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Durant's
Durant's

Durant's

9.725 reviews
££££
American, Steak House
Ranked #16 in Phoenix restaurants
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2611 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 264-5967
http://www.durantsaz.com/
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We became engaged at Durant’s. It was summer of 1955 and I recently moved to Phoenix where my parents owned and operated Gershman’s Kosher Boarding House at 840 North 4th Avenue. The Phoenix Symphony ... Read more
Orchestra was in the process of being organized and I had the thrill of playing in the viola section for the opening concert, held at Phoenix Union High School. Lorin Thalheimer was a budding accountant fresh out of New York City College and was renting desk space for his first (half) office from an attorney in the Adams Building. We met at a lecture at the old Jewish Community Center, and it was “Laugh” at first sight. Lorin took me out to dinner almost nightly, anxious to show off “his” town. One of the first spots was Durant's, and of course we entered through the kitchen.

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Burns

The BEST steakhouse in town!! This swanky 50's style restaurant is a best kept secret in Phoenix.

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Local from Mesa

HISTORICAL steak house - also great lounge. Valet parking in back and walk in through the kitchen. Very charming and many stories. Kinda dark inside and be sure to order the "scraps".

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Local from Phoenix

Total throwback to the times of Rat Pack. Waiters here tuxes and booths are tall with lots of privacy. Martinis and Frank Sinatra go with this place.

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Local from Phoenix

For a blast to the past...this is still in its original decor...one of Phoenix oldest restaurants...Reservations recommended

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Every major city has a restaurant like Durant's. Old School place, been around for 50 years, with red leather half circle booths, red velvet wall paper, dim lighting, old-time professional waiters with grey hair, and expensive food specializing in steaks. You walk into Durant's from the back parking lot, through the kitchen; not because of the light rail construction out front, but because that is how it has always been done. The logo awning and valet parking is back there in the rear!

Most steaks are in the $40 range, which comes with a choice of potato styles (baked, garlic mashed, fries) and a choice of soup du jour or house salad (Caesar's Salad is $4.50 more, but it isn't the old school with anchovies or mixed at your table by the waiter with wood spoons like some classic restaurants like this do it. It is mostly just sprinkled with cheese. I long for the real Caeser's salad, not this version remeniscent of casual dining places that serve it with chicken!). Seafood selections are mostly in the $30 range. They offer Delmonico steak (In-Bone New York) for $41.50; the 8 oz Filet Mignon is $40.50 (they have a larger 12 oz, too) and the in-bone porterhouse of 32 oz is $72! A large Shrimp and Crab Louis entree is $24.95. Spinich dip appetizer is $8.95, and a dozen oysters on the half shell is $24.95 (6 for $13.95).

All the food is good, but not fantastic given the prices. Service was very deliberate bordering on slow (from the kitchen , not the waiter).
They have a decent wine list. House wines by the glass include the Santa Barbara Avila Merlot, lighter and simplistic, at $6, and the Sterling Merlot from Norcal is $9, with more body but only average.

Drinks may default to premium brands if you don't specify at the bar. Myers Platinum rum and coke, $5.50. Tanqueray and Tonic, $6.00. Stolichnaya Raspberry Vodka and Tonic, $10.95. They do serve the drinks very stiff, though!

The best thing about this place is the bread. They serve a round loaf of sourdough like bread, sliced and soaked in olive oil and covered with minced garlic and basil. It is free and they will keep bringing more as you wait patiently for your other dishes. We had 3 loaves.

They offer typical classic desserts for this type of place, like Key Lime Pie, but we were so full with meat and bread, we passed on it.

This is the place you bring your significant other's parents to impress them with a classic, great old school restaurant, especially if they listen to Frank Sinatra and like meat. But if you are a trendy chic diner, you should pass and try something fresher in ambiance and food but equally expensive (think Scottsdale's overblown newer mega-restaurants which are the new Durant's except with Sushi or Asian Fusion, or oversized Southwest flavored creations with names taken from Cactus varieties.)

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Best steak in town, old Phoenix charm. Great for that special night

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Great food, historical phoenix

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Great. Expensive.

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Local from Gilbert

Old School steak house. Dark and elegant.

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