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The Courtyard Cafe at the Heard Museum

#54 of 2,443 Restaurants in Phoenix
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Southwestern
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2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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The food is authentic, wonderfully light and very very good. I was pleasantly surprised. If you have a chance to get a bite of lunch here - you will not be disappointed. They use many of the native foods to the area and prepare them well. Not too pricey, either!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
Judi G
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Rockville, Maryland
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91 reviews 91 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Cafe is very convenient for visitors, with very good, fresh food at reasonable prices. Menu is very limited however. Another issue is that most of the sit-down area is under large table umbrellas. If it rains, you need to get very close to other members of your party. If it is the typical oven-like heat of 100+ degrees (F), it... More 

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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The food is authentic, wonderfully light and very very good. I was pleasantly surprised. If you have a chance to get a bite of lunch here - you will not be disappointed. They use many of the native foods to the area and prepare them well. Not too pricey, either!

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Goodyear, Arizona
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73 reviews 73 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We met another couple for lunch at the Courtyard Café. The weather was sunny and mild, and we enjoyed a table outside in the courtyard. The menu is a bit limited, but the ingredients in each selection are clearly spelled out. I ordered the roast turkey sandwich with melted brie and lettuce on cranberry bread. It was absolutely delicious, and... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

First day visiting Phoenix, had a wonderful lunch at the Heard Museum. Everything was colorful and delicious - salsa and guac, seasonal potato / chile soup, 'dreamcatcher' salad, and posele. Prompt and friendly service on the breezy patio, well shaded under the umbrellas. Reasonable prices. Toss in the amazing museum collection and it's a fabulous day excursion.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Nice place for lunch. Excellent sandwiches, friendly staff, great service. Will definitely go back again. You can eat inside or in the courtyard and enjoy the water features outside.

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Ohio
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316 reviews 316 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
239 helpful votes 239 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We took a late lunch break here while visiting the museum, and while it is fine for that purpose, I would not come to eat here otherwise. We sat outside in the courtyard and inexplicably had to wait for someone to leave to be seated even though there were several empty tables. Both food and drinks were slow in arriving... More 

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65 reviews 65 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We enjoyed a light lunch here, including an apple walnut salad and a turkey-brie sandwich. The standout was actually the unsweetened iced tea, which had a flavorful touch of hibiscus. The food was fresh and the service excellent. A good topper to a good museum visit.

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Chandler, Arizona
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69 reviews 69 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We enjoyed a fabulous lunch we enjoyed in the Cafe. I had the CHICKEN AND WILD RICE ENCHILADAS with apple, . . .and you're probably saying WHAT ??? Enchilada purests may not enjoy the slight sweetness provided by the bits of apple, but I thought it was unique and delicious. Everyone else at the table had different salads, and they... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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87 reviews 87 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

My wife and I had lunch here during our visit to the excellent Heard Museum. We arrived at the restaurant at about 12:15 and had 10 minute wait but that was not a problem since we were able to browse in the nearby book store. We had a table outside, in the shade, on an absolutely beautiful day. The setting... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It is a little pricey as you would expect at a museum, but the quality of the food it very good and well done

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Phoenix

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Southwestern

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