Japanese A5 Wagyu Kobe Strip Steak, Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland, Texas
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The Most Expensive Steaks You Can Order

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Japanese A5 Wagyu Kobe Strip Steak, Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland, Texas
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Steak Your Claim

In a modern era of dining when eaters with refined, worldly palates expect more from their cuts of meat, upscale steakhouses have become increasingly opulent in their quest to present the perfect cut. We took a look at menus around the globe and found a number of places where your evening's steak will cost you somewhere between a car payment and a mortgage payment.

Cote de Bouef, La Maison de Aubrac in Paris, France
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Cote de Boeuf: $103

Where: La Maison de Aubrac in Paris
It's a big ol' beef rib that can feed three or four people. The owners of this steakhouse have raised cows for three generations and stand behind their product. Meats are aged three weeks and served with bearnaise sauce, candied onions, and little else.

Ribeye, The Beef Club in Paris, France
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Ribeye: $106

Where: The Beef Club in Paris
It's recommended that this serves two people, but they can't stop you from eating 35 oz. of meat yourself. The Beef Club may look like a tiled, retiring French bistro, but it's meat-heavy menu and steakhouse vibe suggests a more global appeal.

Irish Grass-Fed Tenderloin, Al Muntaha Restaurant in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Irish Grass-Fed Tenderloin: $110

Where: Al Muntaha in Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
Once known for its 10-ounce wagyu sirloin, the Al Muntaha in Dubai's Burj Al Arab hotel now woos its clientele with more European fare. However, you aren't here for the beef: You're here to sit 700 feet above sea level on an artificial island.

Sirloin, La Pergola in Rome, Italy
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Sirloin: $110

Where: La Pergola in Rome
Chef Heinz Beck's three-Michelin-star restaurant at the Waldorf Astoria's Rome Cavalieri is as well known as the surrounding hotel's grand spa and poolside views. This two-person steak with "vegetable textures" represents the most expensive item on the menu, and is still a third of the price of the restaurant's 10-course gourmet meal.

The Hatchet, Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse in Cincinnati, Ohio
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The Hatchet: $115

Where: Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse in Cincinnati
Restaurateur Jeff Ruby has given Cincinnati high-end dining worthy of cities several times its size by simply doing what works. In this case, his steakhouses emulate the Art Deco look of their older contemporaries in New York while providing a showstopper menu including this 30-ounce, 55-day dry aged tomahawk ribeye that outprices anything listed on the menu.

Wagyu Beef Sirloin, Zuma in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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Wagyu Beef Sirloin: $123

Where: Zuma in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Birthed in London, this restaurant chain went global by emulating the laid-back izakaya pubs of Japan. However, very few of those laid-back pubs will ever have 8 oz. of $123 wagyu just sitting around.

TJ'Not A Tomahawk, Prime 47 in Indianapolis, Indiana
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TJ's Tomahawk: $125

Where: Prime 47 in Indianapolis 
A dry-aged KC Strip Steak at this Indianapolis steak mainstay goes for $72, with a dry-aged 22-ounce ribeye fetching $87. However, Prime's wagyu menu starts at $88 for just 8 ounces and hits $125 for this 34-ounce slab.

Japanese A5 Wagyu Kobe Strip Steak, Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland, Texas
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Japanese A5 Wagyu Kobe Strip Steak: $125

Where: Killen's Steakhouse in Pearland, Texas
Ronnie Killen's Steakhouse just south of Houston has been at this for over a decade, and it knows exactly what its oil-moneyed clientele likes. In this case, it's high-grade wagyu from the Kagoshima prefecture, and just 6 ounces of it is priced to nearly what you'd pay for 36 ounces of Mishima Ranch domestic wagyu from Washington ($175).

Bone-In Tomahawk Ribeye, BR Prime in Biloxi, Mississippi
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Bone-In Tomahawk Ribeye: $135

Where: BR Prime in Biloxi, Mississippi
The Beau Rivage casino hotel is still an MGM property, and it brings a bit of Vegas flair to Biloxi via its BR Prime steakhouse. Aged by the restaurant's master butcher, this ribeye would qualify as a chateaubriand in most restaurants, but is a high-roller feast here on the Mississippi.

