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Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

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2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 1041, Tempe, AZ (McClintock)
Metro services the Tempe Marketplace Mall.
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Great Fish and Chips

I have heard from hotel employees that the fish and chips here were great. Tried them, loved them! Friendly staff, great service. Will go there again if I'm in town.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 19, 2015
Patrick M
South Jordan, Utah
via mobile
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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English first
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Tender, smoky chicken enchilada; side of the best black beans ever; juicy, medium rare pepper bacon burger; fresh house cut fries; ice cold IPAs; yummy caramel apple cheesecake. All served up by awesome and attentive Kate (see pic). Perfection! Cannot wait to go back...

Thank FoodieCyclists
Phoenix, Arizona
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137 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is very highly recommended for taking clients to our meeting clients. When you go you're greeted warmly large open space for gatherings and a great place to enjoy adult beverages and afternoon business beverages. If you go you absolutely have to try the bacon wrapped prawns with with barbecue sauce. After that try the fish tacos but substitute one... More 

Thank Mark-n-Chrystal
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went here for my jobs happy hour. Very crowded, slow service, slightly decent drinks and food. I would go back because it is popular for the area but just not a drastically great experience this time.

Thank Tara H
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and niece each had a pizza. I went with the special of pork loin in black cherry sauce with mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts, YUM! Drinks were great and so was the service.

Thank Julie N
South Jordan, Utah
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

I have heard from hotel employees that the fish and chips here were great. Tried them, loved them! Friendly staff, great service. Will go there again if I'm in town.

Thank Patrick M
Murrieta, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Visited this place for a business meeting, although a little noisy it had a great high end relaxed atmosphere. The food and drinks were reasonably priced and we all enjoyed ourselves. Tip: the bacon wrapped prongs were the tables favorite dish.

Thank Steadfast-J
Tempe, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The food and entertainment were both fantastic. My only issue was that it was a little too warm even under the cover so I had to go inside the hotel and drink lots of water in order to feel better. The guy playing was amazing. Very talented and was such a joy to listen to while eating my lunch.

Thank Anne C
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

Had the pleasure of wondering into this cozy little tavern for happy hour and appetizers with my friend. Just about the best appetizers I've ever had. The service at the bar was very friendly and attentive. They seem to have some awesome signature martinis and a good wine list. Looking for a good place to get together with a spouse... More 

Thank Annadine L
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Very impressed, even though the place was packed , we were sat down, ordered, and served our food in a timely manner. Staff was very helpful and polite and on top of their game. I will definitely eat here again.

Thank Michael H
Apache Junction, Arizona
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118 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Went to the thirsty lion for a large business lunch/party. In total we had about 20 people and it was impressive how well they handled our group. Orders were well organized, meals arrived at the same time and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I've been to resturants that can't get an order for two guests to arrive at... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2000 East Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 1041, Tempe, AZ
  • Public Transportation: Metro services the Tempe Marketplace Mall.
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Tempe
  • Phone Number: 14809682920

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene


Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am
11:00 am - 1:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?