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Jul 7, 2010 08:14 PM

Best steak and wine with ambiance

Just moved back to PHO/SCOTTS area. Looking for special dinner for husbands bday. Good steak options w/wine, preferably not a big chain.

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  1. It's a chain, but IMO the best combo of quality food, excellent wine list and somewhat reasonable price is Flemings. Best Flemings is the original at Scottsdale and Lincoln.

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    1. re: jock

      I second this. What sets them apart in my opinion is their wine program. In addition to a well thought out fairly priced wine list you can order a flight of three wine tastings and then pick whichever you like best and order a bottle. Fleming's doesn't mark up the three tastings either. For a one-third pour you are charged one-third the per glass price.

      Of the non-chain steak places I'd probably pick Donavan's on east Camelback. Been there a couple of times and thought it was very good.

    2. For ambiance for a special occasion, two of our favorites are Durant's (vintage, classic old school) and J&G Steakhouse (modern, fabulous view).

      2611 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004

      J&G Steakhouse
      6000 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

        1. just add to the confusion .. BLT at Camelback Inn was best meal I've had in a while, though
          I still love City Hall as well. Wine at both is very good selection, but priced aggressively

          1. Mastro's is by the far the most superior cut of steak in Phx. I just ate there after many years and it proved once again noone IMHO can out do them.
            The most amazing Pretzel bread and Porterhouse for 2! I promise you wont be dissappointed

            Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse
            6991 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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            1. re: drewb123

              I've done three of the Mastro's properties, and most on at least three occasions. I just do not get it, but it must be me, as so very many on this board sing the praises.

              While I do agree about the wine program at Flemings, I have had the best steaks at another mini-chain, Capital Grill (Biltmore). I find the PHX location to be better than the original, in DC, and by a good amount.

              Normally, I am not into chain restaurants, even at this level, and usually feel that many (Morton's, Ruth's) are just "adult McDonald's with a wine list. For some reason, we end up hosting events at Capital Grill, and have not chosen the location. Each time, they have delivered beyond my expectations.

              Just another thought,


              1. re: Bill Hunt

                Good to know about Capital Grille here. Even though it's my husband who is the big steakhouse fan, before I met him I used to live in walking distance of the Capital Grille in Boston (on Newbury Street) so have had many great meals and fond memories there. Since moving to AZ, E and I have been to the one in Scottsdale, but only for cocktails and of course a Stoli Doli.

                I used to think the one in Boston was the original, but was told the original is actually not DC either, but in Providence, Rhode Island.

                Capital Grille
                2502 East Camelback Suite 199, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                Capital Grille
                16489 North Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254

                1. re: Rubee

                  ... and I thought they were out of Altanta ...

                  1. re: Rubee

                    Interesting, the folk in DC must have lied to us! Without getting political, who would have imagined that.

                    We've dined in Boston, and it was good, but was only a one-time thing. In DC, because of the proximity to the Capital, we end up there fairly often. Actually, more often than the one at the Biltmore, which is MUCH closer to us. They have, however, failed, and one group that we often host annually, insist on Capital Grill.


                    PS - looks like RI wins!!!!