Best steakhouses in denton, TX

Texas cuisine has always featured a whole lot of meat, from the world-famous Texas barbecue to some of the choicest cuts of steak in the country. If you’re looking for a great place to indulge your carnivorous side in Denton, Texas, the following steakhouses offer some of the best flavors in town, done in true Texas style.

The following locations are all locally owned, authentic Texas steakhouses. Drop on by, try out the various kinds of meat, and let us know which restaurant was your favorite.


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Not every steakhouse has to be bare, rustic, and casual. In fact, Queenie’s was voted one of the best restaurants in the Denton area, known as a fine dining establishment thanks to its modern menu and upscale cuisine. In the past, it’s been voted one of the best restaurants in the entire Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Essentially, Queenie’s takes the concept of the classic American steakhouse and puts a somewhat elegant twist on it. Some of the hand-cut steaks on the menu include beef tenderloin, prime New York strip steak, and Buffalo ribeye. Each dish is cooked to perfection.

The rest of the menu combines classic Texas flavors with modern cooking. First courses include rabbit-rattlesnake sausage, chicken fried quail, and a Texas red chili. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and reservations are recommended, especially for dinner. On Friday and Saturday evenings, you can enjoy live music in the bar area.


    • Location: 115 E. Hickory St., Denton.

    • Hours: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, lunch at 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Prairie House

Established in Denton in 1989, the Prairie House prides itself on making guests feel at home. Thanks to the great flavors of its kitchen and friendly service, the Prairie House has built up a loyal customer base of regulars over the years, and customers continue to rate both the food and service very highly.

Food is prepared on a mesquite wood fire, with no gas anywhere in sight. The restaurant emphasizes that it only serves pure, natural, U.S.-sourced food in order to get its customers the freshest, most delicious ingredients available. As the website says, “if it comes in a can —we do not serve it!”.

To keep the menu fresh and original, Prairie House serves a different lunch special every day of the week. The star of the dinner menu is the 12-ounce prime rib. The mesquite-grilled steaks on the menu include a filet, New York strip, hamburger steak, and of course, a classic ribeye.

Drop in for dinner or happy hour, which takes place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.


    • Location: 10001 U.S. 380, Cross Roads.

    • Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Cartwright’s Ranch House

Though it may not specialize in steaks, Cartwright’s Ranch House serves a little bit of everything Texas cuisine has to offer. The restaurant is best known for all its chicken fried dishes, some of the most delicious on the menu. Therefore, if you’re looking for a good steak here, why not go for the chicken fried steak topped with the establishment’s skillet cream gravy.

Other steak options include the Ranch House ribeye, a smothered hamburger steak, and the black and bleu ribeye, flavored with Cajun seasoning and bleu cheese to pay homage to the flavors of the south. Pescatarians in the group can opt for the many kinds of catfish fried up here.

This family-owned and operated ranch house takes its home cooking very seriously. Cartwright’s cooks its dishes as though it’s serving family and are therefore incredibly careful about the ingredients and effort that go into every meal. Drop by and experience a hearty, meat-heavy, authentic home-cooked Texas dinner.

If you’re still hungry, you can follow up a very filling meal here with a healthy dessert.


    • Location: 111 N. Elm St., Denton.

    • Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Greenhouse Restaurant

Don’t be fooled by the name; the GreenHouse Restaurant serves plenty of meat dishes, including a range of delicious steaks. Known as Denton’s neighborhood restaurant, GreenHouse was established in 1998, close to Denton Square. This locally owned restaurant, bar, and grill wanted to make customers feel comfortable.

The dining area is comfortable, rustic, and cozy, with wood accents and no frills. The owners insist on the dress code being whatever their customers feel good wearing. Whether you want to pop in with your friends dressed in jeans and a hoodie or wear a cocktail dress for a special date night, the staff here will make you feel right at home.

Besides a variety of burgers, sandwiches, and tacos, as well as specials such as the blackened redfish, pistachio kale gnocchi, and other chicken and vegetarian specials, there are some standout steaks on the menu. Try the sirloin, New York strip steak, or chicken fried steak.

Customers with strict dietary needs or preferences, as well as those with severe allergies, will love the range of options and flexibility of the menu at GreenHouse Restaurant. The owners offer pescatarian options, vegetarian options, dishes for those with nut allergies, and gluten-free dishes. GreenHouse features four different dining areas, plus two outdoor patios when the weather is warm. Reservations are always accepted.


    • Location: 600 N. Locust St., Denton.

    • Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Denton has a lot of Texas pride, and part of that pride is evident in our local restaurants and cuisine. Try some of the best Texas steaks and dishes our town offers at the steakhouses we listed above. If you have a steakhouse you absolutely love that we didn’t include, contact us at Orthopedic Specialists of North Texas to let us know, as we would love to include your suggestion in a future post.