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“Fred's Arena and Bar Drips with Rodeo Nostalgia”

Fred's Arena Bar & Steak House
Ranked #711 of 2,208 Restaurants in Tucson
Price range: US$699 - US$2,099
Cuisines: Steakhouse
Description: Fred's Arena Bar & Steakhouse, thin crust Chicago style pizza, Hamburgers, family friendly, music Saturdays 6pm-10pm
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Description: Fred's Arena Bar & Steakhouse, thin crust Chicago style pizza, Hamburgers, family friendly, music Saturdays 6pm-10pm
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 off the dirt road into the parking lot, and you’ll enter under a gateway guarded by ten foot tall cowboy and Indian carvings with a huge horse statue off to the side. The restaurant sits in a sheet metal building large enough to house a bar, a large mesquite pit grill, and a stage coach. It also has a half dozen booths and roughly twenty tables. Picnic tables surround the building
Behind the sheet metal building is a rodeo arena, complete with animal barns. They haven’t held rodeos there in years, although it looks like a convenient spot to stage animals for the annual Tucson Rodeo. There are spaces for RVs off to the left side.
We arrived at mid-afternoon, so the place was nearly empty. The menu consisted of bar food; burgers, steaks, chicken, and steak fried sausage. I tried the latter, which came with a souvenir glass – us it for my daily beer. My wife had a great burger.
We were lucky to be greeted by Fred and his wife as we left. Unexpected fun!

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1  Thank Tom A
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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 ordered the same thing (not knowing about the first order) and ended up with one, hmmmmm. Some of the people who ordered las were served first and a few of the salads never did show up.

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1  Thank tntvlr525
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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 a fancy place but the food is good and average priced.

1  Thank Karen K
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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 was not worth the effort to get there.

Thank Steve063
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Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Stopped here as it was the only place in the area as I was passing through on a Friday night. The locals told me that is the only reason any of them go there. The positive: low key local bar diner like atmosphere, really wonderful local customers, very clean restrooms (which are in a different building which may be important if mobility is an issue for you). The food, beer and the service is awful. My T bone was not even close to a quarter of an inch thick. It had thick gristle (not marbling) throughout and no flavor except one section that tasted like liquid smoke had been dumped on it. The salad was white chunks of iceberg lettuce with one unripe cherry tomatoe and carrot pieces. The beer was warm and completely flat. All of the server's scowled all of the time and slammed drinks dismissively at customers without speaking. Really ashame since these nice folks are there neighbors. It was around 8, the kitchen was to be opened until 10. I was told I needed to order as the cook was closing the kitchen early. There were still plenty of people there, but of course, per their advice, they were not eating.

Thank Robin G
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