The Bottom Line
Durant's Fine Food doesn't look very impressive from the outside, but once you are inside the pink Phoenix landmark you'll forget about it's "humble" exterior. Three of us each had an entree, shared two appetizers and two desserts. We spent an average of $46 per person dining at Durant's in Phoenix, excluding beverages, tax and tip.
What I Liked
- Every course was excellent
- Extensive wine list
- Old-fashioned elegance
- Noise level was high
- Some prices on website are not accurate
- Enter Durant's through the kitchen from humble parking lot entrance. The red carpet's for you.
- The decor at Durant's is dark woods with red walls. They don't make 'em like this anymore.
- There is no dress code at Durant's, but I wouldn't go in shorts. Business casual is appropriate.
- It's a little too loud to be romantic, but ask for a corner table if two of you want to be alone.
- Durant's prides itself on it extensive wine list.
- Reservations are highly recommended at Durant's.
- I wouldn't bring kids to Durant's, but there are children's selections if you do.
- Durant's is not a chain--it's a one-of-a-kind dining establishment serving lunch and dinner.
Guide Review - Durant's Fine Food
Durant's is an icon. Opened in 1950, there's quite a unique history here, and the stories may or may not be true. You can be certain, though, that many a celebrity has eaten here, and many decisions about the City of Phoenix and the State of Arizona were probably made over one of Durant's porterhouse steaks, a glass of bourbon, and a fine cigar.
We didn't see any power brokers on our visit to Durant's in Phoenix, but we did see mostly middle-aged friends and business associates enjoying an evening out in an environment that they don't put in newer restaurants. You won't find lots of glass or chrome or silver or pillows. What you will find is red flocked wallpaper, red leather booths, dark cherry wood furniture, and servers in tuxedos.
We liked everything about the food. From the complimentary Evian, to the bread in herbs and garlic oil (lots of garlic!), to the fresh salad, and the tender lean and tasty meat. Excellent service is a trademark at Durant's, and they didn't disappoint.
It's possible to not spend a fortune at Durant's. My prime rib, with salad and potato, was $20. Very reasonable. It's also possible to spend a lot of money here. A shrimp cocktail with six shrimp in the was $19, but I have to say that they were the best shrimp I've had in quite a while. My companion's lamb chop entree was $40. Desserts are pricey, but can be shared. Wines by the glass start at about $6.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice. (2006)