How do Steaks Served in Restaurants Compare with Recommended Portion Sizes?

The average size of a steak in a restaurant is 14 ounces (400 grams). The recommended serving size of meat is 3 ounces (85 grams) — the average restaurant steak is more than four times larger. 60 percent of chefs in the United States say they serve steaks that are 12 ounces (340 grams) or larger.

More Super-sized Facts:

  • Restaurant meals typically contain 60 percent more calories than meals cooked in mom's or dad's kitchen.

  • Each American eats out, on average, about 209 times per year. This includes dining in restaurants and getting take out.

  • In a survey of chefs and diners, 86 percent of the chefs said diners would notice if they reduced portion sizes by 25 percent; 60 percent of diners said they wouldn't.

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