Don & Charlie's

★★★★☆
Meat mavens crave the juicy steaks and sublime environment.
33.5018 -111.92
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602-726-1224

7501 E Camelback Rd

Scottsdale, AZ

85251

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Mon-Thu 5pm-9:30pm Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm Sun 5pm-9pm

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After waiting so long to taste their famous ribs, I was very underwhelmed. Dickie's are better. While the meat was of high quality and no fat, I could not detect any smoked flavor at all, as I have at other places. The BBQ sauce was blah. I was amazed at the fine reputation they have! That was enough for me, but the ambience was terrible. I expected the overall sports theme and sports fans will be very please with the museum quality memorabelia all over the walls. But it was SO crowded, that even sitting next to each other on one side of a table, we could not carry on a conversation. I could reach out and touch the next table diners, and when the waiter slipped between the tables to take the order, his butt was inches away from me and my plate. The din was appalling. People were shouting to carry on conversations and we were forced to endure loud comments and stories and laughter. The prices were pretty high, but rib prices were in line with usual restaurant prices for that item. The one good thing was our waitress. She was clear, concise, smiling and capable. None of this was her fault and we tipped her well. Unfortunately, we won't be making a second visit.

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★★☆☆☆

After waiting so long to taste their famous ribs, I was very underwhelmed. Dickie's are better. While the meat was of high quality and no fat, I could not detect any smoked flavor at all, as I have at other places. The BBQ sauce was blah. I was amazed at the fine reputation they have! That was enough for me, but the ambience was terrible. I expected the overall sports theme and sports fans will be very please with the museum quality memorabelia all over the walls. But it was SO crowded, that even sitting next to each other on one side of a table, we could not carry on a conversation. I could reach out and touch the next table diners, and when the waiter slipped between the tables to take the order, his butt was inches away from me and my plate. The din was appalling. People were shouting to carry on conversations and we were forced to endure loud comments and stories and laughter. The prices were pretty high, but rib prices were in line with usual restaurant prices for that item. The one good thing was our waitress. She was clear, concise, smiling and capable. None of this was her fault and we tipped her well. Unfortunately, we won't be making a second visit.

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Is this an infommercial for this restaurant? I thought we were gauging on Barbeque! Michelle D said, "If your from the Midwest and looking for some good beef, look no farther. Don and Charlies has won many awards for their excellent food." I was born and raised in K.C. Whether it's beef or Bar-B-Q, this place is just O.K. Best part is the atmosphere. That's it. In terms of true Bar-B-Q, Don & Charlies is mediocre at best. If they were to get a unique sauce that sets them apart, amen. Until then, 3 stars.

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★★★☆☆

Is this an infommercial for this restaurant? I thought we were gauging on Barbeque! Michelle D said, "If your from the Midwest and looking for some good beef, look no farther. Don and Charlies has won many awards for their excellent food." I was born and raised in K.C. Whether it's beef or Bar-B-Q, this place is just O.K. Best part is the atmosphere. That's it. In terms of true Bar-B-Q, Don & Charlies is mediocre at best. If they were to get a unique sauce that sets them apart, amen. Until then, 3 stars.

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Went to dine on a Friday night and was sat very quickly. The servers look to be on their death bed, nobody was under 50. Ordered a pork chop and half rack of ribs, which was very pricey and not worth the money. Felt like we were stuck in the 70's all night, the music was cheesy and annoying. My wife and I (age 30) were by FAR the youngest people in the restaurant. Our server smelled like smoke and had nasty teeth. This place has the atmosphere, but needs some youth.

2
★★☆☆☆

Went to dine on a Friday night and was sat very quickly. The servers look to be on their death bed, nobody was under 50. Ordered a pork chop and half rack of ribs, which was very pricey and not worth the money. Felt like we were stuck in the 70's all night, the music was cheesy and annoying. My wife and I (age 30) were by FAR the youngest people in the restaurant. Our server smelled like smoke and had nasty teeth. This place has the atmosphere, but needs some youth.

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We were taken to Don and Charlies by a friend who always goes there when he is in town. The food was excellent. I had the pork chop and it was grilled to perfection. Our friend had the ribs and they were just great. The service was attentive without being intrusive. And we could carry on a conversation without shouting, even though the restaurant was packed, because the acoustics were great.

5
★★★★★

We were taken to Don and Charlies by a friend who always goes there when he is in town. The food was excellent. I had the pork chop and it was grilled to perfection. Our friend had the ribs and they were just great. The service was attentive without being intrusive. And we could carry on a conversation without shouting, even though the restaurant was packed, because the acoustics were great.

