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4 Must-Book Restaurants in Phoenix

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by Robrt Pela
Updated 29 August 2022

Despite triple-digit temperatures, summer is anything but slow in Phoenix. And the folks behind these six new dining and drinking establishments, where locals have been turning up with much enthusiasm, would agree. Get a respite from the heat at a fancy cocktail lounge in Old Town Scottsdale and cool off with refreshing salads at a pizzeria downtown. Or go the other extreme and embrace the fire—a new sushi and izakaya joint specializes in skewers cooked over Japanese charcoal, while a modern Indian restaurant dials up the spices on its lamb chops and seafood curries. These are Phoenix’s four best restaurants to book right now.

A photo of Feringhee Modern Indian Cuisine restaurant
4.8 (391)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant

Feringhee means “foreigner” in Hindi, but this 8,000-square-foot fine-dining spot aims to make Indian cuisine anything but unfamiliar. Just opened in Chandler, Feringhee, owned by the folks behind Scottsdale’s Pastries ’n’ Chaat and Saffron Indian Grocery ’n’ Kitchen in Scottsdale, Phoenix, and San Antonio, offers both northern and southern Indian dishes. Several plates, such as the avocado-studded chutney and fried chicken served with peanut chutney and moringa, add influences from other cultures. Himalayan lamb chops and kasundi or mustard sauce shrimp, are house specialties. A cocktail menu features drinks infused with Indian flavors like black plum, saffron, and cane sugar.

Top review
Dined 1 day ago
Had holiday dinner with entire department from the office. Second, in a row due to overwhelming demand from the employees.
A photo of B&B Cocktail Lounge restaurant
4.2 (76)
$31 to $50
Old Town Scottsdale
About the restaurant

The mid-summer rush to line up for this new June opening from the founders of the upscale Bourbon and Bones Chophouse hasn’t slowed. Shared plates and sushi are the orders of the day, and the appetizers are hearty enough to make a meal. Kiwi margaritas pair well with Mediterranean scallops, and a smoked rye manhattan—among B&B’s most popular drinks thus far—goes nice with an order of gooey cheese-and-garlic shrimp cargot and a side of steak frites. Leather and marble surfaces give this generous room an elegant feel, while the casual atmosphere and chummy bar staff lighten the fancy mood.

Top review
Dined on 26 Nov 2023
We have been to Bourbon and Bones many times, but this was our first visit to B&B Cocktail Lounge. We had sushi, 6 oz. filets, mac & cheese, martinis and a boulevardier. EVERYTHING was outstanding, including the service.
A photo of MOTOMOTO Sushi & Izakaya restaurant
4.2 (79)
$31 to $50
Downtown Phoenix
About the restaurant

Motomoto is, quite literally, cooking with fire. Its menu of robata dishes features pork belly, octopus, and negima (chicken with scallions) skewers, grilled over Japanese charcoal. Rooted in the tradition of izakayas, meaning “stay and drink place”, these fireside treats can be washed down with a glass from a long list of sakes or specialty cocktails. Friendly staff are eager to point out what goes best with the kombu-infused Ebisu martini—eggplant curry, as it turns out—or which Japanese whisky to try before dinner. As an added perk, the helpful menu gives each sake a meter value of “rich,” “dry,” or “sweet.”

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on 20 Jun 2023
Perfect . Chris is the best . Always has the best suggestions.
A photo of The Wine Collective of Scottsdale restaurant
4.7 (46)
$30 and under
Old Town Scottsdale
About the restaurant

People who scoff at the notion of Arizona-made wines don’t know two things: there are 130 wineries in the state, and samples of many of them are resting in a dark, cool room in Scottsdale, waiting to be paired with tasty bites selected by experts. At The Wine Collective, learning about varietals is as important as drinking the best local reds, and staff are trained to showcase a good chenin blanc or a misunderstood, locally made tempranillo. Parties and private affairs take place in a 30-seat tasting room with its own retail space, and charcuterie, cheeses, and desserts can be paired with exclusive wines on the dog-friendly patio.

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Dined on 10 Nov 2023
We had a wonderful time sampling the local wines. Each flight is personalized to the person ordering it. Zoya was a delight to chat with and very friendly. 100% recommend!
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