Where do I go when I want a perfect steak? The Backyard Steak Pit! Sure, there are other steak restaurants close to me, but the Backyard Steak Pit has it all. This is family owned, classic, white tablecloth steakhouse. In fact, you will want to start your experience in the bar with a classic cocktail. I suggest a Martini with blue cheese stuffed olives or a Manhattan. Don’t worry, you never feel rushed in the Backyard, take your time and take in the wonderful aroma of their one of a kind charcoal briquette grill!


The is more than attentive, friendly, and best of all they laugh a lot. Mike Shannon, the owner, is always around to make sure things run smoothly or he will fix it right away.


Mike Shannon stopping to say hello!


Classic Cocktails – Martini, Manhattan, Amaretto Stone Sour, and a Stella beer.

The Backyard Steak Pit has a varied menu, but they are well known for their Black Angus aged steaks, cut to order prime rib, grilled pork chops, and delectable seafood. All Dinners come with either soup or their salad bar (yes, a real salad bar with all the trimmings), choice of potato, and a loaf of bread. You can also choose one of their tempting add-on options such as a succulent lobster tail or juicy mushrooms. Take your time and savor each bite of your heavenly entree.


Grilled Pork Chops – Oh my! They were so juicy and tender!


Prime Rib with Scallop Add-on – Look at the size of the Prime Rib and Scallops!


Juicy 8oz Filet with an add-on of Blue Cheese Crumbles and Mushrooms! Yummy!!!

I can’t say that I have any negatives about my experiences at the Backyard Steak Pit. However, I have to comment that I hate the little foil packs of butter, not just here, but at all restaurants. I really hate to open each one of them to put on my potato. It would be nice to just have them put it on the potato for me. Really, that would be my only complaint.


A bottle of wine with dinner and those pesky little pats of butter.

We did not have room for dessert, but they do have some yummy ice cream drinks available too.

My experience has always been wonderful at the Backyard Steak Pit! If you are in Gurnee and you want a great dinner, stop in at the Backyard Steak Pit and let Mike know Witte’s World sent you.

Map to Backyard Steak Pit

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