Stuart's Top Ten Places to Eat Steak!

1: Bobby Van's, Had wonderful meals at both Washington, D.C. locations. Everything was great from start to finish. Filet was perfectly cooked and tender. Onion rings were crispy and sweet. (Sept. 2009)

2: Library Restaurant - Portsmouth, NH- Very nice room and quiet - Food was high quality with large portions - We had the Filet and the center cut sirloin. Both were juicy and perfectly cooked. Hand cut fries were terrific as were the garlic mashed. Marcoroni and cheese was excellent. - Tasty desserts - Garlic bread was a nice touch as well! - Friendly wait staff! (2/14/21)

3: The Steakhouse - Rt 1 - Wells, ME - Steak was perfectly prepared and very tasty. Reasonably priced $29.95 for a 12 ounce filet with all the fixings.
                                          It is truly OUTSTANDING! - Can be a little noisy with so many families but it is a tourist area in the summer.  
                                          Arrive early to avoid the lines. Be sure to give it a try when your in the area! (2021)

4: The Palm - (any location) Dined at the L.A. restaurant - Steak was outstanding. Soft & tender - Cut like butta.
                      Recently ate at the Las Vegas local and had the filet - Most excellent!

5: Max Downtown - Hartford, Ct - Just had the bone in 18 oz filet - Just an amazing piece of tender meat you will ever have! The deserts were out of this world also. Everything was excellent including the service. VERY HIGH PRICES is the only fault. (8/16/2008)

6: Ken's Steakhouse - Natick, MA - Had the sirloin strip and was very tasty - Crisp onion rings - High quality meal at a very reasonable price!

7: Mitchell's - Columbus, Ohio - Everything was excellent - TRY THE LAMB!

8: Dementers Steakhouse - 3612 Lafayette Rd  Portsmouth, NH - Nice modern atmosphere - We started off with lolipop lamp chops. Very tasty but a bit too much garlic which we just wiped off. My wife and I both had the large filet (11 oz) Seemed larger. Perfectly cooked and nicely seasoned. We had sides of onion rings, mac & cheese and garlic mashed which was enough for four people. Very attentive and friendly wait staff. Overall a very nice evening out. Price for two was $180 including the tip. Great place for that special occasion. (2/14/13)

9: Moishe's - Montreal Canada - Great Steaks & Drinks - Unbelievable service

10: Marco Prime Steak & Seafood - Marco Island, FL - My wife had the sirloin "special" it came with sides. My wife liked it very much. Perfectly cooked and very tender with excellent seasoning.
I had the 8oz filet and also came perfectly cooked. (Medium well) Terrific seasoning and it cut like butter. Had the garlic mashed and was just awesome. Service from Joseph was outstanding as well as the rest if the staff. Typical pricing as you would expect for prime cuts of meat but not outrageous. Well done! (11/2014)

Honorable Mention

Shula's Steakhouse - Naples, FL - The prices are what you would expect to pay for a nice place like this. Even approaching New York!
But that was the only issue here. I have the 12oz filet and it was cooked perfectly. Perhaps the most tender piece of meat I have ever had. Lightly seasoned with a little bit of char just how I like it.
Everyone was happy with their meals. The lava cake was outstanding! Four meals with one dessert and a bottle of wine with tip came to $400.00. Great place for that special occasion. (11/2014)

Abe & Louis - Boston - Stopped in for lunch - WoW - I had the NY Sirloin and it was mouth watering - My wife had the Bone in Filet and that was even better. Try the Vidalia onion rings - A memorable meal.

Gibson's - Chicago - A bit on the noisy side - Large cuts of beef - Get the Chicago Cut - YUMMY!

Frankie & Johnnies - NY & NJ - Steak was a about 20 ounces - Tender & Tasty - Bit overpriced

Ruth's Chris - WORLD'S BEST BAKED POTATO - Loaded with butter so I cannot have it anymore since I am trying to lose weight - Recently ate at the Charlotte, NC location (Jan 2008)
                      Had the filet and it was a bit on the fatty side.

