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Where To Get Your Steak On In Louisville

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With certain exceptions (we're happy you're here, Roots/Heart & Soy) it's fairly easy to find steak in a Louisville restaurant. However, certain establishments have created a culture around cow flesh, an atmosphere of beefy conviviality often consistent with cigars, gambling and golf. Eater has assembled a collection of steakhouse-ish restaurants, a collection of local, corporate (and locally-based corporate) restaurants of various attitudes and ethnicities. As always, any observations, additions or objections will be welcomed in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Morton's The Steakhouse

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626 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 584-0421
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This venerable Chicago steakhouse chain stashed its Louisville outpost in a Main Street basement, but a lack of natural light never stopped anyone from what Morton's claims to be "the best steak anywhere!"

2. Brazeiros Brazilian Steakhouse

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450 S 4th St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 290-8220
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This Brazilian (by way of Knoxville, TN) steakhouse offers 15 different cuts of meat, many presented on skewers. There's Alcatra (cut from top sirloin) and Fraldinha (cut from bottom sirloin), and many, many other meat options in an almost endless stream. As the place says: "the Gaucho chefs will not stop delivering to the table until all cards are turned to red and the check is requested." [Photo: Yelp]

3. Eddie Merlot's

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455 S 4th St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 584-3266
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The CJ's former critic, Mary Rosen, said this Ft. Wayne, Indiana chain's finely-marbled steaks "require no enhancement." They also serve about 75 wines by the glass—unsurprisingly, several of them merlot.

4. Jeff Ruby's

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325 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
(502) 584-0102
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Derby City's version of this Cincinnati-based steakhouse empire is an extravagant jumble of celebrity shots, mirrors, brass and liberal dollops of "local flavor." Sushi and raw seafood stations, enormous fishtanks and plenty of glitz separate Ruby's from sedate, "old school" steak places, and Louisville seems to love it.

5. Palermo Viejo

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1359 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204
(502) 456-6461
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At Louisville's only Argentine restaurant, the all-beef Parrillada de Bifes serves up ribeye, strip and flank steaks (plus chorizo) on a bed of fries with chimichurri sauce. [Photo: Facebook]

6. Pat's Steakhouse

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2437 Brownsboro Rd
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 893-2062
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Pat's is Louisville's oldest continuously operating steakhouse, and offers a hefty dose of old-time Louisville Irish identity along with the "Specialty of the House," an aged 32 oz. Porterhouse T-bone.

7. Del Frisco's

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4107 Oechsli Avenue
Louisville, KY 40207
(502) 897-7077
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For more than 25 years, Del Frisco's has been serving old school steakhouse food in a strip mall location best known by Louisvillians as "that place behind 'The Old Sears Building.'"

8. Texas Roadhouse

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6460 Dutchmans Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 897-5005
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Though there is sometimes line dancing, this Louisville-based corporate chain is not to be confused with the 1989 fiim, Road House. Texas Roadhouse's goal is "to give your family a place to go for great food and good times at a fantastic price." There is also steak—but no Swayze.

9. Ruth's Chris Steak House

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6100 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40205
(502) 479-0026
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Steakhouse chain giant, Ruth's Chris, occupies the top floor of Kaden Tower, or what locals call the "Wedding Cake Building" because of its cantilevered structure and lacy facade. A Yelper recently said: "What you expect is what you get: perfectly cooked steaks, classic sides, great service." And, of course, steaks served on 500° plates.

10. Z's Oyster Bar & Steak House

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101 Whittington Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40222
(502) 429-8000
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Mehrzad Sharbaiani "opened this fine dining establishment in October 2000 with a simple, strong concept"—creating an "independently owned and operated Steakhouse to specialize in Prime Steak and Fresh Seafood and to be known for an impressive, award-winning wine list as well as elegantly restrained service.” Prime midwestern aged beef, hand cut and cooked to order, seafood and all the other steakhouse stuff in a somewhat swanky East End suburban box.

