25 Steakhouses That Are Worth the Splurge
While most of the nation's best steakhouses will put a sizable dent in your wallet -- easily $100 per plate, with apps, sides, and beverages -- the service, food, and ambience at an iconic eatery justify the splurge for diners. Whether you have a special occasion to celebrate or just want to savor a top-notch tenderloin, here are 25 steakhouses across the U.S. that should leave you satisfied.
Whether you're looking to spend on the enormous, flavorful mutton chops ($60) or second-to-none scotch selection, Keens is ready to accommodate. Opened in 1885, this steakhouse has history in spades and claims Teddy Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, Will Rogers, and Albert Einstein among its past patrons.
Wolfgang Puck's CUT is a splurge even for the well-heeled ($140 for a tasting of New York sirloin), but reviewers say it puts a modern spin on steakhouses that makes it more than worth the money. Forbes notes that you'll have a diverse menu to choose from, including Australian, American, and Japanese beef. The sleek atmosphere is a marked change from the booths and paneling in most steakhouses.
An unassuming landmark in OKC's historic Stockyard City, Cattlemen's has been around since 1910, and it won't require fancy dress -- just come as you are (Western wear is especially welcome). Reviewers are nearly unanimous when they say the steak is good, but you have to get some lamb fries, too.
The massive menu at Bern's includes 21 types of caviar, and the steakhouse even devotes an entire room to dessert -- there, you'll be able to pick from 50 menu choices and 1,000 after-dinner drinks. The steak choices are plentiful, too: There are seven cuts and a dizzying array of thicknesses, preparations, and sauces.
In the crowded Chicago steakhouse scene, Food & Wine singles out Gibson's for its locally sourced cuts, aged for 40 days. The restaurant says it's also the only one in the country with its very own USDA Prime certification. Diners also recommend the double-baked potato.
Zagat calls Manny's "a steak man's steakhouse," and indeed it snags a spot on Men's Journal's list of the world's 10 best steakhouses. Try the 50-ounce "Bludgeon of Beef" ($103) for a real exercise in gastrointestinal endurance. You also don't want to miss the hash browns here -- reviewers say they are anything but humble.
Anthony Bourdain calls it "a temple of old-school meat" and "everything that's unfashionable," but that's precisely what's right about the House of Prime Rib, reviewers say. Dinner comes with a show -- think spinning salads, and the eponymous prime rib carved table side -- and seconds are on the house.
Metropolitan Grill earns raves for its pitch-perfect service and mouth-watering dry-aged beef. Zagat also compliments the "retro steakhouse atmosphere" complete with comfy booths, wood and brass. Reviewers recommend trying the American Wagyu beef, noted for its extreme tenderness.
If you can get past the irreverent name, you'll find a decidedly fine-dining experience waiting at Mooo in Boston's XV Beacon hotel. Though pricey in typical steakhouse fashion ($54 for a 12-ounce filet mignon), Fodor's Travel Guide notes that "portions are as exaggerated as the prices." Reviewers recommend the Wagyu dumplings to start, beef wellington for an entrée, and bananas foster to cap a decadent meal.
Tasting Table says the casual Drover is "straight out of a Western flick: all wagon wheels, worn saddles and whiskey pints." Speaking of whiskey, reviewers say you just can't pass up the joint's famed whiskey steak, which has received the seal of approval from Adam Richman of the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food."
Few restaurants inspire the devotion that Hall's does from diners -- it averages close to a perfect five stars in over 4,000 reviews on TripAdvisor. Melt-in-your-mouth steaks win near-universal praise, but so do the creamed corn, caramel cake, and attentive service. The restaurant's Sunday gospel brunch is also popular.
This subterranean French Quarter mainstay has attracted accolades from Travel + Leisure as one of the nation's best. Dickie Brennan's puts a Creole spin on traditional steakhouse favorites, offering jumbo Gulf shrimp, Creole seasoning, and béarnaise as enhancements. Zagat calls the ambience "clubby" and "masculine," and reviewers recommend following the prime rib with coconut cake.
In 2008, celebrity chef Michael Symon opened this elegant spot, which Thrillist calls "the cornerstone of the Downtown Detroit food scene." Since then, Roast has been serving up steakhouse favorites with contemporary flair. Reviewers recommend the roast beef of the day for adventurous types, and many say the low-key happy-hour menu is a great value.
The food is superb, reviewers say, but so is the ambience. Diners at The Palm are surrounded by framed caricatures of local celebrities, and the restaurant attracts a well-heeled clientele -- in fact, Forbes named it the "best power lunch" in 2012. If you're not in the mood for steak, lobster is another big draw.
A departure from the clubby vibe of a classic steakhouse, Kayne Prime occupies a contemporary space and has an equally stylish, unconventional menu. Reviewers recommend the house-made bacon with maple cotton candy -- yes, cotton candy -- and popcorn buttered lobster to start. For steak, they recommend splurging on the Wagyu filet (a 10-ounce cut is $59) or strip ($65).
It doesn't get more Lone Star than this -- steaks grilled over mesquite coals served up on a ranch in a tiny West Texas town. Perini Ranch is more than ambience, though, and was named a James Beard American Classic in 2014. Reviewers recommend starting with the green chile hominy and finishing with the bread pudding.
Travel back in time at Peter Luger, opened in 1887 in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood. Zagat warns that diners can experience "cantankerous" service from the old-school waiters, but that's part of the experience. The house-aged porterhouse draws raves, as do the creamed spinach and apple strudel.
One of Zagat's "must-visit classic steakhouses," Butcher and Singer is a self-proclaimed "homage to old Hollywood" where diners will be transported to a swanky, mid-century watering hole. Reviewers rave about the tender filet and hash browns, and recommend following that up with the showy baked Alaska.
According to Travel + Leisure, Al Biernat's offers "proof that proper customer service is not dead," and Zagat notes that Al himself may indeed stop by your table at this upscale Dallas fixture. Reviewers rave about the tender steak, but the coconut cream pie inspires equal devotion.
One of those rare restaurants that offer a special-occasion atmosphere without the pretense, Kevin Rathbun offers a can't-miss steakhouse experience, reviewers say. Diners say must-try selections include the grilled thick-cut bacon and lobster fritters for starters.
The dark wood and elegant décor at Hy's are the stuff of a classic steakhouse, but given the restaurant's Hawaiian location, expect Pacific influences. One example: The broiled steaks are cooked over Hawaiian Kiawe wood to impart more flavor. Reviewers say it's wise to save room for bananas foster or cherries jubilee, prepared tableside.
One of the best-reviewed steakhouses among Las Vegas' many top-notch options, Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak at the MGM Grand is unabashedly sleek and contemporary. Reviewers say a cut of Wagyu beef is worth the splurge ($108 for a domestic ribeye), while Gayot recommends the lobster bisque to start.