Tucson >Food & Dining > McMahon's Prime Steakhouse
2959 N Swan Rd, Tucson, AZ | Directions 8571232.261133 -110.892776
Mon-Fri 11:30am-10pm; Sat-Sun 5-10pm
Neighborhoods: Vista Del Monte, Ward 2
Not worth the gas to get there – Gave this place a second chance, not impressed at all. Between Flemings and Sullivans this is just not to standards. Husband got prime rib special I swear it looked like somthing from a Fridays Restaraunt...the potatos were dehydrated it was embarrasing, and the meat no flavor at all....spinach dried and corn looked and tasted like from a can....dont waste your money go a little further to Sullivans or Flemings they are well prepared in the kitchen and the service and ambiance is better.... McMahons outdated and only go for wine and bread!
All I can say is WOW – Amazing amazing amazing!! The place has a romantic and warm ambiance, the service etiquette was superior, and the food... what can I say, I have never been able to finish a steak by myself until this!! I couldn't put my fork down!
Mighty Big Steaks – My boyfriend and I showed up at this restaurant dressed casually and with no reservation on a Sunday evening. Although we felt a bit underdressed compared with most of the clientele in the restaurant, we were seated in the main dining area at a huge booth. Our waiter was very gracious and assisted us with the wine list and menu. As our main wine selection was not available, he suggested another wine at $18/glass. We decided to try it, and unfortunately, although the bouquet was wonderful, the taste was not even close to what I would consider an $18/glass wine to taste like. I was very disappointed. Live and learn.
I ordered the New York Strip Steak, and it was far too large. In fact, my boyfriend and I could have shared the steak and taken some home for the dogs as well. I don't understand restaurants who provide such oversized portions. The McMahons potatoes were fabulous, and our shrimp appetizer was delicious. I'd wished I'd gotten two appetizers for dinner rather than the steak. My boyfriend's prime rib was apparently delicious and tender, but I cannot say the same for my steak. It was a bit overcooked and didn't have much flavor.
After dinner, we did share McMahon's signature dessert...Champagne Fried Strawberries. They were to die for. One of the BEST desserts I've EVER had. I would highly recommend this dessert.
Service & food not up to its regular standard on 7 Sep 06 – Been going to McMahon's for many years. 9 out of 10 times I have loved it. Prior to my visit on 7 Sep 06 for an anniversary, I had always been very impressed and was completely satisfied with the New York Strip steak I would order. The service was always prompt, classy, and the food exceptional. Last night, however, I was so disappointed I doubt I will go there again.
We were seated in the Piano Bar (which we had known we would be in beforehand). We were also aware that a big gathering was being conducted in the dining room. A pretty young waitperson came over to take drink orders. My wife's drink came as requested, however I had asked for sparkling water with no ice. She returned with soda water in ice and had to go get my bubbly water. I couldn't find the usual NY strip on the menu and asked her to check on it. When she came back (promptly) with my water, she had forgotten to check on the steak, so went out again to check and returned right away with the answer. "Can't get it" In its place was a New York, bone-in 20oz for $41.95. Too huge.
The glass that came with the water was poorly washed and smelled fishy.
I ordered a rib-eye and fries with sauteed mushrooms. The rib-eye was done to perfection, but I didn't like it because it wasn't a New York. The fries looked like they had been put back in the frier to reheat them. The mushrooms were mushy.
A manager person arrived, nodding his head as he assumed we were enjoying our dinner. I told him of my distress with the menu having no smaller New York, but he just left with a smile on his face, not even addressing my concern.
My wife's prime rib was excellent as were her accompaniments.
It took nearly on hour to finally receive the entree.
Nobody cleared the many dishes off the table until we paid.
It's the first time I've been to an upscale restaurant and couldn't find a NY strip. I'm appalled.
Disappointed is putting it mildly.
A monument to the local Metro restaurant empire, this upscale steakhouse does great steaks and brisk business. – The Scene
Always one to toot his own horn, Bob McMahon has practically paneled the entrance to his eponymous steakhouse with grip-and-grin photos and celebrity endorsements. This is a place to be seen: flash your cash and make the most of the valet parking.
As with most high-end steakhouses, dining is a la carte here. Choose your favorite steak and add on rich sides like nutmeg-spiked creamed spinach, sauteed mushrooms or mammoth onion rings. Beef is the main course, however, so all cuts are wet-aged before being cooked to specification. The outstanding Steak Cristiani is an incredibly tender 8-ounce filet topped with portobello mushrooms sauteed in garlic and olive oil, and topped with grated Romano cheese. In the unlikely event that beef leaves you cold, try the succulent lamb chops, lobster tails, or moist, perfectly cooked salmon.
Still excellent! – I had an excellent dining experience. Danita's Petit Filet is a perfect portion of an excellent cut of beef. The house salad, fresh corn & veggie of the day are great accompaniments to the steak. The corn was so fresh, cooked perfectly with a good crunch. The veggie -cooked escarole & leeks- wonderful in taste sauteed in olive oil and garlic! For dessert I tried the champagne fried strawberries: strawberry dipped in champagne-batter, deep-fried, rolled in sugar-cinnamon, served with rasp sauce and creme fraiche. Wow! Service was wonderful, very kind and helpful waiter!
Fantastic! – My wife, being from Omaha, knows steak and she won't go anywhere else. The best filet I have ever had. I don't know how they do it, but every steak we have had at McMahon's, was more tender than the one before. Amazing! Don't even get me started on the wine list.
Wonderful!!! – Absolutely the best steak I have ever eaten. It's nice to have a local steakhouse that not only competes with but actually is superior to the national chains.
great salads – When the best thing you can say about a steak house is that it serves a great spinach salad, you know the place has a long way to go. I don't know where the steaks come from, but I get better ones at Safeway. McMahon's and Sullivan's are a far cry from real steak houses. Ruth's Chris -- please come to Tucson!!!
The best steak in town – Moving to Tucson from the midwest, my husband and I had been in search of a quality steak restaurant in Tucson for quite a while. Some people recommended Pinnacle Peak (decent for the money) and Hidden Valley Inn (bland), among other restaurants. We were on the verge of forever grilling our own steaks, when we heard about McMahon's. We are now complete addicts (especially the steak christiani!) The food and service has always been impeccible, and the steaks are heaven. As social-pariahs (smokers), we love the bar! Initially we tried Sullivan's (also wonderful) but found the quality at McMahon's just as high, and the prices a tad lower. Valet parking also a plus.
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