All Business: The Top 5 Power Lunch Spots in Phoenix

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Just because you have a lunch meeting doesn’t mean it has to be in a boardroom with catered-in ham and cheese sandwiches. Take the business to the streets at one of these Top 5 restaurants for power lunches around the Valley.

1 St. Francis

St. Francis is a space with a lot of atmosphere and interesting decor located near all the hustle and bustle of central Phoenix. Brick walls, bright lighting and steel elements lend themselves to the ambiance, while large wooden booths provide comfortable seating while you and your lunch companions talk facts and figures. They serve contemporary American cuisine and even have a special mid-day menu, featuring a soup, rosemary fingerling potatoes, a chopped romaine lettuce salad, chicken salad with flatbread, a pork chile verde with cornbread and a French onion burger with bacon and gruyere cheese. Of course, if the deal needs a little sweetening, you can always order dessert; the chocolate cake with peanut butter gelato and caramel sauce should do the trick.

St. Francis is located at 111 E Camelback Road in Phoenix

2 Chelsea's Kitchen

The crowd at Chelsea's Kitchen is hip; you'll be lunching among young and young-at-heart business execs and financial consultants since the restaurant is situated close to the Phoenix financial district. They serve American cuisine with regional influences, and the ladies who lunch will enjoy a number of tantalizing salads, such as the Chelsea's Wedge Salad, the Tuna Sashimi Salad with spicy ginger lime vinaigrette, the Del Mar Salad with shrimp and crab meat, the delectable Crispy Chicken and Spinach Salad with a roasted pecan vinaigrette, and others. Order some chips and guacamole to relax the mood before diving into business.

Chelsea's Kitchen is located at 5040 N. 40th Street in Phoenix

3 Taggia at FireSky Resort

Taggia, inside FireSky Resort, located just off of Old Town Scottsdale and all the commerce surrounding Scottsdale Fashion Square, provides a cozy respite from downtown distractions. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the food is incredible, either. Come here with coworkers when it's time to celebrate something, but come here with clients when you need to wow them. The service is impeccable; the staff will take the very best care of you. Choose one of the spacious booths in the dining room, or enjoy your meal al fresco, where you'll have a lovely view of the gardens at the center of the resort. Enjoy such lovely Italian fare as calamari with spicy crushed tomato sauce, potato gnocchi with braised veal, wood oven pizzas, or the half sandwich and side lunch offering.

Taggia is located at FireSky Resort at 4925 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale

4 Modern Steak

Modern Steak is conveniently located adjacent to Scottsdale Fashion Square, and here, everything is exquisitely presented, perfect for a first introduction when you absolutely have to make a good impression. Everything from the appetizers, steaks and pasta dishes, to the salads and desserts is impeccably plated, complementary to the detail that went into the restaurant's decor as well. Enjoy one of Modern Steak's luxe booths or private dining rooms (if you book in advance), or if the weather's fine, ask to be seated on the patio, where your table will be shaded and the seats are every bit as comfortable as indoors. For lunch, try some of the delicious salads, including the Arugula & Sour Apple with balsamic onions, bleu cheese and candied walnuts, the Chopped Salad with avocado, crisp vegetables and champagne vinaigrette, or the Cobb Salad with chicken, bacon, avocado, tomato and creamy bleu cheese.

Modern Steak is located at 7014 E. Camelback Road, Suite 1433, in Scottsdale


For those on the upper east side of town, NoRTH offers modern Italian cuisine, providing your lunch party with something unique. Experience the flair of an Italian trattoria here, with the restaurant's sleek decor, elegantly simplistic menu and gourmet antipasti, pizzas, inventive pasta and wood-roasted and grilled dishes. For those in North Scottsdale, the location couldn't be better, located in the open Kierland Commons. Take a seat inside the restaurant, with lots of floor-to-ceiling windows and pretty people passing by, or on the patio, where you'll have a nice view of the Kierland fountain. The atmosphere here is energetic, and the cuisine reflects that; try the “Tutta La Casa” (house specialty), with mixed greens, cured meats, olives, red onions, roasted peppers, pine nuts, provolone and gorgonzola and a red wine oregano vinaigrette.

NoRTH is located at 15024 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 160, in Scottsdale

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