2611 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
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Primary Phone: (602) 277-9090
Phone: (602) 264-5112
Fax: (602) 264-5112
Parking: Lot, Free, Valet
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: American, French, Steakhouse, European, Continental
Price Range : Above Average
After all the hype...a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT. As a 50 + year valley resident, I somehow had never made it to Durant's. When a gal in our happy hour group suggested it, I was all in (and excited). I'd heard marvelous things.
On the positive side, the greeting you get from staff as you enter through the kitchen is not only entertaining, but a real treat. Those lovely gentlemen made us feel truly welcome. Our waiter not so much. While he tried to fake it, I got the impression he was not at all happy I were not in for one of their $80 steaks. Sorry, dude.
The MAIN ISSUE? Both appetizers hubby and I got were SERVED LUKEWARM!! I was pissed right there. Cold food in any restaurant is unacceptable, let alone a place with the reputation (price?) of Durant's. The calamari was not crunchy, more like an uncooked bread coating. And lots of tentacles instead of the expected rings.
And their famous beef? We got the well touted Durant's Debris, a supposedly lovely sampling of their fine steak in skewered chunks with a special dipping sauce. Fine steak?!?!? Very little flavor and I had to spit out about 1/4 of it that was just gristle. Dipping sauce was more like fixed up sour cream.
I'm still wondering how Durant's (or why) keeps their reputation. Or do the regulars just love their haunt so much that they've come to accept the mediocrity? So sad, but no way does Durant's get a second chance from this group.
The place has good location and easy to find.. When you get to the Restaurant you will receive a warm welcome to the receptionist, the place has good ambiance.. The table and chairs are comfortable to sit on.. As we arrive and sit, waiter will go on your table and ask politely and getting your order in a nice way.. We didn't wait for so long, the food was awesome. Fresh and quality.
03/29/2011Provided by Citysearch -
This is a traditional steak house who cooks the fillet to perfection. The potatoes are loaded and the broccoli is huge.
You can go just for the bread itself. The bread comes in big chunks loaded with butter. The house salad is big and the ranch is homemade.
The service is superb and the waiters top notch. The atmosphere is crowded but also laid back.
The prices are medium high. Expect about $150 for four people to get three courses and drinks. I didn't have the desert.
06/17/2008Provided by Citysearch -
My husband took me here for dinner he swore it is the best place in town for steak, but all i know is that we are two of a kind especially when it comes to food because i thought it was just ok not the best just OK. Their cescar sald is not good either its a little bland and too peppery not my taste at all. I just had to eat here once and knew i would not be back.
02/19/2008Provided by Citysearch -
On Valentines Day Feb. 14, 2008, my boyfriend and I wanted a romantic place to dine and great steak. We had to take and early dinner as when we called , they said all times are full. when we arrived we were seated immediatly, however throughout the evening, only about 6 couples in the dining area, as several people never showed up. We had an appitizer of crab cakes, well just one came with order but full of crab, no fillers. The Caesar salad was not as good, as hardly no greens, but inside portions of romaine. My steak, the Prime rib was as ordered, however with the large Fillet Migion, it was dry inside, when ordered as medium rare. The wine list was nice, lots of choices. Dinner took around 2 hours from beginning to end. a bit cramped in the corner booth, not to private. But all in all, a nice change, but would not go back soon.l Yes and our waitress gave me a nice flower at evenings end, Nice touch !
02/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Durant's is truly not to be missed. Of course, you may wait a ten or twenty minutes for a seat, but if you are a person with a little class and have realistic expectations what comes with a visit to a highly popular restaurant, you'll definitely enjoy yourself. Do not miss this under any circumstances...but if you are a person who thinks that 20-30 dollars is too much for a plate of food, or if you think that for that price you should be treated like a visiting dignitary, then just save yourself the trouble and go to Olive Garden. Durant's is an institution and the food is beyond excellent, and the ambiance unsurpassed if you like the kitsch of a 1950's supper club, which I do. It's always a special night when you go to Durant's.
After I discovered Durant's, a Phoenix favorite since the 1950's, all other steakhouses paled by comparison. My favorite is the porterhouse for two - yummy! And their mixed drinks are top-notch. Don't miss the Key Lime Pie for dessert.
