9 essential KC steakhouses to put on your beefy bucket list

Photo by Zach Bauman
Photo by Zach Bauman

High-End Steakhouses

Capital Grille

Capital Grille has been a fixture on the Plaza since its opening in 2001. It’s part of a national chain, but Kansas Citians hold a special place in their hearts for this longstanding paragon of excellence. Almost a year ago, Capital Grille moved to a larger location a couple blocks down on the Plaza, inside the former Williams-Sonoma. The new digs include a handsome horseshoe bar, patio seating and six private dining rooms. You can still find those top-notch dry-aged steaks and addictive Stoli Dolis. 4760 Broadway Blvd., KCMO

Stock Hill

Gatsby vibes abound at Stock Hill, a steakhouse designed for boozy business dinners and special occasion meals. The bar and lounge area fea-tures an attractive assembly of white marble, plush emerald green couches and gold accents while the dining rooms boast white tablecloths tucked into cozy alcoves. It’s the perfect place to slice into an exceptional cut, from local beef to Wagyu and Akaushi from Texas. 4800 Main St., KCMO

Eddie V’s

Eddie V’s on the Plaza has an interior as sleek and modern as its menu. There is a stunning lump crab cake with just a whisper of breadcrumbs to hold the thing together, and the steaks can be ordered wrapped in bacon or with a number of “indulgences” in the way of scallops, crab-stuffed shrimp, king crab legs or lobster tail. Polish off your meal with the bananas foster butter cake, which your server will set aflame tableside with a flourish. 700 W. 47th St., KCMO 

801 Chophouse

There’s a certain old-school charm to 801 Chophouse, which has local locations in Leawood and the Power & Light District. It’s something to do with the hardwood floors, tufted leath-er barstools and chairs, and warm redwood accents—and, of course, a rustic menu filled to bursting with heavy cuts (eight ounces is as small as it gets here). Pile on the decadence with a helping of foie gras, bearnaise or black truffle butter. 71 E. 14th St., KCMO and 11616 Ash St., Leawood

KC Classic Steakhouses

The Majestic Restaurant & Jazz Club

Of course, the steaks at Majestic are excellent. But what draws most people into the Majestic is the history of the place: The three-story building, built in 1911, began as Fitzpatrick’s Saloon, with a public room on the main floor and a bawdy house on the top. During Prohibition, the basement was a speakeasy where boss Tom Pendergast conducted business. Today, the basement contains the Majestic Jazz Club while the top floor houses the members-only Pendergast Club, a luxurious cigar and cocktail lounge. 931 Broadway Blvd., KCMO

Pierpont’s at Union Station

Every Kansas Citian should, at some point in their residence, enjoy a steak and a martini at the long mahogany and marble bar at Pierpont’s. When Union Station opened in 1914, these dining rooms were originally a set of ladies’ waiting rooms. The restaurant opened as Pierpont’s in 1996, named for railroad baron John Pierpont Morgan, and today, the ornate ceilings and sumptuous art deco details are enough to make you feel like you’re eating in a palace, not a train station. 30 W. Pershing Road, KCMO

Hereford House

This KC classic has stood the test of time with sixty years of experience and five locations. They still slice the meat by hand and age every cut for three weeks before grilling it on charcoal. Various locations

Golden Ox

One of Kansas City’s most beloved steak-houses is built into the historic Livestock Exchange Building. The restaurant closed in 2014 and was later purchased, renovated and reopened by restaurateurs Wes Gartner and Jill Myers, who also own and operate Voltaire across the street. Dining at Golden Ox is like taking a step back in time to its mid-century heyday, down to the glow of the brass light fixtures stamped with cattle brands. 600 Genessee St., KCMO

Jess and Jim’s Steakhouse

Jess and Jim’s opened in 1938, and the Martin City steakhouse hasn’t changed much since then. It’s still operated by relatives of founder Jim Wright, and many of the staff have been working there for decades. It doesn’t take long for new guests to feel like at home, and if the hand-cut steaks don’t win your loyalty, a pile of hand-battered onion rings will. 517 E. 135th St., Martin City

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