American traditional is one style of cuisine we all crave at least on a weekly basis -- this includes items like steak, seafood, and a hearty selection of sides to accompany our protein. In the south, many community members and visitors are on the hunt for the best steakhouse in the area.
Atlanta boasts some of the best selections of steakhouses offering southern and New Orleans style cuisine as well as innovative takes on American classic comfort food. We’ve put together a list of the six best steakhouses offering these takes on American cuisine. Try them all to determine your favorite!
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Just because you’re going to a steakhouse doesn’t mean you’re obligated to get steak!
30 Old Ivy Rd NE | Atlanta | hals.net
Hal’s steakhouse has been serving loyal customers in the Atlanta area for 29 years with the help of their staff that has been together for over 20 years. They have award winning steaks, seafood, pasta dishes, soups and salads, and more. The menu is inspired by the cuisine of New Orleans and the atmosphere follows suit. The environment is an upscale, yet relaxed elegance complete with city lighting and live entertainment.
Their menu offers upscale southern style appetizers like escargot and shrimp remoulade. These can be followed by a selection of salads, pastas, seafood, and of course what many people will be having -- steak. They offer a variety of cuts and sizes from filet to ribeye and even duck, lamb, and chicken. This menu carries enough to satisfy the cravings of every diner!
“The BEST steak I have ever had (I got Hal's ribeye). The crème brûlée was to die for as well. I ordered another one because it was THAT good.” - Yelp Review
Even though the steak is the star of the meal -- it’s all about the sides in our opinion!
154 Krog St NE STE 200 | Atlanta | kevinrathbunsteak.com
When chef Kevin Rathbun opened his restaurant, he invited Atlanta community members to experience a taste of his long term dream -- owning a steakhouse. His vision included everything from the dinner and cocktail menus to the dining atmosphere. The space is refurbished industrial with high ceilings, exposed brick walls, reclaimed wood, and original artwork, including a painted portrait of Kevin Rathbun himself.
The menu offers creatively designed options courtesy of Kevin, his executive and sous chef, and his pastry chef. They boast fresh seafood, Allen brothers steaks, signature entrees, and delicious sides. The cocktail menu is designed based on the seasonal ingredients offered at that time, and they have an extensive wine list showcasing some of the best offerings in the world.
“Went here for my birthday and I absolutely fell in love! The lobster fritters were a delicious appetizer with the perfect ratio of lobster and breading. I had the Pink Cadillac cocktail and it was tasty as well.” - Yelp Review
Surf and turf meats asparagus and delicious sauces to dunk your dinner.
3621 Vinings Slope SE | Atlanta | 101steakatl.com
101 Steak is a modern take on the traditional steakhouse. Their concept is largely based on a contemporary take on the dining atmosphere and the food. The atmosphere is upscale, and elegant with neutral colors and low lighting. The menu is chef driven, and features high quality steaks, seafood, raw offerings, and over 100 wines by the glass -- making it a connoisseur's dream.
The menu features innovative takes on classic comfort food. The starters include conventional and unconventional options, entrees include a number of steaks in different cuts and weights, along with pasta, salads, chicken, burgers, and seafood. The night can be completed with a sample from the dessert menu which includes classic creme brulee, key lime mousse, chocolate layer cake, and NY style cheesecake and more. Be sure not to overlook the raw seafood options, as well as the sauce and butter offerings that can instantly upgrade your entree selection.
“This is my absolute favorite steakhouse in Atlanta! Seating is spacious due to covid. The food is amazing and I recommend the Green Egg pork chop! The staff is knowledgeable and friendly.” - Yelp Review
Upscale and create entrees accompany prime cuts of steak at this location.
3035 Peachtree Rd NE STE 140 | Atlanta | americancutsteakhouse.com
Food network fans will rejoice over this steakhouse from Iron Chef America’s own Marc Forgione. He competed on the show and won season three of the Next Iron Chef. American Cut Steakhouse is one of his many restaurants and can be found in NYC and Atlantic City as well as Atlanta. The concept is modern upscale dining with many levels to the restaurant.
The menu features raw offerings, hot and cold appetizers, salads, various cuts of steak, chicken, tuna, and halibut, as well as sides from your classic comfort mac'n'cheese to french fries and mashed potatoes. The night can be finished with sweets from the dessert menu and don’t forget the bar menu which includes cocktails, wine, beer, and ciders. Currently, the Atlanta location is temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but plans to reopen soon.
“I always have a swanky good time here. Whether dressing up to sit and have upscale cocktails at the bar on the first floor, our having a birthday dinner upstairs with friends. I love their ribeye and sides.” - Yelp Review
Hearty cut of steak and baked potato meets martini with extra olives -- a meal fit for a star.
1026 North Highland Ave NE | Atlanta | facebook.com/highlandtap
Highland Tap is not your average fancy steakhouse. The atmosphere is remnant of an underground speakeasy style space. They have been around for 32 years and have come to serve a local clientele and are known for their steaks, burgers, cocktails, and martinis.
On the menu, they have a lengthy list of cold and hot appetizers as well as soups and salads. All of their steaks are wood fired and cooked over hickory wood that gives their steaks a smoky, wood fired flavor. They also offer slow roasted prime rib, entrees of chicken, seafood, and lamb, and a hearty selection of burgers and sandwiches. Don’t pass up the side offerings -- they have American comfort classics that we’ll let you discover for yourself.
“Cool environment, great food, and the prices aren't that bad. The place has been retrofitted for COVID safety. The staff always makes you feel welcome.” - Yelp Review
60 Andrew Young International Blvd NE | Atlanta | cutsatlanta.com
Cuts Steakhouse comes with more than 20 years of restaurant experience. They serve guests in a fine dining atmosphere and require business casual attire. Guests can dine in the main dining space, on the patio, or in a private room for a more intimate experience. The food is southern-style and the offerings are prime cuts of steak, southern seafood classics, and a lengthy selection of wine, beer, and cocktails.
The menu features a list of appetizers, salad entrees, house special entrees, signature cuts of steak from ribeye to filet and new york strip, steak toppings, sauces, and sides. The night can end on a sweet note with a warm pecan fudge brownie or your choice from the dessert menu!
“We ate in person and the food was fantastic! Amazing server! So glad we came by. Everything was great from the drinks to the bread to the steaks to the sides!” - Yelp Review
One of these six steakhouses is bound to delight your taste buds and leave you wanting to try more that Atlanta has to offer!