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 roast prime rib, veal, and seafood.
Chophouses started in London in the 1690s, and served individual portions of meat, known as chops. 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 United States in the late 19th century as a development from traditional inns and bars.