Looking for a place to meet an important client or discuss a new proposal with colleagues? Although much of the business day is spent using technology, a face-to-face meeting is often the best way to get things done.

The perfect place for a power lunch is usually somewhere quiet enough for conversation and efficient enough so no time is wasted. Or, sometimes a fun local spot is the ticket for out-of-town clients. Whatever the reason, choosing one of these eight business lunch spots is sure to help you get the job done.

Liberty Market

Downtown Gilbert

These macarons are a favorite at the Liberty Market and your colleagues will love them tooThis award-winning restaurant is located in a historic corner building of Old Town Gilbert. With a deep connection to local farmers and suppliers, they feature breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus handcrafted espresso and craft beverages. There’s always something new – special dishes are created by the chefs on a weekly, weekend and seasonal basis. Don’t miss the house-made pastries to top off your meal!

A unique atmosphere that feels like home, Liberty Market has inside and outside dining options. Soups, salads, sandwiches and pan-fired pizzas for lunch average $10-15.

 

Enjoy this empanada at Republica todayRepublica Empanada

Downtown Mesa

This bistro features great service, a solid menu and Arizona’s largest variety of South American-style savory empanadas representing the different regions and tastes of Latin American. Order several empanadas to sample and share! Choose from empanadas filled with pork, chicken, ground beef, vegetables, potatoes, ham and more. There’s even a Greek empanada stuffed with sautéed spinach, feta cheese, tomato and olives. Top off your meal by ordering sweet empanadas embellished with whipped cream, chocolate sauce or ice cream.

Republica Empanada is a unique dining experience. It can get noisy inside, but the outside patio is perfect for business meetings and networking. Platters run $10-15 and single empanadas are under $4.

 

Meet at the Republica for your next business lunch and get everyone talkingFire and Brimstone

Gilbert – Agritopia

Barnone has several great options – we like Fire and Brimstone from Gilbert’s own James Johnston. With ingredients pulled straight from The Farm at Agritopia, Fire and Brimstone is a community-focused eatery, embracing rustic cooking methods with wood-fired cuisine. Try the imaginative Fire and Brimstone Pizza, with house-made merguez sausage, jalapeños and cilantro. The roasted whole trout and half-roast chicken are excellent as well.

Every type of preference is available, including gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian and meat-eaters. Get some dessert before you leave, the chocolate chip and butterscotch pizookies are winners. There’s a $10 lunch combo that is a good value.

 

Enjoy your next business lunch at Postinos in the east valleyPostinos

Gilbert, Tempe and 2 Phoenix locations

This bruschetta-and-wine bar is a favorite among locals in Gilbert’s heritage district. Choose from an assortment of more than 10 bruschetta varieties such as prosciutto, figs and mascarpone; smoked salmon with pesto; roasted peppers with goat cheese; and ricotta, dates and pistachios. Also offered are soups, salads and panini, all made with local ingredients and artisan breads.

The setting at Postinos is casual and upscale, with a variety of seating options. Averages $10-15 for menu items.

 

 

 

With multiple locations, Postino makes a great option for a business lunch in the east valleySteak and Stone

Northeast Mesa

The perfect place for a great express lunch, Steak and Stone’s claim to fame is artisan cuts of meat served on a 500 degree stone, with a view of the Falcon Field runway. Servers go above and beyond the call of duty to provide a great experience.

The Molcajete Lava Bowl is a favorite, with steak, chicken or shrimp, vegetables and spicy red sauce  combined and brought to the table in a 500-degree rock bowl. Sandwiches are priced around $10 and steaks run $20-40 depending on cut and size.

 

Enjoy this delicious empanada at your next business lunch in the East ValleyCharleston’s

Chandler and Mesa locations

The ambience is impressive, with rich colors, subdued lighting and rock walls. The menu features traditional American classics prepared from scratch. Choose from salads, sandwiches and specialties that include baby back ribs, salmon and prime rib. Nice selection of sides at Charleston’s. Their parmesan chicken is highly recommended. This is a mid- to higher-end restaurant.

 

 

 

 

Meet at the Liberty Market for your next business lunch in the east valley and you won't be disappointed Kona Grill

Gilbert and Chandler

There’s something for everyone with this extensive menu that offers a variety of mainstream American dishes, as well as a variety of entrees and appetizers with an international influence. Try one of the unique sushi dishes, served by an extremely friendly staff in a casually elegant atmosphere. Under $30.

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