Indulge Your Inner Carnivore At Miami's 10 Best Steakhouses



Miami is a virtual paradise for carnivores. Steaks, ribs, burgers, sausages, pork chops...you'll find all your needs met in this meat-lovers mecca. Miami is especially proud of its variety, quantity, and quality of steakhouses. There are international chains specializing in steaks, like the South of Fifth's Smith and Wollensky, where filet mignon and English cut prime rib take center stage. 

Then there are the fine dining options that are completely unique to Miami's culinary scene, like the Setai Grill, where your 30-day ages prime aged strip sirloin can be served with a truffle ponzu, a classic bernaise, or other variety of mouth-watering sauces, while your meat is sliced for you table-side.

Thanks to Miami's Latin influence, you'll of course find a range of steakhouses and churrascarias from Argentinean and Nicaraguan restaurateurs. You'll also find yourself trying to decide between any of the many Brazilian-inspired rodizio-style steakhouses. That is, the amazing concept of all-you-can-eat meat carved right onto your plate by waiters whose job is to walk around the restaurant with gigantic slabs of flank steak, braised beef ribs, Brazilian picanha and more. Area Code 55 does this wonderfully on the local level while the well-known Texas de Brazil does this for guests the world over.



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Morton's, The Steakhouse


 

Morton's is an international, upscale chain steakhouse that serves a lot more than just American Angus. With locations in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Mexico City and Toronto, plus nation-wide locations including Chicago, Seattle, New York, and Las Vegas, and three locations in the Miami area, Morton's has become synonymous with fine steakhouse dining. The decor is masculine; the atmosphere, classy. Expect to be treated well by the friendly and professional wait staff, who present dinner selections by bringing out a cart of options and telling you stories about each dish to tantalize the appetite. Favorite entrees include blackened swordfish, fresh Maine lobster, and, of course, the 24-ounce porterhouse. Reservations are suggested.


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Local sports legend Don Shula, once the coach of the Miami Dolphins, runs this clubby steakhouse, which has some of the most tender and delicious beef in the area. The football theme is evident throughout, with photos, pennants and newspaper clippings on every wall â€" particularly those detailing Shula's 1972 Super Bowl victory. Business groups, families, sports fans and steak lovers of every ilk rave about great cuts like the 48-ounce porterhouse and the tender filet. Try the surf and turf, which includes a succulent 3-pound Maine lobster. If you have any room left, double chocolate cheesecake is a treat. Reservations recommended.


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Smith & Wollensky
Photo courtesy of Smith & Wollensky


 

Join the power brokers at this clubby, traditional steakhouse, which offers sublime outdoor dining on the waterfront, complete with sweeping views of exclusive Fisher Island. Watch cruise ships leaving the Port of Miami as you dig into lemon pepper chicken or grilled salmon. Of course, heartier appetites will yearn for a bite of one of Smith & Wollensky's famous steaks, whether it's filet mignon, English cut prime rib, or grilled sirloin â€" this desire should not be pushed aside. If it's too hot on the lovely deck, enjoy views from the massive picture window inside the dimly lit, upscale interior. Reservations recommended. Business casual attire.


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Truluck's Seafood Steak and Crab House - Miami


 

Although Truluck's is a chain--something many local Miamians won't admit to wanting to visit--it's a terrific one. Specializing in out-of-town seafood, as well as local, in-season items, the high-end restaurant is ideal for when that crab craving hits you. Whether it's Pacific stone crabs or South Florida stone crabs doesn't seem to matter. Truluck's will have something to fit that crack-and-dip in-drawn butter or mustard sauce or cocktail sauce bill. Alaskan king crab is a favorite here, as are some main courses, including cioppino, jumbo fried shrimp and miso-glazed seabass. Naturally, for a restaurant that has steaks in its title, the beef is plenty good, too. Be warned, however, that portions are big and rich, so if you're counting on ordering dessert, surf and turf dishes can almost be your undoing.


