Food & Drink

The Best Steakhouses in Austin

Published On 11/06/2013 Published On 11/06/2013
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Jeffrey's | Courtesy of BeccaPR

There are plenty of dining occasions that call for splurging on a simple, yet indulgent, classic meal -- one that doesn’t involve "small plates," or even vegetables, really. You know, times when only a thick, juicy New York Strip, a perfectly portioned filet, or an effin’ huge Cowboy steak will get the job done. Austin has steakhouses offering a Rat Pack vibe, as well as more relaxed atmospheres. Any way you cut it, these seven spots have the wagyu to win you over.

Jeffrey's

Jeffrey's

Clarksville

If you can only have one steak destination on your bucket list, make it Jeffrey’s. The combination of food quality and service is unrivaled. A face-lift in 2013 -- after being purchased by MMG (which also own Perla’s, Clark’s and Elizabeth Street Cafe) -- has breathed new life into the elegant eatery, and earned the attention of a whole new generation of diners. Consider going big with the 26oz Texas wagyu bone-in rib eye -- it’s been dry-aged for 32 days, then grilled and roasted over local live oak, and finished in a hot broiler. Go ahead and add the foie gras butter; you’re worth it.

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Lonesome Dove Western Bistro

Warehouse District

As if getting down on a huge bloody steak wasn’t enough of a carnivorous venture, celeb chef Tim Love took it several steps further with wild game options. At Lonesome Dove, you can have your steak, boar, elk, and buffalo with a tasty side of rabbit-rattlesnake sausage. And, if you’re up for the challenge, check out the hand-cut wagyu tomahawk steak served with serrano lime butter.

Vince Young Steakhouse

Vince Young Steakhouse

Downtown

Vince Young Steakhouse blends exceptional service with a wide variety of exceptional aged prime cuts like The Perfect Ten -- a whopping 14oz, perfectly seared steak that cuts like butter -- made from Texas Akaushi beef. Even though you're dining in a steakhouse as a mature adult, there's a ridiculously rich, creamy mac & cheese topped with house-cured bacon that is impossible for your inner child to pass up.

Courtesy of Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille

Downtown

With locations all over Texas, Perry’s tricks out its Austin outpost with a vintage vibe and an attentive waitstaff, which is always on point with drink recs. The fried asparagus topped with jumbo lump crabmeat is a signature for a reason (and also a clever way of getting you to eat vegetables). Try the Prime New York Strip, topped off with herb-garlic butter. No need for A.1. Sauce in this joint.

Courtesy of Truluck’s

Truluck's

Warehouse District & other locations

Truluck’s is the kind of restaurant that lends itself to special occasions, dates, and business dinners you're all too happy to comp. The upscale seafood and steakhouse is perfect for those who like a little surf with their turf, like the Dynamite Filet, a 7oz filet topped with blue crab, rock shrimp, and Maine lobster in a Sriracha cream sauce. Because good booze and good dining go hand in hand, try the Dark Horse cocktail -- a classic Manhattan made with coffee-infused Knob Creek bourbon.

Salt & Time

East 7th

Salt & Time is not technically a steakhouse... and actually, it’s only 50% restaurant. The skilled and passionate crew source meat from local farms and butcher it in-house. Each day, it offers a Butcher’s Cut menu with eight to 10 high-quality offerings -- including Angus and wagyu -- cooked to medium-rare heaven in addition to the meat-focused daily menu. If you’re ready to master your home steak game, Salt & Time’s butcher shop has fresh (or aged!), gorgeous steaks ready to be wrapped and weighed. This is not your local grocery store’s beef.

Sandy Carson/ALC Steaks

Austin Land & Cattle

Downtown

Austin Land and Cattle' is pushing 20 years in business, and with good reason: the relaxed (by steakhouse standards) atmosphere sets the stage for distinctly Texan takes on steakhouse classics like the Shiner Bock Battered Mushrooms, which set the stage for meatiness like a 22oz bone-in rib eye that's more than fine on its own -- but then, a little jalapeño bleu cheese or Maker's Mark bourbon sauce never hurt anyone, right?

