Food Scene

Dining at Tempe Marketplace – So Many Options!

Tempe Marketplace, located at McClintock Drive and Rio Salado Parkway, has a little bit of everything when you are in need of some good grub. Whether you are ready for a sit-down, relaxing dinner or a quick grab-n-go meal or snack, you will find what you are looking for in their extensive list of dining options.

Bar Louie

2000 Rio Salado Pkwy. #1220, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 658-1600

Eat. Drink. Be Happy. That is the motto at Bar Louie and once you get there, you will do just that. The menu features something for everyone including, flatbreads, pasta, burgers, salads and desserts. Drink selections include beer, wine, martinis, margaritas and sangria. Happy hour is offered Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m.

Barrio Queen

31 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 912-4052

Locally Owned and operated, Barrio Queen was created by owners Linda Nash and Steven Rosenfield to bring authentic Southern Mexican fare and culture to the Valley of the Sun. Since its first Valley location opened in 2011 in Old Town Scottsdale, Barrio Queen has been drawing locals, visitors, movie stars and sports stars alike (and even Martha Stewart has stopped by!).

Barrio Queen Tempe Marketplace

California Pizza Kitchen

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1253, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 967-0498

California Pizza Kitchen, or CPK as most of us know it, is perfect for a quick yummy lunch or a fun family dinner. Their extensive menu includes pizzas, pastas, salads, power bowls and lunch specials. They have a nice selection of cocktails and don’t forget the amazing butter cake for dessert.

Dave & Busters

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 281-8456

Eat, drink and play your day (or night) away! Dave & Busters is a prime spot for fun with lots of arcade games, plenty of televisions to watch sports, and great food and drinks.

Genghis Grill

2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy Suite 1151, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 777-2695

Genghis Grill is a build-your-own-bowl, fast casual, Mongolian and Asian stir-fry concept. The atmosphere is colorful, lively, and a lot of fun! It’s not only a culinary experience, but an interactive style of exhibition cooking.

Gen Korean BBQ House

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 939-2650

Gen Korean BBQ is pleased to present guests with an experience they will truly never forget, from boundless menu options consisting of freshly prepared meats, seafood, and vegetables, to refreshing & traditional Korean ban-chan (side-dishes); guests will experience a wide array of complex flavors that will truly give your palate a new perception of taste.

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

2000 Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 350-9160

If you are in the mood for Japanese, make your way to Kabuki. This stylish restaurant has a large menu featuring sushi, sashimi, poke bowls, ramen and more. Happy hour is Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m.

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

King’s Fish House

35 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 966-9121

King’s Fish House aims to create the ultimate seafood experience. King’s Fish House offers an environment filled with camaraderie, celebration, and all the things customers love most. Come in for oysters shucked to order, live Maine lobster, sushi and pristine favorites from around the country.

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

23 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 557-5552

The perfect place for a special occasion or night out, The Keg specializes in steaks, prime rib, chicken, ribs and seafood.  Happy hour is offered Monday-Friday from 4-7 p.m. in the bar and on the patio.

The Keg Steakhouse

It’s All Greek To Me

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1229, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (490) 557-7482

It’s All Greek to Me offers a modern take on one of the world’s oldest cuisines. Epic gyros, piled high with seasoned meat will satisfy your hunger. Enjoy homemade vegan falafel. Hummus is made in-house using a recipe handed down through generations, while the shawarmas, baba ganouj, souvlaki and baklava are legendary.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

2030 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 966-7427

Lucille’s BBQ serves up southern favorites that are packed with flavor. My favorite items on the menu are pulled pork and fried green tomatoes for an appetizer. All meals start out with hot from the oven rolls and honey butter. You will definitely not be hungry after a meal at Lucille’s. Happy hour (in the bar only) is Monday-Friday from 3-7 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close seven days a week.

MAD Greens

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1215, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (602) 283-390

MAD Greens works with farms to make sure all the produce used to make their salads is as fresh as possible. But they’re not just about salads. Try one of their wraps, paninis, soups or fresh juices. I love the Siam I Am, a protein power salad that’s made with quinoa, chicken, kale, green onions, spinach and a ginger dressing.

MOD Pizza

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1026, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 499-0440

Serving up individual artisan-style pizzas and salads made on-demand. Customers can design their own pizzas and salads or select from a menu of MOD classics. The handcrafted pizzas are then fired in an 800-degree display oven and ready to eat in less than 5 minutes. MOD also offers milkshakes, house-made iced teas and lemonades and more.

Nekter Juice Bar

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. #1213, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 771-590

Nekter Juice Bar’s all natural juices and smoothies contain fresh produce and greens – only the best. They also serve delicious acai bowls, which just so happen to be one of my favorite things ever. Those looking to detox might want to take advantage of their juice cleanses, which range from 1 to 5 days.

Noodles & Company

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 921-3500

If you love noodles and pasta, this is your paradise. Something I love about this restaurant is the ability to create your own dish. You can choose an entrée, add meat or tofu and then “green it up, soup it up or veg it up.” Pasta dishes vary in inspiration from American, Italian, Thai and Japanese. You will also find soups, salads and sandwiches to choose from.


65 S. McClintock, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 967-7988

A Chicagoland favorite since 1963, Portillo’s features a diverse menu that features Chicago-style hot dogs, beef sandwiches, salads, ribs and more. Desserts include Portillo’s famous chocolate cake, strawberry shortcake and yummy milkshakes. If you’re in a hurry, take advantage of the convenient drive-thru.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-2920

The Thirsty Lion Pub offers up traditional sports bar fare with a twist highlighting burgers, pizzas, salads, seafood, sandwiches and more. They also offer a seasonal menu and a craft beer and cider menu. You can dine indoors or enjoy the large patio that faces the District shops.  Happy hour takes place from 3-6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. until midnight.

Thirsty Lion Pub Burger

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Written Amy Griglak

Originally from California, Amy loves to travel, go for runs, read all kinds of books, enjoy all things Disney, drink caramel macchiatos and explore new places and old favorites with her husband and two kiddos.