The wine list doesn't have variety
If a steakhouse doesn't have a lot of variety on its wine list, it is often a sign that the restaurant is trying to rip you off. (Especially if one of those options is Franzia.) "A super-high-priced wine list along with minimal by-the-glass offerings is a red flag," Huebschmann explains. "I was at a famous steakhouse in New York City, and they only had a few choices by the glass. They were driving me to get a pricier bottle, and it was frustrating." If a server is steering you to buy a bottle you don't want, we recommend asking for the finest glass of tap water instead.
The server can't answer questions about the meat… or anything else
While your server is probably not taking your order and then cooking your meal, that doesn't mean they shouldn't know what's in your dish and how it's prepared. "Any steakhouse that has staff who take pride in what they're doing are going to be able to deliver some sort of base outline of what goes into each dish," Huebschmann says. "And if they don't know, they should immediately volunteer to find out." So if you want to know about the beef and whether it was grass- or corn-fed (hint: you do!), they should be able to help.