Food & Drink

Steak: Atlanta's 7 best

Published On 11/06/2013 Published On 11/06/2013

When it comes to Atlanta beef, the real expert is (unfortunately) T.I. -- but here at your second favorite lifestyle site that rhymes with "illest", we decided to power-rank the seven sweetest ATL steakhouses anyway, on the off-chance that What You Know About steak isn't, like, everything.

BLT Steak

7. BLT Steak
In addition to seriously sweet steak options (a 10oz American Wagyu skirt number, bone-in ribeyes, etc.), this place is also big on breakfast, with options ranging from brioche French toast w/ cinnamon-caramelized apples, to simple things like two eggs any style, except freestyle, presumably.

NY Prime Steak

6. NY Prime
What Shia LaBeouf said when the Autobots asked what city they should destroy in the next movie, AND one of the ATL's most luxurious steak spots (cuts cost as much as $99.50), NY Prime makes sure you get value for all that scratch by aging its meat for at least four weeks, barrel-cutting the steaks, and serving only the largest potatoes, shrimp, etc.

The Palm

5. The Palm
If we could read your palm right now, we'd probably see you mocking us for including a "chain" on this list, and then you totally going to said chain for its old-school ambiance and giant hunks of meat like the 36oz Prime Double Cut New York Strip, which they slice right at your table.


4. Hal's
A mainstay for more than 20 years, this spot's 'Nawlins-inspired menu boasts things like shrimp remoulade, trout Meuniere, gumbo, etc., but despite all that, picking what to eat here is (Big) Easy: a steak like their 22oz Prime bone-in ribeye, or the blackened filet medallions that're seasoned, pan seared, and topped w/ fried onion rings.

Chops Lobster Bar

3. Chops Lobster Bar
This place is so confident about its beef game (they're one of the only restaurants in the country certified to sell “100% A5 Authentic Wagyu Kobe Beef”, they offer a "porterhouse experience") they went ahead and... um, chopped any reference to meat out of their name.

STK Atlanta

2. STK Alanta
The only place in the ATL where the customers are just as sexy as the 24oz porterhouse you ordered. Err... strike that, not even close to as sexy as that porterhouse, but still pretty hot.

Kevin Rathbun Steak

1. Kevin Rathbun Steak
Old Fourth Ward
The crown jewel of Kevin Rathbun's meat-based empire, this is your destination for dinners with the family, business outings, bachelor parties glorious beef like the 10+ grade Masami Ranch Wagyu Eye of Ribeye w/ a rosemary-mushroom reduction.

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1. BLT Steak 45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30308 (Midtown)

Branded under the initials of its famed French chef/partner, who ran a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in France, the Atlanta location of Bistro Laurent Tourondel is one of eight in the continental US. It offers American wagyu, certified Black Angus, and USDA Prime cuts, all naturally aged, herbed, buttered, and seared in cast-iron pans. This branch is run by chef de cuisine Matt Ratcliffe, an ATL native who started here as a sous chef and now crafts menus based on his international cooking techniques. On, and it's got the added bonus of being open early, for when you absolutely must have steak before 11am.

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2. NY Prime 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, #4030, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

All the meat at this steakery is aged for about four weeks, making sure you won't have any beef with their beef. Prime's also got a solid assortment of seafood, included Divers scallops and jumbo shrimp.

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3. The Palm 3391 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

This steak mainstay has old-school ambiance coupled with massive cuts o' meat, like the 36oz Prime double-cut New York strip.

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4. Hal's 30 Old Ivy Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30342 (Buckhead)

Everything from the leafy-green, French Quarter-esque balcony, to the gumbo and crawfish on the menu makes it clear that this laid-back eatery is inspired by New Orleans, but the bone-in ribeyes and filet au poivre make it clear that Hal's is also one of the city's best steak spots, and the perfect place to go before hitting some of Buckhead's sweet bars. Just don't expect a bar crowd here: this wood-paneled, white tableclothed space hosts men in suit jackets, and expertly concocted martinis to go along with them, of course.

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5. Chops Lobster Bar 70 W Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Serving authentic Wagyu beef with a BMS (Beef Marbling Score) of 12 out of 12, Chops Lobster Bar in Buckhead has cornered the surf n turf market. Step into this dark wood dining room, and you won't hesitate at ordering a bone-in filet or something from the fresh seafood menu, like Rockefeller oysters and lobster tails in a savory butter-sage sauce.

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6. STK Atlanta 1075 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA 30309 (Midtown)

Celebrating the simplicity of a great steak by removing all those showy "vowels," STK boasts a porterhouse and a cowboy ribeye that'll fill you up, and a black truffle aioli tartare that should every meal. The restaurant is advertised as a steakhouse "for the stiletto set," though, so you'll also get the choice of plenty of salads, small plates, and three sizes of steaks, all served in a chic, glossy space.

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7. Kevin Rathbun Steak 154 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307 (Old 4th Ward)

Get into the Iron Chef contestant’s flagship spot for beef that is treated right and order up a steak cooked “blue,” which is the rarer-than-rare version that is right for every real carnivore. And for the steak-eater looking for a little more than a mac 'n cheese side, this modernized steak house cooks up a variety of cuisines ranging from American to Mediterranean, and Italian.



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