In 2022, I discovered the most vibrant town that combines food and art in a unique way. Fountain Hills is known for its captivating public art, with over 150 pieces showcased around town. Not only can you enjoy delicious meals at a plethora of Fountain Hills restaurants, but your wait time will be filled with entertainment as you embark on a self-guided art walk tour nearby.
Fountain Hills is home to one of the tallest artificial fountains in the world. Whenever I’m in town, I make sure I’m at a viewing vantage point to watch the fountain spray. The fountain in Fountain Lake shoots water up to 560 feet high–five feet taller than Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.
The Sonoran Desert surrounding Fountain Hills has many plants and animals, making it a haven for nature lovers. Explore the desert on horseback or on foot. There are plenty of outdoor activities for visitors, including golfing, biking, hiking, and fishing. Being outdoors works up a thirst and an appetite.
With more than 60 restaurants in Fountain Hills, you’ll indeed find something you’ll like. Popular cuisines include Mexican, Italian, Asian, and American. I haven’t tried all 60 yet, but I have enjoyed all these from personal experience. The following are some of my favourite Fountain Hills restaurants, ranging from upscale to casual, and I even included a take-out option.
Arrivederci Cucina Italiana hosted me, but all opinions are my own.
Where Is Fountain Hills?
Located in the East Valley of Metro Phoenix, Fountain Hills is an official Dark Sky Community and is a 40-minute drive from Downtown Phoenix. It’s 30 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Scottsdale Airport.
The 9 Best Fountain Hills Restaurants
I was mentally transported to a picturesque Greek island when I entered Alexander’s Greek Kitchen. Traditional Greek music and the charming blue and white checkered tablecloths, complete with white paper table protectors, set the ambiance. The front deck offered outdoor seating where patrons could enjoy a stunning view of Fountain Lake and observe the fountain launch on the hour.
At Alexander’s, customers can savor a classic menu featuring an array of hot and cold starters, salads, and soups. The restaurant’s skewers, crafted in-house every day using pork, chicken, or lamb, can be served on a plate with a side, a pita, or a vegetarian option. Additionally, patrons can complement their main dish with Greek-style potatoes or green beans.
In the afternoon, I savored a homemade black-eyed pea soup accompanied by freshly toasted pita bread and a lemon wedge to add a touch of tanginess. The meal reminded me of being in Momma’s kitchen.
The bar offers a variety of wines from California, France, and Spain. You can choose from different red, white, and rosé wines and champagnes. Additionally, they serve Greek beer on draft and bottled, and many of the wines come from Greece.
I wanted to dine at All American Sports Grill, which has the perfect spot to view the fountain nearby. Along with a refreshing and healthy salad, I also desired a drink to unwind and savor the warm summer breeze under the shelter. My wishes were granted, and I even indulged in the delectable Blueberry Cucumber Salad.
All American Sports Grill goes above and beyond your typical sports bar experience. With a covered patio that overlooks a beautiful fountain, an exciting Happy Hour, live music performances, a wide selection of craft and domestic beers, handcrafted cocktails, over 50 HDTVs scattered throughout the establishment, and access to all sports packages, this venue provides the perfect atmosphere for sports enthusiasts to come together in a warm and inviting local setting. Probably one of the best Fountain Hills restaurants.
I am pretty fond of Italian cuisine and greatly appreciate high-quality Italian food. Upon visiting Arrivederci Cucina Italiana, I was struck by the elegance of the dining room, the exquisite wine racks, and the sophisticated ambiance. The view of Fountain Lake through the expansive windows was beautiful.
The surrounding strolling paths adorned with public art provide a pleasant opportunity to work up an appetite or take a walk after indulging in a scrumptious meal at Arrivederci.
Angelo made sure that I got plenty of their amazing food. When I asked about their signature dishes, they brought Pappardelle Bolognese, Lasagna, bread, and pesto and finished it with Choccamisu. There was enough food for two people, and it even lasted me for two meals!
The warm and welcoming atmosphere at Arrivederci made my visit truly enjoyable.
Upon arriving at Batchelor’s Pad BBQ, I liked the straightforwardness of their menu. However, I struggled to decide on what to order. Fortunately, the owner came to my aid by recommending a combination of their various meats and sides. The following is what I ended up choosing.
I enjoyed a variety of delicious meats such as 2-timing brisket, honey pulled pork, Caj’n smoked turkey, and honey glazed ribs. I also had some sweet jalapeno slaw and mac & cheese to complement the meats. And, of course, I couldn’t leave without trying MB’s famous cornbread.
Batchelor’s Pad BBQ also offers appetizers, meals, and desserts. They have fun games like darts near the back entrance along with John Wayne’s 5 Rules for Life, and they support veterans in many ways. Weekly events include Margarita Monday, FH Chess Club, Jack Trivia, Bingo Night, and music on Friday nights. Definitely one of the best Fountain Hills restaurants.
Blossom Kitchen is known for its exceptional Asian Fusion Cuisine and is a convenient and tasty first stop when entering Fountain Hills from the West.
The menu includes traditional Asian Starters and Soups, with various gluten-free options featuring tofu, vegetables, shrimp, meat, and power greens. I particularly enjoyed the steamed dumplings as they were big and satisfying.
