Eateries Make Special Nights Even Better

by Staff Reports

From birthdays, graduations and anniversaries to mom babysitting the kids so you and your main squeeze can have your first actual date night in months, there are occasions to celebrate. Here are a few of the locally owned restaurants you can go for a meal that measures up to the memories you’re creating! 

Please check for current hours of operation, levels of service and protocols with each establishment.

BiGA offers farm-to-table, locally sourced cuisine in a small, intimate atmosphere just off the beaten path of downtown Prescott. BiGA is the local hot spot for health-minded eaters and local foodies, offering seasonal menu items as well ever-changing weekly specials. The chef wanders the Prescott Farmers Market every weekend collecting new and exciting ingredients to accompany his one-of-a-kind, upscale creations. The staff’s warm, knowledgeable service complements the flavorful, artistic food and craft cocktails in a relaxed, down-to-earth environment. BiGA is open Monday through Saturday; the hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Whether date nights, birthday celebrations, engagements, girls’ night out or special holiday events, BiGA offers something for everyone.

623 Miller Valley Road, Prescott, AZ 86301
Facebook: @bigabysenses;
Instagram: @senses_az

El Gato Azul
Celebrating its Sweet 16, El Gato Azul continues to be Prescott’s “Quirky, Cozy Place to Meet” just steps from Whiskey Row in beautiful downtown Prescott.

With an abundance of choices from Spanish and Mediterranean tapas to lunch salads and sandwiches, as well as a wide range of dinner entrees, El Gato Azul is the perfect place for a happy hour drop-in after work or for any special occasion.

Featuring fresh local produce, seafood and pasta entrees as well as 60 different tapas, El Gato Azul can be as intimate or laid-back as you like. With patio seating under the cottonwoods along Granite Creek and an enclosed patio in the winter, El Gato Azul is the perfect year-round dining experience.

Begin with one of the select house specialty cocktails, such as the Sage Advice, Barry’s Margarita or the Signature Sangria. Paella, beef and blue tacos, green chile mac, or one of the daily features is sure to make for a romantic evening.

Live jazz on Sundays, as well as local artists, completes the vibe unique to Prescott, with a level of service to match.

316 W. Goodwin St., Prescott, AZ 86301

FARM Provisions
FARM Provisions’ vision is to create a true farm-to-table experience in an inviting family-oriented atmosphere.  

Its slogan “simple food elevated” is instilled in the seasonally changing menus using local farmers’, ranchers’ and other Arizona purveyors’ freshest seasonal products available, as well as supporting the local community in Prescott.  

Husband and wife team Ryan and Brittany Peters are a dynamic duo, with Chef Ryan executing the kitchen operation and Brittany running the front of house. They invite you into FARM Provisions for exquisite dining and unparalleled service where you are not just a guest, but you are family.

148 N. Montezuma St., Prescott, AZ 86301
Facebook: @farmprovisions;
Instagram: @farmprovisions

Murphy’s historic landmark building was a mercantile and general store in the 1890s. Back then, owner J.L. Gardner promised:  “All goods guaranteed to be first class.” 

Today, Murphy’s restaurant continues this legacy of quality, serving only the finest, chef-prepared dishes. Enjoy sophisticated lunches, delectable dinners and relaxing Sunday champagne brunches in an elegant, historic setting. In keeping with the original structure’s purpose, charming antiques have been displayed throughout the space. Take a seat in the gorgeous, century-old mahogany bar for daily happy hour. 

Murphy’s is also the place for your special occasions, from anniversaries to birthday gatherings. Reserve one of two private meeting rooms for your private party. Or celebrate with your guests in our special mezzanine area that overlooks the restaurant. With impeccable food, gracious service and the ambiance of yesteryear, life’s moments are more memorable at Murphy’s.  

201 N. Cortez St., Prescott, AZ 86301
Facebook: @murphysrestaurant;
Instagram: @murphysprescott

Triple Creek Kitchen & Spirits
Prescott’s newest locally operated venue brings a bit of uptown to downtown. It is scheduled to open Jan. 4 inside the Hilton Garden Inn Prescott.

Craft cocktails and a menu designed by Chef Barry Barbe of El Gato Azul complement the incredible and sumptuous environment.

Start with cocktails or wine at the 24-seat bar or lounge on the outdoor seating in front of a large open fireplace.

Menu selections include some of Barry’s favorite dishes with freshly made pasta, Arizona-raised beef rib eyes, cioppino, and a bit of the Southwest with chicken poblano and a twisted shrimp jambalaya.

Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Triple Creek and Sam’s Bar and Lounge at Triple Creek make for a great evening away just steps from Granite Creek and the Granite Creek Parkway.

300 N. Montezuma St. Prescott, AZ 86301
Facebook @triplecreekkitchenandspirits;
Instagram @triplecreekkitchenandspirits