We’re lucky here at the Visit Phoenix offices. When the lunch bell rings – figuratively speaking – we can walk out our door, head off any direction into downtown, and know that we’ll come across a number of spots worth filling our bellies at.

There are dozens of great restaurants for lunch in downtown Phoenix, and here are the ones you’re most likely to run into us:

Phoenix Public Market Café

Grab a spot on the airy patio or indoor communal tables and start exploring the variety of items on the seasonal, locally-sourced menu. Get there by 2 p.m. and you can order off the breakfast menu, too.
Order the…Flanched Flarney Garney breakfast sandwich, Chicken Salad Sandwich, or Pork Chile Verde Pot Pie

14 E Pierce Street
(602) 253-2700

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The Phoenix Public Market Cafe. Photo via Facebook

Cocina 10 at Crescent Ballroom

When a taco craving hits—which it often does—Crescent Ballroom’s Cocina 10 is our first stop downtown. Carne asada, al pastor, tinga chicken: We dig them all. And with all-day happy hour on Mondays and $2 tacos on Wednesday, we can fill up while barely denting the wallet.
Order the…carne asada tacos

308 N 2nd Ave
(602) 716-2222

DeSoto Central Market

Burgers, Asian-Latino fusion, an oyster bar, salads or Southern comfort food? You don’t have to decide until you get inside DeSoto Central Market, where six boutique eateries live under one roof. If you’re looking for something healthful, try Radish for chopped salads and pressed juices, Tea & Toast Co. for a light bite, or go for the larder + the delta’s rotating menu of crispy pork and chicken dishes.
Order the…meat-stuffed bao steamed buns from Adobo Dragon.

915 N. Central Ave, Phoenix 85004
(602) 680-7747

Short Leash’s Sit…Stay

The Short Leash Hot Dogs food truck has been one of the most popular mobile eateries in Phoenix for several years now. But as is the nature with food trucks, they’re only available on certain days in certain parts of town. Enter Sit…Stay, Short Leash’s brick and mortar restaurant. In addition to the food truck’s favorites, the restaurant has an expanded menu with salads, entrees, side options, plus beer, wine and cocktails. You can also satisfy your sweet tooth with creative creations from their Rollover Doughnuts concept.
Order the…Igby signature dog with side salad, or The Sunny

110 E Roosevelt Street
(480) 620-8479

The Sunny - grilled seasonal fruit, prosciutto, arugula, goat cheese, honey & cracked pepper served on naan with a chicken wiener.

The Sunny – grilled seasonal fruit, prosciutto, arugula, goat cheese, honey & cracked pepper served on naan with a chicken wiener.

Pizzeria Bianco

Chris Bianco’s nationally-lauded restaurant is famous for its wood-fired pies, but also known for the lengthy wait for a table that may preface your pizza. Lucky for us, Pizzeria Bianco is now open for lunch, where odds are you’ll have a much shorter wait – if any at all – than you would at dinner.
Order the…Rosa or Margherita

623 E Adams Street
(602) 258-8300

Cibo

Cibo is a local favorite with world-class pizzas, but it’s the lunch menu’s salads and sandwiches you’ll want to dig into midday while soaking in the ambiance of the 1913 bungalow and front patio.
Order the…Spek sandwich (Smoked prosciutto, sliced tomatoes and smoked mozzarella)

603 N 5th Avenue
(602) 441-2697

Kaleidoscope Juice

Go green at Kaleidoscope. They use 100% organic ingredients in their cold-pressed juices and high vibe food. The quality of their ingredients show in items such as their quinoa with cucumber and kale salad, one of our favorite lunch items in downtown.
Order the…Quinoa and Kale Salad or Immortal Machine smoothie

1 N 1st St
(602) 258-8673

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Teriyaki protein bowl at Kaleidoscope Juice

The Arrogant Butcher

Fresh seafood, steak, burgers, salads: The Arrogant Butcher has it all. Keep it light with a grilled chicken tabbouleh salad or go all Mad Men with an Old Old Fashioned (yes, double the Old) and a chicken fried pork chop.
Order the…items mentioned above and start with the house soft pretzels and provolone fondue.

