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The Metropolitan Grill has been a Seattle classic for decades.
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Where to Get Great Steak in Seattle

From white-gloved service to casual grills and hybrid butcher shops and bars, this town can be a meat lover’s paradise

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The Metropolitan Grill has been a Seattle classic for decades.
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Sometimes there’s nothing better than a satisfying steak — and those looking for premium cuts of meat expertly aged, seasoned, and cooked (or in tartare form) have come to the right place. Seattle has easy access to many of the best sustainable farms and ranches in the country, while also offering a wide variety of cuisines that deliver fantastic meaty dishes. During the pandemic, this list has expanded beyond classic steakhouses to include butcher shops (several of which offer prepared meals as well). Here, carnivores should find plenty to love from the selections, whether it’s mesquite-grilled carne asada, kalbi short ribs, or a Frenchified whole animal extravaganza, listed from north to south.

While all the places listed offer takeout, a number of Seattle restaurants have resumed indoor and outdoor dining. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the King County’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Beast and Cleaver

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2362 NW 80th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 708-1400
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At this hybrid butcher shop-restauraunt from London native Kevin Smith (formerly of acclaimed steakhouse The Butcher’s Table), customers can find premium cuts of pasture-raised meat from local farms, as well as terrines, porchetta di testa, and European style pâté en croûte. Tasting menu dinners are on pause for now, but should return “once COVID is under control,” says Smith.

2. The Shambles

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7777 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 659-0074
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Maple Leaf’s beer and butcher shop has a wide variety of meats, but the dry-aged steaks stand out in all their well-marbled glory, sustainably sourced from Pacific Northwest farms, from Eastern Washington ribeyes to Idaho wagyu bavettes. Options include prepared steaks for takeout (or limited dine-in), plus a deli case to see what fresh cuts look most enticing to take back home.

3. Kokkaku

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6904, 2208 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 588-1568
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This relaxed Japanese steakhouse in Wallingford is one of the more underrated meat purveyors in the city, with an emphasis on whole-animal butchery. The menu specializes in premium cuts, although the prices aren’t too outrageous, and there’s a wagyu kainomi heat-at-home set for two, which includes salted vanilla pudding for dessert. There are limited dine-in options as well.

4. Joule

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3506 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 632-5685
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This low-pretense Korean-influenced restaurant in Fremont is about more than just red meat. But there’s no denying that the restaurant’s kalbi short ribs with grilled kimchi live up to the hype, while seasonal offerings, like Sichuan peppercorn Bavette, round out a tight, enticing list. Open for takeout and limited onsite dining (indoors and outdoors).

Kalbi beef short ribs with sauce sit on top of grilled kimchi at Joule restaurant in Fremont.
Kalbi short ribs at Joule on top of grilled kimchi
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5. D’ La Santa

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2359 10th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 709-2222
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North Capitol Hill’s Mexican steakhouse serves big piles of tender, perfectly cooked beef. Standouts include the 25-day dry-aged New York strip, topped with salsa, and the rib eye with grilled cactus. Open for takeout and delivery via third-party apps such as DoorDash and Caviar, plus limited dine-in service.

6. The Butcher's Table

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2121 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 209-5990
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The Denny Triangle classic is all about the beef. Beef fat fries, cheesesteak, beef bacon BLT, wagyu steak frites, and a steak sandwich are some of the highlights for the red meat inclined. Diners can go either get prepared dishes for takeout (which includes smoked bone marrow) or cuts from the case, including New York, rib eye, filet mignon, and zabuton. Preorders available via Toast.

A top-down image of Wagyu beef slices, uncooked.
Cuts from the Butcher’s Table in Denny Triangle
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7. John Howie Steak

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11111 NE 8th St #125
Bellevue, WA 98004
(425) 440-0880
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Meat nerds tend to flock to this high-end Bellevue mainstay for its rare and limited-availability steaks, but the menu always delivers a consistently wide variety of cuts, including Delmonico New York strip and a 42 day custom-aged rib eye. While John Howie recently resumed some limited dine-in, there’s also an extensive takeout menu.

A view of a medium-rare cooked sirloin steak from John Howie Steak in Bellevue.
Sirloin at John Howie Steak
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8. Rain Shadow Meats

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1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 467-6328
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This decade-old nose-to-tail butcher shop at Capitol Hill ‘s Melrose Market features local meats, charcuterie, and its own curing room. While in-store pickup is an option, Rain Shadow Meats also has a delivery service, bringing selections from a weekly fresh sheet, plus rotating prepared foods and meat and cheese platters to subscribers for true stay-at-home convenience.

9. Bateau

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1040 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 900-8699
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Renowned chef Renee Erickson’s Frenchified steakhouse is Capitol Hill’s prime destination for meat lovers, with a dedication to whole animal butchery and local sourcing (Bateau uses its own beef dry-aged on Whidbey Island). The airy, Parisian bistro vibe is also a welcome departure from the stodgy steakhouses of the past. Open for takeout via Tock and delivery through GrubHub.

