I'm not sure which was the bigger highlight of a roasted chicken dish — golden, crispy skin or really moist meat. Either way, it was appealing, with light, lemony jus and a pile of roasted onions, fingerling potatoes, beets, and tiny carrots. Better yet was the Chilean sea bass, its miso-glazed, fork-tender flesh steeped in aromatic dashi with black sesame seeds, mushrooms, and fresh cilantro.

What a relief that side dishes weren't obscenely huge, like at most steakhouses. Roasted Brussels sprouts with Nueske's applewood-smoked bacon needed more time in the oven to bring out some sweetness, but roasted mushrooms with caramelized shallots were a hit, and sweet potato purée topped with burnt marshmallow was truly ethereal, whipped to a luxurious consistency.

Coffee didn't arrive in a timely way — we finished our desserts and had to cancel the drink order. Bummer.

Prime beef isn't the only reason to visit unconventional new Modern Steak.
Jackie Mercandetti
Prime beef isn't the only reason to visit unconventional new Modern Steak.

Location Info


Modern Steak

7014 E. Camleback Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Central Scottsdale


Crispy shrimp: $13
Arugula and sour apple salad: $12
New York strip steak: $39
Sea bass: $35
Modern Steak
7014 East Camelback Road, Scottsdale
Modern Steak
Hours: lunch, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m; dinner, 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Sunday brunch, 11:30 to 3 p.m.

But at least the deliciously playful sweets left us with smiles on our faces. Doughnuts, stuffed with apple pie filling and drizzled with cinnamon anglaise, were bites of pure comfort, while a platter of just-frosted mini-cupcakes (red velvet, banana, chocolate, and carrot) inspired giddy squeals of delight.

I doubt that's something you'd hear at a traditional steakhouse.

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Real Estate Heidi
Real Estate Heidi

I can never get steakhouse fatigue! This place was delicious.


GREAT review Michele! After an abysmal experience at their Modern Burger window, there may yet be hope for Modern Burger. Your writing talents do such a service for diners who might otherwise think of this place as gaudy and over done.