Garage in North Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

Categories: Happy Hour

Heather Hoch
You could say Garage's "anti-pasto" plate is unlike any other.
The Spot: Garage Wine & Tap
1534 East Bethany Home Road

See Also: Now Open: La Bocca Wine Bar & Urban Kitchen at CityNorth in North Phoenix

The Hours: Happy Hour is offered daily from 4 to 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close.

Heather Hoch
The Interior: Garage Wine & Tap has some great neighbors in Luci's Healthy Marketplace and Dick's Hideaway. The 16th Street and Bethany Home Road intersection continues to be a NoPho hotspot for good eats, so walking into Garage, a casual spot with bikes hung on the walls and a partially open-air bar with a patio, you'd likely expect the same quality that you'd find at neighboring restaurants. Unfortunately, location isn't everything.

The Food:
Five different $5 appetizer plates are up for grabs during happy hour at Garage. Offerings include beer battered fries tossed in parmesan and deviled eggs with truffle oil, for reasons we could only assume would make Anthony Bourdain just flip out. Starting with the "Anti-Pasto" plate, we expected some schmears, cheese, pickled veggies, bread, and artisanal meats -- you know, the usual stuff. We were met with bread that tasted like it came from a supermarket bakery, low-quality salami, a ball of goat cheese covered in herbs to look fancy, and three disgustingly sweet spreads. Menu description aside, the spreads seemed like sweetened raw garlic from a jar, Heinz sweet relish from a squeeze bottle, and some mushed-up red sweet peppers.

Heather Hoch
Shrimp or lamb kebabs are $5 during Garage's happy hour.
After literally spitting that out and moving on, we tried both the lamb and shrimp kebabs. While neither was a home run, with the quality of shrimp and lamb both being mid-range at best, after that "Anti-Pasto," we were happy to eat anything with some level of cooking skill and natural flavor left in it.

Location Info

Garage Restaurant & Bar

1534 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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My Voice Nation Help

After giving this place 3-4 tries over the past couple years we finally gave up. Every time we drive by we're shocked to see people there. 


Tried to eat there once. Got seated. No one came to table to take order or bring water. Finally ordered. Waited 1/2 hour. Waiter came to tell us they were out of chicken-which was what we had ordered 1/2 hour earlier. We left and went to Phoenix City Grille where we always get great food and great service.

Martin Marlow
Martin Marlow

Harsh review! I've been there 3-4 times for drinks & dinner, and was happy with it. Not overjoyed, but quite satisfied.

Deanna Elliott
Deanna Elliott

As an Italian...everything in that picture is ALL wrong!

David Bickford
David Bickford

NoPho? Is that a Vietnamese restaurant somewhere? The location isn't really in north Phoenix, which generally means on the other side of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. North Central Phoenix maybe, but not North Phoenix.

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