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A steakhouse, steak house, or chophouse is a restaurant that specializes in steaks and chops. Modern steakhouses can also offer other cuts of meat such as poultry, roast prime rib, veal, fish, and 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 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. "Cobweb Hall" was known for their mutton chops and offered additional menu options such as beefsteaks, lamb kidneys, bacon and potatoes.[4]

List of steakhousesEdit

The following are lists of notable steakhouses.

Independent restaurantsEdit

Chain restaurant steakhousesEdit

North AmericaEdit

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

Outside North AmericaEdit

A steak dinner at Block House in Portugal

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Alan Davidson, Oxford Companion to Food, s.v. 'chop'
  2. ^ "The chop house tradition". The Artful Diner. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013.
  3. ^ Betty Fussell, Raising steaks: the life and times of American beef
  4. ^ Butler, Stephanie (2014-10-24). "A Rare History of the Steakhouse". HISTORY. Retrieved 27 November 2018.