Don Pepe's - New Jersey - Huge Steaks up to 70+ Ounces WoW!

Park Plaza - Boston - Another great choice!

Carlo's - Yonkers, NY - 20 Ounce Steak with Fries for $15.95 - WHAT A DEAL!

Circus Circus Steak House - Las Vegas - Grill is in the middle of the room Steaks are all on view - Great Value!

Sorry to say but Magnum's has closed - Magnum's - Chicago - Very pretty room - Had the Filet then the sirloin another night - Both excellent! First class wait staff from beginning to end.

Also closed in 2009 - Arthur's Landing - New Jersey (River Road) - BEST Garlic Mashed Potatoes - Limited menu - Excellent view of New York City skyline!

Recent visits in New Hampshire & Maine & The USA

Quinn's on the beach - Marco Island, FL - While staying at the Marriott we ate there several times mostly because they deliver food right to your beech chair.
Staff is very friendly and helpful. We had burgers, turkey burgers and other things. Food was better than we expected although on the pricey side.
Portions were good size. Drinks were excellent. Good option when staying at the hotel. (11-2014)

Joey's Pizza & Pasta House - Marco Island, FL - Had the thin style pizza. Great sauce and fresh cheese. Cooked perfectly. Beer was ice cold!
Very friendly wait staff and took care of us throughout the night. When on the island don't miss this place. Perfect place for the whole family!
Low prices too! (11/2014)

The Counter - Naples, FL - I had a beef burger and it was very flavorful. Had some of my brothers bison burger and it was even better. Fries and rings were outstanding.
The shakes were unbelievable! Great wait staff too! (11/2014)

Aldo's Ristorante Italiano and Bar - Naples, FL - I am used to New York style pizza and this place was outstanding. Pizza had excellent sauce and very fresh cheese.
Crust was thin and crispy just like we asked for. Everyone was happy with what they ordered. Wait staff was helpful and friendly. (11/2014)

Da Vinci Ristorante Italiano - Marco Island, FL - Couldn't wait to try the pizza there. Well it was one of the best that I have ever had. Not large but enough for two for $13.
Thin style with the best sauce and the freshest cheese you could ask for. Seasoned perfectly. I ate the whole pie by myself! My wife had a seafood dish and she loved it!
Serve was excellent and even the I think owner came by at the end to make sure everything was ok. (11/2014)

O'Donoghues Bar & Grill - Marco Island, FL - My wife and I just had a very nice meal there. We both had burgers which were just terrific.
Perfectly cooked and juicy on a nice roll. House made hand cut fires were excellent and not greasy. Mashed potatoes were also very good.
Drinks were extremely strong! Reasonable prices for Marco Island. Service was excellent and checked on us throughout the meal. (11/2014)

The Goat - Hampton Beach, NH - We have been there a few times. The placed is billed as a burger bar. Well they should actually have a burger that is worth going for.
Tasted bland and perhaps frozen. The steak sub has just way too much sauce on it. To cover up the low quality meat? The fries and onion rings were both terrific.
The Mac & Cheese was also very good. They just have to fix the burger! PLEASE! (Summer 2014)

BRGR Bar - Portsmouth, NH - Burger was perfectly cooked and was fresh and juicy. Could have used a bit more seasoning. Fries and rings were both very good.
Prices were reasonable. This is a fairly small place. We were there on a Saturday night and saw people leaving because of the wait. (9/2014)

Brodie's Pub - Down town Peabody, MA - Have always loved this place for one of the best bugers around. This time we had burgers and the steak tips where were excellent. $16 for maybe 8 oz but worth every penny! (12/01/13)

Popoeyes Louisiana Kitchen - Salem, NH - Stopped by for a quick snack. Had a breast of mild and was crispy, juicy and delicious! Biscuit was excellent as always! Service was fast and friendly. (May 2013)

