By Tuesday Mahrle
Phoenix is where the Wild West meets resort lifestyle. No matter if your day was spent trail-riding on horseback or out hitting the green on a 5-star golf course, what better way to refuel than with a quality, high-end steak served up to perfection?
From the white-linen formal to robust ranch-inspired, here are some of the top steakhouses in the Valley.
Stepping into Durant’s is like stepping back in time – and a glimpse into Phoenix’s history. The landmark steakhouse first opened its doors in 1950 and has served the likes of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne and Barry Goldwater. But the steakhouse’s real claim to fame is its owner, Jack Durant, and his rumored ties to the mob, as well as the supposed deals that occurred in the dining room’s iconic booths. While the mob ties were never confirmed and those allegedly involved have long passed, Durant’s history continues to stir up interest and is the subject of the movie “Durant’s Never Closes.”
Mob rumors aside, Durant’s selection of fine steaks and chops have kept the establishment a Phoenix favorite for more than 65 years. Patrons can even become a part of Arizona’s history by completing the 48-ounce porterhouse challenge, which will earn them a spot on Durant’s Porterhouse Club plaque.
Durant’s, 2611 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 264-5967
Located in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, Talavera at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North serves up views as delicious as its fare. A modern take on the classic steakhouse, Talavera’s menu boasts unique steak and seafood pairings, such as the Press Coffee Rub Cervena Venison, specialty sides and starters, or try the six course tasting menu. Lit by a dramatic fire focal point, Talavera’s “upscale casual” atmosphere and patio setting provides the ultimate Arizona dining experience.
Talavera, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, 10600 East Crescent Moon Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85262 (480) 513-5085
3. Don & Charlie’s
A perfect blend of fine dining and sports bar atmosphere has kept Don & Charlie’s at the top of Valley residents’ list since 1981. Adorned with sports memorabilia and a menu famous for Chicago-inspired smoked ribs means getting your hands dirty, but Don & Charlie’s aged to perfection filets, and traditional offerings like its famous chopped liver platter, trump even the fanciest of its steakhouse counterparts.
Don & Charlie’s, 7501 East Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 990-0900
4. J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician
J&G Steakhouse, located within The Phoenician Resort, is the ultimate in resort fine dining. The dining room’s floor-to-ceiling, panoramic windows and open patio overlook the famous Phoenician golf course and surrounding city below with unparalleled views of Arizona’s famous sunsets. The use of hyper-seasonal ingredients means J&G Steakhouse’s menu is ever changing to ensure the highest quality of ingredients, as well as classic steakhouse staples.
J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician, The Phoenician Resort, 6000 East Camelback Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 214-8000
5. The Stockyards Steakhouse
Called Arizona’s Original Steakhouse, The Stockyards opened in 1947 with the mission of serving only the best of beef. To this day, The Stockyards continues to serve only the finest corn-fed, aged steaks and prime rib, and today their “New West Cuisine” menu incorporates culture and culinary trends of the Southwest. Still committed to the hearty flavors and highest quality ingredients, The Stockyards remains an Arizona steakhouse favorite.
The Stockyards Steakhouse, 5009 East Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 (602) 273-7378
6. Bourbon Steak at The Princess Resort
Bourbon Steak at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort is a modern classic steakhouse featuring the finest cuts of beef, poultry and fresh seafood served up with decadent side dishes created by Award-winning Chef Michael Mina. The luxurious dining experience is complemented by a selection of unique fine wine or specialty-handcrafted cocktails, true to the resort’s upscale ambiance.
Bourbon Steak at the Princess Resort, Scottsdale Princess Resort, 7575 East Princess Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85255 (480) 513-6002
7. Arrowhead Grill
This classy but comfortable spot is a favorite among locals and travelers alike. They specialize in steaks cooked in an iron skillet and served to the table in the same sizzling cookware. Chef Charles Wade Schwerd has formed a delicious variety of menu items along with classic steak and seafood fare. The most popular steak is their Delmonico steak paired with over 30 side options so all are sure to find a favorite in the bunch. Preston’s Steakhouse, their sister restaurant in north Scottsdale, still needs time to grow.
Arrowhead Grill, 8280 W Union Hills Dr, Glendale, AZ 85308 (623) 566-2224
It may be another large-scale chain steakhouse, but each location gives large creative freedom to their individual executive chefs. At the Scottsdale Flemings, located on the southeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Lincoln Drive, Chef Jeff Fearing is known for an excellent and beautifully prepared steak, lobster tempura, and extensive wine list. One of their most popular steaks is the dry-aged steak – one of only a few steakhouses that have it on their regular menu. Make sure to ask about their regular but changing prix fixe menu parings.
Fleming’s, 6333 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-596-8265. Additional Valley locations at flemingssteakhouse.com.
9. El Chorro’s
A dining destination for more than six decades, El Chorro’s remains one of the most beautiful and revered restaurant landmarks in the Valley. While maintaining its rustic, historic charm, El Chorro also boasts environmentally-friendly renovations and technologies to enhance its indoor and outdoor dining spaces that include stunning views of the Camelback Mountain from its plum location in Paradise Valley. El Chorro’s menu includes a Center Cut Filet and 12 ounce rubbed and charred Niman Ranch Prime New York Steak alongside seasonally inspired dishes and other menu classics such as its Flash Fried Lobster Tail, Beef Stroganoff and El Chorro’s famous sticky buns.
El Chorro’s, 5550 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 (480) 948-5170
10. Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse
Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale’s famous entertainment district, Mastro’s City Hall Scottsdale is the perfect locale for those looking to mix and mingle in the Valley’s nightlife. But don’t think the young and flashy patrons are just there for the specialty Dry-Ice Martini – City Hall boasts the Mastro’s name, after all. A menu of the very best in prime beef and exceptional seafood has earned this steakhouse multiple awards and accolades as an industry leader.
Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse, 6991 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251 (480) 941-4700