10 Best Steakhouses in Tucson: Prime Cuts in the Old Pueblo

Tucson is a great city to find a good steak. Whether you're in the mood for an authentic cowboy saloon, or you prefer to cut into your delicate filet mignon surrounded by posh, dark-paneled walls and white tablecloth, Tucson has a steakhouse suited to every mood and taste.

But when you're in Tucson, you can't miss with mesquite-grilled steak, which is what you'll find at the Silver Saddle Saloon, which makes our list for its friendly neighborhood ambiance and custom-built steel and brick mesquite wood grill and pit.

Lil Abner's Steakhouse is another Tucson favorite, which was once a stop on the Butterfield Express stage stop in the early 1800’s. Today Lil Abner's is better known for authentic old-time western restaurant famous for its mesquite grilled T-bone, rib eye, filet, chicken, pork rib and beef rib dinners. 

For date nights and other special occasions, Firebirds Woodfired Grill is a modern American steakhouse with a great open kitchen concept and excellent wine list. Equally impressive is the food, especially McMahon's Prime Cuts menu which includes their juicy Angus New York Strip.

For the truly adventurous, Jonathan's Cork features a range of uncommon meats such as buffalo, ostrich, venison and Angus beef, all cooked expertly to bring out the unique flavors of each meat. 

Sullivan's Steakhouse of Tucson


One of Tucson's favored destinations to wine-and-dine important clients, Sullivan's boasts a classic '40s-era steakhouse look and style – from dark wood furniture and accents to white tablecloths and a smooth-playing jazz ensemble. Expectedly,...  Read More

El Corral


A rustic, Western style steakhouse, El Corral has been serving up fantastic prime rib, steaks, ribs and tamale pie for over 60 years. The prime rib is served in there sizes: petite, large cut and generous cut (all three cooked to perfection and...  Read More



This North Carolina-based chain has been a hit in Tucson, where the restaurants signature wood-fired entrees fit right in with the city's native Southwestern cuisine. The menu boasts a good selection of aged steaks, which are hand-cut in the...  Read More



Step into the Silver Saddle Steakhouse on Tucson's historic Benson Highway and you'll be stepping back in time. If you're looking for a steakhouse with warm, rustic Southwestern hospitality, the Silver Saddle does not disappoint. The restaurant...  Read More



Li'l Abner's has been around for years, and it's easy to see why. The casual, Western-themed atmosphere is augmented by decades worth of graffiti scrawled on the walls – mostly things like "John Rules" and "Amy loves Mike," with the occasional...  Read More



The number one rule for dining at Pinnacle Peak is "No Ties Allowed." Should you arrive sporting one, it will be promptly chopped off and added to the ever-growing collection hanging from the ceiling. Folks love the fun Old West ambiance here,...  Read More



Daisy Mae's Steakhouse stands out from the pack of Tucson area steakhouses, thanks to its southwestern spin on prime cuts. All steaks are cooked outside on an open fire grill over mesquite wood. The family-friendly steakhouse is infused with...  Read More



Although it's changed hands a few times over the years, Jonathan's Cork has maintained a loyal following, both for its rustic, retro décor and its non-standard steakhouse menu. The atmosphere is decidedly old-Southwest, with beehive fireplaces...  Read More



Bob's Steak and Chop House is a traditional American prime steakhouse that serves the finest prime steaks, chops and seafood around. The ambiance is simple yet elegant, the drinks are stiff, and the fine wine selection is impressive. For...  Read More

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar


In true steakhouse fashion, Fleming's sports lots of dark wood and leather and features attentive service and top-notch food. Start with zesty Cajun barbecued shrimp or crab cakes with roasted red pepper-lime butter. Steaks are excellent, of...  Read More


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