Lexie's Joint - Portsmouth, NH - Eslington St. - I have been to many burger joints across the country. Always searching for the perfect burger palace. Well I think I just found it and right in my backyard. Now this place is not for those with a weak heart. The burgers are perfectly cooked and and juicy. Need lots of napkins. Grease runs down your chin and hands. You can order extra 1/4 lbs patties for just two bucks! I got two. Delicious!  They had that old time burger taste that I remember as a child. The fries are hand cut and thin. Some of the best I have ever had. Onion rings were also very good. Thin and lightly breaded with a nice sweet taste. Prices are very cheap even a refill on your soda. I cannot wait to go back to try the shakes. Only down side is that when busy there is limited seating. Many people just get take out. It would not bother me at all to wait for a table. A must go for the true burger fan!

Road House Tavern - Eliot ME Route 286 - Excellent burgers with all the fixings. 1/4 pound patties and you can order as many as you want. Nice thin and crisp fries. Terrific onion rings. Very reasonble prices. Several beer choices. CHECK IT OUT! - (Jan 2013)

Loretta -27 State Street Newburyport, MA - Excellent burgers and perfectly cooked natural cut fries!

Mojo's BBQ Shack - 95 Brewery Ln Portsmouth, NH - Average burgers - Good ribs and exellent fried chicked. Ice cold beer too. Worth going.

Ron Jillians - 845 Lafayette Road Hampton, NH - New location was very clean and inviting. Pizza was excellent. Big upgrade from their last location. (June 2012)

Martino's Liquors & NY Deli - Route 1 Peabody, MA - They get their meet from the Carnagie Deli in NY. Food was awesome baby! (June 2012)

The Community Oven - 845 Lafayette Road Hampton, NH - Nothing special about this pizza. (May 2012)

GOLDEN CORRAL - Wide variety of food on this buffet. The fried chicken was the best that I have ever had. (Sorry Popeye's) Other items were also very good including mac'n cheese, potatoes, pot roast etc. The deserts were very good as well. (Feb 2012)

Hardees - Excellent fast food burgers & fries! (Feb 2012)

Thirsty Whale -24 Market Sq. - Newburyport, MA - One of the best burgers around. Very fresh with shoestring fries. (Jan 2012)

Roundabout Diner - Portsmouth traffic circle - Have been there twice for lunch & breakfast. Juicy burgers with mashed. Pancakes with bacon & home fries were outstanding! (Nov 2011)

The Galley Hatch, Rt 1 - Hampton - Had one of the best burgers in years in their pub. Recently went back. Everything was excellent including tasty rolls with cheese. (Nov 2011)

Hurricane - 29 Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME - Burger was just average but came with excellent hand cut fries. (8/17/2011)

Boardwalk Inn - Hampton Beach, NH - Excellent & large juicy burger with tasty fries. Onion rings were bland however. (6/27/11)

Chatham Squire - Chatham, MA - Had the open faced steak. Nice flavor & tender on Garlic toast. (June 2011)

Purple Urchin - Hampton Beach, NH - Nice chicken fingers & fries - Nice pizza as well - Over looks the band stand! (June 2011)

House of Blues - Boston, MA - Surprisingly good burger and excellent crispy shoestring fries. Great pace to eat before the Sox game. (April 2011)

Beach Plumb - Rt 1 Portsmouth, NH - Just like their place on the Beach. Excellent food and Richardson's ice cream for desert. (May 2011)

Hardcover - Rt 1 North, Danvers, MA - Overall very good. Had the filet - Ordered medium well and came out well done. Still moist. Nice salad bar with excellent loaves of different bread. (2/14/11)

Went back to the Hardcover March 16, 2011 - Ordered the NY steak. It was bad. Had to send it back. Then they brought me a filet. It was mushy and heavily salted. Check this place off the list for now. Prices went up 10% across the board also.

