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Where should I eat before an ASU Gammage show?

Yay! You got tickets to the Broadway show you’ve been dying to see! The next step? Picking a fun, delicious, and conveniently located Tempe restaurant near ASU Gammage – preferably so that you only have to park once for the evening (here’s a guide to where to park in Downtown Tempe). Being that ASU Gammage is located near Downtown Tempe, there are lots and lots of great choices for a meal before your show.

Here are a few of my favorite restaurants near ASU Gammage, but please let me know if there’s one I need to add!

Rula Bula Irish Pub and Restaurant

Rula Bula’s warm, rustic interior is as authentic as any you’ll find in Ireland. The same can be said of the food. It’s a great place to gather with friends over a hearty meal of their lovely fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage,  lamb stew, bangers ‘n mash, or shepherd’s pie and toast your good fortune with a pint of Guiness, Harp Lager, Kilkenny Cream Ale.
401 S. Mill Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 929-9500
(0.7 miles away)

Pedal Haus Brewery

Built to be a haven for lovers of bikes, good times and great beer, Pedal Haus Brewery has everything you need for a memorable night out. This 14,000 sq. ft. bike-friendly restaurant features hand-crafted European-style beers, a Belgian-American gastropub food menu, a huge patio space and three indoor and outdoor bar options with 24 taps each. With one of the biggest patios in all of Downtown Tempe, Pedal Haus Brewery brings together European-style crafted beers, a massive fire pit, beer garden and games such as cornhole, ladderball and ping pong.
730 S. Mill Ave. #102, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 314-2337
(0.6 miles away)

House of Tricks

House of Tricks is a Tempe favorite. For more than 25 years, this charming restaurant has been the perfect spot for a lunch with friends, a romantic evening, a meal with family and a relaxing place to enjoy a cocktail and appetizers al fresco. The food and service are always impeccable. Outdoors, the tables are set among beautiful trees, fountains and flowers. The indoor dining rooms are cozy and make you feel as if you’re having dinner at the home of a good friend. The extensive wine list features over 300 varieties from all over the world.
114 E. Seventh St., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-1114
(0.6 miles away)

La Bocca Urban Pizzeria & Wine Bar

Savor the delicious fusion of Mediterranean and Italian ingredients at La Bocca. The lively atmosphere, cozy tables and locally sourced food come together to make a fun night out before a show. I always make sure to order one of the savory bruschetta boards or made-from-scratch pizzas while I’m there. They also have an impressive wine list to explore, or try a house-made red or white sangria, or a house-made seasonal cello.
699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 219-9510
(0.5 miles away)

Shady Park

In the mood for pizza and ramen? You’ll find them both at Shady Park, a cool concept that is like two restaurants in one. They serve Damatos pizza and Umami ramen bowls, served in perfect harmony with cool 1970’s inspired decor. If that’s not enough, you can also enjoy live music, DJs and view sporting events on their outdoor patio, The Barpark.
26 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 474-4222
(0.6 miles away)

Pita Jungle

Pita Jungle is one of my favorite spots. The upbeat, edgy atmosphere is highlighted with artwork from local artists. Their healthy, Mediterranean dishes include Chicken Shawarma Pitas, Falafel, Lavosh Pizzas and Wood-fired Salmon. And, of course, always start your meal with pitas and their tasty hummus.
4 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 804-0234
(0.6 miles away)

Postino Annex

Postino Annex is located in what was formerly the ASU Art Annex building, a low-slung, red brick Mid-Century Modern gem, built in the 1950s and used most recently as an ASU graduate student art studio. Postino Annex is known for its sumptuous bruschetta appetizers which are substantial enough to be a complete meal, or can be shared with friends followed by one of their delicious salads, sandwiches or desserts. Their patio is one of my favorite places to get a glimpse of campus life.
615 S. College Ave. Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 927-1111
(0.7 miles away)

Casey Moore’s Oyster House

Casey Moore’s is a local legend. For years, it has been a popular hang out spot for locals, visitors, students, professors…everyone is welcome. They have an extensive menu with salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood options and a full bar. Relax on their patio or choose to sit in one of their charming indoor dining rooms. This place is known to be haunted, so who knows what you might see before a show at ASU Gammage!
850 S. Ash Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 968-9935
(0.5 miles away)

Normal Restaurant & Bar

Normal Restaurant & Bar is located right across the street from ASU Gammage at the Graduate Tempe hotel. Because it is so close to the theater, we highly recommend that you make a reservation. You’ll want to try their entire menu, but we really like the Calabacitas Tacos and Carnitas Tacos. They make their tortillas fresh in house and you can tell. They’re really, really good. They also have great happy hour deals like their house margaritas for $5, $8 wings and $3 chips and salsa.
225 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 387-5917
(0.2 miles away)

Sauce Pizza & Wine

Short on time before the show, but still want something delicious for dinner? Head to Sauce Pizza & Wine, just a 10 minute stroll from ASU Gammage. With quick counter service, you’ll be in and out in a flash with a full belly and plenty of time to get to the performance. Sauce’s menu features hand-stretched pizzas, gourmet salads, a variety of hearty pasta dishes and a lovely wine list.
705 S. Myrtle Ave., Suite 101, Tempe, AZ 85281 | (480) 597-4260
(0.5 miles away)

Amy Griglak
Written Amy Griglak

Originally from California, Amy loves to travel, go for runs, read all kinds of books, enjoy all things Disney, drink caramel macchiatos and explore new places and old favorites with her husband and two kiddos.