Tucson, AZ, home to the University of Arizona, is a city that boasts 350 days of sunshine a year. That said, it’s the perfect place for your next outdoor adventure whether that’s hiking up Finger Rock Trail, cycling on the bike-friendly streets, or exploring the beautiful caves below. With all of that exercise, one of the best ways to replenish your energy is, you guess it - eating! Here are the 10 best steak restaurants in Tucson for you to enjoy after a long day exploring the Arizona outdoors.
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The finest mesquite steaks in Arizona
2735 W Anklam Rd | Tucson | daisymaessteakhouse.com
This award-winning steakhouse was established in 1990 with the goal of delivering a great steak at an affordable price. Today, Daisy Mae’s has become a favorite restaurant of many MLB players and their families due to their delicious steak entrees, all cooked outside on an open fire over mesquite wood, and baby back ribs that “fall off the bone.”
The 9 oz Top Sirloin is a go-to, served with salad, beans, a baked potato, and bread. And the Baby Back Ribs are the specialty of the house, with a full rack for $32 and a half rack for $20. Their kids menu features items such as the Kid’s Ribeye (boneless), a Grilled Cheese Sandwich, a Hot Dog, and a Hamburger or Cheeseburger. Be sure to get the Chocolate Thunder Cake for dessert - you won’t regret it!
“My eating partner and I came out to enjoy a good steak. We ordered chicken wings which were excellent. Everything came out hot and full of flavor. Well worth the wait. It's consistent every time we've been there. Definitely coming back!” - Yelp Review
Voted Tucson’s Best Steakhouse by The Arizona Daily Star
310 E Benson Hwy | Tucson | thesilversaddlesteakhouse.com
This family-owned and operated steakhouse has been serving steak, keeping with old southwest tradition, on a custom steel and brick mesquite wood grill since 1984. They have been voted Tucson’s Best Steakhouse by The Arizona Daily Star, and they pride themselves on using Arizona’s native mesquite wood which, when burned, lends an unmatched smoke flavor to the food.
Steak items include the 24 oz Porter House, 16 oz T-Bone, 10 oz Top Sirloin, 10 oz New York Strip, and Prime Rib (10, 12, or 16 oz). Other menu items include Bar-B-Q Baby Back Ribs, Mesquite Chicken, Steak and Shrimp, or Prime Rib and Australian Lobster Tail or Crab Legs. All dinners are served with fresh rolls and cowboy beans and your choice of soup or salad and your choice of a baked potato or steak fries.
“I truly do love this place. I highly recommend this place if you're into the old cowboy looking saloon and vibe of that. I recommend this place if you have visitors from out of town or just want a decent steak.” - Yelp Review
Old-West themed restaurant
3141 E Drexel Rd | Tucson | cattletownsteakhouse.com
This Old-West themed restaurant offers a casual atmosphere, good food, and outstanding service according to restaurant critics, locals, and visitors alike.
Stop by for lunch or dinner for Steak and Ribs cooked over an authentic mesquite wood fire, Seafood, and Roast Prime Rib. Be sure to enjoy their world famous draft with your meal. You can get a 12 oz Pilsner, a ½ Pitcher, or a Pitcher.
“Went on Father's Day. We had bread immediately as our drink order was taken. The steaks were cooked perfectly. Everything was fresh. Totally great experience on an extremely busy day. I don't live in the state but when I visit I enjoy their steaks.” - Yelp Review
Mesquite steak meets vintage cowboy vibe
6541 E Tanque Verde | Tucson | pinnaclepeaktucson.com
Pinnacle Peak is home of the World Famous Mesquite-Grilled Cowboy Steak, and has been since 1962! What is a Cowboy Steak, you may ask? It’s a flavorful steak cut from the short loin and cooked over a real mesquite fire by master grillers. “Real cowboys” have it medium rare. And don’t forget to save the tenderloin side for last (it’s an authentic Old West dessert!).
We really enjoy their fun cocktails as well, like the Golden Margarita, Prickly Pear Margarita, and Teuila Fresca. But hey, we don’t only like margaritas. We also recommend the Cowboy Cocktail, the Cowgirl Cocktail, and the Tucson Sunset. Beer and red or white wine are also available.
“I had the cowboy steak and it was delicious. For the value and the ambience this is a good place to eat some steak. Our server named Armando was excellent.” - Yelp Review
Tucson's most sustainable steak and seafood
188 E Broadway Blvd | Tucson | charrosteak.com
Can steak and seafood be sustainable? The answer is yes - at Charro Steak & del Rey at least. Charro Steak & del Rey is Tucson's only restaurant serving 100% grass fed mesquite grilled steak, sustainable seafood, and cage free poultry. They are also committed to buying local whenever possible and have a special partnership with The University of Arizona’s Community School Gardening Program.
We recommend starting off with the Tableside Guacamole and Prickly Pear Glazed Albondigas before diving into the steak and seafood. For steak, we recommend the Chef’s Cut, and for seafood, we recommend either the Lobster Tamalada or the Tequila’d Trout.
