Baltimore's Best Steakhouses

Charm cities best prime cuts
January 1, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Try one of these traditional haunts  for a juicy cut and a proper cocktail – served up with panache.

The Prime Rib
Seafood · Mt. Vernon · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.6

Do as they do in "Mad Men" "dress up and have a martini" – at this "classic" Mt. Vernon steakhouse (with branches in DC and Maryland Live! Casino) that's operating at the "top of its game" , delivering "fantastic" "slabs of meat" and "masterful seafood" ; from the "1940s supper club vibe" to the "sublime" tuxedoed service, it's a "perfect evening out" ; P.S. business-casual dress is recommended.
Lewnes' Steakhouse
Steakhouse · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.5

A "go-to for best impressions" , this venerable "locally owned, locally run" Eastport steakhouse "easily competes with the famous names" say those who rave about its "invariably excellent" cuts, sides "meant to be shared" and "extensive" wine list; "retro booths" and "low lights" encourage "private conversation" , and "knowledgeable" servers "go out of their way" to please, so although it's "pricey" , remember, "you get what you pay for.
Ruth's Chris Steak House - Water Street
Steakhouse · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

You always "know what you're getting" at this eminently "reliable" , "classy" steakhouse chain: "superior" chops smothered in "buttery excellence" that "melt in your mouth" after "sizzling" all the way to the table via "unobtrusive" , "top-of-the-line" servers; in short, go for a "truly prime" time – just "bring your wallet.
The Capital Grille
Seafood · Inner Harbor · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.5

At these "clubby" steakhouses oozing "sophistication" and "swagger" , "toothsome" slabs of beef are matched with "phenomenal" wine by "snazzy" -looking servers who "remember who you are" ; yes, this National Aquarium–side branch is part of a chain, but "still very well run" , and all outposts are "fine incarnations" of the genre, so expect "prices that reflect the quality.
Sullivan's Steakhouse
Steakhouse · Downtown West · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

Satisfy the urge to "splurge" at this "enjoyable" Inner Harbor link in a national chain, a Chicago-style steakhouse known for its chops "done to perfection" , "equally good" classic sides and "fancy cocktails" brought by "attentive" servers in a spacious, retro wood-paneled setting; a bar scene at happy hour contributes to a "lively" atmosphere.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Steakhouse · Harbor East · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

Superior " cuts of " brilliant " beef and an “ excellent ” wine selection bring fans to the Harbor East link of this " high-end " steakhouse chain; adding to the " wonderful experience ” are " accommodating " servers who ably tend the " busy " dining room, with dark-wood decor and a “ nice atmosphere.”
Parts & Labor
American · Remington · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

“A meat lover’s nirvana” , this “hip” butcher and hot spot in a former Remington auto shop puts the “emphasis on lesser-known cuts” to yield “wonderful housemade charcuterie” and other “carnivore delights” chased with “interesting” craft beers; the communal table–equipped quarters get “busy and noisy” , but most “wouldn’t change a thing” about the “smart staff” and “adventuresome” spirit.