The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at exclusive restaurants, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their moms. Today's Groupon lets you wine and dine in similar fashion: for $21, you get $50 worth of meaty eats and drinks at 21 Central Steakhouse in Kirkland.
21 Central Steakhouse's extensive menu centers largely on its specialties: USDA prime corn-fed beef and fresh-caught seafood. The posh steakhouse's steaks are all seared in a 1,800-degree broiler, creating a deeply flavored external char that houses the juicy, broiled-to-order interior—similar to the one that houses Wile E. Coyote after an ACME bomb malfunction. After starting with a plate of baked goat cheese ($9.95) over tomatoes Provençal with chive oil and balsamic vinaigrette, boost your vitamin B12 intake with a 10-ounce center-cut filet mignon ($42.95) or a 20-ounce porterhouse ($46.95) and add a side of creamed spinach ($8) for color. You can also enhance your steak by dousing it with a coat of 21's brandy chanterelle sauce ($5), caramelized balsamic onions ($4), and more.
Toothy-smiled, beady-eyed diners in trench coats that are clearly just sharks in disguise will find plenty of succulent seafood entrees as well, such as the herb-crusted Chilean sea bass stuffed with bay shrimp and mozzarella ($26.95) and the cold-water Australian lobster tail ($49.95 for single). Start by fire hosing your palate awake with tempura-style mini lobster tails ($15.95), served with champagne butter, or oysters served on the half shell ($10.25) or Rockefeller ($13.50).
21 Central's cellar offers more than 70 wines by the bottle for your quaffing pleasure, and a dessert menu includes a spongy chocolate-raspberry mousse cake ($9.50) and crème brûlée ($6). The swank eatery's rich wood and intimate, high-backed booths will give dates plenty of privacy from which to admire the high-end Gold Rush–era saloon's leopard-print upholstery and glittering table-top lamps, particularly against the view of the bay through 21 Central's large storefront windows. Two Groupons can be combined for five people or more, so bring friends along to 21 Central Steakhouse and add a touch of urbane class to your next round of Dungeons & Dragons.
- This intimate gem of a steakhouse is a welcome alternative to glitzy, mega steak joints that tend to dominate the Eastside. Lush furnishings and touches of leopard-print fabric lend a 1890s San Francisco saloon ambience to the softly lit, glittering room furnished with intimate, high backed booths. Although the focus is on aged Prime steaks and chops cooked in a 1,800-degree broiler, the seafood offerings are quite good too, notably angel hair pasta tossed with scallops, crab and prawns in a silky vodka and chive cream sauce. – Gayot
- I have "NEVER" had a less than wonderful Steak there. And several seafood items especially the Seabass and the fresh Salmon are amazing. – bigmik, Citysearch
- Top notch perfect martini's and awesome oyster rockefeller…The steak was cooked to perfection and the wait staff was very prompt. – sdsungoddess, Citysearch
21 Central Way
Kirkland, Washington 98033Get Directions