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The Best Steakhouses in Miami

Published On 03/09/2015 Published On 03/09/2015

It's easy to forget how many great steak spots there are in Miami... until you walk into a sushi restaurant and, instead of specialty rolls, they start telling you about their actually impressive selection of wagyu. However, there are a handful of spots in South Florida that do steak better than anywhere else, and we picked the 12 best.

BLT Prime

Doral

When you step up to this spot overlooking the 18th hole at the Trump Doral, you better come hungry, like a tiger at a Central Florida Perkins. This spot is catering to guys who need a protein jolt after 18 holes, with steaks no smaller than 10oz, including three cuts of American Kobe -- another guy who didn’t care for the confines of marriage.

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JWB Prime Steak and Seafood

JWB Prime Steak and Seafood

Hollywood Beach

Though "seafood" is often thrown next to "steak" in great steakhouses so that non-meat eaters know they have an option, it's a lot more than mere extra verbiage at JWB (which is just right of the giant flip-flop at the Margaritaville resort, in case you were wondering). Each day has a spear-caught special, essentially seafood that someone went out and nabbed spearfishing that morning. And while, yes, the prime cuts here are the main attraction in the Buffett-themed dining room, the seafood is what sets it apart. You won't even see most of it on the regular menu, but ask your server about the secret sushi menu.

Council Oak

Hollywood

It would be easy to walk straight past the fine dining steakhouse at the Seminole Hard Rock on your way to catch the Styx reunion tour. It’s hidden right next to the garage escalators, and is purposefully nondescript, as it was once the “sorry you lost your house to the Seminole playing blackjack, here, have a steak” consolation spot for big spenders in the casino. But it’s been open to the public for a while, serving prime cuts as good as any in South Florida from a butcher shop that’ll let you pick your cut or, if you wanna go all out, your lobster, too.

Wolfgang's Steakhouse

Wolfgang's Steakhouse

Downtown

It would be hard for the legendary Peter Lugers in New York to be delusional enough to claim its steak is better because “it’s in the water” since, well, they’re making steak. That's why this spot on the Miami River, run by longtime PL headwaiter Wolfgang Zeiner, serves prime cuts as good as Lugers', dry-aging them on-site and complementing them with a menu of fresh seafood and an impressive raw bar.

MEAT MARKET

Meat Market

South Beach

If this list were based on craft cocktails and happy hours alone, Meat Market would blow every other place out of the water. This Lincoln Rd steakhouse has managed to have one of the Beach’s longest-running happy hours, complementing its menu of prime meats and filets -- which you can also get in half sizes if your date’s not so big on 12oz steaks. And the craft cocktails could stand up to anything from Regent or The Broken Shaker.

Stripsteak

Stripsteak

Miami Beach

Michael Mina manages to land two spots on this list with his steakhouse in the Fontainebleau. So why go here instead of his Aventura outpost? Well, first, it won’t involve driving to Aventura. But second, the steak selection here is second to none, boasting the usual selection of Moyer Farms Angus, plus three cuts of wagyu, A4 and A5 Miyazaki cuts, a 50oz Aussie tomahawk, and a 32oz bone-in rib eye. For pure selection of top-of-the-line steaks, this place can’t be beat.

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Prime 112

SoFi

OK, sure, when you make an 8pm reservation here, sometimes you don’t sit until 9:30. But have you ever NOT been able to make a reservation at Prime 112? When you run the spot that’s been dishing prime steaks and truffle-sprinkled sides longer than anyone in South Beach, people want to come. So you either have to make people wait months to get a reservation, or an hour and a half for a table. And that 90 minutes is easily forgotten by the time you get to that holy grail of desserts: the s’mores pie.

BLT STEAK

BLT Steak

South Beach

The steakhouse on the ground floor of the Betsy is to Ocean Drive restaurants what Miami is to other US cities: technically it is one, but really, it’s kind of not. Here you'll start with BLT’s trademark popovers, then continue to a menu of Certified Angus beef with everything from bone-in rib eye to American wagyu, plus an impressive sushi selection, and jalapeño mashed potatoes.

