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Best steakhouse in Phoenix

robertpasadena Jul 13, 2011 09:46 PM

i'm coming to Phoenix to visit family. I'll be near Tatum and Thunderbird. Any recommendations for an awesome steakhouse? I prefer it not be a chain. I'm partial to old school. Thanks

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    cactuschowdah Jul 14, 2011 09:12 AM

    Old School- Durant's
    New School- Bourbon Steak
    Other options I've heard of but can't speak to the quality of- Mastro's and Donovan's

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    1. re: cactuschowdah
      Random987 Jul 14, 2011 09:59 AM

      Can't get any more old school than Durants.

      I'll also echo Bourbon and add BLT and J&G. Technically, I believe, these are chains, but high end celeb chef type chains.

      1. re: Random987
        kmarg Jul 15, 2011 11:41 AM

        BLT and Mastro's are my favorites. Donovan's has left me wanting more, but is a good alternative. Not a steakhouse, but Rokerij does a nice cut of meat. Texaz Steakhouse is a local hole-in-the-wall favorite as well.

        6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ 85016

      2. re: cactuschowdah
        JerryMe Jul 14, 2011 03:58 PM

        Donavan's is truly excellent. I'd recommend them in a heartbeat. I don't know Bourbon and I haven't been to Durant's in ages.

        I"m also a fan of City Hall (Maestro's) in Scottsdale.

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        danieli10 Jul 15, 2011 05:05 PM

        Ruth's Chris (chain)

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          PHXBruin Jul 17, 2011 09:56 PM

          I was taken to Bourbon Steak for my birthday and was extremely disappointed. Maybe it was over-hyped, but I was not impressed by the steak or the sides or the service for that matter. For my money Durant's, Capital Grill and City Hall.

          1. srumzis Jul 18, 2011 10:01 AM

            I don't care if it's a chain, the melt in your mouth steak of Ruth's Chris gets me every time. Either that, or if the facilities you're staying at permit, grab a prime beef steak at costco/aj's, rub it down with salt pepper oil and butter, sear it quickly on high heat on all sides, then broil it for 5-10 minutes in the oven, depending how you like it done. Let it rest for 10+ minutes with a slab of butter on top. Cheaper and sometimes yummier than all of the restaurants!

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              tstrebel Jul 21, 2011 01:45 PM

              I would go to Mastro's Ocean Club. Technically, it is a chain, but it is super high-end, and the steaks are the same as the ones served at City Hall or Mastro's. Also, this is closer to where you are staying, as it is in Keirland Commons.

              Mastro's Ocean Club
              15045 N Kierland Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

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              1. re: tstrebel
                danieli10 Jul 21, 2011 03:54 PM

                +1 Ocean Club

                1. re: danieli10
                  Dapuma Jul 22, 2011 04:06 PM

                  +1 Ocean Club as well

                  seafood tower !

              2. ejs1492 Jul 21, 2011 05:41 PM

                I would have to throw Don & Charlies into the mix also. Old school vibe, great atmosphere, and killer steak and prime rib. Also, 15 mins from Tatum/Thunderbird.

                Don & Charlie's
                7501 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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                1. re: ejs1492
                  zencker Jul 26, 2011 10:15 AM

                  Ditto, I am a sucker for the chopped liver appetizer. The other steakhouses mentioned could be anywhere, but Don and Charlies is definitely Scottsdale.

                  1. re: zencker
                    biga290 Jul 27, 2011 07:40 PM

                    Agreed. Don and Charlies is so Scottsdale. Great atmosphere with all the Chicago sports memorabilia. The steaks may not be prime but they are very good and they serve really outstanding baby back ribs. Love their take on baked potatoes as well -- HUGE spuds with lots of butter and sour cream. Go in March and the place is packed with ballplayers.

