Published Mar 4th, 2013

By Avenue Staff

Best Restaurants: Best Steak

Meat and greet these top dining establishments

Steak at The Marc is juicy, full of  flavour and topped with foie gras butter.
Steak at The Marc is juicy, full of flavour and topped with foie gras butter.

First Place >> THE MARC

Steak frites is a French classic for a reason: there’s just something so sinfully decadent about a marbled steak combined with deep-fried potatoes. The Marc is so confident you’ll be pleased with its steak that it only offers two cuts: sirloin for lunch and a 10-ounce Heritage Angus ribeye for dinner. And rightly so — both are exquisite, finished with foie gras butter and accompanied by a heaping side of frites. The grilled sirloin is plump and not too fatty, but still full of flavour, even if you skip the foie gras butter. From its peppery crust to its juicy, bright red centre, the unadorned sirloin offers bite after bite of pleasure. Dip your generous pile of piping hot frites into the mild and rich truffle aioli for an almost out-of-body experience. Those who aren’t afraid of a little raw meat will be interested in the steak tartare appetizer, mixed with cornichon, housemade pickles and grilled crostini. While the entire menu is impressive, the steak steals the show, whether just a simple ribeye or a complicated appetizer. (9940 106 St., 780-429-2828, themarc.ca) —Sydnee Bryant

Runner-Up >> PAMPA BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE

Top sirloin. Bottom Sirloin. Garlic steak. Prime rib. House cut. Chicken thighs wrapped in bacon. Pork sausage. Parmesan pork. Lamb. It begs the question: Is there any cut of meat this Brazilian rodízio grill couldn’t perfect with little more than some rock salt over a charcoal fire? A 10-ounce at your local steakhouse might lose its charm after the first 20 minutes, but Pampa’s conveyor belt of two-bite portions makes sure that every mouthful is as hot and juicy as the first. All that’s required is a reservation and the sense to know when to stop. (9929 109 St., 780-756-7030, pampasteakhouse.com) —Caleb Caswell

Honourable Mention >> SAGE

This out-of-the-way restaurant offers high-end cuisine in an elegant setting. Acclaimed executive chef Christophe Ithurritze, one of Discovery Channel’s Great Chefs of America, offers a diverse menu, but the steaks are his crowning glory. The beef striploin is decadent with whipped potatoes and a veal demi-glace. But the eight-ounce Spring Creek filet mignon is his masterpiece. This baseball-sized steak is grilled to lock in all the juicy goodness. Unaccompanied, save for some simple vegetables, the filet mignon speaks for itself. (300 East Lapotac Blvd., Enoch, 780-930-2636, rivercreeresort.com) —S.B.

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  • Visitor

    One of the best restaurants I've ever been!

    Submitted 38 weeks 4 days ago

    I would like to thank the Avenue Edmonton for the reviews and we found it really helpful on deciding where to go on a date or just a simple family get together. We didn't regret of trying The Marc as they met all of our expectations. From the owner down to the quality of food you can't go wrong here. I love the atmosphere here as well. Everything is perfect! We're definitely coming back here. It is really worth trying!

  • Visitor

    The Marc

    Submitted 45 weeks 17 hours ago

    Date night with the husband so I decided to check the Best fine Dining Restaurants and found this review. I wanted some Steak for dinner so I picked The Marc. We called for reservation and we got sitted there on time though it was busy. The owner welcomed us and all the waiters/waitresses there were all professional and knowledgeable about what's in the menu. We ordered Steak Frites and it's the Best steak I've ever had! Everything was good! Wine, Appetizers, Main and the dessert. Definitely will be coming back here and I recommended them to my friends and family.

  • Visitor

    The Marc Steak

    Submitted 1 year 11 weeks ago

    I had dinner at the Marc on August 30, 2013 and ordered the steak. It was the toughest piece of meat that ever graced my mouth. I will not be back.

  • Visitor

    RE: Best Steak

    Submitted 1 year 13 weeks ago

    You can make "simple and good" steaks at home.

  • Visitor

    Best Steak

    Submitted 1 year 37 weeks ago

    No Offense guys, but why are we focusing on complicated steaks. Coliseum is a staple in Edmonton for simple and good steaks

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