ALC Steaks (Austin Land & Cattle)
ALC Steaks (Austin Land & Cattle)

ALC Steaks (Austin Land & Cattle)

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.alcsteaks.com/
  • Phone: 5124721813
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday, 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: 5:30pm-11:00pm
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private and semi-private areas available for groups of 10 to 45 guests. We can offer our regular dinner menu, or we will happily assist you in designing a delicious dinner that is appropriate for any affair and print your custom menu for your guests to select from. We can also provide flowers and assist with wine selection.
  • Private Party Contact: Theresa Mertens 5124721813

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 12th Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is parking available in front of the restaurant.
A word from ALC Steaks (Austin Land & Cattle)
Enjoy a delicious steak and a taste of Austin. You haven’t experienced the best of Austin until you've been to ALC Steaks. The capitol city's only independent, family-owned steakhouse serves sizzling, hand-cut, aged beef the way Austinites have loved it for over 19 years. From our rich, antique wooden bar to our relaxing, unpretentious dining room, everything about us says, "welcome." Our exceptional service and genuine hospitality are as inviting as the many signature items on our menu. Tonight's the perfect evening to discover something else great about Austin.
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ALC Steaks (Austin Land & Cattle) reviews from OpenTable diners
144 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (91)romantic (61)fit for foodies (48)neighborhood gem (45)notable wine list (36)good for groups (32)hot spot (11)vibrant bar scene (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (3)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Have been wanting to try this place for many years as a lifelong Austin resident. Finally did it for my 35th birthday... Sadly, the steak was far from good. I've had a lot of great steaks in town - this was not one of them. Poorly cooked, no "crust" and the seasoning tasted exactly like the pork chop.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just alright.
    OpenTableFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We had a gift certificate and it was a fine place to go at the last minute, but I probably would not go again. The quality of the meat was not fantastic and the wait staff was clearly stretched beyond their means. The bartender suggested a pretty good wine, but nothing really wowed me at all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never again
    Bajalicious
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Worst steakhouse I've been too in all the states. Slow and bad service. Extremely loud, I was no where near impressed with the food. This is a bar and grill trying to be a steakhouse with steakhouse prices and failing miserably.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent steaks
    GoodEatsRob
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We've been dining here for many years - it's been around for quite a while. Do NOT confuse it with Texas Land and Cattle - they are not in the same league as ALC. The steaks (I have never tried any of their other offerings) have been tender, perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked and delicious. I am especially fond of the bone-in ribeye. We also love the New Mexico goat cheese stuffed green chiles - they provide an incredible flavor burst that has to be experienced to understand. Service is excellent with great timing and no rushing because the next course arrives too early. The prices are on the premium side, but represent a good value for the food an service provided.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exactly what we were looking for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Perfectly cooked, beautiful pieces of steak. Our waiter, Clinton, was fantastic as well; he truly went the extra mile whenever an opportunity presented itself.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steakhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went for a bachelor party and had a thoroughly enjoyable meal. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Service is always good and the steaks are great! Wine list is good and affordable. Restaurant is due for some updating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service, great food
    RareSteakFan
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This was our first time visiting ALC and we were certainly not disappointed. Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, and very helpful. The food was simply perfect. The steaks were cooked perfectly. Some restaurants don't seem to understand the term "rare". ALC does. Our steaks were nicely browned on the outside and nice and pink on the inside. The cuts of meat were just wonderful, juicy and tender. We look forward to returning on our next trip to Austin
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    We go here for each of our birthdays. The food and service are always top notch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great steak
    TheR2Towncritic
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    All the the sides where very good, althoughT he balsamic salad dressing was unusually spicy. I ordered surf and turf. I ordered the steak Med-rare, it came well done. They where very apologetic and accommodating. They brought me out another steak that was perfect and a 2nd lobster-tail. The pecan pie was excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steaks
    Comfy
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The filet mignon that I had was excellent; cooked perfectly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Good place for a great steak, good service, will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner
    Ruwco
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I took my family to celebrate a birthday and had a very nice experience. Our waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. The portion sizes were a nice change of pace as many Austin restaurants think that the more expensive a dish is, the smaller the portion. Our steaks were cooked just right and had just enough of my favorite "white" meat. All in all, a very nice dinner. I preferred over Ruth's Chris or the like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    Charles
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The steaks and service at ALC was outstanding. Excellent wine list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wine list
    kgaustin01
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I would give the review 5 stars but the wine list was not up to par. The red wine bottle we did purchase was warm....but The food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Austin's Best
    Marine782VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This is, hand's down, the best steak house in Austin. Not in the downtown madness and parking can be difficult at times, but it's worth the drive over to Lamar to get a great steak. The salmon was fabulous also and they have a great wine list. Service is fantastic and attentive. Take the family or friends or both for a great meal. We celebrate all our family occasions here and everyone looks forward to the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food -great surprise
    JCAlchemy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We were looking for a "Texas Style" place for an early corporate dinner with some out of town guests and our go-to place was not available. So I asked around and Austin Land & Cattle was recommend. We had a great dinner and great service for a reasonable price. I ordered the "off menu" Chicken Fried Tuna and it was out of this world. This place has been in Austin forever and if you haven't stopped by shame on you. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent steaks
    Ken78732
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Filet mignon can often fall short on flavor - optimizing for tenderness but that was not the case in our visit to ALC. Our steaks were both tender and flavorful, and not overwhelmingly flavored as we've had in another Austin-area steakhouse. Delicious. The wine list was disappointing in that it's got some less than stellar examples, possibly just to fill a particular varietal/price-point. Our choice was promptly replaced with another that was satisfactory. My steak arrived plain, rather than in the requested preparation but was very promptly fixed, thanks to the attentive wait staff. All in all, a mixed review. The food can be wonderful and we've already recommended it but there is a need for improved execution overall.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great steak
