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The Best Steakhouses in Philadelphia

Published On 08/24/2015 Published On 08/24/2015

Usually, when you order a steak in Philly, it’s coming on an Italian roll along with some Whiz. But the City of Brotherly Love does have some excellent places where meat lovers can (should, really) use a knife and fork to eat their beef. From local taverns to high-end chophouses, here are the best steakhouses in Philadelphia.

Butcher & Singer

Rittenhouse

With any Stephen Starr operation, you know what you’re getting: great service, flawless execution, and a serious price tag. At Butcher & Singer, Starr’s throwback to the old Hollywood-style steak- and chophouses, everything comes as expected. It’s a great option for that splurge/special occasion, and is also a steal if you can snag a reservation during restaurant week. 

Barclay Prime

Rittenhouse

On the ground floor of the old Barclay building -- which was once the most famous hotel in the city and the site of the Abscam sting from American Hustle -- Barclay Prime is Stephen Starr’s other high-end steakhouse, where options range from the petite 8oz filet to the dinosaur-sized PA Pride 50oz tomahawk rib eye, which we think is meant for two...

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse - Philadelphia

Del Frisco's Double Eagle

Rittenhouse

Located in what was once the lobby of the First Pennsylvania Bank, this is the spot if you are looking for a show-stopping venue to go with heart-stoppingly good beef. At Del Frisco's, the dining room features sweeping three-story columns and a 40ft (1,200-bottle) wine tower at the center of the restaurant. You can also schedule a private party in the original vault -- just be prepared to be on display.

The Prime Rib

The Prime Rib

Rittenhouse

Want some great ordering advice? When in doubt over what to get, you won’t go wrong if you order the thing the place is named after. It’s pretty foolproof, especially when the prime rib is as good as the one at... well, you know.

Davio's

Davio's

Rittenhouse

It’s hard to make a bad choice on the expansive menu at Davio's, the Northern Italian-inspired steakhouse right off Rittenhouse Square near Liberty Place. But since this is a list about steak, you’re heading there for the selection of carni -- all of which is sourced from California's Brandt Beef. Of all the organic, hormone-free beef options, the 30oz prime, natural-aged, bone-in rib eye is the most popular... something the above photo makes pretty easy to understand.

Wyebrook Farm

Wyebrook Farm

Honey Brook

OK, so Honey Brook is pretty damn far from Philly -- technically an hour-and-change drive. But, if you are looking for some of the best beef in the area, Wyebrook Farm has to be on the list. At Wyebrook, you can get cuts of pasture-raised beef, pigs, and chickens at the butcher shop (if you are in a DIY mood) or at the newly opened BYOB cafe, which serves some permanent staples, and a rotating menu of Wyebrook meats and seasonal vegetables.

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The Saloon

Bella Vista

If the other options on the list seem a little buttoned-up to you, head to the Saloon in Bella Vista for a decidedly less pretentious vibe. For 50 years, the family-run restaurant has kept the bellies of South Philly full with a menu covering Italian classics (stuffed peppers, broccoli rabe), steakhouse favorites (clams casino, shrimp oscar), and mains. Prices are pretty reasonable considering the entrees also come with a side dish, unlike a ton of other steak spots (cough, Capital Grille, cough).

Chops Philadelphia

Center City West/Comcast Center

Following relocation from the 'burbs (Bala Cynwyd) to the Comcast Center, the kitchen at Chops has stepped up its game in a big way. And if you're dining at the Comcast Center, you might as well order big, too, and go for the 28oz prime cowboy steak sourced from New York’s Gachot & Gachot butchery (the same butcher that supplies NYC staple Peter Luger). It’s $58, but just like your Comcast bill, said beef ain’t cheap.

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1. Barclay Prime 237 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Rittenhouse)

On the ground floor of the old Barclay building -- which was once the most famous hotel in the city and the site of the Abscam sting from American Hustle -- Barclay Prime is a high-end steakhouse, where options range from the petite 8oz filet to the dinosaur-sized PA Pride 50oz tomahawk rib eye. The first thing you need to do here is order the foie gras cheesesteak, because no other place has it. If for some reason you're not into delicious goose fat, dig into some Kobe sliders or another choice cut of steak.

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2. Butcher and Singer 1500 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

With any Stephen Starr operation, you know what you’re getting: great service, flawless execution, and a serious price tag. Butcher & Singer is a throwback to the old Hollywood-style steak- and chophouses, so it’s a perfect place to impress a date or celebrate a milestone with a delicious dinner. Low lighting, high ceilings, and white table cloths give you a reason to dress up.

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3. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse 1426 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (Rittenhouse)

Located in what was once the lobby of the First Pennsylvania Bank, Del Frisco's Double Eagle is a show-stopping venue to go with heart-stoppingly good beef. The dining room at this Rittenhouse spot features sweeping three-story columns and a 40ft (1,200-bottle) wine tower at the center of the restaurant. In addition to its steak options, the menu offers a diverse seafood selection.

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4. The Prime Rib 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

When in doubt, order the thing the place is named after. It’s pretty foolproof, especially when the prime rib is as good as the one at... well, you know. This steak and seafood restaurant in Rittenhouse is super swanky with black walls, leopard-print carpet and piano music. It's pretty romantic, too, if you're thinking of bringing a special someone.

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5. Davio's 111 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (Center City West)

Just off the fashionable Rittenhouse Row, Davio’s has mastered regional Italian foods. High ceilings and a white color palette give the restaurant a clean and modern feel, which is perfect for date nights, special occasions or business lunches. The biggest perk is the fact that it’s located on the second floor: the room is flooded with natural sunlight by day and at night, you can take the party outside onto the rooftop.

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6. Wyebrook Farm 150 Wyebrook Road, Honey Brook, PA 19344

Honey Brook is about an hour from Philly, but Wyebrook is well worth a drive with some of the best beef in the state. You can get cuts of pasture-raised beef, pigs, and chickens at the butcher shop (if you are in a DIY mood) or at the newly opened BYOB cafe, which serves some permanent staples, and a rotating menu of Wyebrook meats and seasonal vegetables.

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7. The Saloon 750 S. 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (Italian Marketbella Vista)

For half a century this family-run restaurant in Bella Vista has kept the bellies of South Philly full with a menu covering Italian classics (stuffed peppers, broccoli rabe), steakhouse favorites (clams casino, shrimp oscar), and mains. Prices are pretty reasonable considering the entrees also come with a side dish, unlike a ton of other steak spots. It’s got a decidedly unpretentious vibe, so slip on the tee and jeans (but please, keep the top button buttoned).

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8. Chops Philadelphia 1701 John F Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Following relocation from the 'burbs (Bala Cynwyd) to the Comcast Center, the kitchen at Chops has stepped up its game in a big way. And if you're dining in Center City WEst, you might as well order big, too, and go for the 28oz prime cowboy steak sourced from New York’s Gachot & Gachot butchery (the same butcher that supplies NYC steakhouse staples). It’s $58, but just like your Comcast bill, said beef isn’t cheap, but it is worth it.

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