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...
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 House2437 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville
2. St. Charles Exchange113 S 7th St, Louisville
3. Z's Oyster Bar and Steakhouse115 S 4th St, Louisville
4. The Village Anchor Pub & Roost11507 Park Rd, Anchorage
5. Bistro Le Relais2817 Taylorsville Rd, Louisville
6. Buck's Restaurant and Bar425 W Ormsby Ave, Louisville
7. Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse325 W Main St, Louisville
8. RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge140 North 4th St, Louisville
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.