Have you been out for a steak lately? How was the experience? If you add up all the steakhouse reviews written in the last 24 hours, you’ll find a whole lot of negative and a whole lot of positive. There are a lot of steaks being served out there, folks, and not all of them are great. The spectrum of quality is wide when it comes to this particular dining niche – in part due to the high demand. People just love steaks.

But some people also don’t know just how good steak dinners can be, because they’ve never been to a place that’s worth a visit from a steakhouse perspective. Many readers travel routinely for business. Some of them may even routinely get steak dinners on frequent flyer miles. People who have tried steaks in different cities around the country, and indeed around the world, tend to have their own ideas of how good a steakhouse can really be. On the other hand, someone who has found their favorite steakhouse close to home may have found a seriously good establishment that offers a great value. They might never go to another steakhouse, and avoid the experience of bad steakhouses altogether.

Either way, it’s interesting to know what people are paying for the steak dinners. It’s interesting to compare and contrast the prices at different steakhouses. Sometimes it looks as if one steakhouse or another is charging audacious prices, while another is serving up amazing dishes at a comparatively great value. The only real way to know who is offering the best value is experience. Any world diner will tell you that there are steakhouses in the far corners of the world – Japan, for instance, from which Kobi and Wagyu beef originate – that are worth every penny of their exorbitant price tag. Most of us don’t have the luxury of plunking down $10,000 for a table of ten, but if we could, we’d probably remember the experience for a long time to come.

So how much did you pay for your last steakhouse experience, and was it worth it?

We can all agree that it’s tough to put a price on a perfect steak dinner. If money were no object, you would probably pay a lot to enjoy a high-end steak, prepared to perfection by a professional steakhouse chef, served with incredible sides in a warm and comfortable atmosphere. And if someone said that you could never have that experience ever again, you’d probably lie in bed thinking about it. Or maybe not – but still, the fact remains that steak is an incredible dining option and it’s hard to imagine life without it.

But that doesn’t mean people can pay whatever the steakhouse wants to charge. Sure, there are people out there for home a $10,000 dinner is nothing much at all. For the rest of us, a bill of $300 or $400 can be quite a pinch. And if you’re a real lover of steak, it can be costly to visit those trendy steakhouses on a regular basis.