Essential Steak Dining Etiquette for a Premium Steakhouse Experience

Meatguy Steakhouse by   Leo Bisma chef July 12, 2023

Delight in the delectable journey of steak dining with the right etiquette. Our guide at Meatguy Steakhouse will provide you with the essential insights for a truly elevated dining experience.

Essential Steak Dining Etiquette for a Premium Steakhouse Experience

Steak eating etiquette is a combination of practical guidelines and traditional customs that ensure you enjoy your meal while maintaining the dining standards expected in a high-end steakhouse like Meatguy Steakhouse. 

Let's dive deeper into what exactly this etiquette entails.

What Is The Etiquette For Eating Steak?

Eating steak at a premium restaurant, it's about experiencing the art of fine dining. Understanding the etiquette for eating steak enhances the enjoyment and respect for the culinary journey you're embarking upon.

1. Choosing the Right Utensils

First and foremost, your steak-eating journey starts with understanding how to use the right utensils. In a formal dining setting, you'll find an array of cutlery. The steak knife, noticeably the sharpest on the table, is positioned to the right of your plate, while a broad fork rests on your left. Ensure you utilize these designated tools to maintain decorum.

2. The Art of Cutting

When it comes to cutting the steak, remember to cut one bite-size piece at a time. It's important not to cut your entire steak all at once, as it allows the steak to retain its heat and juices.

3. Transitioning the Bite

Hold the fork in your left hand, tines down, to secure the steak while cutting with the knife in your right hand. After cutting, transfer your fork to your right hand to lift the piece to your mouth, unless you're following the European style where the fork remains in the left hand.

4. Finger Usage

Avoid using your fingers to eat steak in a formal setting. Even if a piece is too small to cut, use your fork and knife. And remember, your knife should never enter your mouth. Each bite should come cleanly off the knife before it's eaten.

5. Navigating the Bone

If your steak selection includes a bone, it's generally acceptable to hold the bone to consume the attached meat. Nevertheless, in ultra-formal settings, use your cutlery to extract as much meat from the bone as possible.

6. Signalling with Cutlery

When resting between bites or signaling the end of your meal, the arrangement of your cutlery plays a crucial role. For a brief pause, cross your knife and fork on the plate with the fork over the knife. If you've finished your meal, place your knife and fork parallel to each other, diagonally across the plate.

These etiquettes may seem intricate, but they help maintain the decorum of a fine dining experience and allow everyone to enjoy their meal without distraction. With these guidelines in mind, you're well-prepared for a delightful steak dinner at Meatguy Steakhouse.

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Is It Ok To Share A Steak At A Restaurant?

Sharing a meal is a time-honored tradition that speaks of camaraderie and community. It's about coming together, trying various dishes, and relishing collective experiences.

However, when it comes to steak at a restaurant, the answer is nuanced and hinges on multiple factors:

1. Restaurant Policies

Some fine dining establishments, including Meatguy Steakhouse, are more than happy to accommodate requests for sharing. We understand that our patrons may wish to taste a variety of dishes or perhaps are following a diet plan that encourages smaller portions. 

Hence, we take pride in our flexible policies, ensuring that your experience is tailored to your preferences.

2. Cultural Sensitivity

Sharing food is more acceptable in some cultures than others. In many Asian countries, for example, it's common to order a variety of dishes to share at the table.

In contrast, Western dining often leans towards individual plates. However, contemporary dining practices have blurred these boundaries considerably, and sharing dishes has become increasingly acceptable.

3. Order Size

If you're ordering a large steak or porterhouse cut intended for two, sharing is often expected. Conversely, if you're opting for a smaller cut, it may not lend itself to sharing as comfortably.

4. Etiquette

Sharing a dish requires observing certain etiquette rules. Use the serving cutlery provided to portion out the steak, and avoid reaching across the table or touching the shared food with your personal utensils.

At Meatguy Steakhouse, we believe that good food is meant to be shared and enjoyed with others. As long as you're comfortable, sharing your steak can transform your meal into a more social, enjoyable experience. After all, great meals are not just about exceptional food, but also about the shared experiences and memories you create.

What's The Best Way To Order A Steak?

Ordering steak at a restaurant is a personal experience, and the 'best' way really depends on your taste preference. 

Understanding the various levels of steak doneness can make this process smoother and ensure you enjoy your meal to the fullest. Here's a brief guide on the different steak doneness levels and some tips on ordering:

1. Blue Rare

Cooked very quickly on high heat, the steak is seared on the outside but inside remains mostly raw and is served at around 26-32 degrees Celsius. It's a unique taste experience that many steak lovers swear by, but it may not be for everyone.

2. Rare

The steak is seared on the outside and is 75% red through the center with a temperature of about 49-51 degrees Celsius. It has a soft and cool center and is usually a bit bloody.

