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New York Strip at Alpen Rose
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11 Essential Steakhouses in Philly

Where to dig into a thick, juicy steak

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New York Strip at Alpen Rose
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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 — or get specific on steak sourcing, highlighting farms in different states. In Philly, there’s an even option for a super luxe cheesesteak rib-eye. Whatever you crave, the home of the steak sandwich serves more than just steak on a roll.

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Broncos Brazilian Steakhouse

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If you’re heading to the Northeast, there are more than enough steak options on offer, but for a family-friendly visit, go for Bronco’s. There, all-you-can-eat steak is complemented by a nice salad bar and a mouth-watering dessert menu. It’s also more affordable and low-key than the nearby Picanha Steakhouse.

Urban Farmer

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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 around the country, with dry-aged options from Pennsylvania. Or sample a little of everything with four six-ounce bites in the New York Steak Tasting.

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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

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

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The Capital Grille

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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.

Alpen Rose

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A speakeasy-style door leads diners into the narrow, candlelit dining room of the intimate Alpen Rose with a view into the kitchen and a petite bar. All of the steaks here benefit from 14 to 120 days of in-house aging.

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Butcher & Singer

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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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Rittenhouse Grill

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

Barclay Prime

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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 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 $140 wagyu rib-eye cheesesteak, which comes with Champagne.

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Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse

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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 but the only homegrown one is Picanha. Try all 13 cuts of meat plus the large salad and hot food bar.

Malbec Argentine Steakhouse

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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.

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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Broncos Brazilian Steakhouse

If you’re heading to the Northeast, there are more than enough steak options on offer, but for a family-friendly visit, go for Bronco’s. There, all-you-can-eat steak is complemented by a nice salad bar and a mouth-watering dessert menu. It’s also more affordable and low-key than the nearby Picanha Steakhouse.

Urban Farmer

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 around the country, with dry-aged options from Pennsylvania. Or sample a little of everything with four six-ounce bites in the New York Steak Tasting.

Urban Farmer [official]

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House

Del Frisco’s [official]

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

Del Frisco’s [official]

The Capital Grille

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.

Alpen Rose

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A speakeasy-style door leads diners into the narrow, candlelit dining room of the intimate Alpen Rose with a view into the kitchen and a petite bar. All of the steaks here benefit from 14 to 120 days of in-house aging.

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Butcher & Singer

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.

Danielle DelRe

Rittenhouse Grill

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

Barclay Prime

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 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 $140 wagyu rib-eye cheesesteak, which comes with Champagne.

Barclay Prime [official photo]

Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse

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 but the only homegrown one is Picanha. Try all 13 cuts of meat plus the large salad and hot food bar.

Malbec Argentine Steakhouse

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.

Saloon

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.

Saloon [official]

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