11. Stoney River Legendary Steaks

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3900 Summit Plaza Dr
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 429-8944
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This chain, started in Atlanta and now owned by O'Charley's, emulates a North Georgia "lodge that served travelers and neighbors good, wholesome food." Louisville's outpost serves up its "legendary" steaks in the Paddock shopping mall on Brownsboro Road. [Photo: Yelp]

1. Morton's The Steakhouse

626 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
This venerable Chicago steakhouse chain stashed its Louisville outpost in a Main Street basement, but a lack of natural light never stopped anyone from what Morton's claims to be "the best steak anywhere!"
626 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

2. Brazeiros Brazilian Steakhouse

450 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202
This Brazilian (by way of Knoxville, TN) steakhouse offers 15 different cuts of meat, many presented on skewers. There's Alcatra (cut from top sirloin) and Fraldinha (cut from bottom sirloin), and many, many other meat options in an almost endless stream. As the place says: "the Gaucho chefs will not stop delivering to the table until all cards are turned to red and the check is requested." [Photo: Yelp]
450 S 4th St
Louisville, KY 40202

3. Eddie Merlot's

455 S 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202
The CJ's former critic, Mary Rosen, said this Ft. Wayne, Indiana chain's finely-marbled steaks "require no enhancement." They also serve about 75 wines by the glass—unsurprisingly, several of them merlot.
455 S 4th St
Louisville, KY 40202

4. Jeff Ruby's

325 W Main St, Louisville, KY 40202
Derby City's version of this Cincinnati-based steakhouse empire is an extravagant jumble of celebrity shots, mirrors, brass and liberal dollops of "local flavor." Sushi and raw seafood stations, enormous fishtanks and plenty of glitz separate Ruby's from sedate, "old school" steak places, and Louisville seems to love it.
325 W Main St
Louisville, KY 40202

5. Palermo Viejo

1359 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40204
At Louisville's only Argentine restaurant, the all-beef Parrillada de Bifes serves up ribeye, strip and flank steaks (plus chorizo) on a bed of fries with chimichurri sauce. [Photo: Facebook]
1359 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204

6. Pat's Steakhouse

2437 Brownsboro Rd, Louisville, KY 40206
Pat's is Louisville's oldest continuously operating steakhouse, and offers a hefty dose of old-time Louisville Irish identity along with the "Specialty of the House," an aged 32 oz. Porterhouse T-bone.
2437 Brownsboro Rd
Louisville, KY 40206

7. Del Frisco's

4107 Oechsli Avenue, Louisville, KY 40207
For more than 25 years, Del Frisco's has been serving old school steakhouse food in a strip mall location best known by Louisvillians as "that place behind 'The Old Sears Building.'"
4107 Oechsli Avenue
Louisville, KY 40207

8. Texas Roadhouse

6460 Dutchmans Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40205
Though there is sometimes line dancing, this Louisville-based corporate chain is not to be confused with the 1989 fiim, Road House. Texas Roadhouse's goal is "to give your family a place to go for great food and good times at a fantastic price." There is also steak—but no Swayze.
6460 Dutchmans Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40205

9. Ruth's Chris Steak House

6100 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205
Steakhouse chain giant, Ruth's Chris, occupies the top floor of Kaden Tower, or what locals call the "Wedding Cake Building" because of its cantilevered structure and lacy facade. A Yelper recently said: "What you expect is what you get: perfectly cooked steaks, classic sides, great service." And, of course, steaks served on 500° plates.
6100 Dutchmans Lane
Louisville, KY 40205

10. Z's Oyster Bar & Steak House

101 Whittington Pkwy, Louisville, KY 40222
Mehrzad Sharbaiani "opened this fine dining establishment in October 2000 with a simple, strong concept"—creating an "independently owned and operated Steakhouse to specialize in Prime Steak and Fresh Seafood and to be known for an impressive, award-winning wine list as well as elegantly restrained service.” Prime midwestern aged beef, hand cut and cooked to order, seafood and all the other steakhouse stuff in a somewhat swanky East End suburban box.
101 Whittington Pkwy
Louisville, KY 40222

11. Stoney River Legendary Steaks

3900 Summit Plaza Dr, Louisville, KY 40241
This chain, started in Atlanta and now owned by O'Charley's, emulates a North Georgia "lodge that served travelers and neighbors good, wholesome food." Louisville's outpost serves up its "legendary" steaks in the Paddock shopping mall on Brownsboro Road. [Photo: Yelp]
3900 Summit Plaza Dr
Louisville, KY 40241