17 Beginner Mistakes Everyone Makes at a Steakhouse

Eating at a steakhouse is not something we do often. Because of this, it’s often tricky to know what to order and how to order it. In this article, you’ll find 17 mistakes that Americans often make at steakhouses and how to avoid them.

Not Specifying How You Like Your Steak

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According to Esquire, 77% of Americans order their meat wrong. A good waiter at a steakhouse should ask you how you like your meat, but if they forget, it is important you specify as there is nothing worse than ending up with a rare slice of meat when you want it well done.

Not Knowing Your Steak Levels

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Esquire also says that 37% of Americans order their steaks medium. Many make the mistake of ordering everything medium because they are not aware of all the available options. There are blue, rare, medium rare, medium, medium well, and well done to choose from.

Eating Too Quickly

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Healthline states that eating too quickly can lead to obesity. Not only that, but when you don’t have time to taste your food, you don’t enjoy it as much. The next time you order a steak, slow down and make sure you savor each bite. 

Trying to Eat on a Budget

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According to The Price Hike, rib steaks are the most expensive steaks in New York. When trying to cut the cost, many people order the cheaper options on a steakhouse menu but are then disappointed when their meal isn’t everything they’d hoped. It is better to save and go all out for your meal than cut back and regret it. 

Chewing on the Bone

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We get it, your steak was delicious and you are dying to pick up that bone and devour the scraps of meat left on it. But at a high-end restaurant, this is really frowned upon. You’ll have to save the bone gnawing for home-cooked meals.

Underestimating the Prices

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The price of your favorite steak meal might be higher than you bargained for. According to the Business Insider, a dry cut of steak can end up being more expensive because it has to be held in a temperature and humidity-controlled refrigerator. Having a look at a menu online can save you from price shocks.

Not Knowing the Cuts of Steak

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Seeing a menu jam-packed full of the names of different steak cuts can be confusing. Ordering a cut of steak at random can mean you will end up with something that’s not to your liking.

Don’t worry; the waiter knows the menu like the back of their hand. Don’t be afraid to ask for some help.  


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Steakhouses often have much cheaper prices on their lunch menus that offer the same amount of food that they would serve in the evenings. Make sure you are through the door before the evening tariffs begin so you can order more for less.

Not Ordering the Specials

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Many people overlook the specials at a steakhouse when these can be great options. Often the specials are meals that the chefs have perfected to a tee and deliver a fantastic taste sensation. Specials are also great for those who don’t frequent steakhouses, as they take the pressure off of ordering.

Ignoring the Sauces

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People frequent steakhouses to savor the authentic taste of well-smoked meat. But just because it is tasty on its own doesn’t mean you should ignore the side sauces. These sauces are carefully blended to enhance the flavor of the steak. Make sure you try them. 

Going Overboard With Sauces

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So, we just stated that you should definitely try the sauces that come with your steakhouse meal, but that doesn’t mean going overboard. You want to try enough of the sauce with a slice of steak to enhance the flavors, but not so much that you lose the flavor of the meat.

Not Asking Questions

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If your preferred meal comes with a sauce or side you are not keen on, you should ask the waiter if you can swap it for something else. Some larger chains might not be so relaxed about doing this, but you usually find that smaller, privately owned steakhouses will be more than happy to accommodate you. 

Overordering or Underordering

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When it comes to steakhouse menus, you often see menu listings that include the number of ounces of a piece of steak. This can be confusing. Don’t be afraid to ask your waiter if the portion size is enough for two or more people if you are planning on ordering a sharing platter.

Not Making Reservations

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Popular steakhouses can get pretty jammed at the weekends, so if you fail to make a reservation, you might end up waiting for longer than you’d like for a table. If you’re planning on visiting a steakhouse on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday night, make sure you book a table in advance.

Always Ordering the Same Thing

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A steakhouse menu can be a little confusing with all of the different names for cuts of steak, but don’t limit yourself to the same cut every time you visit. Instead, ask your waiter for a recommendation, and you might just discover your new favorite cut!

Not Pairing Your Drinks

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Many people order their drinks first when at a restaurant before they have had a chance to consider what they will eat. When visiting a steakhouse, order a beverage that will compliment the meat and enhance its flavor. If you’re unsure, ask your waiter for a recommendation.

Ordering Everything Well Done

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Cuts of steak taste best when they are cooked a specific way. Ordering well done steak by default might put a damper on the flavor of your dish. To ensure you are getting the best dining experience, ask your waiter which cuts of steak are best when cooked until well done.

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