                    1. re: biga290
                      Dapuma Jul 30, 2011 11:37 AM

                      I was pretty disappointed with Don and Charlies the one time i have been there, thought the steak was something i could do at home, got the ribeye and the table pate they served was not appetizing - the decor / atmosphere was just so so

                      made me think of a sports bar try to be a steakhouse or vise versa...perhaps just not my style

                      1. re: Dapuma
                        au lait Jul 30, 2011 06:03 PM


                        Don and Charlie’s does not serve pate.
                        Don and Charlie’s serves chopped liver.
                        Perhaps it’s an ethnic thing. Something you grow up eating every Friday night. But, anyone who has had Shabbas dinner with grandma’s gefilte fish, matzoh ball soup and chopped liver will tell you this chopped liver is the real deal.
                        Is it as good as my grandmother’s? No, of course not, but it is one of my favorite dishes of any dish served in any restaurant in the area (served with their crusty rye bread). And the best part it’s not an extra it comes with dinner.
                        The filet, pork ribs and especially the beef ribs are also quite good. I often ordered the filet rib combo.
                        Is the filet the best steak in the city, probably not still very good.
                        I should add I have not visited Don and Charlies in a few years. After eating there for 15 years I was put off after receiving bad service twice and removed them from my usual restaurant rotation and then, they simply fell off of my list.

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                  Beach Chick Jul 27, 2011 08:17 PM

                  Old School all the way is Durant's..
                  Arrive through the kitchen, sit in the burgundy naugahyde booths with the chilled relish tray rubesque paintings and order yourself a cocktail that is a mean pour and let the magic of it all soak in..


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                    AzDumpling Jul 28, 2011 06:38 AM

                    I'm shocked that no one has mentioned Golden Corral yet. Oh how I crave the chocolate pudding after a fine custom grilled sirloin.

                    Golden Corral
                    7609 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85033

                    1. Bill Hunt Jul 29, 2011 07:14 PM

                      For me, it would be Durant's, or Capital Grille (small chain), and Flemings would follow those two.

                      I have had rather mediocre, to bad meals at Maestro's, Ocean Club, City Hall, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Donovan's and Morton's. I do not think that I have paid for any of those, but have been a guest. Of those, we have dined at least 2x, and usually 3x, so it is not a one-time issue.

                      Disclaimer: I am not the quintessential "steakhouse guy," but do know good food and service quite well.

                      I do have to admit that I have not tried some of the newer, absentee chef, higher-end steakhouses, but have reviews from a good friend, who IS a "steakhouse guy," and his wife is a TV chef, plus cookbook author, and they have painted a very bleak picture. Still, I have not dined at those, so cannot comment personally.

                      Just my observations, and impressions,


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

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                      1. re: Bill Hunt
                        Beach Chick Jul 30, 2011 07:14 AM

                        Aloha Bill..
                        I bet you have some great stories on Durant's..
                        We'll be at the Westin Kierland mid September and my only request is to go to Durant's with friends and family for birthday/anniversary..
                        If your in the area, would love to buy you and your wife a drink!

                        1. re: Beach Chick
                          Bill Hunt Jul 30, 2011 08:50 PM

                          That might work, or maybe not. We are heading to O`ahu on Sept 07 and returning on Sept 18. Not sure when our monthly SFO trip will be, but will check.

                          If we are in town, and you have a night, that does not require family, we must get together, so long as you have no issue with an old-guy, and his "trophy wife."


                          1. re: Bill Hunt
                            Beach Chick Jul 31, 2011 07:45 AM

                            Never an issue with an old guy and his trophy wife!
                            We'll be passing you on the 18th from PHX...dang..
                            Usually we're in the islands that time of year and we could of met for drinks at the Mai Tai bar at the Royal Hawaiian..

                            Aloha and one day we'll connect..

                            1. re: Beach Chick
                              Bill Hunt Jul 31, 2011 07:36 PM

                              This year, the Islands are early Sept, just after Labor Day, for about 12 days. We had to fit that in between many business trips. October, our favorite month in Hawai`i, is absolutely full - actually overflowing, and Nov and Dec do not look much better.

                              That is the price that I pay for that "trophy wife." I have to try and keep up with her... [Grin]

                              Total side note for this thread, but think that we might meet up with K'man, while in Hawai`i for one meal. That will be a major plus.


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                        au lait Jul 30, 2011 06:28 PM

                        From this and previous posts there seems to be no consensus on this board as to where to go for the best steak.
                        Pick a restaurant and some love it and others feel no love at all.
                        There must be at least one steakhouse that all posters who regularly eat at steakhouses would agree that the steak is terrific. Not the nostalgia but the steak.
                        After reading all the posts I’m at a loss as to where to go for a great steak.

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                        1. re: au lait
                          Bill Hunt Jul 30, 2011 08:52 PM

                          For me, the best "steak" with consistency, has been Capital Grille.

                          They are a mini-chain, but the PHX branch has exceeded the Washington, DC, branch.