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This is where a lot of up scale people like to dine. They have some of the best steaks and seafood around. It has a sort of refined sports theme but its very nice.

5
★★★★★

This is where a lot of up scale people like to dine. They have some of the best steaks and seafood around. It has a sort of refined sports theme but its very nice.

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Don & Charlies has the best beef outside of Iowa. If your from the Midwest and looking for some good beef, look no farther. Don and Charlies has won many awards for their excellent food.

5
★★★★★

Don & Charlies has the best beef outside of Iowa. If your from the Midwest and looking for some good beef, look no farther. Don and Charlies has won many awards for their excellent food.

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I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR A FUN AND NEW REST.TO TRY FOR MY WIFES BIRTHDAY ON APRIL 27,2007. i HAPPEN TO SURF THE NET AND FIND DON AND CHARLIES WHOM SUPPOSEDELY QUOTE UN-QUOTE"HAS AN AMAZING STEAK AND CHOP SELECTION,AND THE PRIME RIB IS THE BEST IN THE VALLEY". NOW FIRST OFF,MY WIFE AND I ARE PRIME RIB FANATICS,AND WE'VE HAD SOME OF THE MOST SUCCULANT OF CHOICE CUTS AROUND,AND THIS DON AND CHARLIES WAS THE BEST IN THE VALLEY,WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...THE CARSON CUT WAS THEIR BEST CUT @ 20OUNCES SO WE ORDERED TWO,WE FIGURED HEY,WE WERE HERE TO TRY THE PRIME RIB SO WE'LL GET THE BEST,BOY....WERE WE EVER SO WRONG,THE CUTS CAME OUT,AND THEY WERE A LITTLE OVER FATTY ON THE ENDS,BUT ONCE WE WENT TO CUT OUR FIRST BITES,IT WOULD NEVER BEE THE SAME,IT WAS LIKE A PIECE OF STRINGY BEEF JERKY,THESE RIB CUTS WE'RE HORRIBLE,ROUGH ON THE TONGUE TOO CHEW,THE KNIVES WE HAD WE'RE SWEATING I'M SURE FROM ALL THE MUSCLE WE HAD TO USE TO CUT THIS CRAP,I WAS VERY,VERY DISAPPOINTED,AND I KNOW NOW THAT THIS RESTARAUNT IS ONLY HIGHLY RATED DUE TO THE OLDER MONEY SCOTTSDALE CROWD/LOCALS TO THE AREA,WHO HAPPEN TO BE IN THE AGES OF 65-80,AND HAVE NO TASTE WHAT SO EVER,THE PRICE WE SPENT ON TWOM PRIME RIB CARSON CUT DINNERS WERE 110.37 INCLUDING TIP..I HAVE HAD MONTI'S LA CASA VIEJA'S PRIME RIB,AND IT BLOWS AWAY DON AND CHARLIES BY A LONG SHOT,PLUS IT'S ONLY 20.00$$$ A PLATE ,CAN'T COMPLAIN THERE,IT'S NO PRIME RIB TO BE RECCOND WITH,IT IS BETTER THAN A CUT AT RUTH'S CHRIS,SO IF YOUR LOOKING FOR STEAK,AND THE REAL CHAMPIONSHIP DINING EXPERIENCE,I RECOMMEND MONTI'S LA CASA VIEJA FOR THE FINEST PRIME RIB YOU'LL EVER TASTE

