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The Best Steakhouses in New Orleans

Published On 11/06/2013 Published On 11/06/2013
Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse. New Orleans
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Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse

French Quarter

The Brennan name is a big one in New Orleans restaurant history and lore, and Dickie B was born into the Crescent City dining scene. His steakhouse, open 15 years now, is a testament to the “New Orleans-style steakhouse,” specializing in plenty of Gulf seafood as well as juicy steaks smothered in béarnaise sauce and served atop heart-stopping creamed spinach. (Also to be noted: Dickie’s Tableau restaurant, while not a steakhouse, features an amazing “tournedos Rossini moderne," which is seared and topped with foie gras and marchand de vin sauce.)

Galatoire's 33 Bar & Steak

Galatoire's 33

French Quarter

33 is the sister restaurant to the famous Galatoire’s, a local culinary institution in the French Quarter for well over a century. The bar is appropriately manly, swathed in dark woods and leather, excellent for hobnobbing with local politicians over glasses of bourbon. The steaks here are damn near perfect... plus, you can get those famous Galatoire’s oysters Rockefeller.

Mr. John's

Garden District

This St. Charles Ave spot is one of New Orleans’ most beloved classic steakhouses. Stepping into the mahogany dining room brings you right back to the Mad Men era. Go Roger Sterling on the place and order a martini, then await the delivery of sizzling prime steaks drenched in butter. Pro tip: the twin broiled lobster tails are straight-up amazing.

Emeril's Delmonico

Delmonico

Lower Garden District

Part of the Emeril Lagasse empire, this spot is located in view of the historic St. Charles streetcar -- and also serves up some of the finest charcuterie in the city. Delmonico also offers classic creole, French, and Italian takes on a variety of meat & seafood dishes. All of the steaks (hello, 20oz, 21-day dry-aged, bone-in rib eye) come with herbed butter and house-made Worcestershire, béarnaise, and chimichurri sauces.

La Boca

La Boca

Warehouse District

Everything Adolfo Garcia does at his Argentinian-style restaurant, La Boca, is simple and spot-on, from the pisco sour, to the expert preparation of beef cuts not normally seen in your average red, white, and blue steakhouse, such as flank, "outside skirt," and hanger steaks. And if you're more in the mood for sweetbreads paired with an Argentine vino, empanadas, house-made chorizo, and blood sausage, it has you covered there, too.

Doris Metropolitan New Orleans

Doris Metropolitan

French Quarter

This French Quarter favorite is super-deluxe (even on a steakhouse scale), offering USDA Prime and Japanese wagyu cuts dry-aged in-house. If you're feeling adventurous, try the ever-changing "Butcher’s Cut" or "Classified Cut" for enjoyment of less prestigious -- but no less delicious -- steaks. Doris Metropolitan, which also has a Costa Rican location and was originally founded in Israel, brings that world of flavors to its surprisingly diverse array of non-steak dishes. Its dedication to perfection in food quality, menu diversity, and service makes it perhaps the best steakhouse in New Orleans.

Charlie's Steakhouse

Uptown

Talk about old school. Opened in 1932, Charlie’s is the kind of place your grandpa went to after having a good day over at the horse track... a place where you literally DO NOT get a menu, because you should already know that there are only four options: T-bone, strip, rib eye, or filet, brought to you sizzling on ancient, dented metal trays. Like it should be.

Crescent City Steakhouse

Crescent City Steaks

Mid-City

It may not sport a TV show-hosting celebrity chef at the helm, but this joint is well known by four generations of New Orleanians as the real deal. Want some steak with your melted butter, NOLA-style? This is the place for you. Pack the Lipitor.

Besh Steak

Besh Steak

Central Business District

If you’ve been having a good night at the tables in Harrah’s Casino and want to show off for all of your swanky new friends, treating them for a meal at Besh Steak is a solid idea. First, you don’t have to leave the casino (score!). Second, the sleekly furnished decor includes numerous “Blue Dog” paintings by local art legend George Rodrigue. It also features a gargantuan, 30-day dry-aged 18oz prime NY Strip that, at $75, will show everybody who’s the big winner.

Chophouse New Orleans

Chophouse New Orleans

Uptown

These guys take their beautiful cuts of USDA Prime beef seriously. How seriously? They promise that the filets are “barrel-cut only,” and that the porterhouse “is a true porterhouse with both filet and strip sides. We don’t call a T-bone a porterhouse or serve a 16oz strip steak with 13 ounces of steak and three ounces of fat." Damn straight! All that in a cool room with exposed brick, nightly live local music, and classic cocktails, and Chophouse easily makes it on the list. Plus: those onion rings. You need to have those onion rings.

