While Washington state is mainly famous for its fresh coastal seafood, the steakhouse scene is one of the best on the west coast. From swanky upscale eateries to old school churrascarias, there are plenty of great spots to pick from that’ll ensure the meal of a lifetime. Whether you’re a local of the Evergreen State or planning to visit, here are our picks for the best steakhouses in Washington.
7 of the Best Steakhouses in Washington
*Due to Washington’s covid restrictions, please check with the restaurant beforehand about their dining or takeout options.
1. The Melrose Grill – Renton
The Melrose Grill checks all the boxes for a classic steakhouse. This traditional steakhouse is set in a historic building dating back 120 years, complete with its original bar and all the charm you’d expect. The Melrose Grill is much more than its atmosphere, however. You’ll also find incredible food served with world-class hospitality. We recommend beginning with their baby spinach salad with a peanut vinaigrette, black-eyed peas and roasted corn; then opt for their classic filet mignon and don’t forget a wine pairing.
2. Bateau – Seattle
When it comes to steak dinners that are as sustainable and local as they are delicious and high quality, there’s nobody better than Bateau. This classy, contemporary steakhouse takes your average steak and cranks it up a few notches by sourcing their cuts sustainably from local farmers who only provide the best in speciality grass-fed cuts. It’s more than the environmental friendliness though. The steaks themselves are absolutely delicious, and the atmosphere just can’t be beaten. Start with an order of their buttery mashed potatoes that’ll give grandma a run for her money. Then take your pick from the steak options. Honestly, they are all phenomenal but you can’t fo wrong with a classic ribeye.
3. Churchill’s Steakhouse – Spokane
If your idea of a steak dinner involves an elegant atmosphere with fine dining flair and award-winning service, head to Churchill’s in Spokane. This swanky, sophisticated steakhouse lives up to the standard of its name and serves some of the best steaks in Washington. There’s plenty to bring your steak feast full circle from the delectable appetisers to the mind-blowing wine list. Be sure to start with an order of the jumbo lump crab cocktail or oysters on the half shell. Then move on to their expertly grilled porterhouse with a whisky or wine to match.
4. El Gaucho – Tacoma/Seattle/Bellevue
What says epic steak dinner better than an old school steakhouse that oozes with romance and elegance. See: mood lighting, soft piano, intimate seating and the best dry-aged steak you can imagine. Well, at El Gaucho, you’ll get all that and so much more. From their super fresh crab bisque made with Johnnie Walker to the rich chocolate cake smothered in chocolate sauce and white flakes, each menu item is more wow-worthy than the last. Head to El Gaucho with a special someone? We recommend their famous Chateaubriand. This house speciality for two comprises a 20oz centre cut of tenderloin alongside mashed potatoes and asparagus.
5. The Metropolitan Grill – Seattle
When it comes to lifechanging dinners, The Metropolitan Grill is the best in the biz. This classic steakhouse is famous for its dry cuts, world-class wine list complete with a Wine Spectator Grand Award and dedicated staff that ensures you have the evening of your dreams. Have a sip at their famous marble bar to get the evening started and take in the turn of the 19th-century atmosphere. Then enjoy any one of their drool-worthy appetisers followed by their superb steak options such as the prime Delmonico, porterhouse, filet mignon; plus a few Japenese A5 options such as ohmi beef.
6. Novilhos Brazilian Steak – Bellevue
Looking for a little bit of Rio in Bellevue? Novilhos Brazilian Steak House has the answer. This award-winning steakhouse screams old school churrascaria and has the menu to back it up. They make it easy to have it all by ordering a fixed price all you can eat option. Simply put, you need to come ready to eat. Enjoy a real taste of Brazil with their wood-fired rotisserie steaks carved tableside and don’t skimp on the wine.
7. Ranch House BBQ & Steakhouse – Olympia
This bustling country joint brings the best of BBQ and prime cut steaks to your table. As a competitor in national BBQ competitions since the ’80s, you can rest assured these guys know what they’re doing when it comes to meat. We recommend starting with a classic BBQ app like potato salad or beer-battered onion rings. Then move on to the real star of the show by choosing between the NY strip, top sirloin or rib eye.