Westsiders take pride in JaK's, whose name is actually an acronym for owners Jeff Page and Ken Hughes. (Find other outposts of this venue elsewhere around the region.) At this popular restaurant, sizzling 21-ounce porterhouses, gargantuan burgers and Caribbean-style pork medallions beckon with seductive aromas and accurate preparations. If red meat and chops aren't your thing, never fear; there are plenty of fish and seafood options that will please pescetarians, too. Show up hungry, and enjoy a lovely experience at the local gem Westsiders have been talking about for some time.(For those wanting to grill, braise, sear or broil at home, JaK's Freezer Packs allow guests to take home quality meats at great prices.)
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: Note that with the West Seattle Bridge currently out of commission (at least through September), travel time to this restaurant from other parts of the city might take longer than usual. Check out the restaurant's other locations around town, too.
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. Check out other Daniel's Broiler locations around town, too.
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: Take advantage of happy hour special, Sunday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.
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.
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. The venue's fully prepared, oven-ready meals can be delivered fresh to diners' doorsteps with simple heating instructions.
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.
From the folks behind Fremont's popular RockCreek Seafood & Spirits, FlintCreek Cattle Co. brightens up the Greenwood neighborhood, much to the delight of local, meat-loving customers who became fast fans. The open-air restaurant, inspired by the free-range cattle and cattlemen roaming the golden hills of Western Montana, aims to serve premium meats sourced from "well-managed, small-scale farms and ranches that produce responsibly raised, pastured, grass-fed animals without added hormones and antibiotics." The talented culinary team wants diners to enjoy lean meats with bold flavors in a fun, inviting atmosphere. But don't be fooled; fresh and flavorful veggies shine here, too. Try the grilled baby eggplant or carmelized cauliflower, as well as the crisp pickled vegetables.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: FlintCreek Cattle Co. brightens up the Greenwood neighborhood, much to the delight of local, meat-loving customers who became fast fans.
Corinne's expert tip: Right next door, check out Bar Sur Mer, the third venue by FlintCreek's award-winning Executive Chef Eric Donnelly.
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 oyster shooters and salmon ceviche hand rolls 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 dining room of Ascend, savor delicious fare and the best views in Bellevue (think mountain peaks, sparkling water and spectacular city skyline).
Corinne's expert tip: Weekend brunch here is an epic event not to be missed.
This throwback restaurant caters to the executive set in a see-and-be-seen atmosphere for dinners from Tuesday through Saturday. 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 restaurant's new home in an historic Belltown building.
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.
A warm, inviting haven in downtown, Bourbon Steak was recently introduced to Seattle (in the former RN74 space) by award-Winning Chef Michael Mina. This modern American steakhouse features innovative interpretations of classic dishes, while also celebrating Pacific Northwest seafood and seasonal vegetables (think glazed mushrooms, butternut squash, etc.). Whether it's through relationships with Pike Place vendors just down the road, or businesses like Hama Hama Oyster Company, the team loves to support its local community. The restaurant also focuses on all-natural, organic and hormone-free cuts of beef, tempered in herb-infused butter and grilled to order. Highlights from a recent scrumptious feast ranged from a trio of duck fat fries and Michael's tuna tartare, a staple from Chef's menu for 30-plus years, to phyllo-wrapped scallops, A5 Wagyu served on a hot stone with pickled cucumbers, wasabi, yuzu ponzu and pine-spruce salt (a restaurant speciality) to dry-aged, bone-in strip from Washington State.
Recommended for Steakhouses because: An inviting downtown haven, Bourbon Steak was introduced to Seattle by award-Winning Chef Michael Mina; the modern American steakhouse features innovative interpretations of classic dishes.
Corinne's expert tip: This restaurant is anchored by its central bar, which features a thoughtfully composed wine list (the sommelier here exhibits incredible pairing expertise, no matter the dish!) plus hand-crafted signature cocktails highlighting spirits from local distilleries (like Westland Whiskey) and other global gems. The bar also offers a unique happy hour menu.