A steak dinner is a luxury for many people, but with some due diligence, great affordable steak restaurants can be found all over the US. Our list features local favorites that serve well-priced steak plated with generous extras or served family style -- perfect for sharing -- as well as slightly more upscale steakhouses that have noteworthy happy hours or daily specials where you can save money on what might otherwise be a pricey cut.
ALABAMA: GOOD OL' BOYS FAMILY RESTAURANT
At Good Ol' Boys, a 24 oz. sirloin is $20, and customers give this unassuming restaurant high praise for the blueberry cobbler, too. Besides the steak deal, the catfish and fried seafood platter is described as large enough to accommodate large groups easily and economically.
ALASKA: AJ'S OLDTOWN STEAKHOUSE & TAVERN
Don't let the casual interior fool you. This Homer-based restaurant is highly rated and also has reasonable prices. Previous customers say standouts are their calamari appetizer and steaks under $40 with sides included. Save room for their daily dessert specials and the after-dinner coffees and cocktails selection.
ARIZONA: ROARING FORK
The popular happy hour at this Scottsdale restaurant extends to 10 p.m. in the summer, with many menu favorites offered at steep discounts. The kettle of chili verde pork as well as the filet mignon get raves, as do the affordable and large portions. Prices range from $11 to $30 on entrees.
ARKANSAS: HOOTS BBQ AND STEAKS
This converted gas station in McGehee is now a restaurant, sports bar, and bakery. Everything is made from scratch, and the restaurant is known for barbecue and sauces, affordable steaks, and old-fashioned desserts like fresh lemon icebox pie and banana pudding. There are daily, money-saving specials, plus you can order a 16 oz. ribeye steak with several sides for about $20.
CALIFORNIA: SEÑOR AJÍ PERUVIAN BISTRO
This unassuming Peruvian bistro has a menu that's heavy on steak, chicken, and seafood. The popular lomo a lo pobre is a 10 oz. rib-eye steak with homemade fries, white rice, fried bananas, chimichurri sauce, and topped with a fried egg for $26. Other beloved dishes include bread pudding and parihuela, a seafood soup. This affordable Fresno restaurant has drink deals daily, too.
COLORADO: BONNY AND READ
City: Colorado Springs
All the steaks are $29 and under -- and they are served up with sides included. Starters like Boston clams, spinach and fried goat cheese, and lobster corn chowder are also popular. On Monday nights at this Colorado Springs restaurant, guests score a free bottle of house wine with the purchase of two entrees.
While Pioniera may be lacking in atmosphere and decor, the Brazilian churrascaria steakhouse serves food that fans say more than makes up for it. A buffet spread has authentic dishes like vegetable yellow rice, plantains, beef stew with onions, sausages fresh from the grill, and crispy breads. Pioneira is an inexpensive joint for a tasty, meaty meal.
DELAWARE: MICHY'S RELAXED DINING
City: Rehoboth Beach
Patrons at this Rehoboth Beach destination say that the food and drinks are so good that it's easy to forget about the strip mall location. Try the sea scallops or the Angus beef tenderloin served with white cheddar potato gratin and garlic-green beans. Entrees range from $10 to $30.
FLORIDA: JIMMY P'S CHARRED
This unpretentious Naples spot serves chops, steaks of every cut, Wagyu beef burgers, and has a reputation for serving the best meat-centric menu in the area for a reasonable cost. Entrees run $10 to $30, and there are always specials. Jimmy P's Charred brings a casual style and setting to quality steakhouse fare.
GEORGIA: THE LAST RESORT
This Athens spot has budget-friendly beef on the menu and gets raves from locals. The most expensive steak is a hanger steak crusted with pilancillo (Mexican cane sugar) and cracked black pepper, served over a sour cream mash with corn on the cob for $22. Start a meal with inexpensive appetizers like crab cakes or pork belly, both under $10.
HAWAII: THE STEAK SHACK
This walk-up specialty eatery sits next to the Wyndham resort on Waikiki Beach. For under ten bucks get a steak plate with salad and sides. This is a cash-only establishment where people eat their steak bargain dinners outside, so come prepared to get your feet sandy and consider stopping by before sunset.
