Ten Favorite Spots for Seafood in Greater Phoenix

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Red Crab, Barbara Rosenzweig, Art Print, Etsy
Those who may have heard (and believed) people who say, "You can't get decent seafood in the Valley 'cause we live in a desert," might also want to keep an eye out for while-you-were-sleeping organ harvesters and tendon-slashing gang members who wait under cars at the gas pump. It is an unfortunate myth. And given the number of non-oceanside cities known for outstanding seafood (my last home of Chicago being one of them), one that simply doesn't make sense.

Stellar ocean fare can be found in Phoenix. And to prove it, we've listed 10 of our favorite spots to find it, for believers and non-believers alike.

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Mark W. Lipczynski
Cask 63 American Eatery & Wine Bar

This chic restaurant in ​Scottsdale's Gainey Village had better know its seafood -- its owners are Jerry Tingle, formerly a general manager at Eddie V's Prime Seafood restaurants and Wildfish Seafood, and chef Brian Feirstein, ex-executive chef for Eddie V's. Don't-miss dishes include seared Georges Bank diver scallops, Chilean sea bass with a Macadamia nut crust, and rainbow trout from Clear Springs Farms in Idaho.


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Jamie Peachey
Wildfish Seafood Grille

In October 2011, this small chain of three restaurants, along with sister chain Eddie V's Prime Seafood, was sold to the world's largest full-service restaurant company for $59 million. We're hoping all those clams won't change a thing at Wildfish's sleek location at the Scottsdale Waterfront, where diners can enjoy Australian barramundi with fresh Jonah crab, seared Pacific ahi steak, and starters like crispy cashew calamari or the signature all-lump crab cake.

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Hana Japanese Eatery

At this humble, family-run eatery in Central Phoenix, chef and co-owner Lori Hashimoto makes serving up slabs of fresh sushi selections like sake and buttery hamachi draped over compact rice balls into an art form. A specials board often includes must-haves like abalone, ankimo (monkfish liver), and aji (Spanish mackerel). And don't miss one of Hashimoto's favorites, the Hana lobster, a nine-ounce, warm-water Brazilian lobster sautéed with garlic and asparagus.

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Evie Carpenter
Hula's Modern Tiki

This Central Phoenix eatery known for its alluring patio, island-style eats, and tropical cocktails, regularly has its fish flown in from Hawaii. Featuring fan favorites like seared ahi wontons, spicy Thai fish cakes, and Hawaiian lobster bisque, diners can also choose their favorite fresh catch (think ahi, butterfish, mahi, and hapu) and have it prepared to their liking.


Location Info

Hana Japanese Eatery

5524 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Wildfish Seafood Grille

7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Hula's Modern Tiki

4700 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Cask 63 - CLOSED

8877 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Mariscos Playa Hermosa

1605 E. Garfield St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Nobuo at Teeter House

622 E. Adams St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Romeo's Euro Cafe

207 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: General

Crudo

3603 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

ShinBay

7001 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Noca

3118 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Cask 63 - CLOSED

8877 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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Steve D.
Steve D.

Good cross-section of places around town. I'll preach the gospel of Hana forever.

One more suggestion: Maybe it doesn't fit into any "traditional" seafood category, but the cajun-leaning Ocean Trail at the Talking Stick casino is pretty good for the price.  A few gumbo/creole dishes with shrimp, crab, crawfish, and oysters, as well as a raw-bar-style seafood platter with shrimp, clams, mussels, crab, and oysters that rivals the "seafood tower" you might get at one of the fancier steakhouses in town but at 1/3 of the price. Very good, very fresh, very reasonable.

Dominic Armato
Dominic Armato

Please don't take it as a "RARRARRAR, YOU SNUBBED X!!!" post, and I know I'm a broken record on this, but the seafood at Andreoli is stunning.  Every bit as good as ShinBay or Noca, though more rustic for obvious reasons.

jliven23
jliven23

Good call on Ocean Trail...went there right when the casino opened and we really liked it. Worried that it was no longer open but evidently it is. I think Smokey Robinson is playing the casino again soon...great reason to head out there.

Laura Hahnefeld
Laura Hahnefeld

Thanks Dominic, no ""RARRARRAR, YOU SNUBBED X!!!" offense taken :-)

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