Food & Drink

Where to Get the 8 Best Steaks in Louisville

Published On 02/23/2015 Published On 02/23/2015
Dan Gentile/Thrillist
St. Charles Exchange
Z's Oyster Bar and Steakhouse
The Village Anchor
Courtesy of John Nation
Buck's Restaurant and Bar
Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse
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1. Pat's Steak House 2437 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY 40206

If you’re looking for a classic steakhouse in Louisville, you’re looking for Pat’s. Since 1958, this has been a one-stop shop for a classic atmosphere and that meat hunk you want to conquer.

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2. St. Charles Exchange 113 S 7th St, Louisville, KY 40202

This Downtown gem is housed in one of the oldest buildings in the district and serves up a variety of innovative seasonal items (a good bet is always the burger), as well as craft beers, wines, and a long list of creative cocktails.

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3. Z's Oyster Bar and Steakhouse 115 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202

Z’s Oyster Bar & Steakhouse is a consistent, safe bet for almost any occasion, and doesn't disappoint with its selection of extra-fresh seafood that pairs flawlessly with quality, Prime, Midwestern-aged beef. To supplement Z's surf and turf menu is an equally impressive list of sides, which includes Maker's Mark mushrooms, au gratin potatoes, and homestyle sweet corn.

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4. The Village Anchor Pub & Roost 11507 Park Rd, Anchorage, KY 40223

Village Anchor Pub & Roost is well worth the drive out to historic Anchorage, where this handsome bistro is serving Southern comfort favorites, plus an extensive selection of craft beer and bourbon. The best seats in the house are around the lavish, banquette-lined bar and, particularly on chillier nights, on the covered terrace that sports a double-sided fireplace. The menu focuses on Southern classics, including a hot brown, shrimp & grits, fried chicken, and pork shoulder with cornbread, and truly shines at brunch, when you can indulge in the Village's fan-favorite red velvet pancakes topped with sweet Kahlua cream cheese, plus several twists on a Bloody Mary.

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5. Bistro Le Relais 2817 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville, KY 40205

Once a fancier French, high-ticket spot with a view, the current Le Relais maintains steak even at a more affordable, oh-so-bistro level: you can get steak tartare as a starter, or spend three times as much on some prime beef. It’s a date spot, the food’s tasty, and the view is unique.

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6. Buck's Restaurant and Bar 425 W Ormsby Ave, Louisville, KY 40203

A reliably thick steak is the kind of option you can expect to find at this Old Louisville eatery. Buck’s tenacity and consistency is admirable and it's obviously doing a lot of things right with its live piano music, classy setting, and continental menu.

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7. Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse 325 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202

At this sibling to a Cincinnati favorite, you can get a 65-day, dry-aged, bone-in strip steak, or enjoy a selection from the well-reviewed wine list. Although Ruby’s has a bougie steakhouse feel, and regularly hosts the post-work crowd, it never feels stuffy, and is a great setting for after-dinner drinks. Cocktail highlights include Ruby's Red Sangria and the orange cream Old Fashioned.

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8. RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge 140 North 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202

Up high in the sky, Louisville’s premiere rotating restaurant is one hotel destination locals actually find themselves at some nights. The menus are crazy good, though not cheap, with a more Southern and artisanal approach than your ordinary hotel. And that view! It’s worth the elevator ride alone.