11 Great Local Restaurants Open for Dine-in or Carryout in Tempe 85281

By: Larry Djinis

Caffe Boa

This is the place to go for fine, excellent Italian cuisine. Their food is healthy, affordable, and simply delicious. Best of all, the restaurant is located within the heart of Downtown Tempe.

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Details: 398 S Mill Ave. 480-968-9112. https://www.cafeboa.com/


The Chuckbox

Tempe's legendary burger joint. We recommend the “Big One”. Heads up, they only accept cash so make sure to stop by the ATM first.

Details: 202 E. University Drive. 480-968-4712, thechuckbox.com


Cornish Pasty Co.

This place is known for their excellent British-themed pasty sandwiches. Very unique atmosphere (it feels as if you’re in a British pub). Also has great selection of unique beers on tap.

Details: 960 W. University Drive. 480-894-6261. www.cornishpastyco.com


The Dhaba

Excellent award-winning Punjabi cuisine. The Dhaba is part of the India Plaza which is Arizona’s largest South Asian shopping center.

Details: 1872 E. Apache Blvd. 480-446-2824. www.the-dhaba.com


Spinato’s Pizza

This is family owned restaurant (they are from Chicago) but don’t be fooled, they serve thin-crust pizza. They offer a super convenient curbside pick-up option.

Details: 96 S Rockford Dr. 480-967-0020. www.spinatospizza.com



Terrific kebobs, shawarma plates, gyros, and more! The restaurant also includes an attached grocery store that offers many imported middle eastern foods.

Details: 1513 E. Apache Blvd. 480-894-1905.


Sacks Art of Sandwicherie

Sacks is a great place to go for lunch if you’re craving sandwiches. This gourmet sandwich shop has garnered numerous accolades and reviews.

Details: 839 W. University Dr. 480-967-2980. http://www.sacks.info.


Cafe Lalibela

Family owned and operated Ethiopian Restaurant. Cafe Lalibela has been a Tempe staple for nearly 20 years.

Details: 849 W University Dr. 480-829-1939. www.cafelalibela.com


Perfect Pear Bistro

Open for lunch, dinner, or happy hour everyday. This global American restaurant offers comfort food with a modern twist. Pro-tip: their peach cobbler dessert is unbelievable!

Details: 603 W. University Dr. 480-966-7327. https://perfectpearbistro.com/


Rosita's Fine Mexican Food – Carryout Only

Rosita's Fine Mexican Food has been making delicious traditional Mexican cuisine for nearly 60 years. They are providing excellent take-out and following heath and safety protocols at their restaurant.

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Details: 960 W University Dr. 480-966-0852. https://rositasfinemexicanfood.com/


Casey Moore's Oyster House

Last but certainly not least, Casey Moore's has been a legendary Tempe spot for many years. The wrap-around patio of this converted historic home in the Maple Ash Neighborhood offers a great atmosphere to enjoy some drinks and great food.

Details: 850 S Ash Ave. 480-968-9935