1. Andiron
Buffalo Bayou

The team at Sambrooks Management Company (Pit Room, Candente) may have just bid adieu to popular seafood and gin spot 1751 Sea and Bar, but that’s because they’re turning their full attention to the group’s latest searing hot concept, Andiron. Set just off Buffalo Bayou Park on Allen Parkway, the modern wood-burning steakhouse will soon open its doors for a top-end dining experience with a focus on fine ingredients and live-fire technique. Executive Chef Louis Maldonado will run the kitchen, and with his skills sharpened at Michelin starred restaurants including French Laundry, we expect it to be run quite well. Bonus points: the restaurant shares a courtyard with the utterly chic Clarkwood bar, where you should be having your nightcap.

2. Karne Korean Steakhouse

Opened in the fall of 2022, this new-fashioned steakhouse comes from restaurateur Jason Cho and chef Yurum “KP” Nam, offering a Korean fine dining experience that pulls all the stops in its stunning space off White Oak. Come to be wowed by its roster of in house dry-aged beef and American and Japanese Wagyu (cooked to order tableside), private dining rooms with multi-course chef’s tasting menus, a bespoke cocktail and wine list, and steakhouse plates with Korean riffs—Jumbo Tiger Shrimp with Wasabi Cho-Gochujang, Rice Wine Mussels and Toasted Milk Bread, and Wagyu Kimchi Fried Rice.

3. Patton’s

From the minds behind the wine-soaked Savoir comes this buzzy, speakeasy-style steakhouse, which is also pretty wine-soaked as it shares a superbly stocked wine cellar with the sibling establishment. You’ll walk through that to get to the 38-seat, dark and moody chamber, then you’ll be treated to delights such as Blackened Crab Cakes with Cornichon Remoulade, Wagyu New York Strip Béarnaise, and sides from Foraged Mushrooms to Black Truffle Mashed.

4. Doris Metropolitan
River Oaks

Doris Metropolitan is not your typical steakhouse. Sure there’s the roster of premium cuts and 25-day dry-aged steaks, see-and-be-seen atmosphere, and bangin’ cocktail and wine list. But there are also unique touches like the chandelier-adorned meat locker, desserts that double as works of art, and outside-the-box Mediterranean-style sides, from Tzatziki Octopus and Moroccan Tomato Salad to a gorgeous Stuffed Beetroot. Drop your preconceived steakhouse notions and go with the mouthwatering flow.

5. Gatsby’s Prime Steakhouse

Throwin’ it back to the bygone era of the 1920s, this dark and moody Montrose haunt oozes sex appeal. Take your date night to the next level by starting with some Bacon Jam Foie Gras, Tuna Tartare, and Caviar Service before surfing and turfing with plump Lobster and a big fat Delmonico Steak. Creamed Corn Brulee, thick Battered Onion Rings, and Caramelized Sprouts are the perfect accompaniments. Don’t forget a few classic cocktails like Southside Fizzes and Bee's Knees to wash it all down.

6. Georgia James

This Underbelly Hospitality stunner continues the restaurant group’s legacy of making badass steaks. The team here manages to create an experience that is equal parts fancy-pants and relaxed—the off-menu Baller Boards overflow with the chef’s selection of prized dishes like King Crab Legs, Viet-Cajun Roasted Oysters, and cast-iron butter-basted Long Bone Ribeye, standing in flashy contrast to the hard rock playlist and bites like the totally-not-your-nana’s Banana Pudding complete with rum-soaked cake. Now reopened in a new location that includes a rooftop patio, you’ll want to pay this old favorite a visit.

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