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12 Essential Steakhouses in Philly

Where to dig into a thick, juicy steak

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When it comes to meat, Philadelphia has a penchant for slicing steak and piling it on a long roll with melted cheese. But if the situation calls for a thick cut of beef served in a white-tablecloth setting with a glass of wine or a Manhattan, Philly can pull that off too.

Take a trip to an old-school steakhouse — complete with live piano — at The Prime Rib. Urban Farmer in Logan Square get specific on steak sourcing, highlighting farms in different states. There’s even an option for a super-luxe cheesesteak at Barclay Prime.

The restaurants below are listed geographically from north to south. Many of the city’s notable steakhouses are in Center City, close to office towers and the Avenue of the Arts — and since we’re talking prime cuts of beef, it’s no surprise a few of them are also on Eater’s list of restaurants worth splurging on.

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1. Urban Farmer

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1 Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 963-2788
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Inside the Logan hotel on the Parkway, Urban Farmer offers one of the city’s most expansive steak menus. Choose grass- or corn-fed filet mignon, strip, and rib-eye from farms in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Nebraska, Colorado, or California. Or sample a little of everything with four six-ounce bites in the New York Steak Tasting.

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2. Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

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111 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 563-4810
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Please everyone at the table with Davio’s wide menu of Italian specialties, including pasta, seafood, veggie dishes, and steak. There’s even a kids menu. On the “carni” menu, choose from prime flat iron, filet, strip, and rib-eye with or without the bone.

3. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

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1426 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 246-0533
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The Philly location of Del Frisco’s is impressive, with its 32-foot ceilings, red drapes, soaring columns, and seats for 600 hungry diners. The menu offers the standard cuts, plus some bone-in options and even a 32-ounce wagyu tomahawk for those with big appetites (and wallets).

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4. The Capital Grille

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1338-46 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 545-9588
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Center City has a few chain steakhouses, but despite its more corporate vibe, The Capital Grille is a solid option for flavorful, dry-aged steaks. White table clothes, giant steak knives, and tuxedoed servers create a sumptuous feel in this centrally located restaurant.

5. Alpen Rose

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116 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 600-0709
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Known for large, bustling restaurants, Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari went in a more intimate direction with their 40-seat steakhouse. A speakeasy style door leads into the narrow, candlelit dining room with a view into the kitchen and a petite bar. All of the USDA Prime steaks here benefit from 14 to 120 days of in-house aging.

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6. Butcher & Singer

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1500 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 732-4444
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Stephen Starr’s elegant Butcher & Singer is the full package, with its stylish setting in a high-ceilinged former bank, plush leather seats, excellent service, and menu of steakhouse classics. Bring a date or friend and share the porterhouse for two.

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7. The Palm

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200 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 546-7256
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Center City stalwart The Palm in the Bellevue hotel is back after an extensive renovation. Its walls are still covered in caricatures of Philly’s favorite characters and it’s still a hot spot for power dining. Try the surf and turf — the lobsters are massive, the steaks are cooked right, and even the bibs are fancy.

8. The Prime Rib

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1701 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 772-1701
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A sunken dining room, tufted leather seating, black and gold walls, leopard print carpet, and, frequently, live piano — the Prime Rib is old-school glam. Designed to evoke a 1940s supper club, this Rittenhouse spot is known for its namesake dish: the 24-ounce roast prime rib.

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9. Barclay Prime

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237 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 732-7564
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Stephen Starr’s Barclay Prime serves classic dishes in a chic (but comfortable) space right on Rittenhouse Square. The menu includes a 40-day dry-aged prime bone-in New York strip and a list of best-of-the-best wagyu options. Start with oysters or lobster bisque, and don’t forget sides of creamed spinach and tater tots. Feeling extra flush? Go for the $120 wagyu rib-eye cheesesteak, which comes with Champagne.

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10. Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse

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1111 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 402-6967
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It’s unlikely anyone has ever left hungry from a Brazilian steakhouse, where fire-roasted cuts of steak and other meats are paraded around the dining room before being carved directly onto diners’ plates. There are a few all-you-can-eat churrascarias in Center City, like Fogo de Chao and Chima, but the only homegrown one is Picanha. Try all 14 cuts of meat, plus the large salad and hot food bar, for $46.95 ($32 at lunch), just the salad and hot bar for $26.95, and lower prices for kids (little ones under 6 are free and it’s half-price for ages 6-12).

11. Malbec Argentine Steakhouse

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400 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 515-3899
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In Society Hill, Malbec serves up Argentine offerings like skirt steak on a sizzling platter. There are also plenty of chicken, seafood, and pasta options worth coming back for after the steak.

