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Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, 2016


Now in its sixth year, the TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. House of Tricks has earned this distinction every year since its inception.






21 Best Things to Do in Tempe


House of Tricks - Fine Dinings - Tempe PhoenixJanuary, 2016: House of Tricks is named one of the best things to do in Tempe by Vacation Idea Magazine .

Trip Advisor Hall of Fame


House of Tricks - Fine Dinings - Tempe PhoenixHouse of Tricks has achieved Trip Advisor's Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. This unique accolade is granted only to those businesses that have won the Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row. The Certificate of Excellence can be earned only by receiving consistently great reviews on the world's largest travel site.






One of Top Spots in Metro Phoenix


Arizona Republic food critic Howard Seftel recommended House of Tricks as one of the top five restaurants in the East Valley in his article for Super Bowl visitors: "One of the prettiest patios in town is just a few steps from bustling Mill Avenue. The sophisticated contemporary fare — harissa-spiced mussels, seared foie gras atop a duck confit tamale, Korean- style barbecue baby back ribs, sumac-crusted lamb chops with cherry brandy sauce — finishes it off."

Most Romantic Restaurant


House of Tricks - Fine Dinings - Tempe Phoenix"For romantic atmosphere, you can’t beat the House of Tricks restaurant nestled in two charming 1920s bungalows with adjoining patios surrounded by lush gardens just off Mill Avenue in Tempe. Since 1987, Robin and Robert Trick have been dishing up contemporary American fare from kale salad with dried cranberries to grilled filet mignon at their namesake restaurant, which is a favorite destination of many starry-eyed couples. Whether you grab a candlelit table for two on the cozy patio or inside the vintage dining room, you’ll be in for a dreamy evening of great food in an alluring setting." Best of Jewish Phoenix Magazine, January 2014 (see page 29)

Tricks Named to Tempe's Top 10 by CultureTrip.com


House of Tricks - Fine Dinings - Tempe PhoenixHouse of Tricks has been named one of The 10 Best Local Restaurants in Tempe on CultureTrip.com

"Enjoy an exceptional dining experience at House of Tricks, where New American fare is presented artfully amidst a tranquil setting. The Zagat-rated, award-winning restaurant is set within two renovated cottages, one dating back to the 1920s, the other a turn-of-the-century adobe brick building. The restaurant exudes old-world American charm, equipped with a vintage stone fireplace and relaxing outdoor patio. House of Tricks is the perfect location for a cozy yet memorable lunch or dinner where the food is delicious and the service is top-notch. Each entrée features a thoughtful combination of flavorful ingredients, such as crispy butternut squash gnocchi with roasted corn puree, strawberry agave nectar, toasted guajillo strips and aged cheddar. A long-time local favorite and a pleasant surprise for visitors, House of Tricks is a fine-dining guarantee." - Dec. 2014

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


House of Tricks has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for 2014. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website.




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2013 Readers' Choice Restaurant Award Winner - East Valley Magazine


Readers selected House of Tricks as their 2013 favorite east valley restaurant for continental dining.

Best Happy Hour, Tempe - New Times Best of Phoenix 2013


Some happy hours are about the ambiance, some the drink, some the deals. House of Tricks is one of those happy hours you drop into time and time again to get fed right. The seasonal menu is always evolving, but after years of tasting House of Tricks offerings, it's assured that, regardless of what's on the new menu, it's going to be full of unique, complex, and explosive flavor combinations that will have you begging for more. As far as drinks go, from 4 until 6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday, you'll get $2 off glasses of wine from the exceptional selection, along with $1 off beer. You should also take advantage of the $1 off cocktails because they include the tasty craft, specialty concoctions on the ever-changing drink menu. While this isn't the cheapest happy hour in town, it certainly is one of the tastiest — and a great option if you're craving House of Tricks quality but you don't have the funds to shell out for a full House of Tricks meal.

Source: Phoenix New Times

Best Romantic Dinner - New Times Best of Phoenix 2013


Forget the long-stemmed roses and strolling violinists, Robert and Robin Trick's cozy dining oasis in the heart of Tempe gets right to the point of romantic restaurants: great food, a cozy atmosphere, and no fluff. First, there's chef Kelly Fletcher's seasonally inspired menu, which mixes French and Southwest flavors into elegant plates of fresh salads, inventive appetizers, and grilled meats and fish. Then, there's the two historic bungalows, lush patio, and tree-covered bar. Throw in the candlelit tables and vintage stone fireplace, and it isn't hard to see why House of Tricks has put us in the mood for love for 25 years.

Source: Phoenix New Times

Robin Trick Named 2012 Business Woman of the Year


We are proud to announce that the Tempe Chamber of Commerce has named Robin Trick as its 2012 Business Woman of the Year. She was honored at the 17th Annual Women in Business Conference and Trade Show on May 23 at The Buttes, A Marriott Resort.