5
★★★★★

I HAD BEEN LOOKING FOR A FUN AND NEW REST.TO TRY FOR MY WIFES BIRTHDAY ON APRIL 27,2007. i HAPPEN TO SURF THE NET AND FIND DON AND CHARLIES WHOM SUPPOSEDELY QUOTE UN-QUOTE"HAS AN AMAZING STEAK AND CHOP SELECTION,AND THE PRIME RIB IS THE BEST IN THE VALLEY". NOW FIRST OFF,MY WIFE AND I ARE PRIME RIB FANATICS,AND WE'VE HAD SOME OF THE MOST SUCCULANT OF CHOICE CUTS AROUND,AND THIS DON AND CHARLIES WAS THE BEST IN THE VALLEY,WHAT A JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...THE CARSON CUT WAS THEIR BEST CUT @ 20OUNCES SO WE ORDERED TWO,WE FIGURED HEY,WE WERE HERE TO TRY THE PRIME RIB SO WE'LL GET THE BEST,BOY....WERE WE EVER SO WRONG,THE CUTS CAME OUT,AND THEY WERE A LITTLE OVER FATTY ON THE ENDS,BUT ONCE WE WENT TO CUT OUR FIRST BITES,IT WOULD NEVER BEE THE SAME,IT WAS LIKE A PIECE OF STRINGY BEEF JERKY,THESE RIB CUTS WE'RE HORRIBLE,ROUGH ON THE TONGUE TOO CHEW,THE KNIVES WE HAD WE'RE SWEATING I'M SURE FROM ALL THE MUSCLE WE HAD TO USE TO CUT THIS CRAP,I WAS VERY,VERY DISAPPOINTED,AND I KNOW NOW THAT THIS RESTARAUNT IS ONLY HIGHLY RATED DUE TO THE OLDER MONEY SCOTTSDALE CROWD/LOCALS TO THE AREA,WHO HAPPEN TO BE IN THE AGES OF 65-80,AND HAVE NO TASTE WHAT SO EVER,THE PRICE WE SPENT ON TWOM PRIME RIB CARSON CUT DINNERS WERE 110.37 INCLUDING TIP..I HAVE HAD MONTI'S LA CASA VIEJA'S PRIME RIB,AND IT BLOWS AWAY DON AND CHARLIES BY A LONG SHOT,PLUS IT'S ONLY 20.00$$$ A PLATE ,CAN'T COMPLAIN THERE,IT'S NO PRIME RIB TO BE RECCOND WITH,IT IS BETTER THAN A CUT AT RUTH'S CHRIS,SO IF YOUR LOOKING FOR STEAK,AND THE REAL CHAMPIONSHIP DINING EXPERIENCE,I RECOMMEND MONTI'S LA CASA VIEJA FOR THE FINEST PRIME RIB YOU'LL EVER TASTE

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We recently drove across Phoenix to Don & Charlies Restaurant in Scottsdale AZ. The Dim Candle Lit Atmosphere, White linen Table cloths & Napkins, and Black Tie'd Wait staff. Opened up the curtian on this experiance. The Walls Leden with Autographed Base Balls & other Sports Memorabilia added a wave of excitement to the occasion. Their Menu, Priding itself on there Special BBQ Ribs also included such Favorites as, Lamb, Frog Legs,Chops & Steaks, Prime Rib, Chicken, and Pasta's to Shrimp de Jonghe. Finished off with an Exclusive Wine list & Desert

PROS: Excellent
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5
★★★★★

We recently drove across Phoenix to Don & Charlies Restaurant in Scottsdale AZ. The Dim Candle Lit Atmosphere, White linen Table cloths & Napkins, and Black Tie'd Wait staff. Opened up the curtian on this experiance. The Walls Leden with Autographed Base Balls & other Sports Memorabilia added a wave of excitement to the occasion. Their Menu, Priding itself on there Special BBQ Ribs also included such Favorites as, Lamb, Frog Legs,Chops & Steaks, Prime Rib, Chicken, and Pasta's to Shrimp de Jonghe. Finished off with an Exclusive Wine list & Desert

PROS: Excellent
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This place is amazing! The best time to visit is during spring training when there's TONS of celebrities there. This place is pretty easy going...it's not like City Hall or Flemmings or places like that. Don Carson is the man. He knows EVERYONE there is to know in the sports world and the memorbilia in that place is off the charts. There's a babe ruth signed basball and tons of other awesome meorbilia. I can't say enough good things about this place. You have to be a sports fan to really appreciate D&C's. I'm guessing the other reviews were written by people who don't fully understand and appreciate sports. YOu MUST go there if you're in town. The service is great! Our waiter was the son of a famous athlete and he gave us some pretty good insight on the sports world.

5
★★★★★

This place is amazing! The best time to visit is during spring training when there's TONS of celebrities there. This place is pretty easy going...it's not like City Hall or Flemmings or places like that. Don Carson is the man. He knows EVERYONE there is to know in the sports world and the memorbilia in that place is off the charts. There's a babe ruth signed basball and tons of other awesome meorbilia. I can't say enough good things about this place. You have to be a sports fan to really appreciate D&C's. I'm guessing the other reviews were written by people who don't fully understand and appreciate sports. YOu MUST go there if you're in town. The service is great! Our waiter was the son of a famous athlete and he gave us some pretty good insight on the sports world.

