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Seattle — By Mary Jo Manzanares on June 21, 2010 at 4:31 am
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Seattle Steakhouses: Eat Up!

Carnivores will delight in the choices of steakhouses around the Seattle area.  With prices to fit most budgets, you’ll find high end local classics, some of the major chains, some specialty choices, and some options at the lower budget range.

steak Going out for a great steak is rarely cheap, but you should be able to find something to fit your budget here.

El Gaucho – This classic Seattle retro steakhouse now has three locations:  Seattle (map), Bellevue (map), and Tacoma (map).  My favorite is the downtown location, and with its 50’s-styled decor it’s like being in a fabulous supper club.  Steaks are served ala carte.  Menu notables:  the Caesar Salad is prepared tableside, the El Gaucho salad is still the most popular salad on the menu, the flaming beef swords are impressive, the tenderloin is delicious, and the Bananas Foster for dessert is delicious.  After dinner a fruit and nut bowl is served and is a fun way to linger over that last glass of wine or after dinner cocktail.   Book early for special occasions, and consider getting a room at the El Gaucho Inn, located right upstairs from the restaurant, and walk home after dinner.  NOTEThis is my personal favorite Seattle steakhouse.

Metropolitan Grill – With its downtown location (820 Second Avenue, map), The Met has become a Seattle institution.  With its banquettes and booths, it reminds me a bit of private club or lodge, and I’ve always thought of it as a guy’s kind of place.  The restaurant is as much a favorite for visiting dignitaries and celebs (you’ll see photos on the wall) as it is with the locals, and you never know who you might run into there.  The bar is a popular spot with the after work crowd.  Menu notables:  prime rib (try it cajun style), new york peppercorn, delmonico, and Châteaubriand for Two carved tableside.  The Met is booked up regularly, and although it is possible to get a last minute cancelation, book in advance to get your prime reservation time.

Ruth’s Chris – This venerable chain has locations in Seattle (at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, map) and Bellevue (map).  Sure it’s a chain, but it’s been successful for a reason – consistently delivering quality steaks and service.  They serve all the classic cuts is a busy, bustling atmosphere.  It can get a little loud at times, but the often fully booked evenings are a sign that no one minds.  Menu notables:  wine tasting dinners, barbecued shrimp appetizer, and special holiday menus.  NOTE: If you’re reserving a time at the Seattle location, ask to be seated in Dee’s section, a great waiter that I always request when I go.

Morton’s – Another national chain staking out some steak territory in Seattle with its downtown location (1511 6th Avenue, map).  Morton’s offers a great happy hour, and is currently running a priced fixed steak and seafood special (3-course steak and seafood dinner for two, $109).  Menu notables:  happy hour sliders, baked five onion soup, double cut filets, and the hot chocolate cake.  Reservations are easy to come by, and even on a weekend, I’ve been able to walk in for a last minute dinner choice.  Still, for special occasions and prime time dining, reservations recommended. NOTE: Morton’s rolls out a cart to show you their meat before you make your selection.  If you find looking a raw meat unappetizing, you may want to ask them to skip this process.

Daniel’s Broiler – A Seattle chain, Daniel’s has three locations, Lake Union (map), Leschi (on Lake Washington, map), and Bellevue (map).  Each location seems to have a different vibe, attracting a different clientele.  All three locations offer a good happy hour, and the Bellevue and Lake Union locations offer music in the lounge.  Menu notables:  excellent choices of appetizers, bleu cheese shrimp salad, delmonico, veal chop, and the Valrhona Chocolate Cake.  NOTEFans are very loyal to Daniel’s. but my personal experience has been pretty hit and miss.

JaK’s Grill – With three neighborhood locations around the Seattle area, West Seattle (map), Laurelhurst (map), and Issaquah (map), this Zagat-rated, yet moderately priced steak house has become popular with the local crowd.  No frills, no fussing, just good food in a casual setting.  Menu notables:  dinners include salad, vegetables, potato, and bread, brochette skewers, bourbon chop, and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese.

Asado’s of Tacoma – This Argentinian steakhouse is in heart of Tacoma’s 6th Avenue business district (map), and is carving out quite a reputation.  Open for lunch and dinner, they also have a great bar menu and scene.  Dinners are served with Chimichurri and Salsa Criolla, and your choice of Peruvian Purple Mashed Potatoes, Poblano Polenta or Stewed Lentils.  Menu notables:  hanger steak, frenched rib steak, purple potato hash, and a mixed grill.

