I gotta agree with most people here, your top choices in general are; Manny's, Morton's, and Ruth's Chris. They all have good steaks. Manny's is the place to go to "see and be seen." Morton's probably has the best Steak House atmosphere. Ruth's Chris, maybe a combination of the two.
Manny's has a 40 oz. Ribeye they call "The Bludgeon." I opted for the smaller 20 oz. variety on my last couple of visits, with no complaints. And the desserts, I went with the Brownie Sundae, which could feed three or four people.
Ruth's Chris had an excellent Porterhouse the last time I went. I'm guessing they finish it off in the oven with a stick or two of butter.
Another place that I haven't seen mentioned yet is Rossi's, in downtown Minneapolis. Last time there I ordered the Prime Rib, and it took me a minute to figure out why it tasted so delicious and different. They grill their Prime Rib, which was new at least to me.
Was not impressed with R. Norman's, nothing special. Same with Lindeys Prime Steak House, seemed to me to be the quality of an Outback.
Look forward to hearing which places you check out, and what you think of them.
conventionally, manny's. unconventionally (and before anyone yells at me :) limited menu, a couple of steaks only, grass-fed)-- the strip club, st. paul.
825 Marquette Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55402
Murray's Restaurant & Cocktail
24 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55402
The Strip Club
378 Maria Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55106
1 vote for Manny's here (hand raised). I would recommend Morton's or Ruth's Chris, but those are chains, and you can find them in other places. Lots of other places have good steaks on occasion (if you find a Thousand Hills ribeye at Cafe Levain, order it pronto), but for consistency and excellence in overall experience, I say Manny's.