Why we love it: Traditional Italian fare bolsters this steakhouse’s selection of hand-cut steaks, but the vibe strikes a casual chord. “We want people to feel comfortable in their own skin as they walk in the building,” says executive chef Sean McMonagle.
Try this: The Steak Christopher ($32) features two 4-ounce filet medalions served with gulf shrimp and a bearnaise sauce. 6001 Quarry Lane, Independence, 216-573-1991, delmonicoscleveland.com
Why we love it: The vaulted ceilings and gilded accents stun inside this converted bank, while the array of elevated, classic and Asian-inspired steak and seafood options further enchant us. “We leave people in shock by how good the food is, how great the quality of ingredients is and how simply we blend these flavors,” says executive chef Dakota Pullins.
Try this: The A5 Miyazaki Kobe ($20 per ounce, 4 ounce minimum) strip loin is gently seared and sprinkled with Hawaiian black lava salt. 623 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 216-523-7000, marbleroomcle.com
Red, the Steakhouse
Why we love it: This sleek, classy space leaves traditional steakhouse vibes behind for a modern feel, but the pomp doesn’t get in the way of the menu. “It’s about elevating that experience so [diners] can just be blown away,” says executive chef Michael Tolosa.
Try this: The certified angus beef prime rib-eye ($53) is topped with kosher salt, pepper and herb-garlic oil. 417 Prospect Ave., Cleveland, 216-664-0941, redthesteakhouse.com
Why we love it: Marrying farm-to-table with fine dining, the seasonal menu and rustic decor highlight the restaurant’s commitment to sustainability. “We want to showcase the best of Ohio and the best of Cleveland,” says general manager Andy Hata.
Try this: The tasting platter ($66) comes with 6 ounces each of a grass-fed New York strip, prime corn-fed New York strip and a 21-day dry-aged New York strip. 1325 E. Sixth St., Cleveland, 216-771-7707, urbanfarmercleveland.com
XO Prime Steaks
Why we love it: This boutique-style steakhouse remains a culinary landmark by melding a selection of European and American traditions. “Our menu is a little more creative than your standard steakhouse,” says owner Zdenko Zovkic.
Try this: The 16 ounce Delmonico ($48.95) can be served with toppings such as foie gras butter ($5) or a 7-pepper rub ($4). 500 W. St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, 216-861-1919, xoprimesteaks.com