10 Best Metro Phoenix Restaurants to Dine at Alone

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Lauren Saria
You don't have to be embarrassed to lunch here alone.
Getting a group of friends together to grab a meal and actually finding a place everyone agrees on can be a chore. Heck, even finding a place just you and one other person want to go to can be a task. If you'd prefer to skip the "I don't know. Where do you want to go?" debate, you can opt to eat solo at a number of great spots in metro Phoenix. You don't have to feel lonely or silly eating alone at these 10 places (and one bonus spot!), because they are perfect for people looking for a table for one.

See also: 16 Favorite Places in Metro Phoenix to Eat at the Bar

Essence Bakery Cafe
Both locations of Essence Bakery -- the original Tempe restaurant and its newer Central Phoenix counterpart -- are among our favorite places for a relaxing breakfast or a leisurely lunch. The menu of light, fresh food can almost transport you to a Paris cafe and we're more than happy here to linger over our food with nothing but a good book for company. Plus, with no dining companion, you never have to share your macaron.

Delux
When you're craving a burger at 1 a.m., it's understandable if other people don't want to tag along. Fortunately for those with late-night cravings, Delux keeps its doors open till 2 a.m. every day of the week. On top of that, the majority of seating at this Central Phoenix restaurant is communal, so solo diners can feel some what accompanied. Whether it's lunch or late night, you're likely to find a few lone rangers making conversation at Delux's table.

Location Info

Delux

3146 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Essence Bakery Cafe

825 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Phoenix Public Market Cafe

14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lux Coffeebar

4402 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Windsor

5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Umami

21 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

La Grande Orange Grocery

4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Casey Moore's Oyster House

850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Matt's Big Breakfast

825 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Luci's Healthy Market Place

1590 E. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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23 comments
camicalm
camicalm

this is by far the stupidest list I have seen yet. If you want to find the best place to eat alone just pick a place you want to eat and eat there. It doesn't have to have a tiny isolation table or uncomfortable bar for it to be acceptable for lone diners. Stupid.

naoma
naoma

I have traveled the world and never, ever had a problem dining alone.  Take a book, talk to people, smile, be friendly.  Being alone can be fun!!!  Mostly I travel with my husband, but when I do not I am friendly, smile and love meeting new people.

davidbell419
davidbell419

Thanks. I mostly dine alone.  Few restaurants consider this segment, let alone reviewers.  Kudos. 

Christopher Durazo
Christopher Durazo

Kayla Diaz I have to take you to Matts Big Breakfest, god that's good!!!!!!

Kayla Diaz
Kayla Diaz

Christopher all your restaurants are on this list

Jaybe Espy
Jaybe Espy

I don't eat out alone its a social activity.... I just get take away

Susie Perez
Susie Perez

Ignacio jajaja. I saw that and was like oh hey my kind of setting.

Gwynne Heiser
Gwynne Heiser

essence is great :) if they served wine that would be nice too...

FyrDiva
FyrDiva

Always surprises me that so many people think eating (going out) solo is sad or embarrassing. I find it refreshing and a great way to meet people especially when sitting at a bar area. Obviously it takes more courage and confidence than I expected.

Jukes
Jukes

@davidbell419 I agree.  I go to Phoenix from Tucson often for appointments and of course I want to eat before I go home.  But so many places feel uncomfortable for single diners.  Thanks for this list. 

terezib
terezib

I agree. When I've been there on my own, Mark Tarbell is usually there to stop by and say hello and make you feel welcome.

davidbell419
davidbell419

@FyrDiva  Very well said.  Nothing sad or embarrassing about it.  Just the opposite.  

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