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A Carnivore's Guide to the Best Steakhouses in Louisville

Published On 04/25/2016 Published On 04/25/2016
Z’s Oyster Bar and Steakhouse
Z’s Oyster Bar and Steakhouse I Courtesy of Kylene White

Z's Oyster Bar & Steakhouse

East End/Downtown

Z’s Oyster Bar & Steakhouse is a consistent, safe bet for a first date, an interview, or even a business lunch. Whether you're hitting up the East End or Downtown spot, you’re guaranteed to be impressed with the menu of aged beef and fresh seafood. If surf & turf is what you’re looking for, this place is hands down the best choice in town. Z's prides itself on the selection of extra-fresh seafood that pairs flawlessly with quality, Prime, Midwestern, aged beef. Plus, the service is never lacking, and it's always packed with class... and people.

Brazeiros Churrascaria

Downtown

There are a couple of things to love about this Brazilian steakhouse: 1) it has an all-you-can-eat meat extravaganza, and 2) it's the best salad bar around, stocked with fresh mozzarella, chunks of manchego, and slivers of salami. (Hey, if it’s on the salad bar, it counts as a serving of vegetables, right?) There's no limit to the amount of meat offered at Brazeiros. As long as your coaster card is turned to the green side, the gaucho chefs will keep coming to your table with giant skewers of meat and give you slices of filet, short rib, sirloin, and the house specialty, picanha: a prime part of the sirloin served with sea salt and rimmed with a lovely crust of fat.   

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Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse

Downtown

This Louisville favorite is modeled after a successful Cincinnati steakhouse, but has grown into a local hotspot for the hobnobbing post-work crowd. Ruby’s has a bougie steakhouse feel, but never feels stuffy, and is a great setting for after-dinner drinks (and a mean bone-in filet mignon). If you can't make it, at least check out it out on Twitter. There's always something to enjoy, whether it's a photo of the celebrity clientele, a hilarious tweet, or just some updates about the restaurant.   

Le Moo

Crescent Hill

This place boasts the “most eclectic” steak menu in Louisville, with more than 15 cuts of steak available in CAB, Choice, Prime, dry-aged, and wagyu. What's really great about it -- other than those steak "flights" that let you sample the variety of meats on the menu -- is that it has a booth made of vintage Louis Vuitton leather that (comfortably!) seats four to five diners. But of course, it must be reserved ahead of time. While the prices all vary, there's one standout: that $235 10oz Japanese wagyu. So if you're feeling ballsy, please, give it a go.

Cast Iron Steakhouse

River Road

If you're on a budget and looking for a great steak that won't break the bank, you've found your spot. Head over to Cast Iron Steakhouse (either the Louisville or the Jeffersonville, IN location) and order up some of the cast iron-cooked meats aged 21 to 28 days. Our recommendation: the filet wrapped in applewood smoked bacon. It's easily the most tender cut of beef in town for the price of $20.99 (6oz) or $24.99 (8oz).

Pat's Steakhouse

Clifton

Pat’s Steakhouse is an old-school classic in the best way possible, specifically because of the white-glove service and the great group of regulars. The current farm-to-table trend hasn’t quite touched this place yet, but that hasn’t stopped it from chugging right along and serving up some delicious steaks, especially the New York strip or the porterhouse T-bone. It’s a favorite that hasn’t changed much over the years, but that’s just how the regulars like it... though it did finally get a credit card machine last year, which was quite the kick into the 21st century.

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1. 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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2. Brazeiros Brazilian Steakhouse 450 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202 (Downtown)

Situated in Downtown Louisville, Brazeiros utilizes Brazil’s centuries-old gaucho heritage to perfect its rodizo offerings: 15 perfectly seasons meats, continuously provided by staff through table-service. As long as your coaster card is turned to the green side, the gaucho chefs will keep coming to your table with giant skewers of meat and give you slices of filet, short rib, sirloin, and the house specialty, picanha: a prime part of the sirloin served with sea salt and rimmed with a lovely crust of fat. An impressive salad bar and unlimited sides are also offered to guests.

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3. Cast Iron Steakhouse 6325 River Rd, Louisville, KY 40059

If you're on a budget and looking for a great steak that won't break the bank, you've found your spot. Head over to Cast Iron Steakhouse (either the Louisville or the Jeffersonville, IN location) and order up some of the cast iron-cooked meats, which have been aged for three to four weeks. The house special -- an applewood-smoked bacon filet -- and Dutch oven peach cobbler are highly recommended.

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4. Pat's Steakhouse 2437 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY 40206 (Clifton)

This old-school, classic steakhouse in Clifton opened more than 50 years ago, and has continued to draw customers in with its white-glove service and quality cuts of meat. Alongside New York strip and porterhouse t-bone, Pat's also offers non-beef entrees, like frog legs and pan-fried oysters, a decent selection of wine, and homestyle desserts.

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5. 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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6. leMoo 2300 Lexington Rd, Louisville, KY 40206 (Crescent Hill)

This Crescent Hill place boasts the “most eclectic” steak menu in Louisville, with more than 15 cuts available in CAB, Choice, Prime, dry-aged, and wagyu. But while steak is the restaurant’s primary draw, there is something for everyone at Le Moo’s, which supplies salmon, sole, and a vegetarian cassoulet that are all worthy challengers to the beef that inspired the restaurant’s playful name. Also important to note is the booth made of vintage Louis Vuitton leather.

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