America’s 15 Most Expensive Steakhouses
December 21, 2016
If you want to dine at these temples to dry-aged steaks, you’re going to have to shell out some big bucks
#15 American Cut, New York
American Cut Steakhouse Tribeca/Yelp
American Cut, which is chef Marc Forgione’s temple to steak, has locations in New York and Puerto Rico, with one in Atlanta coming soon. The most expensive menu items include a seafood tasting for $142, an appetizer of Forgione’s famous chili lobster for $34, a $145 42-ounce tomahawk ribeye chop for two, a $109 40-unce porterhouse for two, and a “surf and turf” pairing of the tomahawk ribeye and chili lobster for $175. Miyazaki wagyu beef is also available at market price. The average cost per guest? $89.
#14 Barclay Prime, Philadelphia
This Stephen Starr steakhouse on Rittenhouse Square might boast a selection of as many as seven different steak knives and a $120 wagyu ribeye and foie gras cheesesteak that comes with a half-bottle of Perrier-Jouët, but that doesn’t mean it’s gimmicky. It is very expensive, however. Steaks include a $65 bone-in filet, a $77 eight-ounce American wagyu filet, a $115 10-ounce Japanese A5 wagyu New York Strip, a $130 50-ounce tomahawk ribeye, and a $195 18-ounce Japanese A5 wagyu ribeye, one of the most expensive steaks in America. If you feel like dropping even more money, you can opt for an ounce of Royal Ossetra caviar for $125. The average per-person cost here is $91.
#13 David Burke’s Primehouse, Chicago
One of the highest-grossing restaurants of 2015, chef David Burke’s flagship Chicago restaurant has an average per-person cost of $92. It’s easy to rack up a massive tab here; pricey menu items include a lobster, shrimp, and lump crab cocktail trio for $34; a shellfish tower for $175; a 55-day dry-aged ribeye for $68 and a 75-day dry-aged ribeye for $79; and a porterhouse for two for $120. If you want to top your steak with a grilled split lobster, it’ll cost you an additional $35.
#12 Sparks, New York
Sparks: Yelp / Wonjae Y
It's been 30 years since Gambino Family crime boss Paul Castellano and an associate were shot to death outside Sparks, but martini-swilling first-timers can still be heard here joking about preferring to sit in "the no-shooting section." Well, never mind. Sparks is a great, old-fashioned steakhouse in the classic Manhattan style, meaning that it’s very expensive, with a meal averaging $93 per person. Menu prices aren’t listed online, but high-ticket items include prime sirloin, filet mignon, and an extra thick veal chop.
#11 Bourbon Steak, Washington
Chef Michael Mina’s steakhouse has several locations across the country, but the Washington location racks up the highest tabs, averaging $94 per person. A seafood tower costs $140, Japanese A5 Miyazaki wagyu costs $36 per ounce (with a minimum order of three ounces), a 14-ounce Colorado waygu ribeye costs $89, a 38-ounce bone-in porterhouse costs $130, and if you’d like white Alba truffles shaved over your dish, it’ll set you back $60.
#10 Alexander’s Steakhouse, San Francisco
This SOMA steakhouse (with additional locations in Cupertino, Pasadena, and Taipei) is unique and exciting, with plenty of Japanese influence, and every item is impeccably sourced. Pricey menu items include wagyu beef from an astounding 13 different farms (ranging in price from $48 to $165 per three ounces), a 15-ounce T-bone of NY strip for $96, and a 26-ounce porterhouse for $145. The restaurant’s Chef’s Table “experience” starts at $300 per person, and the seven-course “Study of Beef” costs $248 per person. All told, the average guest spends $97.
#9 Craftsteak, Las Vegas
Part of TV star and famously good cook Tom Colicchio's ever-growing Craft empire, the clubby steakhouse centers its menu around eight different steaks, mostly dry-aged Angus, variously grilled or roasted, and also offers a wide choice of both domestic and Japanese wagyu (ranging from a $64 domestic flat iron to a $260 eight-ounce Japanese A5 wagyu New York strip). With a duo of caviar gelling for $320, a 32-ounce porterhouse clocking in at $98, and a three-course menu highlighting Japanese A5 wagyu costing $275 per person, it’s no wonder the average diner pays $97.
#8 CarneVino, Las Vegas
Powerhouse restaurant duo Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich + steak + Vegas = greatness. CarneVino, their temple to all things beef in The Palazzo Hotel & Casino, pulls out all the stops, aging their beef, which is classified as “Prime Plus” thanks to its heavy marbling, for 30 to 60 days. If you want to sample it you’re going to have to pay; a bone-in ribeye sells for $152, a New York strip is $70, and a classic bistecca Fiorentina porterhouse costs $170. All told, the average guest pays $97.
