Recently I’ve been on a quest to find unique date night spots in the valley that not only have incredible cuisine, but amazing views. A foodie freind suggested I check out The Wrigley Mansion since they have recently gone through a renovation and menu update so I grabbed my groom and headed over to the central Phoenix landmark for what we would soon find out would be one of our new favorite date night spots and not only for the view. Literally, this has made it to our top 3 favorite restaurant list! Let me know if you go and what you think, I’m sure you will not be disappointed.
The Wrigley Mansion is an elegant, sprawling Italianate mansion built by chewing gum personality William Wrigley, Jr., in 1929, and yes- the breathtaking landmark grants access to the best views in Phoenix. Its architecture includes elements of Spanish, California Monterey, and Mediterranean influences, giving the masterpiece the perfect amount of Southwest flair. You truly feel like you’ve been transported out of Arizona in the best way possible.
In 1992, as the city of Phoenix was planning to tear it down to make room for condos, the late Geordie Hormel and his wife Jamie purchased and restored it with the intention of sharing its inherent magic with everyone. Today, Wrigley Mansion is a premier special event and fine dining venue, and the home of Geordie’s Restaurant and Lounge. Award-winning Chef, Christopher Gross, and his culinary team head up the kitchen of Geordie’s, creating widely-loved recipes such as house-smoked salmon, ABC Foie Gras, Duck Confit, homemade bread, and Christopher’s iconic Souffles. Insider tip: Order the mussels. And if split pea soup is the soup of the day- get it. Dover Sole and Scallops are my top picks for entrees and with a few flavors of souffles to chose from, I’d steer you toward the Grand Mariner. Honestly, you can’t go wrong here. The service is impeccable and the waitstaff works as a team to treat the guests like royalty. Be sure to save time (and daylight) to wander around the estate before or after your meal because there are so many nooks and crannies to get lost in! My favorite spot is the phone booth near the front hostess stand where someone used to patch through phone calls- be sure to locate it when you go!
Geordie’s serves up lunch, dinner, bar bites, happy hour, an impressive Sunday brunch, and an extensive wine list of more than 800 bottles. You can enjoy the best views in Phoenix from the dining room, bar, verandas, patios, or any one of the five private dining rooms.
For more information, reservations, and Geordie’s menu, visit www.wrigleymansion.com