The Rice Noodles section offers some intriguing options, such as Taiwanese Stir-Fried, Singapore Style (spicy), and Combination Chow Fun. You can also choose from various Japanese Curry dishes featuring tofu, chicken, beef, or shrimp. You’ll also find five unique variations of fried rice and chow mein.
Both the staff and Cheng, the owner, were friendly, following their philosophy of Humble, Honesty, and Hospitality (you’ll see those artboards when you enter the restaurant).
Some people believe that tea is an exclusive feminine activity, with most participants being women who enjoy high levels of carbohydrates. Nevertheless, it isn’t easy to comprehend why anyone would not appreciate the exquisite flavors and textures of indulging in a first-rate High Tea experience at the Crowning Glory Tearoom.
When my friend and I visited, we were lucky to have Sherry Boas as our host. She is incredibly passionate about tea ceremonies, and her enthusiasm is contagious! Even though the tearoom has Catholic roots, you don’t have to be religious to appreciate the beautiful names and stories behind each dish. Sherry was happy to share these stories with us; we loved learning more about them. The tearoom’s ambiance is also exceptional, with elements that pay tribute to the lives of the saints. It’s a unique and memorable experience.
At Crowning Glory, their tea service is divine and includes three courses and an unlimited tea supply. For the First Course, you can enjoy a refreshing salad with poppyseed dressing and dainty finger sandwiches such as cucumber pimento cream cheese on white bread. The Second Course offers two delicious scones with Devonshire cream and cherry jam. Lastly, the Third Course consists of a delectable cake with gold frosting, tarts, and French cream complemented with sugared grapes.
If you plan to dine at Crowning Glory for High Tea, remember that they only open on Saturdays and require a reservation 48 hours ahead. However, the wait is worth it for the exceptional Saturday experience.
At Georgie’s, both regulars and newcomers are greeted with a friendly atmosphere that embodies the essence of a classic coffee shop. The wall sports large scrabble tiles that spell out “Georgie’s, good, food, breakfast, lunch.” Additionally, the coffee cups feature charming bumble bees and the uplifting message of “bee kind.”
During my breakfast experience, I saw many options, including skillet dishes, sandwiches, griddles, and omelets. I ultimately decided on the banana and Nutella pancakes, which combined the sweetness of fruit and chocolate with the classic pancake texture. Overall, it was a delicious choice.
La Mai Thai Cuisine is “a fusion of modern style and authentic Thai flavors.”
The chalkboard standing outside the door listed the day’s specials. They all sounded so appetizing that I knew placing my order would not be easy with the choices of Spicy Egg Plant, Potstickers, Crab Fried Rice, Green Seafood (I knew it must be healthy), and Thai Custard. However, the last item on the list was a certainty–Mango Sticky Rice. As it was “only seasonal,” I knew I’d better order it quickly.
The extensive menu includes an array of appetizers, salads, soups, curry, stir-fried noodles, noodles soup, and fried rice. Entrees and Chef Specials are served with white or brown rice. Lunch specials come with a salad.
When researching a new restaurant, I generally try the signature dish. However, when I go to a Thai restaurant, I usually order Pad Thai. That’s my favorite and is the benchmark to compare the dish’s quality.
True to their claim, LaMai Thai Cuisine created the perfect Thai flavor. The portion was generous, with fresh, juicy limes to squeeze over the top.
If you are craving good Thai food when relaxing after a long, active day outdoors, LaMai Thai Cuisine is an excellent option for take-out.
Phil’s Filling Station Grill is an award-winning ’50s-style restaurant with signature items from the 1960s. In 1997, Phil Rodakis (the Phil in Phil’s Filling Station Grill) created a menu with 40 things. That menu has grown to over 250 items, many of which will take you down memory lane.
As a child, Phil worked at his grandfather’s diner in the Bronx and learned the cornerstones of making a town-favorite restaurant. Quality, affordability, service, cleanliness, and choice have earned him loyal customers who can stay as long as they like.
This family-friendly, cozy, spotless restaurant is filled with red and white and exudes fun and memories. Coca-Cola memorabilia fills the walls, making it a stimulating place to enjoy a meal.
The Lunch and Dinner menu runs the gamut from Gluten Free choices to Gourmet Burgers, 20-oz Monster Burgers, pizza, sandwiches, and salads. Breakfasts include the Classic Biscuits & Gravy, Eggs Benedict, Avocado Toast, a heart-stopping Crying Piglet Omelet, and a Heart Healthy Omelet, too. A quick review of the menu brought a smile to my face.
Phil’s is a uniquely-styled restaurant. On one side is a sports bar decorated with team flags and logos with nine HDTVs to watch your favorite sports. The other side caters to families with four HDTVs for viewing their favorite shows. With a nod to his origins, Phil established the NY Yankee Room for all the Yankee fans in Arizona. Dogs are welcome on the patio, where guests can dine and watch the fountain.
Every Sunday from October to May (the cool season in Southern Arizona), customers gather in the back parking lot to show and share their cool rides.
Final Thoughts On The Best Fountain Hills restaurants
Whatever international cuisine you might be hungry for, you’ll find it at great restaurants in Fountain Hills.
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