No state knows beef better than Texas, so you can expect to find some of the best steakhouses in the country in San Antonio! Ironically, the best of the best Texas steakhouse right now is Brazilian. In fact, all of the Brazilian steakhouses in San Antonio are superb, but there's one that tops the list and that is Galpao Gaucho, San Antonio's newest Brazilian Steakhouse. Galpao Gaucho has merged the experience of a traditional Brazilian churrascaria with the more casual and contemporary atmosphere that San Antonians have come to expect. Those staying downtown or looking to celebrate with all the trimmings, including wine angels flying through the air for that perfect bottle of wine, will certainly enjoy the elegant Texas de Brazil.
For a superior cut of beef paired with farm fresh, locally-sourced produce, head to the Boiler House, who knows how to impress with their giant 32 oz. Tomahawk Ribeye with bone marrow butter or Tejas Steakhouse, who serves up prime Akaushi KC-style steaks that are seriously tender. Tejas also provides a unique, lively atmosphere in the form of an actual rodeo every Saturday night. Perfect for a night out with the family!
Ruth's Chris, a staple in San Antonio, should not be overlooked when exploring the city for the perfect steak. For steak with a view and a wonderful fine dining experience, The Chart House, which sits atop the Tower of the Americas, is a memorable way to start or end your trip!
10 Ruth's Chris Steak House
Founded by a woman entrepreneur who was ahead of her time, Ruth's Chris Steak House is well known for its prime cuts. Ruth Fertel showed spirit and determination in choosing her restaurants. The quality of the restaurant steaks is a clear reflection of her eye for the best. Choose from a full flavored classic T-Bone or the Cowboy Ribeye for an outstanding example of USDA Prime at its best. Complement your steak with a sliced tomato and onion salad. You can wrap it all up with a yummy Warm Apple Crumb Tart. Ruth's Chris Steak House may be a chain but they continue to win points with steak lovers everywhere. (210-821-5051)
9 Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
The San Antonio location of this national chain is praised for its comfortably elegant atmosphere, solid selection of prime beef, and noteworthy wine list, most of which is served by the glass. Treat your special someone or a business partner to a 12-oz. filet mignon, a 16-oz. prime rib-eye, or to beef Flemington; a filet encased in puff pastry with creamy duxelles. Seafood selections include a New Zealand salmon filet in cabernet butter sauce and tuna mignon seared rare with poppy seed au poivre. Take advantage of Discovery Dinners for groups of six or more, which feature four-course menus with wine pairings. (210-824-9463)
8 J. Alexander's
J. Alexander's isn't just a San Antonio restaurant, but you can expect to find some of the most impeccable food here, cooked to perfection. J. Alexander's is consistent in their quality, customer service and attention to detail. This upscale restaurant is ideal for a business lunch or even a romantic rendezvous. The prices are fair and the ingredients top notch. Some favorites include one of the best burgers in town, the Tillamook Cheddar Burger and the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, not to mention the Steak and Frites. For dessert, they offer a killer Key-Lime Pie and a to-die-for Carrot Cake that defies any resistance to temptation, although you may want to ask for two forks. ((210) 824-0275)
7 Chart House
If you are downtown, the Chart House restaurant at the top of the Tower of Americas is an experience in location alone. Enjoy amazing views from a height of 750 feet. The restaurant revolves the entire time you are dining. The food is always delicious and the ambiance is perfect for almost any occasion. Romance will be in the air for sure when the sun goes down and the lights are dimmed. Dine by candlelight with your date as you watch the city unfold. Menu choices range from two different cuts of slow roasted prime rib, Blue Cheese Filet Mignon, succulent seafood, decadent desserts and kid friendly dining options. ((210) 223-3101)
6 Saltgrass Steak House
Saltgrass Steak House offers patrons some of the most superb Texas steaks and barbeque this side of the Mississippi. Their story dates back to the 1800s, when millions of Longhorns roamed freely throughout Texas. Each winter the Longhorn were driven to the Texas Gulf Coast to graze on the rich coastal salt grass. And when they headed for market, they followed the legendary Salt Grass Trail, known far and wide for creating the best beef in the Lone Star State. Saltgrass is known for their certified Angus Beef Steaks and an assortment of other savory dishes such as Grilled Shrimp and Grilled Salmon. ((210) 641-6447)
5 Little Rhein Steak House
