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House of Tricks

New American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Tempe, Tempe
  • Lori H.
    "Most beautiful outdoor bar in town with fantastic wine list."(3 Tips)
    Tempe Tourism
    "... the Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence". Everything on the menu is delicious. ..."(2 Tips)
    Phoenix New Times
    "Wine Spectator for two years"(2 Tips)
    "Dim lighting and super relaxing so you can just enjoy."(3 Tips)
76 Tips and reviews
  • outdoor seating
  • wine
  • romantic
  • dimly-lit
  • foie gras
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  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LorgeAugust 4
    Beautiful and lush patio bar. Great drinks. Delicious appetizers!
  • Paul G.
    Great Service! Excellent Food!!
  • Joey N.
    Joey NowakFebruary 25
    Best meal I've had in Arizona.
  • Dan P.
    Dan PericoneFebruary 22
    Bison meatloaf is really good
  • Fabian A.
    Fabian ArellanoFebruary 18
    Service is the best, but you can't never lost salmon here!
  • Mitch M.
    Mitch MullinsSeptember 23, 2016
    Everything we had was excellent from pecan crusted salmon to Saku tuna wasabe salad. Good beer selection.
  • Derrick L.
    Derrick LauxJuly 18, 2016
    Try: Lunch Reuben
  • Don K.
    Don KMarch 4, 2016
    Good food, relaxing atmosphere.
  • Flytrybe
    FlytrybeFebruary 7, 2016
    Great mussels.
  • Nate L.
    Nate LawlerFebruary 7, 2016
    Who new Tempe had such a good restaurant. Lamb was excellent.
  • Ginny
    GinnyNovember 2, 2015
    Romantic ambiance
  • Justin S.
    Justin SullivanOctober 10, 2015
    Great outdoor patio under real trees! Not umbrellas and misters.
  • Sara W.
    Sara WilsonMarch 17, 2015
    Wonderful meal and beautiful outdoor dining. Would definitely recommend.
  • Martin M.
    Martin MartinJanuary 2, 2015
    Black bean meatloaf was great, as was the squash appetizer.
  • Tessa M.
    Tessa MalayanOctober 10, 2014
    Be warned that there are a couple cats that belong to the house/restaurant that roam the patio and will sit by you for a little once your food arrives. The black one is very friendly.
  • Tessa M.
    Tessa MalayanOctober 10, 2014
    Had the lamb and it was delicious! Service was a little slow at first. Surprising since it wasn't very packed. Slow service aside, everything we ate was delicious and would definitely come back.
  • Bryan K.
    Bryan KentOctober 7, 2014
    Great sandwiches, tasty salads, kinda pricey.
  • A.N
    A.NSeptember 6, 2014
    The spinach dip is very heavy And creamy. The staff are very very nice
  • Jack K.
    Jack KetchamAugust 21, 2014
    Ask about the fish of the day
  • Brendan O.
    Brendan O'LearyAugust 8, 2014
    Foie gras starter!
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesAugust 5, 2014
    Harissa-spiced mussels, perfectly seared foie gras, juicy coffee-cardamom-crusted duck, and fork-tender braised osso bucco keep us coming back for more. Read more
  • Anna d.
    Anna de JesusJune 22, 2014
    Can't leave without having the salted apple bread pudding
  • Anna d.
    Anna de JesusJune 22, 2014
    Foie gras duck tamales starter, salmon starter were excellent. Pork belly and caramelized onion stuffed chicken is to die for - this was chefs daily special.
  • Litedreamer
    LitedreamerApril 24, 2014
    Lovely outdoor seating. Great wine list and menu. Upscale casual. Dim lighting and super relaxing so you can just enjoy. Added bonus, 4 resident cats they care for, who scurry around, looking adorable
  • Chris G.
    Chris GebelinApril 4, 2014
    Great ambience, quiet under a patio. Well crafted new American cuisine. The lobster medallions were spectacular.
