20 Best Steakhouses In America Ranked

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Celebrity chef John Tesar's Knife is a steakhouse stand-out in a state full of incredible meat-centric restaurants. His Dallas, Texas, restaurant specializes in meticulous preparations, long dry aging, and innovative ingredient combinations. Although you'll find plenty of familiar menu items, like flat iron steaks and short ribs, at Knife, there's a good chance that you haven't had them quite this way before.

— Elizabeth Lavis

10 Big Dallas Restaurant Openings We're Looking Forward to in 2024

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Just in case you've eaten at every other restaurant in town, here are some new ones to try.
Last year proved to be massive for restaurant openings in Dallas, but 2024 is already hot on its heels. With new concepts from local chefs to out-of-town sensations making their local debuts, the new year is already shaping up to be both exciting and busy for local dining devotees.

— Carly May Gravley

Best Of 2023: Restaurants

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There's so much great stuff to eat and do in North Texas. But what's the best? Just as the year ends, here's a moment for us — and you — to look back at the best of the best for 2023.

Top 100 restaurants in dallas

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The Dallas dining scene continues to woo us. From Icelandic hot dogs to Hawaiian lunch plates to Italian street food, the options to indulge are bountiful. We started this list of the top 100 restaurants in Dallas in 2018 and every year since have added new ones and dropped an equal number.

14 Best Restaurants in Plano, TX

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Whether you live in Plano, Texas, or just passing through, you will note a great culinary scene. Because of all the different types of people living in the area, there are several great ethnic restaurants to visit during your next trip to Plano. If you are looking for some of the best restaurants in Plano, keep on reading!

Knife is a top-rated steakhouse in Dallas that offers a great dining experience

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The restaurant is modern and sophisticated, with a lively atmosphere and attentive staff who make you feel welcome from the moment you step inside. The menu at Knife is focussed around the best steak cuts available in the US, and it features an impressive selection of cuts from top-quality beef producer 44 Farms.

The Worst Celebrity Chef Tantrums Of All Time

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You know what they say, 'if you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen', but what if you are the kitchen? Let's face it, being famous isn't always easy, and certain celebrity chefs have a tougher time handling the spotlight than others. While some chefs are brazen enough to unleash their wrath on camera, others prefer to engage in toxic behavior behind the scenes. Either way, celebrity chefs throwing tantrums has made for some wince-worthy moments over the years.

— Mary K. Cahill

Your Guide To The Best Places For Steak In Collin County

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Knife is the visionary destination by acclaimed “bad boy” chef John Tesar, the James Beard-nominated, two-time Bravo Top Chef contestant and now Michelin Star-badged spatula ace. No surprise, then, that Tesar takes his beef seriously. He flanks his cred with true Texas roots, sourcing from Texas ranchers, including Heartbrand Beef and 44 Farms, to ensure the tastiest cuts.

— Mark Stuertz

Dallas steakhouse ranked among 2022's 10 best in the country: report

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Coming in at No. 8 on the list is Knife in the city of Dallas. You can find some of the best steaks in Texas and the country at this restaurant on Mockingbird Lane, “Top Chef alum John Tesar uses Texas-raised, all-natural beef at Knife, his upscale steakhouse in Dallas. The menu boasts a variety of specialty cuts in addition to several burgers, fresh seafood, pastas, seasonal salads and raw bar selections,” Gayot wrote.

— Caleb Wethington

Is Dallas a Michelin Star-Worthy City? We Asked Michelin-Star Chefs

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For Dallas, the exalted designation of a Michelin-starred restaurant now comes by proxy. Last week, longtime Dallas chef John Tesar received one Michelin star for his restaurant Knife & Spoon in Orlando, Florida. And, yes, we had Knife first. So, this doesn't seem fair at all.

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The Official MICHELIN Guide

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We spent an exciting moment with @chefjohntesar of restaurant @knifespoonorlando newly awarded 1 Star in the MICHELIN Guide Florida talking to him about how it feels to win his first MICHELIN Star and what it means to him and his career.

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Dallas chef wins surprise Michelin star, one of the greatest honors in food

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Dallas chef John Tesar won his first Michelin star on June 9, during a ceremony that honors the best culinarians in Florida. Tesar's restaurant, Knife & Spoon, located at the Ritz-Carlton resort in Orlando, hosted the event — but Tesar didn't know he would be honored.

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2022 Best Steakhouses in the U.S.A.

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'Top Chef' alum John Tesar uses Texas-raised, all-natural beef at Knife, his upscale steakhouse in Dallas. The menu boasts a variety of specialty cuts in addition to several burgers, fresh seafood, pastas, seasonal salads and raw bar selections.

