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12 Steak Houses with Must-Try Wine Lists

These restaurants’ wine programs have the chops to complement their top-notch steaks
For a first-rate dining experience in California wine country, head to Press, a steak house whose collection of Napa Valley Cabernets is unequaled in the area.
Photo by: Alex Farnum
For a first-rate dining experience in California wine country, head to Press, a steak house whose collection of Napa Valley Cabernets is unequaled in the area.

Posted: November 10, 2015

Updated: June 28, 2018

The chophouse has long been considered an American classic, but what’s even more timeless is the pairing of red meat and wine. Today, many steak houses are capitalizing on the classic combination and enhancing the dining experience with local ingredients, alternative meat options and unique selections of both Old and New World wines that often go beyond the traditional staples of Bordeaux and California Cabernet.

We’ve picked 12 steak houses from around the United States whose wine selections are as prime as their porterhouses. The Grand Award– and Best of Award of Excellence–winning restaurants listed below each offer terrific wine lists with excellent breadth and depth across regions, styles and vintages.

To check out more great wine dining spots across the globe, see Wine Spectator’s more than 3,700 Restaurant Award–winning picks, including the 91 Grand Award recipients that hold our highest honor.

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The Angus Barn

9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, N.C.
Telephone (919) 781-2444
Website www.angusbarn.com
Open Dinner, daily
Grand Award

The Angus Barn has been serving its beloved steaks since 1960, and today it still maintains its country charm, from its red barn doors to its signature barrel of apples in place of after-dinner mints. Beyond the main dining room, guests can explore the restaurant’s scenic grounds, onsite general store, the Meatlocker cigar lounge and the Wild Turkey lounge, with its collection of hundreds of whiskey decanters. All the beef is from Midwestern corn-fed cattle, but Angus also specializes in barbecue like pork ribs. The restaurant’s wine list, captained by wine director Henk Schuitemaker, features 1,650 selections with strengths in California, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Italy and the Rhône, and has earned the Angus Barn a Grand Award every year since 1989.


Bern’s Steak House

1208 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, Fla.
Telephone (813) 251-2421
Website www.bernssteakhouse.com
Open Dinner, daily
Grand Award

Amy Pezzicara
A peek into Bern's Steak House's cellar reveals a sliver of its 500,000-bottle inventory.

Now past its 60th birthday, Bern’s Steak House is a Tampa institution. The restaurant is renowned not only for its dry-aged steaks and fresh produce grown on the Bern’s farm, but also for its colossal wine list. Bern’s has been a recipient of the Grand Award since 1981; today its list has 6,800 selections, including more than 200 wines available by the glass. For those who have any belly room left after steaks, one of the restaurant’s unique features is the Harry Waugh Dessert Room, where guests can enjoy nearly 50 desserts, along with Ports, Sherries and Madeiras.


Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House

1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York
Telephone (212) 575-5129
Website www.delfriscos.com
Open Dinner, daily; lunch, Monday to Friday
Grand Award

James Baigrie
Del Frisco's New York wine program has strengths in wines from California, Bordeaux, Burgundy and more.

With 12 Restaurant Award–winning locations across the country, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle is a powerhouse in the steak world, with beverage director Jessica Norris overseeing the franchise’s entire wine program. The Grand Award–winning New York location, a stone’s throw from Rockefeller Center and Radio City Music Hall, offers a 2,500-selection wine list with strengths in California, Bordeaux, Burgundy, the Rhône, Italy, Australia and Spain. Led by Crystl Faye Horton, the energetic sommelier team adeptly handles the multilevel space and the mix of Midtown expense-account clientele and well-heeled tourists.


Delmonico Steakhouse

The Venetian Resort, Hotel & Casino, 3355 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas
Telephone (702) 414-3737
Website www.emerilsrestaurants.com/delmonico-steakhouse
Open Lunch and dinner, daily
Grand Award

You'll find luxurious, Vegas-sized cuts of meat at Emeril's Sin City steak house.

Emeril Lagasse hits the jackpot with the Venetian’s Grand Award–winning Delmonico Steakhouse. In a flashy city, Delmonico harks back to an earlier era, taking its name from the century-old New Orleans institution Delmonico Restaurant and Bar. The menu celebrates that heritage with Cajun starters like shrimp-and-andouille gumbo and boiled shrimp, and the steak selection runs the gamut from Piedmontese to wagyu to chateaubriand for two. The 2,585-selection wine list has particular strength in bottles from California, as well as Burgundy, Bordeaux, Italy, the Rhône, Australia, Spain and Oregon.


Metropolitan Grill

820 Second Ave., Seattle
Telephone (206) 624-3287
Website www.themetropolitangrill.com
Open Dinner, daily; lunch, Monday to Friday
Grand Award

Clare Barboza Photography
Looking to drink local in Seattle? Metropolitan Grill offers a wide range of Washington wines.

Housed in Seattle’s century-old Marion Building, with its iconic columned entrance and mahogany doors, Metropolitan Grill combines Old World elegance with Old and New World wines. Steaks are hand-selected, dry-aged and seared over imported mesquite charcoal with the restaurant’s proprietary seasonings. Its Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list boasts 2,900 selections curated by wine director Aaron Wood-Snyderman, and contains a bounty of West Coast reds, including verticals of Washington standard-bearers like Quilceda Creek.


Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

5839 Westheimer Road, Houston
Telephone (713) 780-7352
Website www.pappasbros.com
Open Dinner, Monday to Saturday
Grand Award

Terri Glanger
The elegant dining room at Pappas Bros. features wood paneling, leather chairs and grand columns.

