What Makes A Great Steakhouse & Best Steaks?

Chicago has no shortage of legendary steakhouses. We've taken the guesswork out of it for you and have assembled a list and information on the very best steak houses and best steaks in Chicago. These are the “crème de la crème” that Chicago has to offer and the very finest steakhouses.

Think "steakhouse" and it will bring to quickly bring to mind some mental images: red leather banquettes, gin martinis, dark wood, and gargantuan rib-eyes, of course with baked potatoes. These places that conjure up your images for best steaks and steakhouses...

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What Makes A Great Steakhouse & Best Steaks?

Chicago has no shortage of legendary steakhouses. We've taken the guesswork out of it for you and have assembled a list and information on the very best steak houses and best steaks in Chicago. These are the “crème de la crème” that Chicago has to offer and the very finest steakhouses.

Think "steakhouse" and it will bring to quickly bring to mind some mental images: red leather banquettes, gin martinis, dark wood, and gargantuan rib-eyes, of course with baked potatoes. These places that conjure up your images for best steaks and steakhouses all have one thing in common: they’re dedicated to delivering the most succulent, tender, and tasty meat.

Steakhouses are some of the oldest of Chicago restaurants, brought to the forefront by the rail system that allowed delivery of fresh meat with the hub here in Chicago. The best steaks seem to come out of the Midwest, particularly from Kansas City, which had access to the stockyards throughout the Great Plains and which the railroads made for convenient delivery here in Chicago. Naturally, with so much beef on hand, restaurants grew up to take advantage of it (Delmonico’s restaurant in New York should probably be given credit for pioneering American fine dining as we know it, and it quickly spread westward when success was evident and word of mouth carried the news).

Everyone here is lucky to live in Chicago where the access to the best steaks at a variety of restaurants and steakhouses makes finding the best steak an easy chore, far easier than earlier generation probably had it and far beyond what those generation could have envisioned. Steakhouses where the best steaks are served vary from the cavernous, Wild West-style temples to beef to the clubby, difficult to get-a-table, power-broker-with-an-expense-account meeting place, to the modernist steak houses that are far from the typical steakhouse environment, to the quiet neighborhood steakhouse that can offer the best steaks in a comfortable neighborhood environment, at least until they are “discovered” and the neighborhood venue has to be shared with other Chicagoans and tourists. Chicago enjoys all of these types and “best steaks” is a well-argued term and covers most of these different delivery methods, all of which result in a truly memorable meal.

These best steaks and steak houses in Chicago are nothing short of temples, shrines built to honor the deceptively complex art of a perfectly cooked steak where the devotees go to worship, often frequently, and enjoy. Whether defined by red leather, dark paneling, or plywood, the décor is only one aspect of the overall steakhouse experience. The bottom line is that it’s all about the steak.

Chicago Best Steaks uses a number of measures to define the restaurant that offer the best steaks. First, the steak house must feature USDA Prime Beef on its menu; the steak house must also offer world-class service; and, stock an extensive supply of wines and spirits, in keeping with the enjoyment and atmosphere that are part and parcel of a great steak house.

Each of the steakhouse included on this site and in our guide is highly regarded by local and national media outlets such as Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times DiRoNA, Wine Spectator and Zagat. So, you as a diner, will know that the quality of the meal and the ambiance of the restaurant will meet your strictest requirements and afford you a relaxing, enjoyable meal.

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