Finding steak on a menu isn’t hard. Finding a great steak, however, is a quest. 

Whether you’re a corn-fed, grass-fed, or corn-finished beef fan, the thing about a great steak is letting it just be a steak. It doesn’t need heavy sauces or time-consuming preparation. How you grill it at home is pretty much how it’s cooked at a restaurant. No major mystery.

What makes it worth heading out for NY Strip, ribeye, porterhouse or filet mignon is sourcing and technique. Chefs can get special cuts from their trusted purveyors that may be dry aged, sourced locally or from exotic places like Japan. Chefs also know exactly how to get that perfect char on the outside and delicate pinkness all the way through. They let it reach room temperature before cooking it and let it rest before serving it. For home cooks, it’s often a toss-up between raw and well-done, racing just to get it on the table. A grocery store sirloin in dad’s hands just isn’t going to be the same. 

So, we’ve come up with a host of great spots for steaks in Sonoma County that make that steak worth the pricetag — from ultra luxe to weeknight splurge. Click through the gallery above for details.