IDAHO: THE HICKORY
A relaxed and rustic hotspot, this Rexburg establishment offers steaks and prime rib for under $20 an entrée with sides and fixings. Extra sides cost $2. Starters include pulled pork nachos and fried mac and cheese, plus there are free peanuts at every table.
ILLINOIS: RONNY'S ORIGINAL CHICAGO STEAK HOUSE
Ronny's has been dishing out steaks at bargain prices since 1963. Monday through Friday the lunch special is an 8 oz. steak served with a baked potato, garlic bread, and a salad for $10. Dinner deals including a 10 oz. New York steak with sides for $15.
INDIANA: MURPHY'S AT FLYNN'S
Since 1977, this Indianapolis restaurant has served locals cheap and tasty steaks, such as the New York strip steak special with mashed potatoes and a warm salad for $18. Tuck into the Tuesday special of a 6 oz. filet, baked potato, and salad for $11.
IOWA: IOWA BEEF STEAKHOUSE
City: Des Moines
Since 1982, righteous slabs of beef have been cooking up at this casual steak restaurant in Des Moines. The 20 oz. New York strip is $29 and big enough for two, while the thick 20 oz. ribeye is $29. All dinners are served with baked potato and their famous salad bar.
KANSAS: CASEY'S COWTOWN CLUB
City: Dodge City
Originally built in 1960, Casey's was rebuilt and reinvented in the early 1990s. Entrees are under $20 and many are around $10, including locally-sourced steaks. All steaks are served with salad, rolls, potato, and another side of your choice. Happy customers applaud this Dodge City restaurant for its no-frills but comfy dining room and low prices.
KENTUCKY: THE PARLOR
This Paducah restaurant is known for salads and pizza, but steaks are on the menu, too. The 8 oz. sirloin steak includes a side and costs around $12 dollars, and it's possible to add a house salad or a cup of soup for just a few dollars more.
LOUISIANA: NOLA SOUTHERN GRILL
On Sunday, it's possible to get unlimited mimosas and boiled shrimp for $20 at this casual Slidell spot, but don't count out the steaks on the menu. An 8 oz. sirloin with one side is $18, while an 11 oz. ribeye is $21.
MAINE: BECKY'S DINER
Come to this seafront Portland restaurant for the inexpensive homemade chowder and lobster rolls, but make sure to order the 8 oz. flat iron steak, too. It comes with Italian bread or biscuits and is served with two sides for $13. Finish the meal with a slice of coconut pie.
MARYLAND: A.K.A. FRISCOS
This casual Frederick eatery can customize almost all of their dishes, and will happily accommodate gluten-free requests. One half-pound of grilled flat iron steak served over a baked potato with melted cheddar cheese and fresh scallions is not only unique, it's a reasonable $10.
MASSACHUSETTS: THE LAZY DOG
Despite a lack of curb-appeal, the low prices at this low-key Lynn restaurant make it a find for budget-conscious steak-lovers. A sandwich made from the ends of the bestselling steak tips is $14, and ¾ of a pound of steak tips costs $18.
MICHIGAN: THE STABLE INN
City: Grand Haven
Since 1985, the family-owned Stable Inn has won fans with steak dinners under $16 and a Friday night steak-and-lobster combo for $20. The homemade bread and rolls are also a hit with repeat customers at this Grand Haven institution.
MINNESOTA: ARI'S BEST STEAKHOUSE
City: St. Paul
All steak entrees include potato, Texas toast, and salad bar at this St. Paul institution. A 20 oz. porterhouse costs $21, and a 16 oz. T-bone is a budget-friendly $18. Make sure to have the house-made baklava dessert.
MISSISSIPPI: THE CORNERSTONE RESTAURANT
Diners in this not-so-fancy dining room can try a fried combo platter with okra, dill pickles, chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks, but they should save room for the steak. Steak dinners max out at $20 and are served with a choice of sides.
