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6 Must-Try Dallas Steakhouses
Dallas is paradise for meat lovers. Here are your best options for steak.
The steaks at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse are “dry-aged in-house for at least 28 days."(Courtesy of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse)
Visitors will find that the steaks are a little juicier, a little tastier and, yes, a little bigger in Dallas. Whether you’re looking for your favorite cut of meat or something entirely new, Dallas has a range of steakhouses ready to serve up delicious steaks to meat lovers. Plan a night out and order your dream slab of meat at one of these top steakhouses, as chosen by local experts.
Reserve a romantic booth for two, and order a bottle from the more than 700 wines available along with your steak at Al Biernat’s. If you’re not the romantic type, take a seat with friends at one of the white-clothed tables in the high-energy restaurant, and chances are you’ll see a famous face.
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“Their wine list is just incredible,” says Frank Everet, W insider at the W Dallas – Victory. “I love to go to places where it feels like family is taking care of you, so my all-time best place to go for steak in Dallas is Al Biernat’s.”
At Al Biernat’s, which opened in 1998, wine lovers will find top-tier drinks. Hungry patrons will find not just steak, but also a menu that’s known for its delicious seafood. Menu favorites include prime rib, filet mignon and sea bass.
Al Biernat’s is located near Highland Park, and a second location is expected to open in fall 2017 just north of the upscale Galleria Dallas shopping mall. Attire is elegant casual. It's open seven days a week, though hours vary by day.
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Nick & Sam’s Steak and Fish House
Meat eaters will love that Nick & Sam’s Steak and Fish House has so many different cuts of steak. Paired with the restaurant’s raved-about professional and attentive service, Nick & Sam’s is always a favorite with locals and celebrities alike.
“That’s definitely a see-and-be-seen spot,” says Susan Tilley, concierge at The Westin Galleria Dallas, noting that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has been known to dine there. “You’re going to have a blast."
Opened in 1999, the restaurant boasts a low-light atmosphere with a grand piano in the kitchen that patrons can see and hear. If you can’t decide on a dish, try the bone-in prime aged sirloin and the lobster mac 'n' cheese.
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Kris Wood, concierge at the Omni Dallas Hotel, says, "Nick & Sam’s is my favorite of all time. Everything is literally top-of-the-line – five-star: the food, the service, the ambiance, the customer service, the attention to detail.”
Nick & Sam’s is located in Uptown. It's open Sunday through Wednesday from 5 to 10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Attire is business casual.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse(Courtesy of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse)
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse has four trained butchers on staff who cut the restaurant’s beef on-site. That means no prepackaged or preportioned meat.
The steaks are then “dry-aged in-house for at least 28 days,” says Kevin Alderman, chief concierge at the Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. That attention to detail means the meat has a “wonderful flavor," he says.
The seasoning at Pappas Bros. is simple: kosher salt and black pepper with butter. And Pappas Bros. sears its steaks with a brown crust that it says locks in the dry-aged flavor. It’s a process that has earned the restaurant loyal customers and plenty of fans.
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Pappas Bros. is in northwest Dallas. Attire is business casual. It serves dinner Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m.
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse(Courtesy of Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse)
If you’re in the mood for something unconventional, Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse offers its signature dish: buffalo filet mignon. It’s one of several unique options on the restaurant’s menu, which also features rattlesnake chili pie and espresso-crusted elk tenderloin.
It's a “true Texan experience,” says Susan Tilley, concierge at The Westin Galleria Dallas.
Steak is still a hallmark of Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse, where the beef is cut by hand in-house and seasoned with the ranch’s own blend of herbs and spices, then finished with a secret sauce.
Dine inside at its candlelit tables or outside on its patio under sprawling oak trees.
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse is located downtown, and attire is casual. It's open seven days a week. Hours vary.
Knife at The Highland Dallas
Knife at The Highland Dallas(Kevin Marple)
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Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar, who serves at the helm of the steakhouse, sources his meat from Texas ranchers and serves dry-aged steaks and specialty cuts, such as wagyu skirt steak and culotte steak.
“It’s a must-do for any steak connoisseur visiting DFW,” says Eloy Rey Calvo, concierge at the hotel. “The restaurant even boasts 240-day dry-aged steaks and a spacious patio with a fireplace.”
Knife is located near Highland Park, and attire is business casual. It's open seven days a week. Hours vary.
For a steakhouse that’s more affordable and that doesn’t require valet parking, try Dunston’s Steakhouse. This steakhouse hasn’t changed in years, and that’s why locals keep coming back – for its authentic charm.
“If you’re looking for something more casual where you can take the kids, we have a Dallas original called Dunston’s,” says Andrew Milke, concierge at The Adolphus. “It’s absolutely wonderful. The staff is friendly. It’s family-friendly and won’t break the bank.”
The bacon-wrapped filet mignon costs about $13, and the New York strip costs about $15.
Dunston’s Steakhouse and its sister restaurant, Dunston's Prime Steakhouse, are located on the west side of Dallas. Attire is casual. Both locations are open seven days a week. Hours vary.
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