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

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Photo courtesy of Del Frisco's
3. Del Frisco's Double Eagle

From the day construction began, Del Frisco's set out to be the top steak house in Houston. The 13,000-square-foot Galleria location is a copy of the 17,000-square-foot Del Frisco's in Manhattan. The walls are mahogany, the floors are Brazilian slate and the grand light fixtures are made from Spanish alabaster and cost $75,000 apiece. The total bill for the finish-out was reported to be more than $11 million. The food isn't cheap, either, with a nearly $90 Wagyu longbone rounding out the upper portion of the menu. But it's not the quality of the steaks that puts Del Frisco's above its competitors. It's the service -- only three tables per waiter, which is an astonishing ratio. And the "customer first" attitude is a stark contrast to the run-up-the-bill scams encountered at some other steak houses.

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Photo courtesy of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Dry-aged heaven awaits you at Pappas Bros.
2. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

Pappas Bros. boasts massive USDA Prime, dry-aged steaks, a plush atmosphere and a special cigar lounge where you can enjoy expensive cognacs and big fat stogies after dinner. There is really very little else in town that can compare when it comes to smooth, old-school charm and elegance than Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. The steakhouse prides itself on a wine list loaded with rare old wines, such as an 1811 Château d'Yquem listed for $30,000, but you can find a decent vintage of Bordeaux or Burgundy for a couple hundred dollars thanks to talented sommelier Steven McDonald. But bring a big appetite and an even bigger expense account -- the cheapest steak on the menu is $43.

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Upon entering Vic & Anthony's, it becomes immediately evident why so many out-of-towners and VIPs pick it as their dining destination in Houston.
1. Vic & Anthony's

Not only is Vic & Anthony's currently the city's best steakhouse, it's one of the best all-around restaurants in Houston, period. The charmingly old-school service is exemplary, the dining rooms are lushly appointed and lavishly handsome, the food is always impeccable -- hell, even the piano player in the dark, loungey bar is fantastic. A trip to Vic & Anthony's always feels like a vacation, especially if food is your destination. Indulge in a beautiful filet mignon or ribeye topped with bone marrow bordelaise, or split a porterhouse for two and save room for V&A's equally prime sides such as creamed corn or au gratin potatoes.



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Location Info

Venue

Map

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

Morton's

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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14 comments
OUredhedd
OUredhedd

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. 

jhs3
jhs3

No Capital Grille? 

twaynewren
twaynewren

That's a great picture of you Katharine.

Kylejack
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.

Stating_the_Obvious
Stating_the_Obvious

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
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!

Deer200
Deer200

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

tinyhands
tinyhands

 @OUredhedd Landry's may serve horsemeat disguised as steak, but it's still better than Taste of Texas or Ruth's Chris.

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @twaynewren That's not me; it's a photo of an anonymous, steak-loving model from our Flickr pool. But thanks!

kshilcutt
kshilcutt moderator editor

 @FattyFatBastard It's the latter part of your statement; we have far more interesting and/or upscale options these days and more people are choosing to splash out at spots like Uchi than a steakhouse.

twaynewren
twaynewren

 @kshilcutt Just kidding.  We have reservations for V&A before Paul McCartney concert.  Can't wait.

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