5 Best Steakhouses in Dallas-Fort Worth

On my recent trip down to Texas, I’ve had a craving for steak as usual, so I sought out to eat some. It’s just one of those things you do when you visit the Lone Star State. In my almost two decades of living there, I’ve had the opportunity to try a number of different restaurants both casual and fancy and determined that these are my top 5 best steakhouses in Dallas Fort Worth (DFW). So if you ever find yourself visiting and staying in DFW, look for these steakhouses and roadhouses and treat yourself to one hearty and beefy meal.

Top 5 Best Steakhouses in Dallas Fort Worth

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

It’s not a secret that this is my favorite overall steakhouse in Dallas. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse is where I go to celebrate special occasions. It’s also where I take my friends who are visiting town and the restaurant atop of my list to reserve during Restaurant Week. I’ve tried just about every type of steak here and I’ve come to the conclusion that their New York strip is perhaps the best one in the area. Perfectly portioned at 12 to 14. oz., it’s dry aged for at least 20 days and seasoned with just sea salt and pepper. The restaurant also boasts an incredible wine list selection. There are over 1,000 bottles available for sale, with prices ranging from low-40s to thousands of dollars for the limited vintage Bordeaux. Finally, what sets Pappa’s Bros. apart for me is its atmosphere. The oak and mahogany interiors give the place a very elegant yet casual feel so there’s always a good mix of people dining there. Whether you come in wearing your Sunday best or just some jeans and a cowboy boot, you’ll be treated like family.

Top 5 Best Steakhouses in Dallas Fort Worth: Pappa's Bros. Steak
Pappa’s Bros. Steak

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
10477 Lombardy Ln., Dallas, TX 75220

Bob’s Steak & Chop House

The first Bob’s Steak & Chop House opened in Dallas over two decades ago and has maintained its reputation as one of the top 5 best steakhouses in Dallas Fort Worth since. The house signature steak is its filet, lightly seasoned with sea salt, cracked pepper and parsley. Bob’s also does vegetables very well. I would suggest their creamed spinach and their whole glazed carrot to compliment the gorgeous three-inch filet on your plate. The original location in Dallas’ Lemmon Ave., has since developed siblings in other parts of the metroplex and despite having different owners, the franchise has managed to maintain consistently high quality food and service.

Top 5 Best Steakhouses in Dallas Fort Worth: Bob's Steak and Chop House Filet Mignon
Bob’s Steak and Chop House Filet Mignon

Bob’s Steak & Chop House
Four locations in DFW: Dallas on Lamar, Dallas on Lemmon, Fort Worth, and Grapevine

Al Biernat’s

This famous Oaklawn steakhouse is the place to see and be seen. Al Biernat’s (pronounced Al “Bernaise,” like the sauce) is the steakhouse of choice for many athletes and dignitaries visiting DFW. It serves a fantastic filet mignon (though I still prefer Bob’s) among others, but in my opinion, their signature steak is their cowboy rib eye, a 24 oz., of prime-cut beef oozing with flavors. The other thing I love about Al Biernat’s is their non-steak options. The Al’s Salad, made with hearts of palm, avocado, shrimp, and crab will make a meal on itself while their seafood selection varies from Chilean sea bass to Bay of Fundy salmon. Al’s is also one of the few fine-dining restaurants in the area that offer happy hour specials. Just note that Al Biernat’s is a very popular restaurant and at its busiest, it gets rather loud. If you prefer a quieter, more subdued atmosphere, my suggestion will be to dine on a weeknight or try Pappa’s Bros. instead.

Top 5 Best Steakhouses in Dallas Fort Worth: Al Biernat's Salad
Al Biernat’s Salad

Al Biernat’s
4217 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas, TX 75219

Nick & Sam’s

Among the top 5 best steakhouses in Dallas Fort Worth, Nick & Sam’s was the first of the many fine ones I tried over the years and for a long time, it was my favorite. The slices from the porterhouse steak I ate set the standard for what great steaks should taste like. The meat was tender and juicy and had the right balance of smoky and salty. Nick & Sam’s also set the bar for mac and cheese sides. Their lobster mac and cheese version remain on top of my favorite dishes list for Dallas. Chunks of lobster meat claws are embedded into layers of cheesy macaroni that are topped with Parmesan breadcrumbs. It’s a dish that’s both comforting and delicious. Finally, the restaurant makes outstanding desserts. Their homemade seven-layer cakes are the best way to end an already fantastic meal.

Top 5 Best Steakhouses in Dallas Fort Worth: Lobster Mac and Cheese
Lobster Mac and Cheese

Nick & Sam’s
3008 Maple Ave., Dallas, TX 75201

Texas Roadhouse

Seek out one of the many Texas Roadhouse locations in DFW when you’re craving for good quality steaks without the hefty price tag. Their weekday early-bird special made up of a 6 oz., sirloin with two sides is popular among locals and at just $10 per order, a true bargain. In addition to their hand-cut steaks, Texas Roadhouse is also known for their addicting house rolls and appetizers like rattlesnake bites and cactus blossom.

Top 5 Best Steakhouses in Dallas Fort Worth: Texas Roadhouse Rolls
Texas Roadhouse Rolls

Multiple locations all around DFW

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About Iris A

Website: http://www.travelingwithiris.com

Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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