#7 Mastro’s, New York
Mastro’s was founded in Scottsdale in 1999, and today there are 13 locations nationwide, including a recently-opened New York outpost. Plush and opulent, Mastro’s prides itself on excellent service and also offers live music at its locations on most nights. The far-reaching menu includes more than a dozen steaks and chops (all steaks are wet-aged), shellfish towers, king crab legs, creative sushi rolls, caviar, escargot, stone crabs when in season, and nearly 20 sides including king crab black truffle gnocchi, lobster mashed potatoes, and gorgonzola mac and cheese. The wine program is also a standout, as each location features at least 250 bottles. The average meal cost at the New York location is $100 per person.
#6 SW Steakhouse, Las Vegas
The “SW” in SW Steakhouse stands for hotel impresario Steve Wynn, who has put as much care into his eponymous steakhouse as he did the hotel it’s in. Needless to say, don’t expect to dine here without paying up; the average meal costs $100. One of only a handful of restaurants in the U.S. that offers certified authentic Kobe beef, chef David Walzog sources his steaks and chops from top Midwestern ranchers, and his 42-ounce chile-rubbed double ribeye ($125) is a true work of art. 50 grams of caviar will set you back $325, a porterhouse for two costs $130, and a four-ounce serving of that true Kobe will cost you $220.
#5 Jean Georges Steakhouse, Las Vegas
Located in the Aria, a meal at Jean Georges Steakhouse will also set you back around $100. The online menu isn’t priced, but the menu’s most opulent items include wagyu carpaccio, A-5 certified Kobe beef, and steaks including a 36-ounce porterhouse and a six-ounce wagyu filet from Australia’s Rangers Valley.
#4 Bazaar Meat, Las Vegas
Bazaar Meat by Jose Andres/Yelp
At his Sin City venture, renowned chef Jose Andrés includes plenty of Spanish tastes as well as an extensive raw bar and "meat from the sea" (fish to you). A menu of carpaccio, tartares, cured meats, and, yes, serious beef rib steaks from California, Oregon, and Washington are on offer, including a chateaubriand from the Golden State's Brandt Beef, served with truffle sauce and pommes soufflés. Two-ounce caviar flights range from $45 to $350, hand-cut Jamón Ibérico de Bellota costs $70 per serving, a quarter of suckling pig costs $160 ($540 for the whole thing), a 22-ounce bone-in strip loin costs $125, and a rib steak from Lindsay Ranch costs $95 per pound. This is also one of the only restaurants in the country that serves real A5 Kobe beef from Japan’s Hyogo prefecture; the privilege of eating it costs $45 per ounce, with a two-ounce minimum. A meal here averages $103 per person.
#3 CUT, Los Angeles
Hye jin L./Yelp
The Beverly Hills outpost of Wolfgang Puck’s CUT certainly makes you pay for the honor of enjoying the restaurant’s 17 steak cuts and places of origin, from Australian filet mignon to Illinois bone-in New York sirloin to genuine Japanese wagyu ribeye from Miyazaki Prefecture. Steaks are grilled over hardwood before being finished under a 1,200-degree broiler, and while prices aren’t listed online, the average diner can expect to pay $108.
#2 Prime, Las Vegas
Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Bellagio steakhouse is the textbook definition of sumptuous: richly upholstered chairs, Tiffany blue velvet curtains, commissioned artwork on the walls, and a stunning view of the famed Bellagio fountains. But it doesn’t stop there; executive chef Sean Griffin’s menu is chock-full of the finer things in life, which also happen to be the most expensive, with the average diner spending $111. The online menu isn’t priced, but offerings include seared foie gras; Golden Osetra caviar; and Japanese A5 wagyu filet, NY strip, and ribeye.
#1 CUT, Las Vegas
CUT by Wolfgang Puck/Yelp
Located inside the lavish Palazzo, Wolfgang Puck’s Las Vegas location of CUT has the unique privilege of being the most expensive steakhouse in America, with an average per-guest price of a whopping $117. The menu, which doesn’t show prices, is nearly identical to that of the Los Angeles and new New York locations', with big-ticket items including a 28-day aged 12-ounce New York sirloin from Washington’s Double R Ranch, American wagyu from Idaho’s Snake River Farms, and Japanese wagyu beef from Miyazaki Prefecture.