Taking a trip to New Orleans, also known as NOLA or the Big Easy, is a memorable experience. The nightlife, culture, history, and potentially haunted areas make it one of the more unique places you’ll get to see.
Whatever the reason you’re visiting New Orleans, I learned while on my trip that making a plan for dinner beforehand can save you a lot of hassle when deciding where to eat. New Orleans has some of the best restaurants in the South. From Cajun and traditional Creole restaurants to everything your little heart can dream of, you’ll never go hungry in NOLA. If you’re craving a big juicy steak but have no clue where to begin your search, look no further. I’ve gathered a list of the best steakhouses in New Orleans that you need to try.
Chophouse New Orleans
322 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Located only minutes from Canal Street, Chophouse New Orleans is one of the highest-rated steakhouses in the city. Barbara and Jerry Greenbaum knew that the Big Easy needed an upscale steakhouse near some of the city’s most popular areas. The atmosphere boasts your typical steakhouse decor. Dark features, white table cloths, and mood lighting to boot. All the steaks at Chophouse are aged for 28 days and then prepared Pittsburgh-style with a charred exterior. They only serve USDA prime steaks such as filet mignon, bone-in ribeye, and more. When in NOLA, you have to enjoy as much Cajun food as possible. Their Cajun-style Delmonico steak is a fan favorite.
Mr. John’s Steakhouse
2111 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
You’ll find Mr. John’s along the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line. Mr. John’s has been a steakhouse staple in New Orleans since 2006, and the owners have a passion for serving the highest quality steaks. From the outside, Mr. John’s looks unassuming. The style is old school, with white tablecloths, linen napkins, and dim lighting that sets the mood for your perfect meal. When you look at the menu, you’ll see a fine selection of USDA prime beef. Their porterhouse for two is a great choice when dining with a partner. And even though a steak dinner can be filling, their turtle soup is a must-try before your entree arrives. Turtle soup is a traditional soup served in NOLA, and you won’t want to leave the city without trying it.
Charlie’s Steak House
4510 Dryades St, New Orleans, LA 70115
Charlie’s Steak House has been owned and operated by the Petrossi family for three generations. A little off the beaten path in New Orleans, their family steakhouse has plenty of character and delicious food. Charlie’s is a local joint, and many of the patrons will have their food set down before they even order because the servers and chefs know what they like. Charlie’s is a little bit of a unique experience because menus aren’t normally handed out here. They have menus, but most patrons take a seat and tell their server what type of steak they want and how they want it cooked. No menu is needed. If you want to experience an authentic Charlie’s experience, go in knowing what type of steak you want, and don’t ask for a menu.
Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse
716 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130
If you’re looking for a place to get a great steak in New Orleans, Dickie Brennan’s is the place to be. The Brennan family has roots in the Big Easy and strives to serve locals and visitors the best steak in the city. Dickie Brennan’s is in the famous French Quarter next to the Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter hotel and it’s the perfect place to enjoy a classy meal after a day of exploring the city. They’re open for dinner service most days of the week, and they serve a limited menu based on fresh ingredients. While most people enjoy a nice glass of wine with their steak, they have a 12-year-old Irish Whiskey flight that is a great way to start your meals. I always love trying what the owner loves, and that was the USDA prime strip with Creole seasoning.
Crescent City Steakhouse
1001 N Broad St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Crescent City Steakhouse has been a staple for locals and adventurous travels since 1934. It’s the oldest, family-owned steakhouse in all of Louisiana, which is only one of the reasons it should be on your list of restaurants to try. From the minute you walk in, you feel incredibly welcomed by staff and other patrons. The atmosphere is the perfect mixture of casual and upscale. They focus on serving their steaks how New Orleanians love it: sizzling in melted butter. Much of their food is still made how the original chefs prepared it over 85 years ago. If it’s not broken, why fix it? They have several cuts of steak, including filets, porterhouses, and a strip sirloin. I loved the filet wrapped in bacon and the Creole cream cheesecake for dessert.
La Boca Steakhouse
870 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Located near the New Orleans riverfront is a tasty Argentine steakhouse, La Boca. This steakhouse is one of the best in the city, with more cuts of steak offered than other restaurants. When you walk in, you’ll feel like you’re in a traditional steakhouse. The decor boasts wood tables, chairs, and accents. The thing that makes this steakhouse stand apart is the casual atmosphere you don’t find at many steakhouses. Before I dive into their steak selection, you need to check out their wine list. They offer only the best of the best wines from Argentina. To start your meal, Provoleta, grilled Argentine cheese, is the way to go. I couldn’t leave here without trying the menu item, Vacio. It’s imperial Wagyu beef and was the most mouthwatering steak I’ve had in a long time.
