10 of the Most Luxurious Dishes in Tucson

Indulging via food is always worth it.

Celebrating or just ballin’? Either way, indulging via food is worth it.

Here’s our list of nine of the most luxurious dishes in Tucson. Steaks and lobster are usually the most expensive option at restaurants, so we’ll exclude those entrées and keep things spicy (figuratively).

7 Ounce Korean Steakhouse

4699 E. Speedway Blvd.

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While Korean barbecue isn’t fancy, the bill can add up quickly with a la carte options. Skip the fuss with a combo for two and share from a wider range of dishes.

Combo C ($59.95) features:

  • Hot Stone Steamed Egg
  • Beef Steak Sushi
  • 2 Steamed Rice
  • Seasoned Boneless Short Rib
  • Filet Mignon
  • 4 Fresh Shrimp
  • L.A. Galbi
  • Prime Brisket

For more information, visit 7ounce.com.

Charro del Rey

178 E. Broadway Blvd.
Lobster Tamalada at Charro del Rey (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Lobster Tamalada at Charro del Rey (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The tamal-stuffed lobster is topped with green salsa and red salsa. On the side, a fancy candle tray keeps the drawn butter warm with the scent of garlic and chiltepin wafting through the air.

For top of the line bubbly, pair it with a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal ’08 ($399).

For more information, visit charrodelrey.com.

Contigo Latin Kitchen

3770 E. Sunrise Dr.
Paella at Contigo Latin Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Paella at Contigo Latin Kitchen (Credit: Jackie Tran)

The best stuff at Contigo requires advance notice.

Paella (market price, one-day advance notice required) is cooked to order and features shellfish, chicken, rabbit, or Spanish chorizo. It feeds four or more. It’s also one of the most Instagrammable dishes in Tucson, I mean, just look at that thing ^

Cochinillo Asado (whole $475, half $260, three days advance notice required) features a roasted suckling pig with grilled green onions, patatas bravas, black beans, and the vegetable of the day.

For more information, visit eatatcontigo.com.

CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

15000 N. Secret Springs Dr., Marana, AZ 85658
Cast Iron Jambalaya at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar (Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain)

Cast Iron Jambalaya at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar (Photo courtesy of Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain)

CORE’s Cast Iron Jambalaya ($39) is similar to paella with its bounty of clams, mussels, and shrimp. Its chicken is also seasoned with smoked paprika. However, the flavor profile is distinctly Cajun-Creole. Add three plump scallops for an extra $14. The presentation is rustic but you won’t forget you’re at the Ritz.

Add in CORE’s superb views and catalog of over 2,800 bottles of wine, and you’re in for a magical night.

For more information, visit ritzcarlton.com.

Flying V Bar & Grill at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

7000 N. Resort Dr.

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If you love avocados like I do (recall, I said avocado and salmon rate above coffee and chocolate ?), you would adore the guacamole cart at the Flying V restaurant on the grounds of the Loews Ventana Canyon Hotel. Guacamole made to order, and while I am sad that I can’t have onions, even mashed avocados with lime and cilantro makes me swoon. I might have to set up my own avocado bar when I return back to Redmond and reopen Cafe Imei on weekends, exclusive and intimate meals cooked by moi on the Hestan Cue. #avocado #avicadolover #avocadolove #icanhavethis #celiacdisease #foodallergies #healthyfats #yum #omnomnom #simple #lchf #recoverymeal #triathlete #nutritionalperiodization #eatingout

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If you’re hesitant to add on guacamole at Chipotle, look away.

The Flying V features Tableside Guacamole ($18), made by their “guacamoliere.” It’s not a 100% authentic interpretation, but it’s still fantastic and surely beats an ice cream scoop of guac.

For more information, visit loewshotels.com.

The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

5501 N. Hacienda Del Sol Rd.
Kurobuta Pork Chop at the Grill at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Kurobuta Pork Chop at the Grill at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Sometimes called “the Kobe beef of pork,” Kurobuta pork can cost about eight times as much as conventional supermarket pork. You won’t find Kurobuta at most grocery stores, so look to restaurants that are selective with their ingredients. Like Kobe beef, the glistening intramuscular marbling commands the high price.

At the Grill, enjoy the Kurobuta Pork Chop ($44) with bourbon apple compote, sweet potato, beet green puree, fried green tomato, smoked honey, and beet relish.

For more information, visit haciendadelsol.com.

Le Rendez-vous

3844 E. Fort Lowell Rd.
Boeuf Wellington (Credit: Le Rendez-vous)

Boeuf Wellington (Credit: Le Rendez-vous)

Filet mignon, foie gras, and truffles round out three of the most cliché fancy foods.

At Le Rendez-vous, the Beef Wellington ($38) combines all three for an indulgent treat to remember. This version features beef tenderloin, foie gras, and mushroom duxelle wrapped in puff pastry with a truffle demi-glace.

For more information, visit rendezvoustucson.com.

PY Steakhouse at Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd.
Shellfish Sampler at PY Steakhouse at Casino Del Sol (Photo courtesy of PY Steakhouse)

Shellfish Sampler at PY Steakhouse at Casino Del Sol (Photo courtesy of PY Steakhouse)

For a classy appetizer, order a seafood tower with some martinis.

At PY Steakhouse, the tower comes as the Shellfish Sampler ($59) for two with two petite Maine lobster tails, four daily-selected oysters, four jumbo Mexican shrimp, a half-pound of king crab legs, cocktail sauce, horseradish, mignonette, aioli, house-fermented habanero hot sauce, and lemon.

The luxury doesn’t end there — add 28 grams of organic Russian Bester Sturgeon Caviar for $68 or 30 grams of farmed French Sturia Oscietra Caviar for $74.

For more information, visit casinodelsol.com.

Villa Peru

1745 E. River Rd. Ste. 165

Free range roasted chicken Peruvian style!!!

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Although Costco’s rotisserie chicken is even cheaper than buying your own raw chicken and roasting it, treat yoself to one of the best versions you can buy. And I’m not talking about the $22.99 meal for three at Boston Market.

At Villa Peru, the Rotisserie Chicken Take-Out ($28.99) features a free-range roasted chicken Peruvian style with rustic fries, a seasonal salad, cilantro rice, and ají cream.

For more information, visit villaperutucson.com.


6440 N. Campbell Ave.

While Osso Buco ($46.95) isn’t presented with any grand garnish, it comes with a tiny fork to scoop out the marrow. The menu description is charmingly concise: “veal shanks in a vegetable – tomato sauce over rice.”

It only takes one bite to see why it’s the priciest dish on Vivace’s dinner menu.
For more information, visit vivacetucson.com.
[This article was originally written on November 20, 2018, and most recently updated on February 12, 2019]

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.