  • Tom
    TomMarch 21, 2014
    This was the best of the restaurants we tried this past Spring Training trip, service on point, Squirrel drinks FUN! and the food, was tasty and plentiful, large portions...
  • Joe L.
    Joe LongFebruary 19, 2014
    Came with 4 friends. Had the porchetta, lobster medallions, short ribs and tenderloin. All were fantastic. Will be back here next time im in town!
  • Abel A.
    Abel ArriagaFebruary 13, 2014
    Pork belly is amazing everytime.
  • Thomas
    ThomasFebruary 13, 2014
    Porchetta and bread pudding. You're welcome.
  • Helen G.
    Helen GibsonNovember 16, 2013
    great time of year to enjoy glass of fine wine and see some of our favorite professors unwinding, lol.
  • Danica K.
    Danica KumlerAugust 21, 2013
    Watch Out For The Random Pole In The Back Parking Lot! You Might Crash And Ruin All Your Plans! Like Me!
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesMay 20, 2013
    Although the lush, flower-filled patio has its charms, the best place for Tricksters to be is invariably the outdoor bar, roofed and shaded by two towering old trees. Read more
  • Jodie M.
    Jodie MuramotoApril 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    service is amazing. the menu constantly changes so it's nice to visit once a quarter. it feels like an english tea party when sitting outside.
  • Tempe Tourism
    Tempe TourismApril 4, 2013
    Conveniently located in downtown Tempe, close the the Tempe Town Lake, ASU Gammage and the ASU Art Museum. We love the outdoor patio and bar. Save room for dessert - trust us.
  • Tempe Tourism
    Tempe TourismMarch 29, 2013
    House of Tricks has been named "One of the Top 5 Wine Bars in the Valley" and has been awarded the Wine Spectator "Award of Excellence". Everything on the menu is delicious. Save room for dessert.
  • Katie B.
    Katie BochteMarch 25, 2013
    Very relaxed and cool atmosphere. Good place for a light lunch with your honey. Get anything because it is all amazing but if you really need a recommendation get the grilled chicken sandwich!!! Yum!!
  • Johnny P.
    Johnny ParksMarch 24, 2013
    Food GREAT! Very nice atmosphere low lights court yard setting offering wine, cocktails and dinner. we are coming back ! And yes very good service
  • Scott U.
    Scott UmscheidMarch 24, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Try the specials!
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesMarch 11, 2013
    Although Tricks has a decent cocktail list, wine is the way to go here, given the restaurant's eclectic 300-bottle cellar and its "Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator for two years running. Read more
  • Shelby S.
    Shelby StaatsFebruary 14, 2013
    Definitely sit outside and enjoy the lush, cool environment with a nice cold drink. On the dinner menu, House of Tricks also offers the best steak I've ever had.
  • Kelly N.
    Kelly NishFebruary 13, 2013
    Best dining experience in Tempe! 5-star food and a great patio! Try the seared scallops and seafood cakes! Pricey, but totally worth it! We went with another couple & walked along Mill Ave afterwards!
  • Adrian S.
    Adrian SolisJanuary 20, 2013
    Watch out: the black pepper tomato bisque is very spicy.
  • Beth C.
    Beth CookOctober 27, 2012
    Cheese plate
  • Zach S.
    Zach Solomon-BeloinOctober 15, 2012
    Good food. Service isn't the best, but it's worth it.
  • Jenni W.
    Jenni WSeptember 30, 2012
    What a beautiful place! Get the Wild Hog Zin - it's definitely worth the price. And with the bone marrow appetizer? It's like milk and cookies! Made to go together!
  • George B.
    George Brazil - PEJune 21, 2012
    Amazing chicken sandwich with fig on it. My go-to sandwich for lunch!
  • Darrel A.
    Darrel AndersonJune 2, 2012
    Good for a business lunch or evening dinner with someone that matters.
  • Lori H.
    Lori HilbinkMay 27, 2012
    Most beautiful outdoor bar in town with fantastic wine list.
  • Philip K.