MISSOURI: BROWN & LOE
City: Kansas City
This casual-but-chic spot is housed inside the historic Merchant Bank building, but it's the low prices, not decor, that keeps customers coming back. The most expensive steak is a T-bone for $27 served with twice-baked fingerling cake, asparagus, and herb butter.
MONTANA: HUNGRY BEAR STEAKHOUSE
It's possible to order a pizza, Rocky Mountain oysters, or a perfectly cooked filet mignon from this Condon restaurant. Hungry Bear dishes up locally-sourced meat and produce, and all dinners are served with soup and salad bar, and a choice of baked potato, barbeque beans, or rice pilaf. A 12 oz. sirloin with fixings and sides is $21.
NEBRASKA: THE WOODCLIFF RESTAURANT
The Woodcliff Restaurant has a covered patio overlooking a lake plus daily specials that include steak and fish dishes, so it's hard to resist a night out. Better yet, on Wednesday you can get a steak, baked potato, and salad for $12.
NEVADA: THE BROILER
City: Las Vegas
Here, you can get a Porterhouse that can easily feed two for $36. This Las Vegas eatery also serves huge slabs of prime rib and ribeye steak with a soup-and-salad bar, which is included if you order any entree. For dessert, hit the slot machines.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: ROCHESTER GRANITE STEAK & GRILL
Get a New York strip and choice of potato plus vegetables, salad, or coleslaw for $17 at this Rochester restaurant. Granite offers specially-priced senior meals which include a non-alcoholic drink and dessert, too.
NEW JERSEY: CHRISTIAN'S STEAK & GRILL
This Garfield eatery has no waiters and no alcohol on the menu, but it has plenty of steak. All steak dinners are served with vegetables and your choice of mashed potatoes, rice and beans, or French fries. A New York sirloin steak dinner costs $19. Christian's Steak & Grill is a cash-only establishment, but for the price most diners feel it's worth it.
NEW MEXICO: HORSEMAN'S HAVEN CAFE
City: Santa Fe
It's hard to spend more than $15 a person here, but a 12 oz. plato sabroso steak that comes with a rolled enchilada, beans, posole rice, and a hot sopapilla does cost $20. There's no booze on the menu and this Santa Fe cafe closes early at 8 p.m., so plan to come early.
NEW YORK: TAD'S BROILED STEAKS
City: New York
There are no waiters and diners must order in line and seat themselves, but to get a steak dinner cooked to order with sides and garlic bread for $20 or less in New York City is an impressive feat. Tad's cooks your steak in front of you and offers 14 different combinations with baked or mashed potatoes, salad and other side orders, plus your choice of desserts and beverages, including wine by glass. This is no frills, but it's cheap eats near Radio City Music Hall.
NORTH CAROLINA: LANDMARK DINER & RESTAURANT
The menu at Landmark Diner boasts a New York strip served with shrimp for under $20, plus a Greek and Italian dishes. There are also twists on American classics, plus daily soups, dinner specials, and cost-saving blue plate specials.
NORTH DAKOTA: JACK'S STEAKHOUSE & SALOON
Jack's Steakhouse & Saloon in Bismarck has dinner deals nightly, such as a 16 oz. sirloin for $20, a filet mignon for $24, and many smaller steak cuts for under $19. Steaks come with choice of potato, salad, or vegetable, plus fixings and fresh-baked bread. Two-for-one steak night is Wednesday as well.
OHIO: SOKOLOWSKI'S UNIVERSITY INN
Since 1923, this historic Cleveland eatery (the oldest family-run restaurant in the city) has served up dinner deals galore. Dinner is served Friday and Saturday night, and lunch is available all week. Order the big New York strip steak with two sides, fresh bread and butter, and salad bar and you won't spend more than $25.
OKLAHOMA: CLAREMORE HAMMETT HOUSE RESTAURANT
This place has something for everyone, from burgers to steaks, and it's all a steal. A 10 oz ribeye served with your choice of one side plus a cup of soup or a tossed green salad is $21.
OREGON: RUDY'S STEAKHOUSE
The specials of the day are served alongside the money saving "steak of the week" deals, all of which are served with sides and a salad. Rudy's has great reviews and a menu of tantalizing seafood starters.