2 E Jefferson
(602) 324-8502

Angel’s Trumpet Ale House

This ale house may be dominated by its massive chalkboard of 31 tap list offerings, but it doesn’t skimp on its hearty food offerings, including fresh flatbreads, smoked burgers and sammys, and entrees like cirspy chicken legs, a braised pulled pork burrito and beer-battered fish tacos. Don’t miss getting a homemade pop tart for dessert.
Order the… Nutter, a grown-up PB&J with house ground peanut butter, raspberry chipotle preserves & banana. Add marshmallow fluff or peppered bacon for extra.

810 N 2nd St, Phoenix 85004
602-252-2630

Matt’s Big Breakfast

Like Pizzeria Bianco, Matt’s Big Breakfast has received national attention for its simple yet delicious fare and is known for long waits due to the hordes of hungry morning people getting their Matt’s fix. Skip the long lines and head to Matt’s for a weekday lunch and you’re likely to have only a short wait, if at all. Plus, in addition to their famous breakfast menu are lunch items only available to the lunch crowd after 11 a.m.
Order the…daily special. Doesn’t matter what it is, it’s always delicious. Waffle fans swear by Matt’s made-from-scratch Belgian-style waffles.

825 N 1st Street
(602) 254-1074

Matt's Big Breakfast

Matt’s Big Breakfast

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

With their “Nothing Over $9 at Noon” lunch menu, a stop into District for their contemporary American cuisine is never a bad idea. The locally-sourced menu updates seasonally and they even use herbs from their own on-site garden.
Order the…Ask about the Daily Trio special. Or just go with the always tasty All-American Burger.

320 N 3rd Street
(602) 817-5400

Duck and Decanter

The family-owned Duck and Decanter sandwich shops have been Phoenix favorites for over 40 years, thanks in part to their “Nooners.” They’ll brown bag your favorite sandwich with a pickle, candy and a napkin and you can dine in or take it on your way and enjoy lunch elsewhere. Looking for a lighter lunch? Just go with a mini sandwich. We recommend tossing a cookie or other one of their baked goods in the bag, too. You earned it.
Order the…The Duckling. Duck and turkey breast with cream cheese, cranberry walnut relish, and spicy spring mix on cranberry walnut bread.

1 N Central Avenue
(602) 266-6637

La Piazza PHX

Pizza so good, it’s certified. La Piazza PHX is VPN (Verace Pizza Napoletana) certified, which means you’re getting the tastiest pizza Italy has to offer right here in Phoenix.

1 N. 1st St. Ste. 103 Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 795-7116
Order the…Dolce Diavolo for a spicy and sweet pie, featuring chiles and Arizona honey.

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La Piazza PHX

Tom Yum

110 N Central Avenue
(480) 420-8424

Thai Basil

114 W Adams Street
(602) 759-8736

If you’re looking to spice up your lunch, head to Adams Street between Central and Second Avenues. There you’ll find this duo of Thai restaurants offering up affordable lunch specials and fast, friendly service that’s perfect when you’re short on time.
Order the…pot tom yum at Tom Yum and the yellow curry at Thai Basil.

Tasty Box

Tasty box is proof that quick, grab-and-go lunches don’t have to sacrifice nutrition or flavor. The Tasty Box concept invites you to “think inside the box” with bento-style menu options with an international twist, including several vegan and vegetarian choices. The fresh offerings are seasonal and vary by day of the week, so check the website for what’s cooking.
Order the…Diablo with black beans in salsa sauce

621 N. 7th St, Phoenix 85006
602-535-8772

Carly’s Bistro

Located in the Roosevelt Row Arts District, Carly’s draws a nighttime crowd for live music and drinks, and catches attention with its vibrant streetside murals. During the day, you can find a nice spot on the outdoor patio for a Mediterranean and Southwest-inspired menu of soups, salads and sandwiches.
Order the…. Southwest Chicken Sandwich

128 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix 85004
(602) 262-2759

Southwest Chicken Sandwich at Carly's Bistro

Southwest Chicken Sandwich at Carly’s Bistro

Nook Kitchen Downtown

Nook’s downtown location shares a space with the Hilton Garden Inn, a revitalized historic Art Deco building, and expands onto a bright street patio. They celebrate the swanky, big-city 1930s feel with elegant decor and a menu boasting decadent old world pizzas and bruschetta boards.
Order the…fig bruschetta with prosciutto, asparagus, goat cheese and fig jam.

15 E Monroe St, Phoenix 85004
(602) 258-1037