Dallas: The Steak-Lover's Paradise Serves Some of the Best Steak in Texas
By Denise Brandenberg
Dallas Local Expert
Looking for a great cut of beef in Dallas? Travelers to the gem of the Lone Star State, smack dab in the middle of prairie (and cattle!) land, will not be disappointed. Texans understand that food and dining are integral parts of a great trip, and steakhouses are one of the most prized destinations for Dallasites and visitors alike.
Choose from many different types of steakhouses in Dallas that meet your budget and neighborhood preferences. Looking for the classic steakhouse experience? Visit the legendary downtown Palm Restaurant. Are you staying in North Dallas and want to get the full Dallas steakhouse experience? No problem - the North Dallas area boasts several renowned steakhouses, such as Del Friscos Double Eagle Steakhouse and III Forks.
Our list also features many other popular steakhouses like Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House, as well as local eateries with great user reviews, like Nick & Sam's. We also help you find areas where Steakhouses are prominent - the Downtown area, for example - so that you not only get terrific dining recommendations, but you also have choices to boot. After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well do it right and take advantage of Dallas' best. And Dallas loves its steakhouses.
10 Lawry's the Prime Rib
Pleasing Dallas locals since 1982, this popular steak establishment boasts inviting decor, comfortable atmosphere, and a variety of remarkable cuts of prime rib, which is king at this great spot. If you enjoy butter-soft prime rib, the Diamond Jim Brady cut is unsurpassed. Other cuts include the English Cut, with three thin slices deftly carved to heighten the rich beef flavor, the California Cut (a small cut for lighter appetites), and the Lawry's Cut, a traditional cut. And if you come with a hearty appetite, don't miss the Dallas Cut, a double sized cut with the rib bone, as served to the Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl teams All Prime Ribs come with Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes and whipped cream horseradish. (972-503-6688)
9 The Palm
The legend lives on in Dallas's version of the famous New York Palm Restaurant. This family-run Italian steakhouse prepares generous portions of tender USDA Prime aged steak, jumbo Nova Scotia lobster, and traditional Italian fare. Menu items like veal marsala, veal piccata, New York strip, and prime rib of beef are all worthy options. Favored by business executives and players from the Mavericks and Cowboys, The Palm offers a casual yet refined atmosphere. The decor is unique: walls adorned with hundreds of caricatures of the rich, famous, and well-loved who've patronized the restaurant over the years. Go there for lunch to sample some of the best entrees at lower prices. (214-698-0470)
8 Al Biernat's
From starters to desserts, this upscale steakhouse in the Highland Park neighborhood serves practically perfect meals. Salads are exceptional, especially a warm goat cheese version topped with sun-dried tomato vinaigrette. Generous main courses like the Kobe/Angus filet mignon, Cowboy Cut rib-eye and swordfish never fail to please, and choice wines are available to complement any meal. The interior features dark woods, soft lighting and a domed ceiling that showcases a colorful painting of Renaissance balloons. Al Biernat's is ideal for any kind of dinner - from a romantic dinner date to a client dinner. You're sure to impress whomever you take to this Highland Park staple. (214-219-2201)
7 Bob's Steak & Chop House
The quintessential old-school steakhouse, Bob's Steak and Chop house is traditionally styled with crisp table linens, mahogany booths, and a polished bar. Start off your meal with the mozzarella and poblano stuffed bacon wrapped shrimp or the lobster bisque soup. Then move into the main course with Bob's main specialty, the choice cuts of USDA Prime Midwestern corn-fed beef. Other starters like Maryland crab cakes and a tangy blue-cheese salad whet the appetite for a perfectly prepared rib-eye, porterhouse, or succulent rack of lamb - all served with hefty portions of potatoes and Bob's signature sugar-glazed carrots. Complementing everything are select wines and desserts. (214-528-9446)
6 Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House
