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Friends Night Out: Tapas in Tempe

Friends Night OutCozy nights at home are always tempting after the holidays wind down, but staying engaged is easy and fun when you keep things casual. So, gather up some of your besties or co-workers for a friends-night-out featuring tapas in Tempe. For the best prices on nibblers and shared plates, go during happy-hour times in the early evening or late night. But don’t overlook the globally inspired eateries that offer shared-plate dining all day and night.


The name Bri refers to South African grilling, but this eatery in Tempe expands its geographic palette to include small-plate samplings of Italian, Korean and Sichuan Chinese specialties. Order as many plates as you like, and remember that you’ll be passing them around so that everyone gets to taste-test the braai-style grilling from Chef Vince Mellody using genuine pecan and mesquite charcoal.

Tres Tempe

Tre Tempe is where to go with a large or lively group of friends, since the venue is sleek and spacious with an open kitchen and wood-fired stove. It’s all about “creative small plates” but the “tres” in the name actually indicates three dish sizes. You can order tapas-size plates, medium plates, or larger platters that are meant to be shared. The flavors here are Spanish, Mediterranean and Southwestern, which often merge and get interpreted in unique ways by Executive chef Steve Zimmerman. Pass around some flatbreads piled with things like pistachio pesto or Spanish chorizo with bacon flakes.

Salut Kitchen Bar

Don’t let the name fool you at Salut Kitchen Bar. It’s more restaurant than bar, and gourmet tapas take center stage on the menu from 3 to 5 p.m. The mac-and-cheese bites come with chipotle aioli dipping sauces, while crispy pita breads are topped by “mama’s hummus” with feta and balsamic reduction. You can also tuck into shared plates of truffle fries, blackened grilled shrimp tacos, and Caprese salads. Shareable bruschettas are a draw here as well, featuring anything from fig spreads to smashed avocados.

Living in one of our Tempe apartment communities puts you near the center of nightlife while also providing plenty of space for entertaining at home. Call us today for more information about floor plans and move-in specials.