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The Top 5 Restaurants in Phoenix

Kai Restaurant Bar in Phoenix
Kai Restaurant Bar in Phoenix

Phoenix is known for great shopping, golf courses, spas, nature trails and fine dining.  The top restaurants in Phoenix are known for having 2 main constituents for success: the highest quality ingredients and outstanding execution.  If pizza is what you’re looking for then Pizzeria Biancois where pizza fans from all over the world converge and check out the award-winning menu of wood-fired pies.  For steak lovers, there is Durant’slocated near downtown Phoenix.  You will love the authentic Mexican cooking offered by Barrio Café Gran Reserva. You will definitely love the awesome tasting menu at Binkley’s Restaurant, where the average multi-course dinner can last for up to 3 hours. Lastly, there is Kai Restaurant, just south of Phoenix located at the Wild Horse Pass Resort. The superb menu offers a creative and refined take on Native American food, with rare native ingredients sourced locally.

5 – Pizzeria Bianco

The restaurant is inspired by Naples in Italy. There is a wood-fired brick oven for creating some of the most delicious high quality traditional Neapolitan pizza. The restaurant was placed on the short-list by many New York critics as one of the best pizza places in the country.  Each pizza masterpiece is created from scratch using only the finest of ingredients. Lots of people dine at this famous restaurant so there is a wait for your pizza. The restaurant only accepts reservations for parties of six or more people.

4 – Durant’s

What is the secret of a restaurant that has become a staple on Central Avenue for several decades? The answer is fantastic steaks, the best martinis and the most amazing service around. The restaurant is a classic steakhouse place with dark wood, leather booths and flocked wallpaper that is inspired by its earlier years.  Enjoy the 48-oz mesquite-broiled porterhouse and the 20-oz Delmonico, which are absolutely divine.  There are also the crab cakes, calf’s liver, broiled scallops, lamb chops and prime rib to enjoy.  The restaurant has a good wine selection and you will love the smell of garlic bread, which gives the place its character.

3 -Barrio Café Gran Reserva

Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva in Phoenix

This art-filled Mexican restaurant is located in the colorful Grand Avenue Arts District. It is helmed by acclaimed Phoenix chef Silvana Salcido Esparza.  The restaurant features a vintage setting with beautiful mural- embellished walls. The service is friendly yet unobtrusive. Get to enjoy the fantastic view of the downtown Phoenix skyline while you enjoy a fantastic tasting menu, the restaurant is known for.  They also feature a good collection of Mexican and Mezcal wines.

2 – Binkley’s Restaurant

If it is fine dining you crave, Binkley’s is the place that offers a creative, interesting and one-of-a-kind experience.  This is the latest project of Kevin Binkley, the James Beard Award-nominated chef. Located in midtown Phoenix, it offers an ever-changing multi-course tasting menu. If you are dining at Binkley’s, be sure to set aside 3 hours to go over 20 courses. The experience begins on the patio, and then moves into the bar section and finally resting in the very comfortable, quietly refined dining room that provides patrons with a full view of the kitchen.  You can enjoy watching Chef Binkley work his magic on a modern seasonal American menu using French techniques.

1 – Kai Restaurant

Ranked by Trip Advisor as the best restaurant in Phoenix in 2018, Kai is so noteworthy on multiple levels that it is extremely difficult to begin attempting to describe what they do. The notable crew includes such luminaries as Consulting Chef Janos Wilder, Executive Chef Michael O’Dowd and Chef de Cuisine Jack Strong.  They have created a menu using only home grown ingredients found only on local tribal farms to be put on dishes that has a Native American taste to it.  Try the seared prairie squab and oxtail-merquez sausage frittata with cuitlacoche sauce and charred tomato crema. The grilled buffalo tenderloin with smoked corn puree is a feast for the senses.  The same is true with the scarlet runner beans, saguaro blossom and cholla buds.  Leave all your inhibitions at the door and be prepared to have a fabulous gastronomic experience.