The Daily Meal recently published our list of the Best Steakhouses in America for 2014, and in order to compile our ranking, we assembled a list of nearly 200 of the nation’s leading steakhouses, culled from pre-existing rankings by leading authorities both in print and online. To be as fair as possible, we excluded chains with more than a few locations, barred restaurants that don’t focus exclusively on steaks, and also did not consider ethnic steakhouses, like Brazilian churrascarias, were also left out since they form a category of their own. We then judged them according to strict criteria: Is the meat sourced reputably and USDA Choice or Prime? Is it as high-quality as can be, served at the proper temperature without fail and with just the right amount of ceremony? And, is it locally revered while simultaneously embodying a gastronomic destination for out-of-towners? We also took into consideration the overall steakhouse experience; the service must be top-notch, the attention to detail should be spot-on, and diners should feel compelled to sit back in their chair after their meal, pleasantly stuffed and content in the knowledge that they just enjoyed one of the best steaks they will ever have.
Located inside a historic Seattle building dating to 1903, Metropolitan Grill has all the trappings of a classic and upscale steakhouse: large mahogany doors, a tuxedo-clad maître d’, cuts of beef on display, soaring ceilings, crown moldings, oversized booths, and plenty of brass and mahogany. But don’t let the outward display fool you: the focus here is on the beef. Chef Eric Hellner sources the Prime steak from Double R Ranch in Washington State, and it’s all custom dry-aged, seasoned with a proprietary spice mix, and seared over hot mesquite charcoal. The 60-foot black marble bar is a jewel (don’t miss the award-winning martinis) and the wine list has received Wine Spectator’s “Best of Award of Excellence.”
Metropolitan Grill snagged the very respectable #15 spot in our compilation, beating out John Howie Steak (#30), and so claims the title of the best steakhouse in The Emerald City.