Chop Shop - 920 Lafayette Rd, Seabrook, NH - The BEST hamburger that I have had in years. 1/2 pound cooked perfectly & flavorful. We also tried the pizza. Full of cheese and huge at 21". Could have been cooked a bit more. This is a "biker bar" but is very clean inside. Very friendly waitress as well. Can't wait to go back! (July 2010)

Pancake Man - South Yarmouth, MA - DEFINITELY THE BEST PANCAKES I HAVE EVER HAD! - He is the "Pancake Man" after all. (June 2010) (June 2011 Still GREAT!)

Kreme N Cone - 961 Main Street W, Dennis, MA - Amazing onion rings & Seafood. Nice grilled hot dog & chicken fingers also! (June 2010) (June 2011 Still GREAT!) (Sept 2014 STILL GREAT!)

Dairy Queen - Kittery, ME - Recently had a cheeseburger & fries. Surprisingly excellent fast food. Burger was tasty & juicy. Fries hot & crispy. Forget about McDonald's & the rest! Ice cream is always awesome.

Congdon's Doughnuts - Wells, ME - Best doughnut I had in years. They also serve a wonderful breakfast!

Fat Burger - Anywhere USA - Great burgers & shakes

The Burger Bar - Las Vegas (Mandalay Place) - Kobe beef burgers were awesome! (March 2009)

Texas Roadhouse - 47 Fox Run Rd. - Newington, NH - Decent food but not of the highest quality. Good fresh peanuts and ice cold beer made things better. (Jan 2009)

Prime Time Sports Bar & Grill - 620 Lafayette Rd (Rt 1) Seabrook, NH - Stopped in for a quick lunch. Had the burger and it was one of the best I have had in a while. Excellent steak tip subs too!

Fresh not frozen patty. You also have a choice of fries or onion rings. My wife had the steak tip sub and was also very good. Ice cold beer and good food at a great price. Try it soon! (Dec 2008)

Salisbury House of Pizza - 2 Beach Rd. Salisbury, MA - Pizza is Greek style with the usual grease. Still very good. But the real surprise is the steak tip sub. Lightly marinated and very tender.

I had the large one and it really fills you up! Almost didn't have room for ice cream on the beach. (Dec. 2008)

Emack & Bollio's Ice cream - Just went to one of their Cape Cod stands.WoW AMAZING AND CANNOT WAIT TO GO BACK!

New England Pizza, 92 Portsmouth Ave. (Rt 108) Exeter - The best burger sub sandwich I have ever had. Nice & crispy chicken tenders & fries too. - NOW OPEN SUNDAYS (Jan 2009)

The Ice House - Rye, NH - They serve Richardson's ice cream and better than the normal diner food - Had the double burger and was excellent - Terrific fries and onion rings! - Closed during winter.

The Beach Plum - 17 Ocean Blvd - N. Hampton & Route 1 Portsmouth NH - They dish up Richardson's ice cream - Large portions by the ocean! - Closed Nov-March

Red's Eats - Wiscasset - ME, Just a little red shack at Water and Main St. downtown - Huge lobster rolls! - Terrific sirloin steak sandwich. - Outstanding fast food!

Petey's - Rt 1A - Rye, NH - Best onion rings I have had in a while. Average burger and chicken fingers. - My wife thought the fried clams and scallops where the best she has ever had!
Nice coastal ride to this place. You can eat on the upper deck which overlooks the ocean. A very nice day out. (June 2012)

Ceals Clam Stand - On Seabrook Beach, NH - My wife also loves this place. Gilfords ice cream too. THE WORLD'S BEST ONION RINGS - Open summer only.

The Rusty Hammer - Portsmouth, State St. - Excellent burgers with your choice of several sides - Not just fries here!

Wilbur's - Rt 1 - Hampton, NH - Best breakfast around! - Always satisfying. Have dined here several times.

