10 Best Steaks in St. Petersburg FL 2024

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10 Best Steaks in St. Petersburg FL 2024

Steak. Who doesn’t love a steak? It’s really quite simple. First, get the highest quality beef. Then decide if you’re going to flip it once, or flip it often. (Milk Street Cooking School says that a very thick steak cooks more evenly when flipped often, and they are right.)

Are you going to marinate it? BuzzFeed’s Tasty says to marinate cuts with a loose texture, like skirt, flap and hangar as the marinade will get soaked up into the crevices. Milk Street says to never marinate a steak as it doesn’t really penetrate much and add flavor.

Is it going on the grill, or in the pan? Will it finish in the oven?

I’m from the Samin Nosrat school, so I salt it the day before. She also says to let it come to temp before cooking. I used to do this, but have now decided that I can get a better sear with a screaming hot cast iron skillet while still keeping the cook rare to medium rare easier when it’s straight from the refrigerator. Remember to take your steak off the heat five or so degrees before it hits your desired temperature.

Either way, after cooking be sure to let it rest for five to ten minutes, lightly covered with vented foil on a rack before cutting into it, and if you’re going with the Anthony Bourdain method, “Don’t even look at it!”

Hmmm. Maybe it’s not that simple after all.

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Most of the steaks you’ll see here are ribeyes. It’s our favorite cut, and also happens to be the cut that the Steak Cookoff Association uses exclusively in their competitions. We also love skirt steaks, and don’t often order a filet mignon even though it is one of the most popular cuts. When done right, it can be quite enjoyable. There are two on the list.

Before we get into the list, an important thing you should be aware of is that there are other publishers of “best of lists” that do not actually go to the establishments, or actually eat the food.

We absolutely DO. (How can anyone recommend something they never experienced?)

Unfortunately, we’ve seen it a lot—from national and local publishers. We are also aware of a local publisher that offers paid placement in best-of-lists. There is no paid placement here.

As with all of our lists, and unlike most other publishers, we personally went to all of these places, and ate all of these steaks, and took all of these photos.

Best Steaks in St. Pete Chosen by Locals 2024

Fortu
95 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 256-0268 (Tap to call)
Fortu Website

Carrara Farms Australian Wagyu Bavette Steak
Carrara Farms Australian Wagyu Bavette Steak

Fortu opened in November 2023, and quickly became a downtown St. Pete favorite with rave reviews from just about everybody. Fortu bills itself as Pan-Asian Fusion cuisine. Most of the focus is their own twists on Japanese dishes with some Chinese and Korean sprinkled about. I loved almost every dish I had.

In the steak department, they offer both Japanese and Australian Wagyu. We opted for the Carrara Farms Australian Wagyu Bavette Steak. From Munchery.com, “(A Bavette steak is) slightly thicker than a flank steak and has more marbling. The bavette is unique in a few ways. While the taste profile is similar to a flank steak, it has an even deeper and more savory flavor. Due to its marbling and loose texture, this flat cut of meat holds onto its juiciness better than a flank steak.” This steak was a dream. It had the perfect sear, and ideal medium rare cook. Treat yourself to this one. It’s worth every penny.

 

Grace Restaurant
120 8th Ave, St Pete Beach, FL 33706
(727) 317-4770 (Tap to call)
Grace Website

Prime Filet Mignon - Fried Baked Potato, Herb Butter, Sour Cream, Demi-Glace, Broccolini
Prime Filet Mignon – Fried Baked Potato, Herb Butter, Sour Cream, Demi-Glace, Broccolini
Perfectly-Cooked Medium Rare Filet Mignon
Perfectly-Cooked Medium Rare Filet Mignon

Grace opened in the Pass-a-Grille area of St. Pete Beach in 2017. They have always been a huge favorite ever since. The original owners, Marlin Kaplan and Lisa Masterson retired in 2022 and their Chef, Jason Lutzk arranged to buy the restaurant from them. He completed his purchase and became the sole owner as of January 2023. “Before acquiring Grace, Lutzk led the kitchen as Executive Chef at 400 Beach (Seafood), where he was recognized as “Best Chef of 2021”  by Tampa Bay Magazine. He was formerly the Chef De Cuisine at Cafe Ponte with James Beard nominee, Chef Chris Ponte.” – Grace website.

