A steakhouse (or steak house) is a restaurant that specializes in beefsteaks. Usually, these steaks are made to order and are served with sides, such as baked potatoes and rolls. The same type of restaurant is also known as a chophouse. Most steakhouses also offer other cuts of meat such as prime rib, veal cuts and often, seafood.
Chophouses first proliferated in London during the 18th century where traditional English food was served, such as mutton, pigeon pie and steak and kidney pudding. 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.
The steakhouse started in the USA in the late 19th century as a development from traditional inns and bars.