Food & Drink

Where to Get the 8 Best Steaks in Louisville

Published On 02/23/2015 Published On 02/23/2015
Dan Gentile/Thrillist

Despite the relative lack of dedicated steakhouses in Louisville, the city certainly isn't short on beef. In fact, you've probably had enough steaks in Louisville to know... that you'd like to have some more steaks in Louisville. Well, with that in mind, here're the best places to get 'em... 
 

Pat’s Steak House

Clifton
If you’re looking for a classic steakhouse in Louisville, you’re looking for Pat’s. Then and now, since 1958, this is one-stop shopping for that atmosphere, that tradition, and -- most importantly -- that meat hunk you want to conquer. The luck of the Irish is strong within these walls.

St. Charles Exchange

St. Charles Exchange

Downtown
Though not really a steakhouse, St. Charles offers an updated take on a quasi-steakhouse vibe. But while the place feels like money spilling out of pants pockets, the food has a very modern American appeal. Even its steak entrees seem fresh again (though still nowhere near affordable).

Z's Oyster Bar and Steakhouse

Z's Oyster Bar and Steakhouse

Downtown & Hurstbourne
Its two locations -- Downtown, near big business, and due East, out there in the safe suburbs -- seem picked purposely to get your graduation dinner reservation first and your love second, but the chefs here don’t phone it in. Even the burger’s made from fancy meat here. Louisville’s UPS hub designation makes it easier to get those fresh oysters from around the country, sealing the deal.

The Village Anchor

The Village Anchor Pub & Roost

Anchorage
Hidden away in an ultimate suburb, this is the spot most locals inside the city center would drive farthest to get to. With an eclectic menu that always scores, a steak might not even be what you end up chewing on; either way, you’ll dine happily amongst Anchorage’s most interesting humans.

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Bistro Le Relais

The Highlands
Once a fancier French, high-ticket womb with a view, the current incarnation of 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. So now it’s a date spot for lawyers or college students; the food’s still fine and the view is unique.

Buck's Restaurant and Bar

Buck's Restaurant and Bar

Old Louisville
A reliably thick steak is the kind of option you can expect to find at this 20-something residential surprise. No one’s opening up new places like this these days, and Buck’s tenacity and consistency is admirable. It's obviously doing a lot of things right.

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse

Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse

Downtown
It’s not a chain, but it’s not a local creation -- and its promise of “culinary entertainment” via “The Jeff Ruby Experience” is certainly confident. The sibling to a Cincinnati favorite, this is where business gets done Downtown, in the middle of Main St. You can get your 65-day, dry-aged, bone-in strip steak here, or enjoy a selection from the well-reviewed wine list, though you certainly won’t be keeping Louisville weird by doing so.

RIVUE

RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge

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

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1. Pat's Steak House 2437 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY 40206 (Clifton)

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 (Downtown)

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 (Downtown)

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

It might be a bit of a hike out to Anchorage, but The Village Anchor is definitely worth the trip. You'll be glad you did after you take your first bite of its Village Anchor Red-Velvet Pancakes or any of the other tasty brunch items on offer. And if you're going later in the day, you still can't miss with a relaxing lunch or dinner.

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

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 (Old Louisville)

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 (Downtown)

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 (Downtown)

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.

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