Play a little word association with Dallas at the center, and it’s not long before someone shouts “steak.” The city is teeming with steakhouses, and our zest for red meat is as high as our collective cholesterol level. To be fair, Dallas’s reputation as a meat-heavy metropolis is a bit reductive these days, and you’re just as likely to find top-notch sushi or Italian, but that meaty reputation is well-earned. From classic, dimly lit steak-and-potato joints to high-end spots perfect for your next date night, power lunch, or expense account-fueled bacchanal, these are 14 of the best steakhouses in Dallas.
The new project from Nick Badovinus (Town Hearth, Neighborhood Services) sits atop National Anthem, his other restaurant in Downtown’s growing East Quarter neighborhood. The polished restaurant is full of leather and wood, the dining room sports city views, and the menu features steaks and a section of USDA prime rib. The latter are salt-and-pepper cured, slow roasted, and finished with tallow butter, and they’re available in four cuts, from a thinly sliced 12 ounces to a bone-in 28-ounce chop. Load up on meat, but don’t miss the starters and sides, like the Iceberg Chunk salad (its take on a wedge) or the cross-cut baked potato, which is topped with bacon, cheddar, horseradish cream, and chives.
How to book: Call 469-677-6170 to reserve.
Georgie doesn’t explicitly call itself a steakhouse. And with its travertine floors, velvet banquettes, and coffered ceilings, it certainly doesn’t look like a steakhouse. But the menu features eight steaks, the restaurant has an in-house butchering program, and the chefs take meat very seriously here—which is one of the many things Stone is known for—so it counts. Those steaks include Wagyu from Australia and Texas, plus Black Angus beef from Nebraska, and cuts that range from classics like ribeye and New York strip to less-common options like coulotte and tri-tip.
Just when it feels like Uptown can’t possibly fit another steakhouse into its red meat-obsessed boundaries, STK joins the party. The popular restaurant, which sports locations in two dozen major cities around the world, is known as much for its lively bar and DJs as for its steaks. But there are so many steaks. The menu categorizes them by small, medium, and large, and standard cuts are joined by a selection of Japanese wagyu and a couple shareable dry-aged options, like the 28-ounce porterhouse and the 34-ounce tomahawk. Meat can be topped with king crab and lobster tails, and sides include creamed spinach, mashed potatoes, and truffle fries.
Across town, this Nick Badovinus steakhouse leans into the glitz, with dozens of crystal chandeliers, a quirky yellow submarine housed in an aquarium, and vintage motorcycles on display. Needless to say, it’s a feast for the eyes, but it’s also a feast for the stomach. Town Hearth’s menu is stacked with prime cuts, from eight-ounce filets to the 45-day dry-aged Battle Axe, a 32-ounce bone-in ribeye that’s both Instagram fodder and a formidable dinner, along with a 42-ounce Bistecca that’s sliced for the table. Pair those steaks with traditional sides and a drink—they’ve got plenty of whiskey cocktails and an extensive wine list—and you’re guaranteed a good time.
How to book: Call 214-761-1617 to reserve.
Dakota’s closed in 2020 after nearly four decades in business, but now it’s back, complete with a new owner, new chef, and a host of updates, from dining room and courtyard patio renovations to major menu overhauls. The subterranean space, accessed via a glass elevator, is the perfect spot for a meat-focused date night. Choose from a variety of cuts, including classic filets and ribeyes alongside A5 Japanese Wagyu and a hefty Porterhouse for Two. Throw in a Whole Maine Lobster if you’re feeling fancy or if you skipped lunch.
This West End staple is a favorite among tourists visiting the nearby Sixth Floor Museum and JFK Memorial, but don’t let that dissuade you from sitting down to enjoy a fleet of USDA Prime steaks, all cut in house. Wild game, like Venison Chops Au Poivre and Espresso-Crusted Elk Tenderloin, and the ever-curious Chicken Fried Lobster, are also available, just in case you forgot you were in Texas.
