The exquisite seafood and aged prime steaks at this "Civilized Steakhouse," which is the restaurant's motto, will make you wish you had heard about it much sooner. Whether dining on lump crabmeat cocktails or the house prime rib, you will enjoy the generous portions. The locals say this is the best steak in town, but of course you'll need to be the judge of that. Sides of potato skins and creamed spinach are served up family style, to share. Live music livens things up on a nightly basis, and valet parking makes arriving and leaving here as easy as possible.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Treating oneself to an upscale steakhouse experience does't get any better than this delicious eatery.
Sharon's expert tip: Roll out your best-dressed clothing as this venue is fancy-schmancy, complete with tuxedoed waitstaff.
Located in Philadelphia's City Line Avenue Hilton, this sumptuous steakhouse ranks among the top in the city. While tall ceilings, live music and tuxedoed servers create an enjoyable upscale ambiance, a sense of warmth and relaxation enables diners to feel at home (if their home were forever filled with the incredible aromas of perfectly cooked steak). Indulge in tasty crab cakes with mustard beurre blanc sauce before satisfying your inner carnivore with the incredible dry aged ribeye or tender filet. If that doesn't sound delicious enough, delve into their extensive wine list for the perfect accompaniment to any meal choice.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Many diners at this popular restaurant return again and again, swearing its the best they've ever tasted.
Sharon's expert tip: Sample a glass from their vast wine list.
Experience a Rodizio style of dining here, which is made up of 15 cuts of meat and fish, all of which are carved table side. Start off with a delicious salad bar, and compliment your meal with sides like Fried bananas, mashed potatoes, polenta and Brazilian cheese bread. A sushi station and a salad station deliver choices galore. The real crowning glory here is the choice beef and poultry offerings. Top sirloin, filet, sirloin tips, beef ribs, lamb chops, sausage, bacon-wrapped beef and poultry, pork ribs, salmon and more tempt even the pickiest eater to ask for more! Finish with a tasty dessert for the best of everything.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: A short ride from the city, this restaurant offers a change of pace while still delivering on taste and service.
Sharon's expert tip: Go during the week for a quiet, affordable alternative.
From inspiring seafood dishes to amazing steak options, the Capital Grille delivers a solid dining experience to patrons in Philadelphia. Located next to City Hall, this traditional mainstay is a great place to fill up on food as well as conversation. Get an order of the lobster cakes or delve into a Kona steak that's cooked-to-order. Sample the lobster bisque, compliment things with an order of truffle fries and snag a cocktail to boot. Desserts will end your meal with a sweet and decadent wave. Try some of the delicious coconut creme pie or a piece of their creme brûlée. The delicious food is accompanied by great service and an enjoyable venue for catching up or meeting new folks.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: With its prime location on the Avenue of the Arts, this eatery is great for dining before or after a show.
Sharon's expert tip: Try the lobster cakes!
Elegant in a traditional fine dining way, Davio's luxurious dining room invites patrons to unwind with quiet conversation and mouthwatering northern Italian cuisine. Menu masterpieces include the flavorful filet mignon paired with pancetta-peppered green beans or Gorgonzola mashed potatoes, as well as comforting pasta dishes like hand-rolled gnocchi with wild mushrooms and truffle oil. Davio's famous Philly cheese steak spring rolls served with zesty homemade ketchup are a favorite among those in the know. For breakfast, housemade granola offers a healthy option next to made-to-order omelets and smoked salmon.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Ensconced in an old bank building, this eatery rules with its gluten-free choices.
Sharon's expert tip: Gluten intolerant diners have dozens of savory menu items to choose from.
The story of Fogo de Ch�o� supposedly began in the mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul in Southern Brazil, where its founders were born. The traditions they learned are carried over to their Philadelphia eatery. Dining is a little different in a churrascaria but don't worry! The servers explain how everything works. You can choose from pecanha, a prime cut of sirloin or Beef Ancho which is a prime part of a ribeye. This has amazing flavor and is one of the most popular cuts at the restaurant. Side dishes include warm cheese bread and mashed potatoes so you've got something to go along with your meat.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: Great for groups, or just a good for cozy couples, this venue delivers on food as well as service.
Sharon's expert tip: Don't think skipping the salad is an option! It's worth your time and then some!
Upon ordering an entree at Barclay Prime, you'll be asked to select your own knife, and that's when you'll know: this restaurant is serious about steak. Set in a 1920s-era luxury hotel, this renowned steakhouse boasts eye-catching retro chic decor, superb service and, of course, some of Philadelphia's most phenomenal steaks. Start with the famous Kobe beef sliders before savoring a perfectly succulent New York strip or bone-in filet paired with decadent truffled whipped potatoes. Regular diners also swear by the delicious potato skins and tater tots, as well as the chilled oysters. No matter what you fancy, this place will serve it in style.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: This Stephen Starr establishment delivers when it comes to upscale steakhouse dining in Center City.
Sharon's expert tip: Try the potato skins served at this stylish steakhouse for a dish you'll be dreaming about the next day.
Feel free to break out your faux furs and finest cuff links for an elegant meal at Butcher & Singer, featuring soaring ceilings and oodles of old Hollywood glamour. Service is impeccable, and the dishes are out-of-this-world delicious, beginning with classic cocktails and scrumptious crab cakes followed by the dry aged porterhouse, perfectly charred on the outside and juicy on the inside. Patrons also unanimously recommend the blissful baked Alaska with homemade banana ice cream. Located in the building formerly occupied by the Striped Bass, this venue is the polar opposite of that eatery, and features more than enough meat options to satisfy the carnivore in your crowd.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: When you and your party want a nice meal out, this eatery will fit the bill with an upscale ambiance and more than enough meat.
Sharon's expert tip: Don't forget to treat yourself to sides and dessert here, as folks tout them almost as much as the beef.
Chima Steakhouse originated in Brazil and is named after chimarrao, a traditional drink of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, that symbolizes hospitality and friendship. According to legend, traditional gauchos (cowboys) would consume almost nothing but beef. The meat was seasoned and placed on skewers then slow cooked over a wood-burning flame. Servers dressed as Gauchos then roam the dining room continuously offering 16 rotisserie meats including prime rib, sirloin, lamb, chicken, sausage and fish. But before diners even start on the meat course, they first have to eat their way though the room-sized salad and soup bar. Torture you're willing to put up with? We thought so.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: This is a great place to fill up on meat (or fish if you'd like). It's also a nice opportunity to try different meats.
Sharon's expert tip: Come HUNGRY! This restaurant only offers prix-fixe, either salad bar only or salad and meat.
Del Frisco's prides itself on being one of the youngest contenders for best steakhouse in the city. What it does't have as far as age, it delivers on in decor, ambiance and service. Once diners step into this ginormous venue, they're treated to all of the glam and beauty that is the historic Packard Building. With incredibly high ceilings and floor to rooftop windows, this venue wows even before the meal arrives. Then, with meat seasoned to perfection and cooked to each patron's liking, it follows up with power. Compliment things with delicious sides and flavorful desserts, and this place is a winner no matter how young it may be.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: As far as consistency, this venue wins time and again for pleasing food and superior service.
Sharon's expert tip: Diners recommend the steak tartar accompanied by a VIP martini.