Dining Out 2 minutes 19 July 2021

7 Best Steakhouses in Chicago

Where to eat delicious steak in Chicago

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There are many restaurants in Chicago, where you can get a gorgeous cut of steak, but these 7 are the best steakhouses in Chicago.

Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf

With a sultry jazz soundtrack and speakeasy ambience, this swanky destination is unfailingly packed every evening with a boisterous crowd. Steakhouse and raw bar standards dominate the menu. Most steaks are wet-aged and though some may prefer more funk, the cuts are expertly broiled. Perfectly rendered steak frites served with a buttery béarnaise sauce is a great way to go. But, the kitchen deserves praise for other, more unexpected options like fresh-baked crab cake with remoulade; or creamy short rib stroganoff bobbing with hand-cut pasta. US$75-150

Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf. Photo courtesy of Hogsalt
Bavette’s Bar & Boeuf. Photo courtesy of Hogsalt

Chicago Cut

This finely tailored locale bustles day and night, thanks to wraparound windows along the riverfront, sumptuous red leather furnishings, warm wood trim and a crackerjack service team cementing its steakhouse vibe. Non-meat entrées include cedar-planked salmon with a sriracha-honey glaze, but make no mistake: beef is boss here. Prime steaks, butchered and dry-aged in-house for 35 days, get just the right amount of time under the flame, as is the case with the perfectly cooked-to-order Porterhouse—pre-sliced and plated for each guest. US$50-75

Chicago Cut. Photo by Michelin North America
Chicago Cut. Photo by Michelin North America

Maple & Ash

This restaurant is set to the soft glow emanating from the semi-open kitchen, where a wood-fired hearth lights up dry-aged steakhouse classics, cut to generous proportions. Seafood lovers will find plenty to mull over too, like a tangle of octopus and squid, prepared in the wood-fueled oven and served with dill yogurt, arugula and roasted potatoes. Then, a fire-roasted seafood tower is brought tableside, featuring lobster tail, scallops, Manila clams and king crab, all bathed in garlic butter, chili oil and served with house-made pasta. US$60-150

Maple & Ash. Photo @mapleandash/Instagram
Maple & Ash. Photo @mapleandash/Instagram

Prime & Provisions

Though it would also feel at home in Las Vegas, this glitzy oversized steakhouse fits right in with its swanky Chicago riverfront neighbors. A starter of chewy rosemary-sea salt monkey bread whets the palate, while rosy pink slices of slow-roasted bone-in prime rib, rubbed with a crust of fragrant herbs, take a classic hoagie to new heights. When paired with house-cut fries and creamy horseradish dip, it’s a meal to rival a Porterhouse. But save room for dessert: a single-serving banana cream pie with loads of whipped cream is a whimsical final bow. US$50-75

Prime & Provisions. Photo @primeprovisions/Instagram
Prime & Provisions. Photo @primeprovisions/Instagram

RPM Steak

This bi-level space, centered around a large wraparound marble bar, flaunts a warm, sleek, and moneyed vibe. The polished black- white- and wood-décor speaks to the finer things in life, with a menu of succulent steaks, shellfish, and sides to boot. While the aging process and cuts on offer keep spinning, expect to find Japanese prefectures and solid American producers. Highlights include classic steak frites, petite filets, and that mighty cowboy steak—cooked to pink and seasoned with a winning blend of ground and fried thyme, rosemary, garlic, and kosher salt. US$75-150

Steak 48

The interior is dark, with black floors, burnt-orange booths and a sparkling glass-enclosed kitchen that showcases a massive display of seafood on ice. Well-priced and appetizing cuts of meat are the main attraction, but their notable supporting lineup of a dozen sides may include delicious double-baked truffle potatoes, generous salads and myriad fish preparations. Steakhouses are as prevalent as the Chicago wind in River North, but the family that founded the much-loved Mastro's shows us that they’ve still got some tricks up their sleeves with this popular sibling. US$50-75

Steak 48. Photo @sabrinaeatsfood/Instagram
Steak 48. Photo @sabrinaeatsfood/Instagram

Swift & Sons

A renovated meat and produce warehouse built in the 1920s, this space unwinds from a raw bar aptly named Cold Storage into a plush hangout. Here, striking wood-trimmed arches and concrete columns modulate the scale of the rooms.The kitchen’s contemporary take on steak serves up USDA Prime beef seared at high heat and presented with a trio of sauces. It’s the kind of place where gluttony is rewarded—even the wine list features Coravin selections in three- or six-ounce pours. Extras (like king crab Oscar) or desserts (like Boston cream pie) are worth the calories. US$75-150

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