We love a trendy DFW restaurant just as much as the next gal. But one can only order so many small plates before the craving hits for something that you can sink your teeth into. Might we suggest a return to the classic steakhouse? This is Texas, after all. We’re talking high-quality beef and sides that can stand up to the showstopper on the plate. From iconic meat-eating establishments that have survived the test of time to new eateries that are doing things their own way, the DFW steakhouse scene is thriving. Here are our favorites.
These Are the 15 Best Steakhouses in DFW
1. Al Biernat's
Shooting it to you straight: This is the best steakhouse in Dallas, hands down. And while there are other places that deliver decadent sides and rival cuts of beef, there is nowhere else that is delivering Al B’s dedication to customer service. Whether you fancy a filet or are more of a ribeye person, you’re getting the best beef, serious sides and an impeccable atmosphere. And while this roundup is about the meat—and we highly recommend “the special” (which usually involves a cut of dry-aged beef from a Texas farm)—this steakhouse even has a vegan menu so you can even dine with your plant-based sister. See, this place is special.
Hot tip: Check out their beautiful new patio, which manages to make dining al fresco in Dallas feel fancy.
4217 Oak Lawn Avenue, 214-219-2201
Can we all take a moment to appreciate this beautiful bleu cheese crusted filet? W-O-W. But seriously, this Clearkfork find is a newer kid to the Fort Worth food scene and has impressed people near and far with its dedication to Texas and Japanese Wagyu beef. The best part is that it is dry aged in-house and cut in the restaurant’s own Butcher Shop. It is, along with its Houston location, two of only 29 United States restaurant certified by the Kobe Beef Association in Japan, offering 100 percent authentic, A5 certified Kobe beef from Tajima cattle.
5212 Marathon Avenue, 817-737-5212
Since 1993, this no-frills spot has attracted steak enthusiasts on the hunt for cuts from the Chicago-based Stock Yards Meat Packing Company. Although there are now multiple locations, our top picks are the original (on Lemmon) and the Fort Worth outposts. And yes, that whole glazed carrot is for real. As this restaurant says to anyone who asks, “Don’t knock it until you try it.”
4300 Lemmon Avenue, 214-528-9446 (Dallas)
1300 Houston Street, 817-350-4100 (Fort Worth)
In a world of flashy new steakhouses, we respect a little history. This steakhouse has been serving up a solid meat and potato combo in the Fort Worth Stockyards since 1947. In fact, many locals consider it a rite of passage to sit around the open flame and watch your order get grilled up right in front of your eyes. Because if you can’t enjoy this steak, you don’t deserve the fancier filets at all those “hoity toity” spots downtown.
2458 North Main Street, 817-624-3945
Lovers of prime rib (hi, Dad!), listen up! On Sunday nights, chef Richard Chamberlain offers a two-course herb-roasted prime rib dinner. And spoiler alert, it’s *chef’s kiss*. Steaks here are served with your choice of roasted garlic mashed potatoes or parmesan truffle grits. Don’t forget to pick your poison by adding your choice of bearnaise sauce, farmstead blue cheese butter or porcini mushroom madeira butter for a small upcharge.
5330 Belt Line Road, 972-454-4417
You’ve heard it here first: Steak and sushi belong in the same meal. Dee Lincoln, aka “the Queen of Steaks” serves up creative cocktails, great steaks and fresh maki rolls via the in-house sushi bar. Our recommendation? Sharing is caring. Start with a few rolls—perhaps the Prime Roll and the Dee Lincoln Signature Roll—and then go for The Cowboys Way which is a 35-ounce carved dry-aged prime porterhouse or tomahawk. For sides, be bold with the Thai style fried rice and the crispy Brussel sprouts.
6670 Winning Drive #400, 214-387-3333
Despite the flashy interiors, lovely music and exquisitely dressed clientele, the cornerstone of this steakhouse has, and always will be, the USDA prime beef. How about a 45-day dry-aged prime strip? Pair that with a great glass of wine paired to perfection by a sommelier and a shared side or two and you’ve got yourself a on tasty meal. The Dallas location is our top pick in a beautiful and bustling area of Uptown and Fort Worth follows situated in Sundance Square.
