Seattle steakhouses: sophisticated, chic & always delicious

Trying to find the best steakhouses in Seattle? Never fear; 10Best has you covered. Our editors and locals have scoured the city and surrounding suburbs for the top places to wine and dine. We showcase popular restaurants like RN74 and Brooklyn Seafood, Steak, & Oyster House, and we highlight eateries with great user reviews, too. Thanks to the city's propensity for supporting local farmers, butchers and other business, diners will find venues that showcase fine food from right here in the Pacific Northwest. An emphasis on local produce means that steaks come accompanied by enticing and healthy side dishes, and even vegetarians find appealing options at most of these meat-centric venues.

We also help you identify neighborhoods where steakhouses are the most prominent–the bustling downtown zone near a multitude of hotels and Pike Place, for example–so that you not only get terrific dining recommendations, but you also have abundant choices in convenient locales. After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well take advantage of Seattle's best. So put on your finest duds (which in Seattle, very rarely means too formal), and get ready to enjoy a delicious night on the town.


This classic steakhouse draws loyal customers with its elegant, clubby ambiance, features copper accents, stone-topped tables, comfortable booths and dark wood detailing. A favorite place for bar-socializing, Daniel's also boasts perfectly-prepared broiled steaks and an especially good prime rib. Other possibilities are the New York strip, the rib-eye and the 22-ounce porterhouse. Side dishes come separately but are quite substantial and ideal for sharing. The martinis have won a strong following, and you can choose from a long list of fine wines to accompany the meal, too. The staff is thorough and attentive, making this an all-around enjoyable night on the town.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Daniel's Broiler boasts an elegant, club-like atmosphere, perfectly-prepared broiled steaks and a highly recommended prime rib. Side dishes are good, too.

Corinne's expert tip: Arrive thirsty, and indulge in a citrus or lavender martini (the house version is only $10 during happy hour). Check out other Daniel's Broiler locations around town, too.

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No Seattle food guide would be complete without a mention of Canlis, for generations a stalwart standby for special occasions and wowing visitors. The traditional, white-tablecloth dining room lets visitors take in serene views of beautiful and busy Lake Union below. Such stunning surroundings only enhance the phenomenal gustatory experience, which includes offerings of stuffed chicken, lamb shank with pureed mint and garlic, plus delectable cuts of beef and fresh seafood. For diners who can't decide, a great option is the fixed price menu; each of the five courses gets paired with the appropriate glass of wine from the spectacular Canlis cellar. In fact, Canlis is one of only 85 restaurants worldwide to have received the "Grand Award" for its wine collection.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Canlis, a lauded Seattle fine-dining establishment, features delicious choices like steak tartare, filet mignon and other delightful dishes.

John's expert tip: After dinner at Canlis, you will have enjoyed wine from one of the most awarded wine collections anywhere. Check out pop-up parties, like the Hawaiian Nights that dazzled guests this summer.

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Pioneer Square

A business-friendly steakhouse in the heart of the financial district, Metropolitan Grill has been a Seattle favorite for years. The downtown location makes it an ideal spot to dine after a day of sightseeing, wandering Pike Place Market or taking a day trip across the waters to a nearby island. Dry-aged, prime-grade beef proves a steak lover's dream, although a good selection of pasta and salads rounds out the menu as well. The wine list is exemplary, focusing on reds that go with the beef-laden menu. Service tends to be helpful but unobtrusive, and the dessert tray promises to be too good to pass up.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Seattleites have counted Metropolitan Grill as a favorite for years. Enjoy the dry-aged, prime-grade beef as well as pasta, salads and an extensive wine list.

Corinne's expert tip: This restaurant's central, downtown location makes it a perfect spot for a lovely meal after a day of sightseeing or wandering Pike Place Market. Enjoy Happy Hour Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 6 p.m.