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Anastacia is a food/drink/culture writer and steak connoisseur whose eyes are bigger than her stomach. Follow her to sad, brown, microwaved steak: @anaurie.

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1. Jeffrey's 1204 West Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703 (Clarksville)

Jeffrey's offers a fine dining experience unrivaled by any other restaurant in Austin. The French-American menu centers around prime beef dishes grilled and roasted over local live oak. Consider going big and fancy with the Texas Wagyu bone-in ribeye, and make sure you top it off with a healthy dose of foie gras butter. Jeffrey's interior is as elegant as the ambience, filled with plush chairs, white tablecloths, and a fireplace.

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2. Lonesome Dove Western Bistro 419 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

As if ordering a huge bloody steak wasn’t enough of a carnivorous venture, celeb chef Tim Love took it several steps further with wild game options at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro. At Lonesome Dove, you can have your steak, boar, elk, and buffalo with a tasty side of rabbit-rattlesnake sausage. And, if you’re up for the challenge, check out the hand-cut wagyu tomahawk steak served with serrano lime butter. The gamey menu and woodsy decor give the place a definite destinct atmosphere, and make it a place to go for a very different meal than you would get anywhere else.

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3. Vince Young Steakhouse 301 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Vince Young Steakhouse is a subtly track-lit meat-feasting destination segmented by room-dividing wine racks, brass chain curtains, and snaking brown & dark burnt-orange booths. Along with its melt-in-your-mouth perfect steaks, Vince Young Steakhouse has a killer wagyu brisket burger with cheddar, house-made pickles, and hand-cut fries. With the perfect atmosphere for a romantic evening, this place is only open for dinner and closed on Sundays. We recommend stopping by for their happy hour, where you can get some of their delicious yet pricey entrees for a discount.

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4. Perry's Steakhouse & Grille 114 W 7th St, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Perry’s vintage, old-fashioned decor and attentive waitstaff make it the ultimate choice for a classy night out. The fare is traditional steakhouse grub, and we recommend trying the fried asparagus topped with jumbo lump crabmeat or the Prime New York Strip, topped off with herb-garlic butter. If you're interested in ordering wine, this is the place to do it, because they have a seemingly unlimited number of wines to choose from.

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5. Truluck's Seafood 400 Colorado St, Austin, TX 78701-2919

Truluck’s is the kind of restaurant that lends itself to special occasions, dates, and business dinners you're all too happy to comp. The upscale seafood and steakhouse is perfect for those who like a little surf with their turf, like the Dynamite Filet, a 7oz filet topped with blue crab, rock shrimp, and Maine lobster in a Sriracha cream sauce. The hearty portions here are complimented by live, nightly entertainment and great happy hour deals. Because good booze and good dining go hand in hand, try the Dark Horse cocktail -- a classic Manhattan made with coffee-infused Knob Creek bourbon.

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6. Salt & Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria 1912 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702 (Central East)

A butcher shop and bakery, Salt & Time slices up local, sustainable meats from farms around Austin and Central Texas. Tex-Mex (Migas, empanadas) and Southern (biscuits and gravy, pork hash) plates dominate brunch on the weekends, and every day it offers a Butcher’s Cut menu with eight to 10 high-quality offerings -- including Angus and wagyu -- cooked to medium-rare heaven. If you’re ready to up your steak game at home, Salt & Time’s butcher shop has fresh and aged steaks ready to be wrapped and weighed.

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7. ALC Steaks 1205 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703 (Downtown)

Austin Land and Cattle Steakhouse is a Zagat-rated family-owned steakhouse that is pushing 20 years in business, and with good reason: the relaxed (by steakhouse standards) atmosphere sets the stage for distinctly Texan takes on steakhouse classics like the Shiner Bock Battered Mushrooms, which set the stage for meatiness like a 22oz bone-in rib eye that's more than fine on its own. In addition to their phenomenal steaks, you can also get some great seafood and starter plates here.

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