Updated: Feb 10, 2022
We here at Dallas Love List like to go out on a limb — live life on the edge, you know? And as such, we're big believers that steak is good. If you share that carnivorous sensibility and have the occasion — or just a hankering — for one of the city's finest slabs of red meat, or surf and turf, use this list as a primer for your next night on the town, and be sure and report back to us! Here are our 8 favorite steak and seafood spots in Dallas for fall 2021.
Monarch may bill itself as an Italian restaurant that also has some steaks on the menu, but the way the meat melts in your mouth means it also gets top-billing on our list of steakhouses. Whet your beak with a Sovereign, the Monarch's take on an Old Fashioned, which gets things rolling quite nicely, before starting with the wood-fired meatballs or crudités, both of which are exquisite. Every steak on the menu is worth every penny and more, but on first visit, get acquainted with either the 28-day dry aged ribeye or the Texas wagyu striploin from the venerated A-Bar-N Ranch.
2. Town Hearth
Get in, losers. We're going to Town Hearth. The vibe here is simple elegance, without going overboard into stuffy pretension, which is always appreciated. We love the Devil's Haircut for a whisky cocktail and the Black Mamba if you prefer gin. For starters, keep it casual with the rich and delectable tot poutine or go fancy with the prime tenderloin tartare. If you're able (limited quantities available, according to their menu), grab the Lennox, an open-fire roasted bone-in prime rib that keeps us coming back at every possible occasion.
3. Al Biernat's
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Al's is class all the way, whether you find yourself at the Oak Lawn or North location on Spring Valley. Try whatever specials they tell you about — you can never go wrong. They had a wonderful lobster thermidor special for National Lobster Day, for instance. But as far as the regular menu goes, the legendary steak Miguel leaves a lasting impression. It's a sliced, center-cut ribeye over pimento, onion and jalapeño for a buttery smooth bite that ends with a little kick.
We absolutely adore the Old Hollywood feel at Drake's, darling. From the Maui glaze on their Hawaiian ribeye to the bombastic decadence of the shareable 36oz Tomahawk, this place is truly the scene. We would be remiss if we didn't mention the Australian Wagyu Filet as well, which comes complete with white truffle herb butter and chimichurri. You notice the little things at Drake's, but you'll never forget the meat.
With locations in the Park District, Frisco and Grapevine, an amazing dining experience at Perry's is more accessible than ever. For a romantic evening out, you'd have to look hard to do better than an evening at Perry's. With one of the most of the most expansive and refined wine lists in the entire country, this is the place to impress that special someone or court your next client. Pair the New York Strip (ask for some of that bacon marmalade as well) with the roasted sherried mushrooms and grilled asparagus for a classic but elevated steakhouse experience.
6. Bob’s steak and chop house
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Bob's has been a mainstay for Dallas' (and Fort Worth's, and Grapevine's) most refined palettes for years, and it's easy to see why. Just when you thought we'd zig, we are zagging and recommending the rack of lamb first and foremost. Don't get us wrong, every steak on the menu is a feat rarely equaled, but if the mood strikes you for non-steak steakhouse fare, the rack of lamb at Bob's is a can't miss.
7. Nick and Sams
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Nick and Sam's is the Uptown steakhouse by which all other Uptown steakhouses are measured. The upbeat ambience is second to none, and the cocktails (try a millionaire!) are as beautiful to look at as they are to sip. This far inland, you just don't get crab cakes as delicious as the ones at Nick and Sam's, and the wagyu croquettes are a great starter, too. You can't go wrong with any of the steaks on the menu, and whichever you choose, be sure to add the foie gras hollandaise sauce for an extra bit of decadence.
Georgie is a true original. Curtis Stone's masterwork of a menu collides with a style and panache in the air of the place that is truly unique. The menu changes seasonally, which makes for a dining experience that can never be replicated. Another point that sets this place apart is the The Butcher Shop — a specialty shop offering high quality cuts of meat that doubles as a sandwich shop at lunch and a breakfast corner in the morning.