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This classic Seattle steakhouse is a grand destination for diners looking to impress important clients. The saloon-meets-supper club decor features a copper counter with swivel stools and elegant tables dressed in white linens. While cooked-to-order steaks, ribs and chops are well prepared, fish and seafood really earn Brooklyn its many years of high praise â€" oysters, in particular, prove a must-try. Dinner reservations are suggested; this spot has a large following, and it can't hurt to call ahead just in case. Head to Brooklyn to impress business clients, a significant other, out-of-town visitors or simply to treat yourself to a special outing.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Brooklyn Seafood, Steak & Oyster House merges a grand saloon-meets-supper club ambiance with delicious seafood, steak and oysters. Head here to impress clients or yourself!

Corinne's expert tip: This spot is popular; consider making reservations, just in case! Enjoy oysters- and spirits-centric happy hour every day from 4 to 6 p.m.

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John Howie Steak
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Living up to its tony digs in Bellevue's Bravern complex, John Howie Steak lets diners sink into supple, red or cream-colored leather on banquettes in cozy booths. The suppleness continues with the steaks, making it well worth the drive for a pan-seared slice of melt-in-your-mouth Kobe beef. The restaurant's creator and namesake, Chef John Howie, was first known for his phenomenal seafood preparations at Seastar Restaurant and Raw Bar. Turning his focus to beef, Howie became the region's first restaurateur to continually source and serve top-grade beef from Japanese Wagyu cattle. Also find prime rib, custom-aged USDA Prime steaks and cuts from domestic Wagyu-Angus crossbreed beef. Try the USDA Prime Filet Mignon "Oscar Style" entrée, which features filet mignon medallions, Yukon Gold potato cake, asparagus topped with Dungeness crab legs and a house-made Béarnaise sauce. The wine list features 60-plus wines by the glass and more than 600 bottle selections.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Living up to its tony digs in Bellevue's Bravern complex, John Howie Steak lets diners sink into succulent steaks (and other tasty dishes).

Corinne's expert tip: Lunch is a great opportunity to sample this swanky Bellevue steakhouse at a considerable discount compared to dinner menu prices. Live music from the piano lounge gets piped through the dining room nightly.

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Bateau, a contemporary steakhouse, is the outcome of efforts by lauded Chef Renee Erickson and her collaborators to own a local farm where they can raise their own beef, poultry and lamb "in a manner consistent with [their] values and standards." On their plot of land on Whidbey Island--La Ferme des Anes, or The Donkey Farm--they now raise heritage cattle breeds, renowned for their flavor and quality. (Their animals are grass-fed and grass-finished, leading to only the highest quality of meat.) At Bateau, a refined but friendly Capitol Hill space, beef gets butchered and dry-aged in-house. Specialty cuts from LFdA and other farms with similar commitments to quality, sustainability and animal welfare are sold by weight alongside inventive sides, triple-cooked frites, iconic cocktails and an extensive bottle list.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Bateau, a contemporary steakhouse, showcases meat raised by the team of lauded Chef Renee Erickson on their Whidbey farm.

Corinne's expert tip: See the chalkboard for the cuts of the day. (Bateau's approach to preparing beef is about the whole animal, so you'll see some lesser-known steaks cut from their butcher, as well as limited amounts of cuts.) This is also the driving force behind the Chef's Tasting Menu which highlights several different preparations of beef, accompanied by the season's best.

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Ruth's Chris Steak House can be found throughout the country, and despite the location, the venue fails to disappoint. Whether it's rare or well-done, prime corn-fed beef is this steak house's trademark. A favorite of the business set, the place exudes class. Each cut of meat is sublime, boasting sensational flavor and texture thanks to the signature "cooked from the top down" technique. À la carte items include gulf shrimp in a creole rémoulade sauce and crispy French-fried onion rings. If you make it to dessert (and we recommend that you do), consider the luscious chocolate praline encore or maybe chocolate chunk bread pudding.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Ruth's Chris Steak House offers consistent quality. Business folks have been loyal customers for years, a testament to fine steaks and delicious sauces.

