It’s Valentine’s Week! (Cue the silent gasps of dozens of guys just now realizing this frightening fact.)
But have no fear: We’ve put together a short list of some of our favorite dining spots in the Downtown Phoenix area (which also happen to be pretty close to The Department). So whether you’re looking to spoil that special someone in your life with a night out or just enjoy one of our city’s excellent eateries with a group of friends (#galentines), here are some of your best options:
Nothing says romance like a nice Italian dinner. (I mean, who can forget the classic spaghetti-sharing scene in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp?) Book a table at this family-owned restaurant and enjoy a delicious pasta bowl or one of their signature dishes like Chilean Sea Bass or Veal Scallopini. Mangia!
201 E Washington St | 480-556-0770
You’ll feel like you’ve stumbled into a traditional English tavern when you enter through the red doors of The Kettle Black. The dark wooden walls and long bar give this pub a cozy vibe that makes for a fun time downtown. Pair their house specialty fish-n-chips or a juicy burger with one of their great beer and wine selections. You won’t regret it!
1 N 1st St. | 602-651-1185
When was the last time you had a decent Jamaican meal? This special little Phoenix date spot is the real deal! From their fresh seafood selections to the seemingly endless rum cocktail concoctions (from bartenders who know their craft!), The Breadfruit and Rum Bar will be a culinary experience you’ll be telling your friends about.
108 E. Pierce St. | 602-267-1266
Step into southern Italy at La Piazza PHX and enjoy an authentic pie from people serious about their pizza. La Piazza PHX is one of just a few VPN Certified Neapolitan Pizzerias in Arizona. The VPN association is the only non-profit organization that safeguards and promises the culture of real artisan Neapolitan Pizza Worldwide. They’ve also been featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Guy Fieri approved!
1 N 1st St. | 602-795-7116
Looking for more of a fun, laid back environment for your Valentine’s date? Angels Trumpet is the place for you. With over 30 unique beers on a tap at any given time, plus a scratch kitchen with some deliciously different recipes, you’ll quickly discover that this isn’t your typical, trendy gastropub. And with such perfect weather this time of year, kick it outside on their beautiful patio. We love this place, and we think you will, too. Try going here and not having a fun time; we dare you!
810 N. 2nd St. | 602-252-2630
How about dinner and a movie? And what other movie says “Twuuuuuu Love” better than The Princes Bride playing at the FilmBar? Check out this crazy little cinema conveniently located across the street from Angels Trumpet and around the corner from The Breadfruit!
815 N. 2nd St. | 602-595-9187
There you go: five solid options for you to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable (and delicious) experience. Have fun, and let us know which one(s) you chose!