We cover a lot of ground in keeping you “up” on the happenings and places to see in the Raleigh area. Due to your move into a new home in Knightdale at Knightdale Station, these places are only minutes down the road from you. We often showcase places to visit with your children. Sometimes we may look at destinations statewide for possible vacation or weekend trips. Many times we suggest great places in the area to eat. This is exactly what the focus of this and the accompanying post will cover. Consequently, once you’ve read through you will have no problem finding the most mouthwatering cuts of meat in Triangle area restaurants. This is because we’re looking to help you find the Best Steakhouses in Raleigh.
We have taken a look at many different foods and the best places to go for each. We’ve led the way to the top Seafood, burgers, BBQ, and even chicken wing joints around. But, for many of us, nothing quite beats a fantastic steak. So, in this post and the two to follow, we search for the Best Steakhouses in Raleigh.
Best Steakhouses in Raleigh According to…well, You!
As you have probably grown accustomed to with our restaurant posts, we list nothing but the best. However, we don’t just pick and choose our personal favorites. In searching for the Best Steakhouses in Raleigh. In actuality, we sort of letting you, the customer hungry for a delicious steak do that! By using the customer reviews at Trip Advisor and limiting our rankings to places with at least 100 reviews is where the list comes about.
So, the public has spoken. Time for you to head out to enjoy the Best Steakhouses in Raleigh!
The Peddler Steakhouse
6505 Glenwood Avenue
Our first entrant is a Raleigh classic! Independently owned and operated since first opening up in 1969 is the Peddler Steakhouse. Their slogan is that everything at the Peddler is “aged to perfection.” Apparently, customers agree, ranking it among the Best Steakhouses in Raleigh.
With the option of having your steak cut to your liking right at the table, the Peddler is famous for its customer service. Likewise, it goes without saying that some feel they have the top steak in town. The following is from an actual customer, who seems to be impressed.
He begins with two quick statements in summation. “One of Raleigh’s best. A Classic American Steakhouse. Not frilly or overpriced, but exceptionally good.” The reviewer goes on, “An open floor with steaks grilled on open coals. If you are looking for a tiny little salad, dishes that you can’t pronounce, snobby staff, overpriced everything, and pretentious fellow-diners, then avoid The Peddler. “
The customer finishes the glowing endorsement for the Peddler being among the Best Steakhouses in Raleigh. “…Bring your date, family, or business partners and enjoy a fat steak with old school atmosphere and southern hospitality at a reasonable price.”
Distance from Knightdale Station: 16.6 miles (24 minutes)
1130 Buck Jones Road
For the past fifteen-plus years, Rey’s Restaurant has earned a top reputation for its dining experience. This entry to our Best Steakhouses in Raleigh was founded by owner A. Rey Arias in 2004. Arias explains on their official website his initial vision and how he’s carried it out.
“I thought that if we never compromised the quality of our food, ” he begins. “And served meals in a comfortable, relaxed surrounding with friendly service…people would keep coming back.” He summarizes, “It worked, and we’ve never changed our vision.” In addition to their scrumptious steaks, Rey’s also serves New Orleans, French Quarter-Inspired meals.
Another factor for landing among the Best Steakhouses in Raleigh is the unique atmosphere of their “Voodoo Lounge.” This fun and inviting setting has a fireplace, plush leather chairs and couches, and screams of a good time.
Back to the steaks, however, one recent and apparent longtime customer added a recent review to be sure and give Rey’s its full 5 stars. “Out of the last 6-8 times that I have been to dinner at Rey’s it is a five-star experience all the way.” He adds, “The food is always excellent, and the service was a level that exceeds and higher experience restaurant where I have eaten.” He concludes, “From San Francisco to Raleigh, Rey’s is the best. I will continue to enjoy wonderful dining experiences… at Rey’s.”
Distance for Knightdale Station: 20.1 miles (25 minutes)
Vinnie’s Steak House and Tavern
7440 Six Forks Road
Moving right along with our Best Steakhouses in Raleigh, we head over to Six Forks Road and Vinnie’s. This was chosen in September 2019 in a reader poll of “The Best Steakhouse in Every State,” as tops in NC. As is a running theme here, Vinnie’s has long been a favorite in the “Capital City.” The Vinnie’s opening was in 1987 and they have been independently owned and operated since day one.
For their three-plus decades of tantalizing the tastebuds of Triangle area diners, they are known for a few great tastes. First, they serve nothing but the best certified angus beef in all cuts and sizes. Dry-aged ribeye’s, prime New York strips, and bone-in filets exclusive to Vinnie’s put them a “cut” above.
As with many of our Best Steakhouses in Raleigh, Vinnie’s has got way more than just beef. Some of the area’s freshest seafood including the house favorite jumbo cold water lobster tails. Authentic, classic Italian fare. Nothing but the freshest, local, Farmers’ Market veggies. An incredible selection from the in-house wine cellar and homemade from scratch desserts. After a visit here, you may do as they say on their own website. “Let Vinnie’s Steak House & Tavern become a tradition with you.”
We refer again to a happy customer for this final entry of Best Steakhouses in Raleigh. “The best steakhouse in the Triangle,” gushes this reviewer starting to describe Vinnie’s. “This is a real steakhouse in both its atmosphere (not snobby or stuffy) but also in its offerings and service.” He continues, “They always cook steaks perfectly to order with a nice variety of sides. Good wine list and selection of mixed drinks and liquors.” In closing he adds, “This has been a favorite for many years, and we will return often.”
Distance from Knightdale Station: 15.9 miles (24 minutes)
More of the Best Steakhouses in Raleigh are Ahead
Raleigh’s amazing and diverse food scene is sitting just minutes from your new home at Knightdale Station. With so many incredible options, the Best Steakhouses in Raleigh cannot just be a list of three. Thus, in the follow up post in this series, we will give our take and that of the public. Either way, the winner will be you and the prize? The biggest and juiciest steaks around.
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