Corinne's expert tip: Save room for dessert at this eatery (especially the cheesecake or Chocolate Duo decadence, topped with fresh berries); you'll thank us later. Check out special events like the TasteMaker Dinner Series.

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Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi
Photo courtesy of Suzi Pratt/ Ascend Prime Steak and Sushi

Snag a seat in the ambiance-filled lounge area of this elevated restaurant, and get ready to drink in the views of a lifetime–"and no doubt the best view in all of Bellevue. On a crystal-clear day, Mt. Rainier shows her mighty peak on one side, as Seattle's skyline rises in front of the distant Olympic Mountain peaks. While a full steak and sushi dinner seems to be an event saved for special occasions here, treat yourself to cocktails, delicious wine and small plates with a view. To make this fine-dining venue even more appealing (and accessible), take advantage of happy hour specials like a twist on bento boxes and Wagyu burgers from 3 to 6 p.m. daily and 9 p.m. to close on Sunday through Thursday. These panorama views promise to steal your breath away–"and leave you wanting to come back for more soon.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: From the elevated lounge of Ascend, savor the best views in Bellevue (think mountain peaks, sparkling water and spectacular city skyline).

Corinne's expert tip: Insider's tip: Ask at the bar for a "Contento," a smoky mezcal cocktail with prickly pear, lime and annatto syrup.

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Locals and visitors alike flock to RN74, Michael Mina's downtown outpost, known for "creative, modern, yet simple interpretations of regional French cuisine"–--often presented in the most beautiful manner. In the chic lounge area, visitors enjoy delectable treats like chilled prawn cocktails and duck fat fries. Main dishes include locally-sourced, seasonal highlights like house-aged steaks, vegetables from local organic farms and Puget Sound seafood. Recent gems include the Sweet Corn Agnolotti, Anderson Valley Lamb Saddle, Local King Salmon Aux Poireaux and, of course, classic renditions Les Steak Frites. But perhaps, most importantly, patrons return for RN74's extensive wine list. From boutique Northwest wines to extremely rare vintages from Burgundy, RN74's collection of more than 2,200 bottle selections makes this a mecca for wine lovers from near and far.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: Locals and visitors alike flock to RN74, Michael Mina's downtown outpost, known for beautiful presentations of "creative, modern, yet simple interpretations of regional French cuisine."

Corinne's expert tip: RN74 Seattle made the 2018 list for Top 100 Wine Restaurants in America from Wine Enthusiast, and Lead Sommelier Jeff Lindsay Thorsen plays a big role in that achievement. He recently nearly doubled the wine collection, giving RN74 possibly the largest collection of French burgundies of any restaurant on the West Coast–and lots more PNW wine as well. (Check out the discount wall for last bottles with incredible price tags.)

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This throwback restaurant caters to the executive set in a see-and-be-seen atmosphere. You'll often see tables of suited powerbrokers closing deals in an environment similar to an old-fashioned supper club. The multi-level dining room is spacious and upscale, a fitting environment for expense accounts (or simply indulging on special occasions). An open charcoal grill is the focal point. Steaks here arrive large, tender and perfectly cooked. The baseball cut of top sirloin comes highly recommended, and the filet mignon is succulent as well. Additionally, caesar salad prepared tableside adds a theatrical touch. Voila, a perfect evening of good food, good drinks and good people.

Recommended for Steakhouses because: El Gaucho provides an upscale environment in which to savor delicious food and top-notch service. Enjoy the baseball cut of top sirloin or filet mignon.

Corinne's expert tip: This Belltown venue is ideal for an evening on the town; expect attentive tableside dinner service, shimmering candlelight and live jazz on the piano. To make an extended experience out of the evening, you can also stay onsite at the Inn at El Gauchâ€"a 17-suite inn.

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Meet Corinne Whiting

Corinne hails from the other Washington, where she caught the travel bug early on. Corinne studied abroad in Strasbourg, France (undergrad) and in Edinburgh, Scotland (graduate school). She's...  More About Corinne