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White Tablecloths and Prime Cuts: Best Steakhouses in Scottsdale



From classic American steakhouse staples to modern takes on classic prime cuts, the best steakhouses in Scottsdale offer unrivaled quality and ambiance.

For dinner with a view, there's J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician Resort, where diners are treated to panoramic 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.

Finally, for one of the best values in town, head to Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge at Casino Arizona. A small casino may seem like an unlikely place to enjoy a good steak, but this hidden gem delivers on excellent entrees and desserts. Lively atmosphere, juicy steaks with all the trimmings, and a friendly waitstaff make it a winner. 


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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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Morton's is a high-end steakhouse with a casual ambiance, famous for its great steaks and afternoon martinis.

Patricia's expert tip: Gluten-free and soy-free menus are available, making this a good choice for diners with food sensitivities.

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Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse is essentially a meat-lovers paradise. The upscale Brazilian steakhouse chain features all-you-can-eat meat carved tableside. "All you can eat" is not just an empty slogan at Fogo de Chao come here when you want to get more than your fill of protein. Your steak is cooked on grills that evoke the traditional churrasqueiras of southern Brazil. Come here for traditional Brazilian preparations like picanha (sirloin caps), along with great ribeye, filet mignon, and delicious sides like fried plantains. And if you're looking for something a bit lighter, there's always the salad bar.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: If all-you-can-eat steak sounds like heaven to you, you'll want to head to Fogo de Chao in Scottsdale.

Patricia's expert tip: Don't miss traditional Brazilian cuts like picanha. Specials are sometimes available during lunch hours.

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Roaring Fork


The wood-fired cooking and classic American cuisine of Roaring Fork makes this a favorite gathering spot for the Scottsdale lunch and dinner crowd. Inspired by the history and essence of the Old West, Roaring Fork seeks to recapture and celebrate the simplicity of open-fire cooking and the bold flavors of wood-fired cuisine. Choose from lamb, beef, chicken, pork, and fresh fish entrees, all cooked to order using wood fire rotisserie, open flame grill, or classic wood-oven roasting. An inviting atmosphere and impeccable service make this a good spot for fans of rustic, boldly-flavored Western cooking, done with panache and a New West twist.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: If you're craving a good filet mignon or ribeye steak, with a twice-baked potato on the side, Roaring Fork fits the bill.

Patricia's expert tip: Come hungry - the plates here are famously huge.

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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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Mouth-watering steaks coupled with gorgeous resort clubhouse views make a dinner at J&G Steakhouse a memorable affair.

Patricia's expert tip: A five-course tasting menu is available, and it's well worth your time.

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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!

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Capital Grille features great ambiance, mouth-watering steaks, and fresh high-end seafood.

Patricia's expert tip: Save some room for dessert: you'll want to sample the restaurant's handcrafted ice creams, made in-house and featuring seasonal flavors.

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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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse is the epitome of a high-end steakhouse, featuring immaculate whine linen tables, a knowledgeable waitstaff, and quality cuts.

Patricia's expert tip: Start your dining experience with a pre-dinner drink. Martinis don't come any colder, or better, than at this upscale steakhouse.

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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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Fleming's offers classic fine dining with an excellent selection of prime cuts.

Patricia's expert tip: Fleming's has two locations in Scottsdale " one at the Hilton Resort Villas, and another at the Market Street complex in north Scottsdale.

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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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Bourbon Steak is well-known for its signature butter-poached steaks, which rarely disappoint.

Patricia's expert tip: Finish your meal with a sweet ending, such as Chef Mina's signature root beer float or warm beignets. Seasonal ice creams and sorbets also hit the spot.

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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.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Cholla Prime Steakhouse marries high-quality steaks, great value and understated elegance for a memorable dining experience.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the popular tenderloin slider, a chargrilled beef tenderloin on a grilled potato roll, topped with a succulent shallot marmelade, lettuce, tomato and red onion, with crispy waffle fries on the side.

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Steak 44 is a modern take on the classic steakhouse. The restaurant, which begins its evening dinner service at 5 p.m. (the bar opens an hour earlier at 4 p.m.), specializes in high quality steaks, fresh seafood and unique sides. The bar offers a good wine list and cocktail menu. But, chances are you are here for the steaks, and they don't disappoint. Options include prime steaks in small, medium and large cuts in addition to veal, lamb, seafood and chicken. There are gluten free and vegetarian menus also available, making this a suitable destination for vegetarians and enthusiastic carnivores alike. Most steak cuts are aged for 28 days and all are hand-cut by the restaurant's own in-house butcher.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Steak 44 offers aged steaks in an upscale setting. Sides and dessert are just as good as the entrees.

Patricia's expert tip: Try the Red Velvet bread pudding for dessert. It's a house favorite.

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