Never fear! One thing you won't find a shortage of is great steaks in San Antonio! With local and regional ranches often providing the freshest, premium meats, restaurants are proudly serving up some of the finest steaks you'll ever eat!
Boiler House, located at the Pearl Brewery, is a popular choice for a juicy, no holds barred steaks. The 32 oz. Tomahawk Ribeye is a cut served for two. They also offer a Prime NY Strip, Barrel-Cut Filet Mignon, Bone-In Tenderloin, Prime Center-Cut Ribeye and numerous other options for non-meat eaters. Go crazy by adding cambazola cheese, oyster bacon saute, foie gras or grilled shrimp.
For a little taste of Hollywood right here in the Alamo City, enjoy a steak night out at Werner's Prime Steaks and Seafood. With Chef Nedra Harris of Hell's Kitchen at the helm you can be guaranteed to enjoy a steak you'll be talking about for years. Their steaks, which include a Prime Plus Porterhouse, Ribeye Filet Mignon, Osso Buco and more, are made even better with Harris's signature sauces: bleu cheese butter, honey roemary, mushroom demi, peppercorn, cajun herb butter and spicy chimichurri.
For alternatives to the traditional steak options, check out some of the local Brazilian steakhouses, such as the beautiful Texas de Brazil, located downtown, or the extremely authentic Galpao Gaucho on the northside.
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)
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)
O'liva Healthy Local Cuisine & Tasting Room
O'liva is a new downtown restaurant offering unbelievably affordable, contemporary farm-to-table cuisine in a beautiful, relaxed atmosphere with a true open kitchen. They are working to revive the local food movement in a part of San Antonio that hasn't seen it for over a century, and doing it with an unrivaled pinache. Chef Chuck Hernandez, owner of O'liva, has accomplished an amazing feat with his new restaurant, located in the Plaza de Armas City Center building, just down the block from the historic Spanish Governor's Palace. Hernadez, who also owns Arugula Catering, practically invented the slow food movement. He's been sourcing locally and working with nearby farmers, ranchers and artisan food makers going on 30 years. It's nearly impossible to pin down the type of cuisine you'll find at O'liva, but it's always flavorful and creative. Hernandez describes it as country food, but in fact, the cuisine is quite international and features dishes from an array of countries, including Lebanon, Spain, Argentina, Mexico, India, the list goes on.Hernandez, also known as the Pesto King with a published book of recipes under his belt, is a traveler and lover of diverse cultures and cuisines. He's spent his entire career developing pestos with flavors that traverse the globe. Go for breakfast, lunch and dinner! ((210) 229-2638)
Werner's Prime Steaks & Seafood
San Antonio's growing mecca of culinary excellence just gained another celebrity chef. Werner's Prime Steaks & Seafood, located in the Stone Oak area around 281 and 1604, is a new intimate, fine dining restaurant fortunate to have Corporate Executive Chef, Nedra Harris at the helm. You may remember her as the sassy, no-holds-barred woman from Season 11 of Hell's Kitchen. Everything she's doing at Werner's is seriously delicious, and proves that San Antonio has turned a corner. Nedra wanted to break out of the mold of traditional steakhouses and create a more contemporary menu that truly showcases the ingredients - superior quality and often seasonal. Steaks are served already cut, so you can see the temperature of the steak is perfect. If you order your steak medium rare, that's exactly how you'll get it. The menu includes ribeye, filet mignon, NY bone-in, Ossoc Buco short rib and a succulent 20 oz. porterhouse. Seafood lovers are not left in the dust. Nedra offers an unbelievable off-menu tempura fried lobster tail, fresh arctic char salmon, Chilean sea bass, tuna and a whole strpped bass with lemon caper sauce. Oh, and you can always add fried shrimp, shrimp scampi, scallops, jumbo lump crab or lobster to your order. ((210) 538-6701)
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)
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)
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)
Bohanan's Prime Steak & Seafood
A graceful, mirrored dining room provides an elegant accompaniment to Bohanan's top-notch steaks and seafood. Noted for serving Akaushi beef, three grades above Prime, and dramatic flaming desserts, the restaurant has a loyal contingent of regulars and attracts new customers nightly. Try a juicy filet from the mesquite grill, or split a massive double center-cut pork chop with someone special. Unusual seafood dishes like fennel pollen-crusted blue fin tuna and Chilean sea bass au gratin provide a welcome change of pace. Make sure to start the evening early with a few cocktails at the bar. This is the kind of restaurant where you want to spend the entire evening. (210-472-2600, 210-472-2277)
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)
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)
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