Chicago Steakhouses

Regulars don’t need a menu at the numerous Chicago steakhouses that we feature and recommend. For the most part, little changes from day to day or year to year. Why mess with success? These fine Chicago steakhouses, for the most part, have been around a long time, catered to many of the same patrons for a long time, and created an enjoyable steak meal in a convivial atmosphere for that length of time.

The constancy of that dry-aged porterhouse and old-school vibe realized at a Chicago steakhouse is comforting. During the past ten year, a number of new,...

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Chicago Steakhouses

Regulars don’t need a menu at the numerous Chicago steakhouses that we feature and recommend. For the most part, little changes from day to day or year to year. Why mess with success? These fine Chicago steakhouses, for the most part, have been around a long time, catered to many of the same patrons for a long time, and created an enjoyable steak meal in a convivial atmosphere for that length of time.

The constancy of that dry-aged porterhouse and old-school vibe realized at a Chicago steakhouse is comforting. During the past ten year, a number of new, equally worthy breed of Chicago steakhouses has appeared that are more stylish in the dining room and more inventive in the kitchen. These newer Chicago steakhouses have their proponents, but have not dislodged the old-time favorites.

In these newer Chicago steakhouses, the towering seafood platters, wedge salads, and creamed spinach favored at the older establishments still appear; but, you are likely to also see appetizing non-steak special like roasted kabocha squash, pimento cheese–stuffed bacon puffs, and even lobster corn dogs, far from the more typical Chicago steakhouse fare.

Clientele at the Chicago steakhouses is changing more slowly. The martini-swilling power brokers in suits are still the norm in many steakhouses; and, men still far outnumber women taking advantage of the food and atmosphere.

Ultimately, the Chicago steakhouses are about the beef. If you want to get technical, there is wide breath of information about cuts, aging techniques, and grading that is staggering (click here for The Sirloin Report that gives a lot of this information). If you ask a died-in-the-wool, consistent steak diner, they’ll tell you it’s all about the taste.

Take your pick among these favorite Chicago steakhouses, from old-school institutions like Gino & Georgetti’s to the newer establishment like Chicago Cut Steakhouse, they’re all good and they all serve sumptuous steaks in a pleasant atmosphere, well worth the cost.

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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