It reminds me of restaurants my parents would take me to when I was little (and didn't appreciate such greatness). Do yourself a favor, and visit Durant's.
08/06/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I made reservations for my girlfriend and I for a celebration dinner a week in advance. We entered the resturaunt and the host told us it would be about twenty minutes past our reservation time before we were seated. An hour later people who were complaining the most were seated before us. I told the host that we were still waiting and he said he would get our seats but 15 minutes later he was still nowhere to be seen. A man who was seated and went to the bathroom even passed by and commeneted on how long we were waiting. By this time we were so irritaed the night was ruined. We left and will never go back. It's sad becuase I used to love this place.
01/01/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I read the reviews before I made reservations...take 10% of the ravers off and 10% of the naysayers off and you've got a good a solid review. We queried some of the locals on it and they said ""expensive."" So we made reservations and went, New Years Eve, '06 at 5:30 PM.
We walked so we didn't get the kitchen welcome but most of the staff was standing, forming a gauntlet as you enetered. Seating was prompt as was the table service. The place was dark with heavy wood and fabric wall treatments. The restaurant was clean and it's staff immaculately attired
Rebecca was our wait person and what a fabulous job she did. Witty & friendly but not pushy or intrusive.
The salads were large, cold and fresh.....the cocktails chilled and robust!
We both had the prime rib.........melt in your mouth outstanding! Au Jus was HOT, the baked potato was flaky and hot and the rice pilaf was great.....we believe it may have been cooked in beef stock, what a flavor!
Expensive....yes. Worth every penny...ABSOLUTELY!!! Taking everything into account, it was one of the best dining experiences ever. We are planning a get together in the near future with upwards of a dozen guests....this is the place for it!
If you think Outback, Applebees or Chili's has good steak, this place is NOT for you! This is a restaurant for people who enjoy AMBIANCE, enjoy being catered to, enjoy fine cocktails and single malt scotch and enjoy a cooked to order meal!
This is NO PLACE for children under 18 (and I'm being generous with that age). The food is way too complex and rich for their immature palate. And, the dining experience wouldn't support screaming, whining or bored kids acting out.
Durant's is a Home Run!!!
12/12/2005Provided by Citysearch -
Durant's is supposed to be known for their wonderful dishes and unsurpassed service. Unfortunately, our last visit there was very disappointing. We visited on our way to the ballet on a Saturday evening. The food was luke warm at best, and the service was so slow we had to stop a busser to get our check so we could actually leave.
05/18/2005Provided by Citysearch -
We travelled from Houston for a conference in Phoenix, and were directed to this fine dining mecca! I was quickly a tad impressed by the valet parking in the back but to enter through the kitchen BLEW me away! The staff greeted you as you walked into the dining room as they prepared food and cleaned. Our waitress remembered us when we returned 3 days later for an encore before we left for home. Overall we were pleased with the entire experience and have made sure any friends we have going to Phoenix drop in!
05/04/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I love many aspects of Durants - the ambiance, the drinks, the onion rings... but lately it seems that their food is getting really pricey for a non-foodie meal and they're always trying to upcharge you - get the smallest filet mignon ($24) with sauteed mushrooms ($8), a ceasar salad ($3), twice baked potato ($3), and a bottle of iced tea ($4) and suddenly you've spent $42! Add tax and you're at $50 - now add your tip and you're hitting $60 - without alcohol - that's a lot of money for not that great of a culinary experience. Still, it's a classic and a place you've got to go to on those special occasions...
02/03/2003Provided by Citysearch -
I am a big fan of Durant's. I'm a cigar smoking, single malt scotch drinking young woman and love a great steak. This is a place I can go to have a lovely time with friends or a date. Fantastic food and a personable staff await those choosing to dine here. Great scotch selection, too!
01/03/2003Provided by Citysearch -
Has become ""tired"".. Not the exciting Phoenix tradition it was 20 years ago. Have had 2 dreadful experiences with prime rib--so tough that it was ""uncutable"", not to mention ""unchewable""! Service can be snotty-who needs that? Used to support ""Dine out for AIDS""--no longer does it.