10. El Gaucho

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2200 Western Ave Ste. 101
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 728-1337
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In 2020, the Pacific Northwest throwback favorite opened a new 10,000-square-foot location at Belltown’s historic Union Stables building just north of Pike Place Market. With a main dining area, four private rooms, and a bar, there’s plenty of space for those dining in, but takeout is an option as well, with “celebration packages” that feature the restaurant’s coveted Chateaubriand.

11. Metropolitan Grill

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820 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 624-3287
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Although this swanky Downtown classic got a remodel a few years ago, it’s still as old school as it gets. The selection of dry-aged, juicy Double R Ranch beef range from loins to New York peppercorn, and there’s an encyclopedic wine list. While mostly known as a special occasion sit-down experience, the Metropolitan Grill has curbside pickup now as well.

A steak from Metropolitan grill on a wood board next to a glass of red wine.
Metropolitan Grill has been around since 1983.
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12. Jak's Grill

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4548 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 937-7809
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Laid-back Jak’s remains a West Seattle neighborhood favorite, thanks to a selection of wonderfully tender cuts, such as the Nebraska beef dry- or wet-aged for 28 days, served with an array of hearty sides, and there are now take-home freezer packs for those stocking up for barbecues. Those on the outskirts of Seattle can seek out the Laurelhurst location for a similar experience.

Steak, baked potato, a side of vegetables, and a glass of wine on a wood table.
Jak’s has been a no-frills neighborhood favorite for years.
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13. Bob's Quality Meats

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4861 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118
(206) 725-1221
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This Columbia City mainstay is known for its wide range of products, from goat to elk to venison, as well as excellent house-made beef jerky. But one can’t go wrong with the daily cuts of beef, particularly the tenderloin and tri-tip selections. No delivery here, but pickup is fairly swift and phone orders are accepted.

14. The Ruby Brink

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17526 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon, WA 98070
(206) 408-7795
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Vashon Island’s acclaimed butcher shop-restaurant-bar hybrid is open for groceries and takeout items from a rotating menu, including its popular meat and noodle soup and a stellar dry aged beef burger available on Wednesdays. On the butcher’s block are selections such as rib eye, New York strip, filet minot, short ribs, and bottom roasts.

15. Asadero Sinaloa

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310 Washington Ave N
Kent, WA 98032
(253) 854-0971
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Asadero was born in Kent, where it developed a loyal following for its outstanding Mexican food, before expanding to Ballard. The restaurant continues going strong with a mesquite-grilled wagyu carne asada, as well as some killer prime and wagyu steak tacos. Open for takeout and limited dine-in at both locations.

1. Beast and Cleaver

2362 NW 80th St, Seattle, WA 98117

At this hybrid butcher shop-restauraunt from London native Kevin Smith (formerly of acclaimed steakhouse The Butcher’s Table), customers can find premium cuts of pasture-raised meat from local farms, as well as terrines, porchetta di testa, and European style pâté en croûte. Tasting menu dinners are on pause for now, but should return “once COVID is under control,” says Smith.

2362 NW 80th St
Seattle, WA 98117

2. The Shambles

7777 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115

Maple Leaf’s beer and butcher shop has a wide variety of meats, but the dry-aged steaks stand out in all their well-marbled glory, sustainably sourced from Pacific Northwest farms, from Eastern Washington ribeyes to Idaho wagyu bavettes. Options include prepared steaks for takeout (or limited dine-in), plus a deli case to see what fresh cuts look most enticing to take back home.

7777 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115

3. Kokkaku

6904, 2208 N 45th St, Seattle, WA 98103

This relaxed Japanese steakhouse in Wallingford is one of the more underrated meat purveyors in the city, with an emphasis on whole-animal butchery. The menu specializes in premium cuts, although the prices aren’t too outrageous, and there’s a wagyu kainomi heat-at-home set for two, which includes salted vanilla pudding for dessert. There are limited dine-in options as well.

6904, 2208 N 45th St
Seattle, WA 98103

4. Joule

3506 Stone Way N, Seattle, WA 98103
Kalbi beef short ribs with sauce sit on top of grilled kimchi at Joule restaurant in Fremont.
Kalbi short ribs at Joule on top of grilled kimchi
Joule [Official Photo]

This low-pretense Korean-influenced restaurant in Fremont is about more than just red meat. But there’s no denying that the restaurant’s kalbi short ribs with grilled kimchi live up to the hype, while seasonal offerings, like Sichuan peppercorn Bavette, round out a tight, enticing list. Open for takeout and limited onsite dining (indoors and outdoors).

3506 Stone Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

5. D’ La Santa

2359 10th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98102

North Capitol Hill’s Mexican steakhouse serves big piles of tender, perfectly cooked beef. Standouts include the 25-day dry-aged New York strip, topped with salsa, and the rib eye with grilled cactus. Open for takeout and delivery via third-party apps such as DoorDash and Caviar, plus limited dine-in service.

