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Bounty and Beauty at Dominick’s Steakhouse Scottsdale

Courtesy Dominick's Steakhouse

Courtesy Dominick’s Steakhouse

There’s much to love about a classic American steakhouse—from the dimly lit atmosphere, refined dark wood décor, white linens and formal service staff to impeccable cuts of meat cooked to perfection. In this age where avant-garde grub is captivating culinary attentions, one restaurant’s traditional approach continues to delight: Michael Dominick’s Lincoln Avenue Prime Steakhouse in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dominick’s Steakhouse is described as a “destination dining experience,” and I learned why first-hand during a visit to the Scottsdale Quarter-based business. The opulence of the backlit bar, lounge and adjacent dining space is striking. The rich interior features marble floors, crystal chandeliers, leather seating, decorative molding and attention-getting artwork. Venture up to Dominick’s second level where patrons can dine alfresco around a rooftop patio pool, this location’s signature seating area. Overall, the lavish and somewhat nostalgic ambiance at Dominick’s rivals that of the most elite steakhouses in the world.

The experience starts with a presentation of the extensive wine list, which offers an abundance of American and European varietals. The dinner menu is equally expansive, offering a broad selection of meat, seafood and vegetarian fare.  But the star of the show is the prime meat selections, hand-picked from a “specific Ranch” kept tightly under wraps, all expertly butchered on premises and cooked “the old fashioned way”—from scratch.  In fact, nothing on Dominick’s menu, which includes both steakhouse and Italian favorites, is pre-processed, so diners are assured the freshest steak, seafood, pasta and produce available. Here, the highest quality products are always used regardless of the margin-impacting price.

The exquisite attention to detail in Dominick’s décor reflects the same high standard in its kitchen, commanded by Executive Chef Marc Lupino. The standard of excellence is apparent as the brigade turns out one exceptionally prepared dish after another amid Chef Lupino’s momentum-driven manta, “You are only as good as your last meal.”

My own visit to Dominick’s started with a basket of assorted fresh baked breads to pique the palate. But, buyer beware: delicious as it is, filling up on bread is risky, as appetizer and entrée portions here are ample.

For the starter course, I opted for the chilled fresh Seafood Tower: two levels of fresh ocean victuals of each diner’s choice and à la carte-priced accordingly. My selections were King crab claws, colossal shrimp, oysters and lobster. This appetizer is a meal unto itself and the salty sweetness of the lobster left me longing for more.

So, for my entrée I chose the Surf and Turf ($85) comprised of a broiled 9-ounce lobster tail served alongside a hefty 18-ounce bone-in filet mignon.  The beef had a stunning sear, with a lightly caramelized crust on the exterior that secured the flavor-rich moisture within. So juicy and tender was this piece of meat that I could literally cut it with my fork. To complement this highcaliber dish, I selected the decadent Au Gratin Potatoes ($13.95) and the Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Crispy Bacon ($10.95). The balance achieved among these four entrée elements was impeccable.

While at this juncture there was hardly any space left in my stomach, I simply could not resist dessert in the form of Dominick’s signature Warm Caramel Butter Cake ($12). This moist, warm yellow cake with a gooey center, expertly brûléed on top with raw sugar and served over a liquefied caramel sauce–accompanied with hand-made, locally-sourced, flavor-dense vanilla bean gelato and a whipped cream kicker–was downright intoxicating.

I should also note that the fine fare at Dominick’s is further elevated by their professional and knowledgeable staff, who go out of their way to assure your visit to Dominick’s is a memorable one. Mine certainly was.

If you’re looking for prime steak and sumptuous seafood in Scottsdale, Dominick’s is your one-top shop.

“The Luxe List” Executive Editor Merilee Kern scours the luxury marketplace for exemplary travel experiences, extraordinary events, and notable products and services. Submissions are accepted at www.LuxeListReviews.com. Follow her on Twitter here: twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.

***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above were provided at no cost to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***

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