    Philip KuhnMarch 30, 2012
    Grilled Salmon and Baby Lettuce, is an excellent choice!
  • Faye H.
    Faye HallMarch 28, 2012
    The mussels are amazing!!
  • Ross
    RossMarch 2, 2012
    Beefeater & tonic! Squeeze of lime.
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesJanuary 31, 2012
    House of TricksBest of Phoenix Winner 2011: Best Romantic Dinner. This the place to be with your significant other in a cozy, candlelit ambiance, excellent service, and delicious food. Read more
  • Nate R.
    Nate RossDecember 28, 2011
    Hearing customers complain about sitting outside in beautiful weather is funny
  • tiffia e.
    tiffia e.October 27, 2011
    Everything is good here... Salmon salad with chipotle grapefruit dressing...steaks...
  • Tempe Tourism
    Tempe TourismSeptember 12, 2011
    Called the "Hours of Tranquility", their happy hour consists of relaxed pricing at the outdoor bar from 4-6 p.m. and tasty, casual happy hour dining options.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WyantAugust 2, 2011
    Stay for the Tricks!
  • Serena C.
    Serena CarpenterJuly 20, 2011
    One of my favorite places in Tempe. Their dinner menu is much more expensive and different than their lunch menu. My favorite item is the salmon salad.
  • Phil R.
    Phil ReckMay 10, 2011
    Flank steak is off da chain!!
  • Brian S.
    Brian ShiauApril 14, 2011
    Make sure to get a metal table instead of a wobbly plastic one!
  • michelle d.
    michelle decclessisApril 8, 2011
    This restaurant is beautiful, covered with trees and lots of outside seating,fantastic art collection on the walls too, you get a sense of enchantment upon walking through the gate, Fantastic food Read more
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesMarch 11, 2011
    Food Critic says The restaurant is really a rare gem, a local institution that survives not on hype, but on quality... This is what your missing, check them out today! Read more
  • Megan M.
    Megan MooreFebruary 19, 2011
    Great atmosphere! It is classy without having to pay for it. Great prices and great food!
  • Kathryne N.
    Kathryne NunleyFebruary 18, 2011
    Get a table outside, order the raspberry tea (loaded with raspberries!) and soak up the relaxing vibe. Local, fresh, seasonal fare.
  • Tempe Tourism
    Tempe TourismFebruary 14, 2011
    If you’re going for lunch, you can’t go wrong with the quiche of the day. Also, this is a great spot for dinner before a show at ASU Gammage. Great wine list!
  • PHOENIX Magazine
    PHOENIX MagazineJanuary 19, 2011
    Sit on the patio - it's one of the Valley's best. The seasonal menu and cocktails/drink list will knock your socks off.
  • Daylon B.
    Daylon BennettJanuary 7, 2011
    Order a mojito they love making them !!
  • Daylon B.
    Daylon BennettJanuary 7, 2011
    Ask for the special ice tea!
  • Daylon B.
    Daylon BennettJanuary 7, 2011
    Ask for Grant, hands down the best server and very personable
  • Jill S.
    Jill StaceySeptember 10, 2010
    Have a Tincho! New Age White wine over ice with a slice of lime. Just enought bubbles to tickle your tongue!
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BilderMay 12, 2010
    Favorite eatery! Read more
  • Alice D.
    Alice DaerMay 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Sometimes outside in the misters is cooler than inside.
  • Ty L.
    Ty LargoApril 13, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Can't decide? Go with chipotle cream pasta w/ chicken.
  • Sharla H.
    Sharla HartgravesFebruary 19, 2010
    Gavin is the best bartender
  • DuGue Z.
    DuGue ZionFebruary 16, 2010
    Go to the bar after work. Great atsomosphere.
  • Mark W.
    Mark WallaceNovember 28, 2009
    A total chick place. Great for girls day out. Guys should avoid this place at all cost.
  • Oytun P.
    Oytun PINARNovember 14, 2014
    Güzel Amerikan mutfağı, yaş ortalaması yüksek.
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