1. Bobby D’s Diner, Parker
If you’re looking for a classic, ‘50s-style diner, Arizona has quite a few of them, such as Bobby D’s in Parker. Both the decor and the staff are dressed in retro gear, plus the food is pretty good as well.
Location: 10230 Harbor Drive, Parker
2. Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In, Seligman
This historic restaurant goes all out when it comes to themed restaurants. The kitsch factor is high and it can be difficult to figure out where to start in explaining this place to others. Let’s just say it’s exactly what you would expect from a Route 66 roadside eatery.
Location: 301 West Chino Avenue, Seligman
3. George and Dragon English Restaurant and Pub, Phoenix
If you’re a bit of an Anglophile like me, you’ll want to be sure to pay a visit to this restaurant and pub. The decor shows off their English pride and the menu has staples like bangers and mash.
Location: 4240 North Central Avenue, Phoenix
4. Greg & Amy’s Twist and Shout 50’s Diner, Green Valley
Another ‘50s-inspired restaurant, this one has the neon lights, poodle skirts, and milkshakes you expect from a themed diner.
Location: 720 West Calle Arroyo Sur, Green Valley
5. Hula’s Modern Tiki, Phoenix
Tiki bars saw their most popular days in the years after World War II but you can still find them scattered around the US. Hula’s combines that retro vibe with a sleek, modern look.
Location: 4700 North Central Avenue, Phoenix
6. MacAlpine’s Soda Fountain, Phoenix
It’s a rare treat to come across a traditional soda fountain these days and Arizona is home to at least one popular location that has been in service since the 1920s. Stop in for a delicious ice cream soda and a burger.
Location: 2303 North 7th Street, Phoenix
7. Mining Camp Restaurant, Apache Junction
Sitting at the base of the Superstition Mountains in what looks like an old ghost town, Mining Camp Restaurant focuses on serving hearty, American food in the style of old lodge houses or mess halls.
Location: 6100 East Mining Camp Street, Apache Junction
8. Organ Stop Pizza, Mesa
Even upon driving up to this restaurant, you can easily tell this its theme: the restaurant’s massive Wurlitzer pipe organ is visible through a glass window. It makes for a fun visit if you want to hear your favorite song played on a pipe organ.
Location: 1149 East Southern Avenue, Mesa
9. Pinnacle Peak, Tucson
Located in the Dust Town attraction, this steakhouse has the Old West feel you would expect from an Arizona restaurant. Also, if you show up with a tie, be prepared to have it cut off!
Location: 6541 East Tanque Verde Road, Tucson
10. Raceway Bar & Grill, Maricopa
Have a love for racing? You won’t want to miss this Maricopa restaurant which has both an eclectic style and menu.
Location: 49237 West Papago Road, Maricopa
11. Rawhide Steakhouse and Saloon, Chandler
Part of the Rawhide Western Town attraction, this steakhouse offers a heavy dose of Old West themes.
Location: 5700 West North Loop Road, Chandler
12. Roadkill Cafe, Seligman
The roadside attraction does exist! While the “you kill it, we grill it” motto doesn’t apply (thanks in part to health codes) it does have the atmosphere you would expect from a restaurant with such a name.
Location: 502 West Highway 66, Seligman
13. Rustler’s Rooste, Phoenix
This steakhouse is one of the many Western themed restaurants you will find here in Arizona with an emphasis on the ranching and mining history. You won’t want to miss a trip down their slide and the live country music.
Location: 8383 South 48th Street, Phoenix
14. Skeptical Chymist, Scottsdale
This restaurant has two themes going for it: Irish pub and apothecary. Mix in traditional foods and menu items with a southwestern flair and you have an interesting atmosphere and menu.
Location: 15688 North Pima Road, Scottsdale
15. Space Age Restaurant, Gila Bend
I think most people tend to associate aliens with a couple of our neighboring states but here’s one place where your alien interests can be welcomed and celebrated. While the menu has typical diner fare, the decor appears out of this world.
Location: 401 East Pima Street, Gila Bend
16. Wild West Junction, Williams
Another place to experience a taste of the Old West, Wild West Junction has both a saloon and restaurant where you can get a glimpse into the past.
Location: 321 East Route 66, Williams