Steak: It's (Still) What's for Dinner in Memphis

Memphis has transformed into a culinary destination, thanks to the work of a lot of young chefs and their passion for creating both cuisine that's cutting edge and dining atmospheres that sophisticated and fun. The old-school steakhouse has its own place of prominence in Memphis, too; we've put together a list of a few longtime local favorites, a few picks from national eateries, and a few simply excellent restaurants which just happen to serve great steaks and chops.

Our list of the best spots to find a steak in Memphis ranges from old-school local favorites including Folk's Folly - the ultimate see-and-be-seen for the power elite - to the casual Buckley's, a family-friendly spot that's long on good service. In addition to tried-and-true steakhouses, we've offered up a few simply great restaurants that serve up a great steak - Interim, the sleek East Memphis eatery, and Jim's Place, a decades-old establishment that offers Greek specialties in addition to a range of steaks and chops.

Finally, there are a few chains on this list; despite our efforts to focus on locally-owned restaurants with local chefs, there are a few franchises in town that make our supreme steak list. Any way you slice it, finding a good steak in Memphis is an adventure for the palate.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar


This small chain of steakhouses first caught our attention in Nashville, and we were happily surprised at just how good it was - not as stuffy as some, with a wide open dining area. The menu at Fleming's is typical steakhouse, with all manner...  Read More

Ruth's Chris Steak House - Memphis


Truth be told, yours truly is not into chain restaurants - at all. But Ruth's Chris is a huge exception to that rule. The small bar area is where your local editor can be found every few weeks, catching up with her bestie over bartender Julie's...  Read More



This tiny, family-owned steakhouse in Bartlet opened in 1976, and is known for good steaks at more reasonable prices. The homey feeling of the restaurant and more casual atmosphere than some of the city's other steakhouses makes this a...  Read More



The owners have been friends since the 8th grade - and these boys know how to cook up a nice steak. The atmosphere at Buckley's is dark and maybe a bit dated - but no one cares when the food arrives, as it is fresh and perfectly made to...  Read More



Okay, we'll be completely honest here - Interim isn't really a steakhouse. But it's a killer restaurant that serves a damn good steak. That's why it's on this list. We love the steaks, the chops, the burger (best.burger.ever.) and the salads,...  Read More



Acre is an example of a great restaurant that serves up an awesome signature steak - a grilled angus ribeye served with garlicky rosemary 'crushed' potatoes in a red wine reduction. Y-U-M. The menu changes frequently based on what's available...  Read More

Capriccio Grill - Peabody Hotel Memphis
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Often overlook by it's across-the lobby counterpart Chez Philippe, Capriccio is the other restaurant inside the historic Peabody Hotel, offering breakfast and lunch in addition to steakhouse style dining at night. While the atmosphere is...  Read More



The Taras family is keeping the Jim's tradition alive, although there's sadly no longer a location in Memphis proper. But the restaurant is definitely worth the drive from the city - and east-side suburbanites know they've scored with this...  Read More

University of Memphis Area


Char is a much-welcomed addition to the slice of neighborhood that's not really East Memphis, not really Midtown, and is home to the University of Memphis. Part of the recent Highland Row revitalization, Char sits on the ground floor of a...  Read More



Recognized year after year as the best steakhouse in Memphis, Folk's Folly guarantees a flawless American feast from start to finish. With its very own butcher shop next door, the restaurant asserts that steak is clearly the specialty. However,...  Read More


Meet Sally Walker Davies

Sally Walker Davies is enchanted by Memphis' music, history, and characters. From the artsy South Main Historic District to the grittiness of her favorite live music clubs to the sophisticated...  More About Sally