• 4 Local Steakhouses Know Exactly How to Cater to Groups

    FROM THE Winter 2017 ISSUE
  • 4 Local Steakhouses Know Exactly How to Cater to Groups

    FROM THE Winter 2017 ISSUE
  • 4 Local Steakhouses Know Exactly How to Cater to Groups

    FROM THE Winter 2017 ISSUE
  • 4 Local Steakhouses Know Exactly How to Cater to Groups

    FROM THE Winter 2017 ISSUE
  • 4 Local Steakhouses Know Exactly How to Cater to Groups

    FROM THE Winter 2017 ISSUE

Searching for a great steakhouse to elevate your event? Look no further; you’re in cattle country. These Texas venues off er mouthwatering steaks and some of the best private event space in the state. Whether hosting an intimate executive retreat or a large corporate reception, there is no better place than Texas for a steakhouse meet and eat.  

Vince Young Steakhouse | Austin

Situated between Third and Fourth streets on San Jacinto Boulevard in downtown Austin, this locally owned and operated steakhouse is literally one block from the Austin Convention Center. Since opening in 2010, the restaurant offers USDA prime steaks, tasteful entrees, house-made desserts, and one of the city’s best selections of bourbons. 

An upscale locally sourced menu, including a large selection of hearty steakhouse favorites such as prime bone-in ribeye, tomahawk pork chops or steak frites, make the steakhouse a great choice for corporate events. The restaurant offers two private dining rooms, which will accommodate up to 25 guests, as well as a semiprivate patio, bar and lounge that can be reserved for larger groups of up to 150. For groups of up to 200, event planners can arrange a reservation of the entire venue. 

“Vince Young Steakhouse has multiple space options, including a semiprivate dining room and two closed-off, private rooms that can accommodate up to 25,” says Executive Chef Phillip Brown. “We offer our guests group dining menus, or our private dining coordinators can work with the client to create a custom menu.” 

The steakhouse offers three different five-course menus for group events ranging in price from $75 per guest to $95 per guest. Complete a great meal at your event with a selection from the extensive wine list, or add cigars or elegant desserts made by the in-house pastry chef.

Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse | Dallas 

From a small dinner for 12 to a cocktail reception for up to 300 guests, the Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse provides high-quality food and service in a rustic and authentic Texas atmosphere accentuated by brick archways, iron railings and candlelit tables. The steakhouse is located in the downtown Dallas West End historic district and offers USDA prime steaks, which are hand-cut in house, as well as a selection of seafood and an extensive wild game selection. 

The private dining facilities at the steakhouse include The Windmill Room, The Longhorn Lounge and The Hill Country Lodge, and will accommodate from 16 up to 200 guests. For larger groups, doors between the three private dining rooms can be opened to create a space for up to 300 for a cocktail reception. Additionally, the entire steakhouse is available for buyout and will seat 275 for a dinner or hold up to 350 guests for a cocktail reception.

“Our most popular private dining space is the Longhorn Lounge,” says Michael Street, director of sales and special events. “The space has a lively, private bar and seats up to 35 people. This is where we host our quarterly wine dinners created by chef Tony Street. Our private spaces can accommodate live music, have full audio-visual capability and are versatile. We can seat up to 151 people privately and customize the space if needed.”

An extensive private event menu featuring steak, seafood and wild game, such as quail, elk, buffalo and rattlesnake, make the steakhouse a great venue for group events in the Dallas area. “If you have a party of 100, we can accommodate all steak orders at the individual temperatures that are requested—not everyone can do this,” Street says. 

Whether hosting an intimate executive dinner, a business lunch or a corporate banquet, the staff at Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse will work with event planners to create an experience that guests will remember.

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille | The Woodlands 

With an elegant atmosphere and USDA-aged prime steaks, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in The Woodlands is perfect for any group event. 

The steakhouse features award-winning food, upscale-yet-comfortable décor and an elegant piano bar. Whether ordering a prime bone-in New York strip, filet mignon or Perry’s signature seven-finger-high pork chop, guests will be beyond satisfied.

“At Perry’s, we handle all the juicy details to help you create your perfect event, from customizing the menu to recommending the perfect pairings,” says Laura Olivas, director of private dining for Perry’s Steakhouse. “Each of our locations offers rooms to accommodate an intimate gathering of four or a corporate meeting, family celebration—even a wedding reception—for up to 120.”

For group events, the steakhouse offers five individual private dining venues, the largest of which can accommodate up to 115 guests. There are four different menus available for group events that include appetizer, salad, entree and dessert, and a fifth menu that includes salad, entrée and dessert. There are many other locations in Texas, including Houston, San Antonio, Dallas and Austin, and all offer private dining. 


While there are plenty of great places to grab a steak in Texas, sometimes guests want something a little more casual. And what could work better than fried chicken, a long-neck beer and live outdoor entertainment?


Encompassing half a city block in the middle of Houston’s Rice Village neighborhood, the Armadillo Palace provides a truly one-of-a-kind space for hosting corporate events. The venue is part of the Goode Company portfolio of family-owned restaurants and is a celebration of Texas music, culture and food. The Armadillo Palace serves comforting food, from pork chops to venison chili to fried chicken, and offers outdoor dining and entertainment space like no other venue in the area. The venue offers Rock & Ribeyes events, which include 12-ounce ribeyes and entertainment by local musicians. 

“In true Texas fashion, we’ve recently expanded to make our spaces at Armadillo Palace bigger and better than ever before with the addition of a new cocktail bar, dance hall and outdoor patio to accompany our iconic dining room filled with Texas memorabilia. We pride ourselves on offering true Texan hospitality and home-cooking to make any special event feel like a family affair, no matter the size,” says Levi Goode, owner of Goode Company. “Our new spaces and performance stages also allow us to be more flexible than ever before when creating unique event experiences for our guests.” 

The expansive venue can accommodate groups of up to 300 indoors or large events of up to 1,300 guests standing in the whole indoor/outdoor space. Offering the best of both worlds, the fresh-air event space has a shade covering and is climate controlled with misters and fans, or heaters. For group events, the Armadillo Palace offers a catering menu featuring a variety of options from the Goode Company restaurants. 

Seven years ago, I moved to The Woodlands from out of state to be closer to family. What I was hoping to find was a familial connection that had been missing ever since I moved away from Indiana, where I was born and raised. What I found, however, was so much more: An eclectic, diverse and welcoming community that I am so proud to call home. I also found a wonderful destination for meetings and events.


Built at the turn of the 20th century, Mattie’s at Green Pastures was once the estate of Henry and Martha “Mattie” Miner Faulk. In 1946, Faulk’s daughter Mary and Mary’s husband Chester Koock opened the fine dining restaurant Green Pastures at the address, and over the years, they hosted lavish parties and grand occasions for celebrities, governors and visiting dignitaries. Mary Koock also catered many parties at the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch.


If you’ve spent time in noon board meetings or luncheon team strategy sessions, you’ve likely suffered through the traditional buffet of cold cuts and stale cookies that have seemingly become the norm for these occasions. But rejoice: Like all things Texas, boxed lunch options in our state are far from standard. Here are a few standout caterers that offer creative menus, seasonal fare, and a commitment to satisfying every palate by offering gluten-free, dairy-free, keto-friendly and vegan selections.