There's something truly special about a classic steakhouse dinner. The show-stopping steak, the myriad of crowd-pleasing sides, and the decadent desserts always come together to form a winning meal.
While this restaurant experience comes at a cost that's really only reserved for extra-special occasions, the whole thing can easily be recreated at home for a fraction of the price. I find cooking up a great steak dinner at my own dining table to actually be even more enjoyable — it feels just as fancy and special, but it's a whole lot less stuffy and expensive. You just need a few essential recipes to bring the whole experience home.
Pulling off a show-stopping piece of meat that's worthy of the best steakhouses is actually a whole lot easier than you might think. All you need is a quality steak and a foolproof technique — a flavorful sauce to drizzle on top before serving doesn't hurt, either.
- How To Cook Perfect Steak on the Stovetop in 3 Steps
- How To Cook Perfect Steak in the Oven
- Flank Steak with Bourbon Cream Sauce
- How To Make Sheet Pan Steak Frites
- How To Make a Pan Sauce from Steak Drippings
The Cocktails & Starters
A stiff drink and a light bite seem like the perfect way to kick off a steakhouse-style dinner at home. Classic cocktails like an old-fashioned or a martini are a fitting start, as is a perfectly chilled shrimp cocktail and a crisp wedge salad.
- How To Make a Classic Martini
- How To Make a Classic Whiskey Sour
- How To Make a Classic Old-Fashioned Cocktail
- How To Make a Perfect Shrimp Cocktail with Classic Cocktail Sauce
- Iceberg Wedge Salad with Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
The traditional sides you order at your favorite steakhouse just may be as important as the steak itself. Cook up one or two classic picks to round out your dinner, like decadent creamed spinach or extra-cheesy twice-baked potatoes.
- How to Make Creamed Spinach
- 15-Minute Buttered Balsamic Mushrooms
- The Best Twice-Baked Potato
- Creamless Creamed Spinach
- Bourbon-Glazed Carrots
- How To Make Steak Fries
Gild the lily and finish off your luxe dinner with a serious bang. Sure, you just indulged in a rich steak dinner, but now isn't the time to skimp on dessert. Vanilla-infused creme brûlée is a classic pick, as is a thick slice of cheesecake or fudgy flourless chocolate cake.