Food and coffee culture in Australia has a way of spreading across the world, which makes sense given the originality and quality of the restaurants here. The best steaks in Australia are no different, with some seriously creative places cooking up a storm.
From the high-end hotels to the local brasseries and hip newcomers, there’s something here for everybody. Well, everybody who’s a carnivore, that is.
Time to start working your way through this list of irresistible steaks – start with your local and tick off the rest on your travels.
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Macelleria is a restaurant that is genuinely obsessed with the provenance and traceability of their food, promoting an ethical approach to the dining industry.
They use Cape Grim beef which comes from the north-western most tip of the Tasmanian mainland and hosts the world’s purest air. As you can imagine, it’s amazingly tender. They also serve Australian Wagyu if you want a real treat.
You probably think you’ve had good steak, but you’ll never know the best until you eat here. Firedoor’s kitchen uses no gas or electricity, instead relying only on fire. Food is flamed over wood-fired ovens, three grills and a wood-burning hearth. And don’t worry, it’s an open kitchen so you can see all the action.
They don’t always have beef on the menu (it changes daily), but when they do it is special. This 191 day dry-aged beef rib cooked on the open flame is a prime example. An absolutely world-class experience.
The key to their steak is a dry-ageing meat cabinet in which premium produce is hung for up to 40 days to pack in maximum tenderness and flavour.
One of their signature dishes is a 1.2kg Tomahawk rib-eye steak, which is made for sharing. That juicy cut along with their sides is one of the nicest steaks you will ever taste.
This stylish restaurant has some of the best steaks in the world on the menu, making it a must-try. There’s 20 different cuts of steak to choose from, and the menu even tells you the breed, age, size and diet of the cut you’re consuming.
Their signature steak is a 1kg chargrilled rump cap, rubbed with a smokey spice and carved at the table.
The Perth outpost of chef Neil Perry’s steakhouse focuses around open kitchen with its signature wood fire grill. Steaks are dry-aged on site and are of supreme quality. Highlights are a melt-in-the-mouth Wagyu or grass-fed Rib Eye.
Plus, there’s 1350 wines from Australia and the World to go with it.
Gaucho’s is an Argentinian restaurant (duh) with a serious a passion for char-grill steaks. There’s an incredible choice of steak on the menu, including a 28-day aged Porterhouse with a red harissa and grilled lemon. You haven’t really tasted great steak until you eat here. World-class.
This is the place to come if you want to dress up for a fancy meal, or have celebrate something. This is fine dining at the highest possible level, with chefs and front of house staff who are the best in their respective fields.
Their signature dish is a 28 day dry-aged Wagyu rib eye, which is monumentally tender and absolutely bursting with flavour. It’s then lightly smoked over a wood-fired grill for a rich flavour.
With several other locations in the country (three in Sydney and three in Melbourne) you are never far away from one of their dining rooms, and that’s a very good thing. The steaks come in all shapes and are cooked using a unique African basting technique. The end result? A beautiful steak that melts in your mouth.
The perfect Steak Frites might be have been perfected in Paris, but Brisbane is smashing it out of the park even more. Les Bubbles flame-grills the steak to your liking, served with a soft leaf salad, plenty of sauce and bottomless frites.
Technically you might call this a roast dinner or BBQ platter rather than a steak, but when it tastes this good who is arguing over the finer details? At the heart of LP’s Quality Meats sits a Southern Pride Smoker shipped straight from Tennessee.
The dry-aged smoked ribeye comes medium rare and has a side of Yorkshire pudding, dripping with beef fat. The platters are intended to share, but when this food tastes so good you’ll be tempted to keep them for yourself.
There’s the perfect cut of steak here for all tastes: be it sirloin, ribeye, T-bone steak, ribeye or a seared, ground beef steak.
They keep things incredibly simple with many guests claiming it is the most tender steak they’ve ever had. The real beauty is in the sides though, as they are always on point and compliment the steak perfectly. No fuss here, just great steak.
The theatre starts at Steer when they bring out a board featuring multiple cuts of meat, so that you can choose the specific steak you want. That’s the moment you know this is going to be a delicious steak experience and you start licking your lips in anticipation.