                          Hunt, not the ultimate "steakhouse guy."

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

                          1. re: au lait
                            AzDumpling Jul 31, 2011 07:51 AM

                            I think it is more a testament to the consistancy of the meat itself. I believe that no matter how talented the person in charge of buying the meat for the restaurant that one simply cannot tell at times how good the purchase will be. I have gone to AJs and hand selected absolutely beautiful, perfeclty marbled prime ribeyes, brought them home and grilled them to a perfect medium rare only to be less than impressed with either the flavor or the moistness of the meat. On the other hand I have purchased a lovely looking ribeye at Basha's for 4.99/lb and seasoned it and cooked it the same way and been blown away by everything about the steaks flavor, moistness and consistency.

                            I think a lot of people might form an opinion regarding a particular restaurant after one visit and if that visit does not live up to expectations and preconceived notions it simply gets internally rated as a poor choice and never visited again. How many times have you been enjoying a fantastic meal at a nice establishment only to notice a table across the room where the people are obviously not having a meal to remember. Just too many variables to recomend one particular place as the best when on any given night most any of them might serve you what you feel is the perfect meal.

                            1. re: AzDumpling
                              jock Jul 31, 2011 11:35 AM

                              Here is one man's take on the above post. I too have experienced a large variation in quality of meat, beef in particular, from various retail outlets and it often has no relation to price. AJ's has never IMO delivered meat that is worth the exorbitant price differential. Costco, on the other hand, usually delivers fine quality at a very reasonable price.

                              Where I have a problem is when a restaurant is inconsistent from table to table, dish to dish, or visit to visit. Inconsistent? I cannot recommend such a place and seldom return.

                              1. re: AzDumpling
                                Bill Hunt Jul 31, 2011 07:42 PM

                                You make good points. I have scored some fabulous choice tenderloins (at AJ's in many cases), and then with my same "critical eye," have gotten some mediocre prime tenderloins. It does happen, and all too often.

                                Tonight, we've got a couple of prime tenderloins on the fire, as I type. Fingers are X'ed.

                                Still, I normally do much better on the Lynx here, than anywhere that features itself as a "steakhouse."


                                1. re: Bill Hunt
                                  zencker Aug 1, 2011 09:03 AM

                                  And this is the issue I have with steakhouses in general, which is that their primary fare is one that I could do myself with a minimum of effort, and my results are often better than that of the steakhouse. Now, there are a few that offer more. You mentioned Fleming's, which used to do a decent versin of Beef Wellington. That's a dish I don't feel like tackling myself, but the last I checked they had reworked their menu and dropped it.

                                  1. re: zencker
                                    johnseberg Aug 1, 2011 11:24 AM

                                    I saw Beef Wellington on the menu at Feeney's, this weekend. I had the Filet Mignon, and thought it was average, at best. It was prepared medium-rare, as ordered, but, a little on the dry side. The baked potato was good. Salad bar was thin. Others at my table had varying opinions - nothing earth shattering.

                                    Feeney's A Restaurant & Bar
                                    6314 N 12th St, Phoenix, AZ 85014

                                    1. re: zencker
                                      jock Aug 1, 2011 12:06 PM

                                      agree diy is the best way to go with steak. flemings does have some of the best onion rings anywhere.

                                    2. re: Bill Hunt
                                      AzDumpling Aug 3, 2011 01:56 PM

                                      I know what you mean. I had a Lynx but I ruined it when a friend lied to me. He said I needed to cook that big batch of Kiviak and when it burst all I could do was throw the grill away. My wife made be get a Summit and made me promise to behave going forward.

                                      1. re: AzDumpling
                                        Bill Hunt Aug 7, 2011 09:58 PM

                                        Oh, my heart goes out for you. My Lynx is my life... [Grin]


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                                  Beach Chick Aug 9, 2011 03:36 PM

                                  Going to Durant's next month and I'll report back..
                                  I don't eat steak but my DH does and he'll let me know if they still are hitting it out of the park..
                                  I'm a chilled relish tray chicka with a couple of Sapphire tonics and some Crab legs with a baked with everything..

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                                    drewallen42 Sep 5, 2011 10:45 AM

                                    BLT Steak hands down. I'v been to everyone listed above and although some are good, BLT is the best. In my humble opinion. The steaks are amazing and their pop-overs are out of this world.

                                    BLT Steak
                                    5402 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

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