Texas is known for many things. From its hot temperatures to its live music to its world-class BBQ, the Lone Star State is its own universe within the United States, one that is unapologetically itself. Some of the most well-known aspects of this large state are its cattle country and its prized beef, so it is no surprise that Texas also houses some of the best steakhouses in the United States.
Anyone can tell you that Texas is the place to be for meat-lovers. Although the city of Austin has its fair share of vegan food, and the state's proximity to Mexico gives Texas an abundance of authentic and delicious Mexican and Tex-Mex fare, the many meat-based options are not to be overlooked when in the second largest state in the country. Texas BBQ is famed for its delectable brisket, pork ribs and sausage, all of which were influenced by the German and Czechoslovakian immigrants who settled in the state during the 19th century.
Along with its beloved BBQ, Texas steakhouses are something that every meat-lover should experience while passing through or living in this meat-loving state. From classic Steakhouse menus to ones featuring dishes exuding a Latin flare, the only thing that is for certain is that if you're in the state of Texas, be sure to treat yourself to some of the best steaks in the country. We have composed a list of the top 10 best steakhouses in Texas that will satisfy the cravings of any carnivore.
The Top 10 Best Steakhouses in Texas
1. Killen's Steakhouse - Pearland, TX
If you want to sink your teeth into the best steak in Texas, make your way to the South Houston suburb of Pearland.
Being from Pearland, I have had the privilege of enjoying Killen's Steakhouse since the day that it opened and I am proud that another fellow Pearland-native, Chef Ronnie Killen, has brought such elegant and delicious food to our hometown. Be sure to pair your expertly cooked steak with a side of creamed spinach and a baked potato or their smoked brisket and white beans for an extra carnivore kick.
2. Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood - San Antonio, TX
Named one of the best steakhouses in the United States and recognized by the Texas Cattle Feeders Association for selling top quality Texas beef, Bohanan's Prime Steaks and Seafood is a must-stop destination for any steak-lover traveling through San Antonio.
Located just off of the River Walk in downtown, owner and Executive Chef, Mark Bohanan, will delight even the most discerning palettes with his modern menu of classic cattleman dishes including the filet mignon, New York Strip, and a 40 oz. Porterhouse Be sure to pair your succulent steak with their lobster creamed corn or jumbo asparagus.
3. Taste of Texas - Houston, TX
Proudly serving only Certified Angus Beef, Taste of Texas has a walk-up meat counter where you can purchase their prized beef, or order online and have these steaks shipped right to your door. My preference is to get a table at their restaurant and leave the cooking to the Chef professionals.
I've been enjoying this restaurant since I was a little girl and one of my favorite things about this restaurant is their enormous salad bar filled with every culinary delight you could possibly imagine to put on your salad. And as an adult, I love the wine list.
Bring your vegetarian friends, they'll be impressed with the salad bar and their baked brie with pecans, while you'll be impressed with the steak.
4. Pappas Bros. Steakhouse - Houston & Dallas, TX
Opened in 1995 as one of the classiest beef parlors in the city, Pappas Bros. knows how to make a mean steak and deliver a tableside ambiance that takes you out of the city and into your own posh world. The prime cuts are aged in-house and the sides are traditional, including roasted mushrooms, hand-cut onion rings, and rosemary and Pappas Bros' take on the classic blue cheese wedge salad.
Make sure you save room for their comfort-style desserts, which include their take on the Moon Pie.
5. Nick and Sam's - Dallas, TX
Frequently named one of the best steakhouse dining experiences in Dallas, Nick and Sam's serves up exceptional cuts of quality beef (topped with your choice of delicacies like bearnaise and King Crab Oscar) and a pretty spectacular dirty gin martini.
Sleek and sophisticated, much like the city surrounding this steakhouse, be sure to try some of their Japanese-fusion dishes or their specialty Japanese wagyu beef.
6. Republic of Texas Bar and Grill - Corpus Christi
Located in the Omni Hotel, overlooking both the cityscape and the Gulf Coast, find yourself on top of Texas, eating some of the most prime beef in the Lone Star State Executive Chef, Daniel M. Rosa, takes the flavors of two culinary destinations, Texas and Puerto Rico, and melts them into one delicious menu.
The Republic of Texas Bar and Grill is a must-stop for fresh seafood and perfectly cooked steak.
7. Ruth's Chris Steak House - Austin, TX
While it may be a chain, a visit to Ruth's Chris Steak House is no ordinary dinner. Classic and refined, the steakhouse serves up USDA Prime steaks topped with dripping butter served on 500-degree ceramic plates.
Don't forget to load up on some of the restaurant's signature sides which include blue crab cakes and potatoes au gratin.
8. Las Brisas Southwest Steakhouse -Lubbock
Las Brisas Southwest Steakhouse began in April 2007 with a desire to broil their Reserve Black Angus steaks at temperatures exceeding two thousand degrees, to not only lock in the flavor and juices of the steak but to enhance the overall texture of each steak.
Their all-natural menu is permeated with the flavors of the Southwest and will entice any carnivore into indulgence.
Be sure to partner your steak with their truffled mashed potatoes and jalapeño Caesar salad for a truly decadent dinner.
9. Four Winds Steakhouse - Wills Point
Anyone who's stepped inside Four Winds Steakhouse has come out a changed person, and it's not just the views of the property on a sprawling East Texas ranch. Four Winds holds a place near and dear to East Texans' hearts because it's near impossible to have a bad meal here.
Whether you're in the mood for their sugar-cured pork chops or the incredible 26-ounce bone-in ribeye, you won't leave the table disappointed.
10. Beehive Restaurant - Abilene
Located in the heart of Abilene, this steakhouse prides itself on the authentic flavors of West Texas. The Beehive Restaurant is known by locals as being the best off-the-beaten-path steakhouse in the great state of Texas.
They are also known for their perfectly cooked prime rib and their recipe for beef Oscar, which includes a nice-sized steak wrapped in bacon and topped with luscious crab meat.
This post was originally published on September 5, 2019.