2323 Olive Street, 972-490-9000 (Dallas)
812 Main Street, 817-877-3999 (Fort Worth)
The Park Cities might have a reputation for bougie dining and expensive price tags; however, this laid-back steak house is budget friendly and heavy on the nostalgia. This is *that* place your dad used to come with his buddies and where he met your mom. It’s unassuming on the outside, but inside you’ll find a family friendly steak spot that has, what might just be, the best salad bar in Dallas. Yes, those into getting their greens, can do so the “old school” way.
5423 W Lovers Lane, 214-352-8320
9. Iii Forks
Yes, this is the restaurant you would see all over the American Airlines magazines “back in the day” when those existed (RIP). And to everyone’s delight, the food lives up to the hype. Perhaps in part due to the promise of only selecting 005 percent of the USDA Prime beef as acceptable, for serving to their guests. Start with a III Forks salad (toasted pecans, blue cheese, granny smith apples and maple pecan vinaigrette), ease into thing with calamari and shoot your shot with a USDA Prime bone-in ribeye. Sides include off-the-cob cream corn, sautéed mushrooms, and mashed potatoes. Fabulous in Frisco? Yes, yes indeed.
1303 Legacy Drive, 972-267-1776
Those that geek out over foodie facts will totally dig chef John Tesar’s restaurant inside of The Highland hotel that ages its steaks in a special chamber for up to 240 days. Did they say 240 days? Yes, 240 days! Most meats are sourced from 44 Farms (located deep in the heart of Texas) and are always grilled to perfection. Want to try something different? The bacon tasting and the yellowtail are real crowd pleasers. Pair that with a glass of vino, and it won’t take you very long at all to realize that this isn’t your everyday hotel hangout.
5300 East Mockingbird Lane, 214-443-9339
11. Nick & Sam's
Celeb sighting here, professional athletes there. This buzzy Uptown steakhouse has been the go-to spot to celebrate since 1999. Whether you’re enjoying a superior selection of Japanese Wagyu, sharing sushi with friends, or sipping on a glass of wine from the 500-bottle collection, guests can be sure they are enjoying the finer things in life. Go with “The Dirk”, a dry-aged 41-ounce tenderloin served with bone marrow gravy and divvy up the decadent sides to share. Our choices? Damn good fries, duck duck mac and the broccolini. This place is a party, so if you are not in the mood, we suggest looking elsewhere.
3008 Maple Avenue, 214-871-7444
Hailing from Houston, this Dallas dining destination has set the standard for quality meat matched by an extensive wine collection. Think 3,900 wines from every fine wine producing region in the world. Selections of USDA prime beef are dry aged in house and range from an 8-ounce filet to a 40-ounce porterhouse. Located in Northwest Dallas, this would be a great spot to hit in route to downtown Dallas when flying in to DFW or even after playing a beautiful round of golf at Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. Winner gets to pick the bottle of wine for the table.
10477 Lombardy Lane, 214-366-2000
Fancy new digs just off Klyde Warren Park gave Dallasites the excuse they needed to give this Texas steakhouse chain another try. And while it is best known for its pork chop Friday lunch, the steaks are nothing to shake your head at. And what is a steakhouse without its sides? An order of Perry’s signature fried asparagus topped with jumbo lump crab meat, loaded whipped potatoes, and the corn brûlée will make your day.
2100 Olive Street Suite #100, 214-855-5151 (Dallas)
14. Silver Fox
Look, it can be hard to compete with the flashy steakhouses of Dallas, however, many say that true confidence is quiet. This steakhouse, with locations in Richardson and Fort Worth, is satisfying its customers with steaks and a veggie-heavy sides menu. The bar is always bustling, and this seems to be a go-to hot spot for those living near TCU and Colonial Country Club. In fact, you can host your book club here while sipping spicy strawberry margaritas—and you won’t be the only one doing it either.
3650 Shire Boulevard, 972-423-8121 (Richardson)
1651 South University Drive, 817-332-9060 (Fort Worth)
15. Wicked Butcher
COVID tried to spoil the swag of this swanky downtown Fort Worth restaurant, but it is reopened and ready to serve you a salty steak in the basement of the historic Sinclair Hotel. Start with freshly shucked oysters and Wicked Wedge and then go for the boneless rib eye. Don’t leave without a Wicked Sundae. Because who doesn’t love chocolate ice cream topped with caramel corn, brownie chunks, pecans, caramel, whipped cream and a cherry?
512 Main Street, 817-601-4621