“The service was amazing. I wished I remembered my server's name because he was too notch. The food was great. I had the carne asada fries and they were soooo good. The entire experience was good that I plan to return tonight before leaving Tucson.” - Yelp Review
Mesquite smoking and grilling
7713 E Broadway Blvd | Tucson | thehorseshoetucson.com
With brisket, pulled pork, sausage, chicken wings and more mesquite smoked daily, as well as steak, burgers, and fish grilled on a live mesquite fire, there’s really nothing more you could ask for at this restaurant. But they don’t stop there - they also serve only grass fed, grain finished meat. They are proud to serve the highest quality meat possible because quality wood fired cooking begins with quality meat.
Begin with the Fried Pickles, dill pickle caps breaded and fried with a side of chipotle ranch, or the Burnt Ends, cubed pork belly caramelized with their THG BBQ sauce and house-rub. Then move on to the meat! Whether you get Wood Fired Steak, a THG BBQ Meat Plate, Grilled Chicken, or a Burger, make sure you get a side of Fresh Cut Fries or Onion Rings.
“Hubby and I had a great date night at The Horseshoe Grill. We had a couple beverages, burnt ends appetizer and shared the bbq sampler platter. Everything was yummy and we'll be back soon. Thanks!” - Yelp Review
Tucson’s only Brazilian steakhouse
150 W Wetmore Rd | Tucson | churrascodebrasil.com
If you’re looking for something different from your typical American steakhouse, look no farther than Churrasco de Brasil. Churrasco is a unique type of cooking created by the Gauchos from south of Brazil, so it’s highly unlikely you’ll find an experience like this elsewhere in Tucson.
At Churrasco de Brasil, gaucho chefs come to your table with skewers of different types of meat including house specialties like Picanha, Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Fraldinha, Cordeiro, and more. There are also side dishes to complement the meat, as well as a large gourmet salad bar featuring over 30 items.
“Very different experience from other restaurants I've been at here in Tucson which is so nice. From the moment they greeted us to the moment we left we had great customer service. Overall, great experience but pricey! Highly recommend!” - Yelp Review
A longtime Tuscan favorite for Southwestern food
6320 E Tanque Verde Rd | Tucson | jonathanscork.com
A longtime Tucson favorite, Jonathan’s Cork serves Buffalo, Ostrich, Fresh Fish, Seafood, Game Meats and selected Angus Beef with a Southwestern flair. The casual, comfortable Southwestern setting, accented with DeGrazia prints, Native American art, and 4 beehive fireplaces is the perfect atmosphere for a Southwestern meal.
The Bison Filet (Buffalo), an 8 oz filet, wrapped with jalapeño bacon and char-broiled and excellent rare is a favorite, as is the Baseball Teriyaki, a Cork tradition, selected angus top sirloin marinated with soy sauce and pineapple juice.
The Cork’s happy hour menu is served every weekday evening from 3pm until 6:30pm and every Saturday from 3pm to close.
“To celebrate our wedding anniversary, we chose Jonathan's this week. I enjoyed the pistachio-crusted double-cut lamb chops. We completed our sublime food fest with flourless chocolate cake filled with peanut butter mousse and divine carrot cake. A perfect evening out for every reason.” - Yelp Review
Authentic Mexican steakhouse
2851 W Valencia Rd | Tucson | littlemexicotucson.com
At Little Mexico Steakhouse, you will find mesquite grilled steak and other authentic Mexican plates. All of the recipes are those of Yolanda Palomarez's family and Socorro Estrada's family, from Socorro’s Green Corn Tamales and Birria to Rosario’s Red Chile Tamales, Red and Green Chile con Carne, Chile Salsa, Chorizo and mouth-watering Albondigas. Their menu features Burros, Tacos, Enchiladas, Tamales, and Tostadas as well as Steak, Chicken, Baby Back BBQ Pork Ribs, and Seafood. We recommend the Grub Steak Sirloin because it is the perfect blend of Arizona and Mexico as it’s mesquite grilled and stuffed with a whole green chile and cheese.
In addition to their dinner menu, they have a full-service bar, lunch specials, and a kids menu, and they serve breakfast with both Mexican and American breakfast selections daily.
“I was excited to finally dine in, I have always enjoyed this place. The food was delicious and fresh! I don't have much to say about this place other than the food was good and service was just as good!” - Yelp Review
High-end steakhouse chain
360 N Campbell Ave Suite 180 | Tucson | flemingssteakhouse.com
Whether you’re hosting a business dinner or celebrating a special occasion, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is the perfect choice for a high-end dinner that you’ll still greatly enjoy.
From Signature Steaks and Special Cuts to plant-based options, this steakhouse has something for everyone in your party. They also have signature cocktails, a hefty dessert menu, and a gluten-free menu.
“Fleming's made our 51st wedding anniversary extra special. Service was impeccable, our Server Host, Chris, was attentive and informative without being obtrusive. The Ribeye and the Fleming Potatoes were superb. The added touch of the anniversary card and cake were a nice touch.” - Yelp Review
There are so many amazing steakhouses in Tucson thanks to the southwest tradition of grilling steak on mesquite wood. But there are also some surprises, such as a Brazilian steakhouse and a Mexican steakhouse. Whichever you try, let us know how it is in the comments! We would love to hear from you!