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A steakhouse, steak house, or chophouse refers to a restaurant that specializes in steaks and chops, found mainly in North America. Modern steakhouses may also carry other cuts of meat including poultry, roast prime rib, and veal, as well as fish and other seafood.


Chophouses started in London in the 1690s and served individual portions of meat, known as chops.[1] The traditional nature of the food served was zealously maintained through the later 19th century despite the new cooking styles from the Continent, which were becoming fashionable. The houses were normally only open for men.[2]

The steakhouse started in the United States in the mid-19th century as a development from traditional inns and bars.[3] Steakhouses can be casual or formal fine dining restaurants.

The oldest continuously operating steakhouse in the United States is the Old Homestead Steakhouse in New York City, established in 1868. Prior to that there were chophouses in New York City such as Cobweb Hall, owned by David Pattullo, which was known for their mutton chops and offered additional menu options such as beefsteaks, lamb kidneys, bacon, and potatoes.[4]

Today, steakkhouses are a part of many major cities and metropolitan areas in the USA. From the cold Northeast to the mountainous foothills around Atlanta,[4] steakhouses can be found in abundance. Westward, from Texas to California, steakhouses with Mexican and Latin American influences proliferate the landscape.

List of steakhouses[edit]

The following are lists of notable steakhouses.

Chain restaurant steakhouses[edit]

North America[edit]

Valle's Steak House's iconic signs once spanned the East Coast from Maine to Florida.

Outside North America[edit]

A steak dinner at Block House in Portugal
Cooling shelf for choosing steaks at a Steakhouse in Hermanus (South Africa)

Independent restaurants[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Davidson, Alan. "Chop". Oxford Companion to Food.
  2. ^ "The chop house tradition". The Artful Diner. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013.
  3. ^ Fussell, Betty (2008). Raising steaks: the life and times of American beef. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 287.
  4. ^ a b Butler, Stephanie (October 24, 2014). "A Rare History of the Steakhouse". HISTORY. Retrieved 27 November 2018. Cite error: The named reference "hist_ARar" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).