A cut above the rest: Chicago top steakhouses

Steakhouses claim a favored spot in Chicago's restaurant scene, perhaps because of the city's connection with the now-shuttered Chicago stock yards. At one point during the last century, Chicago packaged more meat than any other place in the world. But maybe it's because the best steakhouses are a bit like the city itself, down-to-earth and friendly but sophisticated, offering up generous portions of familiar food while still highlighting something that is surprising or whimsical. 

The number of choices across the city grid is overwhelming. Perennial favorites like Chicago Cut Steakhouse and Gibson’s still require reservations made way in advance to score a coveted table.

And newcomers are frequent, including the stylish RPM Steak and III Forks, with its popular rooftop spot near Millennium Park. Creative chefs keep things exciting and fresh and they introduce unique ways to prepare their steaks like Primehouse does by dry-aging its meat in a Himalayan salt-tiled aging room.

Other restaurants serving great steak include South American joints like Tango Sur, and their large generous portions are giving the classics relentless competition. 

We all know it's not just about the steak and ambiance matters. Gibson's speakeasy layout is only missing a cloud of smoke floating over dinner booths and Mastro’s live entertainment adds yet another element to an already classy establishment.

These picks are distinguished by outstanding chefs, engaging staff, decor and, most importantly, top-tier selections of sirloin.

With roots in the West Coast, Mastro's finally made its way to Chicago. The 12oz Bone-In Filet gets high marks among meat lovers. For those who enjoy their seafood as much as their steak, opt for the Seafood Tower which allows you to create your...  Read More

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Tango Sur
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This Argentinean steak house offers diners a mix of traditional South American appetizers and grilled meats. It has an old-school vibe from the authentic décor to the service. It's BYOB so bring a nice bottle to enjoy and try to snag a coveted...  Read More

This stylish steakhouse has a French flair, and feels more like a cozy speakeasy than a boisterous place for conventioneers. Run by famous Chicago restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff, the darkened wood- and brick-covered restaurant is a great spot to...  Read More

Gene & Georgetti

Gene & Georgetti's, serving steaks and Italian specialties in the shadow of Chicago's El tracks since 1941, is a classic restaurant still in the same family that opened it. The T-Bone Steak is a favorite, but multiple strip, rib eye and loin...  Read More

III Forks
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A modern yet elegant space, the Chicago outpost of this Dallas-based chain holds its own with local standouts, offering Wagyu beef in a 46-ounce tomahawk rib-eye cut, and appetizers including a delightful wild yellow tail Hamachi with fried...  Read More

A classic, Chicago-style restaurant with convivial bar and clubby dining room, Gibson's has its own USDA prime label on its meat. Portions are large for the meat, the sides and the desserts (think: a baked potato the size of a small football),...  Read More

Gold Coast

A fun, buzzed-about newcomer on the Chicago steakhouse scene, this stylish, cozy restaurant serves some of the best steaks in Chicago. Dry-aged steaks, perfectly prepared over a wood fire, and served with "arm candy" like roasted bone marrow or...  Read More

RPM Steak

If you assume this celebrity-owned steakhouse is all style and no substance, you'd be wrong. Because RPM is both. Co-owned by Bill and Giuliana Rancic, chef Doug Psaltis and legendary Chicago restaurateurs R.J., Jerrod and Molly Melman, this...  Read More

Primehouse in the James Hotel
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Primehouse at The James Hotel, in Chicago's Rush Street entertainment district, is known for dry aging its beef on premises in a room lined with Himalayan salt tiles. Indeed, menu choices include ribeyes aged 28, 40, 55 or even 75 days for a...  Read More

Chicago Cut Steakhouse
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Excellent service, an energized dining room, and USDA-certified prime beef make this a top steakhouse in Chicago. Owners work the room, stopping to greet newcomers along with the CEOs and law firm partners who are regulars. Expect lots of...  Read More


Meet Jamie Bartosch

Jamie Bartosch is a lifelong Chicagoan who thinks her hometown is the greatest city in the world. She is an award-winning newspaper reporter, a freelance travel writer, and the mother of two great kids.