10 Best Southwestern Restaurants Near Phoenix

The epitome of the American Southwest is Arizona in many respects the art and the culture, the aesthetics, and even the food! With that in mind, there are several places around the Phoenix area that give Arizona its good name in Southwestern cuisine — rife with chiles, blue corn, squash dishes, and other meals inspired by the storied past of the area. We’re here to direct you to them, with a list of the best Southwestern food restaurants near Phoenix!

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Canyon Cafe

455 N 3rd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

This southwestern restaurant in Phoenix offers a diverse menu — with flavors from the Mexican tropics as well as American Southwest cuisine like their chile-rubbed steak, there’s a little bit of everything to enjoy from a chef that loves to mix and match!

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Sierra Bonita Grill

6933 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014

Chiles are an important staple of Southwestern cuisine, but how about putting that twist on some old-fashioned comfort foods north of the border, like “Green Chile Mac N’ Cheese”? There’s always authentic eats as well — case in point, the green chile pozole.

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Los Dos Molinos

8646 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85042

This New Mexico inspired Southwestern restaurant serves more than a mean margarita — their red chile enchiladas bring you the flavors of the Southwest on a hot plate so you don’t have to travel far; on that note, have a bite, and have a nice trip!

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Old Town Tortilla Factory

6910 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

If you’re looking for the best Southwestern food near Phoenix, this historic adobe house and its food stays true to the flavors of Arizona, from the achiote ribs platter to the pasta made with old-fashioned calabacitas (an iconic Southwestern squash dish).

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Los Sombreros

2534 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257

Los Sombreros is yet one more Scottsdale place that dedicates itself to representing Mexican foods of all kinds, including their chicken mole and an ancho-chile spicy-sweet lamb shank dish, lamb adobo.

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Ghost Ranch

1006 E Warner Rd #102-103, Tempe, AZ 85284

This chic spot offers a modernized menu full of “new” classics, many of which are made to fit the needs of gluten-free or vegan eaters who enjoy the tastes of the American Southwest.

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The Original Blue Adobe Grille

144 N Country Club Dr, Mesa, AZ 85201

A popular type of Southwestern food is blue corn — like the iconic blue corn tortilla, which “Blue Seafood Enchiladas” come filled with halibut, shrimp, and salmon. There’s more seafood to find here, too: just have a look at those lobster tamales!

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New Mexican Grill

3107 S Lindsay Rd #101, Gilbert, AZ 85295

This little slice of Southwestern heaven may offer Mexican cuisine like their legendary burritos, but another hot ticket item from their kitchen is their hatch green chile burger — featuring a little bit of Southwest flavor to go with a whole lot of burger!

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Soul Cafe

7615 E Pinnacle Peak Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255

This casual Southwestern restaurant boasts a full bar alongside their American soul food inspired by the Southwestern spirit. The staff at this establishment near Phoenix offer chicken wings tossed in a tamarind sauce for good measure. Soul Cafe also offers biscuits and gravy, served with pork green chili.


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Need a sweet treat after your Southwestern meal? View our list of the best milkshake spots near Phoenix.

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La Ristra New Mexican Kitchen

638 E. Warner Rd., Warner Plaza, Gilbert, AZ 85296

This little corner of New Mexico right here in Gilbert features brunch specials like their eggs Santa Fe style with calabacitas as well as dinner items like Blue Corn Stacked Enchiladas, which you can throw an egg on top of so you don’t feel left out as a late-comer — that way, the only thing you might miss is their bottomless mimosas!

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