Food & Drink

The Best Steakhouses in Atlanta

Mike Jordan Published On 03/02/2015 Published On 03/02/2015
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There's no way of knowing if Atlanta residents have ever been to Salisbury, New York. But from what we know about the “steak" that shares the city's name, it's clearly not one of America's most tasteful towns. Luckily for us, there's some serious beef being served around the ATL area if you know where to look, starting with the spots listed below.

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Chops Lobster Bar

Buckhead
There is a reason this is the only restaurant in Atlanta ever to receive a shipment of A5 Kobe beef with a BMS (Beef Marbling Score) of 12 out of 12. The best beef in the world lives under these huge, tiled arches because Chef Ryan Delesandro treats it with the love, care, and respect that these sweet cuts deserve.

Kevin Rathbun Steak

Old Fourth Ward
The man behind a decade’s worth of nationally ranked steak basically founded the entire O4W dining scene. Get into the Iron Chef contestant’s flagship spot for beef that is treated right. Kevin is one of the few chefs to advertise a steak cooked “blue,” which is the rarer than rare version that is right for every real carnivore.

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Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse

Buckhead
They've got Kobe beef meatballs and a better-than-a-street-vendor Philly on the menu, plus a giant wall of wine boasting a slew of solid bottles, but the next-level selection of ribeyes, sirloins, and filets are the stars of the show. A show you can watch being made from the chef's counter overlooking the kitchen.

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STK Atlanta

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, as well as anyone in the city, and the black truffle aioli tartare is the perfect way to start your meal... SKOR!

Little Alley Steak

Little Alley Steak

Roswell
You could find yourself literally lost in sauce from its wine decanting service, or the 100+ offerings of Scotch, bourbon, and whiskey, if you don’t plan ahead to eat the steak in this top-notch chophouse, which is set in a former antique shop on Downtown Canton St. Most of LAS’s cuts are provided by famed Chicago butcher Meats by Linz, although they also offer an American Kobe beef program of wagyu steaks certified at 10+ BMS (Beef Marble Score), which is equivalent to the highest quality Japanese beef available: Kobe A5. Try the 35-day-aged, baseball-cut, 12oz sirloin if you go that route, and let us borrow some of that Kobe money before you take 60 shots and bow out.

McKendrick's

Dunwoody
The ‘40s aren’t just the price range of these Midwestern USDA Prime rib eyes, porterhouses, and filets; it’s also the era you enter when you feel the old-school, Sinatra-esque vibe of this single-location, independently owned steakhouse (which was once a nightclub). The standout is the 24oz chef’s cut bone-in ribeye, but anything dry-aged will do just fine.

Hal's

Hal's

Buckhead
Everything from the leafy-green, French Quarter-esque balcony, to the gumbo and crawfish on the menu make 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.

BLT Steak

Downtown
Branded under the initials of its famed French chef/partner, who ran a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in France (and a former NYC restaurant named Cello), 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. Our 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 and expertise in butchery, charcuterie, and other words that rhyme but basically amount to “steakery.”

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Parker's on Ponce

Decatur
The Scott brothers appropriately said that Decatur "desperately" needed a real steakhouse, and they have fulfilled that need with a dozen different delicious cuts that they improve upon with a rich selection of toppings like blue cheese, lobster oscar, and béarnaise.

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Marcel

West Midtown
You’ll know why your steak isn’t cheap -- whether it’s the $45 filet or the almost-$160 porterhouse for three -- when you take that first bite into Ford Fry’s beef. All of it is aged at least 30 days, wet or dry, inside this elegant steakhouse, which turned the brutalist space once occupied by meat-centric restaurant Abattoir into a banquet hall where you can ball out of control. Pro tip: wait until 10pm and get major late-dinner discounts.

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MAYA

Sandy Springs
The newest comer in the meat game makes a statement in Sandy Springs with a Spanish-American hybrid menu that can easily please you with lamb, sea bass, foie gras, etc., but all the leather inside this wood-heavy space should remind you what you're here for: the Braveheart Black Angus Beef.

