Thanks to Dallas’ heritage as a cattle drive hub, we’ve always had an intense and abiding love for beef. To this day, we’re steak-aholics, as proven by DFW’s extensive selection of outstanding steakhouses. From old-school classics to sleek steak showrooms to chef-driven meat palaces, there’s a steakhouse situation for every carnivore. Here are 10 of the finest to be found in and around Dallas.
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North Dallas (& other locations)
One helluva serving staff sets this clubby, handsome spot apart and almost makes what’s on your plate taste even better. The side of energetic, congenial service pairs well with the standout steaks, chops, and seafood on the menu... but one of the stiff martinis on the drinks menu won’t hurt, either.
This classic steakhouse shows off a bit of European flair, thanks to entrees like vegetable ravioli, French onion soup, and a burrata-tomato salad. Steaks represent, too, with flat iron, filet and tomahawk ribeye cuts on offer.
Dining destinations don’t get more sumptuous than this hotspot that’s played host to countless meant-to-impress dates as well as celebrity visits. Two must-haves here are the “Long Bone” Cowboy with black truffle butter and the lobster mac & cheese that practically has its own social media following.
The grand dame of local steakhouses is one well-rounded lady, serving more than a dozen iterations of beef as well as decadent sides and classic cocktails. But the other huge draw besides the meat is the wine list and onsite Master Sommelier Barbara Werley’s award-winning expertise. Cheers to that.
The view at this lively hotel steakhouse is among the best in all of Dallas, with wide vistas from 27 stories up. In addition to meaty cuts like a 45-day aged prime rib and a Wagyu spinalis, SER’s sides are sizzling -- do not miss the hand-tendered tater tots with house-made ketchup.
Diners love how celeb chef John Tesar’s modern take on the steakhouse features steak cuts for every size wallet and sides that are more chef-driven than simply oversized. The sleek and elegant interior and spacious patio make it a great date spot.
Downtown (& other locations)
Bob’s is an apropos name for this house of chops, since its older, well-worn setting and rich history are reminiscent of your uncle with the same name. Fret not: the steaks, like Uncle Bob, are aged and magnificent. And every cut comes with the restaurant’s signature gigantic glazed carrot, which anyone named Bob would approve of.
This steakhouse is the first choice for workday warriors in the central biz district wanting to escape to a killer happy hour once the clock strikes 5. Past HH, though, the menu showcases dishes that go well beyond steakhouse standards, like bacon & eggs -- grilled pork belly and smoked egg emulsion -- wine-braised short ribs, and a steak flight featuring slices of some of the restaurant’s most aged steaks.
Brought to you by Addison’s favorite restaurant titan (also the owner of Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill), this steakhouse is a favorite of regulars in and outside of the northern town. Flock-worthy plates include the roast prime rib, a peppered filet with whiskey peppercorn sauce and seafood entrees like crispy lobster tail.
Old money, athletes, and visiting celebs like to hold court at this revered steakhouse, so, yes, that red-headed guy in the corner is definitely Jason Garrett. Dishes like the Niman Ranch porterhouse and the buffalo tenderloin should easily pull your attention back to the table. (And in case you’re new to town and wondered how to pronounce it, it’s Al “bern-nays.”)
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Farah Fleurima is a Dallas-based freelance food writer who has been dry-aged to perfection. She frequently pairs with cocktails just because. Read her thoughts on her blog The Dallas Diva and on Twitter at @TheDallasDiva.
1. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse5251 Spring Valley Rd, Dallas
2. III Forks17776 Dallas Pkwy, Dallas
3. Nick & Sam's3008 Maple Ave, Dallas
4. Pappas Bros Steakhouse10477 Lombardy Ln, Dallas
5. Ser Steak + Spirits2201 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas
6. Knife Modern Steak5300 E Mockingbird Ln, Dallas
7. Bob's Steak & Chop House4300 Lemmon Ave, Dallas
8. Dallas Chop House1717 Main St, Dallas
9. Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House5330 Belt Line Rd, Dallas
10. Al Biernat's4217 Oak Lawn Ave, Dallas
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse is a clubby, handsome spot with eight dining rooms and a lounge with live entertainment. This classic American steakhouse has standout steaks, chops, and seafood on the menu, with an assortment of delicious sides, and even gluten free options. To pair with your meal, choose from its extensive award-winning wine list, or a stiff martini.
