The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 10 Steakhouses

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Photo courtesy of III Forks
7. III Forks

Although III Forks is a Dallas-based chain, I still love it. Under chef and owner Ozzie Rogers, the upscale, beautifully-appointed steakhouse has become a great addition to the otherwise quiet Houston Pavilions downtown. Along with aged USDA Prime beef in all the traditional cuts, III Forks serves seafood and one of the best salads I've ever had anywhere: its award-winning III Forks salad with Granny Smith apples, toasted pecans, and Maytag blue in a walnut-molasses vinaigrette. The wine list is not only extensive but contains many labels not found elsewhere. III Forks gets bonus points for having truly knowledgeable staff at all levels -- from bartenders to servers to sommeliers -- and for having bartenders who can easily geek out with you over Dune, Doctor Who and graphic novels.

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A prime filet mignon at Morton's.
6. Morton's

It's disconcerting to have the display cart's live lobster eyeing you while you're ordering your dinner, but if you can get past the active menu tableau, you'll find that the steaks at Morton's are expertly prepared. So is the baked lobster, for that matter, presented whole and split down the middle. The ribeye is one of the best pieces of meat you'll ever have -- it's a scandalous amount of flavor and juiciness -- and the Cajun version is equally good. Morton's offers larger-than-generous portions with prices to match, and although you may wince at paying $11 for a side of brussels sprouts, I'll at least say this: They're better than the ones at Uchi, and that's saying a lot.

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5. Smith & Wollensky

The Houston outpost of the New York-based Smith & Wollensky chain (there are eight more across the nation) serves dry-aged USDA Prime steaks inside a swank Highland Village set-up. A personal favorite is the flavorful Coffee & Cocoa Rubbed Filet, which features a 14-ounce. filet rubbed with coffee and cocoa, then charbroiled and topped with ancho chile butter and Smith & Wollensky's own "crispy angry onions."The chain spends more money building and decorating its restaurants than most other chains do, and the lavish atmosphere is a delight to dine in. And while it's football season, check out Smith & Wollensky's fun tailgating specials on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Killen's has a calm, cozy dining room that's not your average steakhouse scene.
4. Killen's Steakhouse

Killen's buys top-quality meats from Allen Brothers of Chicago, arguably the best steakhouse supplier in the nation. And unlike most steakhouses in town, Killen's squat building in suburban Pearland is just down the street from a lumberyard and the dress code is decidedly casual. But don't let the casual vibe fool you -- it's deceptively easy to drop some bills when you're faced with dishes such as a dry-aged Mishima center-cut filet or a dry-aged Wagyu grass-fed, all-natural ribeye from Strube Ranch in Pittsburg, Texas. Save room for dessert if you can; owner and chef Ronnie Killen is rightfully famous for his creme brulee bread pudding.

Location Info

Brenner's on the Bayou

1 Birdsall St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

788 W. Sam Houston Parkway N., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Perry's Steakhouse and Grille

9827 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

III Forks

1201 Fannin, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant


1001 McKinney St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Smith & Wollensky

4007 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Killen's Steakhouse

2804 S. Main, Pearland, TX

Category: Restaurant

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse

5061 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

5839 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse

1510 Texas St., Houston, TX

Category: Music

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Pappas Bros.

How about more on their wine, when reviewing wine; not steaks. Let's learn more about the steaks please.


Are you kidding me with 4...count them...4 LANDRY'S restaurants???

I'm so not impressed with your taste buds.  III Forks out of Dallas and have you ever even been to Taste of Texas or Ruth's Chris?

I don't know why the Houston Press insists on keeping you around.  You need your tongue scraped. 


No Capital Grille? 


That's a great picture of you Katharine.

Kylejack topcommenter

I'm surprised the Taste Of Texas cult hasn't commented yet.


Anyway, I love V&A. So much great stuff there that isn't steak. Great beer, too.


Smith and Wollensky?!?! Were you high? They are a shadow of their former self and the food has gotten so bad they don't open the main dining room most weekends anymore. Steaks are rubbery, seafood isn't fresh, veggies are past their prime, and the only thing they do have going for them is the bar. I don't anticipate them to be in HTown much longer. You also left off The Palm. If you are going to go with an upscale chain, this really should be included.

FattyFatBastard topcommenter

We aren't the steakhouse town we used to be?  The only steakhouses I can think of that closed in the last 2 decades are The Old SF steakhouse, U.R. Cooks, and Steak & Ale, and all of them deserved to die.  What others are no longer around?  (Barbed Rose doesn't count - it was a flash in the pan.)


From my perspective, we've grown in Steakhouse talent, albeit we have far more options these days.

Jon Bowers
Jon Bowers

So the guy who fancies himself a food maven because he puts Cheetos on a burger and has hissy fits on social media is opening a steak house. Sounds like a recipe for awesome!

Jon Bowers
Jon Bowers

So the guy who fancies himself a food maven because he puts Cheetos on a burger and has hissy fits on social media is opening a steak house. Sounds like a recipe for awesome!


I am shocked to see Applebee's did not make the cut.

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