114 East 7th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281 11AM-10PM (480) 968-1114



We are often asked how the unusual name “House of Tricks” came about. The answer is really quite simple; it is the last name of the owners, Robert and Robin Trick. When the Tricks first dated, many years ago, their favorite restaurant was in in Jerome, Arizona, “The House of Joy.” A few years later when they opened their own restaurant in an older home, the name House of Tricks seemed perfect!

HowWe Began

Robert and Robin Trick met in the early 1980’s while working together at another favorite Tempe restaurant, The Bandersnatch Pub. Robin was the manager, Bob the chef. A few years later, the two married and ventured off on their own, searching for the “perfect location” in which to open one of the first fine-dining restaurants in Tempe. A space on Mill Avenue, the likely choice, proved unaffordable, even back then.

Against caution from friends and colleagues, the Tricks’ chose a run-down, off the beaten path house turned blue-print shop for their dream restaurant. With the help of those same friends and neighbors who advised against it, the Tricks’ took on a 7-month remodel project, doing most of the work themselves. Opening in that little run-down house on Seventh Street turned out to be the best business decision ever made, as the opportunity to create the House of Tricks atmosphere anywhere else would not have been possible.


House of Tricks Restaurant opened in 1987 in a charmingly remodeled 1920’s cottage, a lush oasis just steps away from the bustle of downtown Tempe and Mill Avenue. The cozy interior held a dozen tables surrounding a vintage stone fireplace built with local river rock. A canopy of mature trees embraced the outdoor patios with the ambiance of the residential neighborhood that it once was.

In 1994, the house next door, a historically recognized adobe brick structure built in 1903, was purchased and restored to its turn-of-the-century charm. The addition of two elegant dining rooms in this “a la carte” building tripled Tricks’ indoor seating capacity and created intimate spaces for private parties.

A wooden deck and outdoor patio bar built into the landscaped area between the two houses now links the properties together, providing a comfortable space for a casual meal, or after-work beverage. Two additional outdoor patios, each with their own distinct and cozy feel, add more space for private events as well as alfresco dining.

The gracious atmosphere, fine wine list, splendid cuisine and superb service make this award-winning restaurant a local favorite and a must-see for visitors.


PHOENIX Magazine, September 2017
“Robin and Robert Trick’s friends thought they were crazy. The Tricks, who had met and married while working at Tempe pub Bandersnatch, were launching their own restaurant and catering business. But instead of renting a shiny storefront on Mill Avenue, they were eyeing a 67-year-old single-family home on a run-down, residential side street.”

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