Food & Drink

The Best Steakhouses in Charlotte

Published On 04/26/2016 Published On 04/26/2016

Evoke

Second Ward

If you’re considering a change from the classics, this new age steakhouse is your spot. Evoke is a recent addition to the Le Méridien hotel's upscale dining division, offering contemporary interpretations of standard steakhouse fare. Its innovative concepts, such as a New York Strip that has been dry-aged in Himalayan salt to create a one-of-a-kind crust, have helped secure its place as one of the best steakhouses in all of Charlotte.

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Old Stone Steakhouse

Belmont

If you’re looking to catch a break from the city setting, take a trip about 15 miles west to the historic town of Belmont, NC. Here you’ll find a local favorite offering all sorts of mouth-watering meats within the walls of the town’s old police station, from a flavor-infused prime rib to a decadent lobster- & crab-stuffed filet. The charming Main St that this family-run restaurant calls home will definitely give you the breather you need from Uptown’s business scene.

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

BLT Steak

First Ward

Sitting in the Ritz-Carlton, BLT Steak is always guaranteed to deliver high-class service and a great steak. Decorative drink options and French fare offerings are complemented by a notable selection of naturally aged meats: juicy on the inside, crispy on the outside, and topped with melted herb butter. Plus, you get to feast on those signature golden puff popovers (filled with gruyère cheese) while you wait, so it's a win-win. 

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Block & Grinder

Foxcroft

Block & Grinder opened in 2013 and brought a relaxed farm-to-table concept to Charlotte’s dining scene. Its modern twists on traditional favorites (take the duck eggs over easy atop a New York Strip, for example) may be an atypical technique, but the results are just as coveted. Fresh ingredients add immense flavor to seasonal sides, and every meat you’ll find on the menu has been hand-cut by the staff. An added bonus: you can purchase meats cut to order at the restaurant’s butcher counter to take home with you, whether it’s a quick stop on the way home from work, or an order to go after your meal.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House (Charlotte, NC)

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

SouthPark

This is where Charlotte’s powerful come to dine. Del Frisco’s knocks it out of the park with classy decor and unmatchable steaks. After checking out the welcoming grand staircase, cruise through the menu and take your pick between choice after choice of prime cuts, from filets and porterhouses, to an $89 wagyu Tomahawk chop. Be sure to take advantage of the wine cellar as well; you’ll be offered a wine connoisseur who will gladly help you with any indecision. If you’re looking to save some money while still getting all the goods, look into the $55 prime pair menu, offered on Sundays.

The Capital Grille

The Capital Grille

Fourth Ward

With elaborate features like a kona-crusted dry-aged sirloin with caramelized shallot butter, or the New York Strip with black truffle and gorgonzola butter, it's no wonder The Capital Grille tops steakhouse rankings across the US. Of course, that large wine cellar filled with world-class selections doesn’t hurt, either. And sure, the impeccable service to fully equip your fancy night out on the town is pretty great as well. So, really, why wouldn't you come here?

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Beef 'N Bottle

Collingwood

This Charlotte institution has been serving steaks on South Blvd since 1958. Though the exterior looks pretty much the same as it did back then, it’s this old-school appeal (and yes, the fine selection of rib eyes, New York Strips, and sirloins) that wins over longtime regulars and business travelers alike. If you’re looking to get a little surf with your turf, throw in a cold water lobster tail for $19. Whatever you choose, top your steak with either bleu cheese crumbles, horseradish, or brown mushroom gravy. Sure, the meat alone is delicious, but the toppings are an added bonus.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Second Ward

If your soft spot is a great steak and wine combo, you’re in luck. Order the pair in style at Fleming’s. You’ll have your choice of 100 different wines by the glass, and can use the custom iPad at your table to select whichever one matches your mood. Try and nab a seat at the bar to get your hands on a "filet and flight" grouping for just $39.95, and definitely make sure to round out your meal with the molten chocolate lava cake.

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1. Evoke 555 S McDowell St, Charlotte, NC 28204

Located in Le Méridien hotel, Evoke is a unique spin on a traditional steakhouse, focusing not only on prime and dry-aged steaks, but also housemade pastas and fresh seafood crudos. Ingredients are sourced both locally and abroad, and meals are enjoyed in a sleek space accented by dark woods and leather.

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2. Old Stone Steakhouse 23 S Main St, Belmont, NC 28012

A 15-mile drive west of Charlotte brings you to the town of Belmont, where you'll find a local favorite offering all sorts of mouth-watering meats within the walls of the town’s old police station, from a flavor-infused prime rib to decadent surf n' turf options. The charming Main St that this family-run restaurant calls home will definitely give you the breather you need from Uptown’s business scene.

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3. BLT Steak 110 N College St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Tucked into the Ritz Carlton in the First Ward, BLT Steak offers prime meats, quality seafood, and an extensive wine list in an airy, contemporary space with a warm color palette. The meats are naturally aged and topped with herb butter, and guests are always treated to complimentary signature golden puff popovers (filled with gruyère cheese). The price point may be high, but the quality of the meats and the impeccable service more than justify the bill.

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4. Block & Grinder 2935 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211 (Myers Park)

Block & Grinder opened in Foxcroft in 2013 and brought a relaxed farm-to-table concept to Charlotte’s dining scene. Its modern twists on traditional favorites (like fried chicken confit) may be an atypical technique, but the results are just as coveted. Fresh ingredients add immense flavor to seasonal, Southern sides, and here, every meat you’ll find on the menu has been hand-cut by the staff. Look out for constantly rotating wild game burger offerings. An added bonus: you can purchase meats cut to order at the restaurant’s butcher counter to take home with you.

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5. Del Frisco's 4725 Piedmont Row Dr, Charlotte, NC 28210

Del Frisco’s in SouthPark delivers with classy decor and unmatchable steaks. After checking out the welcoming grand staircase, cruise through the menu and take your pick between choice after choice of prime cuts -- from filets and porterhouses to a Wagyu Tomahawk chop. Be sure to take advantage of the wine cellar as well: you’ll be offered a wine connoisseur who will gladly help you with any indecision. If you’re looking to save some money while still getting all the goods, look into the more affordable prime pair menu offered on Sundays.

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6. The Capital Grille 201 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Topping steakhouse lists around the country, Capital Grille is an upscale chain restaurant that offers classic American fare in a refined setting. There's a large wine cellar filled with world-class selections, and the impeccable service makes the experience feel decidedly elegant. The steaks are all dry-aged on premises for more than 18 days to create a rich flavor and texture before being hand-carved by in-house butchers.

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7. Beef & Bottle Restaurant 4538 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28209

This Charlotte institution has been serving steaks in Collingwood since 1958. Though the exterior looks pretty much the same as it did back then, it’s this old-school appeal (and yes, the fine selection of rib eyes, New York Strips, and sirloins) that wins over longtime regulars and business travelers alike. You can top your meat with either bleu cheese crumbles, horseradish, or brown mushroom gravy, all imparting unique flavor on classic cuts. Dark paneling and ambient lighting make this a great date spot.

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8. Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 210 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Part of a national chain, this high-end steakhouse in Uptown serves fine cuts of beef -- from filet mignon to dry-aged prime ribeye -- and fresh seafood that pair excellently with its extensive selection of more than 100 domestic and international wines by the glass, from which you can choose at your leisure on the iPad at your table. Try and nab a seat at the bar to get your hands on the "filet and flight" grouping of steak, mashed potatoes, and a flight of red wine.

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