America's 15 Most Expensive Steakhouses

It should come as no surprise that steakhouses are among the most expensive a la carte restaurants in America. But some steakhouses offer menu items that only the wealthiest can afford. These are the 15 most expensive steakhouses in America.

America's 15 Most Expensive Steakhouses (Slideshow)

There's a good reason why steakhouses are so expensive: High-quality beef is one of the priciest foods a restaurant can buy, even at wholesale, and it becomes even more expensive once it's been dry-aged, which most top-notch steakhouses do. Luxury cuts like wagyu and Kobe beef, which many of the finest steakhouses now offer, is also insanely expensive. Add on pricey appetizers like oysters, shrimp cocktail, and crab cakes, as well as dessert and wine, and you've got a recipe for a very, very expensive night out.

In order to assemble our ranking, we started by combing through Zagat's average meal prices for steakhouses in major metropolitan areas (their number includes the price of dinner per person with one drink and tip), but took it one step further by also including steakhouses that offer insanely expensive entrée options, like real Kobe beef from Japan. Perhaps not coincidentally, many of these steakhouses can also be found in our ranking of America's Best Steakhouses; in most of these cases, you get what you pay for, and you're paying for a meal you're not likely to forget for a long time.

If you're in the market for an expense-account-only once in a lifetime steakhouse experience, read on to learn which restaurants should be on your list. Or if you're like most of us and these restaurants are well outside of any conceivable price range, read on for a glimpse into the kind of restaurant that only the most fortunate can afford to dine at. If you're given the opportunity to have a steak at any of these lavish restaurants, don't let the opportunity pass you by.