State Street Saloon - Portsmouth - One of the best burgers I have had in a while - Friendly waitress - I'm home!

Master McGrath's - Seabrook - Terrific fried chicken - Went back and had the chopped sirloin - EXCELLENT!

O'Leary's Pub - Route 1 - Hampton - Excellent sandwiches and the BEST onion rings & more!

Dont' forget about Sanborn's Candy store on Rt. 1 in Hampton & on the beach - Everything is GREAT!

Other Favorites


Family - Salisbury MA, Simply the best! Outstanding Mai Tai as well. (2021)

Pine Garden - Exeter NH, Been meaning to go for a while. Glad we finally made it. Everything was delicious! (June 2012)

Dragon House - 255 Lafayette Rd. Seabrook, NH - OUTSTANDING! Appetizers were the best that I have had in a while. GIANT chicken wings! - Take out only :-( - (April 2012)

Shun Feng - 433 Lafayette Rd. Seabrook, NH - Had the appetizer lunch special for just $5.75. Very tasty! Came with wings, fingers, boneless ribs & rice. WHAT A BARGAIN! (11/01/11)

Good Fortune -25 Salisbury Sq, Salisbury, MA - Certainly the best Chinese food that I have had in quite sometime. Small place with no atmosphere but who cares the food is great! They have recently remodeled a bit. Looks much better. (August 2009 & Many more times!)

Jade Palace - Stratham - Rt 33 - The best buffet ($7.25) I have ever had - Everything is fresh & delicious!

Peking Chinese Restaurant - Hampton - Rt 1 - Finally some good Chinese food. :-)

Bali Hai - Lynnfield MA - Just went back to try the ribs. Something went wrong. Oh no! (10/30/11) - CLOSED

Best  Deli

Toojay's - Several Florida locations. New York style delicatessen. Had the corned beef. Just OK (09/10/12)

Stage Deli - NY & Las Vegas (MGM) - Awesome corned Beef sandwich! - (March 2009)

Canters Deli - Los Angeles & Las Vegas (Treasure Island) Everything was GREAT here! (March 2009)

Joan & Ed's - CLOSED - Natick (Sherwood Plaza) A little bit of NY here in Mass.

Carnegie Deli - NYC - Nothing beats this place (Closed) - And I mean nothing! (They have a place at Foxwoods casino in CT. Pass on this location)

Best Pizza

Luigi's - Porstmouth, NH, There is NO better pizza in the state! A must go!

Supreme House of Pizza & Seafood - 134 Front Street. Exeter, NH - Terrific Greek style pizza and not that greasy. Tender steak tips. Going back to try the rest! (June 2012)

Sal's Pizza - Hampton Beach - HUGE slices! - I have tried other locations but ONLY the beach one is good. (May 2012)

Flat Bread Co. - 138 Congress St. Portsmouth, NH - Excellent thin crust pizza - All natural ingredients (11/1/2011)

Lena's - Lafayette Ave. (Rt 1) Hampton - Pizza was very cheesy. Excellent crispy crust. I look forward to trying all the subs. (11/8/11) (Steak tip sub was just aweful - Low quality meat and very fatty and chewey. Had to toss it out. (2012)

Wells house of pizza - Wells, ME - Excellent Greek style pizza without all the grease. (June 2009)

Bella Rose, 62 Lafayette Ave. (Rt 1) North Hampton - Nice fresh large pizza - Very nice!

The Rosa Restaurant (old owners) - Portsmouth - 80 State St. - Excellent Authentic pizza. Get the extra cheese! - YUMMY Under new ownership. New review to come soon!

Ron Jillians - Hampton - 822 Lafayette Rd

Regina's - Boston (North End local only) - Simply the BEST!

