Steaks are a common yet coveted cuisine on Arizona’s restaurant scene. Skim our boss list of beef bistros and steak-inclined supper clubs—then stake a claim of your own.
The Phoenix steakhouse that opened a dozen years before ranching waned in the area is—thanks to thoughtful restoration and modern menus—still the nicest place on the block.
Donovan’s Steak & Chop House
Stately wood columns and semi-circular booths set the stage—and attendants in vests and ties set the tables—for an upscale “steakcation” in the resort cities of Phoenix, San Diego and La Jolla.
In clever homage to the address’s former occupation by a Cork ’n Cleaver restaurant, a foyer wall is lined with vintage meat cleavers. Steaks of eight to 22 ounces can be draped with a fried egg or bathed in truffle butter.
An old-school, take-no-guff kind of steakhouse, Durant’s lets guests in through the kitchen but “outlaws” cell phones in the dining room. Mind your manners and your martinis.
There’s no need to wait for shipping from this household name in beef, when one of three dine-in locations nationwide is right here in town.
Don & Charlie’s
It could be a sports-memorabilia museum on its own, but darn it if Don & Charlie’s doesn’t serve steaks with stellar affiliations too, like chopped steak “à la Bud Selig” and prime New York strip “George Will style.”
The Arizona contribution from French-born chef and prolific restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten luxuriates on the southern side of Camelback Mountain (at The Phoenician resort), impressing guests with six-peppercorn steaks and, on a set tasting menu, caramelized beef tenderloin.
The San Francisco-based chef Michael Mina may have invented the practice of poaching steaks in butter before grilling them; the restaurateur Michael Mina shared his savory savvy by establishing this restaurant at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Pair a meaty meal irreverently with Wagyu beef fried rice.
Sample the high life for a song from the 4-6 pm bar menu, which offers small plates of filet mignon with blue cheese and red peppers or sliced New York strip with Parmesan-truffle fries, plus select martinis, for $10 apiece.
Mastro’s Steakhouse/Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse
The North Scottsdale location that established the Mastro family’s reputation for steaks in swanky settings has been open since 1999. The City Hall rendition—not on government grounds, but a streetcorner that faces fashionable Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom—is equally refined and built for the rich.
Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge
The most tasteful room at Casino Arizona is known for affordable prices; a New York strip with balsamic brown butter and a filet with béarnaise or mushroom sauce command less than $25 apiece, no gaming-club membership required.
Morton's The Steakhouse
Since its first restaurant opened almost 40 years ago, Morton's has used the same suppliers for its famous aged prime beef and other meats. This Old School steakhouse is as big on atmosphere and service as it is on serving up the perfect Center-Cut Filet Mignon or Porterhouse Steak.
More Steakhouses near Phoenix: Glendale, Tempe, Chandler and Laveen
An à la carte menu in Glendale lays out clear (and copious!) choices of cuts, preparations, sauces and sides. Prime a meat-motivated palate with a three-taste flight of intriguing bourbons or Scotches.
House of Tricks
A pair of cottages and a tree-canopied yard in Tempe are well-suited settings for artfully plated dinners. This isn’t a steakhouse, per se—it’s a contemporary comfort-food bistro that happens to offer an excellent six-ounce tenderloin with bacon demi-glace and an eight-ounce sirloin with olive-crusted potatoes.
Shula’s Steak House
Can there be a more savory intro to a rich, beefy dinner than caramelized French onion soup? Get it at this refined restaurant at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, then summon an eight-ounce filet, 48-ounce porterhouse, or one of various cuts and weights in-between.
DC Steak House
This comfy date-night restaurant in Chandler serves every cut of steak with sautéed mushrooms, a salad and choice of potato treatment.
Prime rib, short ribs, rib-eyes and filets can be joined by spaghetti squash, cauliflower gratin or onion rings. Chandler-area regulars love “burger and bottle” night—two signature burgers and a bottle of wine for $29.95 every Tuesday.
The house’s trio of four-ounce filets, each finished differently (with blue cheese, horseradish or roasted garlic), is one safe bet to make at Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino in Laveen.