Arguably the best steakhouse in downtown Minneapolis. Manny’s offers outstanding service and some of the top choice cuts of meat money can buy. It will cost you as their steaks range from $32 to $95, but they are worth every penny. The restaurant is also next door to the W Hotel, a swanky place to grab a post-meal drink. It’s one of the few restaurants in town where the place can be packed, yet you and your date feel like you’re the only two in the room. Manny’s is located off 9th Street and Marquette Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.
Seven Steakhouse is a great place for a special occasion. Located at the corner of 7th Street and Hennepin Avenue, the main restaurant is complimented by a sushi bar upstairs. Along with a fantastic menu and professional service, the venue offers soft jazz music in the background to make the night feel festive. You can get any kind of steak imaginable at Seven, and it’s cooked fresh and exactly to your liking. They label their Kansas City Strip “the perfect steak” and it’s hard to argue. Seven also offers T-bone, ribeye and filet mignon.
Mancini’s is arguably the most popular place to grab a steak in St. Paul. Located off West 7th Street, the family-owned restaurant manages to mix great food at a reasonable price. The most expensive cut of meat on the menu is the 13 ounce New York Strip at $27.95. If you’re there during hockey season, catch the free shuttle to Xcel Energy Center for Minnesota Wild games. The venue has been a staple in the St. Paul restaurant scene for more than 60 years.
Murray’s Steakhouse has been a fixture in downtown Minneapolis for more than 60 years. Murray’s is located off 6th Street downtown and is a great spot for dates or special occasions for you and your significant other. Since it opened in 1946, Murray’s has been known for its classic butterknife steak, and their steaks range in price from $25.95 to $138. They also offer a range of steaks, including the ribeye, porterhouse, New York strip, peppercorn strip and filet of beef.
Kincaid’s has a leg up on some Twin Cities steak houses in that it has more than one location. If you’re on the west side of the metro, Bloomington is your spot. If you’re east of the Mississippi, head to the St. Paul location. Kincaid’s has the perfect mix of steak and seafood if you want a mix of meat and fish. Among the favorites at Kincaid’s is the filet mignon, and it’s affordable at $36. They also offer prime rib, New York peppercorn steak, the classic ribeye and a char-grilled sirloin.
McCormick and Schmick’s
50 South Sixth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
800 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Edina, MN 55435
McCormick and Schmick’s, a nationwide chain of seafood and steak restaurants, has three locations in the Twin Cities metro area. They have two spots in Minneapolis and the third is in the Galleria in Edina. This restaurant offers something for everyone. For the meat-lovers, they have top quality cuts of virtually every steak known to man. They specialize in filet mignon, sirloin steak, New York strip and ribeye. Steaks range from $22.95 to $33.95. For the seafood eaters, McCormick and Schmick’s offers some of the freshest fish money can buy. Some of their top specialties are walleye, salmon and swordfish.
Want to grab a great steak but live too far northwest of Minneapolis to drive downtown? Pittsburgh Blue is the place for you. It’s located just off Interstate 94 and Hemlock Lane in Maple Grove, right next to the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. Pittsburgh Blue offers seven types of filet mignon, and no, that’s not a misprint. It also has three types of prime rib, and great choices in sirloin, ribeye and New York strip. Steaks start at $19.95 and get as pricey as $37.95, so it’s definitely a great deal. Pittsburgh Blue also has great side dishes to compliment whatever your choice of meat.
J.D. Hoyt’s Supper Club
301 North Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401
J.D. Hoyt’s is one of the most popular places to grab dinner downtown, especially during the summer. Located at 3rd Street and Washington Ave., J.D. Hoyt’s is just a few blocks from Target Field. They offer a solid variety of charcoal-grilled steaks, including tenderloin, porterhouse, T-bone, New York strip, top sirloin and prime rib. If you want a less expensive version of their steak, they offer most meats in a sandwich form. But J.D. Hoyt’s has always been known for its signature item, the pork chop. They grill it with Cajun spices and then smoke it over a hickory fire. Get two chops at 13 oz. each for $24.
Want a great steak and a beautiful view of Lake Minnetonka at the same time? Head to Gianni’s Steakhouse in Wayzata. It’s got all the amenities whether you looking for a romantic date or just a place to have a nice lunch. Gianni’s gets its steak and seafood fresh from Cargill. Their steak menu, which ranges in price from $35 to $45, includes all the usuals (filet mignon, New York strip, porterhouse and ribeye). They also offer a variety of toppings to help flavor your choice of meat. Gianni’s opened in 1996 and has built its reputation on a classic 22-ounce porterhouse where you’ll enjoy every bit and definitely be full after. Gianni’s is your place if you want a great steak but don’t want the hustle and bustle of downtown.
While it’s not at a fancy restaurant or part a night out on the town, sometimes the best steak can be made in your own backyard. There’s nothing better than a sun-filled summer night in the backyard with a cold beverage and a juicy steak cooking on the grill. And the luxury of grilling is you can choose your own meat, spice it to your liking, cook it at your own pace and enjoy a night with family and friends. I recommend t-bone steak or ribeye if you’re going to grill. They are fairly easy to cook and have great flavor. Grilling your own steak also cuts your meat price signifcantly compared to eating out, even though most who dine out do it to be pampered.
Here are a couple links to guides depending what you want to grill
— Jeff Wald is a Web Producer at WCCO-TV.