A5 Waygu Kobe Steak, Nobu Dallas in Dallas, Texas
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A5 Wagyu Kobe Steak: $144

Where: Nobu Dallas 
Nobu prices its high-grade Kobe at $36 an ounce, with a four-ounce minimum. That means the $144 is just for a 4-ounce steak, while a more common 8 ounce serving would be close to $300. You can either have it grilled or set aflame directly at the table, or you can protect your investment and have it cooked in back.

A5 Kobe Fillet, Les Tantes Jeanne, Paris
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A5 Kobe Filet: $145

Where: Les Tantes Jeanne, Paris
This tiny spot in Montmartre is a quiet corner of French gastronomy that's built on a menu steeped in black angus beef, Rubia Gallega, wagyu filet, Kobe filet, and Kagoshima beef. While it's easy to taste around the entrees here for less than $100, that same amount won't get you far on an exceptional steak menu featuring Kobe beef with grade 12 marbling.

Japanese Wagyu New York, Cut Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, California
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Japanese Wagyu New York Strip: $150

Where: Cut Beverly Hills in Los Angeles
Wolfgang Puck's Michelin-star steakhouse at the Beverly Wilshire dishes out 6 oz. filets from the Miyazaki prefecture in Kyushu for Hollywood's elite. While the ribeye goes for $6 less at the same weight, this is the cut you'll want if you're used to strips.

A5 Kobe Strip Loin, Charlie Palmer Steak in New York City, New York
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A5 Kobe Strip Loin: $162

Where: Charlie Palmer Steak in New York
You can get a wagyu New York Strip here for $89, but it'll be from Oregon. This Kobe strip loin comes from the vaunted Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan, with its A5 rating signifying that it has exceptional marbling, fat color, muscle color, firmness/tenderness of meat, and muscle dimension.

The Ozaki, Don Wagyu in New York City, New York
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The Ozaki: $180

Where: Don Wagyu in New York 
Opened in 2018 in Manhattan's Financial District, Don Wagyu built marbled, buttery wagyu beef into its name. There's a lot of domestic and Miyazaki wagyu to choose from, but this rare Ozaki is aged 36 months and comes from a single farm. Even better, it's served five ounces at a time in sandwich form on "pain de mie" (soft white bread) with house-made garlic-ginger and cooked with sake, rice wine, tamari soy, and black vinegar. It's served in a souvenir wooden box and comes with a pickle and fries sprinkled with seasoned salt and nori seaweed.

18-oz. Wagyu Ribeye, Barclay Prime in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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18-ounce Wagyu Ribeye: $195

Where: Barclay Prime in Philadelphia
The 35-day dry-aged 32-ounce porterhouse is tempting, but Barclay Prime's Wagyu menu is in a league of its own. This A5 ribeye is brought in from Japan and, not for nothing, is somewhat of a bargain when you consider that 8 ounces of lesser Pacific Northwest wagyu goes for $84. If you aren't committed to more than a pound of wagyu, try the Wagyu Cheesesteak: wagyu ribeye, foie gras, onions, and truffled Cheese Whiz on a fresh baked sesame roll served with half a bottle of champagne.

Hokkaido Wagyu, Alexander's Steakhouse in San Francisco, California
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Hyogo Kobe: $215

Where: Alexander's Steakhouse in San Francisco
Alexander's doesn't just give customers a wagyu menu, it gives them their beef's entire history. This particular wagyu, priced in 3 ounce increments, comes from the bloodline of the Kuroge Washu breed of bull from the Hyogo prefecture of Japan, which allows it to carry the legendary Kobe moniker.

Mishima Tomahawk, RPM Steak in Chicago, Illinois
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Mishima Tomahawk: $215

Where: RPM Steak in Chicago 
Built by Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Chef Doug Psaltis, and Lettuce Entertain You, the RPM Steakhouse takes its selection seriously. While a $190 wagyu porterhouse or a $165 Kobe filet would be the pinnacle of most other steakhouse menus, this tomahawk ribeye from Washington state's Mishima Reserve is the product of Kuroge Washu bulls raised in the U.S. and bred with American cows and was raised with no added hormones or growth promotants of any kind.

4 Oz. of Kobe Beef, SW Steakhouse in Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 Ounces of Kobe Beef: $240

Where: SW Steakhouse in Las Vegas
The SW Steakhouse is a spot on the Vegas strip that serves the only Hyogo Prefecture, 100-percent Tajima cattle Kobe beef in town. The price is right on the menu, since this restaurant has cornered the Vegas Kobe market. As for the cut, take your pick of loin, strip, ribeye, or rib cap.

