Even though Central Queensland stakes a claim to the title of Beef Capital of Queensland (after all, Rocky has the Big Bull, whose testicles keep getting nicked by partying locals!), the Coast has its fair share of cattle farming, and our neighbours to the northwest in Gympie provide us with a bounty of beefy gorgeousness.
So where do you go on the Coast when your inner carnivore is demanding some red meat? You hunt down the best steaks on the Sunshine Coast, of course, with the help of this handy little list.
While it’s nice to dine a la carte, sometimes you just miss your mum’s Sunday lunch, where all the food gets laid out down the centre of the table, and everyone digs in. So round up your mates, and head along to Woodfire Grill, which has recreated your mum’s Sunday lunch with the best regional produce, an unbeatable wine cellar, and a view to die for. And if beef is your thing (and I can’t imagine you’d be reading this if it weren’t!) they do a beast of a T-bone—almost a kilo of charred, juicy Gympie beef to share. Kids don’t miss out either. You won’t find frozen chicken nuggets on this menu. The offspring can have their own steak, with chips and vegies, before they run off to get their face painted and terrorise the playground.
Where: Noosa Wharf, 2 Quamby Place, Noosa Heads
Contact: 07 5473 5904
If you’re after a taste of Paris, head to the latest big thing on the Maroochydore restaurant scene—Ocean Ended—and check out their bib (or bavette) steak. A traditional French bistro cut, the dry-aged Gympie beef is slow-cooked to medium rare and served with a traditional Café de Paris butter, made to the original 1941 recipe, with 25 different ingredients. Add some hand-cut, twice-cooked shoestring fries, a glass of McClaren Vale cab sav, and endless views over the mouth of the Maroochy River, and you’ll be saying ooh la la!
Where: Ground Floor, Platinum, 1/14 Duporth Avenue, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5443 4310
Rump House Noosa
With more beef than you can poke a cattle prod at, Rump House Noosa is THE place to go if you’re up for a good steak. Head chef Wayd Bailey knows his butchery, and the range of cuts and ageing options means you’ll never be bored with the choice on offer. Locals Steak Night on Thursdays is a great chance to impress that hot date—steak for two and a bottle of wine starting at $55.
Where: Shop 1a Noosa Marina, 2 Parkyn Court, Tewantin
Contact: 07 5474 4799
Get your boho-chic on, sit back and soak up the vibes in the stunning old Queenslander that is Bohemian Bungalow. Steak lovers, try The Midnight Cowboy. This chargrilled eye fillet, sourced locally from Kilcoy would feed a struggling Bohemian art community for a week. With cocktails by the jug and Bohemian Pilsner on tap, we recommend you try and get a seat by the outdoor waterfall or check out the live music.
Where: 69 Memorial Drive, Eumundi
Contact: 07 5442 8679
Café Le Monde
While Hastings Street is often more about seafood and gelato than red meat, Café Le Monde lets you enjoy a steak while your feet are still sandy. The only true way to enjoy potatoes is when they’re roasted in duck fat (and believe me, we’ve tested that theory thoroughly), and when the talented folks at Le Monde put them with charred cos, gorgonzola and eye fillet, you’ll forget about seafood faster than you can say “gold band snapper”.
Where: 2 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, Qld 4567
Contact: 07 5449 2366
Alex Bar and Grill
If your wallet is feeling a bit light, but you’ve still got a hankering for some red meat, get yourself down to Alex Bar and Grill on a Tuesday. They serve up their full-size portions of steak with chips, salad and sauce, for only $15 in a buzzy atmosphere. They’re usually pretty busy, but if you have forgotten to book, grab a seat at the bar and sample their range of beers (and maybe some wings) while you wait for your table.
Where: 3/152 Alexandra Parade, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5475 4211
Montville Bar and Grill
Like toddlers, Robert Downey Jnr and your ability to appreciate dad jokes, some things only improve with age. Montville Bar and Grill took this to heart when cooking up their grass-fed Black Angus rib fillet, that’s aged for 120 days. Ageing beef creates a more tender steak and enhances the flavour, so it’s definitely worth trying out this prime example. Grab a spot in the beer garden or set yourself up to listen to the live local music on weekends.
Where: Main Street, Montville
Contact: 07 5478 5535
Ahhhh, steak and red wine. You go together like Kim and Kanye; Kate and Wills; Miley and Liam (so, d’you think those crazy kids are finally going to make it work?) The wine list at Char is made to go with steak. No seriously, it’s literally been planned to match perfectly with the grass-fed Tasmanian beef and high-grade Wagyu on the menu. And it would practically be a crime not to let your steak shine, so make sure you’ve got your designated driver locked in, and pair your 2kg on the bone tomahawk rib steak with a Craggy Range Hawke’s Bay Syrah, and go hard.
Where: 19 First Avenue, Mooloolaba
Contact: 07 5477 7205
Eating meat might not be the most environmentally-friendly option when you’re out for a meal, but Graziers Steakhouse at the Buderim Tavern can alleviate some of that guilt by serving up sustainable, Australian beef, ethically raised pork and chicken, and sustainably fished seafood. Their signature steak comes with salt roasted kipfler potatoes, field mushrooms, red wine jus, and blue cheese butter. Trust us, you will melt for this amazing combo.
Where: 81 Burnett Street, Buderim
Contact: 07 5453 3777
Stones on the Coast Mooloolaba
People tell you that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Well those people are probably ugly. Appearances are everything, and presentation means a lot, especially when it comes to food. The steaks at Stones on the Coast are served on sizzling hot stones, and the spectacle of the meal is bound to impress anyone you’re with—plus it adds an element of danger, which is always attractive. Stone grilling also means that the steak can be cooked without added fats or oils, so it’s one of the healthiest ways to eat steak. Except if you cover it in hollandaise sauce. Which, to be honest, we are all TOTALLY going to do.
Where: 2/170, Brisbane Road, Mooloolaba
Contact: 07 5478 4899
Alfie’s Moo Char and Bar
While a great locally-sourced steak might scream “Queenslander” to you, nothing is more Queensland than Broncos icon, Alfie Langer. So when you combine Darling Downs Wagyu beef with Alfie Langer, it’s a match made in meat-eating, footy heaven. Alfie’s Moo Char and Bar has a huge range of steaks on the chargrill. Your biggest challenge will be to decide between the 400g rump or the T-bone.
Where: Corner The Esplanade and Otranto Avenue, Caloundra
Contact: 07 5492 8155