San Antonio's first two-story structure now comfortably accommodates this charming steakhouse, which proffers some of the city's best filet mignon. Memorabilia collected by the steakhouse's original owner lines the interior (Chicago's old courthouse supplied the brass lights). The menu is an exercise in simplicity: meat and vegetables with a bit of seafood thrown in just for kicks. Not only locals but peripatetic celebs like to make frequent stops at Little Rhein. As the Little Rhein Steakhouse is conveniently located in a great part of downtown San Antonio, make sure to take time to explore the area of Southtown and Hemisphere park while you're down there! (210-225-2111)
4 Texas de Brazil
Texas de Brazil opened in San Antonio in 2010 and hasn't stopped serving delicious, succulent Brazilian meats and traditional favorites ever since. While there is more than one Brazilian-American Churrascaria (steakhouse) in San Antonio, Texas de Brazil is possibly the most luxurious and decadent one in town. Conveniently located downtown, they are within walking distance of many of the popular hotels and tourist attractions. Start your meal off with the salad bar complete with everything under the sun from their signature lobster bisque to smoked salmon, grilled pineapple, charcuterie and a rainbow of salads and specialties. However, make sure to not overdo it on the salad bar because what comes next will become the stuff of legends. Prepare yourself for an onslaught of the most mouth-watering cuts of beef, pork, chicken and lamb, from the Picanha to ribs, bacon-wrapped chicken, sausage and more. It's a meat-lovers dream come true! ((210) 299-1600)
3 Tejas Steakhouse & Saloon
Many have tried but few have been able to capture the spirit and taste of Texas the way Tejas Steakhouse has so perfectly. Situated on a ranch the owners call the Cowboy Playground, this entertainment complex features a rodeo every Saturday night, including a mechanical bull for daredevils! However, the real gem of this place is the Steakhouse, run by Executive Chef Tyler Horstmann, who's rolling out a new menu featuring 11 different kinds of meat. He's created dishes such as Beef Tongue Tostadas and Rabbit and Venison Fondue that are fresh without being trendy. Horstmann, a member of the Chef Cooperative in San Antonio, has taken the concept of steakhouse to the next level by using ingredients grown on property or locally-sourced whenever possible. "I'm calling it the Ranch-to-Restaurant program," explains Horstmann. "It's our take on farm-to-table. How many people do you know have a restaurant on a ranch?" ((830) 980-2205)
2 Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden
Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden is a true Texas original. Situated in the historic Pearl Brewery complex on the San Antonio River Walk, this wine-centric restaurant occupies the former "boiler house" which powered the adjacent brewery. The menu focuses on grilled items from local farms and markets, with a focus on "Texas ranch-style" cuisine. The good news is they have a wide variety of gluten-free dishes and are clearly noted on the menu. These delicacies are paired with extraordinary wines from around the world (all available by the glass, bottle and "to-go"), live music and a casual yet energetic atmosphere. The unique list of wines features pricing based on a "retail" model, and boasts some of the lowest prices in the area. (210) 354-4644)
1 Galpao Gaucho Brazilian Steakhouse
Who doesn't love a Brazilian steakhouse, but what if you could have all the things you love about it minus the fancy prices? What if there was a place where you could truly relax and savor the Picanha and other deliciously seasoned skewered meats in a family friendly atmosphere? Thanks to Galpao Gaucho, now you can! While their menu isn't quite as expansive, you miss nothing because this independently-owned restaurant has managed to hone in on what's important, namely taste and authenticity at a price point that most can afford. The Executive Chef and Co-Owner, Jovani Gava, is actually a native of Brazil who worked in the churrascaria industry for 15 years before opening up his own restaurant. Located in the Stone Oak area, they're the perfect place to go for either lunch or dinner. Just remember to bring your appetite! ((210) 497-2500)
About Kimberly Suta
Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in marketing, advertising and social media. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations, involved a partnership with Regal Cinemas, the largest theatre chain in the world. Kimberly has written, directed and produced several films that have screened at Texas film festivals and she produces an annual film competition at the popular Alamo Drafthouse theatre. She recently published her second novel, The Rain Queen, which can be found on Amazon.com. Kimberly currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas, a place of much inspiration to her.
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