All across this red meat-fueled country of ours, there exist many great steakhouses. Old-school steakhouses, modern takes and everything in between. So if you’re hungry and have a little cash to spend, you can eat something medium-rare and delicious just about anywhere. That said: Some do a particularly fine job of making us full. Which brings us to these 10 steakhouses. From their meticulous sourcing, variety of cuts and top-notch cooking, they represent some of the best spots to eat steak in America.
CUT, Los Angeles: This Wolfgang Puck institution offers a modern twist on classic steakhouse fare, and it does so in a bright, all-white interior that’s a major departure from the dim lighting and dark leathers of its old-school brethren. The big menu’s got plenty of non-steak options, in case you chose your company poorly. Otherwise, look forward to 35-day dry-aged ribeyes and delicious Japanese Wagyu.
American Cut, multiple locations: Chef Marc Forgione’s ode to red meat is a popular spot for intimate dinners and testing the limits of one’s expense account. The menu features a variety of cuts, including the 42-ounce tomahawk chop. And you can top that steak with a choice of sauces, a fried egg or, what the hell, some foie gras and chili lobster.
SW Steakhouse, Las Vegas: Steve Wynn’s upscale steakhouse serves a wide variety of perfectly-cooked steaks, but you’re going here for the real Kobe beef. They’re one of only a handful of restaurants with the bona fide Japanese cut, and are even registered with the Kobe Beef Federation.
Urban Farmer, Portland, Oregon: Urban Farmer is a distinctly modern steakhouse with an emphasis on varied cuts, sustainable sourcing and local everything. Located on the eighth floor of a hotel, the open and airy dining room features lots of greenery, reclaimed wood and a 20-foot communal table made from a Douglas fir. We are talking about Portland, after all.
Knife, Dallas: Led by John Tesar, this posh Dallas steakhouse offers a diverse selection of cuts, from your standard filets and bone-in sirloins to less common options like culotte and tri-tip. But for something completely different, try the 240-day dry-aged ribeye, which is one of the richest cuts of meat you’ll find anywhere. And if you’d like to see where your steak matures, you can walk up to the window and peer into the climate-controlled meat locker.
Red the Steakhouse, multiple locations: This perennial Ohio favorite with an outpost in Miami Beach is a refined spot for enjoying some red meat. And like SW Steakhouse, it’s one of the very few restaurants in America serving certified Japanese Kobe. So you really can’t go wrong. But if you’d like to keep things domestic, they’ve got all the prime bone-in classics (ribeye, Kansas City strip, porterhouse), plus a bevy of sauces and toppings to keep things interesting.
Barclay Prime, Philadelphia: With high ceilings, ornate chandeliers and sleek leather booths, Barclay Prime is a place to see and be seen. And eat steak. But first, snack on some oysters or a “colossal shrimp cocktail” from the raw bar. Dive into some caviar if you’re really going for it. Just be sure to leave plenty of room for a dry-aged New York strip or a Wagyu filet mignon. Otherwise this whole exercise was pointless.
Kevin Rathbun Steak, Atlanta: Here, the popular Atlanta chef pays just as much attention to his large selection of starters and seafood as he does his steaks. But still, get a steak. Those come from the famed Allen Brothers in Chicago, and include prime cuts that you can top with everything from Béarnaise and peppercorn sauce to compound butters bejeweled with foie gras and black truffle.
Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.: Located inside the Four Seasons, Chef Michael Mina’s steakhouse is a modern, eye-catching restaurant specializing in butter-poached meat cooked over a wood-burning grill. The dry-aged steaks range from 35 to 60 days, and the menu boasts a large selection of A5 Miyazaki Japanese Wagyu. If you can’t make a choice, opt for the tasting trio of three-ounce cuts.
Prime 112, Miami: Located in the historic Browns Hotel, Prime 112 is a bright, lively and modern steakhouse. The music is upbeat, the clientele is well-dressed, and the restaurant makes a point to keep things female-friendly. So bring a date. Preferably one who appreciates a robust potato menu and is interested in sharing the 48-ounce porterhouse for two.
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