From classic American steakhouse staples to modern takes on the traditional prime cut, the best steakhouses in Scottsdale offer unrivaled quality and ambiance. Our top pick is J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician Resort, where diners are treated to amazing views from the dramatic dining room and glamorous bar. J&G Steakhouse strikes just the right balance, elegant yet relaxed, with a menu by internationally renown Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Next up is Bourbon Steak, where the menu is classic steakhouse, with unexpected and delightful twists, such as the very popular serving of complimentary fries that is whisked to your table upon seating, served with mouth-watering customized dipping sauces. But if you're n the mood for high elegance, head to Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse in Scottsdale, where New York strip, porterhouse, and the finest filet mignons are the star attraction at this upscale steakhouse chain. For a bit of down-home atmosphere, Don & Charlie's is Scottsdale's iconic steakhouse, where massive porterhouses share the menu with delicately sliced filet mignon. Finally, for one of the best values in town, head to Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge at Casino Arizona. Lively atmosphere, juicy steaks with all the trimmings, and a friendly waitstaff make it a winner.
10 Don & Charlie's
Don & Charlie's is a local favorite with plenty of appeal for hungry travelers. The walls are laden with a mind-boggling assortment of sports memorabilia and celebrity autographs, creating a relaxed atmosphere that's ideal for a little male bonding or a casual family gathering. Complimentary chicken liver pate is a favorite way to prepare your taste buds for what's to come -- slow cooked prime rib, grilled lamb chops, aged prime steaks, hickory smoked baby back ribs, or barbecued chicken so tender it falls from the bone. The extensive menu has something for almost every taste, with salads, sandwiches, and sides rounding out the menu. Reservations recommended. (480-990-0900)
9 Morton's, The Steakhouse — Scottsdale
Morton's enjoys a convenient location near many of Scottsdale's most popular attractions, including the Kierland Commons shopping center. Excellent service and an inviting, sophisticated atmosphere are standard, along with a pleasant, well-attended lounge. In the restaurant, the menu is presented tableside, and appetizers range from Cockenoe oysters on the half shell to a fresh lump crabmeat cocktail. Entrees include steaks like double filet mignon, New York strip, and Tenderloin Bruchette. Lobster, veal, and chicken are also available. Desserts include fresh raspberries in Sabayon sauce, cr--me caramel, and Godiva hot chocolate cake. Business casual attire. Reservations recommended. (480-951-4440)
8 The Capital Grille
Superb food and service are hallmarks of this highly regarded national chain whose Scottsdale location takes design cues from Frank Lloyd Wright in the form of natural materials and strong geometry. It's fitting that the work of a master architect should dovetail with the accomplished preparation of succulent, dry-aged steaks and chops. Whet your appetite with chilled caviar or fresh oysters before diving into a porcini-rubbed Delmonico, lamb chops, or a veal chop with roquefort butter. Broiled lobster and sesame-seared tuna testify to the virtues of seafood, and with fresh asparagus, Lyonnaise potatoes, and coconut cream pie, you've a meal fit for royalty! (480-348-1700)
7 Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse
Pristine tables dressed in crisp white linens line this narrow restaurant, made elegant with an abundance of rich, dark woods and recessed light fixtures. Possessed of an old-fashioned, downtown classiness, the steakhouse is a great choice for a business dinner or special night out. Choose from a delicious array of seafood appetizers, like chilled crab legs or a lobster cocktail. A New York strip, porterhouse, rib-eye, and several filets compose the well-rounded list of prime steaks and chops. A tangy, creamy slice of key lime pie is the natural culinary conclusion. A thoughtful wine list complements your meal or dessert. (480-941-4700)
6 Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
The Scottsdale location of this national chain is praised for its comfortably elegant atmosphere, solid selection of prime beef, and noteworthy wine list, most of which is served by the glass. Treat your special someone or a business partner to a 12 oz. filet mignon, 16 oz. prime rib-eye, or to beef Flemington, a filet encased in puff pastry with a creamy duxelles. Seafood selections include New Zealand salmon fillet in cabernet butter sauce and tuna mignon seared rare with poppy seed au poivre. Take advantage of Discovery Dinners for groups of six or more, which feature four-course menus with wine pairings. (480-596-8265)
For a down-home meat and potatoes meal served with upscale panache, head to Bandera's in Scottsdale. It's no secret by this casually upscale restaurant is always packed to the gills: Bandera offers a selection of tasty beef, pork loins, ribs, chicken, and fresh fish options, as well as salads and side dishes. Specialties include savory rotisserie chicken and fluffy mashed potatoes. But Bandera, located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, is probably best known for its rotisserie chicken. Get a side or cornbread with the meal--you will not regret it. Casual dress. Reservations are not accepted, so prepare for a wait during prime dining hours. (480-994-3524)
4 Bourbon Steak
Intricate walls of wood and clay that are practically art installations distinguish this celebrated, pricey enterprise. The classy interior is an apt tie-in to two-times James Beard award-winning Chef Michael Mina's satisfying cuisine, which shows attention to detail in every bite. Beef is showcased in everything from an American Kobe burger to Piedmontese cuts, and sizes range from a 6-oz. NY strip to a 30-oz. porterhouse, giving folks of all appetites something to choose from. Fresh fish and shellfish are also excellent, as are sides like black truffle mac and cheese and grilled peaches with prosciutto and asparagus. (480-513-6002)
3 BLT Steak
As if the cozy, adobe-inspired interior isn't engaging enough, guests at BLT Steak are greeted by spectacular views of Camelback Mountain at this celebrated resort restaurant. A menu of innovative American cuisine features steaks and seafood, all impeccably prepared and served by a knowledgeable staff. Terrific options include a bone-in sirloin, broiled Maine lobster, and braised short ribs. The comfortable setting is also ideal for savoring a bottle from the extensive wine list that offers something for just about every preference. For dessert, don't miss the delightful crepe souffle. (480-905-7979, 800-582-2169)
2 J & G Steakhouse
This award-winning steakhouse, located atop the posh Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, is not only one of the city's best steakhouses, but also offers some of the best views for aesthetically-minded diners. And who doesn't enjoy a dramatic desert sunset or panoramic city views from the comfort of the dinner table? Sleek, modern and draped in deep, dark hues, J&G Steakhouse has become one of the city's most coveted dining rooms. But on to the food. Michelin starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten reinterprets American steakhouse classics, infusing the menu with fresh artisanal ingredients and global flavors. Venture into the tasting menu for the irresistible pairing of grilled petit filet smothered in the house steak sauce and served with sauteed spinach and hand cut french fries. ((480) 214-8000)
1 Cholla Prime Steakhouse and Lounge
Located at the popular Casino Arizona, the Cholla Prime Steakhouse and Lounge offers welcome respite from the excitement and noise of the gambling room. Unlike the adjacent room of slot machines, dinner at Cholla isn't a gamble, thanks to healthy portions of robustly-flavored meat and seafood, savory appetizers and sides, and delectable desserts. The elegant and intimate dining room sets the stage for some of the best steak on this side of town. Attentive servers furnish you with a varied bread basket before bringing irresistible starters of chile-dusted ahi tuna or charred onion soup gratin�e. A bleu cheese-crusted New York steak, 14 oz. pan-seared rib-eye, and massive double-cut porterhouse (to share) sit alongside plenty of game options. Rich double chocolate mousse and a full-bodied cup of coffee are excellent at meal's end. (480-850-7736, 480-850-7777)
About Patricia Escarcega
Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.
She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and is working on a novel about growing up in the 1990s.
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