Naming the best Dallas steakhouses is no easy task; there are just so many good options here. Texas takes its beef seriously, but some places just do it a little bit better than others. And if you’re going to splurge on a porterhouse the size of your head, don’t you want to know you’re getting the cream of the crop?
The Best Dallas Steakhouses
The search for the best Dallas steakhouse begins here.
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If you want the full Dallas steakhouse experience, you can’t do better than dining in a former 19th-century trading post with 16 dining rooms named for legendary Lone Star heroes. U.S.D.A. prime beef is served with fluffy whipped potatoes and veggies, with plump cheesy crowns and buttery tops available as add-ons. Unsurprisingly, a space this enormous has ample room for an equally sizable wine cellar; its contents are best enjoyed at the bar while enjoying live piano music.
The eponymous Al got his start at The Palm, so it’s little surprise that his two Dallas steakhouses share that same swanky sensibility and attention to detail. The original Oak Lawn location is regarded as one of the best places in town to spot a celebrity; many a Dallas Cowboy and movie star has been known to tear into a seafood platter or wet-aged New York strip from the comfort of a leather booth. The restaurant also does a brisk trade in local game and buffalo meat. Purists can opt for a steak sharing platter, or simply park themselves at the bar, home to a lively happy hour.
Bob’s Steak & Chop House
Those classic Dallas steakhouse bone-in ribeyes are pretty divine, but let’s not overlook the simple pleasure of having Bob’s signature pickles and crusty loaf of bread delivered to your table upon arrival. Though it’s now a nationwide chain, the original Bob’s on Lemmon Avenue is still considered one of the best steakhouses in Dallas along with the newer location by the Omni Hotel. Swathed in leather and dark wood, this is the perfect place to feast on steak famously served with a Bugs-sized glazed carrot and choice of potato. The menu also includes staples like wedge salad, crab cakes, and generous veggie sides, plus an extensive wine list and sinfully delicious desserts.
Dallas Chop House
Satisfy those carnivorous cravings with a juicy, marbled steak that’s been dry-aged with pink Himalayan sea salt in a meat locker on-site. The selection at Dallas Chop House is small but substantial, with all the standard salads, seafood, and sides, including the signature crawfish maque choux, covered. After-work drink specials, sophisticated bar bites, and scotch-and-cigar tastings give this Texas-chic establishment an animated vibe. Dig in at this Dallas steakhouse, and make some friends along the way.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Dry martinis and dry-aged steaks are a potent combo at this Uptown establishment. A firm date night favorite thanks to its flashy decor and sexy outdoor lounge, Del Frisco’s is also famed for its impeccable service, exhaustive wine selection, and its prix fixe options on Sundays. Whether you’re looking for hand-cut steaks and wagyu beef, or just want to soak up the buzzy atmosphere and a glass of red around the fire pit, you’re in the right place.
Top Chef viewers will recognize former contestant John Tesar, who has already won a pile of awards since opening Knife at the Highland Dallas in 2014. All-natural beef from the Lone Star State is cooked over a red oak wood fire grill and seasoned with just salt and pepper. The 240-day dry-aged ribeye, meanwhile, might just be the best steak in Dallas. The menu largely resists standard steakhouse conventions, right down to the little-known culotte cut, gourmet burgers, and characuterie tastings. For added decadence, enjoy a cigar from the in-house humidor on the spacious outdoor patio.
Nick & Sam’s Uptown Steakhouse
With its painted murals, vaulted ceilings, oversized chandeliers, and tiled floor, Nick & Sam’s exudes art deco elegance. The menu, however, is undeniably modern, with sushi rolls and inventive fusion dishes sharing space with classics like a mammoth 48-ounce aged porterhouse. Keeping with the Japanese influence, there’s a strong selection of wagyu and kobe beef. Wash your dinner down with one of 400+ bottles from the seemingly endless wine list.
When it comes to steakhouses, it’s not often that seafood is spoken of in the same breathless tones as good ol’ beef. But as its name suggests, surf and turf are treated with equal reverence at this trendy Rosewood Court restaurant and lounge. Some diners are here for the raw bar, sushi rolls, and lobster tails; others want a sizzling-hot steak doused in butter and cheese. Of course, there’s no rule that you can’t order it all, along with a handcrafted cocktail or two.
Scoff all you like at big-name chains, but there’s a reason why Pappas Bros. regularly tops rankings of the best steakhouses in Dallas. The meat here is dry-aged U.S.D.A. prime beef seasoned so perfectly with salt, black pepper, and butter, you’ll have no need to reach for the steak sauce. Be sure to save room for dessert: The selection here is irresistibly calorific. Though the bar does itself proud with its offering of specialty cocktails and craft beers, oenophiles won’t be able to resist quizzing the in-house sommeliers on which wine from the 3,900-bottle-strong cellar to pair with their meal. These folks know their stuff.
The Design District is a fitting backdrop for chef Nick Badovinus’ so-campy-it’s-cool steak-driven hotspot. Glittering chandeliers, vintage motorcycles, random sports memorabilia, and a bright yellow submarine encased in a glass tank could easily distract diners from the food—if the steaks weren’t so darn good. Though it only opened in 2017, Town Hearth has emerged as one the best steakhouses in Dallas thanks to its dry-aged steaks cooked perfectly to order over a wood fire. Creative side dishes and a strong cocktail list veer from the traditional steakhouse script.
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– Original reporting by Erin Donnelly