Pros: great atmosphere

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Mastros, City Hall, Captal Grill, Donnovan's, Mortons, Ruth's Chris - they are all so simliar that you can barely tell which one you are eating at. Stuffy, overpriced and predictable. Then there is Don and Charlies. The steaks are amazing, the atmosphere is totally unique, the service is impeccable and the price is actually BETTER than all of the rest. I eat here all the time and finally decided to write a review.\r\n\r\nEvery inch of this place is covered with original sports memorabilia. From authentic Joe Dimaggio signed baseballs, to autographed football jerseys to original FBR golf scorecards, I always spend at least a half an hour just walking around checking out the walls. It seems like every time I am here there is some sports celebrity eating just a few tables away - Mike D'Antoni, Kotsuku Fukedome, even Willie Mays was in the house on one occasion. If you come during spring training, it is a whos-who of baseball celebs, and the restaurant is mobbed.\r\n\r\nThe best steak in the house is the bone-in ribeye - and you have to get it with a Char-Crust, topped with roqueforte butter. The place still gives you a salad, baked potato and onion rings standard with your meal, and the beef is top-quality prime. The char-crust and roqueforte butter really make the steaks different from any other steak at any other restaurtant. We always get the creamed spinach which is gooey with cheese, and the shrimp de jonghe as an appetizer. The shrimp is kind of like a scampi, but better - baked with garlic and breadcrumbs. My wife always gets the filet and swears by it.\r\n\r\nOn top of the great food, the servers here are fantastic. They know the menu inside and out, and are friendly and attentive without being stuffy or snooty like other ""prime"" steakhouses. The deserts are huge and delicious - tonight I had the banana cream pie and my wife had something called the ""skoog pie"", a chocolate, caramel concoction that was just amazing.

5
★★★★★

Mastros, City Hall, Captal Grill, Donnovan's, Mortons, Ruth's Chris - they are all so simliar that you can barely tell which one you are eating at. Stuffy, overpriced and predictable. Then there is Don and Charlies. The steaks are amazing, the atmosphere is totally unique, the service is impeccable and the price is actually BETTER than all of the rest. I eat here all the time and finally decided to write a review.\r\n\r\nEvery inch of this place is covered with original sports memorabilia. From authentic Joe Dimaggio signed baseballs, to autographed football jerseys to original FBR golf scorecards, I always spend at least a half an hour just walking around checking out the walls. It seems like every time I am here there is some sports celebrity eating just a few tables away - Mike D'Antoni, Kotsuku Fukedome, even Willie Mays was in the house on one occasion. If you come during spring training, it is a whos-who of baseball celebs, and the restaurant is mobbed.\r\n\r\nThe best steak in the house is the bone-in ribeye - and you have to get it with a Char-Crust, topped with roqueforte butter. The place still gives you a salad, baked potato and onion rings standard with your meal, and the beef is top-quality prime. The char-crust and roqueforte butter really make the steaks different from any other steak at any other restaurtant. We always get the creamed spinach which is gooey with cheese, and the shrimp de jonghe as an appetizer. The shrimp is kind of like a scampi, but better - baked with garlic and breadcrumbs. My wife always gets the filet and swears by it.\r\n\r\nOn top of the great food, the servers here are fantastic. They know the menu inside and out, and are friendly and attentive without being stuffy or snooty like other ""prime"" steakhouses. The deserts are huge and delicious - tonight I had the banana cream pie and my wife had something called the ""skoog pie"", a chocolate, caramel concoction that was just amazing.

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Heard so much about Don & Charlies over the years, finally had a chance to visit. Ordered the ribs....which were very tuff and chewy. Had to ask several times to have the water refilled. Prices tended to be on the high side. I contacted the company's web site and left a message about my experience. I never heard anything from the management. There are better restaurants in the area.

1
★☆☆☆☆

Heard so much about Don & Charlies over the years, finally had a chance to visit. Ordered the ribs....which were very tuff and chewy. Had to ask several times to have the water refilled. Prices tended to be on the high side. I contacted the company's web site and left a message about my experience. I never heard anything from the management. There are better restaurants in the area.

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It took an hour and half just to get our salads, need I say more? The hostess was rude, and the waitress complety dissapeard. The food was mediocre at best. I don't know why anyone would want to eat here.

1
★☆☆☆☆

It took an hour and half just to get our salads, need I say more? The hostess was rude, and the waitress complety dissapeard. The food was mediocre at best. I don't know why anyone would want to eat here.

Cons: service, ambience, food

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Though Don and Charlie's for some odd reason is not on the top of the list here, it should be. You're not going to find a better Rib and Chop house in all of Arizona if not the US. This is the place to be, especially in the spring time because it is frequented by almost all the MLB spring training players that are in town. This restaurant aside from having great food and a great staff has one of the largest sports memorabilia collections. This is an exquisite that will be loved by everyone.

