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The 10 Best Steakhouses in Seattle (From High-End to Hidden Gems)

The 10 Best Steakhouses in Seattle (From High-End to Hidden Gems)

Post created February 25, 2024

Meat eaters rejoice! There are plenty of wonderful, mouthwateringly good steakhouses in Seattle. 

Find top-rated steakhouses in downtown Seattle, and other hidden gem restaurants tucked away in surrounding neighborhoods. There’s something for you whether you want a swanky spot for an anniversary celebration or you’re craving a perfectly cooked steak for a weeknight dinner.

While, in general, Seattle steakhouses are on the higher end of the price range, there are a few options for the budget-conscious. This guide will include top-rated spots and ones where you can get a good steak for a good price. Here are 10 of the best steakhouses in Seattle!

10 Best Steakhouses in Seattle

Jak’s Grill

Jak’s Grill is a steakhouse with locations in West Seattle, Laurelhurst, and Issaquah. Jak’s is not a budget restaurant by any means. But it’s one of the more affordable steakhouses to visit because the steaks come with sides, as opposed to a la carte. The food here is high-quality and it’s a great place to treat someone (or yourself!).

Order a delicious wagyu zabuton, a boneless ribeye, or one of the other succulent cuts. Some of the other food at Jak’s include Dungeness crab cakes, pea and prosciutto pasta, and its signature cheeseburger. Come on the weekend for brunch and order the eggs benedict, which gets rave reviews.

El Gaucho

El Gaucho is one of Seattle’s classic steakhouses. Save this one for a special occasion because there are no frugal options at El Gaucho! Expect to leave here with a bill well over $100. But don’t worry, it’s worth the splurge.

You’ll find El Gaucho in Tacoma, Bellevue, and downtown Seattle. Its Seattle restaurant is in Belltown, just a few blocks from the waterfront. The restaurant is romantic and dimly lit and often has live piano music to accompany the meal. Let the staff know it’s your anniversary when you make your reservation, and they’ll elevate your experience by scattering rose petals on the table. 

Order the specialty Steak El Gaucho, a filet mignon, or a NY steak. The lobster mashed potatoes and the mushroom risotto are two popular and delicious sides. Waistaff is helpful with wine pairing recommendations, and the bananas foster is a good dessert to end the meal with.

Metropolitan Grill

Metropolitan Grill is Seattle’s other upscale and well-known steakhouse. This is a restaurant for special occasions. It has wood paneling, velvet booths, white tablecloths, and other classic details. Metropolitan Grill’s incredible food and phenomenal service highlight why it’s often voted the best steakhouse in Seattle.

From filet mignon to Japanese snow beef fillet, everything is cooked as close to perfection as possible. Order one of the “dinner for two options” if you come here on a date. Steaks come a la carte, so order one of the delicious sides like roasted baby carrots, creamed spinach, and potato cakes to go along with your meal. 

And don’t forget the cocktails! The Black and Brew, with vodka, dark rum, cold brew, and espresso liqueur, is especially good and will perk you up too.

FlintCreek Cattle Co

FlintCreek Cattle Co is in the Greenwood neighborhood of north Seattle. It serves meat sustainably sourced from small and local farms. 

FlintCreek isn’t a classic steakhouse like El Gaucho or Metropolitan Grill, but it’s still upscale, yet fresh. The decor is modern and the restaurant is bright thanks to the large floor-to-ceiling windows.

Order duck salad or crisp pickled vegetables to whet your appetite before going for the FlintCreek specialties. Try a delicious wagyu zabuton served with watercress, aged balsamic, and chili crisp. Its hanger steak with caramelized onion marmalade is to die for. Non-steak options include a tasty Icelandic cod and spiced duck confit. FlintCreek also has a decent happy hour for those searching for affordable options.

Bateau

Bauteu is in Seattle’s bustling Capitol Hill neighborhood surrounded by bars, cafes, ice cream shops, and all manner of activity. Walking into this airy, white-walled restaurant feels like a breath of fresh air among all of that activity. 

