A wide range of hearty meals and fine dining can be found in the second largest city in Texas. The best steakhouses in Dallas serve prime cuts of beef alongside juicy pork chops, lobster and other creative seafood dishes. Usually opening their doors in the evening for dinners offering porterhouse, New York strip, filet mignon and ribeye entrees, the best Dallas steakhouses pair classy, comfortable atmospheres with award-winning food.
Hand-cut Italian marble decorates the floor with brass gas lamps, illuminating the dining atmosphere of Dakota's, a Dallas steakhouse serving the public since 1984. Starters include seafood chowder with a southwest twist and crispy fried calamari with sweet chili sauce, peanuts, chives and pickled ginger. Sink your teeth into New York strip, Kansas City, cowboy or porterhouse steaks when ordering dinner. Finish a meal with homemade sorbets and gelatos. Come Saturday night to enjoy live piano evenings.
Dakota's 600 North Akard St. Dallas, TX 75201 (214) 740-4001 dakotasrestaurant.com
The Capital Grille
Offering dinner selections of prime-aged beef, the Capital Grille conveniently rests in the Crescent Shops and Galleries, blocks away from the Arts District. A favorite among locals is the Performing Arts Menu ($50 per person), a three-course meal geared toward people attending the theater. Choose your choice of soup or salad, entree, sides and dessert. The menu offers filet mignon, dry-aged porterhouse and delmonico steaks. Complete a Capital Grille meal with flourless chocolate espresso cake or Fresh Strawberries Capital Grille covered in ruby port and Grand Marnier sauce.
The Capital Grille 500 Crescent Court Dallas, TX 75201 (214) 303-0500 thecapitalgrille.com
The Place at Perry's
The classy atmosphere of this Dallas steakhouse prepares diners for a lunch/dinner menu offering prime hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, premium cocktails and glasses of fine wine. Served with butter and your choice of potato, all steaks are certified prime beef. Standouts include New York strip, ribeye, porterhouse and the 32-ounce "Prime Tomahawk Ribeye." Start your meal with a seafood appetizer, like calamari served with sweet pepper Thai sauce or jumbo lump crab cakes. End your meal with a berry martini or slice of creamy pecan pie.
The Place at Perry's 2911 Routh St. Dallas, TX 75201 (214) 871-9991 theplaceatperrys.com
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Upscale dining awaits guests of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, where a variety of rooms (like the Cocktail Lounge and Captain's Room) cater to cocktail, buffet or traditional private dining events. Starters include seafood-inspired appetizers such as fried oysters, house-cured salmon and bacon-wrapped scallops. Pair a steakhouse salad with filet mignon, prime ribeye, prime New York strip, porterhouse or the three peppercorn steak, all seasoned with kosher salt, black pepper and butter. Patrons also gather at the Dallas location to indulge in fine wines, spirits and cigars, including vintage ports, 70-year cognacs and single malt scotches.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse 10477 Lombardy Lane Dallas, TX 75220 (214) 366-2000 pappasbros.com
With a neighborhood legacy dating back to 1954, the former Kirby's Charcoal Steaks reemerged as Kirby's Steakhouse in 1995. Begin a meal with one of Kirby's signature starters, such as fried asparagus (topped with lump crab) and a seafood salad tossed in garlic dressing. Steaks include the prime "Cowboy Cut" ribeye, blue ribbon filet mignon and pepper steak served with a cognac pepper sauce. The dessert menu offers chocolate spice cake and New York-style cheesecake (with your choice of raspberry coulis, caramel or chocolate sauce). Outdoor patio seating with an inviting fire pit is also available.
Kirby's Steakhouse 3525 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75206 (214) 821-2122 kirbyssteakhouse.com
Accompanying a traditional grill and steak menu, diners flock to Al Biernats for the pan-seared sea bass and Colorado lamb chops. With more than 650 rare selections decorating the wine list, pair a grilled specialty with a suitable French champagne, California chardonnay or French bordeaux. The Dallas steakhouse offers bone-In filet, wet-aged prime New York strip, Chicago prime porterhouse and Kobe/angus filet mignon. Sunday brunch (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) brings in crowds that come for the steak and eggs, frittatas and pancakes covered in Grand Marnier strawberries and brown sugar butter.
Al Biernats 4217 Oak Lawn Ave. Dallas, TX 75219 (214) 219-2201 albiernats.com
Morton's (the Steakhouse)
Situated close to the Dallas Convention Center and West End Historical District, this Dallas steakhouse offers double-cut filet mignon, New York strip, Chicago-style bone-in ribeye and prime rib (only on Friday and Saturday) served with grilled jumbo asparagus, sauteed garlic green beans and creamed spinach. For $25, enjoy Morton's Prime Lunch Selections with your choice of entrée, soup or salad, and dessert--like Grand Marnier souffle. Join the happy hour crowd at Morton's with Bar Bites (reduced-price appetizers including blue cheese French fries and chicken goujonettes).
Morton's (the Steakhouse) 501 Elm St. Dallas, TX 75202 (214) 741-2277 mortons.com
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Starting at 5 p.m., this award-winning Dallas steakhouse serves dinner with the promise of coldwater Australian lobster tails, homemade salad dressings and prime-aged, corn-fed beef. Entrees include filet mignon, prime porterhouse, prime strip and shrimp scampi with angel hair pasta. Diners can feast on side dishes such as creamed corn, chateau potatoes and sauteed mushrooms. Bread pudding with a signature Jack Daniel's butter sauce contains coconut and raisins. The butterscotch cheesecake comes with a pecan crust. On the premises, eight dining rooms provide a hunter green and dark wood setting.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House 5251 Spring Valley Road Dallas, TX 75240 (972) 490-9000 delfriscos.com
Bob's Steak & Chop House
Conveniently located near downtown, Love Field Airport and the Market District, the nationally recognized Bob's Steak & Chop House serves dinner Monday through Saturday. Steak lovers can enjoy ribeye, filet mignon, New York strip, Kansas City strip and porterhouse. The menu also offers roasted duck with green peppercorn sauce, pork chops with homemade applesauce and Maryland-style crab cakes. All entrees are served with a signature glazed carrot and choice of potato. Standouts on the dessert cart include marbled chocolate amaretto cheesecake and banana nut rum bread pudding.
Bob's Steak & Chop House 4300 Lemmon Ave. Dallas, TX 75219 (214) 528-9446 bobs-steakandchop.com
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse
Enter one of many Texas-themed dining rooms for hand-cut meats and choices in wild game, seasoned with signature herbs, spices and a secret finishing sauce. Browse the menu for prime top sirloin, filet mignon, Cowboy Cut ribeye and extra-thick porterhouse steaks. Expand your palate with venison or signature buffalo filet mignon. Nightly specials include lobster, shrimp, salmon and sea bass entrees. Open for lunch and dinner, tourists come to sample Sweet & Spicy Quail, Pheasant Ravioli or Bertie's Chuckwagon Chili, a 50-year-old ranch recipe. End your meal with banana's Foster, an ice cream dessert flambéed with Myers dark rum. Come after 5 p.m. to enjoy $3 valet parking.
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse 702 Ross Ave. Dallas, TX 75202 (214) 744-3287 yoranchsteakhouse.com
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