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“Fabulous!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Switch Restaurant and Wine Bar

Switch Restaurant and Wine Bar
2603 N Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (Encanto)
+1 602-264-2295
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Ranked #53 of 2,426 Restaurants in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Bar scene, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Encanto
Description: Bold or timid palates will love the variety of options featuring American favorites along with innovative cultural creations. Daily specials. $4 Drink of the day. Weekend Breakfast starting at 10am. Airy patio. Bar with TV.
Richardson, Texas
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Fabulous!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

The fellow at the front desk of our hotel recommended three restaurants nearby, and I looked them up on TripAdvisor. Switch seemed to be the most interesting, so that's where we went. Wow!!! Lots of choices of things to share or single "side" dishes to experiment with. We had the lamb lettuce wraps -- super, including the sauce -- any kind of which my husband usually hates. The sun-dried tomato pesto risotto was the clear winner. Rich, complex flavors and an oh-so-creamy texture. The small greek salad was embarrassing with the amount of feta it came with -- but who's complaining? The hummus and very fresh, warm pita bread was scooped up (almost tempted to lick the small bowl...) Surprisingly, the only disappointment was the mac' n' cheese, but we're a bit picky on that. It was just OK -- nothing special. The happy hour special of the house Chardonnay was very good, a generous pour, and nice to sip.

What's not to like about Switch? We're going back tonight!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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SUN CITY WEST
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29 restaurant reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Classy yet casual”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Switch is on Central Ave convenient to the Arizona Theater, Phoenix Art Museum and Heard Museum, free parking in the rear, and serves up cocktails, and lighter fare--just right for a lunch break, dinner or weekend brunch.

Visited September 2013
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Indian Rocks Beach, Florida
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Best burgers around”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Stopped in with a friend for dinner, it was busy but they were able to get us seated quickly. They recommend you make a reservation for dinner. I ordered a burger and it was one of the best I've had in a long time. It was very well seasoned and done to the way I ordered it. I try and go to the restaurant every time I'm in town.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Madison, Wisconsin
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“Awesome burger and fries”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

We have gone back twice and the bistro fries are awesome, coupled with great burgers you can't go wrong.

Visited March 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Still performs beyond expectation”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Hubby and I needed to get into the city (from the burbs) and be in a gay environment for dinner. Switch never disappoints. In fact, this time, the ambiance, service and our super attentive and helpful waiter, Tim, raised the competitive bar a bit higher. Without all of the story, here's why we were impressed and will return again and again:

Dark comfortable atmosphere with "just there" background music and enough fabric and acoustic ceiling tiles to make it possible to comfortably hear your dinner companion and the waiter. That, friends, is huge in terms of the overall experience.

Young, hip waitrons, with great crazy haircuts and just enough sashay to be cool but plenty of menu knowledge and professionalism. And the bartender actually knew what a vodka gimlet is and (on round two) nailed it.

The entree menu is at least 70% sandwiches and the traditional plated entree menu is small. But the two plated entrees we had were over-the-top spectacular in terms of flavor and presentation. They are clearly paying attention to every part of the menu (BTW: our shared salad was awesome!) and they have a very talented chef in the kitchen.

We've already made plans to go back for lunch with friends early next week. Whther you are a tourist looking for some place that "the locals" love or a local who appreciates all of the above, give Switch a whirl. The owners also own Fez, which we'll need to to try soon and review here.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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