Fancy, big-name steakhouses in major cities might be more popular, but everyone knows meaty meals are one thing small towns do better. These 11 rural Arizona restaurants serve up some of the best steaks our state has to offer, no matter how little-known they might be.
1. Big E Steakhouse & Saloon (Tusayan)
Nothing beats fueling up with a hearty meal after hiking in the Grand Canyon all day long. Big E only uses Harris Ranch beef, which has been the highest quality available for nearly 100 years. Flame-seared and cooked to your preference, these steaks are big, juicy, and delicious. You'll find the restaurant at 395 AZ-64, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023.
2. Cattlemen's Steakhouse (Show Low)
Show Low is an extremely historic town, and Cattlemen's strives to create an authentic Old West atmosphere. The New York Strip is hand-cut daily, and slow-roasted prime rib is served with au jus and horseradish. Other popular selections include fresh salmon, top sirloin, and pork chops. The steakhouse is located at 1231 E Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, AZ 85901.
3. Western View Steakhouse (Williams)
Who knew some of Arizona's best steak could be found at a Best Western? This unassuming restaurant features an upscale menu, casual yet elegant environment, and large windows showcasing beautiful surroundings. We highly recommend starting with a bowl of French onion soup and loading up on complimentary bread for dipping. You'll find Western View at 2600 W Historic Rte. 66, Williams, AZ 86046.
4. Leff-T's Steakhouse & Grill (Dewey)
Both Dewey locals and travelers passing through enjoy the laid-back atmosphere and unbeatable food at Leff-T's. Every cut of beef imaginable, mesquite-smoked BBQ chicken and ribs, burgers ground in-house, and tons more scrumptious offerings keep customers' taste buds and stomachs begging for more. Stay awhile and enjoy your meal at a leisurely pace while sipping a cold beer. The restaurant is located at 150 AZ-69, Dewey, AZ 86327.
5. Yippee Ei O Steakhouse (Tusayan)
Also in Tusayan, this aptly-named steakhouse is the town's other popular steakhouse. The quirky cowboy theme attracts customers, but unbeatable food is what keeps them coming back. Just look at the thickness of that steak! Yippee Ei O is located at 541 AZ-64, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023.
6. Copper Steer Steakhouse (Safford)
Not a single bad meal comes out of this rustic steakhouse. Between the impeccable service, open kitchen where customers can watch the meat sizzle on the grill, and absolutely mouthwatering flavors, your first trip here definitely won't be your last. Good luck stopping at one warm roll with cinnamon butter! You'll find Copper Steer at 1206 US-70, Safford, AZ 85546.
7. Sutler's Steakhouse (Camp Verde)
Just 15 minutes from Cottonwood, Sutler's Steakhouse boasts hand-cut steaks and homemade bread. This very building was established in 1871 and is loaded with local history. With live music, a fish fry and prime rib special every Friday, and weekend breakfasts, there's never a dull moment here. The restaurant is located at 564 S Main St., Camp Verde AZ 86322.
8. Johnny Ringo's Bar & Depot Steakhouse (Tombstone)
A steakhouse and bar in one, this place perfectly captures the rough-and-tough history of Tombstone. Dry-aged steaks are the crowd favorite, but shredded beef nachos, seafood, and Mexican entrees are other top choices. It even has a dog-friendly outdoor patio! You'll find Depot Steakhouse at 1206 US-70, Safford, AZ 85546.
9. Charlie Clark's Steakhouse (Pinetop)
Nestled in the White Mountains and surrounded by towering Ponderosa Pines, this 81-year-old restaurant is situated at an elevation of 7,200 feet! Charlie Clark's specializes in mesquite-broiled steak and chicken, prime rib, and seafood. It's open 365 days a year and hosts various seasonal events on the vast property. The steakhouse is located at 1701 E. White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop, AZ 85935.
10. Butterfield Stage Co Steak House (Holbrook)
Next time you stay at the Wigwam Motel, stop by Butterfield's to get a quick bite before checking in. The delightfully dated interior is reminiscent of Route 66 in its heyday, and the food is cooked to perfection. Take a minute to admire the memorabilia and learn all about Holbrook's past after you eat. You'll find the steakhouse at 609 W Hopi Dr., Holbrook, AZ 86025.
11. Cartwright's Modern Cuisine (Cave Creek)
The only "fancy" steakhouse on this list, Cartwright's still manages to offer a welcoming atmosphere where fresh, local ingredients are a top priority. Unique flavor combinations and an extensive wine list guarantee an unforgettable dining experience. See for yourself at 6710 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek, AZ 85331.
How many of these restaurants have you eaten at? What’s your favorite small-town steakhouse in Arizona? Let us know if we left off your top pick!