Pittsburgh is the perfect mix of college town, historical and cultural hot spot, and beautiful natural scenery in the form of parks, river walks, and hundreds of iconic bridges. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, this picturesque city is bound to enchant you.
Pittsburgh’s cultural scene isn’t just about museums and theaters, but also includes a variety of excellent dining options. In this article, we focus on where to get the best steak in Pittsburgh. With everything from world-famous steakhouse chains to local treasures, you’re sure to have a special dining experience.
Here, we’ve listed the top steakhouses in Pittsburgh, encompassing a variety of cuisines and atmospheres.
Eddie Merlot’s Prime Aged Beef and Seafood Pittsburgh
Four Gateway Center, 444 Liberty Ave #100, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 235-7676
Eddie Merlot’s Prime Aged Beef and Seafood is in downtown Pittsburgh a few blocks from the Point and within walking distance from Pittsburgh’s main art centers and theaters. They serve the finest cuts of aged USDA Prime beef seared to perfection.
We recommend the New Orleans mixed grill with filet mignon, blackened shrimp, and andouille sausage served with mashed potatoes. If you really want to splurge, they offer a Wagyu beef filet mignon with one of the highest marbling ratings in the world!
Morton’s The Steakhouse
625 Liberty Ave Suite 180, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 261-7141
While Morton’s Steakhouse may be one of the most well-known steakhouses in the U.S., its origins are as humble and wholesome as the American dream. Originally a burger joint started by a restaurateur and his chef, Morton’s soon expanded its menu and its locations to include over 65 acclaimed fine-dining steakhouses.
You can still get the burger that started it all from the bar menu with an order of thick-cut onion rings with truffle dipping sauce. However, if you’re looking for a fancy steak dinner, try the filet mignon accompanied by two bacon-wrapped sea scallops.
Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse
247 N Shore Dr, Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Phone: (412) 222-4014
Located along Pittsburgh’s famous North Shore area of downtown, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse is a giant restaurant that accommodates large parties of up to 125 guests while also offering special intimate dining experiences families and couples look for in a prime steak house.
The menu is as vast as the restaurant space, but what we like most about it is how customizable it is. You can complement your steaks and chops with your choice of sauce and toppings from four different sauces and three decadent toppings. We recommend the double-cut lamb chops with roasted shallot cabernet sauce.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Six PPG Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 391-4800
Located in the highly visited PPG Place building in front of the famed dancing water fountain or city-wide central ice-skating rink depending on the time of year, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse dining room is the epitome of elegance and class, catering to business dinners, romantic dining experiences, or happy hour get-togethers.
The menu is as classic as they come, with Ribeye, filet, and NY strip steak as the star of the show, and you choose the toppings or complements of shrimp, lobster tail, crab cake, and bearnaise, or bleu cheese and roasted garlic crust. Of course, you can always opt for the seafood options, our favorites being the lobster mac and cheese and the blue crab cakes.
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
525 Smithfield St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 312-5001
This Brazilian Steakhouse or Churrascaria is as authentic as it gets, opening its first restaurant in Brazil in 1979 and expanding to the States in 1987 where it received rave reviews and now has over 30 locations in Brazil and the U.S. combined. The unique experience of a Brazilian churrasco is the ultimate experience for any meat lover.
Fogo de Chao has one of the most extensive meat offerings of any steakhouse with a standard menu of Brazilian grilled meats, fish, and chicken as well as a market table menu with seasonal and local offerings of meats, cheeses, and vegetables. With colorful and thorough descriptions of each dish, their menu is a top-rate crash course in traditional Brazilian dishes.
McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks
301 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 201-6992
A nationally cherished steakhouse since 1974, McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks has a prime location at the lavish Piatt Place in downtown Pittsburgh.
Within close proximity to major business buildings, theatres, museums, and upscale downtown shopping malls, McCormick & Schmicks is the perfect place for tourists and locals to enjoy a post-show, work, or shopping meal.
Their menu has a wide variety of fish and shellfish with an even more diverse array of cooking styles and featured cuisines. For example, you can order a British-style fish and chips basket, a classic Italian shrimp scampi over fresh linguini, or a Hawaiian bigeye ahi tuna seared rare with sesame cucumber salad and sticky rice. If you’d rather meat, we recommend the bourbon barbecue glazed pork chop with grilled corn and mashed potatoes.
Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar
2350 Railroad St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 281-6593
Voted best cigar bar in Pittsburgh and best wine bar in Pittsburgh, Cioppino Restaurant & Cigar Bar is an unforgettable experience that will transport you back in time with rich mahogany walls and plush leather seats for patrons to savor their cigars. Additionally, there are over 400 wine selections, 300 whiskey selections, and countless classic and seasonal cocktails to choose from.
You can always skip the cigar bar and enjoy a top-class steak and seafood dinner with all the same wine and cocktail offerings. Their menu is seasonal, using only the freshest ingredients available. Try the short ribs with a demi-glace, whipped potatoes, and Brussels sprouts, or the Chilean sea bass Oscar with jumbo lump crab, bearnaise sauce, and asparagus.
Texas de Brazil
240 W Station Square Dr ste d-1, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 230-4004
Combining traditional Brazilian Churrascaría with friendly Texas hospitality, Texas de Brazil is the ultimate cultural fusion cookout. Using prime cuts of beef and lamb, a Brazilian churrasco involves slow-roasting meat over an open fire and slicing meat directly off the roasting spit.