3. Medium Rare

The most popular choice for steak enthusiasts. The outside is well-seared, and the inside is 50% pink and warmer, served at 57-59 degrees Celsius. It offers the best combination of flavor and tenderness.

4. Medium

At this level of doneness, the steak has a pink center and is served at around 63-68 degrees Celsius. It's a little less juicy than medium-rare but still quite tender.

5. Medium Well

The steak is mostly brown with a hint of pink in the middle. The internal temperature is about 72-77 degrees Celsius. If you prefer a steak that's not too dry but with minimal blood, this is your best bet.

6. Well Done

Completely brown throughout, the steak is cooked at approximately 77 degrees Celsius or above. While some might find it too dry, others prefer the lack of any bloody juiciness.

When ordering at Meatguy Steakhouse or any other steakhouse, be clear about your preferred level of doneness. If you're unsure, don't hesitate to ask your server for recommendations based on the cut of steak you're ordering. 

Also, keep in mind that a quality steakhouse will always strive to prepare the steak exactly to your preference.

In addition to doneness, consider any sauces or accompaniments that might enhance your steak. At Meatguy Steakhouse, we offer a variety of sauces and sides that perfectly complement our steaks.

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Is It Rude To Send Back An Overcooked Steak?

Dining at a restaurant is an experience where your satisfaction is paramount. It's absolutely within your right to expect the meal you ordered to be prepared to your liking. If you find that your steak is overcooked, it's not rude to send it back.

However, it's essential to approach the situation with consideration.

1. Be Polite

Address the issue respectfully. Inform the server about the issue, and kindly request a replacement or adjustment to your meal. Remember, it's not the server who cooked your steak, and they are there to ensure you have an enjoyable dining experience.

2. Be Clear

When ordering your steak, be clear about your preferred level of doneness. This can help prevent misunderstandings and ensure you get the steak cooked exactly the way you like it.

3. Be Patient

Understand that mistakes happen and the kitchen will need some time to correct the error. Use this opportunity to enjoy the other aspects of your dining experience, whether it's the ambiance, your dining companions, or your beverage.

At Meatguy Steakhouse, we take utmost pride in our customer service and our steak preparation. If any dish, not just steak, doesn't meet your expectations, we appreciate your feedback and will do our utmost to rectify the situation promptly.

Why Do You Have To Lay Steak Away From You?

Cutting and laying your steak properly is a part of good table manners that enhances your dining experience, and it applies to any meat dish, not just steak. Here's why you should lay steak away from you:

1. Safety

When cutting, your knife's blade should always face away from you. This reduces the chance of an accidental cut or injury if the knife slips.

2. Etiquette

Proper table etiquette suggests that, after cutting a piece of steak, you should rest your knife on the top right of your plate with the blade facing in. The fork remains in your left hand with the tines down, and the piece of steak stays on the fork as you transfer it to your mouth.

3. Practicality

Placing cut pieces of steak away from you helps distinguish the consumed parts from the untouched sections, offering a cleaner and more organized plate.

At Meatguy Steakhouse, we believe that good table manners contribute to a more enjoyable dining experience. But don't worry if you're not sure about the proper etiquette; our friendly staff is always ready to guide you through the process. Remember, the main objective of dining etiquette is to enhance your and others' dining experience, not to limit your enjoyment of your meal.

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Etiquette When Invited To Dinner At A Restaurant

Being invited to dinner at a restaurant is a delightful experience. Here are some etiquette tips to ensure you make a good impression:

1. Respond Promptly

As soon as you receive the invitation, let your host know whether you can attend. Prompt responses allow the host to make necessary reservations and plans.

2. Arrive On Time

Punctuality is crucial. If you're running late, inform your host or the restaurant.\

3. Dress Appropriately

A steak dinner calls for smart-casual attire, but it's always safe to ask your host about the dress code.

4. Order Wisely

If your host is taking care of the bill, order moderately priced items. Follow the lead of your host when ordering sides or drinks.

5. Table Manners

Apply the steak dining etiquette we discussed above. Cut one piece of steak at a time, and remember to lay the steak away from you after cutting.

6. Show Appreciation

Thank your host at the end of the meal and consider sending a thank you note the following day.


Dining etiquette is a valuable skill, especially when it comes to enjoying a steak dinner. From knowing how to cut your steak to understanding what to do when invited to a dinner, these tips can enhance your dining experience.

At Meatguy Steakhouse, we're passionate about providing our guests with a memorable dining experience. We hope these tips will not only help you enjoy your steak meals more but also elevate your entire dining experience at any restaurant.

So next time you're craving a succulent, perfectly cooked steak, we invite you to dine with us at Meatguy Steakhouse, where the food is exquisite and the ambiance, is simply outstanding.

Remember, while etiquette is essential, the aim is to enhance your dining experience, not overshadow it. Bon Appétit!

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