect spot, providing you a three-sixty view of the city so you can watch as people go about their everyday lives, as well as views of the vast desert that surrounds the city. Their drinks are all handcrafted, and they even feature a few of their own signature cocktails.
While you’re here, you can munch on anything from their parmesan pretzels (a light snack if you’re not terribly hungry) to their flatbread pizzas or specialty tacos, which will fill you right up as you mingle about with your friends or any new acquaintances you might make.
“Rooftop bars are among my favorite places to enjoy a drink and conversation, and this one is exceptional. I only tried the "adult Capri sun". But if the rest of the drink menu is half as good...then I'm more than impressed.” - Yelp Review
Trendy restaurants aren’t necessarily for everyone, but if you’re intrigued by one of these and just what makes it so popular, give it a try! Let us know which one blew your mind in the comments below!