The words âgourmetâ and âveganâ are not necessarily synonymous, and the valley’s best-known gourmet vegan establishment, Casa Terra in Glendale, has been closed since spring 2020 with no reopening date set. But you can still enjoy a sophisticated plant-based meal in the Phoenix area, thanks to a handful of high dining experiences at the city’s restaurants.
Terras at CIVANA
37220 Mule Train Road, carefree
Located inside the CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa in Carefree, the Terras Restaurant serves healthy cuisine in accordance with the resort’s wellness mission. Vegan and vegetarian entrees abound, from zucchini-corn enchiladas to truffles to mixed Agrodolce mushrooms.
5555 North Seventh Street, # 108
Verdura’s plant-based cuisine doesn’t have to be gourmet (the dishes include vegan burgers, nachos, tacos, and a sparkling black ‘Goth Waffle’), but the food is fantastic. The atmosphere is clean, comfortable, and stylish, with long wooden tables, sleek black chairs, and walls adorned with black-and-white photos of 1980s pop stars. Absolutely fine.
2000 West Westcourt Way, Tempe
Top of the Rock Restaurant offers panoramic valley views from the Marriott Phoenix Resort’s perch on the Buttes in Tempe. It also offers vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menus.
Arizona Grill Compass
122 North Second Street
Rotating on the roof of the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, the Compass Arizona Grill offers diners a 365-degree view of downtown Phoenix. The menu includes the ubiquitous hummus board and a few salads for vegan options, but a few dishes really stand out: the eggplant lasagna with Beyond Italian sausage and a creamy, dairy-free panna cotta for dessert.
Elements at the shrine
5700 East McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley
One of the valley’s finest dining establishments, The Elements of Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort serve up “Asian American cuisine” with breathtaking views of the peaks around Paradise Valley. The vegan starter, Japanese eggplant and crispy tofu, can be accompanied by a side of chili and garlic broccolini.
4736 North Goldwater Boulevard, Scottsdale
The atmosphere at Toca Madera is like a beautiful candlelit mission, with trees and greenery growing inside for a gentle communion with nature. The menu at this modern Mexican restaurant (also located in Los Angeles) includes vegan chili relleno and inventive salads, like Mexican Fattoush with Cortez Sea Salt Vinaigrette.
2320 Osborn Road East
As multi-course dining experiences at Binkley’s change based on seasonal ingredients and Chef Kevin Binkley’s inclinations, give this downtown favorite a few days’ notice of vegan meal needs for a great evening of dining. .
5594 West Wild Horse Pass Boulevard, Chandler
Located in the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, the Kai is the only restaurant in Arizona to have been awarded five AAA diamonds. Chef Ryan Swanson uses local and indigenous ingredients from the nearby Gila River Indian community and can prepare an innovative vegan meal with advance notice.