QUALITY MEATS

Quality Meats

South Beach

Remember the excitement you had the first time a Mexican restaurant rolled that big cart up next to your table and made guacamole... RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU? Relive that magical moment when your server at this South Beach steakery grinds and mixes steak sauce right at your table. And while usually putting A.1. on a prime cut is a dead giveaway you might as well eat steak at Denny's, the stuff here mixes perfectly with the house-cut beef, like the 12oz filet, or the 24oz tomahawk bone-in rib eye. For an extra-healthy meal, you can also order the chicken parm pizza -- a 12in pounded-down breaded chicken, fried, then covered in sauce and cheese. It may or may not feed you for a week.

FOUR SEASONS

EDGE Steak & Bar

Brickell

To make this list, you gotta be more than a one-tool player, and Aaron Brooks might be the Raúl Mondesí of Miami steak chefs, thanks to inventive new sides like the cheesy spaetzle, possibly the best burger in Miami, award-winning lamb, inventive desserts, and a selection of Creekstone Farms steaks that you won’t find anywhere else. Everything’s cooked over a mesquite-chipped grill, giving every steak a smoky, outdoorsy flavor that’ll make you forget you’re sitting in the Four Seasons.

BOURBON STEAK

Bourbon Steak

Aventura

Though some might argue Michael Mina may have cannibalized himself by opening this next to Stripsteak, the free duck fat fries, an extensive menu of wood-grilled steaks (including Japanese and American wagyu), and a famous dry-aged burger still make this easily one of the best steakhouses in Greater Miami. The name isn't misleading, either: the bourbon selection here is among the best in the city -- six whole pages of them -- as well as a curated list of barrel-aged cocktails and a daily happy hour that makes it all accessible to everyone.

RED

Red, the Steakhouse

SoFi

Defining who serves the best steak is not only difficult, but also pretty subjective given that, once you’ve got great meat, well, it’s your dinner to mess up. But at Red, Peter Vauthy lets the Certified Angus beef speak for itself, then complements it with his perpetually evolving non-steak menu, with stuff like bucatini & meatballs with his signature “red lead” sauce, some of Miami’s best donuts, mind-blowing lobster mac & cheese, and on occasion, a terrifyingly large 6ft Alaskan king crab. Throw in that Red is one of the few spots in Miami  -- and the entire USA -- to bring in Miyazaki beef and its top-1% marbling, and you’ve got a steakhouse that can lay claim to being among the best in the nation.

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Matt Meltzer is a staff writer with Thrillist. Gratuitous steak porn populates his Instagram @meltrez1.

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1. BLT Prime - Trump Doral 4400 NW 87th Ave, Doral, FL 33178 (West Miami)

This Trump helmed steakhouse and eatery offers views of the Blue Monster golf course and prime cuts perfect for chowing down on after the 18th hole. BLTs are also on the menu, plus other country club staple dishes a la crab cakes, shrimp cocktail and wedge salads.

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2. JWB Prime Steak and Seafood 1111 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

JWB Prime Steak and Seafood -- named after the man, the myth, Jimmy Warren Buffet -- is an upscale, contemporary American steakhouse located inside the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. The menu boasts spear-caught fish and seafood, a raw bar, and prime cut steaks in a spacious, 142-seat, funky-chic, space. Enjoy your meal with views of the open kitchen, and enjoy a bottle of wine from the cellar wall on display. Throw your notions of Margaritaville out the window: JWB Prime is a high-end restaurant with high-quality ingredients and an air of elegance, and no, there are no cheeseburgers in paradise here.

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3. Council Oak Steaks & Seafood 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL (Hollywood)

Located in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL, you'll know you've arrived at Council Oaks when you spot the giant window filled with prime cuts. Select your meat of choice from "The Butcher Shop" while you sip from an extensive collection of Napa Valley and Old World wines. Council Oaks' Sunday brunch, complete with a full raw bar, carving stations, and made to order sushi, is not to missed.

