10 Best Steakhouses in Phoenix: Prime Cuts in the Desert

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By Patricia Escarcega, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tucson Local Expert

With a rich heritage of cowboy and chuck wagon cooking, Phoenix is a great foodie destination if your aim is to find a good steak. Phoenix steakhouses offer a range of choices, from family-friendly restaurants to posh, dimly lit steakhouses.

For an old school, slight swanky take on the classic American steakhouse, make a stop at Durant's. This legendary downtown Phoenix steakhouse may not look as luxurious as the chain steakhouses you'll find in the suburbs, but what it lacks in expensive decor it more than makes up in character, history, and ambiance--not to mention a delicious Prime Rib.

Another popular Phoenix steakhouse is Donovan's, an upscale restaurant serving only USDA Prime meats. Need to impress an important client, or maybe just celebrate a special occasion? Try The Capital Grille, where the famous porterhouse, 24 ounces of top quality, dry-aged beef, is the star of the show.

The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, with four locations around the Valley, is popular for its signature prime rib, which is aged for extra flavor and tenderness and seared to perfection. 

Finally, plan ahead and enjoy a prime rib dinner on Sundays at Fleming's, a steakhouse and wine bar where every steak is perfectly paired with a wine from the restaurant's extensive wine menu.

 

10. Stockyards Restaurant
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This traditional American steakhouse has been grilling some of the best steaks in Phoenix since 1947. In 2004, a dedicated team of workers lovingly restored and revitalized the restaurant, which was recently included in the City of Phoenix Historical Register. How's that for history? Try the "Best of the West" prime rib, or just about anything on the Stockyards Steaks menu. Today, the Stockyards menu also features the highest quality corn-fed, aged steaks and prime rib. The menu has embraced a "New West Cuisine" that incorporates indigenous Southwestern ingredients in uniquely delicious ways. To date, The Stockyards remains a part of local history and a favorite gathering place for Arizonans.

9. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is both upscale and casual, featuring a menu of the finest aged prime beef and market-fresh seafood. Wine lovers enjoy Fleming's 100, the restaurant's award-winning list of 100 wines by the glass. Executive Chef Russell Skall sets a new standard of excellence for the American steakhouse, overseeing a continually fresh menu of culinary creations and working closely with other chef partners for an unforgettable and seamless dining experience. Try the Fleming's New Classics Porcini Rubbed Filet Mignon, featuring a center cut with grilled high country asparagus spears and a luscious gorgonzola cream sauce. Bon apetit!

8. Keegan's Grill
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This classic American grill provides a home away from home for hungry diners seeking a hospitable place to enjoy lunch or dinner. The menu features gourmet burgers, specialty salads, sandwiches, pastas, entrees, and steak. Keegan's Filet Mignon comes char crusted and seasoned, and if you so desire, served with a tasty side of bleu cheese. Beef-lovers should also take note of the Grilled Flatiron Steak, served with luscious Maitre' D' Butter. The diverse menu at Keegan's Grill accommodate a wide variety of palates, making this a great family or group destination. This is a good destination for a business lunch or family dinner.

7. Arrowhead Grill

The Arrowhead Grill is a casually upscale steakhouse that specializes in all-natural, prime hand cuts. Steaks are broiled carefully, then served on a sizzling hot plate, so every bite you take is hot and juicy. Only the highest quality beef free of synthetic fertilizers and added growth hormones are served. Seafood lovers will appreciate the seafood menu, with winning entries like Merus King Crab legs and seasonal catches. Excellent sides include the maple mashed sweet potatoes, lobster mashed potatoes, Fat Tire battered onion rings, and green chili mac and cheese. For dessert, don't miss out on the do-it-yourself s'mores with homemade marshmallows.

6. Feeney's - A Restaurant & Bar
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A Phoenix dining tradition since 1965, Feeney's was one of the first eating establishments in north central Phoenix, and still remains a local favorite. This friendly, neighborhood restaurant offers a wide variety of made-from-scratch soups, sauces, salad dressings and desserts. The restaurant features the finest beef, seafood, poultry and lamb available, and the salad bar is one of the best in Phoenix. Choose from a large selection of certified Angus beef steaks, surf and turf platters, and Feeney's signature classics. All entrees come with your choice of soup or salad bar, baked potato, mashed potatoes and gravy, rice pilaf, French fries, or fresh vegetables.

5. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar
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On those nights you're craving a good steak for dinner, The Keg Steakhouse + Bar (with locations in Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert and Chandler) offers high quality cuts prepared with precision. The restaurant, a high-end Canadian chain eatery, is probably best known for its prime rib, which is aged for extra flavor and tenderness. But you'll also find enticing starters like mushrooms neptune, a creamy and savory selection of mushrooms stuffed with crab and cream cheese. The classic Keg dinner menu begins with a Caesar or iceberg wedge salad, then your choice of Keg steak or prime rib served with sauteed mushrooms and your choice of side. The semi-formal dining room is ideal for date nights, birthday celebrations or other special occasions. There is also a bar serving seasonally-inspired cocktails.

4. The Capital Grille
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The Capital Grille, part of a national chain, is one of the city's most popular steak houses. If you're looking to impress a potential client or a special date , this place delivers. The interior sports clubby ambience, offers welcome privacy, and pleases its professional clientele. The famous porterhouse – 24 ounces of excellent, dry-aged beef --will leave you swooning, and seafood options are available for non-red meat eaters. The restaurant is also home to an award-winning collection of fine wine, and the knowledgeable staff makes it easy to pick out a bottle. For dessert, why not try the mouthwatering flourless chocolate cake?

3. Donovan's - Phoenix
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This upscale steakhouse manages to be both posh and unpretentious at the same time. The down to earth and friendly service is both attentive yet not intrusive. Escape to Donovan's for relaxed elegance, great ambiance, and of course, excellent steaks. This classic steak house serves only USDA Prime meats, along with a wide assortment of market fresh seafood. Seasonal vegetables and choice of potato are included with most entrees. The acoustics at Donovan's were specially engineered for conversation, making this a great place to enjoy a long, intimate dinner with special friends or a loved one. Good for date night, an important business lunch, or birthday dinner.

2. Durant's
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Durant's has been a staple on Central Avenue for decades. The secret of its success is simple enough: perfect martinis, fantastic steaks, and incomparable service have made this steakhouse a popular local haunt. Dark wood, leather booths, and flocked wallpaper hark back to earlier days, but the 48-oz. mesquite-broiled porterhouse and the 20-oz. Delmonico are absolutely fresh. Prime rib, crab cakes, broiled scallops, calf's liver, and lamb chops also give diners delicious pause. Great wines and pungent garlic bread are a way of life here, and if you park in back, don't hesitate to come in through the kitchen, like everyone else does. Bustling after-work bar scene too.

1. Steak 44
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Steak 44, named after its location on busy 44th Street, is a chic steak and chophouse in east Phoenix that is a favorite with locals craving a high quality, hand-cut steak. The menu features steaks responsibly farmed in the USA and wet-aged 28 days. Highlights include the New York Strip and the Steak Farina, a house favorite featuring a bone in filet with an egg. Steak 44 also serves excellent bone in ribs, veal chops, and a popular chicken franchese. There is also a raw bar with a chef's daily selection of fresh oysters, crab and lobster cocktails. There is also a large selection of fresh fish and other shellfish. For a tasty side, order the loaded baked potato, which is smothered in sour cream, crunchy applewood bacon, and Tillamook cheddar.