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Mar 8, 2008 06:41 PM

Phoenix Meal at the Bar

I have a night to spend by myself in the Phoenix area next week. I'd like to find a nice restaurant that serves meals at the bar (not a bar that serves meals, but a restaurant with food service at their bar). I like this setting when I'm by's usually easy to strike up a conversation with the bartender and fellow bar-sitters. Any cuisine OK.Your ideas? Thanks.

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  1. Tarbell's has a particularly nice bar and serves its full menu there.

    3213 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85018

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    1. re: silverbear

      Tarbell's was exactly the place that sprang first to my mind too!

      Gotta say that Razz (Scottsdale & Shea) is technically more of the "bar that serves meals" category (full menu, full bar); however, in my experience, the foodies that dine at the bar are convivial as all hell, Razz himself is the ultimate host & runs his pass in the actual bar area, & the staff is really friendly & welcoming. I do the same "dine in the bar" model myself, & think this would also be a good choice.

      Razz's Restaurant & Bar
      10315 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

    2. Richardson's. The bartenders are nice guys, and even though there's usually a crowd, you will never be made to feel hurried.

      You say you'll be in the "Phoenix area"'s a big city. Where exactly will you be? Ok, not exactly, but the general vicinity...I need to shut up now.

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      1. re: mamamia


        Richardson's Cuisine of New Mexico
        1582 E. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016

        1. re: mamamia

          Don't shut up--you're doing fine. I have a car and can go anywhere.

          1. re: mamamia

            Yes I agree - Richardson's. One other place I also prefer at the bar is Roaring Fork, which is technically in Scottsdale.


            Roaring Fork
            4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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            1. Grazie in Scottsdale. That's precisely how my first experience there was -- in town alone, looking for a place to eat. The owner instantly made me feel at home and comfortable.

              1. If you can find a spot, the bar at the Ocean Club can be fun.