Benihana – This international restaurant chain has become a popular downtown fixture, located at 1200 Fifth Avenue (map).  In classic Japanese Steakhouse style, food is prepared at the table, as guest are seated around the grill.  If dining with strangers isn’t your thing, come with a large party, as approximately 10 people can be seated around the grill.  Dinner is also part theater as the chefs put on quite a show in the preparation of your meal – kids love it.  Dinners are served with soup, salad, rice and dessert.  Menu notables:  steak combinations (chicken, lobster, shrimp), and a child’s menu.  Menu varies by location, so what you find here in Seattle may be slightly different from other locations.

Outback – Another international chain, this steakhouse still packs in a crowd with its Australian-theme menu, family friendly atmosphere, and moderate prices.  There are several Seattle area locations:  Bothell (map), Bellevue (map), Federal Way (map), Kirkland (map), Lake Union (map), North Seattle (map), Southcenter (map), and Tacoma (map).  Menu notables:  signature sirloin steak, grilled shrimp on the barbie appetizer, the Melbourne (strip and filet tenderloin together), and the blooming onion appetizer.

Black Angus – This chain restaurant was started by Stuart Anderson, a prominent rancher from eastern Washington, who started with the idea of providing a top quality, complete steak dinner at an affordable price in a comfortable restaurant.  Although many of the locations have closed, two in the Seattle area remain, in Federal Way (map) and Lynnwood (map).  Menu notables:  prime rib, mushroom and bleu filet mignon, and sesame teriyaki top sirloin.

While all of the restaurants offer other meal choices, steak is front and center on the menu.

If I missed your favorite Seattle area steakhouse, please add it in the comments.

Photo credit: SXC

Related places:
  1. A
    El Gaucho
    2505 1st Avenue, Seattle, WA
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  2. B
    El Gaucho Bellevue
    450 108th Avenue Northeast, Bellevue, WA
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  3. C
    El Gaucho Tacoma
    2119 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402,
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  4. D
    Metropolitan Grill
    820 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA, United States, 98104
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  5. E
    Ruth's Chris Steak House - Seattle
    727 Pine Street, Seattle, WA, 98101, US
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  6. F
    Ruth's Chris Steak House - Bellevue
    565 Bellevue Square, Bellevue, WA, 98004
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  7. G
    Morton's, The Steakhouse
    1511 Sixth Ave., Seattle, WA, 98101, UNITED STATES
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  8. H
    Daniel's Steakhouse
    809 Fairview Place North, Seattle, WA
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  9. I
    Daniel's Broiler
    200 Lake Washington Boulevard, Seattle, WA
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  10. J
    Daniel's Steakhouse
    10500 N.E. 8th, 21st Floor, Bellevue, WA
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  11. K
    Jak's Grill
    4548 California Avenue Southwest, Seattle, WA
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  12. L
    Jak's Grill
    3701 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA, 98105, US
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  13. M
    JaK's Grill
    14 Front St. N., Issaquah, WA, United States, 98027
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  14. N
    2810 6th Ave, Tacoma, WA 98406
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  15. O
    1200 5th Avenue, Seattle, WA
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  16. P
    Outback Steakhouse - Bothell
    22606 Bothell-Everett Hwy., Bothell, WA
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  17. Q
    Outback Steakhouse - Bellevue
    15100 Southeast 38th Street, Bellevue, WA
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  18. R
    Outback Steakhouse
    2210 South 320th Street, Federal Way, WA, United States, 98003
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  19. S
    Outback Steakhouse
    12120 N.e. 85th Street, Kirkland, WA, United States, 98033
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  20. T
    Outback Steakhouse - Lake Union
    701 Westlake Avenue North, Seattle, WA
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  21. U
    Outback Steakhouse - N. Seattle
    13231 Aurora Avenue North, Seattle, WA
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  22. V
    Outback Steakhouse - Southcenter
    16510 Southcenter Parkway, Tukwila, WA
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  23. W
    Outback Steakhouse - Tacoma
    3111 S 38th St, Tacoma, WA, United States, 98409-5614
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  24. X
    Black Angus Steakhouse
    2400 South 320th Street, Federal Way, WA
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  25. Y
    Black Angus Steakhouse
    20102 44th Avenue West, Lynnwood, WA
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