While we certainly don't proclaim to be the only nation on earth to love a good steak, Australia really does boast some of the world's best quality and best cooked steak. And rightly so! Australians proudly claim the title as the world's most voracious meat eaters.
Home to an incredible array of high-quality beef and masters of the BBQ and kitchen, Australia's steaks are an iconic part of its heritage and national identity. And the good news is, Australian steaks just keep getting better and better.
Beef lovers travel right across the country to enjoy tasty morsels of perfectly cooked sirloin, rump, rib eye, fillet and porterhouse, and many a journey ends at one of Melbourne's iconic restaurants – renowned for producing some of the nation's best steak dinners.
Here, we list some of the best places to grab a steak when dining in Melbourne.
Steer Bar & Grill is the epitome of the modern Australian steak house. Its menu is the monarchy of the steak world, excelling in provenance, marbling, flavour intensity and ageing. Choosing family-owned local farms for their meat and produce, Steer Bar & Grill's ingredients are exciting and inspiring, bringing together the freshness of Australia's farms with the spice and liveliness of South East Asia.
The philosophy at Steer Bar & Grill is simple – to represent the very best of local Australian producers. Diners can enjoy grain fed Wagyu from Alexandra and Ballan, grain fed black Angus from Glen Innes, and pasture fed beef from Northern Tasmania.
Steakhouse 66 is all about fresh flavours, sensational views and of course, great steak. The modern Australian menu features a fantastic range of a la carte dishes, but as the name suggests their main drawcard is the grill menu. Including M.S.A rib eye fillet, porterhouse, scotch fillet, Angus tenderloin and Wagyu rump, you'll be spoilt for choice. Sourced from some of Australia's best cattle farms, each steak is served with your choice of sauce, including forest mushroom, red wine, creamy peppercorn, blue cheese butter or black garlic aioli.
Situated above the recently refurbished Duke of Wellington (Melbourne's oldest pub), Dutchess offers a Manhattan-inspired lounge experience featuring expertly crafted cocktails, an extensive wine list, and an innovative food menu. Taking up the reigns as Venue Manager is Ben Hehir, fresh from curating some of the world's hottest venues in New York and London. In the kitchen stands Justin Chef, a Melbournite with a fun and daring flair. Dry-aged steaks are a prominent feature on the menu, boasting everything from Gippsland Porterhouse to a Tomahawk Sher Wagyu. In fact, diners are spoilt for choice with 17 different steak choices!
A shiny new offering by the Apple and Pears Restaurant Group (Burma Lane & Red Spice Road), Meat Fish Wine – located in the QV arcade – is the sort of polished, glitzy dining you'd expect to find in a casino. It's farm-to-table inspired menu is all about delivering great meat, fish and wine, and more than 700 wines complement the dynamic, seasonally driven menu. The Wagyu rump cap with garlic butter is a winner, as is the beef eye fillet with broccoli, macadamia and lemongrass jus.
Since opening its doors in 1990, O'Connells has been at the forefront of pub gastronomy in Melbourne. Blending unique design with award-winning food and service, it's been home to some of the city's most iconic chefs. The food is innovative, yet faithful to its pub heritage, and the setting is elegant and welcoming. The Grill has locals coming back again and again, keeping it simple with a choice of Cape Grim porterhouse or Great Southern scotch fillet served with chips and your choice of sauce.
Nestled amongst a canopy of umbrellas at one of Melbourne's most treasured hotspots, Vons Restaurant boasts an exotic fusion of Mediterranean and Australian cuisine. Open breakfast, lunch and dinner, diners can expect the freshest ingredients and innovative twists on old favourites, such as Spanish paella and smoky lamb ribs with a tequila sauce. As far as their steaks go, choose from Black Angus porterhouse or eye fillet and add prawns, scallops and calamari for the ultimate surf & turf experience.
Nestled in between Southbank and Melbourne, the Wayside Inn offers a relaxed, informal bar and leafy courtyard for lapping up the afternoon sun. A favourite with locals for lunch, they offer a range of specials including an awesome steak sandwich with fries and your choice of grass fed scotch fillet or Bavette with fries and bearnaise sauce. While you dine, why not wash it down with one of their many boutique tap beers, such Mountain Goat Steam Ale, 3 Ravens Stout or Tooborac Woodcutters Amber Ale.
Located in Richmond, this restaurant has a reputation for serving some of the best oysters in Melbourne. Besides its oysters, the restaurant and store also serve tasty grain fed steak, making it the place to go when you're after a surf & turf. Scallops, prawns and creamy garlic sauce can be added to your steak for just $5, which will come with chips and salad too. To wash it down, we suggest you enjoy a few oyster shots.
Set in a historic Williamstown boatshed with bay views of Melbourne, Anchorage Restaurant offers an unbeatable waterfront dining experience. While specialising in seafood, their Anchorage Fillet, a 300g chargrilled eye fillet served with brandy garlic sauce, scallops, prawns, parmesan mash and sauteed greens, is a firm favourite. Another dish sure to fulfil your steak craving is the 300g Gippsland Black Angus eye fillet, served with roasted rosemary potatoes, pea tendrils and your choice of sauce.