Santarpio's - East Boston & Peabody, MA - Pizza and some lamb or steak tips - Yummy - Just ate at the new Peabody location. Just as good as the original one! Double cheese is the absolute BEST! (3/1/11)

Bianci's - Revere Beach - Nice and thin like eating chips! Now you can eat inside. (2021)

Seabrook House of Pizza - Rt 1 - Seabrook, NH - Excellent Greek style Pizza! Very spicy


Wally's Pub - Hampton Beach, NH - Had the burger. Horrible frozen patty. Terriyaki wings were way too sweet. (3/1/2014)

Jakes Wayback Burgers - Salem, NH - Had to try this place after reading the reviews. Burger was tasteless and very similar to McDonalds quarter pounder. They put lots of cheese on it to cover up the low quality meat. Fries were crispy and tasted ok. Onion rings were thick and very greasy. Tasted frozen. I think you are better off at almost any other fast food place and at half the price. And it was freezing cold inside! (May 2013)

The 401 Tavern - 401 Lafayette Road (US Route 1), Hampton, NH - Average at best - Over seasoned steaks. (11/19/12)

Wild Willy's Burgers - Anywhere in New England - This place gets great reviews but I cannt understand why. I have gone on two different occasions. I am stumped!

Mike's Clam Shack - 1150 Post Rd, Wells, ME - Burger was just awful - My wife had seafood. She did not like it. Was much better years ago before they expanded. Too bad! (August 2011)

Wings Your Way - 215 Lafayette Road, N. Hampton, NH - Burger was average. Lousy onion rings. Wings were good. (July 2011) Since closed - Wonder why!

Sea Ketch - Hampton Beach - Awful food. But mixed drinks are nice and strong! (June 2011)

The Whitman House - Truro, MA - They need to learn how to cook a filet. Absolutely flavorless. :-( (6/19/11)

Dube's Seafood - 317 Jefferson Avenue - Salem, MA - I can sum up this place in one word - HORRIFIC! (9/5/10)

Great Buffet -5 Newington Street - Newington, NH - I am not a buffet type person. After trying several different items I found that I am still not a buffet person. (December 2009)

Met Bar & Grill - Dedham, MA - Legacy Place - My wife and I both had the basic burger & fries. Not much flavor. A below average burger. Served with a bun that quickly became mushy.

Fries were very good. High prices starting at $8.50. This place was a rip off of the Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay in Vegas. (11/24/09)

Telly's Restaurant & Pizzeria - Epping, NH - Perhaps the worst pizza that I have ever had. Tasted like it was days old. (8/3/2009)

Ashworth by the sea - Hampton Beach - Hampton, NH - Had the buffet breakfast just a few hours ago. Perhaps the worst I have ever had. Poor service with empty heating trays waiting to be filled.

McDonalds serves a better breakfast. I have had better FREE hotel food! Don't let this place ruin your appetite. (7/5/2009)

Greg's Pizza & Roast Beef - (Formerly Piazza Pizza) -  445 Lafayette Rd. (Rt 1) - Hampton - Greg should have kept the old Pizza recipe.

The Old Salt, Rt 1 - Hampton, Stay away from the meat selections here - Seafood is excellent however.

Hard Rock Cafe - Anywhere USA - The world's WORST hamburger - I had to leave it on my plate. I complained to the management as it was that bad.

Smith & Wollensky - OVER RATED FOOD - Expensive too - Ate at their NY & Las Vegas spots - That's enough for me.

Shaines of Maine ice cream - Anywhere USA, Only the second time that I had to throw away ice cream.

Charlies Steak House - Orlando, FL - Advertised as one of the top ten steakhouses in the country. I rate it as average.
Had to send back side orders as they were over cooked. Horrible wait staff.

Outback Steak House - Anywhere - I cannot for the life of me figure out what the fuss is all about - Just average over seasoned food.

Jimmy's Steer House - Saugus, MA - "Steer" clear of this place!

Hilltop - Saugus, MA - Recently this place has slipped - Higher prices and smaller portions. Since closed.

What are your favorite places? Please e-mail me!

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