A good steak is literally the most Australian thing there is. While just about every Brisbane restaurant and bar worth its salt has steak of some description on the menu, for some it is something of an afterthought, while others treat it as an art form.
If meats on your menu, here's where to tuck into the best steaks in Brisbane.
A Woolloongabba institution, The Morrison has been serving perfectly grilled meats to Brisbane's steak loving masses since long before your parents were born, so they know how to do it right. The 180+ days grain-fed 400g rump goes for $31, while the 800g(!) version is a very reasonable $47. Along with a range of sauces, there are three mustard options you can opt for, along with a nice choice of salads. For a few extra bucks there are some interesting toppers, too, like Oysters Kilpatrick, 60-second Calamari, and sautéed field mushrooms. You might want to check out the premium char-grilled eye filled wrapped in bacon as well.
Breakfast Creek Hotel
Another legendary establishment that simply cannot be ignored when talking about the steak restaurants Brisbane has to offer is the Brekky Creek Hotel. The Hotel is mostly famous for two things; its impressive Victorian architecture and its steaks, which have been coming off the grill since 1967. The beef is mostly sourced from South East Queensland, and you get to go up and select your own cut, which is char grilled and served with an Idaho potato, bacon sauce, coleslaw, slices of tomato and a bread roll.
The Alliance Hotel
Housed in a heritage-listed corner building, The Alliance Hotel is a true Brisbane icon. Not only is it a bloody great pub, their award-winning restaurant is well known for their steaks. All of their meat is SEQ sourced and is truly the hero of the menu—minus maybe their impeccable blue cheese soufflé.
Walter’s Steakhouse is unlike other steak restaurants in Brisbane, with Chef Pete Clarke cutting and dry-aging all of the steak in-house The menu features a niche selection of cuts, including a signature dry-aged porterhouse and New York steakhouse-inspired dishes.
Port Office Hotel
A Brisbane city icon, the Port Office Hotel has always been known for its keen focus on localley sourced meat. The Dining Room (formerly, Fix) still embodies a locally sourced menu with their steak cuts sourced from Australian farmers.
Housed in a prestigious spot on the Brisbane River, Pony Lounge and Dining is a Modern Australian restaurant serving up an impressive menu seasonal produce, in an impressive setting.
Very simply, Les Bubbles menu is centred around one signature French meal; traditional steak frites. Cooked to medium rare perfection and accompanied by an unlimited supply of fries (yes, unlimited fries), choose your steak sauce and away you go.
Cha Cha Cha
Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill is one of Brisbane's most iconic restaurants and arguably the best place for a steak dinner. The meat is sourced and then cooked with care—attention to detail and perfect steaks live here.
Black Hide Steakhouse
Paddington and CBD
As far as awards go, being named Australia’s Best Steak Restaurant is pretty much one of the best ones you can get. So it’s not surprising then that Black Hide serve up amazing steaks. They work exclusively with Stanbroke Beef to get the very best quality beef on Brisbane plates, which includes delectable wagyu cuts like eye fillet, rib eye and sirloin. For a big hunger, try the Tomahawk, a 1.2kg Angus cut.
Vintaged Bar + Grill
Vintaged Bar + Grill have a steak menu to make your mouth water. If you’re feeling particularly peckish, tackle the 2kg Tomahawk steak. For a more manageable meal, try their 300g sirloin or 250g angus rump point cut.
Ribs & Rumps
As the name suggests, Ribs and Rumps specialise in meat. If you’re looking to avoid vegans for a while, hiding out here is a good option for you. Settle into your seat and unleash your inner cave-man on their 250g Pinnacle Rump, Royal T-Bone or spiced 100kg Grainge Angus Rump, dry rubbed and flame grilled to your liking.
Not only do you get an amazing view from Kingsley’s, you also get exceptional steak on your plate. This place is all about the perfect Kingsley’s Cuts, including a 120 day grain fed New York striploin, pasture fed rib on the bone and a 500 day grain fed wagyu rib-eye with a 7-8 marble score. In short, the meat here is sensational and better still, can be served up with soft shell crab, beer battered prawns and Moreton Bay Bugs, should you choose.
The Norman Hotel
Long regarded as the benchmark when it comes to steak restaurants in Brisbane, The Norman maintains its extremely high standards to this day, producing a wide range of sumptuous cuts of meat cooked to perfection. The majority of the options on the regular menu are Queensland Diamantina beef, including the rump, which sells for $32.50. They keep things interesting with by offering various premium varieties throughout the year, though, which can be viewed in the raw when you head up to the counter to make your selection.
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