Needle Rock Kitchen & Tap

Spectacular Mazatzal Wilderness views blend beautifully with the contemporary design and welcoming atmosphere of Needle Rock Kitchen & Tap. At the centerpiece stands a wood-fired oven where our freshly prepared artisan pizzas are crisped to perfection above a natural flame. Our new, chef-inspired menu features seasonal favorites with a regional flare, from freshly-prepared salads to grilled prime cuts, all perfectly paired with local brews, hand crafted cocktails or your favorite bottle of wine.

Congratulations to Needle Rock Kitchen and Tap on receiving outstanding accolades from OpenTable, including 2020 Diners’ Choice for “Best American Cuisine,” “Best Value,” “Best Scenic View,” “Best Service,” and “Best Overall Restaurant” in the Phoenix and Scottsdale areas. Our culinary team works hard every day to earn these amazing reviews!

Needle Rock Kitchen & Tap welcomes both Members and public guests, serving up great food and good times. Make your reservation by calling 480.508.7865 today and see why OpenTable Diners love us!

OpenTable Diners' Choice Award 2020


Wed-Sat | 11AM-9PM
Sun Brunch | 10AM-2PM
Sun Lunch & Dinner | 2PM-8PM

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Eddy's Poolside

Open to all, Eddy's serves up a relaxed menu with meals best accompanied by our signature drink, the Cottonwood Cooler.

Daily | 9AM-4PM

The Market Place

Members enjoy the perfect combination of coffee bar, sandwich shop, and neighborhood grocer. Read the paper or just grab and go.

Private Dining

The Chef’s Table is a place to share an experience with family & friends. Enjoy the option to create your own menu with the Chef.

Available for private events | Email

Upcoming Events

Happier Hour

Enjoy a great Arizona sunset on our Tap 17 Outdoor Patio. Grab a drink from the bar and find a seat on our patio with a view. Be sure to enjoy Happier Hour pricing from 2:00pm - 5:00pm on Wednesday-Sunday.

Chef Paul Steele

As the anticipation is building for our new Resort Club at Trilogy® at Verde River™, we’re so excited to introduce you to the newest member of our lifestyle team!

Chef Paul Steele was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. Inspired by his grandfather, who was also a chef, he began cooking at the age of 14. In 1999, Paul attended Scottsdale Culinary Institute and began his cooking career working for Mark Tarbell, a talented chef and restaurateur. Over the next eight years he would work his way through the ranks, starting as a line cook and eventually becoming a Chef De Cuisine and then General Manager. His most memorable experience during this time was competing on Iron Chef America with Mark Tarbell in 2006 – and winning! Paul also worked in the kitchen of The Herb Farm in Woodinville, Washington, at a time when it was ranked as one of the top five restaurants in the United States, and was the opening Chef for The Living Room Wine bar and Cafe, Phoenix Public Market Cafe, and North Italia. He was the Chef De Cuisine at the prestigious Silverleaf Country Club for five years, and he was also fortunate to study sushi under Los Angeles renowned Chef Hirozen Obayashi.

Chef Paul’s passion lies in using fresh ingredients and delivering dishes with integrity. He finds inspiration in supporting local farms and business as much as possible and reaching out to the community through food. He’s looking forward to connecting with our Members and guests to create something truly special here at Needle Rock Kitchen & Tap.

Weddings & Events

Verde River Golf & Social Club is an ideal wedding ceremony and reception venue for anyone seeking a stunning private event space coupled with 270 degree dramatic views of the surrounding tonto national forest.  Work with our executive culinary team to create the perfect menu for your special occasion, and allow us to ensure that your dream day is truly unforgettable.

Please Note: You do NOT need to be a Member of Verde River Golf & Social Club to enjoy our exceptional wedding & event facilities.

To learn more about whether Verde River Golf & Social Club is the venue for your upcoming event, please contact us by email or at 480.346.1127 to arrange a tour.

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Gift Cards

Treat a friend, surprise a loved one or congratulate a team mate; go ahead, brighten someone’s day! Our eGift cards work just like cash and may be redeemed at Needle Rock Kitchen and Tap, The Outfitter, and Alvea Spa, Salon, and Wellness, and may be used towards food and beverage, spa treatments, golf, apparel and more. Select your chosen eGift value, click on the shopping basket to check out, and email or text the eGift card to a recipient instantly! For a truly personal touch, email it to yourself, print it out, and wrap it up!

Visa, Mastercard, and American Express accepted. You will receive confirmation/receipt via email. Gift card is not available in physical form, only online. Click here (PDF) for a list of Frequently Asked Questions and full Terms & Conditions.

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  • “ Long story short, Needle Rock was PHENOMENAL! I'm excited to come back many more times. ”

    Yelp, 5-Star Review – Gayle J.

  • “ Outstanding food and ambiance!! End your dinner with the Butter Cake, best dessert ever! ”

    Yelp, 5-Star Review – Gayle S.

  • “ We have eaten at Needle Rock several times and it has always been a wonderful experience. The Chef prepares great specials and is very creative! ”

    Yelp, 5-Star Review – Doris E.

  • “ Fantastic restaurant - a must try with great food and service. Been here multiple times - same result! ”

    OpenTable, 5-Star Review – VIP

  • “ Great food, great view of the mountains. Friend and efficient staff and beautiful surroundings! ”

    OpenTable, 5-Star Review – NancyK56

  • “ Chef Paul is out of this world with his cuisine! Professional staff, delicious food and a great view. ”

    Facebook Recommendation, Tracy D.


28509 N Verde River Way
Rio Verde, AZ 85263

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Contact Information

Needle Rock

Phone: 480.508.7865

Eddy's Poolside

Phone: 480.508.7861


Phone: 480.346.1127


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