While countries around the world cook steak in their own different ways, there is little argument that the Argentinians are among the masters. This is one of the best Argentinian restaurants – not just in Australia, but probably anywhere outside Argentina itself.
They are obsessed with all things meat and cooking on fire. Steaks are cooked in a number of inventive styles, with something to please everybody.
This classy restaurant/gastro pub in West Perth serves up mouth-watering aged steaks supplied by local farmers. They place a huge emphasis on finding the best produce to start off, with as they believe that is the key to a great steak experience.
All steaks come with a choice of chips or duck fat potatoes. Madeira mushroom ragout, and either red wine jus or creamy béarnaise.
Cork and Cleaver has some of the the finest steaks in Australia, with a tempting menu of juicy rumps, sirloins, New York and rib-eye cuts.
Although the menu is extensive, the steak is the one thing you really need. You don’t need to worry about anything else apart from selecting the right glass of red to go with it.
This classic Italian steak house and cocktail bar takes its name from the famous steak from Florence. They do bistecca wonderfully here. The steak is presented to diners before being cooked fireside over charcoal to a perfect medium-rare.
It’s then left to rest and served in traditional Italian fashion: well-seasoned with salt, pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. The cosy dining room has a central open hearth, butcher’s block and domed ceilings with brick cladding.
With an extensive selection of prime Angus, Wagyu and Organic steak cuts, you’re seriously spoiled for choice here. Black Hide Steakhouse cooks their steaks exactly to your liking in an authentic Montague Broiler Grill.
An experience you won’t forget in a hurry.
For a luxurious meat-fest, Carmody’s is the place to go. Their decadent steak dishes are a selection of high-quality cuts from certified organic local producer. Highlights include an Angus beef rib with campfire kipflers, crispy garlic and charred asparagus or a Wagyu sirloin with speck and green beans.
Their restaurant is sleek and stylish and as soon as you walk in the staff make you feel like royalty.
When it comes to steaks there are certain countries that take things to another level. Argentina is one of them, and might possibly have the best steak in the world.
This restaurant in Melbourne is Argentinian and are so passionate about their steak that they imported a bespoke 2.5 metre Parrilla charcoal grill. This means the meat dishes here are as authentic as it gets.
The menu here is pretty steak-heavy, so you can expect the best of the best. There’s a juicy, huge flat iron steak to share as well as Black Onyx, Wagyu and Angus cuts.
All the small details are taken care of to perfection, and the steak itself is allowed to shine like the true star that it is. Easily one of the best steaks in Australia.
Proudly known as “Brisbane’s worst vegetarian restaurant”, The Norman Hotel is however, an amazing steak restaurant. Their famous meat cabinet is stocked with the best Australian Beef, from Thousand Guineas to Black Opal.
The waiter will tell you about the features of each steak in detail, and you can then pick the one you like.
The Astor Grill is ideal for a special occasion in Tasmania, with a menu chockablock with local Tasmanian produce. Their signature Steak Astor is a beauty: cape grim grass fed eye fillet with blue cheese sauce, seasonal vegetables and a stilton crumb.
Easily one of the best steaks in Australia, The Astor Grill is consistently outstanding.
Harry’s motto is ‘beef, booze, and banter’, and they are smashing it on all fronts. It’s a classic-style steakhouse with a focus on Steak Frites. The beef here is consistently outstanding, with the finest cuts .The fact that there’s free flow fries is the juicy cherry on top.
It’s better than even some of the best French brasseries.
Melbourne’s original steak pub, they have constantly been refining and improving their offering as the years go by. After over 40 years they now serve what is easily one of the best steaks in Australia.
You can choose your own meat from the Railway Club Hotel’s display fridge and watch it cooked to perfection in their open kitchen. Juicy, dripping with flavour and sear-grilled, this is one good steak.
The consistent quality of the meat here is mostly due to the fact that the restaurateur John Kilroy is a nationally recognised beef judge. So, you know you’re eating only the best. Feast on Scotch Fillet or Wagyu Rump, which come with Gratin Dauphinoise, roast vegetables and Jus de Viande.
A stunning steak experience that you will never forget.