This classy steakhouse draws guests time and again with consistently prepared steaks, seafood, and prime rib. Starters include dishes like smoked salmon with capers, red onions, and lemon cream cheese. As for entrees, one of the most popular dishes there is the Kobe sirloin sliced tableside. If you're more in the mood for the classic prime rib, you're in luck, as it comes in 8-, 12-, and 20-ounce portions. Diners will appeciate the extensive wine list that features French, Italian, and American wines, many of which are available by the glass. Chocolate-brown walls, dark woods, soft lighting, and starched linens distinguish the interior. (972-934-2467)
5 The Capital Grille
A Dallas staple located in the Crescent Hotel, the Capital Grille rewards diners with dry-aged steaks cooked to perfection. The 22-oz. Delmonico bone-in rib-eye stands out as the restaurant's signature item. Seafood options like lobster bisque and grilled salmon are also expertly prepared. Wines (over 400 varieties) are available by the bottle and the glass. An interior of mahogany, oil paintings, and leather seating provides a classy yet unpretentious setting. If you're looking to impress clients over an elegant business lunch, THIS is the spot to take them - it's in the perfect location and the atmosphere there will win them over for sure. (214-303-0500)
4 Nick & Sam's
The menu at this family-run steakhouse in Dallas is based on the classic staples of Prime aged beef and fresh fish. The all-time favorites at this popular spot include porterhouse and cowboy steaks, as well as the classic lobster tail with drawn butter. The elegant interior features arched ceilings, murals and an open kitchen that's always abuzz with activity. A pianist also entertains diners, enhancing the elegant setting. A raw bar and an extensive wine list featuring over 450 wines (with appointed flight tastings) add to the appeal of this Uptown neighborhood gem. Don't miss some of the great appetizers and desserts here. (214-871-7444)
3 Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Rated as the number one steakhouse in Dallas by D Magazine, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse makes a lasting impression with a cozy atmosphere and professional service. While thick, hearty cuts of dry-aged beef (from rib-eyes to New York strips) are the main staples of this steakhouse, its side dishes like au gratin potatoes and wild mushrooms are in close competition. If red meat doesn't get your mouth watering, then try one of many delectable fresh seafood dishes. Finish off your decadent meal with one of many mouthwatering desserts like gooey pecan pie, chocolate midnight cake, or chocolate "turtle" pie served with crème anglaise. (214-366-2000)
2 Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Featuring USDA prime beef and an elegant and classy decor, this steakhouse also excels in service. Another popular menu item is the Australian cold water lobster tail, which complements the steaks perfectly, or serves as a great main dish for diners who are not so much into beef. Hearty cuts of beef, like the famous filet, arrive alongside a wide variety of delicious, steaming side dishes like the lobster macaroni and cheese, chateau potatoes, spinach supreme, asparagus and sauteed mushrooms -- all served up family-style. Dark woods, gleaming marble, mirrors, gold accents, and crisp linens set a sophisticated, romantic backdrop. (972-490-9000)
1 III Forks
A 24-carat gold dome sits atop this well-known steakhouse, beckoning diners to enter and discover elegant surroundings and a robust Texas-French menu that showcases USDA Prime steaks and fresh seafood. The restaurant itself features a unique vibe that is Texas at its best, so it's a wonderful place to take out of town visitors. Hearty portions of pepper steak, sirloin, bone-in rib-eye, pecan-crusted Idaho trout, and Dover sole await. Boasting 12 separate dining rooms (some named for famous Texans) and an enclosed courtyard, the restaurant offers a variety of settings, from intimate to spacious. An impressive wine cellar with varietals from around the globe highlights the III Forks experience. (972-267-1776)
About Denise Brandenberg
Born and raised in Dallas, Denise Brandenberg has been a self-proclaimed “Dallas Ambassador” for out-of-town friends and colleagues for years. Denise started her career as an advertising agency copywriter, recruiter, and manager of online forums for an international meeting planning association. She ventured off on her own a few years ago, to start an adventurous career as a freelance writer and marketing consultant. Denise’s other work can be found at Global Road Warrior, USA Today, Chron.com, The Motley Fool, LovetoKnow, The Meeting Professional, and several other online publications.
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