You may not come to New Orleans for a steak, but you probably shouldn’t leave without trying one. Steakhouses have been a tradition in the city as institutionalized as any other city, and these steakhouses have learned exactly how to perfect their offerings to present sizzling, mouth-watering steaks any steak lover would be proud to say they had on their last visit to the city.
NOLA has a number of excellent steakhouses for you to try, but here is a guide to a few of the best steakhouses that have been around for awhile now—and have never lost the gusto their steaks are famous for.
Charlie’s Steakhouse (4510 Dryades St)
Charlie’s Steakhouse Uptown is another local institution, having been in business since 1932. The restaurant was run by three generations of the Petrossi family, who claim that there’s nothing fancy about Charlie’s unless it’s your first time. It’s simply a classically well-prepared and sizzling steak you have to taste to believe. Once upon a time, customers didn’t even order off a menu (as it didn’t exist), and servers let them know exactly what they were having on that particular visit. Try “The Charlie,” a thick-cut 32-ounce T-bone, the New York strip or an 18-ounce ribeye.
Crescent City Steakhouse (1001 N. Broad St)
Established in 1934, Crescent City Steakhouse, “Serving four generations of New Orleanians,” is a local institution. After all these years, the Mid-City restaurant still knows how to serve up some of the best steak dinners in the city. Always served sizzling in butter, these steaks are an authentic local tradition for both local and adventurous visiting steak lovers. Enjoy a hearty ribeye, tender filet wrapped in bacon, porterhouse for two or three and more. Call ahead for reservations, particularly on weekends and holidays.
Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse (716 Iberville St)
If you’re hankering for a steak during an evening in the French Quarter, Dickie Brennan’s Steakhouse is a surefire treat. In business for nearly 60 years, it is another famed destination for the city’s prime aged beef. The restaurant has received numerous accolades over the years, including making various Best Steakhouses in America lists, features in the Wall Street Journal, and several Award of Excellence commendations from Wine Spectator. Order up its petite or large filets, prime rib-eye or prime porterhouse fit for a steak connoisseur.