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This Dallas steakhouse ranked among top 10 steakhouses in America for 2022

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Dallas' Knife on Mockingbird Lane has been listed among the top 10. Gayot says, Chef John Tesar presents his modern take on the steakhouse at The Highland Dallas. Watch the chefs in action from a seat at the green-tiled counter facing the open kitchen, or settle into one of the booths or tables. The adjacent lounge serves the full menu, while the patio attracts patrons with its cozy outdoor fireplace.”

— Caleb Wethington

The 30 Most Essential Food Experiences in Dallas


Like any major city, Dallas is home to an abundance of quintessential restaurants that have served as culinary hubs for generations of locals and visitors. Of course, we're also privileged to enjoy an ever-evolving dining scene that never ceases to surprise.

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— Steven Lindsey

The best place to eat steak in every state


Steakhouses are pretty much on every corner in every city in Texas, so it's challenging to separate the “Prime” from the “Choice,” to use official USDA terms.

— Chris Suppay

50 Best Steakhouses in the U.S., Ranked


Get a little “exotic,” as one of the menu sections suggests, trying out the 32-ounce 240-day dry-aged bone-in ribeye. The bacon flight also impresses with its five slabs curated from around the world.

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— Alexa Erickson and Jessie Fetterling

30 Must Try Restaurants & Food in Dallas & Fort Worth for 2022 (Best Thing I Ate)

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Chef John Tesar has done a masterful job at creating a steakhouse that exceeds all expectations of what a steak dinner experience should be. He offers a Texas-sized variety of meats and cuts where a true steak connoisseur will feel like a kid in a candy store. His “Bacon Sampler” appetizer melts in your mouth with each bite....

— Trey Chapman

The Absolute Best Steakhouses In America


If you find yourself in Texas, you can almost bet on any meal centering around the state's favorite food: meat. When you're not ingesting a questionable amount of the delicious BBQ that they are known for, steak is what's on the menu. Per D Magazine, in this fiercely competitive landscape, Knife has risen the ranks in becoming the premier destination to get your carnivore on in Dallas...

The Absolute Best Steakhouses In America: Knife
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20 Best Restaurants in Dallas

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This buzzy steakhouse, located inside the Highland hotel, is worth the hype. Even in the dead of summer, the atmosphere is warm and cozy, the intimate yet buzzy dining room populated with a healthy crowd. If you enjoy dry-aged meats, then there is simply no other option in town. John Tesar takes pride in producing his 240-day dry-aged rib eye, which emerges salty, tender, and divine. Split with the table, and pair with sides like okra, carrots, or macaroni and cheese with bacon bread crumbs.

— David Landsel, Diana Oates, and Jonathan Thompson

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Top Chef alum John Tesar's ode to beef is a modern take on the traditional chophouse, with high ceilings, brightly colored tile, warm lighting, and an airy patio. The menu features a bacon tasting spanning five varieties, so that's obviously where you should start...

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— Kevin Gray

The best dry-aged steaks in America are at this Dallas steakhouse

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If you‘re a fan of prime beef that's been dry-aged a super long time — 120 to 240 days— make dinner plans at chef John Tesar's Knife Plano or Knife Dallas. I've eaten meals at both restaurants recently, and they've never been better … the steaks they're serving right now are among the very best in America. The beef here will prove to you that properly dry-aged beef does not taste of funk and bleu cheese but of brown butter, truffles and toast...

— Mike Hiller

Knife & Spoon

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With a discreet entrance tucked off the lobby of The Ritz-Carlton Grand Lakes, Orlando, the restaurant greets you in a grand way with a huge open kitchen, windows all around and a dramatic ceiling that looks like a geode cut and open with dim light coming down from above. It's Chef John Tesar's new restaurant in Orlando, and he recruited other chefs from top Marriott hotels across the state. Everyone who knows food in Orlando is talking about this place—and also talking about how it's great for a special occasion.

— Terry Ward

The 28 Most Essential Food Experiences in Dallas

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While there are literally thousands of life-changing dishes to try in and around Dallas (hint: we've devoted full lists to the subject, from killer burgers and BBQ to Mexican food and brunch), we've narrowed down the choices into one wide-ranging bucket list-style roundup for your hunger-fueled convenience. As you eat your way through the metro area, you're likely to discover plenty of other contenders worth adding to your own all-time greats map, but consider this lineup a fantastic headstart.

