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A steakhouse, steak house, or chophouse is a restaurant that specializes in beef steaks and other individual portions of meat, known as chops. Usually, these steaks are made to order and are served with side dishes such as baked potatoes and rolls. Most steakhouses also offer other cuts of meat such as roast prime rib, veal, and often 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 beginning to become fashionable. The houses were normally only open for men.[2]

The steakhouse started in the United States in the late 19th century as a development from traditional inns and bars.[3]

List of steakhouses[edit]

Independent restaurants[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alan Davidson, Oxford Companion to Food, s.v. 'chop'
  2. ^ "The chop house tradition". The Artful Diner. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ Betty Fussell, Raising steaks: the life and times of American beef