III Forks is a classic steakhouse that shows off a bit of European flair, thanks to entrees like vegetable ravioli, French onion soup, and a burrata and tomato salad. The steaks don't disappoint either with the finest USDA Prime beef available, always juicy and tender. The menu also boasts seafood options like lobster, scallops, salmon, and crab all served with wild rice, sugar snap peas, off -the-cob cream corn, ripe tomatoes and spring onions.
Dining destinations don’t get more luxurious than Nick and Sam's. This hotspot has hosted countless meant-to-impress dates as well as celebrities, with a menu that always impresses and a wine list to match. Two must-haves here are the “Long Bone” Cowboy with black truffle butter and the lobster mac & cheese that practically has its own social media following.
Pappas Bros is a high-end steakhouse that has every cut of steak that you could ever want. Its well-rounded menu also includes seafood, delicious veggies, and appetizers like the bacon-wrapped scallops. Another huge draw besides the meat is the wine list and onsite Master Sommelier Barbara Werley’s award-winning expertise to guide you.
At 27 stories high, the views at this lively hotel steakhouse is among the best in all of Dallas. The restaurant is complete with a 14-seat chef's table, sleek high-back leather chairs, iPad wine menus, a glass-encased wine room, and a wood-lined bar backed by stone. In addition to meaty cuts on the menu like a 45-day aged prime rib and a Wagyu spinalis, SER’s sides are sizzling -- do not miss the hand-tendered tater tots with house-made ketchup.
Knife Modern Steakhouse by James Beard-nominated chef John Tesar is a sleek and elegant update on the classic steakhouse. Dedicated to using the finest, high-quality ingredients with Texas roots, Knife sources its meats from nearby 44 Farms in Carmen, Texas. Classic cuts like bone-in rib eye and filet mignon are what you can expect to see on "Old School" menu, whereas more adventurous selections, like Waygu, Akaushi and Tri-Tip, wood-fired over an open flame, are decidedly "New School."
Located in the Omni Dallas Hotel, and connected to the Dallas Convention Center, Bob’s steakhouse has a well-worn setting and rich history. All the cuts are aged and magnificent, and each dish comes with the restaurant’s signature gigantic glazed carrot. The wine list is notably extensive, and all the cocktails pair perfectly with any menu item.
This steakhouse is the first choice for many, located on the ground floor of the well-known Comerica Bank tower, where you can escape to a killer happy hour once the clock strikes 5. Past happy hour, the menu showcases dishes that go well beyond steakhouse standards, like bacon & eggs -- grilled pork belly and smoked egg emulsion -- wine-braised short ribs, and a steak flight featuring slices of some of the restaurant’s most aged steaks.
Brought to you by Addison restauranteur (who's also the owner of Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill), Richard Chamberlain's steakhouse is a favorite among regulars in and outside of this suburban Dallas town. Flock-worthy plates include the roast prime rib, a peppered filet with whiskey peppercorn sauce and seafood entrees like crispy lobster tail. Want to know a secret? After you’re done enjoying your bone-in filet mignon, ask the server where the cigar lounge is. Trust us, you'll want to find out.
Old money, athletes, and visiting celebrities have been known to visit Al Biernat's (pronounced "bern-nays) revered steakhouse. The menu includes some crazy dishes like a duck and rabbit sausage spiced with jalaños, but if you want to stay on the safer side, order the delicious Niman Ranch porterhouse or the buffalo tenderloin, you won't be dissapointed.