Robin is co-owner and operator with her husband Bob of House of Tricks. She has served or currently serves on the boards of many organizations, including the Tempe Municipal Arts Commission; Mill Avenue Merchants Association; Downtown Tempe Community; and the Tempe Tourism Office, among others. She has also had heavy involvement with Tempe Sister Cities and is a member of Local First Arizona. Robin was previously awarded a Downtown Tempe Community MADEE Award and a Business Volunteer for the Arts Award from the Arts and Business Council.

For the full article, visit the Tempe Chamber of Commerce website

House of Tricks Named One of America's Top 250


Urbanspoon has recently undertaken the largest ever review of American dining behavior data, taking into consideration over 600,000 restaurants, millions of reviews, and a billion pageviews' worth of user behavior. The result is a list of 250 dining establishments that received the most attention from professional food critics, food bloggers, and the general dining public across Urbanspoon's website and smartphone apps … and House of Tricks made the list, one of only three restaurants on the list from Arizona!!

The article and complete list can be found on the Urbanspoon Blog.

House of Tricks Voted Best Restaurant to Treat Your Starving ASU Student


House of Tricks was voted Best Restaurant to Treat Your Starving ASU Student in AZ Central's "2012 Critics' Picks." Here's what well-known food critic Howard Seftel had to say:

"Ever since Robert and Robin Trick -- yes, those are their names -- opened House of Tricks 25 years ago in a beautifully restored century-old bungalow, it has been an oasis of Tempe fine dining.

Give your darling a break from ramen, pizza and fast-food burgers with the Tricks' globally inspired cuisine. Grades may not improve, but moods certainly will, after such appetizers as Southern-fried pork belly with smoked honey and black-eyed peas, or harissa-spiced mussels. Such main dishes as red-curry-braised duck, pumpkin goat-cheese ravioli and pork loin cured with mustard and brown sugar are sure to inspire gratitude.

Who knows? One day your student might graduate, move out, earn a living and return the favor by taking you out to dinner. Wouldn't that be a dream come true?"

Read the full article here.

House of Tricks Voted Best Restaurant for a Special Occasion


House of Tricks was voted Best Restaurant for a Special Occasion in the East Valley Tribune's 2012 "Best of the East Valley." Here's what they had to say:

"An ambiance like few others could be the lone reason to celebrate at this area staple. But it’s not. The contemporary American menu stays fresh with the seasons, and twice it’s been honored with Wine Spectator’s 'Award of Excellence.' But, then again, there’s something adept about taking a pair of connected downtown Tempe bungalows and livening them up with fountains and ponds, foliage and candlelight that translates into the ultimate outdoor dining set."
Read the full article here.

House of Tricks Voted Best Patio for Dining Al Fresco


House of Tricks was voted Best Patio for Dining Al Fresco in the East Valley Tribune's 2011 "Best of the East Valley." Here's what they had to say:

"There's a reason this longtime Tempe restaurant is a regular on 'best' lists around the Valley. Its outdoor space remains the standard we can't help but compare all others to.

An idyllic spot made lush with daisies, geraniums, ferns and grapevine-covered arbors, Tricks' spacious patio connects two historic bungalows that house the restaurant's kitchen and dining rooms."

Read the full article here.

House of Tricks Chosen "Best Romantic Dinner" in New Times Best of Phoenix 2011


"Whether you're looking to impress a date, getting a long-overdue night alone with the spouse, celebrating an anniversary, or, hell, even getting ready to pop the proverbial question, House of Tricks knows how to set the mood for romance." Source: Phoenix New Times † † Read the full article here.


House of Tricks Restaurant Named One of the Top Outdoor Dining Spots in the U.S. by OpenTable Diners


House of Tricks has been named a winner of OpenTable Dinersí Choice Awards for Best Outdoor Dining in the United States. The list of winners is derived from more than seven million reviews submitted by OpenTable diners for more than 12,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

ìWe are very happy to be chosen by OpenTable diners for this honor,î said Robin Trick. ìWe are proud to know that these diners thoroughly enjoyed their overall experience at Tricks and gave us such high marks. We also want to congratulate the other restaurants in Arizona that were on the list: Lonís at the Hermosa and El Chorro Lodge.î

"The Best Outdoor Dining Diners' Choice winners are exceptional for more than amazing al fresco seating,î said Caroline Potter, OpenTable's Chief Dining Officer. ìThey are serving creative cocktails and delicious food that complement their standout settings. OpenTable congratulates House of Tricks on being the place where people want to relax and enjoy a meal in a perfect outdoor setting."

Based on feedback collected from OpenTable diners between April 2010 and March 2011, the 50 award-winning restaurants received the highest scores. For more information about all of the restaurants on this list, please visit http://www.opentable.com/outdoor.


About OpenTable, Inc.
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