A steakhouse is a classic piece of American dining. Whether you’re Frank Sinatra or Joe the Plumber, kids on prom night or on a first date, out for a business meeting or your anniversary dinner, it is the quintessential restaurant for a satisfying meal. We know our meat in Minnesota, and thus have some of the best steakhouses for any occasion. For a filet, ribeye, prime rib, sirloin or strip, these are the biggest and boldest steakhouses at which to make a reservation.
The Strip Club Meat & Fish
378 Maria Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55106
“Vegetarians are regarded with benevolent amusement” is the disclaimer at the bottom of the menu, and it’s true that meat is the focus here. Meat is king, and you’ll know with each bite the level of care that went into the preparation of your steak. The tongue-in-cheek name refers, of course, to the glorious strip that always sits proudly on the menu, but you can’t go wrong with any of the cuts. Or, if you’re feeling a little more playful, try some of the small plates and build an entrée. The “Meat to Please You” changes daily and gives a smaller taste of the restaurant’s butcher-based spirit. Pair your meal with some of the best cocktails in town and enjoy one of the best steak experiences you’ll ever have.
1933 Colfax Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Doing new things with a classic concept, Burch does familiar and new cuts side-by-side and you’ll never have to worry about finding the perfect steak to suit your style. This is the kind of place you want to go for a celebration, for a birthday or anniversary or promotion. The ambiance, service and food all scream “night in the big city,” and you won’t be disappointed. If you are dining with a group, try the pizza bar as well. Not everyone has to be into steak to enjoy this Uptown restaurant.
Joan’s In The Park
631 Snelling Ave. S.
Saint Paul, MN 55116
Don’t let this tiny restaurant in St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood fool you; it is doing big things with some amazing cuts of meat. There are other memorable items on the small menu, but if you’re looking for a man-sized cut of amazing steak, you have to order the rib eye. While many of the items on the menu can change abruptly based on “availability of ingredients, season, and inspiration,” you’re likely to find everything from steak tartare to sweetbreads on the starter menu, creative salads that both herbivores and meat-eaters can appreciate, a selection a impressive entrees and delectable desserts. But really, it’s all about the steak.
Mancini’s Char House & Lounge
531 W. 7th St.
Saint Paul, MN 55102
If you want to step back in time, to the classy days of tuxedos and martinis every night of the week, Mancini’s is your place. This place is all about the steak, and you won’t have to spend every last dime trying to impress your date to get some of the Twin Cities’ finest. With the retro décor, great service and steak, steak, steak mentality, there are few steakhouses left that can do what Mancini’s does on any given night.
Lindey’s Prime Steak House, Restaurant and Bar
3600 N. Snelling Ave.
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Often overlooked in the midst of the metro’s mighty steakhouses, Lindey’s is a smaller, homier and much more accessible place to get a great steak. It is a steakhouse through and through, and dinner is nothing short of savory deliciousness. The sirloin steak reigns supreme, so don’t bother going if you’re looking for something else. But why would you? You are guaranteed to leave full and happy every time. The “Place for Steak” lets you kick back and relax. No need to dress up. No need to worry about who is sitting at the next table over. Just come and enjoy your dinner.
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Adrian Schramm is a resident Saint Paul writer with a passion for all things local. Through his work with Saint Paul Almanac and Minneapolis Examiner at Examiner.com, as well as in the kitchens of bars and restaurants around town, he has discovered what truly makes the Twin Cities tick.