You can get a steak at any old steakhouse, right? Wrong!
You could grill one up at home, but why would you when there are so many great steakhouses in Austin? And you don’t have to go to a chain steakhouse. There are plenty of local steakhouses and other local restaurants ready to serve you a steak that’ll make your mouth water and your Austin pride well up.
Now if you want to eat your way through the Austin steak scene, here are 10 restaurants to begin your journey.
10.) Estancia Churrascaria
We bet you didn’t think a Brazilian steakhouse was going to lead off this list! At Estancia Churrascaria, chefs personally serve cuts of meat directly from large skewers. Make sure you try their golden fried bananas alongside whichever meat you choose.
9.) Hasler Brothers Steakhouse
This place is a relative newbie among Austin steakhouses. Hasler Brothers Steakhouse opened in 2009 in the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave. They’re proud of their steaks, but they insist you try their crab macaroni and cheese.
Jeffrey’s doesn’t call itself a steakhouse, but steak is definitely a highlight on the menu. This swanky Clarksville neighborhood restaurant has been a mainstay on Austin food scene for a long time. Once you’ve considered their other tantalizing options like shellfish risotto, pan roasted halibut and seared duck breast, you can move onto the steak options. Their 42-ounce porterhouse is dry aged 32 days and comes from the Beeman Family Ranch in Yoakum.
7.) Hoffbrau Steaks
When you hear people talk about how Austin used to be in the old days, chances are Hoffbrau Steaks was around then, too. This place has been around since 1932, and they’ve been serving steaks almost as long. The menu is simple. You pick your steak, and you get fries, a salad and bread alongside. The hardest choice you have to make is which steak!
6.) TRIO Restaurant
When you’re in the Four Seasons Hotel, you know you’re going to get great food and great service. But did you know you can get a great steak? TRIO Restaurant specializes in steaks, seafood and wine. And after dinner, you can walk out the door to a stroll on Lady Bird Lake.
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5.) Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club
Do you prefer to cook your own steak or have a restaurant cook it for you? At Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club, you don’t have to decide until you get there. They have an old-school butcher shop featuring grassfed beef, pastured pork, feral hog, free-roaming venison, goat, lamb,chicken, quail and more. Or you can make a reservation in their restaurant and let the chefs take hold of the fine cuts of meat. It’s up to you!
4.) Salt & Time Butcher Shop & Salumeria
Fresh, locally sourced meats are the star of the show at Salt & Time. They buy whole carcasses straight from Texas ranchers who practice humane husbandry and environmental responsibility. Once they have the meat, they cut, age, cure, dry and smoke their great products. And if you come in for a meal, get ready for expertly-prepared produce to come with your main dish. The trip your steak takes from the butcher to the chef to you couldn’t be any shorter!
3.) ALC Steaks
ALC Steaks (also known as Austin Land & Cattle Co.) combines an Austin vibe with delicious steaks. With guitars and bold art on the walls, you’ll definitely remember you’re in Austin. Don’t let the laid back atmosphere lull you into thinking these steaks aren’t serious. They most certainly are. At ALC Steaks, they strive to provide exceptional service and genuine hospitality. Those go great with any steak!
2.) Vince Young Steakhouse
If you’ve lived in Austin for more than a few minutes, you know who Vince Young is. This Texas Longhorn quarterback led his team to a national championship with one of the most memorable fourth quarter drives in college football history. The steakhouse bearing his name — Vince Young Steakhouse — has quickly become a hit among Austinites and out-of-towners looking for great food in downtown Austin.
1.) Steiner Ranch Steakhouse
Would you like your steak with a gorgeous view of Lake Travis? Look no further than Steiner Ranch Steakhouse. The views will please your eyes, and the steak will please your palette. The steakhouse sits at the entrance of the Steiner Ranch neighborhood which used to be part of a 5,200-acre working ranch. The tidy little parcels with manicured lawns and perfect sidewalks used to be home to horses and cows under the management of the Steiner family.