Related: 20 Bucket List Restaurants in Las Vegas

Saltbae Tomahawk, Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Miami, Florida
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Saltbae Tomahawk: $275

Where: Nusr-Et Steakhouse in Miami
Yes, it's named after the "salt bae" who became a viral sensation for his panache while seasoning Turkish butcher-owner Nusret Gökçe's Instagram fame led to numerous restaurant branches, but a $275 steak on a menu the Miami Herald considers "overpriced."

A5 Kobe Filet, Prime Restaurant in Sydney, Australia
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A5 Kobe Filet: $280

Where: Prime Restaurant in Sydney
To give some idea of how special this filet is, Prime brings in 600-day grain-fed wagyu from Tasmania with a marble score of 4 to 6, and it's still about half the price of this. Tajima-gyu full-blood Kobe from the Tajima District of Hyogo Prefecture has a Japanese marble score of 12. As Prime points out "Tajima cattle are regarded as the pinnacle of Japanese wagyu, raised in a natural, stress-free environment in the mountains of Tajima district with access to quality feed and fresh, clean water."

Aragawa-Style A5 Wagyu Strip Loin, O Ya in Boston, Massachusetts
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Aragawa-Style A5 Wagyu Strip Loin: $280

Where: O Ya in Boston
Chef Tim Cushman's O Ya decided to emulate the best when it started serving wagyu. Sure, it offers cheaper 2-ounce options, but this 8-ounce loin prepared as Tokyo's famed Aragawa would — salt and pepper only — will set you back. That said, Aragawa won't give you O Ya's truffle fries and edamame sides for your trouble.

Charbroiled Kobe Filet, Aragawa in Tokyo, Japan
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Charbroiled Kobe Filet: $310

Where: Aragawa in Tokyo
Aragawa prides itself on minimalism and locally butchered Tajima and Kobe beef. That's all it serves, and it only seasons it with salt and pepper after cooking it over charcoal. Almost hidden in Tokyo's Shinbashi district, it's worth finding if you're serious about steak.

10 Oz. A5 Kobe Tenderloin, Empire Steak House in New York City, New York
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10-ounce A5 Kobe Tenderloin: $345

Where: Empire Steak House in New York
It's exceedingly rare that a restaurant serves actual A5 Kobe beef in the U.S., so Empire Steak House's two locations in New York capitalize on it. A 12 oz. ribeye comes in cheaper, but this cut gives you the most for your money.

A5 Kobe Strip Steak, Old Homestead Steakhouse in New York City, New York
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A5 Kobe Strip Steak: $350

Where: Old Homestead Steakhouse in New York
You can get 6 ounces for $175, and the restaurant will sell more than a dozen on a given night, but those looking to really splurge will want to order the 12-ounce option. As with any A5 Kobe beef, a lack of grazing inhibits muscle development and leads to an incredibly tender steak. However, $350 isn't even close to the highest price that Japanese beef has fetched in this city.

Highest Award Winning Kobe Beef Steak, Bifteck Kawamura in Tokyo, Japan
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Highest Award Winning Kobe Beef Steak: $483

Where: Bifteck Kawamura in Tokyo, Japan
You may think awards are overrated, but Kawamura doesn't. It buys award-winning beef at events including the Kobe Beef Fair and presents you with that cow's ID number and certificate of authenticity before you eat. For this price, you're getting 7 ounces of the best of the best.

Kobe Beef, Goldhorn Beefclub in Berlin, Germany
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Kobe Beef: $4,400

Where: Goldhorn Beefclub in Berlin
Goldhorn Beefclub is a membership-based restaurant that occasionally allows for guest memberships. However, it's also known for offering up its Kobe beef for $95 per 3.5 ounces largely because it's the only place in Germany to get it — and serving it in enormous, party-sized portions. That price will get you 10 pounds of prepared Kobe.

Fleur Burger, Fleur by Hubert Keller in Las Vegas, Nevada
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Fleur Burger: $5,000

Where: Fleur by Hubert Keller in Las Vegas
When you put $100 worth of wagyu beef into a burger, we're sorry, but you're turning a really expensive steak into a burger. We're going to flex the rules big time for this burger from the Mandalay Bay casino's restaurant not only because it's a $100 patty, but because it's served with foie gras, truffles, and a bottle of 1995 Petrus that would be worth $5,000 on its own. Shockingly, it's an off-menu item.