Best Steakhouses in the U.S., Ranked – People love a good steakhouse. A brief conversation with a stranger, a welcome recommendation from a friend and a dizzying array of online forums reveal just how intense people feel about what makes a steakhouse great.
For some, it’s about a family-run establishment. For others, it’s all about the classics and history. And for the rest, nothing beats a swanky scene with A5 Wagyu. This list of America’s best steakhouses features not-to-be-missed menu items, a touch of history and a whole lot of mouth-watering steak photos.
Just don’t read this while you’re hungry!
Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge
Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
Visit: Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge
Menu highlights: The shrimp cocktail and filet mignon are recommended, but we’re equally intrigued by the lobster mashed potatoes.
The Experience at Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge
We’re going to start this list off with a more affordable steakhouse option because we can’t guarantee you’ll find many others. This steakhouse inside a casino is dubbed a “hidden gem” by locals, especially because its ambiance is actually quite nice.
The red leather chairs and white linen tablecloths give it a contemporary yet traditional feel that restaurantgoers appreciate. And if you’re into gaming, the slot machines are beckoning right outside the doors.
What People Say About Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge
“Small intimate restaurant, great food, great prices and generally fantastic service! This is where we go for all birthdays and major celebrations. You start with a bread basket, which has changed over time but always delicious, a sample from the chef and then a sorbet palate cleanser.
Most of the meals come with two sides (hate places where it’s separate) and then finish off with one of their fantastic desserts. But if you’re too full don’t worry because everyone gets a macaroon! Can’t express enough how much I enjoy eating here.” — Alyssa W.
*Note: Reviews have been edited for clarity as well as punctuation, spelling and other mistakes.
Location: Bend, Oregon
Visit: Bos Taurus
Menu highlights: The onsite butcher shop has a menu of A5 Wagyu, porterhouse and New York strips that make our mouths water.
The Experience at Bos Taurus
This contemporary steakhouse has a limited number of tables, but that’s part of its appeal, right?
The cuts of meat are “thoughtfully sourced,” and its extensive list of cocktails and local wines will keep you around for hours.
What People Say About Bos Taurus
“Where to begin?! Amazingly knowledgeable and genuinely friendly staff, Max the Barkeep and George the Head Chef are awesome folks. Great drinks and selection of libations.
But the food … holy $h1t! I had one of the top three steaks of my entire life here. Just a good old-fashioned boneless 16-ounce ribeye, blackened rare. Wow, perfect. This is our new favorite steakhouse in Oregon.” — Raven S.
4 Charles Prime Rib
Location: New York, New York
Visit: 4 Charles Prime Rib
Menu highlights: The name of the game here is prime rib, so make sure to order an extra juicy cut.
The Experience at 4 Charles Prime Rib
This intimate (read, trendy) supper club located in the West Village is a nod to the steakhouses of yesteryear. Think dim lighting from crystal chandeliers, leather seating and intricate paintings lining the walls.
While the prime rib is definitely the specialty, you also can’t go wrong with a bone-in filet, topped with a bearnaise sauce.
What People Say About 4 Charles Prime Rib
“It’s the most unique steakhouse in the five boroughs. Intimate. Modern yet traditional. Top-shelf service, that’s not ‘broski’ — like the standard Manhattan steakhouses.
Most ‘go-to’ steakhouses are impersonal. Super loud. Gruff. Indifferent. Inhabited by large, heavy breathing, gray-haired, broski servers, waiting on douchey Wall Street types who are celebrating yet another heist slash immoral victory at the expense of America’s soul.
When you get to this level of steak, the meats are not that much different from one spot to the next, so it’s really about the vibe that sets them apart. They’re all expensive, they all have dry-aged cuts, blah, blah, blah.
I’m not saying this spot is unicorns, gnomes and rainbows. However, when you want superb meat (pause), excellent sides, top-shelf service in a small, intimate setting that feels like you’re going to your local neighborhood spot and not a German beerhall, 4 Chuck’s is worth the bucks.
See what I did there, Gyna?” — Your Mom’s
Location: Charleston, South Carolina (among other locations in the Southeast)
Visit: Halls Chophouse
Menu highlights: This is South Carolina, so start with the Lowcountry fried green tomatoes, described on the menu as “a crab, shrimp, bacon succotash.”
The Experience at Halls Chophouse
The original chophouse location opened in 2009 in Charleston but has since expanded to three other locations.
The menu is extensive, with pretty much every cut of steak you can imagine that can be cooked six different ways. There’s even the option to add seared foie gras or black truffle butter as an accompaniment. Oh, and the shrimp and grits (pictured) is a classic.
What People Say About Hall’s Chop House
“My sister and I had dinner at Hall’s Chop House tonight. It was by far one of the best meals we’ve ever had anywhere, ever. From the time we walked in the door, we were greeted like we were royalty.
The owner Bill was there to welcome us. We were shown to our table. Our waiter Colin could not have been better. Every suggestion he made was perfection, from the cocktails to the appetizers, entrees and finally dessert. If you have an opportunity to visit Charleston, Hall’s Chop House should be at the top of your list. If we ever come back, and we will, we’ll go there again.” — Kathleen F.