PENNSYLVANIA: HARRISBURG THE GLASS LOUNGE
A landmark in the Harrisburg area, this eatery gets high marks for a 27 oz. sirloin with sides for $20 that can feed two easily. People rave about the quality of the food and the prices, but note that it packs up fast, so do make reservations.
RHODE ISLAND: TWIN OAKS RESTAURANT
At this Cranston restaurant that has been family owned for over 80 years, the starter menu is heavy on seafood, but keep reading -- a 12 oz. Black Angus sirloin goes for $20 plus sides. The restaurant has rotating daily specials and deals promoted on their Facebook page, too.
SOUTH CAROLINA: THE KINGSMAN
In 1972, The King Brothers purchased The Kingsman Restaurant. Keeping many of the original Italian dishes, the brothers added locally-aged ribeyes priced at $1.85 to become the most popular steak place in Columbia. Today, "Ribeye Night" isn't quite as cheap, but offers a discount on regular prices -- a small ribeye is $17 and a large is $22.
SOUTH DAKOTA: WAVERLY STEAKHOUSE AND LOUNGE
Prices are low for sirloins, ribeyes, New York strips, and other menu offerings at this casual family restaurant in Waverly, which also offers Rocky Mountain oysters (bull testicles) when available. There are specials and prime rib deals every Friday and Saturday, and entrees come with bread, potatoes, and choice of soup, salad or cottage cheese.
TENNESSEE: DEMOS' RESTAURANT
With a giant ribeye for $20 and a 12 oz. sirloin for $17, this family-owned restaurant in Nashville has been impressing customers since 1943. The restaurant gets high marks for their steaks, homemade pies, and side dishes like red beans and rice.
TEXAS: LEONA GENERAL STORE
In business since the 1920s, the old-fashioned general store became a restaurant in 1997. Friday and Saturday are designated "steak nights" where diners choose their meat before it's cooked to order. A 10 oz. hand-cut ribeye is $22.95. Warning: people drive for miles to eat at this Leona destination, so get in early.
UTAH: COACHMAN'S DINNER AND PANCAKE HOUSE
City: Salt Lake City
This Salt Lake City steakhouse is cash- or check-only, but fans praise the reasonable prices and good food. The restaurant's style is a '70s throwback, but the size of the steaks and the pancakes make it a hard restaurant to resist.
VERMONT: NIPPER'S CAFE AND STEAKHOUSE
Located inside a rustic inn, this quaint restaurant has plenty of atmosphere -- plus reasonable prices. Order the bourbon steak with sides for $17, and know that you can return for burgers and salads, too.
VIRGINIA: BRASS BELL STEAKHOUSE & BAR
City: Virginia Beach
Dinner specials like a New York strip with two sides for $14 and an 8 oz. filet mignon for $18 appeal to budget diners as well as Yelp reviewers, who give the steakhouse glowing reviews. Dinner specials galore make this a popular spot for those visiting Virginia Beach.
WASHINGTON: WEDGWOOD BROILER
Since 1965, this Seattle landmark has served up choice steaks as well as family fare at reasonable prices. Lunch and dinner specials change daily, plus there's a loyalty card program, too.
WEST VIRGINIA: THE CHAR
For over 50 years, this family restaurant has served up quality food with weekly specials and a lake view to boot. Though usually pricey, it's possible to get a budget-friendly meal at The Char by ordering a daily special, which offers a deep discount. Happy hour for food and drinks is a way to keep expenses down, too.
WISCONSIN: THE OLD FASHIONED
There are several steak specials nightly, including No. 50, a 16 oz. ribeye served with matchstick fries, tiger sauce, and grilled Texas toast for $28 that is big enough to feed two. Trivia nights and taco Tuesdays are`worth a visit, too.
WYOMING: T-JOE'S STEAKHOUSE & SALOON
This old-school restaurant serves sizable cuts of meat that can feed two people for under $30, with fresh vegetables sides, real mashed potatoes, and more fixings. Yelp reviews are glowing for the low prices and the quality steaks.