When you think of famous steak destinations in the U.S., don’t forget to put Phoenix at the top of your list. Yes, Phoenix, where several restaurants in these parts serve up choice beef selections for discriminating carnivore lovers.
Perhaps one of the most iconic places to order a sizzling steak is Durant’s, a legendary midtown Phoenix establishment where you can get your chop on old-school style, complete with vintage red velvet seating and classic martinis. Here are some other map-worthy steakhouses to check out in town.
Perhaps one of the most iconic places to order a sizzling steak is Durant’s, a legendary midtown Phoenix establishment where you can get your chop on old-school style, complete with vintage red velvet seating and classic martinis. While seafood, chicken and liver (yes, liver) have a place on the menu, it’s the steak that will have you coming back for more—from top sirloin and New York strip, to filet mignon and rib eye. For serious carnivores, polishing off the whopping 48-oz. porterhouse (in a single sitting) gets you membership in the illustrious Durant’s Porterhouse Club. As a member, you’ll get your name engraved on a brass plate, which will be displayed for everyone to revel in your meat-eating glory.
2611 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85004
At this upscale but casual modern chophouse, brought to you by the masterminds behind Dominick’s Steakhouse, the focus is gourmet steaks that are cut onsite by a master butcher and wet-aged for 28 days. You can choose from the whole enchilada in terms of beef cuts, from rib eye to New York strip to a domestic wagyu filet.
And while a premium steak can speak for itself, it’s even better with a trusty sidekick joining the dinner conversation. Think roasted Brussels sprouts and bacon, bourbon-roasted sweet potatoes or Dominick’s signature potatoes with caramelized onions, Gouda and mozzarella.
5101 N. 44th St., Phoenix
If you prefer the occasional celebrity sighting served with your steak, make a reservation at Donovan’s Steak & Chop House. Located near the swanky Biltmore neighborhood, this upscale steak joint is frequented by the Valley’s movers and shakers, from high-powered attorneys and business moguls, to top athletes and local celebs. Whether they come for the tony digs or the juicy steaks is anyone’s guess. We’re leaning towards the menu, of course, filled with cuts of meat sourced from the world-renowned Stock Yards in Chicago.
3101 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix 85016
Dimly lit hotel lobby restaurants sometimes use their subdued ambience to hide lackluster offerings. But Artizen, located at the super fresh Camby Hotel, puts a sophisticated spotlight on the simple steak concept for business guests and vacation travelers. The prime New York steak, for example, prepared with cilantro, chimichurri, Parmesan potato purée and Maldon sea salt, is a fresh and savory sendup to the Southwest and represents the fine-dining menu inspired by the new American food movement.
If that doesn’t hit the steak sweet spot, end your beef adventure with a signature cocktail concocted by a master mixologist at the adjacent copper-topped bar, The Bees Knees.
2401 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
While the restaurant name may be hard to pronounce, all you need to know is that the name is Dutch for “smokehouse.” While it feels like you’re walking into a residence in the Netherlands, the menu features high-end American comfort food with a New Mexico flair that includes steak options.
Consider the traditional prime rib served on the bone with au jus. You also can get the best of both culinary worlds with a surf-n-turf-style, bacon-wrapped filet with king crab and jalapeño hollandaise. And since you’ll be right at home, consider retiring to the basement bar for a nightcap in front of the fireplace complete with cozy seating.
6335 N. 16th St., Phoenix
If you’ve worked up an appetite after a day of shopping at the Biltmore Fashion Park, nothing hits the spot better than a juicy steak. Just steps away from the high-end shops at this landmark Phoenix shopping center, The Capital Grille is the perfect place to relax and refresh with a lovely glass of wine and a delicious lunch or dinner.
For a step above your traditional steak dinner, try the gorgonzola crusted, dry-aged bone-in New York strip. Or sink your teeth into the restaurant’s signature steak, a porcini-rubbed, bone-in rib eye with a 15-year aged balsamic. Squeeze in a side if there’s room, such as the lobster mac ‘n cheese or the soy-glazed Brussels sprouts with bacon.
Biltmore Fashion Park
2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix 85016
Another location is at The Promenade
16489 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale 85254
Why mess with a classic? That’s the approach taken at J&G Steakhouse, located atop the Phoenician Resort. Guests can enjoy spectacular sunsets and views of the Valley amid a stylish urban décor while indulging in a collection of premium steakhouse mainstays interpreted by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
The range includes caramelized beef tenderloins to six-peppercorn prime New York steak paired with traditional sides like grilled asparagus, and sautéed or creamed spinach. Plus, the spirits menu respects the well-crafted steak-cocktail relationship with premium whiskey, scotch, beers, tequila and global wines.
6000 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix
More than sixty-five years ago, “Arizona’s Original Steakhouse” opened its doors with a menu dedicated to one sole purpose: beef. Today, the menu continues to feature only the finest corn-fed, aged steaks and prime rib.
But hang on to your cowboy hat because the eating here, enjoyed in Wild West-inspired saloon surroundings, is not for lightweights. The signature chateaubriand for two or the 20-ounce porterhouse with sides like whiskey street potato mash and old-fashioned buttermilk onion rings are just a small sample of the extensive and hearty menu that honors the past with “New West Cuisine” flavors.
Speaking of, you’ll probably have to undo your belt buckle to make room for a nostalgic frontier dessert such as the Sonoran draft root beer float with Jack Daniels or the campfire s’mores in a jar.
5009 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Like two peas in a pod, nothing goes better together than a delicious steak and a lovely glass of wine. But what wines go with what steaks? Geordie’s, located inside the historic Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix, takes the guesswork out of this culinary conundrum by including a suggested wine pairing with each item on the menu. The Cedar River Farms prime filet mignon, for example, is served best with the Atalon ‘Paulines Cuvee,’ while the rib eye cap, served with fingerling potatoes and red wine sauce, pairs nicely with the ZD Cabernet Sauvignon. Add spectacular, 360-degree views of the city below, and you’ve got yourself the perfect meal.
2501 E Telawa Trail, Phoenix 85016
While the steak offerings at this Biltmore-area restaurant are just a few, a visit to Hillstone is definitely worth your while. But first, the fine print. Designed to provide a truly upscale dining experience, the restaurant does have a dress code and cell phone conversations are asked to be taken to the lobby or outside. Minor inconveniences, we say, as the food truly shines.
In the realm of steaks, there’s the Hawaiian, a rib eye steak with pineapple-soy-ginger marinade; roasted prime rib on the bone; and prime filet served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetable. For something on the lighter side, order the Famous French Dip, made with roasted prime rib and au jus.
2650 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix 85016