Food & Drink

The 10 Best Steaks in Seattle

Published On 05/27/2015 Published On 05/27/2015
Rina Jordan I Miller’s Guild
Kate Baldwin Photography
Geoffrey Smith
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Fresh Bistro
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1. John Howie Steak 11111 NE 8th St, Ste 125, Bellevue, WA 98004

Grab lunch at John Howie Steak and let your taste buds score one of the best prime beef bacon cheeseburgers in the country. For dinner, this restaurant is the go-to for dry-aged steaks. Also try the foie gras with caramelized honeycrisp apples and, for dessert, the Grand Marnier crème brulee.

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2. Girin Steakhouse & Ssam Bar 501 Stadium Pl S, Seattle, WA 98104

Helmed by whole-butchery-trained chef Brandon Kirksey, this Seattle-based Korean steakhouse takes meat very seriously. The trendy Pioneer Square eatery features a street-facing glass-encased meat locker with fleshy pink flanks hanging in rows from the ceiling, a wood-framed open kitchen, and delicate floor cushions for cross-legged dining (while there's traditional seating, as well). The majority of the menu items are modern derivatives of traditional Korean dishes, like the popular Girin rendition of yukwhe (Korean beef tartare), prepared with thinly sliced NY strip loin, cured in Asian pear-infused sesame oil, and topped with a quail egg. The drink roster is an equally impressive amalgam of niche Korean spirits, offering various iterations of makgeolli (a small-batch Korean liquor made from rice and wheat), soju, and sake, along with house cocktails crafted with things like ginseng and Korean chili.

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3. Red Cow 1423 34th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

This upscale brasserie is offering steak frites & other French classics along with classic cocktails and wine in their contemporary, neighborhood-y space in Madronna. The house made charcuterie with foie gras, lamb terrine and chicken liver mousse is a great way to start your meal, and the happy hour offerings aren't bad, either (plenty of entrees are available for under $10, and drinks will only run you about $5 a pop).

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4. Manhattan 1419 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

The guys behind Po Dogs/ Grim's/ Auto Battery offer a menu of southern-inspired steakhouse-style eats, plus delectable seafood options, which you can enjoy in their plush, rustic space.

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5. Miller's Guild 620 Stewart St, Seattle, WA 98101

Located in the historic and funky Hotel Max, this rustic eatery is centered around a 9ft-long custom wood-fired grill where prime cuts of meat are butchered and prepared daily. The menu’s star is 75-day dry-aged beef and is crafted by a James Beard Award-winning chef. The entire menu -- meats, vegetables and seafood -- gets to spend time in the inferno, giving everything a deep smoky and roasted flavor.

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6. Joule 3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103

Joule is the brainchild of married Iron Chef cooking duo Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi. Like Revel, Yang and Chirchi's more recently-opened establishment, Joule's menu features Korean-inspired dishes with an emphasis on beef. Joule's cocktails, beer and wine lists are also worth noting.

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7. Metropolitan Grill 820 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

A steakhouse with a meat-laden menu, Metropolitan Grill serves up 100% Mayura Station Australian Wagyu in their historic downtown location. The 60 ft marble bar boasts an extensive array of top shelf liquors from around the world, which pair well with Metropolitan Grill's award winning Manhattans and Martinis.

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8. Fresh Bistro 4725 42nd Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

This casual restaurant on the West Side serves traditional comfort food with a commitment to local, healthy ingredients, and answers the questions of, “Who said steak couldn’t be healthy?” Pro tip: Monday night is steak night featuring half-price bottles of wine. *clink*

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9. The Tin Table 915 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122

When casual food and drinks meet classic ambience in the 100-year-old Odd Fellow’s building, a relaxing dining experience is created for a quick bite or a family dinner. The Steak Frites, a guest favorite, is made with sustainable Saint Helen’s hanger steak and paired with delightfully crunchy shoestring potatoes.