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Perhaps the most northward-located churrascaria in Miami, Area Code 55 otherwise is very similar to the other rodizio restaurants in the city (rodizio being an all-you-can-eat of the highest caliber). With spaciously set tables; a salad bar featuring cold and hot items; waiters dressed as gauchos wielding skewers of bacon-wrapped chicken thighs, lamb chops, sausage and picanha; and a well-stuffed wine list, it's a veritable feast for the carnivore. Start with your card flipped to the green side and you'll soon be swarmed with offerings; flip it to red to take a break. Excellent for a group, a special date, or even a business meeting (if your co-workers are of the meat-loving variety).


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The Forge


 

For American cuisine with a creative French twist, try the elegant Forge. Renovated in 2009 in honor of its 40th anniversary, the space is chock-full of eye-catching antiques and an eclectic mix of upholstered and metal furniture. The farm-to-table menu draws you in, offering tantalizing dishes such as herb-infused steamed local snapper "In a Bag" and grilled wild salmon with basil mashed hearts of palm. Beef is a favorite, and the 16-ounce aged oak grilled "Super Steak" has been named the nation's number one steak by "Wine Spectator." Speaking of wines, the cellar houses an enormous collection â€" more than 80,000 bottles of various vintages. Also, the Enomatic wine serving system, that serves wine by the glass, is great for sampling different wines by the ounce.


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This innovative steakhouse in the heart of South Beach is the talk of the town. The quality of their meat shows, and you'll know it immediately when sinking your teeth into everything from Miyazaki Japanese Kobe and Kansas City strip to rack of lamb, tuna tataki or dry-aged prime tomahawk. Meat-heavy pasta dishes are also available, including a meatball bucatini and a parpadelle bolognase. To accompany dinner, guests can look forward to a selection of over 500 wines, numerous hand-crafted cocktails, and a lengthy list of indulgent side dishes like truffled whipped potatoes, four cheese mac & cheese, creamed spinach, and brussel sprouts with pancetta.


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An uber-trendy steakhouse catering to the young and well-to-do on South Beach, STK is more than just a steakhouse. Stylish, eye-catching decor plus a dance floor where you can work off your filet mignon to the best House and retro beats? Unheard of in most fine dining establishments, but then STK is anything but standard. Don't get us wrong, though. This place isn't all flash. The food is just as impressive. Start with a blue iceberg or raw vegetable salad plus the seared scallops. Then work your way to glazed beef short rib, skirt steak, bone-in filet, or on special occasions, a porterhouse. Accompany this with jalapeno cheddar grits and broccolini (the best on the menu) and finish it off with the Bag o' Donuts and you'll never want to leave.


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Prime 112
Photo courtesy of Gary James Photography


 

Frequented by an upscale, highly visible clientele, Prime 112 is a steakhouse without compare. Its decor honors the restaurant's historic structure while invigorating it with modern detailing. The menu continues this theme of reconsidered classics. Dry-aged prime beef arrives sizzling, cooked to your specifications, and topped with a choice of butters or sauces (among them, peppercorn, horseradish cream, peanut hoisin, curry mayo, and english mustard). "Accessories" are sublime: truffled mac and cheese, sautéed forest mushrooms, or even rum-baked sweet plantains. Desserts, too, get stylish attention â€" apple pie is topped with candied walnut streusel, while chocolate pudding cake flaunts Amarene cherries and a dollop of sweet cream.


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Meat Market
Photo courtesy of Meat Market Miami Beach


 

Meat Market has slowly risen to the top of every local carnivore's list in recent years. Situated right on Lincoln Road, this attractive steakhouse features everything you could possibly want when it comes to, well, meat. Favorable menu options include filet mignon, bone-in rib eye, and their center cut dry aged porterhouse, all of which can include the addition of roasted prime bone marrow, lobster tail, or black truffle butter. Those dining on a budget would be wise to stop by during their Friday 5-8pm happy hour, where a special menu including wagyu beef sliders ($14), their daily ceviche ($9), and drinks (up to $8 for cocktails, only $3.5 for beers) make it all worth while.


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