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4. Wolfgang's Steakhouse 315 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 (Downtown)

Wolfgang Zweiner's does some serious on-site dry-aging to the steaks at his Miami location. And while the 40oz porterhouse (...to share or not to share?) may be the most popular on the menu, there're plenty other non-carnivorous menu options -- from fresh seafood to perfectly cooked potatoes to a raw bar as impressive as the meat choices -- to satisfy cravings of all savory kinds.

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5. Meat Market 915 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

If this list were based on craft cocktails and happy hours alone, Meat Market high-end selections would blow every other place out of the water. This Lincoln Rd steakhouse has managed to have one of the Beach’s longest-running happy hours, complementing its menu of prime meats and filets -- which you can also get in half sizes if your date’s not so big on 12oz steaks. And remember to bring your credit card, because this market's fares will be your once-a-year indulgence.

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6. Stripsteak 4441 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140 (Miami Beach)

Michael Mina's Stripsteak inside the Fontainebleau packs a punch with daily caught seafood and top-of-the-line beef from an in-house butcher. The two-story venue features indoor and outdoor seating, and the open kitchen with a wood-burning oven adds a bit of culinary entertainment to your meal.

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7. Prime 112 112 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

Located in the historic Browns Hotel, this chef-driven boutique steakhouse offers an innovative menu in a high-energy, sophisticated environment. There’s no better place in Miami to people-watch as celebrities chow down on dry-aged steaks and truffle-sprinkled sides, but you may have to do it for a while, as Prime 112 in SoFi promises notoriously long waits.

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8. BLT Steak 1440 Ocean Dr, Miami, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

Located inside the Betsy Hotel, this classic Steakhouse serves up USDA Prime, Wagyu and Certified Black Angus beef alongside seafood dishes and their signature gratis popovers. The modern furniture and decor lends a young, cool vibe to the space, and a romantic porch offers a nice respite from a busy dining room.

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9. Quality Meats Restaurant 1501 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

This South Beach steakery grinds and mixes steak sauce right at your table. And while putting A1 on a prime cut is the stuff of late-night Denny's second-dinners, the stuff here mixes perfectly with the house-cut beef like the 12oz filet or the 24oz tomahawk bone-in ribeye. For an extra-healthy meal, you can also order the chicken parm pizza -- a 12in pounded-down breaded chicken, fried, then covered in sauce and cheese. It may or may not feed you for a week.

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10. Edge, Steak & Bar 1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell)

There are several things that separate this sophisticate venue from the high-brow steakhouses of Miami: for one, executive chef Aaron Brooks was named the Miami "Lambassador" by the Australian lamb council, and his lamb chops, served with chickpeas, fire-roasted peppers, red chimichurri, and coriander cream, are an award-winning signature. The rest of the meat-centric menu features Creekstone Farms steaks that are cooked over a mesquite-chipped grill, giving them a smoky, outdoorsy flavor that'll make you forget you’re sitting in the Four Seasons. And though the prices won't make a meal at Edge a casual spend, specialty seafood that's flown in every day makes the trip worth it.

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11. Bourbon Steak 19999 W Country Club Dr, Aventura, FL 33180 (North Miami)

Free duck fat fries, an extensive menu of wood-grilled steaks (including Japanese and American wagyu), and a famous dry-aged burger make this Aventura spot easily one of the best steakhouses in Greater Miami. The name isn't misleading, either: the bourbon selection here is among the best in the city -- six whole pages of them -- as well as a curated list of barrel-aged cocktails and a daily happy hour that makes it all accessible to everyone.

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12. Red, The Steakhouse 119 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Once voted Sexiest Steakhouse of the Year (by Playboy, no less) and beloved by A-listers, Red delivers on all the swanky fronts. But we suggest you let the food -- from appetizers like seared foie gras and caviar with crème fraiche to the steak and seafood entrées -- do the talking. Throw in a fully-loaded wine list, and the fact that Red is one of the few places in the country to use Miyazaki beef (like Kobe but more marbled), and you've got a steak night to remember.

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