— Steven Lindsey

A Top Chef's Secret to Cooking the Perfect Steak

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For many Americans, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of backyard grilling season. But before you pull out your grill and get it ready for your first big cookout, chef John Tesar has some advice that may make you rethink everything you thought you knew about cooking a steak.

— Noah Rothbaum

Is Dallas the country's steakhouse capital?

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Perhaps most radical of all is Dallas' first celebrity-chef steakhouse, John Tesar's Knife, now with three area locations. The French-trained Tesar cooked alongside Anthony Bourdain in New York in the '80s before moving to Las Vegas and then Dallas, where he earned five stars at the city's famous Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek hotel.

— Larry Olmsted

Knife and Spoon at the Ritz-Carlton sears the best steaks in Orlando

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Knife & Spoon, the Ritz-Carlton newcomer whose eminence is rooted in chef John Tesar's prized proteins. You'll recognize Tesar, the four-time James Beard Award nominee, from his appearances on Top Chef seasons 10 and 14, or as the character called 'Jimmy Sears' in Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential.

— Faiyaz Kara

A big ol' juicy steak

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Steakhouses have always been a mainstay of the Dallas dining scene, both as places where big-bucks business deals take place over martinis and filets and the go-to option for a celebratory meal for birthdays, graduations, and pandemic vaccines (soon). Among the mightiest of the meaty, you'll never regret a Prime Cowboy Ribeye from Al Biernat's, a Prime porterhouse from the flagship location of Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, or one of John Tesar's dry aged steaks aged up to 240 days at Knife Steakhouse.

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— Steven Lindsey


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Reinventing the steakhouse experience, Knife is the celebrated concept from regionally and nationally acclaimed John Tesar. Named to Esquire magazine's best new restaurants 2014, the Knife restaurants offer high-quality, exceptional meats from Texan ranchers and farmers, features dry-aged classic and prime cuts as well as specialty cuts such as chuck flap, outside skirt, culotte, beef cheeks, oxtail and Akaushi beef.

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The Best Steakhouses in America

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The first time I tried John Tesar's food at Knife, it was to get the burger, which also happens to be one of my favorite burgers in the world. But the second time I went to Knife, I was freed from the shackles of burger eating, and I got to really see just what Tesar and his crew could do when that meat wasn't ground up at all. But before I even get into the steaks, let's talk a little bit about the fact that there is a five-piece bacon tasting and a ham tasting.

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— Kevin Alexander

10 Best Restaurant Meals Of The Year

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This is the rare eatery that made my list in back to back years - I was wowed when I first ate here while doing a burger story in 2018, and it was one of the key reasons I returned to Dallas to do a magazine feature on the city's amazing high-end steakhouse culture and offerings, a range arguably better than any other steakhouse centric city on earth.

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— Larry Olmsted

‘Top Chef' Alum John Tesar Brings West Coast Surf and Turf to Dana Point

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The Dallas-based chef opens Outer Reef inside the Laguna Cliffs Marriott
It's no longer a rumor: Former Top Chef contestant John Tesar's seafood restaurant Outer Reef is headed to Dana Point at the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, with an opening slated for the end of 2018. Tesar is a four-time James Beard nominee, and appeared twice on Bravo's culinary competition show.

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— Mona Holmes

John Tesar taps fellow 'Top Chef' alum Gerald Sombright for Knife & Spoon at Orlando's Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes

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It'll be a Top Chef reunion of sorts when Knife & Spoon opens inside the Ritz-Carlton Grande Lakes this spring. We told you a couple of weeks ago that Top Chef Season 10 and 14 alum John Tesar, a four-time James Beard Award semifinalist for “Best Southwest Chef,” is opening his modern steak and seafood concept in the old Norman's space in April or May of this year.

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— Faiyaz Kara

2020's Most Anticipated American Restaurant Openings

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Dallas steakhouse Knife made Esquire's list of the 40 most important restaurants from 2010 to 2019. That's a big win nationally for chef John Tesar, as it's just one of two Texas restaurants on writer Jeff Gordinier's list.

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— Sarah Blaskovich

Which Dallas restaurant was named by ‘Esquire' as one of the ‘most important restaurants of the decade'?

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The future of dining in America looks bright. Next year, some of the country's most iconic cooks—alongside legendary chefs from around the world—will unleash fresh new dining engagements, from mod Mexican to casual French, to dry-aged beef-powered Korean. Expect projects from big-time names like chef Enrique Olvera of Mexico City's Pujol, hometown hero chef Daniel Humm from Eleven Madison Park, and restaurateur Danny Meyer, whose Shake Shack empire needs no introduction.

