Now that we’ve finally been to a Block House location, it’s time to write about my favorite steak joints in and around Stuttgart. I’ve been wanting to write this post for a long time. Bill and I are fans of good beef, even though we’d probably be better off avoiding it! Unfortunately, good beef is not something Germany is well known for having in abundance. When we lived here the first time, from 07-09, we pretty much gave up on beef. This time, we’ve sought out good steaks, mainly because our town happens to have a really good, and very reasonably priced, steakhouse.
Here’s my list of favorites, so far. This post will also include a quick and dirty rundown of my overall impressions. I know there are probably more places to get good steak in Stuttgart and its environs, but in the interest of keeping the length of this post reasonable, I’m starting with this list of seven.
Abacco Steakhouse is an interesting restaurant located in downtown Stuttgart. The concept basically involves having customers cook their own steaks. They bring out the steak cooked to rare on a hot stone. Then you continue to cook it to your desired level of doneness. We had a good experience at this restaurant, although I’m not too hot on the idea of having to cook for myself when I’ve gone out to eat. They do bring out several sauces to go with the steak, which I like. Service was also good and the concept is unique.
Steak at Abacco Steakhouse.
A very cool gin bar that specializes in steak. We enjoyed a nice meal there in July of this year. My only complaint about Ampulle is that people smoke cigars in their bar area and it can get rather smokey for non smokers. Also, keep in mind that first courses at Ampulle are very ample! If you want more than one course, I recommend pacing yourself. I also recommend taking the train and walking to the restaurant because parking could be a challenge.
Ampulle is a great place for those who like beef and gin.
Very reasonably priced chain restaurant with two locations in Stuttgart. Has a little something for everyone, as well as surprisingly good steaks. Besides having something for everyone, this restaurant runs all day. It’s a good bet for when you don’t want to spend a whole lot of money.
Bill and I were able to enjoy a nice lunch at Maredo for about 44 euros.
Another chain restaurant with two locations in Stuttgart. The Block House specializes in beef and, unlike Maredo, seems to focus only on meat dishes. It was a bit more expensive than Maredo, but the food quality and service were very good. I think it would appeal a lot to Americans, too. It kind of has that American vibe to it! There’s a wide variety of cuts to choose from and you get salad and sides included. Fair warning to mushroom haters like me. The salad that comes with the steaks has them included. Next time, I’m telling them “Ohne Pilze!”
Steak at Block House.
[M]eatery is another popular steak place in downtown Stuttgart. It’s a little more upscale than the restaurants I’ve listed so far, although it, too, is a chain location. You can drop a lot of cash at [M]eatery and, frankly, I was a little puzzled by the service we got there. The food quality is good, though, and I hear their burgers are fantastic. Be prepared to pay for everything pretty much a la carte, although I see that I did really enjoy the sides (that we paid extra for).
[M]eatery’s rib eye.
I debated whether or not to make Christophorus number one on this list. I think this restaurant at the Porsche museum in Zuffenhausen probably offers the best steak in the area. However, I put it in second place because reservations are a must and you will spend a whole lot of money there. If you have a need to impress someone or want to celebrate, Christophorus is a very good bet for outstanding beef. All meat at Christophorus is USDA prime– that is, from the United States. The service is impeccable, too. But bring lots of cash and be prepared to book well ahead. We spent well over 200 euros for our dinner for two. Fortunately, the steak was well worth it. Other options are available for those who don’t want steak.
Fantastic steak at Christophorus. Excellent service, too.
Tommi’s Bistro (now closed, but the owner has opened a new place in Nagold called Bahnhof 1872)
So far, my favorite steak joint in the Stuttgart area is Tommi’s Bistro. It’s located in my town of Unterjettingen, which makes it inconvenient for a lot of people. I still like it because the food is very good and extremely reasonably priced. An added bonus to Tommi’s Bistro, besides the fact that we can walk to it, is that they offer a lot of live music events. On the second Thursday of every month, they host a live jam featuring a band from Calw and anyone who wants to join them. I have been known to jam with them myself a few times. We went to Tommi’s last night for the jam. I didn’t join them on stage, but we did have a couple of great steaks and enjoyed some fabulous music. And… for all of that fun, we got out of Tommi’s for a mere 50 euros (including a generous tip, which really excited our waitress)!
The one drawback to Tommi’s is that the restaurant is pretty much only open on the weekends now and sometimes closes for private events. If you do plan a visit to Jettingen to try Tommi’s Bistro, be sure to consult the official Web site to make sure it’s open. As of right now, the restaurant is closed Monday through Wednesday, but that sometimes changes. It’s also only open for dinner– lunch is not served there. Some Saturday nights, they host concerts that cost extra. If you choose to come out for one of the shows, I recommend making a reservation.
My rib eye last night. Looks like Tommi has changed up his style a bit. Side dishes cost extra, but they are also reasonably priced. Service is good and they give you a house shot of sherry, too.
Bill had a rump steak. You can get either Irish or Argentinian beef. One mark against Tommi’s is that they don’t offer a whole lot of choices that don’t involve beef. Also, there are no burgers at Tommi’s. But if you like a good steak at a reasonable price, it’s a good bet. They also have a children’s menu.
A photo of the jammers…
And a sample of last night’s music. Good stuff! This, by the way, is a free event, though tipping is encouraged. Reservations are also a good idea if you’re coming to one of the musical events.
So there you have it. These are my picks so far for great steaks in and around Stuttgart. May your next steak dinner in or around Stuttgart be stellar!