5
★★★★★

Though Don and Charlie's for some odd reason is not on the top of the list here, it should be. You're not going to find a better Rib and Chop house in all of Arizona if not the US. This is the place to be, especially in the spring time because it is frequented by almost all the MLB spring training players that are in town. This restaurant aside from having great food and a great staff has one of the largest sports memorabilia collections. This is an exquisite that will be loved by everyone.

Pros: Amazing Food, Superior Service, Terrific Atmosphere

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I am told that this restaurant has been here forever, and it looks like it needs a good dusting, with dust bunnies growing on the memorabilia, and everything old a crickety. This restaurant is was over-priced, especially for the ribs which were nearly meatless on the end-cut I was served. For a few snowbirds, this place is obviously a regular, and they are happy about the food, compared to wherever they come from, but it wasn't for me.

2
★★☆☆☆

I am told that this restaurant has been here forever, and it looks like it needs a good dusting, with dust bunnies growing on the memorabilia, and everything old a crickety. This restaurant is was over-priced, especially for the ribs which were nearly meatless on the end-cut I was served. For a few snowbirds, this place is obviously a regular, and they are happy about the food, compared to wherever they come from, but it wasn't for me.

Pros: Memorabilia

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I visited Scottsdale in 1989. My friends took me to Don & Charlie's for happy hour one evening and for dinner another evening. I enjoyed the pleasant people working at D & C.\n\nIn 2004, I returned to Scottsdale. I still love D & C's. Great people! Great Food! Great Happy Hour!

5
★★★★★

I visited Scottsdale in 1989. My friends took me to Don & Charlie's for happy hour one evening and for dinner another evening. I enjoyed the pleasant people working at D & C.\n\nIn 2004, I returned to Scottsdale. I still love D & C's. Great people! Great Food! Great Happy Hour!

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This place is way overpriced and reminds me of 1970's style food, service, and atmosphere. Just look at the clientele which probably averages over 70. This is not necessarily bad, but is not for me.

1
★☆☆☆☆

This place is way overpriced and reminds me of 1970's style food, service, and atmosphere. Just look at the clientele which probably averages over 70. This is not necessarily bad, but is not for me.

Pros: Food okay

Cons: , Service slow, distant

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It is neat to see all of the sports memorabilia but that is as far as it goes. I can't believe anyone would rate this eatery anything more than a ""bust"". Maybe just an ""off night"" but the food was terrible, the service was terrible and if you look past the autographs the place is dirty. If you are thinking of going to Don and Charlies, stay home and eat turkey franks. March 7, 2004.

1
★☆☆☆☆

It is neat to see all of the sports memorabilia but that is as far as it goes. I can't believe anyone would rate this eatery anything more than a ""bust"". Maybe just an ""off night"" but the food was terrible, the service was terrible and if you look past the autographs the place is dirty. If you are thinking of going to Don and Charlies, stay home and eat turkey franks. March 7, 2004.

Pros: Good Parking

Cons: , Service

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My absolute favorite restaurant in AZ. Best Babybacks ever! Always to die for. Great salads, steaks, Prime Rib.... Some seats toooo close to other diners though. And prices have gotten so high, I go there less frequently.

5
★★★★★

My absolute favorite restaurant in AZ. Best Babybacks ever! Always to die for. Great salads, steaks, Prime Rib.... Some seats toooo close to other diners though. And prices have gotten so high, I go there less frequently.

Pros: Food...period.

Cons: Prices, crammed seati, ng

Message from Don & Charlie's

At Don & Charlie's you'll find delicious food, generous portions, friendly, efficient service, and a sports memorabilia collection second to none.



We offer fine American dining that has never gone out of style. Popular menu items remain prime steaks, hickory-smoked barbecue baby back ribs, chicken and fresh fish.



Don & Charlie's features a club atmosphere with warm wood paneling, comfortably padded chairs and banquettes, and crisp white-clothed tables. The star attraction is the veritable sports museum housed throughout the restaurant. It's thought to be the largest collection of sports memorabilia west of the Mississippi.



Hosting a private party? Phone for catering and banquet services information for all your meeting and party needs.

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A Valley standby, especially during spring training, Don & Charlie's is also where winter visitors taking in the Cactus League baseball games line up for generous (albeit pricey) portions of good all-American food. Then again, you get what…

Key Points

  • Steak and Ribs
  • Reservations Suggested
  • Reserve During Cactus League
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