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— Kat Odell

15 Excellent Options For Dining On Christmas Eve & Day in Dallas

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Considering how much thought goes into buying all those gifts, booking travel, and hosting holiday shindigs, the most important question during the season is always "What are we going to eat on Christmas Day?"
Another classic Feast of the Seven Fishes can be found at Knife Plano, where just 40 guests can enjoy an exclusive taste of the Roman Catholic traditional seven-course meal the way only chef John Tesar can serve it.

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— Rachel Pinn

America's 50 best steakhouses

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From grand Las Vegas carnivore temples helmed by world-famous chefs to clubby Chicago dining rooms loaded with mahogany and brass to New York institutions with now-household names, the steakhouse is an American icon. These are the 50 best...

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— Dan Myers

12 essential steakhouses in dallas

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Chef John Tesar's meat temple at The Highland has racked up accolades and inspired a cookbook.

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— Amy McCarthy

Chefs for farmers

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Top Chef star John Tesar is kicking things up a notch at the Chefs for Farmers Festival. He joins Good Day to share his skillet fried chicken recipe.

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A Burger Scholar's Quest for the Best Burgers in Texas....

21 best restaurants in Dallas

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There's so much more to the city than barbecue and Tex-Mex (but it's got that, too)...

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— David Landsel and Diana Oates

Make the Best Burger Ever at Home

Chef John Tesar showing how to cook the best burger ever at home with Jane McGarry on Good Morning Texas.

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— Karla Coe-Specker

John Tesar Raises the Steaks in Dallas

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A five-time James Beard nominee and twice a contestant on “Top Chef,” John Tesar is known for being bold both in and out of the kitchen. He worked in Manhattan and Las Vegas before moving to Dallas in 2007;

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— Jennifer McKee

The 10 Best Steakhouses in Dallas

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Since 2011, when we last published our list of the best steakhouses in Dallas, we've seen the arrival of a new steak age. I visited 20 steakhouses to determine the best 10, and two of the top three represent the new guard.

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— Eve Hill-Agnus

One of the World's Greatest BBQ Pitmasters Has Created the Ultimate Guide to Steak

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In 2015, Aaron Franklin gave us all his brisket secrets. Built around a 15-page treatise of technique, science and art, Franklin BBQ: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto, showed us why so many people wait in line at Franklin's Austin restaurant: because smoking the best beef in Texas is a lot of work! Among barbecue geeks...

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— Jason Cohen

Brioche French Toast

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Chef John John Tesar from Knife stops by the Good Day kitchen to share a brunch recipe. Knife is now open at the Shops at Willow Bend in Plano and will soon open for lunch, brunch, and dinner.

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Knife, located in the Highland Dallas, is a reinvention of the steakhouse experience. Knife is the highly awarded restaurant created by nationally acclaimed, James Beard-nominated and Bravo's.

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How Long Should Steak Be Dry Aged? — The Meat Show

This week on The Meat Show, host and professional carnivore Nick Solares heads to Knife, chef John Tesar's upscale Dallas steakhouse, to sample dry

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RESTAURANTS / LISTS Texas Dominates Best Steakhouses in America Rankings

No place does steak better than Texas — and now there's even more proof. Three Texas meat temples made the exclusive

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The 31 Best Steakhouses in America

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Our restaurant critic, Pete Wells, explains why bringing your gripes to the management instead of anonymously torching the place online will make everybody happier. Need opinions on where to eat? They're easy to find these days

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— Matt Lynch

How to Complain at a Restaurant?

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Our restaurant critic, Pete Wells, explains why bringing your gripes to the management instead of anonymously torching the place online will make everybody happier. Need opinions on where to eat? They're easy to find these days

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January Five-Star Service: Heather Baloga

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There are some people who just get it. Heather Baloga is one of them. Her passion for food and customer service started long before she ever realized it. It was the large family dinners, where her grandmother would cook up

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10 Best Restaurant Meals Of 2018

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— Larry Olmsted

The Scoop: A Fancy Caviar Dinner and a Family Guy Themed Pop-Up Bar

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Chef John Tesar and Michael Passmore are hosting a caviar dinner: Chef John Tesar and Michael Passmore, founder of Passmore Ranch, are hosting a special caviar and champagne dinner on January 11.

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— Catherine Downes

KNIFE at The District at Willow Bend

At Knife Chef John Tesar is reinventing the steak house by taking it back to it's Texas roots at Knife.

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The Dish: Chef John Tesar

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Click here to watch Chef John's interview on CBS This Morning's The Dish

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Knife: Steakhouse Meals at Home

Click Here buy a copy of John's new cookbook “KNIFE STEAKHOUSE MEALS AT HOME”.

