If flashy and glamorous are your thing, then this steakhouse likely won't be your favorite, and that's too bad ... especially if you're looking for the best steak in Charlotte. The drab exterior and comfortably boring interior look as if they haven't been updated in decades, but don't let appearances fool you. The food is second to none, and for those in the know, this place is truly a Charlotte institution.
Searching for something different than the typical steakhouse offerings? Make reservations at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse in Charlotte. The salad bar and side dishes here will certainly tempt diners, but customers should be sure to save room for indulgent cuts like bacon-wrapped filet mignon, flank steak and top sirloin that make an appearance later in the meal. Like most Brazilian steakhouses, meat selections are brought tableside so customers can choose exactly what they want.
The Firebird Wood Fired Grill phenomenon, which is slowly spreading across the country, started in Charlotte under restaurateur Dennis Thompson. Preparing food over an open, wood-burning flame gives the dishes, especially the steaks, a unique taste that competitors can't match. For a simple, no frills but still mouthwatering cut, order the Aspen Sirloin or Ribeye, both lightly seasoned and wood grilled. More expensive tastes may want to try the Filet Mignon wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon.
Bone-In, Kona-Crusted Dry Aged Sirloin with Caramelized Shallot Butter. Drooling yet? The Capital Grille is known across the nation as one of the best chain steakhouses, and its location in Charlotte is no exception. Noted by the Charlotte Magazine as huge and flavorful, Capital's cuts keep locals and visitors coming back time and again. Plus, with over 350 wine selections, diners are sure to find the perfect Cabernet to enjoy with their steaks.
If more is better, then this is the best! This classic steakhouse offers enormous portions of beef, lobster and seafood, as well as equally large sides of spinach, potatoes and asparagus. Morton's is within walking distance of many of the city's larger hotels. If possible, save room for a dessert soufflé, ordered, of course, before you realize just how much food you'll be eating! Reservations required.
Sullivan's greets its clientele with one of the best settings in Charlotte, one reminiscent of 1940s Chicago. The dining room is a magnificent combination of rich wood and crisp, white table coverings that serve a golf shirt just as easily as a bow-tie. Beyond the signature beef entrees, look for sizable lobsters and crispy, fried, succulent shrimp. Bleu cheese lovers should go all the way with simple iceberg wedge salad with crumbled bleu cheese.
Elegant and classy, this SouthPark steakhouse majors in service, USDA Prime beef and Australian cold water lobster tail. The combination of these three elements proves dynamite every time. Hearty beef cuts, like their famous filet, arrive alongside fresh lobster tail and steaming side dishes – all served family-style. Dark woods, gleaming marble, mirrors, gold accents and crisp linens set a sophisticated, romantic backdrop. A great place to impress clients or that somebody special.
BLT Steak, located in the Ritz-Carlton, presents Southern favorites alongside its signature cuts of meat, resulting in wonderfully flavorful entree options. Begin your meal with the warm Gruyere popovers, and then cut into a piece of USDA Prime or Certified Angus, naturally aged and broiled at 1700 degrees. The crisp outside topped with an herb butter and the tender, juicy inside make these steaks melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
At the Palm, you may spot a member of the Panthers, an award-winning actor or even a noted pop star. Yes, the NYC-based chain has star quality. And though wall after wall of celeb caricatures certainly gives the place a shtick all its own, make no mistake: the USDA Prime steaks are justifiably famous, jumbo Nova Scotia lobsters are delicious, and veal Milanese is sublime. The casual yet refined atmosphere and outstanding service are sure to impress, too.