    baggy
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great food, steak just a little rare for medium rare, but really great. Fresh shrimp, not fishy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service ...
    ktk123
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    but we did have a problem with it being hot where we were first seated. Everyone at the table was uncomfortable until we said enough about it to get moved under a vent. Then things were fine. Great food and great service. Two really good bottles of wine. Just slightly marred by insufficient AC and having to move.
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  • Going down hill :-(
    NiceSurpriseVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I'm very sad to write this review. We've been going to ALC for 10 years. This past weekend was very mediocre. Something has definitely changed! The portions and quality of food are not what we are used to. Plus, we were seated in a small room near a room that was having a private party with about 20 young men. Then as we were leaving (luckily) they brought in an even much louder group of 10 young men. If you're going for a quiet, peaceful meal....be careful you don't get stuck where we were!
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  • Still dreaming of this night
    HappHourHappyLife
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This has turned into our favorite celebratory steak dinner place. We have been a couple times and both times the food, service and experience was wonderful. I will say that this time we had dinner much earlier than before and the extra bit of attention paid to our food, our service and the quietness of the restaurant was enough to make us want to continue to go a little early. I had the filet and it was just outstanding, it melted in my mouth. The wine recommendation for our server was a great pairing as well. Oh and that brownie dessert was so good that we had to resist ordering a second one. This was a great way to celebrate a very joyous time for us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great icon..
    sabkind
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We've been coming to ACL for many years. The local vibe is nice compared to the chain steak houses in town - however this past visit the surf & turf was only average and the bathrooms were in need of some attention. We'll go back again and give it another try. Overall it was a good choice.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Timeless Steakhouse
    EatingwithNXN
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Consistently ranked in the top five steakhouses in Austin and usually in the top three. Parking could be difficult but we got lucky. People may be unimpressed by the exterior decor, but once inside, the dining room is perfectly lit for romance, groups, or celebrations. The place has been around for a while, but does not come across as being dated or dingy and is a place to come dressed from business casual to coat and tie. The steaks were perfectly cooked, tender and very tasty and the sides were well proportioned and well thought out. The wine list is excellent. Our server was knowledgeable and attentive without being annoying. I have been to every steakhouse on the Austin top five steakhouse list and would choose this one to go back to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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  • Good but disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Visiting Austin from Atlanta and was told this was "the place" to get a "once in a lifetime Texas style steak". No. It was good but really nothing special. I've had far better steaks in many "less renowned" places including some steak chain restaurants. Decent but not worth the price or the hype. Food average, service slow and inattentive. Unless you just want to tell people you went here, go elsewhere.
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  • To recommend
    Jerome
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner there. The meat was excellent and the service was efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch
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  • Outstanding steaks
    MaxwellVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The best steak in Austin. Nice ambience. Excellent service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steaks
    ScatchMcGowzer
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great spot for a quiet romantic dinner. Great menu selection and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    ALC was a great choice considering all of the steak places in Austin. Food and environment were perfect.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT food, wine and Hostess.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Excellent place to eat. Very nice ambiance, excellent service and the food is OUTSTANDING !!!! Great wine list as well !!!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • #beststeakever
    lovesteak4
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Food was outstanding. We enjoyed every bite and felt very satisfied with out being over stuffed. We had a great time, it was very laid back, the waiters were very attentive.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Liked the steak sampler.
    Everhunt
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Visited in July. Found the steak sampler adequate for our appetites at dinner. Sides were delicious. Excellent, friendly service.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Consistently Good
    Kwhite
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Medium rare steak is my comfort food and ALC always does it well. They have a great Pre-Fixe Dinner on Sunday for $35. Make a reservation for Saturday nights. Parking is usually easy but 7:30 on a Saturday can mean waiting for someone to walk to their car.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Zoomie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Brian, our server, was great and the food was superb
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced and aweful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I really don't know how these guys get away with charging $40+ for their meat where it's second tier at best. The place is tired and dirty. With all of the great steak houses in Austin now, DO NOT waste your time or money at Austin Land & Cattle!!!
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  • Superb steak
    MaggieVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This is the best steak I've ever had! Hands down and I've had some pretty good steaks in NYC. The steak marinate was out of the world. Not heavy at all. You can taste the meat and the quality of the meat just melts in your mouth. I'm raving about this restaurant once I get back to NYC. Our waiter was also just the best. He recommended me a good wine and was just a sweetheart!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Steak in Austin
    jpotacoVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    As always, the steak was delicious and cooked perfectly. Our waiter was great and didn't constantly interrupt us.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good!
    Gmandiner1
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Everything is good. Love the atmosphere. The digital drink menu is cool.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the 10 oz. filet mignon
    Fritz
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My wife and I had ordered 6 oz. filets on previous visits. My wife likes hers medium-rare-plus, and she's always been satisfied by the result. I like mine medium, but they were sometimes overdone. That's not surprising, given the relatively small size of a 6 oz. filet. So we switched to the 10 oz. size, and I got a true medium -- thick, juicy, and done just right. My wife's 10 oz. filet was excellent, too. The best restaurant steaks we've had in many years.
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  • Overal pretty good, a bit salty
    jaimelabonnebouffe
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Came on a Sunday- prix fixe menu with good pricing. Service was great and accommodating of our kids to offer some off-menu options. We each had the ribeye and salmon. Both were well cooked but a bit salty. Parents bringing children for an occasion might like to know that my daughter didn't like her burger, and when I tried it before leaving, I found it too thick and undercooked on the inside. (In fairness to ALC, I will note that we didn't notify our waiter, as we were ready to leave when I noticed.)
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