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The 40 Most Important Restaurants of the Decade

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Knife Dallas2014-presentJust when the American steakhouse started to grow stale, John Tesar found a way to reinvent it.

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The 25 Best Steakhouses in America Right Now

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You know you're in Texas when a steakhouse's sauce list includes béarnaise and salsa verde. Dallas' Knife, the flagship of Top Chef alum John Tesar, offers old-school cuts like filet au poivre and pork porterhouse along with exotics like grilled short ribs and a 240-day dry-aged rib eye. Most of the beef comes from 44 Farms, a century-old, black Angus producer in Cameron, Texas.

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Ten tasty Dallas area destinations to indulge your inner carnivore

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If there's one thing that Dallasites love, it's a good steak. Which is only fitting since Texas is the top beef producing state in the nation. So it should come as no surprise that the metroplex is brimming with high-quality steakhouses. The only difficult part is deciding which one to choose.

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35 Best Steakhouses in the U.S., Ranked

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Get a little “exotic,” as one of the menu sections suggests, trying out the 32-ounce 240-day dry-aged bone-in ribeye. The bacon flight also impresses with its five slabs curated from around the world.

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— Alexa Erickson and Jessie Fetterling

The 2021 Best of Big D

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At steak wizard John Tesar's den, we crave the off-cut bavette from 44 Farms as much as the behemoth rib-eye, dry-aged 240 days. We also love the story of how he sold steaks during lockdown, dropping marbled flesh into waiting car trunks. Honorable mention: Town Hearth


These Texas eateries ranked among the best steakhouses in America: report

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Here are the top steakhouses in the Lone Star State that made the list, and boy oh boy do you know how to cook some meat

— Caleb Wethington

Top 50 Restaurants

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Our list of the Dallas area's 50 Best Restaurants reflects the values we want to see in Dallas cooking. Integrity, seasonality, and originality take pride of place over flashy style. From Texas barbecue to Sri Lankan burritos, this is our most diverse list ever.


The 14 Essential Restaurants in Plano

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This northern suburb boasts a growing dining scene.

— Courtney E. Smith

Acclaimed Dallas Chef John Tesar Imports His Meaty Steakhouse Knife to Dana Point

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After a heralded opening in Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa in Dana Point, Dallas chef John Tesar has decided to flip the seafood-focused Outer Reef into a West Coast branch of his beloved steakhouse Knife. Called Knife Modern Steak, the menu here in California should differ from Tesar's Texan steakhouses, weaving in some seafood dishes that may have been more apt for Outer Reef once it opens on June 22.

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— Matthew Kang

The 11 Best Steakhouses in the World, According to Michelin

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Across America, the steakhouse has become an institution, a place where big slabs of beef are given the sheen of refined décor and service. They're the kind of restaurant that's able to meld an air of fine dining and comfort food. But for as much as Americans love steakhouses, Michelin is very particular about the ones it will give its stamp of approval. After all, there are more Michelin three-starred restaurants in American than there are one-starred steakhouses in the entire world.


Inside Knife Modern Steak, a New Southern California Steakhouse From Michelin-Starred Chef John Tesar

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Some serious surf and turf and this new Dana Point restaurant.

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26 Best Steakhouses In Dallas, Ranked

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When visiting Dallas, you will find a few tried and true attributes, including impeccable shopping, luxurious accommodations, and high-end, premium-quality steaks. Dallas is the home of Nieman Marcus, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, and some of the finest steakhouses in the country.


RESTAURANTS 25 Best Steakhouse Restaurants In Dallas

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Awarded 'Best Steakhouse' in Dallas by D Magazine, Knife is certainly one of the best steakhouses in America. 'Top Chef' contestant and James Beard award winner Chef John Tesar is at the helm of this acclaimed kitchen and is responsible for sourcing the best beef known to Texas. Over the years, Tesar has developed relationships with over 40 farmers and ranchers in Texas, and his menu showcases their seasonal crops and sustainable, locally sourced beef, pork, and lamb. Every oenophile will be delighted to peruse the wine list, which features over 300 bottles. The restaurant has an onsite sommelier available at all times to help guide guests.

— Jennifer Goldsmith

The Best Steakhouses in Dallas

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You can hardly stroll through Dallas without tripping over a steakhouse. The options are plentiful, but if you're going to drop a paycheck on steak, sides and wine, you want to ensure that the meal is worth the splurge. Fortunately, Dallas sports an eclectic and excellent array of steakhouses, ranging from old school haunts to modern, red meat-laden palaces, where you're guaranteed to leave happy and full.

— Kevin Gray