Persian Garden Cafe

Phoenix/Tempe Metro, Arizona

3.8 / 12 votes

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Stunning Persian cuisine in a classy, romantic setting

Featuring Persian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian and Vegan cuisine, the Persian Garden Cafe will enchant your senses, as well as your taste buds.

For appetizers, there's the familiar Middle Eastern treats of hummus, baba, and stuffed grape leaves (each priced at $10 for dinner and less for lunch). The best value is the soup: lentil, black bean, Minestrone, or Miso ($4 for a cup or $5 for a bowl).

The dinner menu includes a spectacular array of some of the best vegetarian and vegan dishes in Phoenix (and easily the biggest portion sizes anywhere - big enough for two!). You'll discover a succulent and exquisite blend of herbs and spices in each of the sensational stir-fries, stews, pastas, and sandwiches that will amaze just about any diner. (The Veggie Stir Fry and the Purpleshoots entrees are especially good.) They also have great whole-wheat flat bread, and don't skimp on giving you as much as you want. (Dinner entrees range in price from $18-$22.)

The lunch menu is very similar to the dinner menu (though less expensive), featuring hearty vegetarian soups, salads, sandwiches, and their more popular dinner entrees.

Finally, they also offer some of the best vegan desserts found anywhere such as pumpkin pie, carrot cake, and the ultra-decadent chocolate (vegan) cheesecake!

For decor, there's no shortage of ceramics and Persian tapestries and rugs adorning the walls, adding a unique touch to the place.

Service is first-rate (when they're adequately staffed).

All-in-all, Persian Garden Cafe is one of the best-kept secrets in Phoenix for outstanding vegetarian food. The prices are a little steep, but portion sizes are enormous; so you definitely get your money's worth here.

Added by Steve Carlson on Aug 20 04 (last updated Apr 18 09)

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Very good. I mean, very good. I love Persian Garden. The veggie burger is fantastic. It's mostly spinach (I think), and very filling. The salad is also very fresh and refreshing. I've also had the Dolme Plate which is excellent. Their homemade Nan is to die for as well. I just think they deserve a better location and I do hope they move! Otherwise, 5 stars!

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Ate lunch here last week. I ordered the Falafel and Dolmeh plate which comes with white and brown rice. The falafel was a bit dry, but it was all very tasty, and more than I could eat in one sitting.

The menu clearly labels what is vegan or vegetarian. Friendly wait staff.

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West Side


Located just east of the SE corner of Thomas and 15th Ave in Phoenix. Free parking in the lot.

Accepts Reservations

Wheelchair Accessible


$$$ - expensive


  • Checks
  • American Express Diner's Club Discover MasterCard Visa


  • Middle Eastern/Persian


  • Large Group-Friendly
  • Quiet
  • Romantic


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11am - 3pm;
5pm - 9pm
11am - 3pm;
5pm - 10pm
5pm - 10pm

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