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Fred's Arena Bar & Steak House

#625 of 1,608 Restaurants in Tucson
€€ - €€€American, Steakhouse,
9650 S Avra Rd, Tucson, AZ 85736-2123
+1 520-883-7337
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  • Excellent27%
  • Very good35%
  • Average16%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible11%
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“steak” (22 reviews)
“dirt road” (12 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse, Bar
€€ - €€€
9650 S Avra Rd, Tucson, AZ 85736-2123
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

Stopped in on the way back to Tucson after seeing it on Maps and the reviews. It's a hole in the wall, but was a great experience! Steak was grilled to order and everything tasted great. Locals keep mostly to themselves and service was friendly...More

Thank Kovia P
Reviewed 20 April 2018

For a place in the middle of nowhere you’d never expect to get such great steaks and wonderful thin crust pizza. Meats are cooked on a mesquite grill in front of your eyes and atmosphere is uniquely western Well worth the trip

Reviewed 27 March 2018

It is a little out of the way on a dirt road, but that adds to the charm. The building is old and could use some work and the grill is in the middle of the room. The food is good, the service is not...More

Thank Russell S
Reviewed 25 February 2018

Fred's is an old time country bar and restaurant a little out of the way, but worth the drive. the steaks cooked over the mesquite fire are very tasty, it's not a fancy place, more a cowboy bar

Thank Brian M
Reviewed 15 December 2017

This is a unique desert dirt road experience. Great mewquite ateak in a middle of the restaurant unique grill. Very resonable price. Great cowboy atmosphere. Not fancy but food is good. Have been many times. Better mesquite than pinnacle peak.

1  Thank carole1245
Reviewed 20 September 2017

A ramshackle building at the end of a dirt road off an isolated country highway is the opening image of this remarkable dining experience for those seeking to be engulfed by the western experience. Large enough for a stage coach surrounded by antique western paraphernalia...More

1  Thank dick520
Reviewed 6 May 2017

If you’re hungry just after a tour to Kitt Peak National Astronomical Observatory, you might want to try Fred’s Arena Bar and Steakhouse. It’s south of AZ Route 86 about half way between Kitt Peak and Tucson and fifty miles from the Mexican border. Turn...More

1  Thank Tom A
Reviewed 11 April 2017

Our group of 16 made a reservation and upon arriving were seated together. There were three waitresses working our group, but the members of our group got conflicting information i.e.: one ordered a T bone steak and was told there were no more, later another...More

1  Thank tntvlr525
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Unusual place out in the Arizona desert that used to be a horse farm and arena. Now it is a full service restaurant with a western horsey atmosphere. Their specialty is steaks cooked on a grill in the middle of the big dining hall. Not...More

1  Thank Karen K
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Three of us drove 22 miles to eat at this steak house and were greatly disappointed at the quality of the food, the time it took to prepare the food and the slow service. The restaurant was not busy when we were there. It definitely...More

Thank Steve063
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No one was smoking inside. Smokers did seem to gather outside to smoke.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$699 - US$2,099
Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9650 S Avra Rd, Tucson, AZ 85736-2123
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Tucson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-883-7337
Fred's Arena Bar & Steakhouse, thin crust Chicago style pizza, Hamburgers, family friendly, music Saturdays 6pm-10pm
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