Small Town, Big Tastes: Downtown


The reasons homebuyers decide to move to a small town from a large city are as varied and individual as the homebuyers themselves. Typically, people focus on the accessibility of the outdoors, the sense of community, and the people. But they often resign themselves to the idea that they’ll have to make sacrifices in the variety that living in a big city can bring to life. Especially when it comes to food. Fortunately, in Prescott at least, that’s simply not the case.

Downtown Prescott offers a robust culinary scene. From classic Italian restaurants and Americana to tapas bars and gastro-pub fare, the food in Prescott is some of the best in Northern Arizona. Here’s a sampling of just a few of the restaurants that prove that Prescott is a small town with big tastes.


Papa’s Italian Restaurant

Papa’s Uptown has been a family-owned staple of the Prescott dining experience for 25 years. Centrally located downtown, Papa’s Uptown brings the tastes and traditions of the “Italian Home” to Arizona. Their dining room offers old world Tuscan décor and a sense of casual elegance. Meanwhile, their kitchen serves up classic Italian dishes made with only the freshest ingredients. Whether you choose from their pizza selections or a traditional pasta dish, Papa’s self-described “eclectic” wine list is sure to offer a perfect pairing.

Papa’s also offers a full bar and happy hour specials nightly from 4-5:30 P.M. Their full menu and a listing of their happy hour specials is available on their website.


Raven Café

If you’re interested in socially-conscious dining at it’s best you can’t miss Raven Café. Raven Café is a European-style café located in downtown Prescott that features a full organic espresso bar and a variety of small production beers and wines. Raven Café focuses on ensuring that every aspect of their business is as Earth-friendly as possible and sources local ingredients whenever they can. Many of the meals are vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, or dairy free and cater to a variety of dietary concerns. Raven Café offers small plates, salads, sandwiches, and full plates, as well as a specialized happy hour menu.

Raven Café’s dining space features rotating art shows by local and regional visual artists and the best in underground acoustic and local music. Raven Café also offers weekly movie and trivia nights with food and drink specials. For more information, visit their website or like them on Facebook.


El Gato Azul

El Gato Azul World Bistro offers an expansive full menu with a focus on Tapas. The restaurant has been seen on Check Please! Arizona and named as one of the 11 Best Restaurants in Arizona by El Gato Azul prepares fresh dishes daily using locally sourced ingredients and truly provides a meal for every palate. With their extended happy hour (3-6 P.M.) and casual, yet sophisticated atmosphere, El Gato Azul is an excellent choice for socializing or meeting friends. Their full lunch, dinner, and tapas menus are available on their website.

For a truly memorable experience, visit during one of the live music performances. El Gato Azul features live jazz every Sunday and frequent performances throughout the week. For more information, visit their website or Facebook page and browse the music calendar.


This is just a small sample of the cuisine Prescott has to offer and we hope you’ll take the opportunity to explore these restaurants and the many others located in our historic downtown district. If you have any questions about Prescott, the small town with big tastes, reach out to one of our Online Home Advisors today.

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