Seattle's Best Steakhouses Sate Every Meat Lover's Needs
By Corinne Whiting
Seattle Local Expert
Trying to find the best Steakhouses in Seattle? Never fear; 10Best has you covered. Our editors and locals search the city and suburbs for the top places to wine and dine. Then, we showcase popular restaurants like Brooklyn Seafood, Steak, & Oyster House, and we highlight eateries with great user reviews like JaK's Grill. Thanks to the city's propensity for supporting local farmers, butchers and other business, diners will find many venues that showcase fine food from right here in the Pacific Northwest. An emphasis on local produce means that steaks will come with enticing and healthy side dishes, and vegetarians might even find appealing options at some of these meat meccas!
We also help you find areas zones where Steakhouses are prominent—the bustling downtown area near a multitude of hotels and Pike Place, 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 Seattle's best. So put on your best duds (which in Seattle, rarely means too formal), and get ready to enjoy a delicious and delightful night on the town.
10 F.X. McRory's Steak Chop and Oyster House
Located right next to Qwest Field, F.X. McRory's is the ideal spot for a pre-game or post-game meal and drink. Whether the Seahawks win or lose, an extensive and impressive menu consisting of aged steaks, Alaskan king crab legs, Pacific Northwest salmon and oysters, among other delicious options, are sure to keep you happy (or your stomach, at least). You should also stop by the whiskey bar -- the 135 varieties of American bourbon are impressive, even if you aren't imbibing. In our humble opinion, sports, steaks and a wee bit of whiskey make for a perfect and enjoyable evening out. (206-623-4800)
9 Daniel's Broiler
This classic steakhouse draws loyal customers with its elegant, clubby ambience, features copper accents, stone-topped tables, comfortable booths and dark wood detailing. A favorite place for bar-socializing, Daniel's also boasts perfectly-prepared broiled steaks and an especially good prime rib. Other possibilities are the New York strip, the rib-eye, and the 22-ounce porterhouse. Side dishes come separately but are quite substantial and ideal for sharing. The martinis have won a strong following, and you can choose from a long list of fine wines to accompany the meal too. The staff is thorough and attentive, making this for an all-around enjoying night on the town. (206-329-4191)
8 Brooklyn Seafood, Steak, & Oyster House
This classic Seattle steakhouse is a grand destination for diners looking to impress important clients. The saloon-meets-supper club decor features a copper counter with swivel stools and elegant tables dressed in white linens. While cooked-to order steaks, ribs, and chops are well prepared, fish and seafood really earn Brooklyn its many years of high praise -- oysters, in particular, are a must-try. Dinner reservations are suggested; this spot is popular, and it can't hurt to call ahead, just in case. Head here to impressive business clients, a significant other, out-of-town visitors or simply to treat yourself with a special outing. (206-224-7000)
7 JaK's Grill
Westsiders take pride in JaK's, whose name is actually an acronym for owners Jeff Page and Ken Hughes. At this popular restaurant, sizzling 21-ounce porterhouses, gargantuan burgers, and Caribbean-style pork medallions beckon with seductive aromas and accurate preparations. If red meat and chops aren't your bag, never fear; there are plenty of fish and seafood options that will please pescetarians, too. But be forewarned -- unless you arrive very early, the wait can approach two hours, and reservations are not accepted. Beat the crowds, show up hungry, and enjoy a lovely experience at the local gem Westsiders have been talking about for some time. (206-937-7809)
6 Buenos Aires Grill
Take a trip to Buenos Aires at this Argentinean-style steakhouse, where the atmosphere springs to life with the seductive sounds of the tango, the aromas of wood-grilled beef and an authentically rustic decor that's more Plaza de Mayo than Pioneer Square. For a traditional experience, regulars laud the parrillada (an Argentinean mixed grill of beef, chicken, and sausage); less adventuresome diners, however, are relieved to find a center-cut filet mignon and classic rib-eye on the menu as well. Ask for a table in the front room. Leave your passport at home, but be prepared to be wowed by the tastes, smells and sounds of beautiful Argentina. (206-441-7076)
5 Metropolitan Grill
A business-friendly steak house in the heart of the financial district, Metropolitan Grill has been a Seattle favorite for years. Its downtown location makes it the ideal spot to diner after a day of sightseeing, wandering Pike Place Market or taking a day trip across the waters to a nearby island. Dry-aged, prime-grade beef is a steak-lover's dream, although a good selection of pastas and salads rounds out the menu as well. The wine list is exemplary, focusing on reds that go with the beef-laden menu. Service is helpful but unobtrusive, and the dessert tray is too good to pass up. (206-624-3287)
4 Stanley & Seafort's
Tacoma natives need not drive all the way to Seattle to enjoy some of the Sound's best steaks, fish, and seafood. Stanley & Seafort's promises great food and breathtaking waterfront dining as well. Indeed, the upscale restaurant is one of the area's top special-occasion places, thanks to a dual emphasis on exemplary service and fine dining. Featured dishes include rock salt-roasted prime rib, Iowa pork loin chops, Alaskan king crab legs, and Australian rock lobster tail. For Seattleites looking for a wee getaway, this restaurant is well worth the short drive; delicious food combined with stunning views makes for a pleasant evening all around. (253-473-7300)
3 Ruth's Chris Steak House — Seattle
Ruth's Chris Steak House can be found throughout the country, and despite the location, the venue fails to disappoint. Whether it's rare or well-done, prime corn-fed beef is this steak house's trademark. A favorite of the business set, the place exudes class. Each cut of meat is sublime, boasting sensational flavor and texture thanks to the signature "cooked from the top down" technique. À la caret items include gulf shrimp in a creole rémoulade sauce and crispy French-fried onion rings. If you make it to dessert (and we recommend that you do), consider the luscious chocolate praline encore or maybe chocolate chunk bread pudding. (206-624-8524)
2 El Gaucho
This fantastic restaurant caters to the executive set in a see-and-be-seen atmosphere. You'll often see tables of suited powerbrokers closing deals in an environment similar to an old-fashioned supper club. The multi-level dining room is spacious and upscale, a fitting environment for expense accounts (or simply indulging on special occasions). Steaks, naturally, are large, tender, and perfectly cooked. The baseball cut of top sirloin is highly recommended, and the filet mignon is succulent as well. Plus, caesar salad, prepared tableside, adds a theatrical touch. After dinner, head to the adjacent Pampas Room for music and dancing. Voila, a perfect evening of good food, drinks, dancing and fun! (206-728-1337)
1 Morton's, The Steakhouse
Tuxedo-clad waiters set the tone for a Midwest classic that's staked a claim in the Northwest. Known for beautiful tableside presentations (yes, that's a live lobster on the cart), this steak house is famous for its 24-ounce porterhouse and its generous, hearty portions. Sides must be ordered separately at an additional cost, and the menu offers seafood, chicken, and veal for those who don't relish red meat. More than 175 wine complements are available as well--the perfect complement to a delicious meal. Expectedly, the atmosphere is plush, and Sinatra croons romantically in the background to add to the whole experience. (206-223-0550)
About Corinne Whiting
Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's backpacked around Australia, taught English in Argentina and explored (so far!) countries from Cambodia and Egypt to Turkey and China. Corinne served as associate editor at Where magazine for five years; as a freelancer, she now writes for publications like National Geographic Traveler and Amtrak's Arrive. Here in the lovely Northwest, she's attempting to debunk the rain myths, up her coffee and live music quotient and find her Zen near/on the water.
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