This beloved chain of steakhouses bills itself as the "Home of Serious Steaks," and one visit will tell you that's more than a marketing slogan. Steaks are known for their sizzle, achieved by a dollop of butter dropped on hot-from-the-oven cuts; your choice will still be sputtering when it's placed in front of you. Ruth's Chris isn't intended for calorie-counters, but it is a true steak lover's haven. The establishment also takes pride in its great service, extensive wine list, and atmosphere of comfortable elegance.
An Art Deco interior sets this intimate steakhouse apart from the pretenders, and brass accents, dark woods, and cozy leather chairs give the place a men's-club ambience. Featured entrees include an 18-oz. NY strip, fresh lobster, marinated veal chop, prime rib, and 6-oz. filet mignon, all cooked to order and served with fresh seasonal vegetables. After dinner, it's not uncommon for business folks to make their way to the cocktail lounge for a scotch.
Upscale Morton's is a chain steakhouse that serves a lot more than just American Angus. The decor is masculine; the atmosphere, classy. Expect to be treated well by the friendly waitstaff, who present dinner selections by bringing out a cart of options and telling you stories about each dish. Favorite entrees include blackened swordfish, fresh Maine lobster, and, of course, the 24-ounce porterhouse. Great martinis are an added plus. A classic.
Add a dose of spice to standard steakhouse dining at this gem, whose South American-influenced decor features lush greenery and tropical flowers. Try something out-of-the-ordinary, like South American-style ceviche with hearts of palm, black bean-stuffed empanadas, sliced roasted duck breast with green peppercorn sauce, and churrasco beef marinated in chimichurri sauce (olive oil, garlic, spices). Pork, chicken, and seafood can also be had.
The Capital Grille has received acclaim from many top culinary publications and offers a quintessential steakhouse experience, complete with soft lighting, African mahogany paneling, mirrors, brass accents, and white linens. The brief but impressive wine list tops out at more than 300 international labels and includes a handful of French and Italian selections. Featured entrees include a dry-aged sirloin, Delmonico steak, veal chop with roquefort butter sauce, and grilled swordfish with lemon herb butter. Top off your experience with always-satisfying fresh strawberries or chocolate hazelnut cake.
This national chain opened its Houston restaurant in 1978, and its fine reputation for delicious steaks and seafood hasn't flagged at all in the interim – and neither has its unmistakable Southern charm. Featured dishes include a mammoth, 36-ounce New York strip for two, jumbo Maine lobster, veal Française, broiled crab cakes, swordfish, and clams and shrimp Posillipo. Providing complements are the wine list's many Californian and European labels. N.B. After work, the five o'clock crowd tends to gather in the cool bar area, which showcases caricatures by "Jolly" Bill Steinke.
Carnivores thrill to this fantastic restaurant, which serves skewer after skewer of roasted meat in an all-you-can-eat bonanza. Brazilian gauchos present steak, pork, chicken, lamb and sausages, all cuts expertly seasoned and exquisitely cooked. They're only the main feature, though, of a meal that includes a magnificent salad bar and side dishes that range from fried bananas to rice and beans. A rustic, upscale interior sets the scene for this decadent binge. Fixed price meals run approximately $32.50 for lunch and $48.50 for dinner. What a feast!
Houston's version of this well-received chain is as popular with couples out for the evening as it is with business folks. Both sets display an obvious admiration for Fleming's aged USDA Prime beef, which is hand-cut daily and broiled at 1600° for maximum juiciness. Standard cuts are available, or you can opt for veal, pork ribs, or lamb chops. Prime rib is a Sunday tradition, and the seafood selection includes crab legs, lobster, fish, shrimp, and scallops. A fabulous wine list includes more than 100 by-the-glass options.
A location just across from Minute Maid Park gives this Houston-proud steakhouse extra visibility, and it's often crowded with folks intent on enjoying a terrific cut of red meat. A swanky piano lounge and an elegant, comfortable dining room put folks at ease, allowing them to ease back in their chairs and enjoy filets, rib-eyes, porterhouses, veal chops, chicken, and lobster. An award-winning wine list supplies apt complements, and counter dining is available if you're alone or didn't think to book ahead of time.