You don’t need to dress up at Bateau. It’s not as high-end as some of the other steakhouses, but expect nothing short of high-quality cuts of meat. Also, expect to pay prices that match. 

Every beef cut at Bateau is dry-aged for at least 21 days. The steaks are served a la carte, but there is a range of sides to go with them like steak tartare, a chickpea pancake, and French onion croquettes. Try the Chef’s tasting menu for a real treat. It comes with 5 incredible courses that speak to the chef’s talent and this restaurant’s popularity.

Asadero

Asadero is one of the most unique steakhouses on this list. The self-taught chef and owner David Orozco believes in bringing the smoky, savory flavors of Mexico to his restaurants. So its menu pays homage to northern Mexican cuisine. Come here for perfect cuts of meat prepared in unique ways. 

The La Carne Asada is a house specialty served with nopal and chorizo. The Parilla Sonora is wagyu beef served with chile relleno and refried beans. The menu also features tortas and tacos, elevated with those high-quality meat cuts. 

This restaurant along Ballard’s busy Leary Avenue is the place to go if you prefer an out-of-the-box Seattle steakhouse.

The Butcher’s Table

The Butcher’s Table is on the edge of the South Lake Union neighborhood. This classy and dimly lit restaurant is both a steakhouse and a butcher’s counter where you can purchase its excellent cuts of meat to cook at home. However, you won’t regret it if you decide to stay for a meal and let them do the work for you. 

Start with something from the raw bar or another appetizer like nectarine salad and beef fat brioche. The selection of wagyu steaks and beef cuts is extensive and can be overwhelming, but the staff is great with recommendations. However, if you can afford to splurge, order a tasting flight to try a variety of cuts at a set price.

Fan of the menu but not the price? Come at happy hour when you can get a few sides and specialized items (none of the steaks, though) for much more reasonable prices.

Beast and Cleaver

Beast and Cleaver is a tiny shop and hidden gem in the Seattle steakhouse scene. This is primarily a butcher shop with amazing meat and a surprisingly great selection of wine to pair with it. It’s small and not upscale, but high quality. 

The butcher storefront is the bulk of the business, but Beast and Cleaver also hosts weekly multi-course dinners. Book one for a special meal where you can see how it makes its food shine. 

Go on its website to make a reservation for one of the dinners (though these can sell out fast, so you’ll need to check back often). Alternatively, you can book one of Beast and Cleaver’s classes on how to prepare steak!

Kokkaku

Kokkaku is another hidden gem. This Japanese steakhouse in north Seattle has incredible Wagyu options. Come here if you’re searching for something that leans a little less traditional. 

Kokkaku’s wagyu cuts are melt-in-your-mouth good. Some will even be seared right in front of you! Don’t hesitate to try other items on the menu as well. The seared wagyu sushi, seafood fettuccine, and miso mac and cheese are all phenomenal. 

Try a tasting menu that’s more than worth the price if you’re feeling indecisive. This tiny restaurant in the Wallingford neighborhood is deceptively casual. The food easily rivals that of any of the upscale places on this list.

The Grill from Ipanema

The Grill from Ipanema is a Brazillian steakhouse in downtown Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood and it’s a must-visit for meat lovers. This steakhouse serves steak along with a huge selection of other meats like Brazillian pork sausage and chicken drumsticks. In addition to meat, it serves Brazillian cheese bread, grilled pineapple, and various salads.

The service here is different than that of the other steakhouses. You’ll pay a flat fee and have a classic Rodizio-style all-you-can-eat service, making this a great choice for budgeters! Just indicate with the chip on your table when you would like more food and your sever will bring you more until you indicate you’re done. 

Eating at The Grill from Ipanema is a fun experience and a great place to go if you’d like to try a lot of different meats at once. 

If you’re looking for the best Steakhouses in Seattle, these should do the trick. With such a variety, you’re sure to find your new favorite.

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