Table Talk Restaurant Review

Mastro’s City Hall

Steakhouse Restaurant - Scottsdale

Sleek. Sophisticated. Mastro’s City Hall, in downtown Scottsdale, has all the elements of a high-end steakhouses, without a hint of pretentiousness. A night out at City Hall is all about good food and good friends.

Start with the ambiance – dark wood, glass panels, scant lighting. Add in a beautiful bar with an outdoor lounge with fireplace. White linen-covered tables that are spaced just far enough apart from others that you don’t feel like you’re dining right next to strangers.

Next, mix in special touches like live piano music and incredibly service-oriented and knowledgeable wait staff.

As expected, the wine list is extensive. Wonderful by-the-glass selections, as well as a special reserve list full of harder-to-get boutique wines. The perfect way to impress your dinner guest.

Executive Chef Charles Schwerd pulls out all the stops with the food. A long- time Mastro Group vet, Charles has created several of the signature dishes. Even details like the bread basket – making sure there is a variety to tempt everyone at the table – are not overlooked.

Chef Schwerd knows his beef, but also is quite proud of their presentation of seafood. From lobsters to crabs to oysters, the seafood is the freshest they can get and prepared with great care. For a real treat, (and to REALLY impress that dinner guest) order the Chef’s tower – an assortment of seafood presented in a tower of ice-filled bowls. The presentation alone is worth it. The best picks are the Florida crab, the oysters, and the black tiger shrimp.

Perhaps one of the finest chopped salads you’ll ever have comes out of City Hall’s kitchen. A mix of lettuces and radicchio is matched with pimento, blue cheese, and a light vinaigrette.

But of course, we must talk about the meat – this is a steakhouse after all. So, where to start? The bone-in filet? The New York Strip? How about the 40 oz. Double Porterhouse? They’re all fork-tender and served on 400 degree plates to keep them just perfect. The herb-crusted rack of lamb is another fabulous option. Perhaps the best lamb these tasters have ever had.

Side dishes are all a la carte – and some are quite excellent. The creamed corn is a Mastro Restaurants signature dish and a wonderful complement to the meat, as are the au gratin Lyonnaise potatoes.

The dessert tray has something for everyone – a key lime tart that is creamy and mousse-like, an excellent crème brulee, and a killer “chocolate sin” cake -- definitely all worth capping off the meal. For a lighter ending, try the champagne sorbet, which also can be selected for an intermezzo.

City Hall has rooms available for private parties. Also, you can call ahead to make special arrangements for that perfect, must-impress dinner.

good to know: valet parking offered out front.

what to wear: resort-wear, business attire. It’s a fine-looking crowd and you don’t want to look sloppy.

must haves: chopped salad, lamb chops. Oh, and reservations.

 Mastro's City Hall Steakhouse
6991 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale (480)941-4700