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The Courtyard Cafe at the Heard Museum

#59 of 2,528 Restaurants in Phoenix
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2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ
6022510204
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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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
Fresh Food To Eat With A Side Of Site Seeing!

Stopped in to eat while visiting the Heard Museum. What a pleasant surprise. The service was excellent and the personnel were so friendly. The food was fresh and wholesome and very refreshing. With seating inside or outside on the veranda it made for an excellent afternoon. We took the rail... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Bobby S
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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Portland, Oregon
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315 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The cafe was very busy and loud inside at noon. The only iced tea is hibiscus-flavored (which I dislike) but the hot black tea was very good. The quesadilla was ordinary cheese on an ordinary wheat tortilla and the posole was not exceptional (despite what I'd heard). Salads at other tables looked better than our meals.

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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75 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in to eat while visiting the Heard Museum. What a pleasant surprise. The service was excellent and the personnel were so friendly. The food was fresh and wholesome and very refreshing. With seating inside or outside on the veranda it made for an excellent afternoon. We took the rail system to look around the area and only walked a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful courtyard spot to sit and have lunch in the sunshine. The food was so fresh and tasty. Lots of lovely salads on the menu. Perfect place for those avoiding eg. processed food, gluten and dairy like I am.

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Calgary, Canada
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405 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a great place for lunch. Would even consider going there even if I wasn't visiting the museum. It's in the courtyard outside where you pay the museum admission. Also there is a great bookstore and Museum store. The servers were very friendly, attentive and efficient. Loved the service along with the food. The turkey and Brie sandwich was... More 

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Sun City West, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 300 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Heard Museum is a most-see spot in Phoenix. Plan your visit there around a stop in this lovely small café on property - open only for lunch. There is ample outdoor seating and a cozy dining room. Very interesting choices on the menu, all of which were very fresh and tasty. Our table of 4 started with the home-made... More 

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Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

I really enjoyed eating at this little café. It is quaint and the wait staff were fantastic and friendly. The food was excellent. It is clean and not too expensive. Try the cactus margarita!

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Thank c c
Phoenix, Arizona
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

We had gone for the Native American Appraisal event and decided after to have lunch at the cafe. The shrimp ceviche was wonderful! My husband had the Raphael sandwich and I had the Roasted turkey and melted Brie. Both were excellent. The bread for both sandwiches was amazing. The staff and service was perfect and it was a beautiful day.... More 

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Thank Lois A
SF Bay Area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

Part of the Heard Museum. Delightful sunny courtyard (Nov) two large fountains. May not be so inviting in the summer. Menu is a good selection of light dishes with a local flavor. Nice bright inside dinning room, friendly staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

We enjoyed a light lunch before making our way into the museum. The setting is relaxing and the menu has very nice choices. There is indoor as well as outdoor seating. We sat outside and enjoyed a very quiet lunch.

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Bethesda, MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

In the courtyard among lovely sculpture, we were happily surprised how good this lunch was. Started with "Nibbles & Bits", a sort of local antipasto. Great assortment of meats, cheeses and pickles presented nicely on a board. Next was shrimp ceviche which was seasoned nicely. With a Heart 2 Heart salad this was a great lunch.

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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
  • Phone Number: 6022510204

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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