We don't really want to pick a fight with our veggo friends out there – but for some of us, there's no meal quite like a cooked-to-perfection steak. If you agree, and are searching for the amazing flavours a perfectly cooked steak has to offer in Brisbane, the difficulty lies in finding the best one. Because in order to succeed, you'll have to try lots of mediocre ones… right? Wrong. We've done that for you already, and have listed the heavenly results below.
So without further ado, go and devour your meal with no regrets – you can thank us later.
As you may have guessed from the name, award-winning restaurant The Euro specialises in European fare. Their dishes might be simple bistro-style meals, but the execution is straight out of fine dining. Every dish is prepared fresh and tasty – which is everything you could ask for in a meal, really. When it comes to steaks, The Euro excels – try the Jack's Creek grass fed rump cap with mash.
The casual and contemporary Esq. provides a constantly changing menu featuring simple and locally-sourced ingredients. Notably, it offers high-grade meats roasted over coal, giving the steak a distinguishable flavour that can't be found through any other cooking method. The sensational dishes are an experience on their own, and it's a trip everyone's tastebuds should take.
Thomson's Reserve focuses on contemporary dining, characterised by its simple and clean flavours that utilise unique Australian ingredients. Don't miss the speciality of the house: seared wagyu rump cap, prepared with black garlic, barbeque radicchio, with a sauce of smoked whey and wagyu fat. Pair your delicious meal with some of the fine national and international red wines from the menu and you'll have an evening that's hard to forget.
Mod-Oz and contemporary, Riverbar & Kitchen enjoys a premium and picturesque location, with direct views of the Story Bridge in the CBD. The restaurant often features fresh and seasonal produce and offers all-day dining, including breakfast, which makes it a perfect spot to eat no matter the occasion. Enjoy their spectacular 250g grain fed sirloin with bone marrow sauce and polenta chips, paired with one of their many cocktails, beers or wines while taking in the mesmerising surroundings.
For a mouth-watering dinner, head to 127 Bar & Bistro. Its modern interior with a chic sweep of red, black and charcoal greys, makes it great for a date night, and the contemporary Australian menu covers all meals of the day. Die-hard bovine appreciators will relish the steak with roasted potatoes and herbs. Pair it with an Asahi beer for the ultimate dining experience.
This is multi-award winning dining with a focus on local produce, chic decor and excellent service. They offer a variety of beef options, ranging from centre cut fillet to wagyu scotch, sirloin or op rib (short for bone-in rib eye steak). And that's just the lunch menu. Throw in Angus Rump and a few more options and you won't know where to begin. But rest assured, whatever you choose will be masterfully handled by these experts of the steak. All options are sourced from premium providores and are cooked to order on an open grill.
The Catbird Seat Bistro has featured in the Australian Financial Review's Top 100 Restaurants list, took out the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide Award for Best New Restaurant and serves up a damn good Diamantina beef rump. It serves modern Australian and European cuisine with carefully selected local and international wines. This is soulful, earthy and expertly crafted cuisine at its best.
A stunning venue with excellent food, Restaurant Two is one of Brisbane's most awarded contemporary fine dining establishments. Choose the Cape Grim Eye Fillet, for what is possibly Australia's finest grass-fed beef hailing from Tasmania. Throw in a side of house cut fat chips and aioli and you have the perfect steak meal. The wine list doesn't disappoint – and neither do the immaculately presented desserts. Go on, treat yourself.
A modern Italian restaurant, OTTO Brisbane combines quality food with a skillfully curated wine list, including Coravin premium Italian pours. Menu options will please everyone, but the steak lover even more so. You'll find a premium Wagyu dish, served up alongside pickled carrots, cucumber and salsa verde. Delicious!
Whether you're a tourist or a local in Brisbane, connect with your inner foodie and discover some of the the best steaks in town. Brisbane's dining scene is world-class and the chefs in these restaurants are doing our bovine friends the respect, and justice, this perennial favourite deserves. Not sure which cut you love best? Check out our interactive guide to different cuts of beef.