Rather than type “steakhouse” into Google Maps and pick the one that’s closest to you, we’ve got you covered with which ones are actually worth a visit. Our favorites are a mix of new school and old school, but all are spots we like to go to for a big slab of red meat and a few sides. If you’re going to drop big money for a night on the town, make sure it’s worth it.
In no particular order, here’s our list of the 10 best steakhouses in Philly.
When your new boss offers to take your whole group out, you should immediately do two things. First, be glad that at least someone gets free reign on the corporate card. Second, make a reservation at Butcher & Singer. It’s a retro steakhouse that’s light on pretense, and if someone else is picking up the tab, the king crab cocktail is the first thing you should get. All of their steaks are also top-notch, and you don’t want to skip the bacon mac and cheese. If you still have room for dessert afterwards, there’s no one doing baked Alaska better in Philadelphia.
Urban Farmer is modeled off of a classic Chicago steakhouse, meaning all of the steaks are categorized first by cut and second by where the cow lived it’s (hopefully very long and pleasant) life. It’s probably the most modern-feeling steakhouse in the city, and it’s much brighter and airier than the classic chandeliered bank vault you usually eat your steaks in. You can’t really mess up an order here, but the best decision you can make is to get the steak tasting, where you’ll get three different six-ounce samples for $70.
If you ever get a call from a friend who’s in Philly for just one night and needs your top recommendation for a steakhouse, send them to Barclay Prime. It still feels trendy, even though it’s been around for almost 15 years, and the steak here is some of the best you’ll have in your life (especially the A5 Wagyu filets). There’s also a $125 cheesesteak on the menu that comes with a half-bottle of champagne, and it will ruin you for any future cheesesteaks that are made with lowly cheese wiz, but it’s the kind of ruined you want to be.
There are a few Davio’s locations now, but the original one is on the second floor of a converted bank in Center City, and it’s basically like if a fancy Italian restaurant ate a kitschy steakhouse. Everything about it, from the white tablecloths to the servers in black and white tuxes, makes it seem like a fine dining establishment, except then you realize that they do things like chicken parm egg rolls, a full children’s menu, and take out. But that just makes it all the more endearing.
Most steakhouses are huge, cavernous halls with two-story ceilings and tons of big round tables. Alpen Rose is not that. It’s a small, 15-table, all-wood room that looks like either the inside of a treasure chest or the personal library of a retired Harvard professor, and it’s full of expensive-looking paintings in ornate frames. Alpen Rose has a pretty standard steakhouse menu, divided between appetizers, sides, and dry-aged steaks. Red meat is definitely the focus here, and it’s all sliced tableside while you watch like a Golden Retriever who hasn’t eaten since breakfast. If you want something a little more interesting, the bone marrow toast and beef tongue are both solid options.
Sometimes you just want to pretend like you’re an important businessman and exchange business cards with people like you’re Patrick Bateman in American Psycho - except maybe without the whole serial killer situation. When that’s the case, you want to go to Del Frisco’s. It’s in the old Packard building, which is so big it’s basically like having a meal inside of 30th Street Station, and the crowd here is generally lots of people in suits one-upping each other over a few porterhouses. Along with the traditional options, there are some cheesesteak dumplings that are delicious, and you should end every meal with the butter cake.
Before we say anything about Hugo’s, we should tell you that it’s in the SugarHouse Casino. And as much as that entire building is an eyesore on the Delaware River, sometimes it’s almost ironically fun to go play a bunch of slots and follow it up with a $60 steak and a Manhattan. That’s exactly what Hugo’s exists for - well, that and the outdoor patio overlooking the river. The steaks here are surprisingly good, and they even have a special “Philly cut,” which is a bone-in filet mignon topped with a provolone sauce and fried shallots. It’s a must order, as is the foot-and-a-half tall chocolate mousse pie.
Most steakhouses are somewhat intimidating - they’re overly fancy, they have high ceilings and lots of dark wood, and you wouldn’t want to spend a first date connecting with someone while you try to make sure your posture is at exactly 90 degrees. Malbec is the opposite. This small spot in Society Hill looks more like a French bistro than a steakhouse, and it’s more affordable than most of the other places on this list. In addition to a bunch of steaks (that are all under $50), they also have some great Argentinian specialties like empanadas and grilled beef chitterlings.
Saloon is already one of our favorite Italian restaurants in the city - the linguine pescatore is just one of their many stand-out pasta dishes - but it also has a list of steaks that are up there with the far more expensive ones you’ll find at bigger steakhouses. This place has floor-to-ceiling wood walls and stained glass windows, which makes it feel kind of like you’re in the rectory of a church that happens to have a lot of extra communion wine.
The best part about Ocean Prime is how accessible it is. You almost never have to make a reservation here, so if you’ve had a particularly bad day at work that will only be made better by consuming an entire steak by yourself, you should just grab a seat at the Ocean Prime bar. In addition to being one of the best looking bars in the area, it also has one of the better cocktail menus - with things like a whiskey clover with honey water and rum punch with chocolate bitters.