Six Restaurants Where Food Meets Art in the Phoenix Metro Area

A handful of restaurants in the valley feature stunning artwork that you can enjoy while enjoying an impeccable meal. If you’re looking to merge food and art on your next outing, try these local eateries.

Empanada Republic

204 First Ave East, Mesa

Republica Empanada is home to exterior murals by local artists depicting everything from lowriders to cacti. Featured artists include Lalo Cota, Jon Garza, Frank Gonzales, Zarco Guerrero and Mando Rascon.

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A 2020 mural by Tato Caraveo painted in the alley behind the Barrio Cafe.

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barrio cafe

2814 16th Street North

The Barrio Café showcases artwork by local designers including Tato Caraveo, Lalo Cota, Pablo Luna and many more. Look for murals on the building, inside dining rooms, and even in restrooms. Find more murals in the surrounding streets and alleys and temporary exhibits in a small gallery adjacent to the cafe.

Click to enlarge Part of the Lauren Lee mural inside the Fair Trade Cafe.  - LYNN TRIMBLE

Part of the Lauren Lee mural inside the Fair Trade Cafe.

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Fair trade coffee

1020 First Avenue North

The Fair Trade Café presents a new exhibition every month featuring local artwork, so you can always expect different styles of art. Recent exhibitions have highlighted the work of Carol Quijada, Jason Hugger, Champ Styles, Edgar Hernandez and Harold Lohner.

Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea and Gallery

54 West Main Street, Mesa

Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea & Gallery has walls overflowing with works by local designers, including several up-and-coming artists you may not discover if you always stay on your beaten path. Take time to explore the nearby Mesa Museum of Contemporary Art while you’re in the area.

Click to enlarge There's a contemporary vibe at the Match Market & Bar inside FOUND:RE Phoenix.  - FOUND: RE HOTEL PHOENIX

There’s a contemporary vibe at the Match Market & Bar inside FOUND:RE Phoenix.

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Match Market & Bar

1100 North Central Avenue

Match Market & Bar is located inside FOUND:RE Phoenix, a boutique hotel filled with works by local artists. You’ll see Pete Deise’s flowing sculpture out front, Randy Slack’s painting channeling Burt Reynolds and Brittany Spears in the lobby, and a changing selection of artwork lining the walls of the hotel.

Pita Jungle

Various places

Pita Jungle highlights the works of different artists in various locations. Every day you can see works by Aja Rolland in Gilbert, works by Rick Ashcroft in Tempe, works by Tara Prescott in Chandler or works by Beth Douros in Scottsdale.


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