12. Saloon

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750 S 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 627-1811
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Philly’s oldest steak joint has been in business for five decades. Queen Village’s Saloon combines a big menu of Italian dishes with cuts of beef, each of which comes with a special sauce, such as creamy cognac mustard or port wine. The second floor bar features live music — legend has it that Billy Joel once played for hours after his meal.

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1. Urban Farmer

1 Logan Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Urban Farmer [official]

Inside the Logan hotel on the Parkway, Urban Farmer offers one of the city’s most expansive steak menus. Choose grass- or corn-fed filet mignon, strip, and rib-eye from farms in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Nebraska, Colorado, or California. Or sample a little of everything with four six-ounce bites in the New York Steak Tasting.

1 Logan Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

2. Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse

111 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Please everyone at the table with Davio’s wide menu of Italian specialties, including pasta, seafood, veggie dishes, and steak. There’s even a kids menu. On the “carni” menu, choose from prime flat iron, filet, strip, and rib-eye with or without the bone.

111 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

3. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

1426 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Del Frisco’s [official]

The Philly location of Del Frisco’s is impressive, with its 32-foot ceilings, red drapes, soaring columns, and seats for 600 hungry diners. The menu offers the standard cuts, plus some bone-in options and even a 32-ounce wagyu tomahawk for those with big appetites (and wallets).

1426 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

4. The Capital Grille

1338-46 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Center City has a few chain steakhouses, but despite its more corporate vibe, The Capital Grille is a solid option for flavorful, dry-aged steaks. White table clothes, giant steak knives, and tuxedoed servers create a sumptuous feel in this centrally located restaurant.

1338-46 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

5. Alpen Rose

116 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Known for large, bustling restaurants, Michael Schulson and Nina Tinari went in a more intimate direction with their 40-seat steakhouse. A speakeasy style door leads into the narrow, candlelit dining room with a view into the kitchen and a petite bar. All of the USDA Prime steaks here benefit from 14 to 120 days of in-house aging.

116 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Butcher & Singer

1500 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Danielle DelRe

Stephen Starr’s elegant Butcher & Singer is the full package, with its stylish setting in a high-ceilinged former bank, plush leather seats, excellent service, and menu of steakhouse classics. Bring a date or friend and share the porterhouse for two.

1500 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

7. The Palm

200 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Center City stalwart The Palm in the Bellevue hotel is back after an extensive renovation. Its walls are still covered in caricatures of Philly’s favorite characters and it’s still a hot spot for power dining. Try the surf and turf — the lobsters are massive, the steaks are cooked right, and even the bibs are fancy.

200 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19102

8. The Prime Rib

1701 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

A sunken dining room, tufted leather seating, black and gold walls, leopard print carpet, and, frequently, live piano — the Prime Rib is old-school glam. Designed to evoke a 1940s supper club, this Rittenhouse spot is known for its namesake dish: the 24-ounce roast prime rib.

1701 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

9. Barclay Prime

237 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Barclay Prime [official photo]

Stephen Starr’s Barclay Prime serves classic dishes in a chic (but comfortable) space right on Rittenhouse Square. The menu includes a 40-day dry-aged prime bone-in New York strip and a list of best-of-the-best wagyu options. Start with oysters or lobster bisque, and don’t forget sides of creamed spinach and tater tots. Feeling extra flush? Go for the $120 wagyu rib-eye cheesesteak, which comes with Champagne.

237 S 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

10. Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse

1111 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

It’s unlikely anyone has ever left hungry from a Brazilian steakhouse, where fire-roasted cuts of steak and other meats are paraded around the dining room before being carved directly onto diners’ plates. There are a few all-you-can-eat churrascarias in Center City, like Fogo de Chao and Chima, but the only homegrown one is Picanha. Try all 14 cuts of meat, plus the large salad and hot food bar, for $46.95 ($32 at lunch), just the salad and hot bar for $26.95, and lower prices for kids (little ones under 6 are free and it’s half-price for ages 6-12).

1111 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

11. Malbec Argentine Steakhouse

400 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

In Society Hill, Malbec serves up Argentine offerings like skirt steak on a sizzling platter. There are also plenty of chicken, seafood, and pasta options worth coming back for after the steak.

400 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

12. Saloon

750 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Saloon [official]

Philly’s oldest steak joint has been in business for five decades. Queen Village’s Saloon combines a big menu of Italian dishes with cuts of beef, each of which comes with a special sauce, such as creamy cognac mustard or port wine. The second floor bar features live music — legend has it that Billy Joel once played for hours after his meal.

750 S 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

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