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A Look at the Best Steaks in the Triangle

Formerly Michael Deans, 1705Prime is upscale dining at its best! The elegant atmosphere is perfect for the quiet dinner for two or small intimate groups. The menu now includes Red and Black Angus selections as well as the signature USDA prime, dry aged beef they are famous for in Raleigh. Executive Chef Todd Ohle and his staff promise a dining experience you will not soon forget.

Blue Fin’s Bistro

3652 Rogers Rd Wake Forest, NC 27587 (919) 562-1118
The pub style atmosphere makes Blue Fin’s a comfortable place to relax and enjoy a good steak. If you want to bring the family or hang out with friends, this is the place. They offer a good variety of menu choices along with the steaks including their crowd pleasing crab cakes.

Jimmy V’s Steakhouse & Tavern
107 Edinburgh S Dr. Cary, NC 27511 (919) 380-8210
If atmosphere is what you are looking for, Jimmy V’s is the place for you. The rich décor complete with photos of the late Jim Valvano, invite you to sit and indulge in one of the best steaks around. The staff makes every effort to ensure a great dining experience. While Jimmy V’s may not be the easiest place to find, it is well worth the effort.

Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
100 E Franklin St 3rd Floor, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 (919) 929-8676
Enjoy a really good brew with your steak? If so, head to the Top of the Hill. A wide variety, including signature beers brewed on site share space on this sophisticated menu with such offerings as oysters Florentine and the local favorite Chef’s Filet Mignon. They also do a booming lunch business with less pretentious items like buttermilk fried chicken and great burgers. Patio dining is a bonus in nice weather.

Metro 8 Steakhouse
746 Ninth St. Durham, NC 27705 (919) 416-1700
Chef/Owner Francisco Pirillo’s Argentinean heritage gives the Metro 8 a twist on the usual steak restaurante. Homemade fettuccine porcini, sushi-grade herb crusted tuna tempt the taste buds right along with the fabulous steaks and chops as good as any in the Triangle. Whether you choose the enclosed heated patio for that romantic dinner for two or the spacious open dining room, every table is a winner.

Cooleys Restaurant & Pub
305 S Main St. Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526-2224 (919) 552-0543
Small town atmosphere where the waiters know your name and your favorite drink, awaits you at Cooleys. A suprising menu assortment and the quality of the food make Cooleys a local favorite. They serve a great steak but have plenty of good choices for those looking to eat lighter as well. It is a kid and wallet friendly place to get a great meal.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House
2010 Renaissance Park Pl. Cary, NC 27513 (919) 677-0033
Ruth’s Chris is the exception to the rule when it comes to “chain” restaurants. While they do have many locations throughout the country, nothing about the food or the atmosphere feels duplicated. The fabulous entrees on the menu along with the Creole appetizers, amazing side dishes and homemade desserts make Ruth’s Chris a favorite in any location. If you like something a little different, try your custom-aged beef “Oscar” style with asparagus, crab cakes and an out of this world béarnaise sauce.

Tavola Rossa
5300 Homewood Banks Dr. Raleigh, NC 27612 (919) 532-7100
Are you a pasta nut looking for a good steak? Tavola Rossa can accommodate both passions. Authentic Italian food served in a Tuscan style atmosphere with room for two or twelve at your table. The peppered Dirty Steak is a favorite of the regulars and you can get pasta on the side. What more could you ask? They have free wi-fi, too.

Papa Jack’s Fine Steaks
3218 Guess Rd. Durham, NC 27705-2647 (919) 620-6188
If you are looking for something very family friendly but don’t want to settle for mediocre food, Papa Jack’s is the place. The service is friendly, the menu is basic steakhouse fare and the steaks are as close to perfect as it gets with the kids in tow. Good quality food at equally good prices has made Jack’s a local favorite.

Ram’s Head Rathskeller
157 1/2 E Franklin St. Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3630 (919) 942-5158
The Ram’s Head has been a tradition with Carolina students and alumni for longer than most can remember. Many on the staff have been around for years and the place oozes with tradition and charm. The rooms are decorated eclectically so each dining experience can be different for everyone. Variety gives everyone a choice in menu selections and the steak is a good choice. This is a great family place steeped in Carolina tradition.

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