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Tinderbox Kitchen

34 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
+1 928-226-8400
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good21%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
34 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
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Reviewed 31 October 2017 via mobile

After traveling around Arizona see Monument Valley, etc. we were ready for fine dining. Tinderbox was such a pleasure. We were there on a Monday night so it was quiet, bu5 the food was exceptional. We had the filet mignon and the butterfish entrees, and...More

Thank Miamispike
Maura M, Manager at Tinderbox Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Miamispike, THANK YOU! Our goal at Tinderbox is always to exceed customer expectations. Our entire team appreciates your kind feedback. Please come and visit the next time you are in Flagstaff.

Reviewed 12 October 2017

Outstanding food, service, and drinks. This unassuming, hip little place has some of the best food I've ever enjoyed, and the service makes for a delightful evening. Oh, and the cocktails also good. I would go back in a heartbeat. Filet mignon with scalloped potatoes...More

Thank Kelly P
Maura M, Manager at Tinderbox Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Kelly P, thank you for your kind words. We are very pleased that you and your husband had a delightful evening. That is the goal!

Reviewed 8 October 2017

Had a great meal at Tinderbox kitchen. Friendly service, well prepared food, awesome desserts, and a nice red blend (Merlot/Cab. Franc) made especially for the restaurant by a Colorado wine maker. (who knew they made win in Colorado?) Enjoyed my ribeye steak wih a stuffed...More

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Maura M, Manager at Tinderbox Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Thank you tripdokta! Sorry we didn't have a shirt for you. If we get more in stock I will let you know. I love your contact photo! It is cold and windy in Flag today, palm trees are a nice diversion. Check out Sutcliffe Vineyards...More

Reviewed 24 September 2017

Tinderbox is the best dinner in Flagstaff and that is where I take folks who visit from out of town. Last Thursday my cousin from Philadelphia got married at the Grand Canyon. I of course suggested Tinderbox for the celebratory meal for our party of...More

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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited Tinderbox last night for dinner after not going for a few years. We loved it. It has a trendy but casual environment. The service from the hostess, to the server, to hearing the kitchen staff was outstanding and friendly. Then...More

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Maura M, Manager at Tinderbox Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

TPY_13, not only are you good looking, but you have great taste in food! Thank you for the props. We are wicked proud of our cocktail program, our creative menu and excellent service. Please say hello the next time you are in. And, be sure...More

Reviewed 14 September 2017

If noise were flammable this place would go up like the tinderbox it claims to be. And if that noise could be harnessed to create heat, they could use it serve entrees that were hot, rather than just a tick above room temperature. We had...More

Thank Jim H
Maura M, Manager at Tinderbox Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Jim H. we are bummed that you did not have a positive experience. Our goal is to exceed expectations. I will agree, Tinderbox is a small restaurant & when we are hopping the noise level goes up. For some folks that is not the vibe...More

Reviewed 11 September 2017

We had to opportunity to go to the Tinderbox for dinner. We hadn't been there for a while and were very pleased with some of the new dishes and the new staff. Manager Maura is delightful and very friendly and Eilea, our server, was efficient...More

Thank Mamasans
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Stopping into Flagstaff and we found Tinderbox on the web! Called ahead to see if they would cook tofu for myself. I'm a vegetarian with other dietary needs. They were more than accommodating and went out of their way to make sure I was happy....More

Thank Jennifer G
Reviewed 22 August 2017

The menu was not very extensive, the choises were still good. The presentation was very interesting and precise. But nothing comes up to mind that could define this place.

Thank luca d
Reviewed 15 August 2017

My family had dinner at Tinderbox recently. The room is great, interesting art on the wall, the noise level is quite low, great southwestern feel. Our food was quite tasty. Soup and salad starters were fresh and tasty. Our main courses (pork, chicken and salmon)...More

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Response from Teresa W | Reviewed this property |
Two entrees, one appetizer, water, and three (2.50 Pabst Blue Ribbon - the high point of the meal) was $93.00
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
USD 16 - USD 28
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 34 S. San Francisco St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Flagstaff
  • Phone Number: +1 928-226-8400
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Chef Schmitz serves up well-executed spins on reimagined American fare like: Pan Seared Chicken Breast. Braised Pork Shoulder, Pan Seared Butterfish, 12oz Grilled Ribeye, Grilled Pesto Salmon Fillet and many other entrees, starters, soups and salads. The wine selection mirrors the Tinderbox menu; ever-changing. The bottle list is global with full renditions of varietals selected to match that evening's menu. The by-the-glass list is a special selection of wines made along with their Companion Sutcliffe Vineyard in McElmo Canyon, Colo. The wines are selected and even specifically blended to add and compliment each dish. "Tinderbox Kitchen is at the epicenter of the Flagstaff culinary awakening." --New York Magazine. "Best Restaurants in Flagstaff," Arizona Republic.
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