2359 10th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

6. The Butcher's Table

2121 Westlake Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
A top-down image of Wagyu beef slices, uncooked.
Cuts from the Butcher’s Table in Denny Triangle
The Butcher’s Table [Official Photo]

The Denny Triangle classic is all about the beef. Beef fat fries, cheesesteak, beef bacon BLT, wagyu steak frites, and a steak sandwich are some of the highlights for the red meat inclined. Diners can go either get prepared dishes for takeout (which includes smoked bone marrow) or cuts from the case, including New York, rib eye, filet mignon, and zabuton. Preorders available via Toast.

2121 Westlake Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

7. John Howie Steak

11111 NE 8th St #125, Bellevue, WA 98004
A view of a medium-rare cooked sirloin steak from John Howie Steak in Bellevue.
Sirloin at John Howie Steak
Courtesy of John Howie Steak

Meat nerds tend to flock to this high-end Bellevue mainstay for its rare and limited-availability steaks, but the menu always delivers a consistently wide variety of cuts, including Delmonico New York strip and a 42 day custom-aged rib eye. While John Howie recently resumed some limited dine-in, there’s also an extensive takeout menu.

11111 NE 8th St #125
Bellevue, WA 98004

8. Rain Shadow Meats

1531 Melrose Ave, Seattle, WA 98122

This decade-old nose-to-tail butcher shop at Capitol Hill ‘s Melrose Market features local meats, charcuterie, and its own curing room. While in-store pickup is an option, Rain Shadow Meats also has a delivery service, bringing selections from a weekly fresh sheet, plus rotating prepared foods and meat and cheese platters to subscribers for true stay-at-home convenience.

1531 Melrose Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

9. Bateau

1040 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122

Renowned chef Renee Erickson’s Frenchified steakhouse is Capitol Hill’s prime destination for meat lovers, with a dedication to whole animal butchery and local sourcing (Bateau uses its own beef dry-aged on Whidbey Island). The airy, Parisian bistro vibe is also a welcome departure from the stodgy steakhouses of the past. Open for takeout via Tock and delivery through GrubHub.

1040 E Union St
Seattle, WA 98122

10. El Gaucho

2200 Western Ave Ste. 101, Seattle, WA 98121

In 2020, the Pacific Northwest throwback favorite opened a new 10,000-square-foot location at Belltown’s historic Union Stables building just north of Pike Place Market. With a main dining area, four private rooms, and a bar, there’s plenty of space for those dining in, but takeout is an option as well, with “celebration packages” that feature the restaurant’s coveted Chateaubriand.

2200 Western Ave Ste. 101
Seattle, WA 98121

11. Metropolitan Grill

820 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104
A steak from Metropolitan grill on a wood board next to a glass of red wine.
Metropolitan Grill has been around since 1983.
Metropolitan Grill/Official

Although this swanky Downtown classic got a remodel a few years ago, it’s still as old school as it gets. The selection of dry-aged, juicy Double R Ranch beef range from loins to New York peppercorn, and there’s an encyclopedic wine list. While mostly known as a special occasion sit-down experience, the Metropolitan Grill has curbside pickup now as well.

820 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA 98104

12. Jak's Grill

4548 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116
Steak, baked potato, a side of vegetables, and a glass of wine on a wood table.
Jak’s has been a no-frills neighborhood favorite for years.
Jak’s Grill/Official

Laid-back Jak’s remains a West Seattle neighborhood favorite, thanks to a selection of wonderfully tender cuts, such as the Nebraska beef dry- or wet-aged for 28 days, served with an array of hearty sides, and there are now take-home freezer packs for those stocking up for barbecues. Those on the outskirts of Seattle can seek out the Laurelhurst location for a similar experience.

4548 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98116

13. Bob's Quality Meats

4861 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118

This Columbia City mainstay is known for its wide range of products, from goat to elk to venison, as well as excellent house-made beef jerky. But one can’t go wrong with the daily cuts of beef, particularly the tenderloin and tri-tip selections. No delivery here, but pickup is fairly swift and phone orders are accepted.

4861 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

14. The Ruby Brink

17526 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA 98070

Vashon Island’s acclaimed butcher shop-restaurant-bar hybrid is open for groceries and takeout items from a rotating menu, including its popular meat and noodle soup and a stellar dry aged beef burger available on Wednesdays. On the butcher’s block are selections such as rib eye, New York strip, filet minot, short ribs, and bottom roasts.

17526 Vashon Hwy SW
Vashon, WA 98070

15. Asadero Sinaloa

310 Washington Ave N, Kent, WA 98032

Asadero was born in Kent, where it developed a loyal following for its outstanding Mexican food, before expanding to Ballard. The restaurant continues going strong with a mesquite-grilled wagyu carne asada, as well as some killer prime and wagyu steak tacos. Open for takeout and limited dine-in at both locations.

310 Washington Ave N
Kent, WA 98032

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