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1. Dickie Brennan's Steakhouse 716 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

Dickie Brennan's popular New Orleans steakhouse is rich with history and lore. Brennan's steakhouse is a testament to the “New Orleans-style steakhouse,” specializing in plenty of Gulf seafood as well as juicy steaks smothered in béarnaise sauce and served atop creamed spinach. The wood-paneled space has six private dining rooms and a swanky posh bar that is the perfect spot to either begin or end your dining experience.

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2. Galatoire’s 33 Bar and Steak 215 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70112 (French Quarter)

Next door to the famous Galatoire’s, sister restaurant Galatoire's 33 Bar and Steak, located in the French Quarter, is an elegant and upscale with and old-timey vibe. The custom built bar is swathed in dark woods and leather, and the dining room is beautifully decorated with crystal chandeliers, mirrors, and dark green painted walls, fostering a regal dining experience. The menu offers a variety of USDA prime cuts, seafood, and lighter dishes that all pair perfectly with a hand-crafted cocktail or fine wine.

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3. Mr John's Steakhouse 2111 Saint Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Garden District)

This St. Charles Avenue spot is one of New Orleans’ most beloved classic steakhouses. Mr. John's mahogany dining room has a 1960's feel to it, with its wood paneling, dim lighting, and candles on every table. The atmosphere is elegant yet relaxed, and the menu offers some of the best sizzling prime steaks and twin broiled lobster tails around.

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4. Emeril's Delmonico 1300 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Garden District)

Emeril's Delmonico, owned by the acclaimed chef, restaurateur, television personality and author, Emeril Lagasse, is located in a beautifully restored historic building, in view of the famous St. Charles streetcar. Delmonico offers classic creole, French, and Italian takes on a variety of meat & seafood dishes. All of the steaks come with herbed butter and house-made Worcestershire, béarnaise, and chimichurri sauces.

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5. La Boca Steaks 870 Tchoupitoulas St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Warehouse District)

Everything restaurateur and Cher Adolfo Garcia does at his Argentinian-style restaurant, La Boca, is simple, traditional, and memorable. From the pisco sours to the expertly prepared cuts of beef such as flank, "outside skirt," and hanger steaks, all the dishes are exceptional. The decor is rustic with exposed beams, the ambiance is intimate, and the dress code veers towards the fancier side at this little slice of Argentina right here in New Orleans.

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6. Doris Metropolitan 620 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (French Quarter)

French Quarter favorite, Doris Metropolitan, is a high-end steakhouse with deluxe offerings like USDA Prime and Japanese wagyu cuts dry-aged in-house. The traditional steakhouse is infused with Mediterranean touches, and the menu brings a variety of flavors together to its surprisingly diverse array of non-steak dishes as well. The restaurant is dedicated to quality, menu diversity, and service with an elegant and sophisticated dining room, and a charming courtyard if you prefer to dine outside.

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7. Charlie's Steakhouse 4510 Dryades St, New Orleans, LA 70115 (Uptown)

Opened in 1932, Charlie’s Steakhouse keeps it classic and simple. The restaurant doesn't have a menu, but rather serves four steak options: T-bone, strip, rib eye, or filet, all served with sides on sizzling dented metal trays that are scorching hot. This old-fashioned spot has a casual ambiance and overall laid-back setting, so you can really cut deep into those steaks without worrying.

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8. Crescent City Steakhouse 1001 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119 (Mid City)

Crescent City is an old-fashioned classic NOLA steakhouse, having been a local favorite since opening in 1934. Tradition is the name of the game here, which is anchored by cooking all the steaks “New Orleans style,' meaning sizzling in butter. It doesn't get more authentic and delicious than a steakhouse that has truly passed the test of time with flying colors.

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9. Besh Steak 8 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Central Business District)

Besh Steak, located inside Harrah’s New Orleans casino, offers a new spirited take on a traditional steakhouse. The sleek interior includes numerous “Blue Dog” paintings by local art legend George Rodrigue, but the real winner on the menu is the giant 30-day dry-aged 18oz prime NY Strip steak. This restaurant is a destination for those in search of a great meal, for casino visitors and non alike.

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10. Chophouse New Orleans 322 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130 (Uptown)

Chophouse takes beautiful cuts of USDA prime beef seriously, promising that all the beef filets are “barrel-cut only,” and that the porterhouse “is a true porterhouse with both filet and strip sides. We don’t call a T-bone a porterhouse or serve a 16oz strip steak with 13 ounces of steak and three ounces of fat." The dining room at Chophouse has an upscale ambiance, with an exposed brick interior, and nightly live local music.

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