Bone's

Buckhead
The jackets, big red booths, and white tablecloths have been around since 1979, but just last year Bone's received the highest rating for food and service of any steakhouse in America. That means almost everything here, like the dry-aged, bone-in, 20oz ribeye, is perfect.

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Mike Jordan once ate at Peter Luger’s in New York City, and completely understands how a steak can be worth more than your college degree. He’s seen how some of these restaurants prepare them, and it’s pretty similar; if your budget only allows one or two of these spots this year, ask him on Twitter at @michaelbjordan, and he’ll share the secret, because steaks is high.

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1. 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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2. 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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3. Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse 3500 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30326 (Buckhead)

A small scale Philly-originated franchise of high-end steaks, Davio's is an Italian restaurant serving up everything from Kobe beef meatballs, to a better-than-a-street-vendor Philly, to a next-level selection of ribeyes, sirloins, and filets. And though Davio's is a high-volume operation, the space comes with the opportunity to watch everything from the chef's counter overlooking the kitchen, with a glass from the extensive 180+ wines collection, of course.

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4. 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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5. Little Alley Steak 955 Canton St, Roswell, GA 30075 (Roswell)

The team behind Roswell's heralded Salt Factory now brings you Little Alley Steak, an Industrial Revolution-inspired steakhouse that sports a metallic bull's head near the door, Edison bulbs strung from meat hooks, and original 1880s brick walls upon which they've placed menu boards. You'll find 100+ offerings of Scotch, bourbon, and whiskey, which all pair wonderfully with this chophouse's top-notch cuts of steak and charcuterie. Most of LAS’ cuts are provided by famed Chicago butcher Meats by Linz, plus an American Kobe beef program with wagyu steaks.

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6. McKendrick's Steak House 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30346

The ‘40s aren’t just the price range of these USDA Prime rib eyes, porterhouses, and filets; it’s also the era you enter when you feel the old-school, Sinatra-esque vibe of this single-location, independently owned steakhouse (which was once a nightclub). The standout is the 24oz chef’s cut bone-in ribeye, but anything dry-aged will do just fine.

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7. 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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8. 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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9. Parker's on Ponce 116 E Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

After the Scott brothers appropriately said that Decatur “desperately” needed a real steakhouse, they fulfilled that need with a dozen different delicious cuts that they improve upon with a rich selection of toppings like blue cheese, lobster oscar, and Béarnaise. The interior is classically imagined as well, with white tablecloths, modern flower arrangements, and an expert fine-dining staff as well. Thankfully for this high-end steakhouse, the neighborhood vibe shines clearly through, with live music at the bar and twinkly patio lights to casually enrich your fanciest evenings.

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10. Marcel 1170 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318 (Home Park)

Settle into one of the deep booths in Marcel's dark and spacious dining room and prepare for some serious bliss in the form of a couple of courses, including the foie gras with fig terrine, escargot, and the L’Entrecôte steak with frites and insanely flavorful sauce verte. The Grand Banquet, as it’s called, may expect you to break the bank during decent hours, but after 11pm, it’s a damn-near-free-for-all, with an abbreviated menu granting diner deals on soft crab omelets, steak frites, a bologna-’n-cheese stack, or a thick-bacon-layered cheeseburger.

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11. MAYA 6152 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 (Sandy Springs)

This 1800-square-foot space Sandy Springs spot has a Spanish-American hybrid menu that can easily please you with lamb, sea bass, foie gras, etc., but all the leather inside this wood-heavy space should remind you what you're here for: the Braveheart Black Angus Beef. And to wash it down, pair with one of 40 wines which gravitate toward spanish selections and are offered by the glass -- so you have no reason to stick with just one blend.

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12. Bone's 3130 Piedmont Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

The jackets, big red booths, and white tablecloths have been around since 1979, meaning the people here know what they're doing and that almost everything on the menu, like the dry-aged, bone-in, 20oz ribeye, is perfect. And because Bone's is Atlanta's oldest steakhouse, you can expect the impeccable service and old-school interior to be consistently excellent as well.

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