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Grace is the only place that I will order a filet mignon. There are other cuts that I find more flavorful and juicy. However, the filet mignon here is prime beef, and it is juicy and flavorful with a great mouthfeel. The demi-glace is one of the tricks to making this one sing. The steak was perfectly cooked medium-rare. The fried baked potatoes with the steak are like crack. I would order a whole bucket of these if I could.

 

Noble Crust
8300 4th St N
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
(727) 329-6041 (Tap to call)
Noble Crust Website

Noble Crust Bistro Steak
Noble Crust Bistro Steak (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

Noble Crust has been wowing diners since 2014 with their eclectic fare of rustic pizzas, and scrumptious Italian dishes, along with southern favorites like their mouthwatering fried chicken, and of course – steak. They offer an excellent filet mignon, and a sirloin dubbed the Bistro Steak – Top sirloin, bourbon brussels, chimichurri, roasted garlic whipped potatoes, crispy shallots. The fresh chimichurri highlights the steak nicely and balances out the mashed potatoes. The crispy shallots and brussels offer wonderful contrasts in texture and flavor.

 

 

Beau & Mo’s Italian Steakhouse
2924 5th Ave N
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
(727) 771-3690 (Tap to call)
Beau n Mo’s Website

Beau n Mo's Ribeye
Beau n Mo’s Ribeye (Photo: Lori Brown)
Beau n Mo's Skirt Steak
Beau n Mo’s Skirt Steak (Photo: Lori Brown)

Chef Beau’s steaks are known for the hard sear and great seasoning, and that’s why we love it. They opened in the Historic Kenwood District in 2015, and we’ve been going ever since. They started with a focus on Italian cuisine, which they still do quite well, but became known for their superior steaks. Beau n Mo’s over the years has continued to evolve with several interior remodels, and has become one of the most popular steakhouses in St. Pete. Three things that have never changed are Madonna greeting us at the door, Beau’s open kitchen policy, and Nick’s whimsical, energetic and enthusiastic service. We almost always get the ribeye, but sometimes change it up with a skirt steak.

 

82 Degrees Bar & Grill
7203 Sunset Way
St. Pete Beach, FL 33706
(727) 292-0282 (Tap to call)
82 Degrees Website

82Degrees Ribeye with Fries and Asparagus
Ribeye with Fries and Asparagus (Photo: Haley Haman)

From Haley’s review: “Forget laid back beach bars, 82 Degrees in St. Pete Beach is the new flashy restaurant and bar that you need to visit as soon as you can. Period. Located at The Saint Hotel, this is a fully renovated, boutique hotel with a trendy and vibrant atmosphere. Plus, it’s only a brief walk to the beach. The pool though, is where the party’s at. Picture hot pink umbrellas, flamingo pool floats, and live music. Everything about 82 Degrees is gram-worthy and overall incredible. My friend Angelo was totally content after eating this 16 oz. Creekstone Farms ribeye. I had a few bites and quickly realized how perfectly cooked, charred and seasoned it was”.

 

Gratzzi Italian Grille
211 2nd St S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 623-9037 (Tap to call)
Gratzzi Website

Gratzzi 14oz Ribeye
Gratzzi 14oz Ribeye (Photo: Kevin Godbee)
Gratzzi 14oz Ribeye Perfectly Cooked
Gratzzi 14oz Ribeye Perfectly Cooked (Photo: Kevin Godbee)

Gratzzi is one of the restaurants from “back in the day” as they say. If the restaurant was a person, it would have hit legal drinking age in Florida two years ago. Today, St. Petersburg is jam-packed with restaurants. In the 15+ years that I’ve lived here, it seems like there must be five times the amount of eateries, especially in downtown. Gratzzi was here when they were almost by themselves and they have continued to thrive and remain quite busy even now when they are surrounded by other places.

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Above you see the boneless 14oz (it seemed larger) Cast Iron Prime Ribeye cooked Pittsburgh-style with grilled Florida shrimp, sautéed spinach, olive oil and garlic. The seasoning, and cook on the steak was perfect.

