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Li'l Abner's Steakhouse

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8501 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9513
(520) 744-2800
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you're on the mood of eating like a cowboy eat years ago this is the place!! When you arrive the first thing you will get is the mesquite aroma and the sensation of time travel to the past atmosphere. About the food I have come this place many times!! with NO disappointments, my best plates are the beef ribs,... More 

Thank Ana S
Tucson, Arizona
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36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Was not blown away by the food or atmosphere. The food was good and decent portions, however not really for the prices. Patio was nice, with live music offered. Inside, the walls are covered in old licence plates and general "stuff".

Thank StripesMcGee
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Ribs and steaks are pricey but fairly good.Texas Road house has better ribs in my opinion but Lil Abners is an old Tucson blast from the past.BBQ sauce was odd tasting.I prefer having a choice of sauces and you don't get that here.It is a real authentic old road house atmosphere and the smell of Esquire will get your appetite... More 

Thank Elizabeth R
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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88 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

First timers here. Place is empty, like a sign it'd seen better days. Who knows maybe it fills up at other times? My ribs were so salty they literally stung my lips & mouth. My husbands steak, a little overdone. Presenting a basically empty plate is not so appealing. Lots of room for improvement guys. And you may be some... More 

1 Thank Betsy S
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016 via mobile

Little Abners was very good they cook with Mesquite so the steaks are excellent the small size the cowgirl size was plenty big in the cowboy size was huge and the rest of the fixings with the beans and everything was great .we sat outside on the picnic tables enjoyable

1 Thank Redelf
Tucson, Arizona
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191 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

if you want cowboy style mesquite grilled beef from rib eye to short ribs with chuck wagon beans and trxas toast lil abners is one of tucsons best. a few minutes west of I10 just north of silverbell....acres of parking inside and outside informal family dining...excellent service. prime meats priced accordingly with a sparce but good set of sides,,,,you will... More 

1 Thank baird t
Fairbanks, Alaska
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

I try and eat here every time I visit Tucson. Best T-Bone Steak. Grilled over mesquite wood. Try their Hot Fudge Sundae for desert, excellent.

1 Thank ZoAnne B
Bouse, Arizona
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

This is a cute restaurant and it's been there forever. The server was great but the food was just OK. All you can eat bread and beans if you want bread and beans but the pork ribs that we came for were just OK. They served BBQ sauce on the side which is good but the ribs were way to... More 

Thank John H
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

First real BBQ in the US. Had the rib eye and it was delicious! Meat cooked perfectly. Loved the beans, bread and salad. A quaint location as well. Shame if this place is to be sold and redeveloped so get there while it's still in business!

1 Thank Erica C
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

This is one of my favorite places. What's not to love about a 2 pound porterhouse, mesquite grilled outside over an open pit in a real, original stagecoach stop. They lean slightly toward over cooking so order one level less than you usually do. I've tried the ribs as well and they are really good if you don't want steak,... More 

1 Thank Ed S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Steakhouse, Barbecue
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8501 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9513
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: (520) 744-2800

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