If there’s something New Zealanders know how to appreciate, it’s a well-cooked, tender steak. Coupled with some roasted vegetables and complemented with a cheeky glass of fine red wine, you can’t go wrong with a simple steak dish! Here’s our roundup of Auckland’s best restaurants for satisfying those steak cravings!
In the heart of the city and right by Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower is The Grill. With leather couches and a bar made of marble, The Grill is the steakhouse you wanna be at if you’re feelin’ a little fancy! Most of the ingredients used on The Grill’s dishes are sourced from New Zealand suppliers so you can splurge on the menu knowing you’ll be supporting local! Got a friend that’s not keen for the steak? Not to worry, The Grill offers an array of dishes that cater to any diner’s preferences—we recommend the King Crab linguine!
Jervois Steak House
Sitting on the pinnacle of steakhouses is Jervois Steak House in Herne Bay. Wakanui, Angus, or Wagyu, Jervois Steak House is the ultimate dream for fellow meat lovers. If your tastebuds couldn’t get any more excited, each steak has the option to be drizzled with your choice between eight different sauces! Although the steak will be the star of your dining experience, the joy doesn’t quite stop there—follow that steak with a sweet note and treat yourself to a Bombe Alaska or profiteroles!
One Tree Grill
A restaurant that has a cheeky pun in its name is bound to be a promising one! Surely Oprah would agree, she was spotted there during her visit to New Zealand! A short distance away from One Tree Hill (no surprise there), One Tree Grill showcases New Zealand cuisine in its finest form. The grass-fed Hereford Eye Fillet is the dish that will have your fellow diners staring at your plate—we’re not sure whether you would want to offer them a bite though! With an extensive drinks menu featuring underground cellared wines, One Tree Grill will be your go-to for any special celebration!
Oyster & Chop
Sitting by the water in the heart of the Viaduct is Oyster & Chop. The “Chop” part of its name likely referring to its impressive meat selection fresh off the grill! With the option to dine inside its cosy restaurant setup or outside as you take in the boats passing by, Oyster & Chop is perfect for those relaxed summer weekends. Are you the type to overestimate your appetite and struggle to finish a steak? Oyster & Chop has you covered with its shared meat boards! Oh, and don’t forget to try out some of their oysters too, it’s just another one of their many specialties!
Who said that steakhouses were only ever meant for adults? Porterhouse Grill is tucked away in Pakuranga Plaza and despite being a steakhouse, creates a relaxed dining atmosphere that’s totally family-friendly! This restaurant sure knows how to serve up steak in a gourmet fashion with a menu that features a Mushroom Cheddar Melt—a rump steak blanketed under cheddar cheese and creamy mushroom sauce!
El Sizzling Chorizo
Ever wondered what it’s like to have a steak Argentinian style? Look no further than El Sizzling Chorizo! This Ponsonby gem specialises in all things Argentinian barbeque and all their meat is cooked over slow-burning coals! El Sizzling Chorizo will give you a dining experience like no other so gather up some of your hungriest friends and head on over for an authentic Argentinian feast!
The Good Home
Sit down and relax at The Good Home in the newly restored Andrew Carnegie Free Library. And yes, it really does feel just like home. And lucky for you steak lovers, it also serves up two options. The sirloin is chargrilled to perfection and is served with two fried eggs, salad and fries. If that doesn't whet your appetite, the rib eye steak sits pretty on triple cream mash, bearnaise sauce and onion rings.
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Image credit: Jaiden Bhaga at The Good Home