Doris Metropolitan New Orleans
620 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130
There are only three Doris Metropolitan in the world, one in Houston, Costa Rica, and New Orleans. The inspiration for the steakhouse came from a butcher shop in Israel and the culture in Costa Rica. In 2013, the owners opened the New Orleans restaurant in the beautiful French Quarter right next to Jackson Square park. I’m a big fan of bread at any restaurant, especially a steakhouse. Their bread plate is the best way to start your meal. As for their steaks, they have almost everything imaginable, except for a Tomahawk. I opted for the butcher’s cut steak because it was highly recommended and served with a mushroom ragu.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
525 Fulton St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Usually, I encourage people to avoid chain restaurants or spots that you can eat at in other towns, but Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is one of the best in New Orleans. Even if you’ve been to a Ruth’s before, the original was opened in 1965, right in NOLA. You’ll find this steakhouse inside the famous Harrah’s Hotel. The chef’s features are regularly changing, and the best place to start if you’re not sure what you want. Regardless of which steak you order, you can’t leave without ordering a slice of their chocolate sin cake.
215 Bourbon St, New Orleans, LA 70112
Even if you’ve never been to New Orleans, you’ve heard of Bourbon Street. It’s one of the most famous streets in the United States and home to one of the best places for steak in the Big Easy. Galatoire’s 33 has easily become one of the best places in the city for celebrating special occasions or simply spending time with the people you love the most. They’re a traditional steakhouse, but the decor is brighter, and the chandeliers bring elegance to the joint. If you’re someone who loves a cocktail or glass of wine with their meal, be sure to ask your server for their drink menu. The options are extensive and impressive. Before your steak, the duck and andouille gumbo is a must-try. For your entree, you can’t go wrong with their veal chops or NY strip steak. They also have a selection of optional garnishes if you want to dress up your entree.
Desi Vega’s Steakhouse
628 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70130
You’ll find Desi Vega’s Steakhouse on St. Charles Avenue. It’s on a corner with plenty of windows, which allows natural light to brighten the entire space. Desi Vega is the co-owner of Mr. John’s and Desi Vega’s. He’s done everything in his power to ensure that Desi Vega’s becomes a local staple for any occasion. The tables have white table cloths like other steakhouses, but the combination of white walls and natural lighting make this steakhouse stand out. Desi Vega’s is known for its delicious steak, seafood, and amazing side dishes. The cowboy steak was my favorite, but if you’re in the mood for some seafood, the Gulf fish of the day is the way to go. You can even add a blue cheese crust to your steak for a small price. No matter what you order, you can’t miss their Southern mac and cheese or creamed spinach as your side.
621 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70130
Inside one of the city’s most luxurious hotels is the Rib Room. This steakhouse was ten years in the making and has piqued the interest of locals and visitors. Since its opening over 60 years ago, some of the most famous people have enjoyed a meal here. The Rolling Stones, Louis Armstrong, and Richard Nixon are just a few of the lucky few to experience the food here. Something unique about the Rib Room is that they’re not just open for lunch and dinner. You can start your day here with breakfast and bottomless mimosas if you like. While some say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I say dinner is one of the most enjoyable. Their prime rib is the best entree on the menu, in my opinion.
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse
614 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70130
On the famous Canal Street is a tasty Brazilian Steakhouse. Its central location near Bourbon Street, the aquarium, and other memorable New Orleans spots make it a great place for a meal after exploring or before you head out for the night. The atmosphere is a combination of modern and traditional, making it a comfortable spot for casual or upscale dining. There’s plenty of delicious options on the menu at Fogo de Chao, from traditional Brazilian meats, side dishes, seafood, and more. What could be better than bacon-wrapped steak? Nothing. When you dine here, you can’t leave without trying it. As for a side dish, their caramelized bananas were the best I’ve ever had.
Steak Knife Restaurant
888 Harrison Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124
The next Nola steakhouse you need to try is called Steak Knife Restaurant and you can find them off of Harrison Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood, right next to the sprawling City Park. When you get here, I recommend starting things off with an appetizer like escargot and an order of garlic toast. After that, It’s a choice between filet mignon, ribeye, New York strip, and my personal favorite, the porterhouse. Come check out this locally-owned, family-run fixture of New Orleans for the past 40 years and see what the Roth family has in store for you.
228 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130
The Steakhouse is a must visit New Orleans steakhouse for any true carnivore. I love coming here any time I’m in the city because of it’s convenient, central location right in the heart of Nola inside Harrah’s New Orleans hotel, just minutes away from The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas. This is one of my favorite steakhouses New Orleans has to offer because of how they tastefully intertwine accents of classic New Orleans Creole cuisine with that of a traditional steakhouse. I highly recommend trying their Prime ribeye, of course, but they also serve a blackened redfish that’s delectable.
2037 Metairie Rd, Metairie, LA 70005
Wrapping things up is a delightful Brazilian steakhouse called Brasa Churrasqueria. One thing I absolutely love about this place is that you can actually order a flame-grilled piece of Raine’s Wagyu coulotte, otherwise known as picanha, the most popular cut of steak in Brazil that comes with a huge layer of buttery fat on top. They also have a delicious beef short rib you should try as well. Check out Brasa Churrasquaeria off of Metairie Road in the Metairie neighborhood. This one is tucked off in the suburbs of Nola, so it’s great for a quiet dinner out when you want to get away from the city.