Raleigh >Food & Dining > Peddler Steak House
6005 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2761235.854031 -78.701099
Mon-Thu 5:30pm-10pm ; Fri 5pm-10:30pm ; Sat 5pm-10:30pm ; Sun Closed
Neighborhoods: Northwest, Glen Forest
FOOD ALLERGIES BEWARE! – This is one of Raleigh's older and more established restaurants that has been around for some time now. The decor is a bit outdated, however they serve a DECENT steak if you are looking for a change of the chain choice-grade steakhouse (Texas Roadhouse/Longhorn, Outback, etc.).
The peddler will come around to your table, show you the cuts of steak that are available and carve it right there for you. Then they'll take it and cook it on a small grill which is (thankfully) open to the dining area.
Yeah, so don't come here is you have Celiac Disease or any other food allergy. What was to be a "special" meal for my girlfriend and I turned into a terrible night.
We ordered our steaks and pointed out that we had a food allergy to Gluten. The waitress kind of looked at me funny, so I repeated and said that we were "allergic to bread". The clueless look on her face was an alarm.
On our second round of drinks, I actually pulled the waiter (who wasn't our waitress) aside and re-iterated that we had a food allergy to Gluten/bread and I asked that he communicate this to the person working the grill.
(I pointed this out again because I noticed grill marks on some bread on the plate of a customer seated next to us.)
The waiter then went back and huddled with the grill master, another waiter and waitress (the kitchen is open) and then I guess realized that they needed to clean the grill.
Well our steaks were already on, so they had to throw them away, properly clean the grill and start them back up again.
After we were done with our meal, the kitchen manager ( a guy in his 50s/60s wearing dirty glasses) proceeded to come to our table and remind us that next time we need to let the know of our food allergies ahead of time, because they had to discard the first set of steaks. His voice was filled with bitterness and I swear he sounded just like Boomhauer from King of the Hill.
I then reminded this redneck that I told two different people, one our waitress who took our order and second a waiter who delivered our drinks of the allergy. My poor girlfriend by this time had uncomfortably scowered down into her seat. I then made the point that he needs to make sure his waitstaff properly relays food allergies to the kitchen going forward.
Before I could finish, he immediately turned and walked away. This had to be the most uncomfortable I have ever felt at a restaurant in my life....and the first time I didn't leave a tip too.
Not only was this place dangerous in their food preparation, the classless kitchen manager actually confonted us as if we did something wrong! What a coward.
Avoid this place at all costs if you have a food allergy, care about ambiance or care about customer service.
Absolutely wondeful – Its Valentine's Day and my expectations are just so so. As a midwesterner, I find it very sad that noone knows how to prepare prime rib. After searching for 23 years for a half way descent prime rib, my search is over. The Peddler's prime rib was excellent, along with the service, atmosphere and fresh salad bar. Even though I live in Chapel Hill...the ride into Raleigh to eat at this restaurant is worth the trip!
Long time favorite. Some good things never change. – The Peddler is a long time family favorite. We have been there for lots of special occasions and enjoyed many, many dinners for years. We always find the food and service to be superb. Love...Love... the fresh, choices of salad makings on the bar and the steaks are tender and full of flavor. Time to time, we try the new places that pop up, some are good and some are not, but we always find our favorite is still The Peddler. Some things never change, because they don't need too. The Peddler is a winner.
Steaks are as good as it gets. – Quality for the dollar. You can pay more, but you don't get any better steaks. It is the best food without all the silly decorations trying to make it look like something it is not. It is just simply delicious.
not go back – the steak i got.more bone in the steak than meat.it has been done repeatly. the hostess was rude to me.only nice to groups with male customers and children.not say much,rude look,rush to get rid of me.not busy at all. walk away while talking to her.the waitresses just as bad.only nice to tables with males and children. waitresses not volunteer to take order,write down order,wait on my table,give bill,food and drink,come back to table and see if needed anything. had to ask for the waitress to do job. would give food,bill and drink and ran away. had to get out of chair and ask to come back and wait on table. not want to write down order. said it is not a job requirement.not want to. waitresses try to start fight.talk back rude,rude tones,interrupt and walk away from table.not any explination and not come back. went to gossip with co-workers. brougt wrong order,knew it. and not volunteer to do anything about it. steak was sent back.more bone than meat. paying for not much meat and advertised for a certain amount.waitresses take crumbs off table and put it on floor.not clean it up.
