HOME > Chowhound > Pacific Northwest >
Brewing beer, curing meat, or making cheese?

Steakhouses in Seattle

toploin Feb 17, 2008 01:28 AM

Hi there hounds. My wife and I will be flying over from Greece to visit our daughter-student at UW in April and I would really appreciate any suggestions for locating Seattle's top steakhouse. Last year we went to El Gaucho but it was so dark we couldn't see what we were eating! (Plus, very expensive). Could Canlis be a suggestion?
P.S. The best steakhouse I have ever been to is La Queue du Cheval in Montreal...
Thanks for your help.

  1. soypower Feb 17, 2008 04:42 AM

    Actually, though Canlis is not a 'steakhouse' per se, it's where I've had the best steak in Seattle...They have Wagyu beef perfectly seasoned and their service is exceptional...However, they are a bit pricey, maybe even more so than El Gaucho...but in my opinion, worth every penny. :o)


    1 Reply
    1. re: soypower
      toploin Feb 17, 2008 09:14 AM

      Thanks for taking the time to reply.
      Very much appreciated, this year I will make the pilgrimage to Canlis.

    2. w
      Walters Feb 17, 2008 07:29 AM

      Toploin, The basic nature of any steakhouse is to create an atmosphere and irrational mindset where paying $8.00 for a side of broccoli seems totally within reason. Given that, the Metropolitan Grill is top on my list for great steaks in Seattle. (They also offer the best onion rings in Seattle.) Jak's in West Seattle offers good steaks at good value and doesn't require you to alter your mind-body experience. For a great Seattle dining experience, I suggest skipping the steaks and going to Seven Stars Pepper and ordering the Szechuan Crab. Your Seattle meal will be memorable.

      7 Replies
      1. re: Walters
        toploin Feb 17, 2008 09:18 AM

        Thank you, too, Walters. I will certainly try your suggestions.
        (The only disagreable thing about dining in the States are your crazy drinking laws. For someone coming from a culture where wine flows from childhood, going to a restaurant with your 20 year-old kid and not being able to share a glass of wine is frustrating beyond belief!). Otherwise, I really enjoed the food in the States...

        1. re: toploin
          Walters Feb 17, 2008 10:16 AM

          Toploin, Actually it is legal for a parent to order wine for a child. However, no one will believe you if you tell them. Canlis might actually be the exception.

          1. re: Walters
            Lauren Feb 17, 2008 04:13 PM

            Actually, it's not. See FAQ 8 and pay attention to the word "consume". I'm pretty sure they don't make an exception if ones parents buy for them ;): http://www.liq.wa.gov/enforcement/enf...

            1. re: Lauren
              akq Feb 18, 2008 06:38 PM

              There is an exception to the prohibition against furnishing alcohol to minors where the minor's parent or guardian gives or permits the alcohol AND the alcohol is consumed in the presence of the parent or guardian AND it is not in a restaurant/bar or other establishment with a liquor license. RCW 66.44.270(3). Still doesn't help toploin or Walters, though. http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.as...

              1. re: akq
                Lauren Feb 19, 2008 08:13 AM

                Good point. Thanks for finding that. So a parent cannot "order" for a child (ordering would indicate a liquor license is involved) but could provide a glass of wine to a child at a private home. Makes sense to me.....

        2. re: Walters
          jaydeflix Feb 17, 2008 06:52 PM

          JaK's in the U District might be more accessible, considering they're going to UW.

          I'll admit, I haven't tried other steakhouses in town, mostly because I actually like JaK's experience a lot.

          1. re: Walters
            staffstuff Feb 20, 2008 04:38 PM

            how is the Szechuan Crab at Seven Stars Pepper prepared? Is it in the shell and stir-fried...what flavorings?

          2. l
            Lauren Feb 17, 2008 04:01 PM

            I'm not a big steakhouse fan as I happen to think that my husband grills the best steaks around (dry aged rib eye from Whole Foods) at less than half the cost. That said - it can be fun some times to do the whole steakhouse thing and, for that, I like Daniel's Broiler on Lake Union.

            1. landguy Feb 17, 2008 06:56 PM

              The Met is the best steakhouse in Seattle. It's well known for a reason.

              1. m
                MichaelG Feb 17, 2008 09:36 PM

                For the best steak, and good lighting, go to the Met. If money is an issue, just go to Jak's.

                1. a
                  akq Feb 18, 2008 06:28 PM

                  The best steak I've had in Seattle is at the Waterfront Seafood Grill (same restaurant group as El Gaucho). It's their Rib Steak. Definitely expensive (high 40s), but worth every penny. as an added bonus, all the seafood at WSG is also excellent, and they have their Emerald City Volcanos for dessert! (baked alaska, flamed tableside). Plus, amazing views. :) that's my vote.

                  If you want less expensive, try the steak frites at either the 35th Street Bistro or the Market Street Grill. YUM.

                  2 Replies
                  1. re: akq
                    barleywino Feb 19, 2008 07:22 AM

                    i agree with the rib steak recommendation at WSG. also like their crab bibb salad, crunchy prawn appetizer etc. The wagyu steak at Canlis is another good option (but the seafood options there aren't as good as WSG.)

                    1. re: barleywino
                      toploin Feb 19, 2008 10:47 AM

                      Thanks again, to everyone for taking time to post your suggestions. Seattle, here we come!
                      PS Continuing the discussion on serving alcohol to minors, I was reading the 2008 Wine Report by Tom Stevenson and the chapter on the Pacific Northwest is excellent, written by a locally-based wine writer (sorry, I forget his name) where he explains that the Washington State Liquor Board seems to be among the more anachronistically minded on the States... Pity... Personally, it is beyond my comprehension how someone can be entrusted with the vote and called upon to die for king and country and not ne allowed to decide upon his alcohol intake.

                  2. f
                    foodbound Feb 20, 2008 03:54 PM

                    If you go over to the Olympic Peninsula (on the way to Hurricane Ridge). Stop and eat at Dockside Grill down at John Wayne Marina, on the waterfront in Sequim. It's right off of Highway 101. There is no sign, other than the John Wayne Marina sign until you get to the Marina They have the best cedar planked Ribeye Steak, or Filet Mignon. Great seafood dishes too. You won't be disapointed!
                    Dockside Grill
                    2577 W Sequim Bay Rd
                    Sequim, Wa 98382 PH: 380-683-7510 or 888-640-7226

                    Show Hidden Posts