A Churrascaria is a unique experience because the menu is set. There are multiple meat offerings sliced table-side by staff at your request. The waitstaff is constantly circulating with different cuts which they will slice onto your plate. They use a red-light/green-light card system wherein the customer indicates that they would like more meat with a green card, flipping it over to red when they are full.
There is a delicious salad bar and complimentary mashed potatoes, cheese bread, and fried plantains.
Gaucho Parrilla Argentina
146 6th St, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 709-6622
The Gaucho is Argentina’s version of a cowboy and one of the benchmark cultural protagonists of Argentinian folklore. The only other aspect of their culture they treasure more than the gaucho is the parilla or grill. Argentinian meat is world-renowned, and their delicious grilling method is a steadfast centuries-old tradition you will love as much as they do.
Gaucho Parilla Argentina is in Pittsburgh’s cultural district, with an extensive wine menu and Argentinian cocktail offerings for a lively happy hour. Their grilled meat offerings include five different beef cuts as well as chorizo and grilled chicken.
Gaucho’s most popular beef offering is the Bife de Caucho or ribeye steak. We recommend trying the Asado Platter to taste a cut of each steak served with the traditional and delicious chimichurri sauce.
Eddie V’s Prime Seafood
501 Grant St Suite 100, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 391-1714
You can find Eddie V’s Prime Seafood in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh, offering the best quality seafood and steak to savor in a beautifully designed dining room in the Union Trust Building.
They strive-and succeed- for the most elegant fine-dining experience with impeccable plating, the freshest seafood and steak offerings, and a lively lounge that often features live jazz music.
Since they specialize in seafood, we recommend trying a seafood dish as a main dish, or at least as an appetizer. Whether as an appetizer or a main dish, the jumbo lump crab-cakes at Eddie V’s are incredible. If you want the best of surf and turf, try the bacon-wrapped filets with king crab or the filet mignon with South African lobster tail.
The Capital Grille
301 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 338-9100
The Capital Grille offers a very high-end, classic steakhouse menu and atmosphere, creating a world-class dining experience from the food to the extravagant architectural finishes. The cuts of steak offered at The Capital Grille are a cut above the rest due to an on-site dry-aging process in which meat sits for 18-24 days to maximize flavor and tenderness.
If you want the best-tasting steak, we must direct you to the Chef’s suggestions, namely, the porcini rubbed bone-in ribeye with 15-year aged balsamic, the coffee-rubbed Kona crusted dry-aged NY strip, and the seared tenderloin with butter-poached lobster tails.
2228 E Carson St, Pittsburgh, PA 15203
Phone: (412) 488-1818
Named for the paradisiacal Spanish Mediterranean island, Mallorca Restaurant is a southside neighborhood favorite and a Pittsburgh staple with more than 27 years in business. True to their name, they offer Spanish cuisine that is beautifully plated to enjoy in their massive high-ceilinged and skylit dining room or ample outdoor patio.
While “tapas” may come to mind when considering a Spanish restaurant, Mallorca delivers a vast menu that showcases a uniquely Spanish take on meat and seafood.
Their signature steak dishes are the Delmonico steak with gorgonzola cheese in a cremini mushroom sauce and the filet mignon a la Portuguese, an 8 oz. filet served with Spanish ham and a fried egg. Both are deliciously indulgent.
4305 Main St, Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Phone: (412) 682-2608
COBRA is a Karaoke bar and Korean Barbecue restaurant with a tasty menu filled with the finest local and imported cuts grilled and sauced to perfection.
Karaoke is a deeply rooted Korean and Japanese tradition that is a great way to break the ice with business associates or cut loose with friends. However, if you want to skip the singing, dinner-only reservations are available.
The menu at COBRA is spectacular, offering Certified A5 Wagyu beef or prime American cuts for barbecue items including ribeye, chuck eye, short ribs, petit filets, tongue, bulgogi. We’d recommend a mixed grill to get a taste of all cuts and the elaborate and interesting sides. Try the Cobra Omakase II plate.
The Grandview Saloon
1212 Grandview Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15211
Phone: (412) 431-1400
Located in Pittsburgh’s most visited and picturesque neighborhood of Mt. Washington, The Grandview Saloon offers an authentically Pittsburgh dining experience, with outdoor patios and rooftop seating that offer excellent views of the Pittsburgh skyline and historical landmarks such as Heinz Field and the Point.
Their menu is one of the most extensive menus on our list, with delicious meat, poultry, and seafood dishes. You’ll want to come back various times to try all the amazing menu items, but if we had to choose, we’d recommend the Grandview Cheesesteak sandwich mane with prime sirloin or the Lamb Porterhouse with Mediterranean seasoning and fresh lemon.
Lower Lobby, 600 Grant St, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 775-4000
While Sullivan’s Steakhouse may be a national chain, they do extensive research on the city and state of each of their 14 locations, making each restaurant an homage to local culture and history.
Additionally, Sullivan’s Steakhouses creates an old-school classic steakhouse atmosphere with classical jazz and 1920’s music to make customers feel cozy and carefree.
Sullivan’s is a classic steakhouse, keeping its menu faithful to steakhouses of old. You’ll get the highest quality cuts of steak that you can order bone-in or cut in-house accompanied by tried-and-true decadent sides like three-cheese macaroni, garlic mashed potatoes, cream-style spinach, and white cheddar and bacon potatoes au gratin.