With multiple locations in South America, Corrientes 348 chose Dallas as its first (and currently only) stateside outpost. Named for the famous street in Buenos Aires, the restaurant is notably more casual than most on this list, but it takes meat just as seriously. The family-style menu is headlined by proteins that range from multiple steaks to lamb and pork ribs. Tack on Empanadas, a fresh salad, and regional sides like Papatasso (crispy smashed potatoes with oregano)—plus zesty Caipirinhas or a glass of Argentinian wine to wash it all down—and you have all the makings of a festive evening.
This dramatic, two-story space, decked out with a massive bronze chandelier and display kitchen, is a popular choice for business dinners, special occasions, and other affairs that call for red meat and wine. Meals begin with a selection of aquatic starters, from a Seafood Tower to saucy Shrimp Cocktail and tender Tuna Tartare. Back on land, the hand-cut steaks and chops conquer the classics (Filet Mignon, Bone-In Prime Strip), alongside standouts like A5 Japanese Wagyu and a small assortment of 45-day dry-aged enticements. Complete the experience with a few shareable sides like Lobster Mac and Cheese or—for God’s sake—some fresh vegetables.
Top Chef alum John Tesar’s ode to beef is a modern take on the traditional chophouse, with high ceilings, brightly colored tile, warm lighting, and an airy patio. The menu features a bacon tasting spanning five varieties, so that’s obviously where you should start. Move onto “new-school” and “old-school” steaks, ranging from budget-friendly flat iron and skirt cuts to a baller Bone-in Sirloin. If you really want to go big, try the 240-day dry-aged 44 Farms Bone-In Ribeye, and consider bringing a friend, because said steak weighs in at a plump 32 ounces and costs upwards of $200. Before you leave, take a peek at the patiently hibernating steaks via the picture window looking into the fully stocked dry-aging room.
This Uptown gem has a bustling bar, and there’s rarely an empty seat in the house. Have a cocktail and join the after-work crowd, or reserve a table and begin checking off items from the massive dinner menu. The kitchen churns out all manner of hot and cold appetizers, sushi rolls, and sides, which will keep you occupied for quite awhile. Later, the requisite prime steaks are joined by an entire section of Wagyu options, with loads of information detailing cut, prefecture, and flavor.
Pappas Bros. keeps its dry-aging process written down and stored securely in a safe, going so far as to hire butchers to break down each cut inhouse—that should tell you just how seriously they take their meat inside this Texas treasure. The straightforward menu features steaks front-and-center, from simple filets to bone-in strips, expertly seasoned with kosher salt, black pepper, and butter. Whatever you order, you’ll want to pair it with wine—the restaurant’s list is 3,500 bottles strong.
Bob’s now operates locations both across Texas and in multiple states, but the Lemmon Avenue original is where it all began. The classic chophouse sports low ceilings, white tablecloths, and career servers who know their cuts as intimately as they know their wines. Salads are large and plentiful, the seafood is fresh, and steaks aptly account for all the greatest hits. As a bonus, each plate is adorned with a gigantic glazed carrot, so you can squeeze in some vitamins between bites of beef.
Chef Richard Chamberlain has been serving classic steakhouse fare to happy diners at his eponymous restaurant since 1993. The space and menu have gotten some updates over the years, but the lazer focus on the food hasn’t budged. Crown your cut with one of four additions, like Foie Gras butter or Porcini Mushroom-Madeira Butter, and line your plate with stellar sides like Au Gratin Potatoes and Creamed Corn with Applewood Bacon. After dinner, head into the cigar lounge for a relaxing nightcap marrying top shelf spirits and sumptuous leather with sultry stogies.
Old money, athletes, and visiting celebs rub elbows inside this luxe destination, where power lunches are a competitive sport and the service is always on point. You may spot some familiar faces at the Oak Lawn original or the new outpost in North Dallas, including Mr. Biernat himself, but after a few minutes of people-watching, give the menu your undivided attention. That’s where you’ll find a hunger-inducing selection of small plates, salads, sides, steaks, and seafood. Can’t decide? The Prime Cowboy Ribeye is a never-fail crowd-pleaser.