 

Sauvignon Wine Locker & Trattoria
241 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 827-7896 (Tap to call)
Sauvignon Website

Creekstone Farms 16oz Ribeye
Creekstone Farms 16oz Ribeye (Photo: Lori Brown)

We love Sauvignon Wine Locker and Trattoria. Everything we’ve ever eaten there has been great. All of the staff is quite knowledgable on the food and wine. Sommelier / Owner, Chris Ciarcia has a great eclectic wine selection. Above is the Creekstone Farms 16oz Ribeye. When we were there, the accompaniments were tallow braised fingerlings, roasted heirloom carrots, onion petals, and bone marrow glace. Currently as of this publication, the sides are parsnip puree, grilled broccolini, au poivre.

 

Rococo Steak
655 2nd Ave S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 822-0999 (Tap to call)
Rococo Website

Rococo Angus 16 oz Ribeye
Rococo Angus 16 oz Ribeye (Photo: Lori Brown)
Half of the Prime Ribeye perfect rare+
Half of the Prime Ribeye perfect rare+ (Photo: Lori Brown)

Rococo is one of the first places most people think about in St. Pete when they’re craving a juicy steak. A grandiose 1920s manse, houses this popular baroque-chic steakhouse. Even though the focus is on steak, they have several seafood items and other dishes for your non-carnivorous friends as well. We almost always get the Prime Ribeye and split it. They split it for us in the kitchen, which is why you see half of it above. Our friend got the Angus, which is the first photo. You can never go wrong at Rococo. We’ve been going on a regular basis for years, and they consistently deliver some of the best steaks we’ve ever had. Tip: Get the creamless corn mash. It will be the best creamed corn (without cream) that you’ve ever had.

 

1200 Chophouse
5007 Gulf Blvd
St Pete Beach, FL 33706
(727) 367-1300 (Tap to call)
1200 Chophouse Website

Tomahawk Ribeye
Tomahawk Ribeye (Photo: Lindsey Harris)

Super hot temperatures will give a steak a great sear on the outside while not overcooking the interior. Many steakhouses and high end restaurants will use temperatures as high as 800 to 1200 degrees—hence the name of 1200 Chophouse. From Lindsey’s review: “The Tomahawk Ribeye here is a 3lb bone-in steak. The bone-in causes a decadent flavor like no other and with the crusted seasoning, it created a mouthwatering experience”.

 

Parkshore Grill
300 Beach Dr NE #104
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 896-9463 (Tap to call)
Parkshore Website

Parkshore Surf and Turf
Parkshore Surf and Turf (Photo: Dr. Nick Okeson)

Parkshore Grill, like Gratzzi, is one of the OGs of restaurants in downtown St. Pete opening in November 2006. Chef Tyson Grant has won several Best Chef awards, and Parkshore has earned several Golden Spoons and Wine Spectator accolades. Although they are located on Beach Drive, which is bustling with tourists, this is by far NOT a tourist trap. Parkshore is a locals spot with an extensive traditional American menu with steaks and seafood, and something for everyone. Above is “The Parkshore” – Filet mignon & roasted lobster tail. Cabernet demi-glace, lemon caper butter, mashed potatoes, jumbo asparagus.

I’m sure there are some readers’ favorite steaks that are not on the list. Please comment with them below so other readers can see them and check them out too.

10 Best Steaks in St. Petersburg FL 2024

The best steaks in St. Petersburg, Florida chosen by locals.

DISCLAIMER: Kevin, Lori, Abby, Haley, Lindsey & Mahika do not dine anonymously (this would be impossible) and we sometimes get free food (though never expected). However, we dine with the locals and we support our own. You will always get honesty in a respectful manner. We do not include any large national or regional chains in our ratings and reviews. We focus on independent locally owned eateries exclusively.

PLEASE NOTE: Reviews reflect a certain moment in time. Some restaurants stay extremely consistent over many years, and some change for the better or worse. Some things that may change are: chefs, recipes, food suppliers, ingredients, philosophies, ownership, etc. We always hope that you have the same good, or great experience we had.
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