If you love American food, there’s no better place to come than to the Prescott area. A banquet awaits in Prescott and Prescott Valley, with food that you won’t taste anywhere else in the world.

People have been stopping to eat in Prescott ever since Judge John Howard and Judge Fleury were competing for who could provide the best home-cooked meals in the 1870s. Today our dining choices include historic establishments that date all the way back to 1890 along with new restaurants.

Read on to learn more!

People have been stopping to eat in Prescott ever since the 1870s.


Murphy’s restaurant began in the 1890s as James I. Gardner’s general store. They’ve kept the history alive by adding cool antiques throughout the restaurant.

Murphy’s offers brunch, lunch, and dinner meals. Check ahead of time to make sure they’re open! Meals include:  

  • Murphy’s Benedict 
  • Escargot
  • Top Sirloin Steak Sandwich
  • Chicken Caesar Salad
  • Pan Seared Crab Cakes
  • House Salad and Tortilla Soup
  • BLTA Sandwich 

Palace Saloon  

The Palace Saloon is a blend of fun, history, and fantastic eating, all in one! It opened in 1877, but the building burned down during the historic Whiskey Row fire in 1900. The saloon was rebuilt and has been an important part of Prescott ever since.

It has the prestigious honor of being one of the top ten historic bars in America, and was a regular stop by Wild West legends like the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday. Dining selections include:  

  • Wild West Wings 
  • Palace Corn Chowder 
  • Rough Rider Ribeye
  • Whiskey Row Duel
  • Tenderfoot Orange Teriyaki Salmon
  • Badlands Blackened Chicken
  • Sidewinder Sausage Dinner 

Prescott Brewing Company 

Prescott Brewing Company offers eats that will appeal to everyone and are guaranteed to leave you full and happy. Meals include:  

  • Montezuma Fingers 
  • Brewhouse Shrimp 
  • Tomato Mushroom Bisque 
  • Pioneer Pizza
  • Copper Basin Chipotle Chicken Salad
  • Gramm’s Peach Bread Pudding
  • Chicken Pub Club 

Gurley Street Grill 

Gurley Street Grill is in Downtown Prescott and has a diner feel to it. They offer American food at reasonable prices and are open 7 days a week starting at 11 am. Their dining options include:  

  • Sweet Potato Fries 
  • Leza’s Favorite Fruit & Nut Salad 
  • Marco Polo 
  • Mediterranean Shrimp Pasta 
  • Spicy Black Bean Wrap
  • Pesto Pizza
  • Gurley Man (Finish this 2-pound beef burger in 20 minutes for a free T-shirt) 

County Seat 

The County Seat in downtown Prescott is open for happy hour (3-6 PM) during weekdays and is open for brunch on weekends (9 AM-3 PM). Their delicious offerings include: 

  • Avocado Toast 
  • Pecan Danish
  • Veggie Frittata
  • Madras Curry Chicken Sandwich
  • Beet Salad
  • Sweet Chili Bowl
  • Fig & Blue Flatbread
  • The Greenwich Sandwich
  • Chilaquiles 


Augie’s is a fine dining restaurant with a decidedly quirky atmosphere. The food is delicious, with brilliant flavor combinations.

Some meals are only available on specific days, so check online or call before you walk in. The meals available at Augie’s include: 

  • Roasted Sweet Fiesta Corn Chowder
  • Pork Schnitzel
  • Grilled Hangar Steak Salad
  • Baked Brie Purse
  • Wonton Nachos
  • Filet Mignon Medallions
  • Chicken Salad Croissant 

Backburner Café 

For an amazing breakfast, brunch, or early lunch, try the fire department-themed Backburner Café in Prescott Valley. Backburner has recently renovated its back patio to allow for more seating. The options at Backburner include:  

  • The 5-Car Pileup 
  • Confused in Prescott Valley
  • Eggs Benedict
  • Wrangler Omelet
  • Beachy Nutti Cakes
  • Cinnamon Roll
  • Mushroom Swiss Burger 

Colt Grill 

Colt Grill offers delicious smoked meat and sides in a fun, cowboy-friendly environment, along with specialty drinks available at their bar. The meals that Colt has to offer include:  

  • Megaburger 
  • Side Smoked Mac-n-Cheese 
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Brisket Platter
  • Turkey Club
  • Smoked BBQ chicken
  • Derby Fries 

Try Prescott 

We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief overview of the best American restaurants in the Prescott area.

This list features our hometown favorites, but if you want to know our best picks for chain restaurants, we’ve got an article about that too! That said, there are plenty of things to do in Prescott besides eat, so we hope you’ll stop by sometime.

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