When people think of beef in Texas, they tend to think of barbecue and brisket—but Pappas Bros. is helping broaden horizons with its Grand Award–winning steak houses at the Houston Galleria and in Dallas and a Best of Award of Excellence–winning location in downtown Houston. At the Galleria location, the beverage program is run by wine directors Stephen McDonald and Robert Smith, and guests can choose from 4,100 selections, with a specialty in large-format bottles, following the famous Texan predilection. As for chow, the restaurant dry-ages all steaks in-house for at least 28 days. Pappas Bros. also hosts wine-themed dinners and tastings throughout the year, each focused on a particular wine style, region or winery.


Benny’s Chop House

444 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago
Telephone (312) 626-2444
Website www.bennyschophouse.com
Open Dinner and lunch, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

For those seeking steak alternatives, the pork chop at Benny's is sure to satisfy.

Chicago is no slouch on the culinary front, but for a classic experience, head to Benny’s Chophouse, located just off the city’s "front yard," Grant Park. The restaurant’s Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list contains 1,700 selections, strong in California, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Tuscany and Piedmont, to pair with the restaurant’s 100 percent USDA prime beef cuts or high-end surf offerings like Dover sole and Ora King salmon. Benny’s adds ambiance with live jazz in the evenings from Wednesday to Saturday.


BLT Steak

1625 I St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Telephone (202) 689-8999
Website www.e2hospitality.com/blt-steak
Open Lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday
Best of Award of Excellence

Esquared Hospitality
BLT Steak's signature blackboards provide menu selections at a glance.

Combining bistro ambiance with steak house fare, BLT Steak has six Restaurant Award–winning locations around the country, but only one of them is blocks from the White House. Choose from the 325 selections on the D.C. location’s Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list, which has strengths in California and France. When it comes to cuisine, the presentation is casual, but the restaurant serves up specially selected steaks, warm popovers in lieu of bread baskets and side dishes prepared with local ingredients and arriving in cast-iron cocottes.


Charlie Palmer Steak

101 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Telephone (202) 547-8100
Website www.charliepalmer.com
Open Lunch and dinner, Monday to Saturday
Best of Award of Excellence

Charlie Palmer Group
Each restaurant in Charlie Palmer's culinary kingdom boasts an innovative wine program.

One of four Restaurant Award–winning Charlie Palmer Steak locations, Charlie Palmer Steak D.C. offers an all-American approach to fine wine and dining. All 550 selections on the restaurant’s Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list, managed by wine director Brandon Anderson, hail from the U.S. These are paired with cuts of American beef, as well as a changing variety of locally sourced menu items, such as Hudson Valley foie gras and pan-roasted swordfish. Topping off the experience, the restaurant’s rooftop terrace shows off its prime location in the heart of the nation’s capital, with impressive views of the National Mall.


L.A. Prime Steakhouse

The Westin Bonaventure, 404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles
Telephone (213) 612-4743
Website www.thebonaventure.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

On the 35th floor of the Westin Bonaventure hotel sits L.A. Prime Steakhouse. From its dramatic views of the downtown city lights to its 795-selection, Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list with strengths both in its home state and in Burgundy, L.A. Prime offers an experience that’s California classic. The restaurant has both wet- and dry-aged prime steaks, as well as fresh seafood and cuts of lamb and veal, with a supporting cast of local produce.


The Capital Grille - Scottsdale

16489 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Telephone (480) 348-1700
Website www.thecapitalgrille.com
Open Dinner, daily; lunch, Monday to Friday
Best of Award of Excellence

The Capital Grille
The national steak house chain's Scottsdale location offers a wealth of dry-aged chops.

With 56 Restaurant Award–winning locations across the country, the Capital Grille is known from coast to coast for its dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and attention to service. Each location’s list is kept fresh and unique, with iPad wine and spirits choices offering easy-access tasting notes for diners. The Scottsdale location, which holds a Best of Award of Excellence, boasts one of the chain’s largest selections, at 525 wines, with particular strength in California and France.


Wolfgang Puck Steak

MGM Grand Detroit, 1777 Third St., Detroit
Telephone (313) 465-1644
Website www.mgmgranddetroit.com
Open Dinner, daily
Best of Award of Excellence

Spago Beverly Hills
Wolfgang Puck shares his wine savvy with the Midwest at his eponymous steak house.

Celebrity restaurateur and chef Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants may span the globe, but for a world-class gem in the Midwest, head to Wolfgang Puck Steak. Located in downtown Detroit’s MGM Grand Hotel, the restaurant serves an array of grilled steaks, lamb chops and shellfish. The 955-selection, Best of Award of Excellence–winning wine list is the most extensive of any Detroit Restaurant Award winner, offering particular strengths in Burgundy, Bordeaux, California, Italy, Spain, Germany and Oregon.

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James Maynard
New Jersey —  November 10, 2015 12:48pm ET
These are all certainly worthy but Del Frisco's over Sparks in NY? I don't think so!
Thomas Burnakis
Jacksonville, FL USA —  November 10, 2015 2:59pm ET
Bern's should be every carnivore and oenophiles eventual destination. They do not have a wine list, they have a wine book that rivals the old Sears catalogs and the steaks, well there is no beating experience. You feel like you might have taken a step back in time for the quality, the service and, truthfully, the prices.

To be fair I have not been to any of the others (tried Delmonico's when in Vegas but we did not have reservations and the wait was not acceptable) but I'll probably be back to Bern's before I try a different one.
Hugh L Sutherland Jr-m
owens cross road,al 35763 —  November 16, 2015 4:55pm ET
For some reason you failed to visit Atlanta. It is a good city and has a number of very good steak houses.

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