I love a good steak and knew that while on vacation in Scottsdale we would dine at least once at one of the many high end steak houses in town. We are willing to pay the prices associated with these higher end places, but love finding the spots that give that "high end" experience with moderate prices and Cholla Prime fits that bill! While the other reviews are correct in stating that you must venture into the relatively smoke filled casino in order to dine here, it wasn't horrible. The walk from the front entrance of the casino to this restaurant is not very far, and once inside the non smoking restaurant there is no issue.
The restaurant is very small but welcoming and comfortable. While not at all pretentious, we liked all the little touches that made this place feel a little old fashioned, such as the hot towels once seated to clean our hands before dinner and the sorbet to cleanse our pallets after our starter before our entrée was served. The bread basket had several different kinds of bread that were all tasty. We were also brought a delicious tiny appetizer compliments of the chef which was a small filet medallion with seafood. We had caesar salad, seafood bisque, Chateaubriand for two, sides of mashed potato, baked potato, and brocollini. We also enjoyed a glass of wine and a soda pop. We really enjoyed everything we ate. The soup was fantastic! loaded with large pieces of shrimp and scallops, served piping hot the way I love it. The salad was very good as were our side dishes. We really enjoyed the meat, however it was sliced a bit too thin leaving us to decide that the next time we dine here, we will order individual filets or strip steaks. So once you finish reading this review and make your reservation, just remember that if you're coming for steak, you'll likely be happiest with a filet, ribeye or strip steak as opposed to the Chateaubriand.
What's perhaps most impressive however, is that for great food and service we paid only $80....which included tax and tip. We would have easily paid at least 50% more for the same amount and quality of food in one of the other steak houses in town. This is a no brainer for anyone who enjoys steak.
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