Texan Beef: The Best Steakhouses in Dallas

By: Steven Lindsey

January 20, 2014

Durant's, a fine dining steakhouse, located on Central Avenue in Phoenix, AZ.

Vegetarians be warned: Dallas is a city fuelled as much by beef as it is by oil. For meat-lovers, however, there are practically endless temples of carnivorous delights, from old-school steakhouses to modern-day chef-driven restaurants, each with remarkable, must-eat filets, strips, and bone-in behemoths.

While most restaurants serve USDA Choice beef, high-end steakhouses routinely serve Prime, the highest grade. Less than two percent of all U.S. beef gets this designation and once you taste it, you’ll certainly appreciate the difference. Here are a few of the best steakhouses in Dallas to whet your appetite.


SER Steak | The Best Steakhouses in Dallas

SER steak © Shana Anderson

Arguably the most flavourful of all steaks thanks to some delectable, fatty marbling, this is the one to eat if you’re hungry (or willing to share). At SER (pronounced sear), the spectacular view of downtown Dallas from this 27th floor restaurant atop the Hilton Anatole is rivalled only by the 45-day aged Prime 22-ounce rib-eye, accompanied by less-than-typical tomato chutney and hollandaise sauce. Also clocking in at 22 ounces, the Prime bone-in rib-eye at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is seasoned simply with salt, pepper, and butter. Over at Place at Perry’s, their 22-ounce bone-in Prime cowboy rib-eye is taken to a whole other level with the addition of a Maytag blue cheese crust.

Filet Mignon

Filet Mignon Del Frisco | The Best Steakhouses in Dallas

Del Frisco’s filet mignon © Del Frisco’s

This tender, melt-in-your-mouth cut packs a lot of flavour into a (typically) smaller size steak. The filet mignon at Al Biernat’s is a large 14 ounces and the very definition of grilled perfection. The filet mignon (eight or 12 ounce) at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House is also a thing of beefy beauty, seared with a nice peppery crust. Bob’s Steak & Chop House is a Dallas institution, known for the gigantic glazed carrot served with each slab of beef – but that root veggie can’t compete when there’s a juicy filet mignon (eight, 12 or 16 ounce) sat beside it.

Strip Steak

Texas Steakhouses | Dee Lincoln's

Dee Lincoln Steak © Claire McCormack

Though not as tender as the filet or rib-eye, the strip delivers a real treat for the taste buds. In nearby Fort Worth, Grace serves up a 16-ounce Prime strip that can be teamed with butter-poached Maine lobster for the ultimate surf-and-turf.

It may be more burger in atmosphere, but Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar ditches the buns for an exemplary 14-ounce Prime strip. Downtown, a 20-ounce Prime bone-in version topped with herb butter at Dallas Chop House is a great way to get a real taste for the city.

Non-steakhouse greats

Texas Steakhouses | Hotel ZaZa

Hotel Zaza’s Dragonfly steak © Hotel Zaza Uptown Dallas

It would be a travesty to assume that all the best beef comes only from traditional steakhouses. The beef filet “au poivre” with wok-fired field mushrooms and shallot sauce is delectable and complex, the perfect match for the 360-degree rotating view at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, set high atop Reunion Tower. The menu at HG SPLY CO. features plenty of veggies and good-for-you grains, but the coffee-crusted Delmonico with fried farm egg rivals any steakhouse creation. Celebrity chef Kent Rathbun also puts out a stellar Allen Brothers Prime bone-in filet mignon with McPherson Sangiovese butter at his signature Abacus restaurant. And the atmosphere doesn’t get much more modern and chic than at Hotel ZaZa’s Dragonfly, where a grilled 10-ounce Prime NY Strip comes with bone marrow butter, market mushrooms and a great view of the good and the glamorous cavorting poolside (if you’re lucky).

You’re gonna need a bigger fork.

Texas steakhouses | Lobster & Steak at Del Frisco's

Lobster & STeak at Del Frisco’s © Del Frisco’s

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Written by Steven Lindsey


Steven Lindsey

Steven Lindsey is a Dallas editor, freelance writer and obsessed lover of travel, food and cocktails. Steven is editor of the Zagat blog in Dallas and Contributing Editor of He Said Magazine's USA and Dallas editions. Additionally, he regularly contributes to The Dallas Morning News special sections.

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