Perfect Date Place / Perfect Family Place – My first visit to The Peddler was with a date and was the perfect place for a quiet, relaxing evening. It took a while to be seated, which was a hint this would be worth the wait. We were seated at a cozy table in the corner, with linen tablecloths and napkins (what a treat these days) and perfect candlight setting. Our waitress arrived promptly for our drink orders. She was very professional without being too chatty and actually seemed to enjoy her job! We choose to have the Peddler come to our table to show us the steaks and actually cut them there. (Imagine getting to see you food before it is prepared!) I ordered the NY Strip and my date the Prime Rib. The trip to the salad bar was a test of control as there is so much to choose from. Holding back to save room for the main course is difficult. Just as we put down our salad forks, the plates were quickly removed and the steaks delivered promptly. Perfect timing! The NY Strip was cooked to perfection, perfectly seasoned and certainly one of the best I have had. My date offered me a taste of his Prime Rib and from the first mouth watering bite.... I was hooked! The Prime Rib I am used to is usually fatty and over seasoned and not my choice of steaks. This one was out of this world! The most tender meat, with only a small trim of fat (which I like!) and au jus with the perfect consistency and flavoring. Since this was my date's steak and not mine, I had to return to my own steak which was still a excellent choice. I came back to The Peddler a week later for my own Prime Rib, this time with my 11 year old daughter. She ordered a child's steak, which she commented was wonderful, then of course tasted my Prime Rib. Bad move...she wanted more! My daughter and I now visit The Peddler every month or so for our Prime Rib dinner. I highly recommend this resturant for its professional and friendly staff, excellent atmosphere for family or romantic evening, awesome food and worth the price and wait!
Best Steaks and Grilled Fish, Cooked on real charcoals. – The Peddler is a wonderful relaxed atmosphere and serves the best grilled steaks and seafood. The ribeye and New York Strip can be cut at your table upon request. That is a unique experience if you plan to order the ribeye or strip. I plan to order ribeye and request it cut at my table until it is time to do so and then change my mind and I go back for the delicious grilled tuna or grilled salmon that may be ordered from the server.(and so may any other menu item if you don't request the cutter at the table.) We also enjoy the Prime Rib. It is the best in the area. Servings are large and devine.
Service is always excellent. I love the warm, friendly, personal attention. Everyone is pleasant and eager to please.
The salad bar is to die for....... always fresh cut vegetables and gourmet additions for the best salad your imagination can make. Love, Love, Love to feast at this salad bar.
It is of excellent quality and reasonable prices. A great evening out for a date or to dine with friends.
I have attended numerous celebrations in the private dining room with large groups and found the same great food and excellent service provided in that setting.
My favorite for almost 40 years. Hats off to 40 years, that is remarkable.
Great atmosphere, but... – We had read a lot of great reviews about Peddler Steak House so we thought we'd give it a go. We were there promptly around 5:00 pm so when we walked in we were seated without any wait. The decor of the Peddler Steak House appears to be the same as it was 30 years ago, paneling and dark wood with royal blue accents and matching blue carpet. It was dimly lit and had a nice warm atmosphere. The service was wonderful, our beverages never got to below half empty. We ordered an appetizer, which was the fried cheese, basically it was mozzarella sticks with a marinara sauce, not worth ordering before a steak meal, and you could get the same thing with the same flavor at Applebee?s. The salad bar was great; all of the items seemed very crisp and fresh. We ordered a large cut of Prime Rib. We should have stuck with the regular cut. It came out on a large plate bedded in its own juices. It was the largest thickest cut of steak I?ve ever had or seen. When I cut into it and had my first taste this is what went through my mind, there was no flavor? It was unseasoned, it was just cooked and served in its own natural flavors so no marinades or seasons that I could taste. As I was working my way through this steak, I found that I wasn?t actually enjoying the steak as a whole as much as it became a contest to simply finish it. So anyway, the meal for two was $66.00? When we both left the restaurant and started our drive home we were sort of dumbfounded that we had paid so much for this steak meal? I mean we couldn?t actually justify its value; it was just a thick cut of steak, nothing special bout a thick cut of meat? We could have eaten at the Angus barn for $20 more and had a much better steak. I am very disappointed. So in short if you don?t mind a steak that isn?t salted, flavored, or seasoned in anyway, then this is the place? If you like a steak over flowing with flavor, then you should go elsewhere?
Overpriced – There are alot more places in Raleigh to spend $80.00 for 2 people. Mediocre at best, their steak is good not great, their service is not good at best, the building reminds me of an 1980's apartment and smells like the carpet has been wet before. The guy that comes around to show the "fine" cuts of meat is straight out of a college fraternity, trust me if you want a consistently good steak go "Austrailian" instead. This place will be out of business within a few years.
Soooo wonderful- busy on the weekends – I have been to The Peddler several times over the years and have had nothing short of a magical experiance every time I go. The service is always good but the food out of this world. The salad bar is awesome and the steak phenominal. I just love the old school feel of the place, nothing too trendy, just how you imagine a steakhouse should be. It seems like the same people have owned it forever and I always see them there. I like that family owned aspect in a restaurant. This place is a can't miss for anyone in the Raleigh area- it seems like a local landmark. It can get busy on the weekends but still worth the wait!
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