Life and History at the Y.O. Ranch


Life and History at the Y.O. Ranch

Every business owner has a story of hardship and success to share. The old saying that “nothing in life worth having comes easily” rings true to anyone who has ever started a business. One of the things we’re the most proud of at our Dallas steakhouse is the rich history of hard work that’s behind it! Surprisingly enough, the Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse didn’t begin as a restaurant, it started as a working ranch. Our story is fascinating and we’d like to share it with you. 

History Behind Dallas’ Best Steakhouse

The Y.O. Ranch has been family owned for six generations. The love and hard work that has gone into the ranch over the years is evident everywhere you look. Captain Charles Schreiner immigrated to the United States from Alsace-Lorraine in 1852. He drove over 300,00 head of cattle “up the trail” to Dodge City and used the money he made to purchase the Y.O. Ranch from it’s owners. The original owner, Youngs O. Coleman, is where the “Y.O.” comes from. The name was kept and used for our iconic downtown Dallas steakhouse. 

Charles Schreiner III introduced wild game to the ranch in the 1950s and stocked it with exotic animals from all over the world. Giraffes, zebras, and emus are just a few of the 60 plus species that call the ranch home. These beautiful creatures roam the ranch’s 40,000 acres of land basking in the Texas sun with the native white tail deer.

Staying at the Y.O. RanchY.O. Ranch Lodge

It’s one thing to experience the food at our Dallas steakhouse, it’s another to experience the ranch. The Y.O. Ranch is located in beautiful Texas Hill Country and hosts guests with as much care and hospitality as we do at our steakhouse. The ranch is perfect for company retreats, day trips, and even family vacations. The one thing we want to share with guests is the heritage of the ranch and our love for what we do. The ranch offers wildlife and history tours for guests who want to get to know the ranch more intimately. After a day of exploring, people gather around the large stone fireplace to talk about their day and enjoy each other’s company.  

Food Inspired by Ranch Life

At the Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse, our menu is inspired by the ranch life and the many recipes that have been handed down to each generation. Preserving the way we’ve prepared our steaks for years is very important to us and our loyal diners. The dining experience is reflective of the atmosphere on the ranch and we want our diners to immerse themselves in a lifestyle that might be unfamiliar to them. 

Find Out Why We’re One of the Best Steakhouses in Dallas

From our rich history of tradition and hard work to the high standards we have for our food, there’s a reason the Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse has been the recipient of many awards and distinctions. Come in and pay us visit! We’d love to share our story and passion for steak with you.