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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.